Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by HoustonTX:
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
5 years since I joined Beer Advocate on my birthday. It's my birthday time, and time to celebrate. I will look back at the next 5 years the same way sitting here on my birthday writing my review, and trying to recall what the hell I did in the last 5 years. Time seems to go by so quickly, that it seems like I've done nothing.
I drank this beauty on tap at the Texas Beer Festival yesterday on 5/8/11. Which I was honored to be a part of.
The line for it was the longest of the night stretching hundreds of people back.
For only having 4oz. it was still worth the wait.
First thing you notice is the Citra hop aroma. Very sticky, smelling of dank cannabis, pine, resin, and citrus. Great nose.
Taste is really well balanced actually, quite smooth on tap. Lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. Sweet up front, with some bitterness near the middle, finishes with sweet earthy malts. It's complex, but really it's drinkability is it's strong point. I could pound a few of these, only if the lady in the kilt would have let me.
I'm sure if I had more than 4oz, my review could be a bit more descriptive, but what the hell. I'm glad I got to try it on tap and the festival rocked.
It's an awesome DIPA and one of the highlights of the night. They should brew this one year round. It's really a nice brew.
Serving type: on-tap
05-09-2011 07:19:09 | More by HoustonTX
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4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle: Thanks Kaggie! This one pours a hazy amber color. There was just a wisp of an off-white head on it, and no lacing. Nice nose on this one. Orange, lemon and pine notes. Maybe a hint of peaches. Nice taste! Fair amount of bitterness, orange, peach and pine notes. Big malt body underneath, but no sweetness coming through. Very Nice!
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2014 22:35:57 | More by Boto
3.79/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Sampled February 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, gold highlighted, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, dusty pine sap, woody-peppery herbal notes, a bright lychee note, and an almost musty, herbaceous hop character. The nose is definitely dominated by the hop character, there is perhaps a suggestion of malt character here, I almost have to guess at the malt aromatics; notes of toasted biscuit and orange scented caramelized malt are just suggested at.
A medium’ish body is cut through by a biting bitterness that lingers through the finish; the bitterness though remains quite smooth, though still lingers quite a bit on the palate. The dominant hop character contributes flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo zest, floral peach, perhaps some bright apricot, as well as some ample kumquat zest. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish and adds a touch more bite to the hop character, it also brings out some astringent pine and herbal hop character that also lingers a fair amount in the finish. The texture of this beer is on the light side of medium, this helps this to be still fairly quaffable, which is quite needed for this style of beer. The malt clearly plays a supporting role here, but does contribute softly noticeable notes of English biscuit like maltiness, a touch of whole grain cracker, and perhaps a touch of sweet tea.
A nice example of a Double IPA, it hits all the points that it should, and escapes the pitfall of being too rich or viscous. Definitely quite enjoyable and it certainly hits the spot for this hop-head. This is still doing quite well after almost a year of age; still vibrantly hoppy, perhaps a touch cleaner and less aggressive than it was when fresh, but certainly still showing lots of life.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2013 03:28:13 | More by Gueuzedude
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.