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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
35
awful

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed: April 26, 2006
Bottled: July 18, 2006
Cases Made: 787

Described as an "Abbey American quadruppel". Brewed with a combination of Maris Otter, Munich, Victory and Special B malts and hopped with Perle, Liberty and Saaz. The wort from the kettle was split into 2 fermenters, pitching one with an American Ale yeast and the other with a Belgian Trappist yeast. Near the end of fermentation, the tanks were combined to finish out and then conditioned for 12 weeks before bottling.

(Beer added by: HoustonTX on 07-25-2006)
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Morris729

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a foamy light-tan head that leaves rings of sticky lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is fruity grapes and prunes along with spicy alcohol and a bit of candied sugar. Taste begins with some brown sugar, toasted malt, and green apple followed by some Belgian spice and warming alcohol. Very nice except perhaps the alcohol is bit strong even after all these months of cellaring. Thanks to beerdiablo for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 04:05:20 | More by Morris729
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The beer pours a reddish-amber color with no real head. The aroma has quite a bit of dark fruit in it, as well as some big toffee notes. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of toffee and caramel malt, with some dark fruit (grapes and raisins) as well as some alcohol. As the beer warms, some dark cherry notes really start to come through strongly. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one.

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A - Pours pretty much still. A few bubbles adhere to the sides of the glass. Initial pour is transparent amber, but subsequent ones are quite murky and turbid.

S - Oxidation, brown sugar, milk chocolate. About what I'd expect from a five-year-old quad in a screw-top bottle.

T - Taste is worse. Mostly papery oxidation, with some caramel in the periphery. Bitter walnut and alcohol finish.

M - No carbonation, sticky full body, some alcohol warmth, and a lightly tannic finish.

D - Not holding up well at all - damn screw-top caps. A quad should be able to age gracefully for five years, so this is a pretty big failure. Use for cooking if you still have these.

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A: The pour is a nice amber color, but there are some fairly noticeable orange hints--a bit light for quad, I would think. A thin off-white head caps things off.

S: This is definitely plenty of sweetness to this beer. Dark candi sugars and caramel, along with dark fruits. Some yeast and oxidation, too.

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Reviewing from notes. Had this at a late Christmas party/BA tasting in January 2008. Thanks to biggreen for the sample.

A: Pours an unattractive and murky orange/brown color. At first a one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second to leave no lace. Just an odd colored murky dense liquid.
S: Dark fruits up front. Plums and cherries. Lots of brewers yeast, and some slight oxidation.
T: The oxidation takes over here. Light nondescript dark fruits and yeast. Dry mold wood. I don't mind a little oxidation in an aged beer, but this is just to much.
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Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Brewed on April 26, 2006, bottled on July 18, 2006, with only 787 cases made, Saint Arnold describes this beer as an Abbey American Quad. One batch was brewed with an American Ale yeast, the other with a Belgian Trappist strain, and then the two were combined near the end of fermentation and conditioned together for 12 more weeks.

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A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. Dark copper body, cloudy, pours with no foam and looks flat.

S: I can smell the sweetness, caramel, chocolate, toffee, banana bread.

T: Taste follows the nose and is very sweet, w/ a some bitterness on the finish. The sweetness is a little too much for me. Despite the beers age it still has some booziness to it. The bitterness increases as the beer warms up.

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Courtesy of my beer mentor, Bill.

Lighter in color than most quads I've had, it looks like melted caramel. Smell is dominated by floral (rose) hops but with a nice sweet backdrop. Caramel up front, the finish is like walking into a flower shop. Not bitter at all, but the taste and aroma is dominated by the hops. A very unique and VERY tasty take on the style. Mouthfeel is soft with just enough carbonation to remind you its beer. Like velvet with lace trim. (ha ha, I said trim!) Drinkability is good although it is proabably too challenging to be something you'd have much of. The floral finish, the strong alcohol warming, and the intense mouthfeel make this a beer to be reckoned with. Or to reckon with you. Most likely, you'll be on the short end of the stick.

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illidurit

California

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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gford217

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Big thanks to KAggie97 for this rarity, poured into a tulip.

