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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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very good

137 Ratings

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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey, tabacco bbq saucey Texas take on the style. A little lace is left after the head goesdon on a lightish looking body. You can smell and taste the smokey sauce,its quite drinkable and not done to extreme. Drying finish. Nice, though not (meant) to be bang on the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 05:03:45 | More by Sammy
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pick thanks goes out to my kind Texas friend for sending this one out to me. I always look forward to the latest and greatest in this series and this one was no exception. Served cold and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 11/24/2008.

The pour was huge here. Deep, dark, and amazingly big looking brown color coming out of the bottle right of the bat. Smooth looking as well, with a big head of tan foam that came up the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth and leaving just a thin whisp of a head on the top. Lots of coating foam up and down the glass.

The aroma was very big as well. Rich notes of malt, hints of roasted tones and a nice caramel backing all coming through quite clearly. A light note of alcohol in the beginning, letting me know this was no small bock I was about to enjoy. The creamy, smooth flavor rolled across the tongue. Rich, and amazingly complex, it was like velvet that sliced through. Huge notes of caramel malts and grain that just sat there, begging me to take another sip. Fantastically full bodied this was the epitome of a big bock. I could have drank this all night, though I am sure I would have been hurting the next day.

Overall another outstanding beer in this series, this one is one of my favorites for sure. Huge and yet subtle, creamy and delicious, I would have no problems at all with try thing this one out again, in fact I was going to seek it out. Very rich, very earthy, very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:04:36 | More by mikesgroove
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the DR series thanks to Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with that usual haze from the wheat. A couple of finger's worth of tan head.

S: The nose offers up plenty of sweet malt, wheat, and sugar notes like caramel and toffee. There are some nice dark fruit notes, like currants and plums, but there's also a slight acidity.

T: Sweet wheat and malt with the usual banana ester and hint of spice. I get a fair amount of toffee and hints of chocolate. Again, some dark fruit notes which are nice.

M: The body is medium with a low-to-medium level of carbonation.

D: A little something "off" about the aroma, but still enjoyable all around. I still would prefer a German brewed weizenbock, but this wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 05:11:59 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown with tawny highlights at the edges and the type of head you would expect from a wheat beer; leaves splotches of lace

Smell: Black currant aromas dominate with hints of chocolate, licorice and clove; perhaps a little banana, too

Taste: Black currants and a hint of banana at the outset, with dark chocolate undertones; by mid-palate, the tart fruit really dominates, along with some plastic phenols underneath; after the swallow, the sweeter fruit flavors re-appear, with a building element of chocolate, licorice and clove, though the cidery tartness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Thought the flavor profile is interesting, I am afraid the oxidation has taken its toll and the cidery tartness is starting to dominate

Thanks, ericandersnavy, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 23:05:39 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep cloudy brown color lager with a large medium brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of banana and deep caramel/toffee malt is very interesting. Taste is a very nice mix between a solid caramel and toffee malt backbone with a nice touch of banana ester. Balance between sweetness and ester is well mastered with a full body with limited filtration and no alcohol was discernable. One of the best beer form the Divine series.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 03:59:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having taken a few deep sips, and without sneaking a peak at the style profile, I had made up my mind that this beer was a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Quad) but with a lot of Dubbel characteristics.

The beer pours with a deep dark brown color and dark purple/ruby highlights. A thick, dense head of lightly tanned foam forms on top and reduces to a consistent blanket across the beer. Good lacing.

Malty and fruity notes remind me a bit of Scottish Ales but with the Belgiany esters of vinous fruits. Molassas and deep kettle caramelization give lot of depth to the malty nose. Spicy with white pepper and orange peel also give a touch of yeasty goodness.

Flavors do much the same- a harmoneous dance of toasted and chocolate malts mix with the esters of plumbs, grapes, dates, and figs. Notes of licorice, deeply caramelized toffee, and roasted marshmallows give a lot of layering to the malt profile. Somewhat vinous and twangy with apples and berry fruitiness seems to scream Belgian characteristics. I would have never suggested a wheat base.

Big and warm throughout. The creamy fullness up front is worn down by the tart fruits, warming alcohols, and fleeting carbonation. The residual sugars give a lasting mouthfeel of a cola. Finishes both malty and lightly dry.

