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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
JPDIPSO (6300) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Lightly hazed orange/umber color. Just a thin lid of light beige bubbles. Quite sweet and grainy in scent. Aromas of corn silage and alcohol. This really brings back memories of feeding the cows just prior to milking. Heavy malty flavors with a with caramel and light fruit. A touch of floral hops help keep things a touch sweet. Mild spice in the finish and linger. Some dry grain and malt flavors in the linger. A stronger malty amber ale.

3.4
thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
( 12oz bottle 2008 vintage thanks to BA zdk9) Pours clear orange with thin ring of film on top. Nose of brown sugar, caramel. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, and earthy hops. Nice roasted creamy finish. If you get a chance to have this aged it smells SO much better than fresh.

3.6
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Pours burnt orange with a minimal white head. The smell is malty sweetness, with a little bit of unidentifiable spices. The flavor is more malt, possibly biscuit malt, with a strong aftertaste of spices such as cloves. There is more in there, I just can’t tell exactly what it is. Nothing about this beer really stands out, but it is a very easy drinking, lighter winter warmer with no trace of the 7 percent alcohol. Nice beer.

3.5
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2014
bottle. deep amber with small head. malty with some caramel and toffee. light holiday spice. very smooth with a bit of a dry finish. this is another beer that’s better than the sum of it’s parts. flavors meld very well.

3.4
notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a fizzy red, with a head that almost completely dissipates, so it sure doesn’t look like much - nose of toffee, light mineral, raisin, treacle/pudding, and a touch of earthy English ale yeast - medium body - slightly slick mouthfeel - fairly sweet flavors of green raisin, cherry, treacle - some mild sherryish notes - somewhat warming finish - a bit sweet, and somewhat subdued for such a beer, but the more I sit with it the more I feel that that is a welcome change - I’m enjoying it.

2.5
Aurelius (5662) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Squat 12 oz bottle. Clear, woody brown beer, not much head. Aroma is slightly doggy (ding) and mustardy over a nutty malt aroma. Woody flavor, bittering was a little clumsy and slightly astringent. The body was reasonably mouthy, but the bittering kind of messed it up. Light caramel, light sweetness towards the end. Medium, moderately bitter finish. St. Arnie better get back to praying. ABC, Betton.

3
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours a amber body with a tan head. Malty with a light woody note, weak spices and a warm fruit sensation. Not all that good.

3.1
JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle. Hazy amber pour, with thin white head. Sweet malt, light brown sugar, and fruit. Not bad, better than I thought it was going to be.

3.5
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle: Pours a nice orange mahogany color with a thin white head. The nose is spicy and sweet with some herbal hop character and a caramel/raisin malty note. The flavor is balanced, a light tartness in the tail and a little yeasty candy note. Not too big of a body for the sweetness involved. More herbal hops in the tail. Very well conceived winter strong ale.

3
jbruner (5476) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours a clear golden brown on tap with fluffy white head. Aroma is pale malt, slight fruitiness of the English yeast. Taste follows, little lackluster for a holiday beer, no real spice note. Meh.


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