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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: 462
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of Kromes


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

A: A clear amber color with a thick white head and good lacing on glass. Looks good.

S: A slight caramel malt aroma with some nice fruity candied hop. It reminds me of pez if pez had a hop flavor.

T: There are some caramel malt flavors with a little bit of candied hop flavor and bitterness. It's tasty.

M: It just seems a little watery to me, but ok.

D: It's ok on drinkablity. Can't really detect any alcohol flavor. It tastes ok, but comparing it to other christmas releases I'd have to say it is just average.

12-07-2009 00:25:12 | More by Kromes
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy deep amber, not much head just some slight foam, good color though

S: Very spicy hop aroma aroma dominates the nose

T: Gradually building hop spice like the smell, slight bready malt in the middle, not much else, pretty easy flavors, but still seems bold because of all the spiciness

M: Good carbonation in the beer even though there was no head, stays light and finishes dry

D: Easy to drink while still being flavorful, definitely above average

Notes: A solid drinking winter seasonal with good spice flavor and hop profile. However, nothing stands out to me, just above average all around.

12-02-2009 20:14:21 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of hoplover82


4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

A-Pours a crystal clear amber color with a small to medium off white head that has o.k.ish retention and good lacing.

S-A malty sweet caramel aroma and a hint of chocolate and a faint note of toffee grace the nose. And when I looked for it, I found a barely there earthy hop aroma too.

T-In the flavor there is a lot more spicy hoppiness than in the nose, (which I love). As well as some slightly sweet malty flavor. It's almost like an octoberfest in the flavor, but more complex. I think they used munich, chocolate, some medium dark crystal and maybe some marris otter in this. There are notes chocolate, sweet, and toffee in the flavor. Nice and complex indeed.

M-This mouthfeel couldn't get any better imo. Very creamy and smooth. There is no hint of any alcohol. It is very well hidden. It also has a nice blend of full bodied sweetness and a slight dryness that cleanses the palate.

D-Very drinkable indeed. I highly suggest this beer to any beer lover. I can't believe it took me this long to try this beer.

11-30-2009 06:05:28 | More by hoplover82
Photo of Mora2000


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
Photo of wagenvolks


3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Pours a crisp caramel-amber hue cut down the middle by a rising stream of lively bubbles. A thin, wispy tan head builds to a half inch before quickly receding to a central plume of foam. Sweet, spicy hints in the nose, but the overall effect is minimal. Juniper and pine, faint caramel, toffee, and fruitcake.

This Christmas ale improves significantly as it warms, delivering a sweet, dried fruit note on the front that gives way to soft spices, pale malts, gingerbread, and a hoppy, piny finish. The medium body is crisp and peppery on the palate, with an uppity carbonation level that livens up the mouthfeel. Overall, Saint Arnold's Christmas Ale delivers on what it promises--a solid beer to accompany the mildly chilly winter nights in Texas. Reminds me of a toned-down version of Great Lakes' Nosferatu...not the most drinkable, but good.

11-24-2009 01:11:04 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of northaustin


3.1/5  rDev -16%

poured into a pint glass. pours a clear red/copper with two fingers of even white head which disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

smells very fruity sweet. some piney floral notes as well. it smells rather nice.

taste is very light and then has a slightly mediciney taste later on. no alchohol present. this is not as full bodied as i would like from a holiday ale.

mouthfeel: kinda foamy in your mouth and then goes down smooth. leaves a syrupy feeling in the cheeks.

drinkability: sessionable yes, and affordable, but there are a few other holiday ales that are just a little more my style.

11-10-2009 05:04:01 | More by northaustin
Photo of jpaltan


3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

burnt orange. thin eggshell head. smell is cloves with cherries, dark fruits, maybe a slight hint of cinnamon or some other earthiness. taste is spicy, with many tastes going on. there is cinnamon in the taste, coriander, maybe some nutmeg in the finish. has a bready quality to it, some maltiness to give it a bit of backbone against spiced nature. mouthfeel finishes dry and it is a bit sticky upfront. tongue even feels a bit strange like one had just had cinnamon or nutmeg. overall, i'd say this suffers from a lack of simplicity. there is just too much going on in this beer. maybe time would mellow this one out.

10-31-2009 20:00:09 | More by jpaltan
Photo of Spineypanda


4.22/5  rDev +14.4%

A great beer!

A nice brown color with a lingering head. Has smells of roasted malts.
Tastes like a darker beer, maybe a brown ale and it definitely has a refreshing aftertaste.