As a Weizenbock, the beer needs a more substantial wheat base along with more of a balance of peppery phenols and clove with bananna, lemon, and bubble gum. But even without, the beer is quite tasty and enjoyable.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:22:05 | More by BEERchitect
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a full, foamy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Fairly fragrant chocolate-coated, toasty wheat maltiness with background notes of fresh-ground cloves and banana slices and coffee.

Taste: Toasted bread crusts dipped in semi-sweet chocolate and toffee. Medium sweetness. Touch of roast. Distant tangy wheatiness. Black current, black cherry, and banana fruitiness. Restrained earthy spiciness. Lightly lingering spice and fruit on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hey, whaddya know, this stuff is pretty darn good and very drinkable. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:36:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

st arnold reserve #7

brown, rich, roasty, tanned head...serene sweetness in the nose...a little dry, some dark fruit...plums and raisins...sweet and dry...

In the taste, the same...more well-balanced sweetness...very nice... is this a weizenbock? Maybe...nice and even, fruit and malt...nice and woody. yum.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 06:01:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to d0b for hooking me up with one of these - don't get too much Saint Arnold in Illinois.

A - Purple-hued dark brown with a dime-sized head that lingers for a while. Sort of a raisin mauve kind of color.

S - Yeasty, boozy, some molasses and burnt malt, with hints of oak, black currant. Not your typical wheat beer, but the alcohol smell was a little too strong for my tastes.

T - The oak really comes out on first impression, drying out the back of the throat. There's a smoky aftertaste as well. As the brew warms up more notes of fig, dried fruit, molasses, and spice come out.

M - Velvety smooth - very dry finish though, the aftertaste doesn't linger. Surprisingly refreshing.

D - This is one serious and weighty brew - I was definitely one & done. I'd consider sipping this brew while smoking a cigar. I can feel every bit of the 7.5%.

Neither my favorite Divine Reserve, nor my favorite Weizenbock. That being said this beer was certainly distinct and memorable in a way that many great IPAs and stouts aren't. I'm curious as to how brewing culture in Texas differs from the rest of the US.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 05:09:55 | More by MasterSki
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 2 fingers of brown-tinged tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Bubblegum, a bit of dark fruit, plums mostly, plus iron

T: Jammyness, plums, cocoa & some cloves, plus chalky dryness up front. I get a slight smokeyness, plus more plums as this warms & a hint of apple pie spice. Finishes with much plummyness, dryness & a touch of figs

Mf: Medium bodied, low carbonation, a bit too dry for me

Drinks alright, too damn dry for me to really get into, glad I got to try this, not really up to speed with the great weizenbocks

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 02:39:20 | More by russpowell
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I had reviewed this before. Guess not. Going from notes that I took when I drank this in late 2008.

Beer pours dark brown with a tan head. Darker than other weizenbocks I have had. The smell is dark fruit with some booziness. The flavor is dark fruit with some spices as well as some darker malts and some smoke. You also get some of the expected banana and clove notes but they are not front and center. The alcohol that is present in the aroma is also present in the flavor. This is a boozy beer. Really different than other beers of this style, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 23:26:35 | More by Mora2000
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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell is of dark fruit, some alcohol with medicinal/herbal spicing. Not sure that I would have guessed the style correctly, but knowing it I can see it fitting well enough.

The taste is of cherries and dark fruit with a hint of banana. The alcohol is not overbearing but mixed with the herbal/medicinal spiciness it is a bit raw. There is a touch of roast (that I'm not sure really belongs here) and chocolate. Earthy spiciness gives it a very dry finish.

It is medium-bodied, towards creamy though there is a touch of harshness/astringency to it. It could use a touch more carbonation.

A bit too medicinal/herbal for me, though it maintains some balance. There is a certain "house character" to it that, along with herbal dryness, gives it a unique character for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 13:51:06 | More by jwc215
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky looking brown with a thick tan head. Nose is airy dark fruits and figs. Flavor is superb. Thick vegetal and slight fruit tones. Consistent flavor delivery. Slight touch of alcohol flavor, but it doesn't matter. Feel is smooth and slick on liquid. Carbonation is low but good. Whew. This is really an excellent beer.

