Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle from the cellar poured in to a cervoise.
Appearance: Pours a turgid, yeasty orange, full of suspended particulates and swirls or color. It's near opaque except when exposed to direct light, and isn't the most attractive hue at either time. A mildly vigorous pour yielded a little shy of one finger of fawn head with a very short shelf life - after fifteen seconds, all that remains is a soapy collar and some streaks and drips of tan lace. I imagine it probably looked a little nicer fresh, so I can't fault it too much.
Aroma: A very light, fruity wee heavy. Hints of warm, grainy malts are strong up front, showcasing toffee and caramel in a sweet way, but also bright citrus, apricot, and floral notes linger not far behind. It's rounded and fairly balanced, too - perhaps another result of the aging.
Taste: Similar to the aroma in many ways, which is something to be admired. A mild, "old hop" bitterness - sort of like a very well-aged barleywine showcases, that's a little spicy, slightly herbal, and all around refined - mingles with the slew of fruity notes and moderately roasted malts that are mentioned above: toffee and tropical fruits, caramel and almost tart citrus, apricot and butterscotch. No hint of alcohol heat allows the hop spiciness to steal the show. Quite an old broad here.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick even, with low carbonation that does its job without overreaching. The lack of aggressive effervescence really does a service to that old hop spiciness I mentioned above, making it the sole "abrasive" (for lack of a better word) element in the profile of this beer, flavor or feel. The lack of crispness also sits well with the amount of residual sugar in this one - neither cloying in its sweetness and heaviness, nor bland in its dryness and stillness.
Drinkability: I quite enjoyed this beer, as a matter of fact. Dignified but not crusty, this one still has some oomph to it, and shows it off nicely. The 9.3% abv is nowhere to be tasted and barely anywhere to be felt, and the favors and aromas balanced nicely. This one really hit the spot on a cold winters Sunday, and it's a shame I only had this single bottle.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2012 19:51:18 | More by CrellMoset
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