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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7

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BA SCORE
88
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thickerfreakness on 09-23-2008)
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Reviews by Ruslanchik:
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Ruslanchik

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with twist off cap poured into a red wine glass. (Let me just say that the twist off cap annoys me. Mostly this is because I can't save the bottle for homebrew, but also because it seems like St. Arnold is giving in to the BMC crowd.)

This beer looks a lot like Coca-Cola. It is a very dark brown with light brown and ruby tints and fizzy tan head. The head was strong after the pour and died down slowly. A ring of bubbles crowded around the edge of the glass all the way down leaving nice lacing.

The aroma is all malt, with a primarily chocolate character. There are some burnt and caramel notes as well, with a touch of alcohol when I really pay attention. The smell actually reminds me quite a bit of a stout.

The flavor starts off malty, mainly chocolate-like flavors, then transitions to bitter hops. The bitterness is subdued and appropriate--neither overpowering nor hidden. Finally, there is a blast of sour wheat flavor, the only real appearance of wheat in the wheat beer. Finish left me looking for a little more sweetness. This is a very sweet beer, but the aftertaste is more sour, which was a little unsatisfying.

For such a strong beer, the mouthfeel is pretty light. It is just a little oily and coats the tongue slightly.

A very drinkable beer for its strength. Definitely one that I could drink two or three of.

Overall, this is a very good beer with a complex flavor. It is drinkable and satisfying, but it is not really worthy of the Divine Reserve label. The other beers in this series have been big and bold. This beer pales in comparison and will be remembered as a boy among men.

It would be nice to see what some time would do to the flavors. I can imagine that they would come together nicely after a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 07:33:38 | More by Ruslanchik
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.