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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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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 1/4" off white head that does not hang around long. The beer is left with a ring that leaves no lace. More of an orange/amber than a brown.

S - Sweet caramel. Nutty. Muted aroma overall.

T - Earthy sweet malt. Nut brown character. Brown sugar.

M - Clost to a medium bodied mouthfeel. Low to mid-level carbonation. Finishes a little oversweet for me.

D - Decent drinkability. The brown ale is average at best.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mug:

Appearance: This beer poured a cloudy brown liquid with almost no head just a thin white ring floating on top.

Smell: The aromas are subtle wood notes and slightly fruity.

Taste: The flavors are surprisingly pretty good.Wood and tea flavors with a little fruit,such as apples and just a touch of a citrusy orange.Good hop and malt character to balance the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a good amount of carbonation(Couldn't tell from the head) a very easy drinking beer.

Drinkability: I could see myself sessioning this beer,but there are so many better brown ales out there this one might not be able to stand up to.Overall, not bad it's worth a try.


cheers2beers, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
2.55/5  rDev -29%
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 beertastegood
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear copper with a minimal fluffy head. Aromas of nuts, caramel, raisin, and chocolate, with a slight piney hop smell in the background.

Taste: first comes some Cascade hops, which are quickly doused by the sweet caramelly malt flavor that seems to dominate the beer. Bready, biscuit-like flavor as well, with a slight spiciness and tartness towards the end. Finishes slightly sweet, with faint citrus hop notes.

Carbonation is medium, which is nice - allows the malt to really come through and shine. Body is medium-light; I would like a little more body, but it is well within the range for a brown ale.

Drinkability is medium to high; it is a little sweet for me to be downing several, but it is a good session beer nonetheless.

One of Saint Arnold's year-round brews, and a very good one at that.

beertastegood, Dec 31, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery/amber in color. Fairly low carbonation. Not a lot of aroma. Fairly subdued actually. Nice mellow malt flavor. Low hop bitterness. Great finish of caramel like sweetness. Good body for style. Overall an enjoyable beer. Might be a tad sweet for a brown ale but I find it quite enjoyable. Thanks mushroomcloud!

lackenhauser, Dec 24, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light brown with a small tan head that falls fast.

Aroma is malty with some nice nutty notes and some light spicey hops.

Taste is malty good nutty flavors mixed with a dash of brown sugar sweetness. Good toasted graininess. Not to complex or robust but a decent brown. Finish is light hops somewhat spicey.

Mouthfeel is smooth and going on medium.

Drinkability is ok a decent brown ale wouldn't seek it out but worth a try. Thanks go to TxBeer for this one.

mntlover, Nov 01, 2005
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3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

Saint Arnold's Brown ale is much like its Amber ale in achievement, average but
still a fine Texas beer.

A sweet, malt prescence is key here but the turnoff is the signature Saint Arnold's dirty malt finish. Perhaps a bit of aging will help this along.

beerdiablo, Oct 26, 2005
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3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

fom the bottle. poured and copper amber with a medium sized off white head. aroma the molasses jumped right out there than came the malts, brown sugar, chocolate. flavor a nice sweetness comes out with the caramel and chocolate, and got hints of malts and hops. not to bad

walleye, Sep 16, 2005
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2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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
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2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
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
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice light caramel color with a lightly tanned soapy head. Fizzles down quickly but holds at a solid cap.

Aroma - just a whiff of caramel and grain, plain but not bad.

Taste - tasty caramel malt and lightly toasted grain. Clean roasty finish, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - moderate weight, solid carbonation, complements the flavor well.

Drinkability - good stuff from ST. Arnold's, belongs on the short list of St. A's brews to try if you visit the Houston area.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 13, 2005
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4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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
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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at World Market simply because I a slot left in a "pick your own" six pack holder. It is a honey colored golden-brown in my marzen glass, with a small off-white head that is quickly forgotten. The nose is of milk chocolate and hazelnuts with a bit of toasted bread and perhaps plum. Taste is a little more complex than expected, and again has hints of the light chocolate and hazlenuts, along with some malty flavors. A bit of raisin near the end, maybe even an apple cider-flavored tinge?

This ale has a smooth mouthfeel, but is a wee bit undercarbonated for a brown. A very drinkable beer, especially with mexican food.

kosmoraios, Feb 08, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this tonight I'm struck with how similar this tastes to their Christmas Ale. Brown Ale is copper in color with, typical for Saint Arnold, a short head. Aroma is sweet and spiced. Taste is much the same, maybe just a bit too sugary sweet. This is a good enough beer, but I think it could be improved upon.

Gagnonsux, Jan 12, 2005
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 and a half 12oz bottles, in an English pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish-copper appearance, like an old penny. Slight bit of haze.

Aroma: Toasty, caramel malt aroma.

Flavor/Body: A number of malt-related flavors present: a little chocolate, some toasty bread, slight caramel. Not much hop taste, but enough bitterness to dry out the finish. Fruitiness slightly evident at the end, as the malt fades. Medium body, slightly lowish carbonation.

