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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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BA SCORE
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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1.25/5  rDev -65.1%

phishbone23, Feb 03, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Wayne17, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Illini5596
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A mediocre brown ale. The taste was initially on the sweet side but during the glass moved to more of a bland mediocre taste. Color was a good dark brown and very rich, but the lack of head makes the appearance average at best. Like other Saint Arnold's beers it's not bad but not good, as I've said in my other reviews of their beers, it's C+,B- beer. Nothing to write home about.

Illini5596, May 22, 2005
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, this beer is really...average. Actually, compared to most other brown ales I've had, it's below average. I spent a few days in Houston, and the beer scene in TX seems pretty lackluster. Despite the fact I loved the Divine Reserve #5, I think that the warm TX whether tends to "lighten" the popular craft beers produced there. That thought neatly explains this particular beer. It looks and smells a lot like a lager, but does have some dark roastiness that tastes like caramel and molasses and brings it into line with other brown ales I've had. Mouthfeel is a little light and watery.

BeerBelcher, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Mcglax30
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Mcglax30, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of TexAggie011
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

TexAggie011, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of cjtwigger
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

cjtwigger, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle inspection: Classic St. Arnold neck label, askew and off center. Label mentions the 4 basic ingredients that are in all beer, nothing more informative like a date, or an abv.

Aroma: Caramel corn. Malt and yeast aromas on the second smell, but still sweet, smells a bit like malt extract.

Appearance: Orange brown mug shows hazy clarity when backlit. A firm pour produced only a collar of off white that gives a few traces of lace.

Taste: A fairly sweet, nutty taste is a pleasant surprise given the nose. Balance is clearly toward the sweet end, but there must be some bittering hops in there somewhere. There is a faint metallic note in the back end, which is unfortunate.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, and odd texture. It’s kind of oily.

Overall: Not my favorite St. Arnold. Just a bit too sweet, carbonation level seems too low which gives an odd mouthfeel, and the smell has traces of DMS. I’d recommend the Amber over this.

HardTarget, Feb 23, 2006
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
Photo of Squelch
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: slightly hazy with a slight off white ead. Brownish almost copper colored

Smell: excellent ester aroma no hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly astringent. a flavor of tea dominates. Strange. Not my cup of tea (pun intended)

Mouthfeel: very nice. Smooth but slightly tingly with Carbination

Drinkability: not my favorite style of beer. I didn't enjoy this one.

Squelch, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of brystmar
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug at the new brewery location in downtown Houston.

A: on the lighter side for a brown ale, poured with lots of head; moderate lacing on the glass as it disappeared.

S: roasted malt, caramel, a little plain otherwise.

T: starts off malty with some hoppy bitterness, very faint hint of nuttiness. Finishe almost watery with remnants of hops. Not impressed.

M: medium-bodied with light carbonation. Hard to ignore the almost watery flavor though, that really detracts from my enjoyment of its tenure in my mouth.

D: relatively easy drinking, but points off again for the lack of flavor spoiling my potential enjoyment of this brew.

brystmar, Jan 09, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

rawfish, Jul 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

corekneelius, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is down to swirls and rimmed bubbles in moments, with some small-bubbled lacing. Aroma is hearty grains, with a bit of a fruity tinge. Taste is kind of damp cardboard with some malt notes, and a light fruitiness in the middle and close that try to make me forget the beginning. Mouthfeel is okay, could use a bit more carbonation, and drinkability is not so great for me. Would recommend most of their other brews over this one.

ppoitras, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy tan head that sits atop a brown beer that shows a hazy ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of fruity notes of cherry, toasted malt, a light astringent burnt grain note; really the fruity note dominates though. The taste is light and sweet up front with a finish of stale malt. There is quite a bit of fruitiness here, with notes of cherry dominant. The finish is lightly phenolic and astringent with a bit of bitterness as well. For some reason this does not jive with my taste-buds, oh well.

Gueuzedude, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of BeerSox
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a thin light tan head that settles into a strong cap. Almost no lacing.

Walnut smells mixed with light dry fruit. Light molasses smell.

Nutty malt flavors. Papery taste in the middle with a bitter finish.

Light body with low carbonation. No lingering flavors.

This beer presents well, and smells good, but bland comes to mind with everything else. There are better brown ales out there. For the price, maybe a good session beer.

BeerSox, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Light brown color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of chocolate and caramels. My nose got confused after I got to the brewery tanks with all sort of smells. Out now... I got some nuts.
Mild but pleasant flavor of chocolate, lots of cola and some nuts and yeast.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very mild Brown Ale, but with decent amount of nuts, quite easy to drink. Don't expect lots of spices and hops found in American Brown Ales.
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FLima, Sep 18, 2014
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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
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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
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

BeerCigar, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogony brown with a full tan head that all too soon vanishes, well carbonated with decent lace. Strong aroma of roasted malt and hops, hints of bitter chocolate. The flavor begins with some maltiness, less than I expected, followed by coffee and bitter cocoa flavors and a strong hop finish. Also a bit watery. Not as good as some other brown ales that I have had, so I was a bit disappointed. This is not a bad beer, but there are better examples of the style to be had.

Pegasus, Jun 19, 2002
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

ChaseTheAce, Feb 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Musineer, Dec 15, 2011
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Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.