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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6

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BA SCORE
91
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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BgThang on 06-11-2008)
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Huge thanks to Deuane for sending this one my way!!

This pours a slightly murky amber color. Light hints of golden caramel tones. Nicely, a head of almost a full fingers worth of creamy, tan-colored, foam forms. It gives way to a surface covering film with small clusters of 'bubble-towns' spread about. The lacing is in thin ropes, but quite sticky.

The nose is big. It easily makes it's way to me from about a foot and a half away. Huge malt presence. Tons of butterey caramel notes. Hints of brown sugar and dark fruits, especially cherries. Hints of yeast-like spiciness. Nice hints of candied pecans. A good presence of citrus hop notes is still here.

The taste follows the nose mostly. It just has a much more earthy quality to it than the sweetness that dominates the nose will prepare you for. Hops and malts are almost perfectly balanced, at this point. A wonderfully warming spice presence dominates the finish.
This is delicious.

It has a medium, almost full, body. The carbonation level is right on the cusp between light and medium. Very smooth. A tiny touch of creamy. Almost silky.

The 10.00%abv drinks like it's about 7.00%. The flavor is well balanced and very tasty. I'd say that this one is quite drinkable.

coldmeat23, Jan 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of hopsleeroy
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A-Cloudy hazy swilring color of red, brown, copper. 2 inch beige head. Nice looking beer
S-Very hoppy(Piney and citrus not grapefruit) with sweet fruit scents underneath.
T-Hoppy flavor initially although not as strong as expected from the nose. Well balanced between mild fruit flavors and piney hops. Some brown sugar flavors come out as it warms, but not alor. Hard to believe this is 10% alcohol.
M-Mildy creamy and coating in mouth but not overdone, lightly carbonated which gives a little extra sparkle on the mouth.
D-Very very smooth and drinkable. This beer could get you in a lot of trouble.

hopsleeroy, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Ben7773
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of badbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with an off-white head that has no retention or lacing. Smells of orange, tangerine, pine, caramel, and alcohol. Sweet caramel tastes, with pineapple, pine sap, quite resinous. Medium body and carbonation. This was a very enjoyable beer, I think I'll have to get some for myself. Thanks to pepsican for sharing.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.
The beer is reddish amber colored and had decent head retention. The hops smelled like pine, just the way I like them. Taste was not only piney hops, but also had some nice malt. This is not as drinkable as other beers, but compared to other barleywines, I found it quite drinkable even though there is a strong alcohol presence.

This is the first one of the Divine Reserve series that I tried and it lived up to expectations.

Mora2000, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to darkerthebetter for bringing this brew off my wants to my house. Cheers.

Pours with a nice one cm head. Dark amber in color. Smells fairly hoppy (mostly pine) for a barleywine. All pine hops in flavor to me with a touch of a etoh burn. Mouthfeel is smooth but the alcohol is noticeable. More of a DIPA than a barleywine IMO but good nonetheless.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of whoneeds8
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Chalice

Let this one age almost 2 months.

Pours out dark brown with a small white head with good lacing

Very fruity, malt, and sweet smell.

Taste is much like the smell, fruity malted sweet taste with a balanced hop ending. Carmel flavor comes out as well.

The feeling in the mouth has actually changed since I drank the first one in June. That first one had alot more carbonation that tingled the back of my mouth. This aged second beer has lost that. I almost want to say I'm disappointed by this this change in only a month. But it does make it feel better.

Overall, this beer is changing with age. So far it's aging for a better feel.

whoneeds8, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jasonjlewis for hookin' in up yet again.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with ruby tinting, opaque. 1 finger worth of nicely tinted head forms and dies to a skim within 2 minutes. Great lacing throughout.

S: Huge hops. Lots of citrus, even more pine and resin. Alcohol is very present and smells inviting(/em gives a devilish grin). Plenty of thick and chewy malts ready to backup the hops.

T/M: Wow, massive bitterness. It's actually short lived and only slightly returns in the dry and lasting finish. The super sweet, dark moist bread, raisin, roasted walnut malt backbone nearly snuffs out the bitterness completely. Hops are again bit on citrus and even stronger on pine and resin. The alcohol melds nicely with the hops, giving them a stronger punch. The alcohol seems to really shine in the malt and after the swallow, adding a great complexity. Body is about full but with a bit of syrupy texture.

