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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
outstanding

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 25
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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

jheezee, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

BeerHunter76, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

PhatAtUT, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of hoplover82
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, this is the best barley wine I've had. Beats Bigfoot hands down. The amout of Columbus hops is what does it for me. I love Columbus hops!

Right away I was blatsed with a punjent aroma of hops.... sweet hops.... flowery hops....almost an orangy smell. That aroma alone does me in.

Not to mention the color. This Divine Beer pours a heavenly foggy dirty orange, and the visibility is 1 inch. The head is a light tan cloud that gives off that wonderful aroma. It stays around till your ready to call it a night.

And the flavor is very malty and very hoppy at the same time. I'm enjoying a healthy helping of each in one bottle. So complex, dark fruits, citrus hops, a little raosty. I could go on and on...

Added to all that...the beer is soooo smooth, no harshness at all. Very full bodied.

Summed up, it's a beautiful beer that I will buy more of. Thank you St Arnold. May the Lord bless the hop harvest.

hoplover82, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Crispy34
4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer in February 2012. It aged very well and tasted like a barley wine should taste to me perfectly. The depth of the flavor surprised me. It was not boozy for how high the alcohol was. The aroma was quite pleasant for an older beer. Good luck finding some, but worth it if you can find some!

Crispy34, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On point.... This is the best Reserve yet. A nicely hopped barleywine that would punch Bigfoot in the earhole... twice. Pours smooth with just the lightest head. Aroma is semi-sweet with a touch of hops. Taste is ... loss of words. The alcohol is somewhat hidden with the hops. So smooth but you KNOW the hops are there.... outstanding. I don't care about the %, could drink this all night!

GIG'EM to the guy below my review ;)

lonestar4lunch, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Ben7773
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Ben7773, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from mhewes via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 1 1/4" reddish tan head above the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lasts amazingly for the style, with thick bubbly lace. Aroma is sweet yet with crisp citrus hops. Taste mimics the aromas, sweet maltiness upfront, citrusy hops in the middle, and a melding of both through to the close. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is dangerously good. This one is worth finding.

ppoitras, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to RickSawyer for this one!

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, some red highlights, tiny little tan head fades into a film on top of the beer, spots of lacing on the glass. Smell is aggressively hoppy, glorious grapefruit smell. Definitely some spicy alcohol on the nose, all backed by some rich, sticky sweet malt. Great nose on this beer! Lots of big, bold citrus flavor, bitter grapefruit, syrupy caramel malts, alchohol becomes more pronounced as it warms....this is delicious. Creamy, chewy, lush mouthfeel, and crazily intense lingering bitterness....excellent. Can't say enough about this Barleywine. Thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I've got 2 more!! Thanks again to RickSawyer for the chance to try this!

corey0212, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of RickSawyer
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant hue of maple amber. Very reminiscent of finished oak. Creamy white head pillows up into a nice thick disk of foam coating the walls of the glass. Smell is amazing. Piney, sticky, resiny hops dominate. Like picking up a handful of hops and stuffing your nose in the middle. Following the beautiful hops are floral sweetness, and bittersweet grapefruit aromas... just awesome. Taste quite good! Begins with hints of sweet maple, a touch of shortbread sweetness, hints of spicy ginger and then the columbus hops certainly march in. Think about tapping into a pine tree with a straw made of orange zest. Refreshingly hopped to the point that your taste buds know it, but no over doing it! I do wish I could detect some more of the malt's intricacies but as fresh as this is, the hops cover much of it up. The barleywine certainly covers the mouth in a hoptastic, soapy coat that finishes dry and leaves you yerning for more. The alcohol is there, but doesn't come across as overbearing. I am in love. I can see this one balancing out overtime and becoming quite interesting. Don't get me wrong, this is amazingly awesome right now, but I think it will be fun to watch it change.

