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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: 458
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 Ruslanchik


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Christmas 2008 edition just hit the shelves so I grabbed a sixer as quickly as I could!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a dark amber color with one finger of white head. There is nice lacing and head retention, but the brew would have benefited from a little more.

The smell is surprisingly hoppy with a toffee-tinged malt sweetness and just a touch of alcohol hiding in the back.

The flavor has a nutty dryness preceding lots of bitter hops. Alcohol is definitely present, as it should be for the style, but is not overpowering. A nice balance to all of the flavors. We never get very cold down here is Texas, but this warmer would have the appropriate effect on a chilly winter evening.

The texture is slightly oily with a touch of thickness. The carbonation is low, which allows the beer to coat your tongue. The flavor and especially the bitterness sticks with you for awhile.

My glass is looking pretty sad now, but I have to fight off the urge to grab another. After two of these I can definitely tell I've been drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 05:35:50 | More by Ruslanchik
Photo of CrellMoset


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of ChoqlitStout - thanks! Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: A translucent copper-colored beer, a ring of tan lace that's left over from a one-finger head, sparse carbonation. Not bad at all, but nothing outstanding.

Aroma: Buttery diacetyl, butterscotch, caramel, some winter-like spices, and a hint of spicy alcohol. Not sure if the first is from overactive yeast, or is simply part of the beer - it's stylistically permissible, I suppose, and doesn't detract from anything, but it doesn't add too much.

Taste: Spicy, with a decent but "shallow" malt profile with a little toffee, a little caramel, some other roasted sugary notes, bready.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, expressive, potent carbonation that enhances the spice notes, even and large bubbles, but the large bubbles and spiciness lend a nice crispness to things.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer at all - pretty mild, but with good spice notes, good malt notes, a nice expressive, crisp body, and well-hidden alcohol. Give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 05:15:33 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly clear but a slightly darker brownish amber with a creme head. Nose is very light spices and grass tones. Flavor is nice and robust. Good level of earthy tones, but it leans towards the leaf and wood side as opposed to the soil kind of "earth." Smooth and consistent sweetness. Feel is a bit thicker and sticky. Carbonation is a bit lower. A nice one to drink. Bring on winter.

Thanks to ballewblake for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 13:40:00 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of midaszero


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Christmas in July edition

A - Clear ruby amber color with a half finger of tan head that goes down a little quick

S - clove, cinnamon, dark fruit, a little sweet

T - Sweet caramel flavor with some clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg spice mixed in.

M - medium body and medium carbonation

D - Excellent cool weather beer but I also enjoy it through out the summer as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:50:14 | More by midaszero
Photo of Mauerhan


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thank you to whoneeds8 for sending me this little piece of texas out to the west coast.

pours a malty copper with some amber hints. head is moderately sized. i had a bit of an aggressive pour. head stuck around for a minute or so then faded to a wisp. i had a nice island of head through the majority of the beer.

very pleasant smell. heavy on the malts, sweet, i smell some nutty goodness as well.

first taste is nice. a full flavored beer. a nice sweetness up front slight taste of brown sugar. i cant quite place where the other sweetness comes from. but its good.

nice beer. i would like to drink it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 06:58:41 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bud GregMcQ for throwing this in on a recent trade.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, almost red, thin off white head forms, settles quickly to a thin ring around the glass, no lacing. Smell is quite sweet at first, caramel and honey, a sharp citrus twinge, like grapefruit rind, some fruit, bit of a biscuity dryness, light spicing, smells okay. Taste is nice, very caramelized, like bread pudding, biscuits, grainy, brown sugar, very malty, kind of frosted mini wheats and brown sugar like, like bit of floral and spicing in the finish, light alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, nice and drinkable. When it warms up its quite nice, not over the top spicy or sweet for a winter warmer, thanks Greg!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 00:48:19 | More by Viggo
Photo of denflyr


3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who does not like Christmas in July!!!

Got my six pack and can't wait for the real time to drink this (when it cools down to 70 degrees in this fair city of Houston....haha).

Anyhow, poured great out of a bottle into a pint glass. Had a orange/copper color to it and you can see why when you take your first sip and those malts hit you! Yum! It has 7.0% ABV, but I don't find it overly noitceable.

Hoppiness not profound, but noticeable. I sometimes mix this with Elissa IPA (a trick that one of the old brewers at St Arnold used to talk about). He called it "Sailing Santa."

