Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by jordanmills:
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
A buddy picked me up a six at a local spec's the morning it went on sale. I went back in the evening after work, and they'd sold out, of course.
Poured from a longneck into a cool pint glass, it comes out looking reddish brown, and quickly develops a head that looks distinctly orange. That's probably in my head - it looks more like what you'd get off a (pardon this) can of cherry coke zero, but a little foamier. It sits thick and dark, can't see through the glass at all. The head goes down to a few bubbling fingers after a minute, nothing clings to the side of the glass.
It smells distinctly of pumpkin pie spice and a little malt. And some more pumpkin and spice. And dark malt.
Nutmeg hits hard with a little cinnamon at the front of the palette, maturing to a stronger nutmeg and maybe allspice with some pumpkin (mental?) to really fill the mouth. It finishes warm and smooth, some lingering alcohol and nutmeg burning the back of my tongue. This might be one of the best tasting pumpkin ales I've had.
It's an odd mix of light carbonation and heavy spice in the mouth, not exactly what you'd expect, but it keeps the high alcohol content from being overpowering.
Overall I'd have to say it's very very good. I want more. Lots more. I just can drink that much in a sitting, at least if I want to be able to actually get the beer in my mouth.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2009 01:57:02 | More by jordanmills
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4.29/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
bottle into a snifter.
Pours a dark brown color...almost stout like. Smell is HUGE on pumpkiny goodness...wow! the most amazing smelling pumpkin beer ive ever experienced. taste is also big on pumpkiny goodness but with a big, full bodied mouthfeel of a stout. im really impresssed....
overall this is one of the best pumpkin beers in existence. 2010? bottle consumed in 2013 may have helped things, but damn i want another right now!
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 03:25:46 | More by Axnjxn
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #9 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.