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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is best consumed at 45° Fahrenheit.

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3.4
HogTownHarry (7066) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to my 2006 Secret Santa!. Bright clear ruby-peach with a smallish foamy/bubbly off-white head. Dry yet malt-sweet aroma of gingerbread, chocolate nut brownies, mild alcohol and herbal hops - a bit like a spicier scotch ale. Taste - very malty and nutty, sweet, yet enough nutshell bitterness to keep it in check - finishes a little too quick, but eventually a moderate alcohol presence looms. Bright, watery mouthfeel, but enough slickness and life to make it pleasant, a slight cocoa/nut aftertaste. Very nice seasonal beer, just boozy enough and extremely easy to drink - it passes my "I’d hit it again" test - thank you very much, Santa!!

3.7
AmEricanbrew (7037) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
12 oz. bottle from 2004. Pours a orange/amber hue with a slight head. Malty, spicy sweet smell. Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice malty, spicy sweet and black pepper taste. A very tasty, ultra smooth drinking brew. Jan 2005.

3.1
kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a small thinnish looking fizzy off-white head that faded quickly. The nose is slightly sweet with a light spice and herbal accent. A little husky and grainy smelling. Pretty sweet flavor with a thinnish grainy cereal malt base. Some light spicing late in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a course grainy texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. Not really caring for this one too much, but maybe it is a bit over the hill by the time it got too me.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle:   Caramel, slight ruby hue, thin sudsy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Mealy aroma, slight cereal and cardboard.   Seems like one of those English Strong Ales that try too hard.   Biscuity, cardboard, and slightly earthy on the tongue.   Not enough sweetness to make me forget what just happened.   I lick my lips to see if there is anything there I rather taste than this beer.   The trap has been laid, and Saint Arnold fell right into it.   A mediocre English style Strong Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Finish just seems a bit cardboardish to me.   The sweetness that is required is not there.   It finishes very mealy with a sense of "Who cares what you say, this is how we do it in Texas!"   The Rahr & Sons version was better than this one.   I guess thats all I can really say.   Thanks Bill!


3.6
Braudog (6841) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Draft at Flying Saucer/Addison. Amber with a pleasantly frothy front. The aroma is light and hoppy. Moderate maltiness is up front, but this settles into a decently balanced session brew. Even keeled. (#4039, 12/14/2010)

3.4
ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle at the Marriott West Loop, 11/18/13

Aroma: The nose is malty and a little sweet! some fruit notes, and a bit of spice
Appearance: It pours a clear orange-amber color with a small off-white head and light lace
Flavor: The flavor is on the sweet side, but balanced, nice spice, hop notes, and a little alcohol
Palate: This one is medium bodied, with a nice: soft and clean mouthfeel to it
Overall Impression: This one is certainly worth trying, and it has a really nice mouthfeel to it, but it is not an overly impressive beer. Nice, slightly dull winter seasonal.

3.5
jfb (6677) - GERMANY - DEC 22, 2013
(bottle) pours a clear deep amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of heavy barnyard, urinals and manure, with a light bretty funkiness, earth, herbal hops and sugar icing. flavour is mostly wood shavings and yeast, with notes of bubble gum, cherries, roasted malts and chewy pale malts in the slightly tart finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

3.1
blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
bottle, clear copper colored with slight dishwater head, aromas of molasses, dried fruits and spice, taste is sweet caramels, flat TAB cola, some malt, finish is thin and weak

3.9
nuplastikk (6456) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
12oz shorty bottle. Orange-tan with a thin, creamy off-white head. This is quite different than your typical US XMAS beer in that it is quite drinkable and sessionable, Still displays some fruitcake spice characteristics, but the malts are clean and smooth. This is really well done, I look forward to trying more beers from Saint Arnold. Medium bodied despite the rather big ABV. Smooth sweet finish, mild mead characteristics, but in no way overbearing. Awesome beer.

3.7
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours dark copper with a thin white head. Smells of apricots, cherries and raisins? Taste is fruity, but not as obvioud as the bouquet suggests. Mouthfeel and finish are definitely more lively than the other beers I’ve tried from these guys. Very nice.


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