Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13



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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Color is a very dark brown with a small tan head. The smell is fruity esters, malt, yeast and dark breads. I taste all the same with brown sugar. Nothing to get excited about....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (10077) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2016
12 oz bottle as an extra in a trade. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit, figs, raisins, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, a slight bitterness to the finish, warming alcohol, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gephross100 (916) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Dark murky brown color. Medium light mouthfeel. Plum/dates nose. Maple and dried fruit flavor. Medium high sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (7381) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to Toby. Pours out a dark maroon topped with a sand head. Nose is rich malts some pit fruit sweetness a little booze and a nice spice..taste is more of the heavy malts pit fruit sweetness spice and a caramel toffee end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
Deep mahogany with Reddish highlights, and some cream head. Good mallting. On sweet side. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle... Pours cloudy and brown with a fleeting, white head. The aroma is a swirl of cola, toasted malts, dark candy sugar, dried dark fruits and caramel. Full-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is toasty, roasty and sweet. Well-bittered for near-perfect balance - unusual for this style. Finishes a bit acrid and acidic with dark fruit tanginess. Bottle generously provided by Rosebud butternuts!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5443) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2015
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, some spicy yeast, more caramel, dark fruits, and hints of EtOH. Flavor the same with a decent blend. Average texture. A solid quad, I would have liked this more back in the day when quads were my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3591) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Poo brown pour with a fleeting off white head. Sweet malty aromas. Uber sweet with loads of caramel malts and cola highlights. Average body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
coachd (775) - Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2015
Aroma is a great blend of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and plum. Nothing but sweetness. I would like to eat this for dessert. Very dark brown color with a virtually nonexistent white head of foam. Taste is not as sweet as the aroma with a decent booze burn at the end. Nothing but malt and dark fruit. Aftertaste brings back some of the brown sugar from the aroma. Not very complex or strong. Palate is pretty weak for the style. Overall I would say this brewery took a stab at a category that is packed with great beers and it was mostly a swing and a miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle: Deep, ruby-red & mahogany-brown pour with a small trace of khaki foam that settles quickly. Aroma loaded with heavy caramel coated prunes, Candi sugar sweetness, butter toffee, raisins, dates, prunes, moderate black cherry, a touch of alcohol, & a hint of licorice. Flavor has a nice spicy & zesty quality from the Belgian yeast. Almost clove-like with a big earthy & leafy backlash. Prune, Candi sugar, mild brown sugar, raisin, dates, anise, & a little bit of sherry alcohol tones in the finish. Dry caramel, dark fruit, & booze lingers long into the aftertaste with a hint of spicy yeast. Typically not a quad lover, but this is pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (7713) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle thnx to kurt! Pours beautifully dark brown, creamy white to brown head. Smell is sharp metallic., abbey yeast. Dark fruits, earth, hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, candy sugar, earthy, dark fruits, chocolate, very full and rich. Perfect carbo. Lovely beer!

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