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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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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | 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 roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish copper with a thin, creamy head and a celebratory little bubble show going on. Smells of biscuits, caramel, and roses. My mouth watered as I wrote that. Taste is sharp and spicy up front, then mellows to a warm malt. The end stays a bit sharp, just a hint metallic. The mouthfeel is soft and tingly, just like I like my women. The drinkability is very good, the dry notes make me want more.

roblowther, Jan 02, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Tiernan, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Beaver13, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of imagery
4/5  rDev +8.4%

imagery, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +8.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

IrishGermanAmerican, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of awalsh
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

awalsh, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Dinkel, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Dizzy
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dizzy, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

whoneeds8, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of valkyre65
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

valkyre65, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

pwoods, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

LXIXME, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jbphoto88, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of LordofTime25
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

LordofTime25, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Djenx
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Qabil
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Qabil, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

IntriqKen, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

hsus0225, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of beerbrains
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

beerbrains, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, May 27, 2009
Photo of beerluvr
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

beerluvr, Jan 04, 2003
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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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