D: 10% is noticeable in every way. Still inviting and makes for a great sipper to cap the night.

pwoods, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz brown bottle that has a screw cap on so tight that digs into your hand as you try to twist it off. After 20 seconds of trying I grabbed one of my many bottle openers. The beer pours a dark terra-cotta orange that has a chilled haze to it. A quarter inch of khaki head rises up and leaves a fluffy ring and nice lacing.

Scent is of sweet thick malts and aggressive bitter hops. Saint Arnold is serious about their malts, but this one also has some nice citrus notes too. A balanced harmony of scents makes me excited to drink some.

The start is citrus and piney, bold flavors followed by a creamy malt. Nicely caramelized but not a scorched flavor the malts lead into a fine sweetness that you can taste on the side of your tongue. Contrasting the sweetness is a harsh grating bitterness that scratches wonderfully against the back of my throat. That feeling is enhanced by an ABV warmth that leaves a good mild burn.

On the large side of medium bodied beers. It is full and borderline thick but fantastic. Moderate carbonation adds to the enjoyment of this BIG beer. The only down side (or upside is depending on how you look at it) is the high ABV. 10% limits the amount you can drink in a session. Damn you MODERATION!! All around a very impressive beverage. Very balanced, easy to drink and hard not to enjoy. I am surprised again by this brewery. Way to go Saint Arnold.

jbphoto88, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark tea color with a massive head that seemed to disappear way too fast.
Lots of sticky lace in it's wake, however.

Aroma is fruity and malty with a definite citrus hop finish...very fresh.

Taste is burnt malt with a bit of caramel and then lots and lots of citrus hops. Grapefruit peel mostly. A bit of medicinal alcohol which could dissipate with a bit of age.

Overall not the best of the Divine's nor is it the best of American Barleywines, but a decent one none the less.

IntriqKen, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold- Divine #6

Thanks to Mikesgroove(Mike) for this tasty Barleywine!

A- Dark murky/ hazy reddish orange & brown with a huge thick billowy head. Solid head left thick lacing down the glass. beautiful beer.
S- I was hit with big pine hops, followed by sweet dried fruits. Prune, cherry, grape dominate.
T- Big juicy sweet grapefruit/ orange blended evenly with creamy smooth buttery malt and oily pine hops.
M- Very sweet and fruity with a solid creamy body and nice hoppy bite. Slight alc. pinch at the end.

Overall- Wow, was this good. I might agree with a previous reviewer and say this is better than SN Bigfoot! Big flavors and so smooth!
(Thanks Mike!)

NJpadreFan, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this exemplary brew.

Pours a nice mahogany red/orange/amber cloudy with a very nice fluffy off white/light tan head that leaves very good lace. Nose is a straight up DiPA with some light malt. Taste is not the same. Hop presence is indeed very fresh, and uniquely clean, but the malts come out alot more in the taste than they do in the nose. A very nice sweetness is present. lacks the adversive acidity found in alot fo american style BWs. Mouthfeel is just about right here, good viscosity while still hanging on to exceptional drinkability. AbV is nowhere to be found here. Overall a very exceptional american barleywine with a very clean and crisp hop presence, that is dangerously drinkable. A very good brew, and one I would defenitely seek out if you are an american BW fan. Great brew.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours on the darker side, not very. Enormous off-white head of bubbles. Aroma is C-hoppy. Taste is more IPA than barleywine, its as if the latter is a secondary consideration. Balance with the bitterness. Above-average mouthfeel, smooth drinking particularly for the stated style.

Sammy, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, split with blackie on a deck in reston

appearance: served in a st bernardus chalice, murky amber body with lots of suspended floaters...patches of beige lace

smell: candied sugars, gummy caramel, brown sugar, piney hops...pretty subtle overall

taste: nice barleywine that hangs to the hoppy end of the spectrum...stinging pine, grapefruit peel provides a moderately high bitterness...thick caramel malts, fairly spicy

mouthfeel: stinging pine, high bitterness levels, chewy caramel

drinkability: fine, 6oz is great

dirtylou, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles courtesy of csmiley and hoppymeal. Thanks, guys.

