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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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DialSquare (5032) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12oz bottle from ABC on Apalachee. Copper pour with thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, spice, bread. Tastes are caramel malt sweetness with faint spices. Little bland.

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drowland (8762) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2016
1/28/16. On tap at Landshark’s in Destin. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Light caramel aroma, toffee, spice, grassiness. Lightly sweet flavor, caramel, toffee, some fruitiness, spices. Meh.

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Homer321 (5072) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Draft at DFW. Aroma is lightly spicy and phenolic, cloves. Pour is fairly clear, deep red. Minimal off white head. Taste is caramel sweet with a faint bitterness. Flavor seems like a muddled combo of clove and allspice with a sweet caramel backbone that isn’t balanced. Ok at best.

2.9
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours a ruby color with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is light and contains apple, cinnamon and citrus. Body is light and not very complex. I taste some citrus and medium hops. Aftertaste is light and sweet. Not a very deep beer, but it doesn’t taste bad.

2.9
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle, thanks to ILoveDarkBeer. Pours clear coppery amber with a fading pale yellow head. Just a little toffee in the nose, maybe a bit of spice, but really not much of anything. Medium body, light carbonation. Nutty toffee flavor with a bit of spice. Quick and somewhat earthy finish. I guess this is really understated?

2.9
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle courtesy of theisti; thanks Tim. Pours a hazy caramel orange with a loose beige head that quickly collapses to a small island of bubbles at the surface. The nose is a sweet, somewhat medicinal blend of spicy hops, allspice and dark caramel malt. Light to medium-bodied and grainy with a spicy finish. The flavor follows the nose: a dark caramel malt note takes a back seat to a big blend of holiday spices and spicy hops. It finishes nutty, spicy and slightly astringent. I am just not a big fan of most heavily spiced or spicy-hopped beers, and this one is no exception.

2.9
ronaldtheriot (1936) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale has a thin, off-white head, with a golden tinge, and a clear, amber appearance, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, and little lacing left behind. The aroma is of hops and some sort of sweetness I was unable to place. Taste is heavily malty and fruity (plum?), with a not-too-strong hop bitterness across the sip. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and this ale finishes wet and rich. Overall, this is a good, interesting, but not particularly great Christmas Ale. It’s worth a try, though.

2.9
Brandon1989 (661) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head that dissipates very quickly leaving nearly no lacing. The aroma is mostly consisting of malts and some spices but not overpowering and some hints of floral hops. The taste is sweeter malts up front with some hop presence in the middle. You also pick up a slight amount of alcohol. Good beer worth a try but nothing too special about this beer in my opinion.

2.8
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Nice amber hue, but a poor head and off smell of slight acidity. Uh oh. Some decent toffee notes through this layer of infection, with some added nice spiced cider aromas. Slightly leaning towards cloying, but overall if this weren’t infected would’ve been ok.

2.8
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
11-5-07 bottle. Translucent ruby red with foamy head. Stale malt funk. Not a strong or pleasant smell. Difficult to swallow - not an enjoyable flavor for me. It seems to just attack the taste buds and mouth. Alcohol in the aftertaste - which is perhaps the most pleasant aspect of what otherwise may be a dreadful aftertaste.


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