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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #14 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #14
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BA SCORE
86
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 5
Gots: 45 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 04-26-2014)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Texasfan549, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

kjkinsey, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kylehay2004, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Knapp85, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

beernads, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz bottle pours a dark gold color with an ample cap of fine-bubbled, off-white head. Good retention and a light smattering of lace.

Nose is big on the alcohol, followed up by some fairly strong yeasty phenols - clove and bubble gum. The hops are milder than I expected and overall the beer is a bit rough around the edges. The sweet aromas hint at not being as dry as...say...a Duvel. Im not getting any rye on the nose and hopefully the 'west coast' hops supposedly used are more apparent in the flavor.

The rye comes out much more in the flavor and throws down a bready flavor that is unexpected, but interesting. I still think the alcohol and the yeast are more prominent than the hops, and I am a little bit bummed they are not featured more than bittering hops here. The malt profile is nice, a little deeper than your typical BSPA and lends a more biscuity approach. I do wish the carbonation was a little more bubbly to help offset the higher sweetness. Overall, its a decent beer in a really tough style to get right. Unlike many in the DR series, I dont think this will age well. Good effort, I wont have any problem finishing off my allotment.

twiggamortis420, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Duff27, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

On cask at Hay Merchant and now enjoying a bottle at home.

A: The cask pours an amazingly beautiful haze copper/orange color. From the bottle, it still has a hint of haze, but more clear orange. A two finger egg white head forms with excellent retention and lace. This is a looker.
S: The phenolic yeast is up front and center. Peppery spice, fruity banana esters, bready biscuit aromas (from the rye I suppose). Grassy and floral hops. Very nice.
T: Like the nose, phenolic yeast that brings a peppery spice. Banana esters, that add just a touch of sweetness. Big bready/rye malts and a lingering grassy hop bite.
M/D: A medium and effervescent body. Even the cask has a good crisp bite (obviously not as much as the bottle). Outside of a small fruity sweetness, this is pleasantly dry on cask/tap. From the bottle it is a bit sweeter. Very enjoyable overall. Today, I have already enjoyed two cask pours and now a bottle. Yep, safe to say I like it.

I can't say I was surprised by anything here. It is exactly as advertised. An all around solid release that hits the style almost perfectly. I don't think it is my favorite DR release, but I am thoroughly enjoying this and will continue to do so.

champ103, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Lare453, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

EgadBananas, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Gagnonsux, May 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

cdwil, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

gtermi, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

millerbuffoon, Jul 25, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%

I don't think I've gotten a DR since #6 or so.

Poured into a standard pint, this is a burnished gold colored beer, completely clear, with a slight head. The nose is appropriately Belgian: strong peppery phenols dominate. The flavor offers sweet malt with moderate hop bitterness, mainly emphasizing the yeast character: plummy fruitiness that is well-rounded, and phenols that don't seem quite as strong as they did in the aroma--but still there. The substantial body and warming feel give testimony to the strength, but the alcohol itself doesn't make any flavor contribution, thankfully.

Drinkable, but it doesn't stand out, nor is really memorable--it sort of reminds me of the many special Unibroue releases, which are each good by themselves, but a day later you can't remember any special details about them.

allengarvin, May 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

jheezee, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

2dogbrew, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

egrace84, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

JamLand, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Kurmaraja, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

notchucknorris, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

zonker17, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 14 has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a very clear, quite bubbly, burnished gold appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and spicy, and the flavor is of spicy, sweet grain, a bit of grain husk, some low-level bitterness, and an underlying alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is slick and medium, and Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 14 finishes semi-dry, slightly alcohilic, and smooth. Overall, this is one to get!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, May 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A - Pours a hazy golden color with nice carbonation and little to no head retention for a Belgian beer.

S - Belgian spice (coriander), sweet honey malt, yeasty, not much more.

T - Sweet Belgian candy sugar, light amount of coriander, alcohol, honey, some light citrus, and slightly phenolic.

M - Full medium body, gentle carbonation, gentle alcohol warming on the way down.

O - So-so. Was bottled April 7th so the spiciness has faded.

jzeilinger, Aug 28, 2014
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #14 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.