Appearance: Whoa. Lots of cloudy haze in this one. Very nice. In terms of color, it's a collision of amber, orange, and scarlet. The head is vanilla and about two fingers tall. Retention was good and waves of sticky lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is very good for the style. Lots of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple kick it off. Very sweet and sugary smelling. Caramel malts are here in abundance. Hops are strong and extremely impressive. They're very citric and piney smelling. Just how I like it. There's a little yeastiness that emerges the more you stick with it. Alcohol is noted, but I wouldn't have guessed it's 10%. Very well done on all fronts.

Taste: Let's be real clear on one point, this is an all out hop assault on the palate. Wow. This is delicious. The hop flavor is citric, piney, and resiney. Very bitter. Citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors are sweet and nicely done. Caramel malts are flavorful and give it a nice backbone. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol is a little stronger here, but well done given its strength. Maybe a slight warming effect, but far from hot. Finishes sweet and very bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied and very smooth. Light carbonation helps it attain a nice lush feel. Drinkability is okay, but limited by its big feel and high abv. One 12 oz. might be about all I could handle of this one.

Divine Reserve #6 kicks some serious ass. It's a very, very nice Barleywine across the board. I can't come up with much to pick on this one about. Very impressive and highly recommended. Thanks for the bottles, guys.

prototypic, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of jheezee
5/5  rDev +22.2%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours caramel/chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. Average lacing & above average head retention

S: Apricots, figs, pine sap, & persimmons
T: Cakeyness, figs, plums, dryness, caramel, a bit of booze & leafy hops up front. Dryness, caramel, leafy hops & grapefruit coming through nicely as this warms. Finishes with resiny hops, grapefruit, marmalade & a kiss of booze

MF: Medium/heavy bodied, semi-sticky with moderate carbonation

The dryness & bigness of this BW slows me down, very nice take on the style, a great choice on a night of subzero temps

russpowell, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to BgThang for the trade.

Pours a murky amber with some dark purplish hues (almost a cranberry) with a finger of creamy off-white head. The retention bunches up around the edges with some creamy wisps across the center that flares up very nicely when swirled, leaving a nice cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is a thick smelling mix of hops, bread, grainy malts, a bit of spice and citrus, and a tingling waft of alcohol.

The taste is a beefy mix of assertive hop bitterness, spice, underlying citrus character, and a big, chewy malt backbone of grain and bread that holds it all up. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a hefty carbonation that spreads out and fills the mouth. There is also a nice heat presence that adds warmth to the surroundings and lets things end with a bitter and hot feel.

Ahhh... beefy, warm, hoppy, and grainy... just the way I like my American Style Barleywines. This probably lost a bit of it's hop punch compared to if I had drank it fresh but I'm looking forward to seeing how these age. Tasty, warming, and drinkable for it's size, this is another winner from the Divine Reserve series.

Kegatron, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of beveritt
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with this as an extra in a trade. Label is what seems to be the typical Saint Arnold's, with a drawing of the saint,holding a mug of beer. No description and no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over one finger of pillowy light tan head. This settles slowly and only slightly, leaving behind very thick lacing. The beer itself is a murky brown with slight hints of red. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet malt with spicy, nutty aroma blends with a fairly strong alcohol smell.

Taste: Very hoppy upfront leading into a semi-sweet caramel malt. Notes of toffee and milk chocolate. As the beer warms, slight hints of cherries and vanilla start to emerge. Alcohol warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A nice, warming sipper. A little sharp on the alcohol, but I imagine this would develop nicely over a few years.

beveritt, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich malty barleywine with a firm and agressive hoppiness. A dark cloudy garnet brown with a tan head and excellent retention. Lace is decent and the beer remains covered as I drink.

Smell is very malty with toffee, caramel and yeasty fruitiness. An earthy piney hops with light grapefruit.

Taste is malty caramel and astringent dry grapefruit. There is a dark whole grain bread undertone that plays against a roasted grain note. A touch of vanilla, oak and leather that flows into an alcohol sweetness that is well integrated. Finish is full of grapefruit and graham. It is long and dry with a lingering sweetness and hop oil. Feel is almost perfect. Full and creamy with a perfect carbonation. While chewy it is still quite supple on the tongue.

