Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13

 
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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The aroma is distinctly Belgian and has a hint of fruit. As with most Belgian beers, the hops are primarily used for bitterness and provide little to no flavor or aroma. We kept the malt bill relatively simple to allow each malt to come through in its own way without getting all muddled together. The caramel and chocolate malts, in particular, work well together and you can taste each of them in the beer. We also added a large amount of Belgian Extra Dark Candi Syrup during fermentation, which darkened the color, imparted dark fruit-like flavors, and boosted the alcohol. Despite its high strength though, the alcohol only comes out as a warmth on the back end but is not over powering. The aftertaste is slightly sweet but also has a dryness that makes you want more.

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3.7
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
A: Inviting with the alcohol clearly there, but buried in Belgian candi sugar aroma rich with dark fruit notes such as black cherry, plum and raisin, and a good balance of sweetness and maltiness.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost blood-burgundy color with little to no head.

T: A light yeast character, lighter than the nose. Alcohol not as noticeable as in the nose. Toaste malt and baked bread notes although the dark fruits are much more apparent. Figs, plums, maybe even chocolate covered cherries.

P: Perhaps just a touch thin, but medium carbonation and a medium body.

O: As a major fan of all things Belgian, I have had a great many quads, including a great many American-brewed quads. I think this is probably the best American quad I have ever had.

4
gerby23 (42) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Quads aren’t my cup of tea, but this is good. To sweet for me with over ripe dark fruits-raisins, cherries, figs-and a licorice back bite. Definitely fits the style, just not mine

3.8
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Brown pour, tan head. Dates, figs, raisins, prunes, molasses, sweet spice cake. Pretty nice brew! Not overly sweet, nice texture and good carb levels.

3.8
RickTStiles (827) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Floral, creamy sweet potato aroma with some almonds. Taste is caramel, oranges and warming spices with some other dark fruit notes. Finish is warming.

3.8
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2013
12 oz bottle. Deep mahogany with beige froth. Nose is sherry soaked fruit cake, applesauce and molasses. Alcohol hits you first then sharp carb with a citrus tang. Taste is sweet plum and raisin, rice wine and tamari.

3.8
bleeng (1691) - Houston not near Beersel., Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Finally rating this one. Bottle. Pours deep black with a small tan head. Milder roasty nose. Taste is full on sugary caramel, roasty notes, with a big alcohol kick on the end. More of the traditional quad as seen in Belgium. Thick, full, and juicy. One of the better American quads I’ve had. This one is hard to pull off. Nice.

3.1
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
651mL thanks to djd07. Clear, deep red pour. Medium yellow foam. Super sweet grenadine nose. Taste is grenadine. Palate is sticky, grenadine, rich maple and big sugar. Mega sweet- not my style.

4.1
Weisseguy1 (3) - - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
In my recent visit to the Brewery I tried this great tasting beer. It was immediately fruity,with a bit of woodiness. The alcohol was in your face. But these tastes did not linger except for the alcohol.

3.7
bbcd (307) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2013
brown, moderate tan head with good retention. cherry, toffee, chocolate, dates, roast. medium-heavy sweet, light bitter. full body, creamy feel, soft carb

3.7
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, hints of spice, earth in there as well. Taste is a mix of sweet fruits, lots of caramel, molasses, earth, nice dark fig, plum, lots of raisin, hints of a dry tannic like note, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty nice.


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