RickSawyer, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Boondoggles along with a great margherita pizza....

pours up a murky red amber color with a big crazy yellow-brown head, great lacing. the nose is hops, a floral and spicy blend, grapefruit, and subtle alcohol as it warms. the taste is BOLD! and intense! spicy mutha effin hops! taste of grapefruit, sweet malts. subtle sweet to dry finish, big full bodied, low carbo. the alcohol is masked very well. There may be a little bit too much spice from the hops but it wouldn't be Divine Reserve if it wasn't so unique!

stumac, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of rsawyer
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. I caught this on draft at Boondoggles two weeks ago, and have a few Six Packs aging now.

Appearance- Deep, translucent, Carmel. Strong white head. Decent carbonation.

Smell- Hops aggressive smell, with a malty background.

Taste- This is a wonderfully assembled hop aggressive Barley Wine. This is the best Texas brew that has ever crossed my tongue! It starts on the front with a hoppy bitterness that pleases my palate. Hints of grapefruit, piney trees, floral tannins. As the brew moves through my mouth I start to pick up on a malty balance and an alcohol spice. As the brew moves towards my gullet, it starts to tame and I am left yearning for MORE. The tastes seem to even out and blend as you let the beer warm. I find that I appreciate this brew the most at about 60* F.

Mouthfeel- One place where this beer lets me down, I would not mind a bit of a thicker mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Beautiful beer. I will say this though, no more than two in a night or else I will be useless tomorrow! I honestly could sit back and enjoy this beer for hours.

EDIT- From the bottle- the fresh hops are a bit aggressive. I am sure Age will help this, but I certainly do not mind, as I am a bit of a Hop-head.

rsawyer, Jun 25, 2008
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 tprokop7
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle I got recently in trade.

Nice copper color with a medium off-white head, smells wonderful with pine, citrus, and the taste follows. I am lucky to have tried this, I wish it weren't a one-off. Great through the mouth, and drinkability is high despite the fairly large abv. Overall, if you can get this, do so. Its a great american barleywine.

tprokop7, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge frothy head that will not leave. Nice brown color.

Smell is of large amounts of barley and a huge citrusy hop bill.

Huge amounts of barley with huge amounts of hops! WOO! Pale malts with some lemony citrusy notes with some grassy undertones. Sweet pale and caramel and a little chocolate malts all come together and then meld perfectly with an aggressive hop bitterness. Everything is so coheisive and nicely balanced.

Crisp mouthfeel with a slight creaminess and smoothy. Astringency is fairly low for a 10% abv beer.

I could drink this all day long.

jasonjlewis, Jun 29, 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 goethean
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained though a trade with hopsleeroy. Served in a thistle glass at 60F.

Rich, highly aromatic, English toffee caramelly sweetness and subtle light fruitiness, overlaid with a stiff herbal hoppiness. Happily, there is no harsh bittering hops bite, as with SN Bigfoot, for example.

Not excessively boozy or young tasting. Overall, fantastic and highly quaffable.

goethean, Nov 18, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

drummermattie02, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of stanfnelson
4.5/5  rDev +10%

stanfnelson, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In celebration of the DR#7 release today, I decided to finally review DR#6. Thanks to Rick at LoneStar Beverages for hooking me up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It was an opaque reddish orange color. No visible carb but some lacing. It had about a finger of beige head that slowly settled to broken foam .

The aroma was heavy on citric hops with a sweet malt base. Really liked the aroma on this one. Good hop bite but not overpowering. The taste followed the aroma. Really good hop bite that doesn't shred your tongue. Good bitter finish that stops before being too bitter. Well balanced. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with a good hop slap.

Overall, another excellent beer from StA. The Divine Reserve series is a miracle that just keeps repeating itself. Can't wait to try DR7 and keep praying that DR5 becomes a regular in the lineup once the brewery expands. Highly, highly recommend.

TexIndy, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Flying Saucer and Saint Arnold BC!!!

Serving Notes: Tulip Glass. 55-60 degrees. 2 year cellared bottles.

A: Muddy brown leather body with a healthy dose of yeasty sediment and particulates. A dark khaki head that settles to about 1/2" and remains throughout consumption. Mild lacing.

