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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8

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very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-10-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

02-12-2012 03:46:29 | More by bbadger
Photo of Ryan011235


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 2/8/12

Many thanks to mhewes

Light caramel brown pour that results in a vibrant, clear copper hue. Foam is on the thin side, even initially, but it's smooth. Skimmed and patchy retention with a few drippy lace strands.

Layer after layer of malt aroma billows from the glass. Raisin, fig, plum, brown sugar, butter toffee, leather, smoke and baked bread. Subtle hints of peat, caramel, earth and perhaps a touch of cocoa. The sugars take on a pleasant toasted bent as it warms. Soft butterscotch overtones.

I'm kind of bummed to say, but the taste is a bit of a let down after spending several minutes with the aromatics. That isn't to say the beer tastes bad; it doesn't, though it's too sugary-sweet for my usual enjoyment. However, I will admit it has some really enjoyable things going on - raisins and dark fruits, toasted sugars and hints of dry bread, residual earthy hops. It has something of a musty finish. The flavors seem smooth, though.

The feel seems like an ample medium, working its way to the full side. Though the beer isn't incredibly hot, alcohol is certainly appreciable and there is some resulting slickness. Carbonation grabs upfront and tapers off to a gritty latter half.

I like this one pretty well, though I'm inclined to liken it more to an old ale or barleywine of some sort. Perhaps the old taste buds have become acclimated, but it doesn't strike me as being quite so sweet by the end. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:15:14 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of CrellMoset


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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-25-2011 20:57:45 | More by TexAggie011
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-22-2011 03:58:48 | More by slvrmon82
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

12-21-2011 20:53:03 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-21-2011 03:45:31 | More by drummermattie02
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

12-17-2011 02:52:41 | More by trojankeg
Photo of Sean9689


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the cellar. No clue where this even came from but was mixed with a bunch of random 12oz bottles. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a reddish/orange copper color, off-white head, thin ring, some lacing, and wisps on top.

S - Lots of sweet malty notes, caramel, toffee, molasses. Very rich and sweet, nice level of malts work well here.

T - Again, big on the sweetness. Caramel, toffee, molasses, burnt sugars, slight medicinal/nutty finish.

M - Light body, perhaps a bit too thin for the style, light carbonation, creamy thin finish.

O - A nice Scotch Ale, but no where near the top for the style. I did think it was good, but not great. Would have again if offered, but would not seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 19:21:17 | More by Sean9689
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-14-2011 05:09:08 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-12-2011 17:50:45 | More by 2378GCGTG
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-09-2011 02:44:17 | More by BeerHunter76
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-23-2011 00:41:35 | More by PittBeerGirl
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-17-2011 19:40:11 | More by ATXRyan
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

11-16-2011 03:31:20 | More by Crack2000
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 18:41:51 | More by richbrew
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-15-2011 16:32:48 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-15-2011 01:18:39 | More by Exiled
Photo of mikereaser


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky chestnut brown with 3 fingers of off-white foam that faded slowly leaving a glass full of lacing
S - I'm only picking up a bit of the chocolate that everyone else seems to be, a bit of toffee with a hint of burnt smell
T - wow, the chocolate really comes through in the flavor, it is very reminiscent of Box of Chocolates, very nice flavor in deed.
M - smooth and creamy, good carbonation
D - I normally don't like scotch ales but this one is amazing. Really nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 04:27:10 | More by mikereaser
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - cloudy, maybe some chill haze. brown auburn in color bit of ruby in it as well. head was quick with lacing around the rim and not much in the middle

smell - chocolate milk mmmm does this 9.3 beer remind me of my childhood? yes, but thats okay because it just smells like chocolate milk, grain in the end

taste - not thick enough to be chocolate milk, otherwise got the chocolate, grains are heavier than i thought they might be. a bit of alcohol on the end.

mouthfeel - a bit too light body for what i was thinking/hoping. carbonation is there and pretty dead on. need more milk in my chocolate milk

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 05:43:29 | More by claytong
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 300th Texas rate. Shared by someone at the most recent Freetail bottle release party. The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is very malty. I get a lot of very sweet toffee as well as a little bit of alcohol. The flavor is more of the same. The alcohol and sweet, sugary malt really stand out. There is also some nice dark fruit notes with some figs and cherries. Smooth and easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer is about two years old but has held up very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 14:23:35 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yet another one sent to me by Mikesgroove. Thanks Mike!