Thanks to jasonjlewis for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 22:44:13 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to armock for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/chocolate, and some spice. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with the dark stuff, and spice. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 02:34:13 | More by Wasatch
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3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color with a frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly spicy aroma with hints of pepper and clove countered by bready yeast and some sweeter notes. Picking up chocolate malt, caramel and hazelnut.

Medium bodied with a balance of zesty spice, citrus and sweet malt. Lots of peppery, zesty clove up front followed by bready yeast, banana and a more prominent malt profile than the nose hinted at. Notes of caramel and hazelnut along with some banana, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pretty quaffable with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:13:52 | More by corby112
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Twiggermortis420 for the opportunity to try this.

The beer pours a dark brown color with Ok head retention and a considerable amount of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is pretty gorgeous, showing milk chocolate, clove, black cherry and underlying spice. The flavor profile is intriguing, with St. Arnold once again throwing in some off the wall, unusual and interesting spice (for laughs and giggle I would assume). In this case, I get sort of cherry licorice flavor, that combines well and in an interesting way with the mild chocolate. This beer has great intensity of flavor, although it drops off a bit on the finish (I'm wondering if this is due to the age of this beer, and if I had more, I'd be tempted to drink them up pretty soon). Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkabilty is qauite good with the alcohol barely noticeable.

Despite having a few years under its belt, this was still a very nice beer showing plenty of flavor. Lovers of milk chocolate in parituclar will likely be big fans of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 19:29:15 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from GregMcQ in a recent trade!

Pours a cloudy dark brown/orange, some reddish highlights, thin tan head forms, settles out to a thin ring, lots of lacing on the glass, good retention, very thick head. Smell is lots of banana and caramel, cherries, dark fruit, clovey spice, chocolate, light bit of roasted barley, very nice. Taste is sweet, caramel and bananas, chocolate milk, bready, alcohol, wheat, yeasty, bit of sourness in the finish, very rich. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, some alcohol warmth, lots of flavour. I've liked every beer in this series, thanks Greg!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 03:52:52 | More by Viggo
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz received in my recent trade with MiguelMandingo... bad ass trader... honest... I couldn't wait to try this one... so I didn't wait. Poured into my Smokestack Goblet.

3 finger head... not alot of lace.. nice tan cap though.. brew is dark and hazy... looks yummy even while pouring.

Aroma is lite.... chocolate covered bananas with a dusting of cocoa just for good measure... more esters show as it warms... so does a little breadiness.

Flavor begins with cocoa.. melting seemlessly into clove spiked bananas.. the cocoa flavor helps keep it not as sweet/malty as I would have guessed.. sorta dries it out mid palate.. carbonation is a little light for the style.. but the creamy body more than makes up for it... finish is looong ... a little tart.. and alot of the expected yeastiness.

This brew is very good... very good... drinkablity takes a slight hit just because it is hugely complex and a definite sipper. I wish I had a case of these so I could see how some age would do... I think some more time in a bottle will help meld and make this a more cohesive brew.


Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 06:48:37 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must thank thickerfreakness for this. He included two of these in a generous and surprising box that appeared on my doorstep one bright and sunny afternoon here in Pacific Beach. If I recall correctly, that day was mediocre at best until I received this box, and it went straight to exceptional on my "day rating" chart. Thanks Charles.

I don't have a lot of experience with weizenbocks, so this should be a pretty adventurous review for me and for anyone who's reading it. What glass to choose? I just spent an hour washing glassware. I swear I spend as much time washing glassware as I do drinking out of it. I've juxtaposed 6 snifters and I guess I'll go with the Lost Abbey.

The beer is a very dark brown, almost to the point of being ebony. The beer has a half inch head that recedes in a minute, leaving some scattered lacing.

The aroma is rich and malty, with notes of chocolate, cloves, banana, and toffee. A little vanilla is noticeable, but no alcohol or hops. The flavor is also malty, and the banana character is stronger here than it was in the aroma. The cloves are noticeable, as well as dark fruits and a small amount of chocolate. The malt is rich and roasted. No hop character is noticeable and alcohol is present in the finish.

