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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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lb4lb (2628) - 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 (2464) - 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 (4745) - 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 (5007) - 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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blutt59 (6609) - 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

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kramer (6991) - 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.

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jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Malty aroma, with a bit of spice. Flavor is more alcohol dominant than the ABV would suggest, with a bit of pepper and biscuit malt.

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pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to bleeng.... pours a semi-transparent amber brown with a thin soapy head... aroma of brown sugar and sweet malt notes..... flavors of brown sugar and sweet candied malt. not too spiced up with a medium body and very well carbonated, almost to a fault.

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angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Caramel brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, fruity. Flavor is brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg. Pleasant lively mouth.


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