Divine Reserve 8 Pours dark and very cloudy; it is brown in the middle and varying hues of red and orange as light passes through toward the edges. The tan head is small and disappears quickly.

The aroma has bits of chocolate and toasted malt, with some sweet toffee to go along with it. There is also a peat-like smoky aroma that is quite pleasant; it almost smells like scotch.

Toasted malt and a little bit of citrus from faded hops greet me immediately. A little bit of bitterness still lingers to go along with the hops. The smoky aroma is less smoky, but the peat characteristics are much more powerful, and I like them. After that comes a hint of chocolate and a good bit of toffee along with some caramel. The slightest hint of oxidation has crept into this one, even though it was waxed. The finish has a powerful warmth from the alcohol that I can feel in my throat. Actually, I can feel the heat throughout this one. Throughout this beer and especially in the finish I also notice a good amount of fruit notes. The Toasted malt and the smoky peat along with the alcohol are the most powerful flavors in this one.

The mouthfeel has a slightly chewy feel to it, but still has very prickly carbonation. The heat from the booze is palpable.

I liked this one, but I can see it getting better with some more age on it, especially considering the amount of warmth and booze that this one packs. In fact, I really dig the peat, but that heat dropped a few of these scores.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 23:33:05 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this extra. Served in a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a yellowish foam that settles to a thick collar and wispy haze on top, but with minimal lace. Hazy reddish orange body.

S - Smoke, peat, ham, earth, and some surprisingly restrained malt sweetness for this style. I think this has been erroneously listed as a Scotch Ale instead of a Scottish Ale. A bit of alcohol peaks through, but that's not inappropriate, regardless of which it is.

T - Taste has a bit more sweetness, but it's in a honey-glazed ham sort of way. The earthy, meaty character is actually a welcome change of pace from some cloying examples of this style.

M - Surprisingly harsh carbonation, some stickiness, and a lightly burnt finish. Medium-full body.

D - Not the most drinkable of beers, but better than many of its brethren. If you like smoke you'll really dig this one. I'd consider having it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:58:35 | More by MasterSki
Photo of AgentZero


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MasterSki dropped by and brought this interesting offering.

A - Brownish red, off-white head, not a lot of stick on the side.

S - A lot of smoke going on here, bit of caramel malts, lot of peat smell there.

T - One of the more peaty beers I have ever tasted. Great smoke, something like a bit of ham there in the taste. This is very appropriate for the style, with the peaty taste reminding me a bit of scotch. This is a style of beer I usually don't care for, but this one is quite unique and pretty good.

M - Medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - A pretty good beer, the alcohol is decently hidden, this is actually a really solid take on the style, and unique enough that I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:29:54 | More by AgentZero
Photo of corby112


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this as an extra in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks a lot Amy!

Pours a dark amber/chestnut color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin foamy yellowish beige head that immediately fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, alcohol and dark fruit. I'm picking up raisin, fig and plum in the nose as well as a very faint smokey character and subtle spice. Smells more like a barleywine.

Medium bodied with some soft carbonation up front that lingers over the sweet, leathery malt body into a sweet, slightly warm finish. Very sweet with earthy, leathery malts that give off hints of toffee, biscuit, caramel and rye. Lots of alcohol sweetness but not to hot with a prominent dark fruit flavor. Hints of raisin, fig, grape, plum and dark berries. As in the aroma, there is a slight spice character with a decent amount of pepper.

Overall, this looks and tastes like a tamed down, overly spicy barleywine. There's a prominent dark fruit presence that balances things a bit but this beer is a bit harsh despite it's sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 04:08:16 | More by corby112
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #8 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.