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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Christmas Ale

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464 Ratings
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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-12-2001)
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Reviews by NefariousR:
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NefariousR

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, deep orange with almost no head to speak of.

S - Smells fantastic - sweet malt, dark fruit (raisin, plum), spice (perhaps cinnamon?) pumpkin.

T - Malty sweetness with just a hint of spice, rounded out by a bready aftertaste. Somewhat disappointing following the aroma.

M - Thin-to-medium bodied, slightly sticky and moderately carbonated.

D - Fairly drinkable, but the flavor leaves a little to be desired. Nonetheless, it is enjoyable and worth a try.

12-21-2010 04:35:37 | More by NefariousR
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Tiernan

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Very nice, malty beer with notes of caramel and a bit of strawberry. Feels great in my mouth! Lots of caramel aftertaste.
Nice for a winter warmer, but I'm not getting why they call it a Christmas Ale. I generally tend to think of Christmas Ales as spiced beers, but there is not a trace of spice or "holiday flavor" in this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's delicious!

11-11-2012 23:28:24 | More by Tiernan
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-21-2014 23:07:55 | More by Ben7773
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

So, I'm visiting family in Houston and I see this in the local Kroger. I don't know when this comes out, but winter beers haven't appeared in Maine yet. Maybe when the humidity drops below 100% it's considered winter in Houston. Anyway, I'm glad this beer was available. It was a reddish/brown color with a medium off-white head. It had a malty aroma and a nice, kicky spice flavor. I had a few of these with some beef fajitas, and they went well together.

10-25-2006 22:03:45 | More by lordofthewiens
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

12 oz bottle. Pours clear red amber with a small creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet figgy malts with a little spice.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with some dark fruit and light spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall, an OK kind of bland Christmas beer.

03-05-2014 06:58:36 | More by Beaver13
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imagery

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-19-2011 20:53:39 | More by imagery
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-07-2013 05:47:37 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours burnt orange with a minimal white head. The smell is malty sweetness, with a little bit of unidentifiable spices. The flavor is more malt, possibly biscuit malt, with a strong aftertaste of spices such as cloves. There is more in there, I just can't tell exactly what it is. Nothing about this beer really stands out, but it is a very easy drinking, lighter winter warmer with no trace of the 7 percent alcohol. Nice beer.

11-26-2009 01:36:03 | More by Mora2000
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-24-2012 18:28:08 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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awalsh

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-02-2013 03:34:05 | More by awalsh
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Dinkel

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-07-2013 04:04:15 | More by Dinkel
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Dizzy

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a dark orange or reddish brown with an off white head. Initally 1.5" head the quickly recedes to a ring and a thin film on top. Aroma is malty sweetness and fruits. The malty sweetness is the dominant flavor, hop bitterness and alcohol balance it out. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Because of the sweetness and high alcohol, this wouldn't make a good session beer, one is enough. This is probably my favorite of Saint Arnold's beers.

10-22-2006 01:34:16 | More by Dizzy
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours amber-gold with an off white thick head that lingers for a while. Lacing is ok. Smell of roast malts, but not much else. Taste is about as bland. There's just not a good warming effect from this winter warmer. The mouthfeel is also a little too carbonated. It's a decent beer, very drinkable. But just not all that.

12-23-2008 02:33:21 | More by whoneeds8
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valkyre65

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

12-24-2011 03:16:53 | More by valkyre65
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pwoods

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Thanks jasonjlewis for this extra.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a pint. There's a dating notch like Founders(but on the side) without any indication of what it means. Dumb.

A: Pours a hazy ruby-amber. Aggressive pour gets 2 fingers of white head. Doesn't hold too long but ends in a thick skim on the surface and yields a decent amount of lacing.

S: The first thing I noticed, even though it's subtle, is a fresh baked brownie smell. Doughy malt character with some festive spices, though the smells are held back some which is very welcomed.

T/M: More doughy malts with a sweeter side than the nose suggests. More of the underlying brownie in the taste, adding lots of character and supporting a medium heavy body and creaminess. Dark fruit pie filling taste in the middle just as some spices come in for the end. A Mild alcohol phenolic zip comes in but not harsh at all.

D: Probably my favor winter warmer... still something I'd only want a few times around the holidays.

12-11-2007 04:27:37 | More by pwoods
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Medium sized off white to light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear caramel copper colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts blended with Christmas style spices in the aroma.

Dark caramel roasted malt dominate the taste with some light spices and lighter hops rounding out the palette.

A light caramel remains in a light dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A decent tasting Christmas beer, you can taste the spices but they don't overwhelm the beer taste.

12-27-2012 22:30:02 | More by LXIXME
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jbphoto88

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a thin ruby color with a good amount of carbonation but little head (maybe a /4 inch.) Surprisingly pretty, but the st arnold lineup has been surprising me lately.

The smell is of malts and weak hops. Not a strong feature of the beer but mild and nice none the less.

Taste is super, its a very easy beer to drink a lot of because its so smooth. The initial taste is of sweet malts followed by some spicy, bitter hops. Very nice and pleasing to the pallet.

I would stock up on this beer and try to keep some on hand year round. Its a good price for a strong very above average beer.

01-24-2008 00:53:40 | More by jbphoto88
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +3%

From ottovon!

Pours to hazy amber organge color with a off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malts and spices. Maybe a cinnamon and nutmeg.

Tastes spicy and sweet with hoppy bitterness to finish.

Has a almost light body with very little carbonation.

A pretty good christmas beer.

01-12-2009 01:11:57 | More by LordofTime25
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Djenx

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-18-2012 20:31:07 | More by Djenx
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IntriqKen

California

3.58/5  rDev -3%

Pours a golden amber with a white half finger head that melts quickly to a nice white ring.
Aromas are primarily sweet amber malt
Flavors of sweet amber malt with some spices....a light hop on the tale end.
Aftertaste is a little weird, however.
It might not be the best night for me to review this brew, but I like it.

11-22-2006 06:40:47 | More by IntriqKen
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hsus0225

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-10-2012 22:07:05 | More by hsus0225
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beerbrains

Nebraska

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

10-30-2012 04:30:59 | More by beerbrains
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Consumed at my cellar temperature, low Sixties, and not recommended mid-Fifties. Bonus in trade from a generous Texas trader. Like a Belgium, with a good mix of malts. Alcohol aroma. Pours medium body and significant white head. Yeasty taste, very drinkable indeed. Above average mouthfeel.

05-27-2009 03:16:55 | More by Sammy
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours with a quickly fading tan head, over clear golden liquid tinged with red. The nose..Hoo-Ha, did someone say phenols?? It's like Band-Aids were steeped in this bad boy! Taste is malty and phenolic followed by some sweetness and a pleasant, if subdued hopping. Finishes with a dash of dryness otherwise it's maltiness all the way, baby.

Thanks to Beer Angel for the opportunity!

01-04-2003 21:19:40 | More by beerluvr
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porter0209

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-14-2014 21:59:52 | More by porter0209
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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.