Anyhow nice primer for when it cools down and I can break out all the winter warmers!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 18:41:12 | More by denflyr
Photo of HoustonTX


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Very sessionable and when it's Christmas in July I always feel special. I enjoy this beer do to the fact of it's wonderful balance. It doesn't have that huge spices thrown in like some Winter Warmers. Instead it provides an immense palate coating malt wave, with some delicate spices and balancing hops. Smooth on the palate, and one of the better offerings they have.
Cheers to SA!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 23:30:16 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to chalice, dark amber with a one finger off white head. This is the summer release of the brew, love it on draught in the winter. Really light malts and hops in the smell, very mild aromas. Taste is great after working on the house for a few hours, really digging the mild spices and malt balance. A good year round xmas brew thats super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 23:58:35 | More by ballewblake
Photo of grs8313


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this from the Christmas in July release.

Appearance: 12oz screw top bottle (that I can never open without a bottle opener) not dated. Pours cherry, brownish color with minimal head that dose not stay long.

Smell: Lemon, hops and alcohol scents.

Taste: Lemon and hops to start and then alcohol flavor comes in. The alcohol flavor lasts after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Feels like seltzer water, but leaves the mouth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Though the alcohol can be tasted and is present it does not over power the rest of the beer. I could have 2-3 for the night.

Interesting beer, even more so when I am trying it for the first time in 100 degree heat.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 22:50:17 | More by grs8313
Photo of elniko


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas in July thanks to Saint Arnold

Poured into snifter

A: Deep amber, quite opaque, very little head.

S: I loved the smell, spicy. Hints of clove and cinnamon.

T & M: Rich tasting, I get some caramel and possibly chocolate tones in the taste. I can see why this beer would be nice in the winter as the alcohol is apparent and give a little warming in the stomach. Has just a touch of bitterness as well which leaves a little crispness in the mouthfeel. Well done.

D: Definitely drinkable, I look foward to having more in the fall and winter when the Texas weather turns cooler.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 01:22:34 | More by elniko
Photo of JonathanL7890


4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a sixer from the Christmas in July release.
Pours a light head - about 1/2 finger.
Smell is subtle - spicy , some clean hops.
Taste. nice and slippery in the mouth. I can taste the spice (nutmeg?).
Wonderful moutfeel. just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability. This beer is dangerous. Extremely easy drinking for an 8% abv.
Quite an interesting beer to drink in the summertime -- when it's 105 outside. A nice break from the hop monsters that I usually crave in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 22:31:11 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to turbine2475 for including this beer in a trade and giving me a chance to try it. Pours chestnut with little head but a swirly cap once it settles. Smells of honey, nougat, orange, light spice, and a bit bready. The taste is a bit spritzy, there is more breadiness, a good bit of sweet malt, figs, sweet orange, pear, mace, and maybe some clove and anise on the finish. Fairly complex. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and it is a tad overcarbonated, but it is also nicely creamy and full. This is a decent winter sipper, and I'm glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 23:43:14 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Deuane


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jasonjlewis for the hookup on this one!

A-Copper with a medium light tan head very fluffy at first then reduced into a thin cap. Left nice lacing along the way.

S-Sweet caramel malt followed by a mustiness and then a bit of a spicy kick..like nutmeg.

T-The flavour is dominated by caramel sweetness. Afterwards a bit of "typical" spice kicks in but it is mild and subdude. Ends with a pleasant sweet hop bite.

M-Medium body with nice carbonation. Somewhat sticky on the palate. Very full flavoured and smooth. Alcohol is nearly 100% hidden.

D-Nice job overall. A nice, solid brew. Nothing screams out for attention and the beer is an entire body of work that works nicely together.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 22:54:05 | More by Deuane
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA "Turbine2475" for this tasty brew.

Poured this one into a pilsner glass. A beautiful amber/copper color throughout, moderate carbonation. Decent head retention and thick lacing.

Aroma is nice and caramel, some faint apple cider type notes.

Taste is very malty, not much spicy taste initially, but seems like some cinnamon or nutmeg hiding in back maybe.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Coats the mouth without being sticky or heavy. Nice amount of aftertaste.

A very good winter warmer, or in this case, a cool spring night warmer ;) Would love to have more of this

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 02:38:42 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of BgThang


4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorites.
It pours a deep amber/ruby color and has a nice sublte hop nose to it.
it has hints of spice, cinnamon on the nose as well.

the taste is very nice. you can taste the spices in the beer.
I always buy 2-3 sixers when this comes out.
Does not age very well.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 09:57:34 | More by BgThang
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I am getting to sample yet another fine beer from Saint Arnold. This time I am going to dive into the Xmas release. The pour on this one was very nice, with a rich hazelnut brown color that was full of cloudiness and haze. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored foam rose up, but faded quickly leaving behind some small amounts of foam on top, and a good deal of sticky side glass lace. Some carbonation could be scene streaking up toward the top, overall not a bad look, but still unsure of the style here.

