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RATINGS: 323   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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nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
Smooth and creamy, a little malty. Strange aftertaste that somewhat mimicked kick.

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Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
As flakes fall in March, it seemed like a good time to enjoy this Christmas brew from my Secret Santa. Medium orange amber, very little head. Slight aroma of caramel and fruity hops. Light caramel flavors, slight fruit hoppiness, mixed with a bit of dirt. A quite decent, restrained English style ale, with an almost American hop flavor.

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grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Decent beer enough I guess. Watery copper color, slight white head. Dies off. nose is very fruity with a slight chalkiness that is welcome but not too welcome. Jockstraps dance around my nose...hmmm. Flavors are the same, with a flatness that pervades after each sip. Not too appealing, more appaling than anything else. Ehhh

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Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2006
From the bottle, courtesy of Secret Santa, pours an opaque brownish color without much of a head. Aroma is not too potent, sweetly malty, just a bit of spices. Taste is malty, sweet, with notes of a few different spices and a hint of hops. Pretty refreshing brew, especially on a chilly evening.

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Maverick34 (3239) - New York, USA - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a coppery brown w/whitey head. Spicy aroma. Taste is sweet w/hops and such. Not too shabby.

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lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Clear copper pour with an offwhite head. Metallic toffe malt aroma with a hint of spice as well. Taste is light toffee flavored malt again, with a light note of spices coming into the flavor as well and a light bitterness. Slightest hint of alcohol shows, but still very drinkable. Decent beer all around, but just not my favorite style.

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tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle from lb4lb. Aroma of sweet and grainy malt with some clove spiciness. Pours nice, clean amber. The flavor seems a bit odd to me. A big grain characteristic at first, some spice midpalate and then finishes with a sharp alcoholic hotness. Just a bit out of balance with the flavors not integrating all that well. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Thanks Deniz!

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jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Red -amber in color with a small beige head. Aroma is malty and spicy. Flavor isMalty with a ligt taste of raisins and figs.

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kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Showed up on shelf in July 08. Pours dark copper with a clear presence and a small head that hardly lasts the first 2 sips. Smells like strong malt and alcohol, with some noble hops, perhaps. Flavor has a little spice kick, and is other wise heavily malty with a little caramel flavor. Palate is full and a bit heavy or thick but not overly so. Finish is like light syrup and malty.

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DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2008
12oz bottle. Thanks to MaltOMeal for including this as an extra. Pours a very pretty burnt orange/red color with low carbonation. Some traces of a head start but quickly recede to just a thin layer of bubbles surrounding the glass. The aroma shows candied fruits, traces of hoppiness still linger (or are those just spices?). A lot of fruitiness with some pineapple and other tropical fruit. Smells remarkably similar to a Barley Wine though a little more tame perhaps. Taste is pretty thin and watery. Some traces of maltiness and caramel are present but it tastes like a normal BW watered down. Very quick finish. Interesting but not entirely successful.


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