Quite interesting! had not expected this beer for a Christmas ale, because I had expected darker, but this was definitely refreshing.

10-27-2009 01:51:58 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

There is just something about this beer that makes me happy. Perhaps because the Christmas in July release that St. Arnolds does provides a fresh winter warmer at a time when most available winter warmers are anything but fresh.

A: Burnt Orange...Hook 'Em!!! No lacing, but a persistant eggshell head.

S: Clove + Honey + Coriander (maybe) + Moonshine

T: Pine Oil spicy mixed with a very earthy malt base. Slightly tangy, but the hops are very suited for the doughy malts.

M: A little light on the body. I would thicken this one up and ratchet down the carbonation a tad to make this perfect.

D: Christmas in July! Heavens no, hell yes!!!

07-27-2009 14:18:20 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of DefenCorps


4/5  rDev +8.4%

Thank you, Blake!

A: In my snifter, this beer sits a clear, gorgeous orangeish red. There's a thin tan head with decent retention and no real lace

S: Solid. Sweet with caramel, honey and some jaggery,along with some mild spice character. I can't quite put my finger on it, it's like a faint mix of clove, ginger and pepper. Interesting and good

T: Opens up with a complex, earthy sweetness with a bitter edge. Sweeter, caramel and honey flavors lead into a mild spice character with a mild earthy hop character. Dry on the finish, with a little spice and some bitterness, this is a good take on the style

M: Medium in body with soft carbonation and a dry, spicy finish, this is good

D: It's an enjoyable winter warmer. Well done, St. Arnold, this is the best beer I've had from you guys yet.

07-06-2009 04:54:01 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of 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
Photo of drunkboxer1


4/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into one of those Sam Adams glasses. This is my favorite seasonal of St. Arnold's and I managed to find some in May.

Pours a reddish brown with a soapy tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some thick lace. Smells mildly of some spice (yeast spiciness, not literal spice -I don't think they added anything to it), a sweet caramel-like something, and piney hops. Theres a piney, sticky hop flavor when you first sip it followed by some big malty sweetness. There is, as is typical for a winter warmer, there's a good amount of hop bitterness in the finish. At seven percent this isn't the biggest warmer around, but you can definitely feel it. I was a little worried about freshness when I found some dusty six packs in the liquor store, but the alcohol and hops have held this one up well.

05-12-2009 22:20:57 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of Hophead101


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

drank on 5.1.09

pours a nice clear burgandy brown. really nice thick off white head. lasted quite some time. nice small off white ring of foam around the edge of the glass. hard to get much of a smell out of it - malty base is predominant with very faint spice in there somewhere.

taste is nice - but nothing that is wow-ing. medium body - malty and crips. cracked pepper in there. struggling to get much out of this. mouthfeel and drinkability is nice, but taste itself is very average.

05-02-2009 04:01:47 | More by Hophead101
Photo of jwc215


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks to armock for including this in a trade!

Pours reddish amber with a thin white head.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with pine and some fruitcake (bready).

The taste is of caramel/toffee with earthy and piney/woody spicing. A touch of alcohol warmth comes through. An herbal bitterness/woody dryness mixes with the warm sweetness in the finish.

The carbonation is on the higher end of what I'm thinking that it should be, though it does ease up as it progresses. It has a medium, somewhat sticky, body.

A malty, yet with a touch of hops, brew that serves as a nice winter warmer.

03-14-2009 02:08:56 | More by jwc215
Photo of Kegatron


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to Armock for this in a BIF last year.

Pours a clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head. 1/2 finger or so of retention hangs tough, leaving a great looking cascade back that unfortunately doesn't stick around much except for some slight spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet smelling with notes of bread, citrus, and caramel. Floral hops with a light spicy element also weave there way in and out of the bouquet.

The taste is similar, with a sweet mix of caramel, doughy malts, and citrus that imparts a tangy feel. Sweetness is balanced out by a moderate spicy hop profile that lingers for a bit. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied that feels a little thicker a first that then thins out rather quickly. I'm wishing that this body went a little deeper. Alcohol is fairly well hid though.

Not bad. The doughy sweetness and spicy nature of the hops used really made this stand out as a decent Christmas beer. Despite the lack of depth to the body, this still stayed fairly quaffable.

03-12-2009 16:59:04 | More by Kegatron
Photo of russpowell


4.3/5  rDev +16.5%

Another one from my in-person trade with twiggamortis420, cheers Greg!!

Pours caramel with 1 finger of tan colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Apricots & a touch of breadyness, plus a touch tobacco once warmed up.