The nose on this one was full of wintery spices. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were filling every nook and cranny. A nice gentle hoppiness helped to kick it all forward, before the sweetness of the caramel and brown sugar rolled over everything else. The flavor followed suit very nicely, with a nice rich caramel and nutty flavor coming across first here. This was very sweet, but as it warmed became a little more bready and the nutmeg started to poke its head out a bit more. Some light hints of vanilla and fig were coming through as well. Some nice flavors of cola and a touch of spruce way in the back were now a bit more noticeable as well. The finish was a bit more on the hoppy side, with a touch of floral hops that rounded it out very well. A very nice smooth creamy feel was a good sign that this was a quality medium-bodied ale. Carbonation was no issue as it stayed lively right up until the end. There was really no alcohol in this at all, at least that I could tell so it was easily sessionable and I could have went for another, as none of the flavors were out of character or overbearing in anyway.

Overall, I would have to say this was a really nice beer. I am not sure the style, but a Christmas porter would probably fit the bill. Sure, there are better ones out there, but this was still solid and I would in no way turn it down if I say it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 11:31:11 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a darker amber color with an off white head

S - Is of sweet malt at first then some hops

T - Starts with some sweet caramel malt then finishes with some hops

M - This is a medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

D - I think this is a good winter warmer brew it helps make it feel like winter while drinking it in Texas

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 17:37:22 | More by armock
Photo of JDV


3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper pour with an offwhite head. Metallic toffe malt aroma with a hint of spice as well. Taste is light toffee flavored malt again, with a light note of spices coming into the flavor as well and a light bitterness. Slightest hint of alcohol shows, but still very drinkable. Decent beer all around, but just not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 16:36:29 | More by JDV
Photo of turbine2475


3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark rose hue that pours a spongy off two finger off white head.
S - Scent of light hops with a spicy blend of ginger and cinimmon
T - Sweet caramel and slight mocha malt with a hop bite that finishes smoothly
M - Lightly creamy with a spicy bite
D - Malty and smooth brew that is very welcoming and a good addition to any fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 05:14:52 | More by turbine2475
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 00:53:40 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with RickSawyer. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a bright, crystal clear dark golden/amber with some red highlights when held to the light. Has a fluffy white head and lots 'o lacing. Beautiful color! Aroma is of caramel malts, and some nondescript spices. Taste is weak caramel malt and some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not a bad brew, could use some more malt and a bit more body. Didn't really notice the 7%abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 00:23:59 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ppoitras


3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained as part of Secret Santa 07 package from RickSawyer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Thick head holds steady, with heavy coating lace. Aroma is minimal, with light spicing evident. Taste is average, again with spicing the only real standout characteristic. Mouthfeel is a bit on the harsh aide, and drinkability is kind of limited by all of the above. Winter warmers are not usually my favorite style, and this one seems to fit into that mold. Your mileage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 22:26:19 | More by ppoitras
Photo of bboven


3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great cranberry-copper color with an immediately puffy head fading to a thin but covering top layer of bubbles. Clear body.

Cherry and sherry notes in the nose, hints of fig but that should be more present than it is to balance things out a little better. Note of alcohol that stands out a bit too much.

Lots of dark cherry in the taste with a little raisin, very little hop bitterness at the back; there should be a little more of that going on.

A little high on the carbonation side making it too crisp for the style. The lack of bitterness at the end couples with that clean crisp carbonation to make the flavor leave your palate too quickly. Needs to be a little denser.

This would be a good introduction to the style for someone not familiar with the style, but it's a little watered down for my taste. If I was looking for the flavors of the winter warmer but a bit lighter, this would be the way to go. Maybe a Fall Warmer?

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 21:42:20 | More by bboven
Photo of pheggeseth


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Norway pint glass from Epcot...boo ya...

A: reddish golden color, fluffy, off-white head, good retention, not much lacing

S: hint of hops, not much else really

T: light hops, sweet malt middle that tapers off to a slight caramel

M: light, but creamy, good

D: very crisp, not too complicated, but enjoyable nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 23:43:50 | More by pheggeseth
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