S: Big and Boozy! Plentiful hop resin aromas with a colossal offering of sweet caramel malts and toffee. This smell becomes bigger with the rising temperature.

T: Earthy and still citrus at the same time. The floral/citrus hops open the show and usher in the caramel and toffee flavors found in the nose of the beer. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Appropriate carbonation. Medium body. Smooth and silky but not without teeth.

D: I may start to cry here as it is unlikely that I will ever have the pleasure of having this brew again. I had two of them last night at the Flying Saucer's 9th Revolution (Anniversary).

DeathbySexyBT, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to hopsleeroy for sending this one up to me... Thanks, Lee!!

Wow, this poured out a very dark reddish amber with a surprising head...very attractive brew...

I really didn't get as much off of the aroma at first.. Some faint hops that slowly began to grow more pungent as it warmed a litlle bit..IMO, this was one of the weaker aspects of the brew..

What this brew lacked in aroma it more than made up for in taste... Holy cow, this is one delicious barleywine. Its is loaded with fresh juicy citrusy hops and kicks you right in the teeth from the first sip...there are some sweet malts in the background but this is all about the hops right now and I like it... Just absolutely delicious...

This would probably cellar great but when it tastes this good fresh, who could wait? This was an elite barleywine in my opinion, right up there with the heavyweights...

Tilley4, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of mar
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ruby pour with a 1 finger cream head that thins out and leaves a great lacing. hops, grapefruit and caramel on the nose. the malts really thicken this beer up quite well. the hops are very strong and bitter at first and they don't leave until you've cleaned your palate.

mar, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amazing ruby infused amber color. Aroma is big, very big. Huge malt infusion along with sufficient hops - all along a underlying alcohol layering. Taste has a nice amount of viscosity and lots of hop tones flowing throughout. You see citrus characteristics almost immediately sour grapefruit, orange peel, lemony zest - very vibrant. Along with notes including dried leather, cut grass, sappy oak, layered tobacco, chocolate and a charcoal woodiness. Followed by a large backing of resinous sticky caramel infused pine needles. Delicious, and extremely complex, the raw intensity of this is just astounding - so much depth and really wonderful flavors all around. Tons of malt to balance everything out as well. . I would rate this amongst the top echelon of Barleywines in the fact that its flavors of rawness and complexity go above and beyond - all while delivering huge amounts of greatly balanced hops is mind blowing. Godly, very godly.

Saint Arnolds you are truly brewing gods. Bless you for this once again divine and outstanding beverage.

HoustonTX, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of errantnight
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I finally consumed my last one from my trip to Texas last summer... this review is a bit of an amalgamation, as I'd taken notes on my previous drinking experiences, and I think this lost a little bit with age, sadly.

Regardless of when I had this, it poured a gorgeous ruby hue, luscious and creamy looking with a rush of tiny bubbles to form a thick, stout head with great lacing and retention.

The aroma was pungently hop forward, citrus fruit and flowers sliding into a round, caramel sweetness. Currants and almost a candied walnut earthy sweetness.

In terms of balance on the palate this was sublimely perfect, although some purists or more English Barleywine oriented might find this lacking some of the intense depth of maltiness found in others, to me this was spectacular. A round, rich mid-palate maltiness of caramel and light toast that finishes dry, dry dry... allowing a passion fruit hoppy flavor (the citrus disappearing) combined with a bit of rose water. My most recent bottle had lost some of this amazing hop flavor, and as it stands now the dry (for a barleywine) finish still made this an astoundingly drinkable barleywine, but wasn't quite the warm, end of the meal sipper others might be looking for.

It pushes towards a DIPA, but distinctly has a figgy, caramel boldness mid-palate that even Imperial Reds seem to lack. Strangely I wasn't wowed by the mouthfeel despite the appearance, not quite as velvety or filling as the best.

Loved this beer, it will be remembered fondly.

errantnight, Apr 04, 2009
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.