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Saint Arnold Brown Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

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81
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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-24-2002)
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy chocolate brown color, with much yeast suspended in the liquid. The head isn't exactly impressive, starting out with a small puff of foam that quickly disappears into a small patchy film right in the middle of my glass. The carbonation appears to be plentiful, and with big burly looking CO2 bubbles rising to the top. There is no lacing whatsoever but rather a slightly watery, slightly viscous film that glazes the side of the glass. Not much to look at to be honest!

S- The aromas are quite pleasant and varied! There are hints of sweet caramel/toffee, maple syrup, richer brown sugar and ripe banana. This is complimented by richer nutty and chocolate aromas and mild earthy tones on the finish....smells more like desert than beer in my opinion!

T- Yum, this is a most delicious brew, that follows the aromas closely overall. The big difference here is in the amount of chocolate, which is what the brewery is going for....so they say...it is a sweet, creamy milk chocolate, that doesn't overpower the palate. Roasted malt, and more of the aforementioned nuttiness create what I could describe as milk chocolate almond bark. The finish has a very mellow bittering hop presence, which just takes the richness off the palate, until the next taste!

M- Contrary to the appearance, this turns out to be a creamy, buttery, and fulfilling brew! The carbonation is actually very settled, allowing the full range of flavors to shine through. The body itself is on the lite side, and doesn't detract from anything, as there is so much else going on that you don't really notice how light it really is....however, with that said, for the style, I'd personally like to enjoy this style with a little more chewiness behind it.

O- This is a very nice beer overall and highly drinkable! The alcohol is non existent, with great flavor & aroma. This is a very nice cozy beer that could be greatly enjoyed on a cold night watching the game! I will look for this next time I'm in the States, and I give this my recommendation!

ChrisCage, Nov 16, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jayman931
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint was served on draft in the Houston Airport.

Om a hop head so this really isn't my style but it was pretty good. Would be aomething you could drink a few of no problem. Decent nose. Little nutty flavor and more bitterness than expected.

Cheers!

Jayman931, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown color with a white head which quickly dissipates. the aroma is toffee, caramel malt and a light nuttyness. The flavor is light caramel malts, light roasted malts, some nuttyness and a light hop character. The overall flavor is pretty sweet. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown, with a very thin(almost non) off white head.

Smell: Mild notes of nutty and fruity smell, with mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is a mild wood/nutty taste, and some malts.

Overall: I am not really a fan of browns personally, but this one is ok. Not really anything special in my opinion.

Cavanaghty, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

IrishGermanAmerican, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Dizzy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours kind of a hazy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is carmel like malt flavor. Taste is sweet malts, carmel and some toasted malts. Hop bitterness isn't prominant. Medium mouthfeel, noticeable carbonation. Drinkability is good, I enjoy this one but there are better brown ales available.

Dizzy, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of melodicnoise
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

melodicnoise, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin, clear but not completely transparent orangish brown with a off white moderate head.

Smell is mostly malts and grains with not much in the way of hops. There is a slight earthy scent (almost like fresh vegetables) but all in all its a rather mild nose.

Taste is mostly about the malts. There is a watery sweetness to them and a timid, thin body. Not very inspiring or complex this beer is kind of a one trick pony. There is a slight metallic almost coppery twang to the finish.

Not a terrible beer but one that falls short of interesting. Easy to drink and enjoyable on a warm summer day but not one I feel compelled to buy again.

jbphoto88, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Qabil
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Qabil, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this Texas brew.

Deep, dark rusty amber color, mild carbonation and a 1/4" crown rises and falls just as quick. This is a much lighter color than most classic Brown ale's.

The aroma is of very sweet malt, mild chocolate but a very agressive fruity hop smell. Wild Strawberries and chocolate covered raspberries. slight tangy and sour wheat scent.

The flavor is that of light, brown chocolate malt that is very crispy and light feeling and a bit thin for my taste. The flavor also has a deep and slightly overwheling hop profile. I'm surprised by the sweet, fruity hop edge in this Brown ale, but I like it's uniqueness. The finish is a bit more clean than dry on this one.

This is a very off-centered brew but it is also unique.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 03, 2008
Photo of porter0209
4/5  rDev +11.7%

porter0209, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +11.7%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Finnman, cheers!

Pours Copper with 3 fingers of pillowy pearl-white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Nice toasty & biscuitty malt & some herbal hops

T: Toast malt, caramel & a slight flinty dryness up front. Biscuitty malt & slight citrus hops as this warms. Finishes with biscuitty malt, a touch of brown sugar dryness & just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation; great balance

Super drinkability, near perfect, a dang good brown!

russpowell, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin looking retention skims the surface, leaving some decent looking patchy swathes of lace back. The aroma has a nice doughy sweetness to it, that mixes with some spicy and floral English hop character to impart an almost gingerbread like quality to this.

The taste is sweet with toasty malt character, with notes of spice and some moderate hop bitterness, which offers some quality balance. Finishes with lingering sweetness and a touch of dry bitterness on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel to to it, that pretty much ensures a nice drinkibility to this.

This seemed just a tad more hopped up than your traditional English Brown but I didn't mind in the least, as it brought a nice spiciness and needed balance to a fairly malty profile. I enjoyed this.

Kegatron, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of bditty187
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent and shinny reddish-brown, the slightly off-white head was very quick to dissipate, no lace. Fair nose, too clean… light caramel malt and very faint chocolate. The bouquet is rather neutral. Slightly above-average palate, the hops are excellently controlled yet persuading; the caramel malt and chocolate notes are nicely done. Not as dry as I’d want in a Brown. Good finish… sweet yet faintly bitter. Minimal carbonation. Light-medium body. Very drinkable… pleasing.

Thank you Morris729!

bditty187, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of dungaree
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Arnold pils glass at the St. Arnold brewery on tap by none other than the owner himself, Brock Wagner.

Medium brown color and slightly cloudy. Had a thin head with adequate carbonation. Smelled of caramel, spice, and yummy malt. Hints of fruit in the nose. Tasted of smooth malt, caramel, with a touch of chocolate towards the end. Mouthfeel was a bit gummy. (Should have brought some crackers or nuts like most everyone else did.) Finished with good hoppy dryness. Had a good balance of hops and malt. Recommended.

dungaree, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of hoppy91
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

hoppy91, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Tenor
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Tenor, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of GenericWarrior
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

GenericWarrior, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of TheBCrew
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-copper color with an off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of hazlenuts, caramel and malt. Taste to match, quite malty with a little bit of hop bitterness present. Finishes slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy with decent drinkability. Good example of the style, just not one of my favorite styles anymore as I tend to prefer the hoppier beers.

TheBCrew, May 29, 2008
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery. Had a decent light brown color with a short head. Not too bad for a spring beer. Decent flavor with decent body. Not too much flavor. Goes down easy and was very nice to drink. But nothing too spectacular as I was expecting more.

Richardbeerlover, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of tvl89
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tvl89, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark copper much like an ESB with a sizeable head that fizzles out to being thin, but leaves some nice lacing. I get minimal aromas of nuts and chocolate with mostly just a vague "sweet" smell. Has the typical weird Saint Arnold overbearing fruitiness. Honestly this tastes like a really fruity ESB with a little added chocolate malt and a halt put on the hops. Finishes dry but then feels cloying in the aftertaste. Weird. Mouthfeel is not too weighty but the carbonation needs to ease up a bit. This isn't horrible, jus kind of wonky for a brown ale.

goochpunch, Apr 20, 2007
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Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.