Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2



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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Reserve No. 2: Abbey American Quadruppel Cases Made: 787 Date Brewed: April 26, 2006 Date Bottled: July 18, 2006 Original Gravity: 1.093 Final Gravity: 1.022 Alcohol: 9.3% ABV Description: This big beer goes beyond existing styles. It is best described as an Abbey American quadruppel. It was brewed with a combination of Maris Otter, Munich, Victory and Special B malts. This beer is also the first time we have used an adjunct, in this case brown sugar, in the brewkettle. It is hopped with Perle, Liberty and Saaz, going for a pleasant, balancing but not overly aggressive bitter. We then split the wort from the kettle into 2 fermenters, pitching one with an American Ale yeast and the other with a Belgian Trappist yeast. Near the end of fermentation, the tanks were combined to finish out. The beer was conditioned for 12 weeks and then packaged unfiltered. This beer has a nose of malt, fruit and spice with a light touch of hops. The taste is a combination of malt with a warming alcoholic feel, lots of fruit, light clove and spice and a very pleasant hop bitter. While this beer is ready to be enjoyed immediately, it should develop well in the bottle over time.

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wetherel's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1894) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Tried at paytoplay’s house. Bottle brought by WeeHeavySD. Thanks Jon! Another quad rating! Woohoo. Smells great. Smells buttery and barrel aged, though I think it isn’t. Cloudy and amber colored.

johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle received recently in trade.
Murky reddish brown color with almost no head and judging from the lack of a pop little carbonation. Aroma is full of alcohol soaked dark fruits with bits of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate around the edges. Sweet sugary fruity maltiness with just a hint of alcohol. Lingering caramel sugary finish with some obvious sherry like oxidation. Thick body almost no carbonation sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Smells wonderful, but the flavor is quickly heading downhill. Wish I had tried it fresher.

douglas88 (9690) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle thanks to Markus. I honestly thought by taste that this was a older barley wine. Pours a cloudy brown color with only a tiny white head. a nice big sweet sugary nose with some fruit and leather. The flavor is oxidation, some leather, tobacco, some berries, light yeasty Belgian elements, very oxidized which I actually don’t dislike from time to time.

TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Wish i could have tried this 4 years ago. I think this has oxidized quite a bit, dark brown with no head. It has a fruity spicy and sweet, caramel taste. the beer still has a warming alcoholic feel. not to bad for a little over 6 year old beer.

Headbanger (4023) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
12oz bottle 1/13/10 (RSRIZZO’s Winter Gathering courtesy of BeerandBlues2)-Pours a muddy amber with no head. Aroma of caramel, sweetness, and yeast. Taste of the same with more caramel. This full bodied brew was very tasty. Great brew,

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Thanks to a friend for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with no real head. The aroma has quite a bit of dark fruit in it, as well as some big toffee notes. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of toffee and caramel malt, with some dark fruit (grapes and raisins) as well as some alcohol. As the beer warms, some dark cherry notes really start to come through strongly. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Big thanks to bu11zeye for this set... pours a ruby brown with almost no carbonation... smells really sweet, a bit of wheat, rye, spice, a little brown sugar, oxidized but ok... the taste doesn’t hold up as well as the nose, its really oxidized, a bit of chalk, spice, alcohol... this is past its prime

dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
From the saint Arnold divine reserve vertical tasting @ the common table on Dallas. This beer pours a medium amber with a thin off white head. The aromas are musty closet. Themouthfeel is sweet and sticky with a little bitterness on the backend. This one really mellowed weep! Awesome beer! Cheers!

brokensail (16670) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a nice amber color, but there are some fairly noticeable orange hints--a bit light for quad, I would think. A thin off-white head caps things off.

S: This is definitely plenty of sweetness to this beer. Dark candi sugars and caramel, along with dark fruits. Some yeast and oxidation, too.

T: Toffee, caramel, and candi sugar give this one sweetness along with some mixed dark fruits. Yeast and some mild spice notes, and chocolate oxidation.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: This one has held up fairly well, but it’s certainly not going to be getting any better. If for some reason you’re still holding on to this, drink up.

AmEricanbrew (7065) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Hazy amber color/ no head. Big apple, apricot aromas with spicy toasted caramel. smooth medium body with soft co2. Pit fruit sweet flavors with brown sugar, sweet spices, mild oxidation.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2010
In short: A past due-date dark Belgian ale of some kind

How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when over 3 year of age (ouch!). Sent to me by CaptainCougar. Thanks a lot Tom

The look: Ugly cloudy light brown (muddy water color) topped by an beige ring of foam

In long: Nose shows signs of oxidation. Taste of dried toffee, toasted nuts, dried dark fruits, light cardboard/oxidation, brown sugar, some refried beans, tobacco, maple. Overall rather dry. This beer did not feel like an Abt at all. A true Belgian quad can last three years, not this one. The beer is not bad, but it is on its way down. When I poured my bottle I got a lot of cardboard from the nose and taste. I let it breathe for 5 minutes and it was better. I’m a bit late to rate this one. But it’s better to be late than being eaten alive by alligators. Among other things.

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