Saint Arnold Sailing Santa (2012)

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Sailing Santa began its life several years ago when people requested that we blend half a pint of Elissa IPA with half a pint of Christmas Ale. Last year, we introduced a bottled version by filtering half a batch of Elissa IPA and blending it in the bright beer tank with half a batch of Christmas Ale. This year, Sailing Santa is returning with a slight tweak. We started by blending the Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale wort pre-fermentation. Then we added just a pinch of cinnamon. Or what a pinch would be when talking about 3,000 gallons. The result is a spiced Sailing Santa that is great to drink by itself but also an amazing beer to pair with foods, especially holiday recipes. There is a very limited number of 22 oz bottles of this years Sailing Santa being released to grocery and liquor stores only.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozarkspops (368) - - NOV 26, 2012
Copper and very clear pour. Light head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a good balance of the two beers. First you notice the hop aroma followed by malt sweetness and finishes with some Christmas style spices. Flavor is mostly malt sweetness. High carbonation. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (13990) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Cask at petrol. Pours a cloudy orange with paperthin white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is bready malt and spice. Thin mouth with sweet hop and light spice malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a clear amber color with a very small, filmy head. Aroma has a lot of sweetness when poured. Very strong caramel malts, apple, grape and some light orange citrus. Flavor has a perfect amount of cinnamon to compliment the apple sweetness in the beer. Notes of grape and caramel malt sweetness also come through. Body is light/modest in density with a very low amount of carbonation. The beer is pretty enjoyable. I really like the cinnamon/apple flavor of the beer and I have to compliment them on not overdoing it with the spice. An enjoyable holiday brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1225) - , Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Guessing this was 2012 version. Found it in back of cellar figured it would be a waste as it was 10+ months old. I was wrong. Orange amber pour. Nice aroma of citrus malt and caramel. Soft palate with light carbonation. Tastevhas many things going on. Malt and honey/caramel up front then some holiday spices followed by muted hops. I have not had the christmas ale but I like the idea of toning down an ipa. Very niiice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
Orange pour with a white head, aroma is cinnamon and tastes very cinnamon flavor and sugar sweetness. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1680) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bomber. Dark copper/gold. Not much head. Nose is a bit sweet, with some nice malty tones. Taste starts off with a big blast of cinnamon and then fades down to a rich maltiness and earthy hops. Rich palate. This is much better than the original SS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2877) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bomber from LDHughes3! Many thanks dood. Pours orangy amber with off white head with ok retention, leaves a thick lacing coat. Nose is a tad thin. Taste starts with bourgeoning sweetness and caramel. Citrus comes mid taste. A hint of cinnamon on the finish is pleasant. Body is medium and sturdy enough to foot a solid foundation. Yum!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rhardy538 (3) - - JAN 18, 2013 does not count
Thin white head, hazy amber color. Slight spice and hops in the aroma, but hard to pick anything distinct. Hops are subtle (too subtle for me) and a touch of cinnamon. Seems to me this beer would be on point if everything was amped up a bit. I like the addition of cinnamon. I remember enjoying the 2011 a little more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Much better this year with the added spices that made the hops fade to where they need to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1902) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Saint Arnold Sailing Santa has a rather thin, cream-colored head and a pretty clear, bubbly, copper appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is subtle, but one can pick up some fruitiness and brown bread crust. Taste is of brown bread, brown sugar, fruity and piney hops, and it has a pleasant, bitter undertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, and Saint Arnold Sailing Santa finishes crisp, refreshing, pleasant, mentholated, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent offering, and I recommend it! RJT

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22oz bottle 12/14/12 (Whole Foods-AUS)-Pours a light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of hops, malt, amd cinnamon. Taste of the same with more hops. This medium bodied brew is not bad. Wish cinnamon was more prominent.

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