Divine Reserve #7 is full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 05:17:48 | More by HopHead84
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mini pilsner glass a cloudy dark brown color. This particular bottle did not yield much head, but I have opened some of these that have a huge fluffy foam...seems to vary quite a bit from bottle to bottle.

This weizenbock is particularly high on roasty malts and chocolate notes. After a couple months, the banana and cloves have died off tremendously.

Unfortunately the same is true in the taste. Still a pretty good beer, but it certainly is not getting any better. Alcohol is evident and never really smoothed out to perfection. I was excited for this release in the DR series but was ultimately disappointed with this one as 5 and 6 were pretty stellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 06:24:56 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye poured into a tulip.

This bottle opened with some pop and the foam came pouring out a bit. Pours a dark, murky chocolate brown with a huge creamy tan head that maintains a big ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is pretty fruity with lots of wheat presence, bananas coming through. There is a bit of chocolate malts in there as well.

The taste has the same wheat presence as the aroma but steps up the spiciness with some clove in the finish. The dark chocolate malts are there but less prevalent than in the aroma. There was a slight hint of sourness in the finish that I couldn't place, but not much.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated and velvety smooth going down.

This is another good offering in the DR series and a well-made weizenbock. Not the best I've had, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 00:32:15 | More by gford217
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very dark brown color. A small tan head forms. A small foamy cap sticks around all the way down the glass. Some nice lace as well.
S: Not that aromatic, but what is there is very pleasant none the less. Toasty malt that is chocolaty. Some banana and funky yeast.
T: A wonderful malty flavor that is slightly toasty. Coffee and chocolate seem to dominate. Banana as the flavor lingers. Maybe a slight hop twang as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. At first a quick snap of carbonation, but a good creaminess follows. Dry and a bit chalky. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. I know I shouldn't, but I could make a session out of this pretty easily.

Bow down and pray to Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve #7. This is great. A unique style and interpretation. I want some more, and I can't think of a better complement than that.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 20:01:12 | More by champ103
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on the eve of the Wolfpack's complete domination of UNC-CH, 41-10

a: into my Allagash wit glass, one-finger mocha colored head over a murky, nearly black molasses colored beer, nicely retained layer on the surface

s: layers of smooth dark chocolate roast upfront, clove and bubblegum from the yeast, dark chocolate coffee beans, the bock side comes through with dried plum, lovely roast-fruit-yeast interplay, really a lot going on here, hard to place the wheat but it's obviously there, seems to thin the darker aromas out a bit and adds a clean spiciness

m: delicate medium carbonation, body on the full side of things

t: pretty interesting, close to what I'd imagine a yeasty porter to taste like, silky dark roast and semisweet chocolate with a weizen yeast spread underneath, the wheat gives a lightness of body to the otherwise heavy beer, and adds just a little spice, long finish with dry roast and chocolate bread, earthy hops take a backseat

d: a heavier example of the style, but still reasonably drinkable for the abv

one of two from mhewes in the Pre-Season Football BiF

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:20:28 | More by blackie
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from RickSawyer, thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a stingy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing on the way down. Smell is malty. I pick up some burnt sugar, molasses, melanoid, some clove, and banana too. Taste is banana and clove, some phenols, some yeast spiciness. Full carbonation, medium body, thick chewy mouthfeel. Great Weizenbock, another solid brew from my favorite Texas brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 23:38:07 | More by johnnnniee
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer just laying around waiting to be drank. No idea who sent it to me but thanks!

A: Pours a nice rich robust brown hue with a nice mocha colored head. Okay retention on the head dies to a nice collar. Several nice chunks of lace.

S: Holy malt. Tons of rich gooey sweet caramel up front. Brown sugar and molasses come next. Touches of dark fruit and a nice blast os spice to round things out.

T: Malty goodness in a bottle for sure. Tons of rich sweet malt up front. Caramel and brown sugar lead the way. Spiced banana bread comes in next. Chocolate and dark fruit play off each other nicely in the finish.

M: On the fuller side of medium in body. Rich, smooth, with wonderful carbonation.

D: Really good. Tasty ass beer, no idea why I waited so long to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 11:27:03 | More by tpd975
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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.