T: Breadyness, apricot & plums, & a of bit caramel apple up front. Dryness & caramel & a bit orange slice show as this warms, along with some biscuitty malt, plus a bit of herbal hops. Finishes dry, frutty & with honey, toffee & caramel

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & fairly rich

Drinks pretty easy for the style/ABV, a nice winter warmer that is going down well on a cold March evening, yummy

03-11-2009 23:30:48 | More by russpowell
Photo of bbothen


3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Clear amber/red color with a small 1 finger deep off white head.

Sweet, malty, spicy, fruity aromas.

Malty, bready, spicy, vanilla, caramel, faint fruity hops, mild bitterness.

Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, kinda warming I guess.

Drinks fine. The ABV is somewhat hidden. Much better as it warms up. Decent enough, just not my bag baby.

03-03-2009 03:01:34 | More by bbothen
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Feb 2009.

Poured in Celis pint glass. Small ecru colored head. Well carbonated. Very dark amber orange color. Aroma is of whole grain bread and strawberry jam. Starts with moderate caramel and strawberry jam, stays this way through the middle. Finish is slightly bitter and astringent. Aftertaste is jammy and slightly nutty. Medium body. Moderate ethanol.

Decent but all in all seems like a slightly stronger version of their brown ale.

02-22-2009 21:08:44 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of goatgoat


3.43/5  rDev -7%

Pours a coppery amber, no head and no lacing. A bit light for a winter warmer. Lightly sweet aroma with notes of honey and slight citrus. Taste starts with light malt met with a balancing bitterness which takes over the aftertaste with a slight alcoholic warming. A bit over carbonated.

Pretty good for our winters in Texas.

02-16-2009 22:25:51 | More by goatgoat
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hazy orange-brown color with a thin cap of light beige head that fades quickly to a nebular looking sheen.

Sweet malts (like whoppers candy) and piney hops on the nose, pretty straightforward.

Fresh piney hop and toasty bitterness are first noticeable along with a sweet caramely malt blast. Finishes off with a bit more bitterness and slight alcohol warming. While this one does not scream winter warmer or christmas ale, it is one of Saint Arnold's better beers and I always throw a sixer or two into the holiday beer mix.

02-09-2009 19:29:26 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of roadhouse


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Appears a dark orange color with a three-quarter inch off-white head that sank down to a skim. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is sweet and caramelly with a hint of fruitiness and some floral hops.

Taste is sweet up front with some caramel, fruit cake, and towards the finish there are some spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess.

This was pretty good but there are Christmas ales out there that I enjoy more.

02-06-2009 19:32:02 | More by roadhouse
Photo of zdk9


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Pours out and amber color. Hard to get much more than half a finger of head on this one, but I tried. Lacing is there, thick but not at all strong, disappearing after some ticks of the clock.

S- A lot of malt. Some corniness, but a good amount of spicyness, almost rye bread. Not a bad aroma at all, but not very strong and somewhat one dimensional.

T- Also a good amount of malt flavor here, balanced w/ some earthy hops bitterness. A touch of alcohol, somewhat scotchesque, mostly in the back of the mouth after some deep breathing. There's also a touch of fruitiness, somewhere between a peach and a pineapple- interesting.

M- In a pinch it's syrupy, but this isn't really what I notice at first. Somehow it's initially light and bubbly, and then the syrup sets in- hard for me to describe.

D- A decent offering, sort of a more powerful amber ale. Certainly not my favorite winter offering, even from SA I'd much rather have the Winter Stout.

01-30-2009 04:01:39 | More by zdk9
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Copper with a very light tan head. Thin ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, rind, nice spicing, slight mineral.

T: Nice biscuity malt, slight caramel, orange rind, papaya, a little spice, modest bitterness, alcohol is fairly well-hidden.

M: Moderate body is very smooth & nicely attenuated for its strength.

D: Quite drinkable for its strength.

01-26-2009 02:32:06 | More by Derek
Photo of LordofTime25


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
Photo of gford217


3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle courtesy of htomsirveaux.

Pours a clear dark amber with a very short-lived bubbly off-white head that dissipates almost immediately to nary a ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is very mild and consists of sweet caramel malts and a good bit of spices - mainly cinnamon and nutmeg but with lots of others as well.

The taste is an amped up version of the aroma with the the initial malty sweetness dominating until the finish which was extremely spicy and left a peppery zing on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is slick with more carbonation than the appearance would suggest.

This is a fairly spicy winter warmer and a nice cold-weather sipper.

01-12-2009 00:13:53 | More by gford217
Saint Arnold Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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