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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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454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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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Mauerhan

California

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
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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
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denflyr

Texas

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
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HoustonTX

Texas

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
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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
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grs8313

Maryland

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
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elniko

Texas

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
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JonathanL7890

Texas

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
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

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
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BgThang

Texas

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
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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
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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
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JDV

Texas

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
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turbine2475

Texas

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
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jbphoto88

Texas

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
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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
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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
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bboven

Texas

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
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pheggeseth

California

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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KodyBrannon

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. Saint Arnolds has done it again, with this winter seasonal, they still amaze me at how good the beers are. This poured an amber color with a foamy white 2-finger head that left a decent amount of lacing down the glass. The smell of this beer is of malts and a hint of spice, probably nutmeg. The taste of this beer is somewhat spiced, maybe cinnamon and nutmeg, but has a malt characteristic to it also. The mouthfeel is very light and fluffy. Overall a very drinkable beer. And one of my favorite seasonals to come out of the Saint Arnolds brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 14:09:23 | More by KodyBrannon
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pwoods

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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

Pours a clear bronze with a tan head that dies completely. Smells sweet, candies with a little spice. Tastes of sweet malt, a little fruity with a spicy finish. Medium and smooth in the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 01:40:02 | More by franksnbeans
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RickSawyer for this Texas treat.

Looks like a nice IPA, wonderful clear copper with an easily provoked head that is slow to settle to a fine layer that leaves minimal rings as it progresses down the glass. Smells like sweet malt (DME) and piney hops. The taste is basically the same but in opposite order with some alcohol at the end. I am not a huge fan of the malty sweetness, it tastes like the final gravity is too high. Aside from the alcohol warmth at the tailend I wouldn't really consider this a "winter warmer." The mouthfeel is pleasant. As it warms and opens up a caramel nuttiness is discernable in the aftertaste. Its not a bad beer but doesn't represent the style very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 05:09:47 | More by timbro81
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