Not an exceptional beer, but not unpleasant. One good thing about beeradvocate is it's making me go back and try beers I haven't tasted in years, like this one. Makes a decent food-accompanying beer, I think.

allengarvin, Nov 03, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a murky medium brown color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. There is just a little lacing. The smell is rich and nutty, lots of dark roasted malt. A touch of hops in there. The taste has lots of sweet malt. Some toffee in there, with some toasted biscuit malt. A nice flavor. The body is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is good as well. A nice brown ale.

SheepNutz, Oct 22, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to HardTarget for introducing me to Texas brew. St. Arnold's has a nice line. This one was no exception.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful clear carmel brown with a white/tan head that's a perfect two finger's thick.

Smell: A nice balanced smell of malts and a touch of grain or hoppiness.

Taste: Very tasty. Toward the sweet end of the spectrum with the carmel malts taking over. But the bitter hops left a nice clear finish on the palate. Remarkably complex and is awakening all the taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Carbonation, malts, and hops blend very well with this brew.

Overall: A very drinkable brown ale. By far the best style I've had from the good Saint and one of the better brown ales I've had. If you're in Texas, cool down with this refreshing beer.

Thanks again to HardTarget for the tasty treat!

mattcrill, Jul 17, 2004
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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice and brown. Ok, ok, maybe deep amber. But, like, no head. What's up with that? Verra verra light on the nose, eh? I guess it smells a little malty, a little earthy.
It tastes... Um. Well, there's a wee bit o' maltiness to 'er. You can just taste the chocolate...
It's pretty light in the mouth. It's almost like it's overcarbonated (but you remember from the head that it isn't. Weird).
Still, it's light and refreshing - I'd drink this as a summer beer and love it!

charlesw, May 18, 2004
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3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent brownish amber with a virtually non-existent white head. Good lacing.

There is a faint malt sweetness in the nose.

There is a mildly sweet malt flavor with a touch of hops in the finish. This is pretty good, but nothing special.

Thin mouthfeel with a slight dry hoppy finish.

This is an inoffensive beer that could be a good introduction for the macro brew drinker. It's pretty good but nothing I would actively pursue.

filabrazilia, Feb 07, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brown Ale pours a dirty orange/brown with a moderate white head.

The aroma is fairly strong but not at all overpowering. A malt sweetness is evident but not lingering. The taste is good, with a malty sweetness ans a nice hoppy finish. The beer is pleasantly carbonated (ie. not too fizzy).

All in all, I think this is a very good beer. I can imagine it being a nice session choice.

kindestcut, May 08, 2003
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3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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
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3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of weeks in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A big, tan, noisy, dense head. Nice. Clumpy, foamy lacing. The beer is reddish-brown.

The nose is nutty, grapesy, sweet. The front is sweet fruit followed by a caramel middle (turning somewhat chocolatey with temperature). The finish is nicely bitter, a little sour (maybe the cloy of the sweet) with loads of roasted, nutty grains. I like this one quite a bit. It could be fuller in the middle, but it's plenty aggressive, I think.

kbub6f, Apr 15, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear ruddy bronze in hue, topped by a fluffy, slowly settling off white head. Light caramel and mild chocolate malt upfront in aroma, with hints of earthy hops and pearish esters following. Trace biscuit. Pleasant, but pedestrian aromawise. Bready, grainy malt and biscuit initially in flavor is ceded by medium lovibond caramel malt sweetness and understated hints of semisweet chocolate. Mellow, earthy hop flavor emerges late simultaneously with subtle butterscotch diacetyl. Mild hop bitterness helps lend a persistent sweetness, both caramel malt and residual dextrin derived. Light in bodied, w/ a passable mouthfeel. Finishes clean and a touch watery, with a fading impression of peppered biscuit. Certainly not rich in character, but well balanced overall for good quaffability. A good session beer, but only a couple notches above the norm for the typically insipid brown. Thanks to TXhops for sending this brew.

marc77, Feb 16, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Bought with the amber ale I reviewed. Medium brown shiny color. Faint white head. Smells are noticable, sweet, and ok with me for the style. Nice full taste of molasses, brown sugar, carmel malt. Not much hops to notice if any. Sweet aftertaste. Still slick like the other one, but not bad at all. Hints of hazelnut and corn syrup. Still light carbonation, slick and watery feel lingers, but better than the amber. I think I'd like to try something else from Texas next, maybe the Broken Spigot Imperial Stout. I give this one another try as well, when I'm sure of it's freshness.

StevieW, Feb 04, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st impression was sweet hops on the nose followed by an exquisite balance of hopped up malt on the palate. The is a little warmth from the alcohol like a barley wine too – though I do not be live the ABV to be that high. This brew has a nice reddish brown color. It pours with a moderately thin head that settles in about a minute. The taste reminds me a bit of a mild ESB with a distinctive and unique malt finish.

This is another fine brew from the gang at St. Arnold’s. If you ever get to visit be sure to look up Jesse – That man loves his job.

AtrumAnimus, Jan 24, 2003
Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.