This one pours a hazy orangish brown in the glass which shows as a bright, bright caramel orange when held up to the light. There is a small beige head that recedes to a collar fairly quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma takes a little while to open up as it warms. It certainly features sweet caramel malts and brown sugar. But there is also plenty of dried sweet fruits, raisins and figs especially, along with a bit of alcohol burn in the nose.

The taste is really nice with the backbone of caramel malts supporting a sweet mixture of dark fruits and brown sugar. The hops have all but faded and show only the faintest citrus hop presence at the outset. The finish is sugary sweet and lingers on the palate between sips.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied yet almost syrupy in its consistency. The carbonation is very soft and lends to a coating of sweetness on the palate. The alcohol is very subtle but seems to build up gradually such that the final sips are much more boozy than the first.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this one. I wouldn't consider it a world class quad, but the taste is very good and it has aged extremely well. A bit fuller body with more carbonation would have bumped it up a bit in my book.

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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Strelnikov - thanks for helping me on my quest to complete the SA DR series! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: The bottle opened with a slight hiss, and the top of the neck was covered in crusty-looking goodness. I poured it into the snifter rather vigorously, anticipating much of the carbonation was likely gone from this one (as it is nearly three years old), though I was pleasantly surprised. Out of the thick, surprisingly light-hued beer (a turgid brown-amber, not too attractive, really) arose a slightly tan, one-finger head. Though it faded quickly, there's plenty of fine-bubbled, reasonably slow carbonation creeping up towards the bubble nest of a collar, and a slight, avant-garde dusting of lace - almost like a tattoo - on the surface of this one. There's actually a bit of stickage on the sides of the glass, too - erratic and patchy, though a pleasant surprise. The final bit of pour released a healthy amount of sediment, too.

Aroma: A really nice aroma, heavy on the fruit and roasted malts, as a good quad should be. Dried and candied cherries, apricots, blueberries, oranges, and raisins are all detectable. I say "dried" because the fruity esters are thick, heavy, and concentrated, and I say "candied" because they're intermingled with a very nice array of heavily caramelized sugars, from brown sugar to lightly toasted but still somewhat doughy bread, like pizza dough that was cooked a little too hot and got crispy on the outside while still being tender, sweet, and moist on the inside. The pizza dough comparison rings especially true when - as this one warms - a nice, earthy, yeasty note emerges. The spices that other seem to have detected so prominently seem faded to me, perhaps a factor of my olfactory acuity, the age of this bottle, or both. My big sticking point is that this isn't nearly dark enough to be a true quadrupel. It's definitely Belgian in it overty fruityness and slight yeastiness, but I'd say more of a heavy dubbel or Belgian strong dark, at least from the smell.

Taste: I would copy/paste my aroma notes from above, but that's probably not fair. It is surprisingly similar though. Smooth, heavy dried fruits, rolled in sugar and kilned, from bananas and pears all the way to raisins. The spices are slightly stronger here, and they're heavy - clove is faint, cardamom more likely, ginger an unlikely but possible candidate. Another differentiation from the nose is presence of a slight amount of hop bitterness - definitely hops, not alcohol prickle - and juniper berry notes, quite a pleasant surprise. A very good "winter" brew.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't feel like your typical quad, in my opinion - that is, it's not light, incredibly airy, quick to "sublimate" off the tongue - but it's still surprisingly nice. This one's incredibly thick, as you'd expect, but it still has a nice, pleasant amount of carbonation, leading to a slightly crisp, slightly creamy body, which worked well with the assortment of flavors here.

Drinkability: This was a good beer, and I don't think the final score that it's going to get above does it justice, so I'm going to knock the drinkability up to 4.5, 'cause I don't really feel it appropriate to knock anything else up to a 4.5. I really enjoyed this one - despite the characterization (not a quadrupel, in my book), I found this one to be pleasantly well-rounded and complex in all departments. Age has probably been kind to it, as well, though I'm not sure how much longer it might benefit from such. Drink up, I say, and enjoy it - I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:12:35 | More by CrellMoset
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.