Pretty easy to drink this one too fast. Initially it promotes respect as the beer tastes big. After a few sips the hops just provoke you to boldness. Watch out!

scootny, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Beertracker
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SADR#6 pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a modest creamy beige colored head that manages to stay above the murky chestnut brown-sienna colored body. The clarity suffers from some serious permanent haze, but manages to sustain a thin, lacy head with various sized bubbles which indicate superior conditioning. The nose is very generous with a sweet caramel aroma that showcases an abundant maltiness with hints of burnt toffee, buttered rum, cinnamon roasted almonds, & vanilla cream complimented by some detectable fruitiness (cherry-vanilla, chocolate cherries, ripe figs) and a decernable hoppiness (citrus, floral, earthy) w/ hints of pipe tobacco, sherry/port-like notes that add to the overall complexity. This malty barleywine is dominated by a forward caramel sweetness that has an underlying toastiness with just a touch of chocolate that eventually gets undercut by a marked bitterness that continues to balance through to the bittersweet, creamy, spicy, toasty, warming finish which is surprisigly fortified. This medium-full bodied barleywine is certainly creamy, almost marshmallow-like with a plethora of malt characters that will keep the palate entertained trying to pick them all out. I'd like to see a bit more carbonation and the appearance isn't all that appealing, but I'd say this one has held up very well to father time so far. Drink em' if you got em' as I'm not sure how long this one will cont. to hold up? I certainly find solace in this malty tipple on a long, cold winter's night. Here's to the barley blessings of Saint Arnold!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy dirty brown color. One and a half finger tan head that dies to a cap over the beer in a couple of minutes. Lacing is ringing on the glass as I drink down.

S- This is a boozy smelling beer. Alcohol tingles my nose as I smell. Big darker fruit aromas with some light caramel malts in the middle. Some light bitter hop aroma in the tail end. Also, some light yeasty notes in this as well.

T- Big caramel malts in the front end of this mixes with a big darker fruits. Like grainy flavor to this one. Sweet alcohol comes into play toward the middle to the end of beer. The hops still kick into the backend of the beer along with some light oak flavors as well.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Drying on the palate as I sip along. Light darker fruits are left on the palate and tons of sweet alcohol in the aftertaste.

D- Drinkable beer that I was glad to have. This still seemed hot to me and I would still wait a little before cracking open my last one. This one I think should last a while and people who have them still are very lucky for whats to come.

alleykatking, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of brandoneast
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love this barleywine - maybe it is the hophead in me that screams for joy in this brew. I've had this fresh on tap when it came out early July, but just had it today- 6 months later and am reviewing it with some age and it is still hoppy has hell!

Pours a magnificent deep amber and deep red highlights with a white rocky foam. Aromas burst of hops from the bubbly carbonation that dances and leaves a perfect lacing. I had to stick my nose deep in the glass to get a sense of the malt character that would develop in the next few months and a diminishing hoppiness - and am very happy. I will drink this fresh - but am hesitant as it will pull my malt strings and convenience me to wait for the maturation

brandoneast, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of goochpunch
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy brown-sugar-water body with a thin head that is impressive in the way it maintains its size. Smells strongly of citrus and has a perfume-like quality. There is also a good deal of booze. Underlying brown sugar and caramel. Really well done in the flavor department. Lots of brown sugar and citrus. The bitterness isn't overwhelming and neither is the sweetness. Very perfumey and floral also. Finishes a bit dry, considering, but it still has a touch of stickiness. Mouthfeel is full, but could mellow out some in the carbonation. Pretty drinkable for such a big beer.

goochpunch, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The barleywine is a ruddy chocolate color, creek water in a cup. The color and a fair amount of sediment completely obscure the ale. Not much head to speak of.

S: Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose, creating a sweet fruity body. There is ample strength behind the hops, both in malt and alcohol.

T: The barleywine body makes itself known from the get-go. Intense hops, citrusy and strong, haven't faded much (if at all). Pine matches the citrus, as does a strong pepper taste. The malts aren't as strong as I expected. They are still present in spades but they don't take over the taste from the hops. Brown sugar follows the malts, a sweetness to pair off against the hops.

M: The mouthfeel hasn't lost its hoppy edge, remaining vibrant. The taste is very full and biting, as all good barleywines should be.

D: At 10%, this is a night cap only.

akorsak, Mar 15, 2009
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.