Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by HoustonTX:
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-09-2011 07:19:09 | More by HoustonTX
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4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours near amber with an abundant beige head. Obviously hop-forward aroma, but the malt is plenty assertive enough to make a show of it.
Flavor begins with a maltiness that bears a similarity to sultanas, but a spicy hop presence quickly takes over. Hop bitterness is balancing but not unpleasant, nor does it block out any other flavors. Finishes with a slight hop bite. Full bodied.
Overall, a great sipping beer if you can put the glass down.
04-02-2011 00:53:50 | More by MutualAid
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
The beer pours an orange-copper color with a small off-white head.
The aroma is heavy on the papaya, with a little bit of resiny pine, pineapple and bready malt mixed in. A very nice, fresh smelling aroma.
The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of tropical fruit - mainly apricots and papaya - as well as some resiny pine. There is a touch of bready malt and the bitterness is about medium for the style. There is also a nice bit of alcohol warming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Overall, one of the better Divine Reserve beers I have tried. This is right up there with No. 6 as my favorites. I think this one is going to be best drank fresh so I won't be sitting on any of these.
03-30-2011 01:29:55 | More by Mora2000
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
I have been in Texas for 8 months now and this is the first Divine Reserve I've managed to get my hands on. St Arnold beers in general are not bad but nothing so far is overly impressive. This beer is the best I've had from them. This double IPA pours nicely, has a nice amber color and is not just all hops. It has a taste that stays around your mouth so you can fully enjoy it. I hope St Arnold will produce this beer again.
04-03-2011 23:39:19 | More by celtics2010
3.83/5 rDev -9.9%
Poured into a tulip glass transparent burnt orange with a very thick head. Great lacing and head retention all the way down the glass.
My weakness is my nose, that being said this must not be a strong scented beer. I'm not getting much of anything other than some hops. The taste is has a strong hop presence as expected with some citrus grapefruit flavors added in there. There's a nice malted sweetness that doesn't quite balance out the bitterness, but it's really not supposed to. It compliments the hops pretty well. I would like more of a "hop bomb", but I have to say that all the flavors are very well put together.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated for an IIPA, and not a terribly noticable alcohol burn.
Over all? It's a nice IIPA. It's slightly better than good, but not great either.
Over All as a Divine Reserve? It's an absolute Air Ball!!! This seems to me to be a DR that they kind of threw together. It's almost like the SA team has spent too much time developing other off the wall stuff, like the Moveable Yeast Series, that they kind of realized that they needed to come up with a new DR and threw something together.
This is a IIPA that Saint Arnold should make a regular or seasonal . . . But this by no means is Divine.
03-30-2011 22:27:01 | More by whoneeds8
3.88/5 rDev -8.7%
Had a not so nice experience with the cask version of this beer at a tapping night. Since there are so many positives to my negative I thought it only fair to review a bottle.
The appearance is fantastic. Clear straight on through and the color of pumpkin and copper. The tan head is firm yet fluffy and laces the glass as it fades. Coulmns of bubbles slice through and feed what's left of the cap.
The nose is like walking through a hop garden. An earthy pine mixed with that fresh citrus that gets every hop head horny. There is a slight sweet malt in the background but it's dominated by the musty little green cones.
The taste is much better then the cask. A hop bomb that slows down from the nose to not be completely dominated by that hop flavor. It's initially a sweet honey and citrus but is balanced by a malty background. As the finish approaches, flavors move towards a resiny pine and then loads of bittereness.
The mouthfeel is very thin for a double IPA. While the taste is mostly balanced leaning towards the hop the feel of this beer is very one sided. The acidity and light body control this from lips to throat. It's by no means a deal breaker or a drain pour but it is a little harsh on the mouth and distracts from the pleasant flavors. This beer is great in the bottle and delivers in nose and flavor that the cask was desperately missing. The feel of it almost loses me but it is a fine addition to the divine series and worth seeking out.
03-31-2011 22:41:19 | More by jbphoto88
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
I have been a long time hater when it comes to Saint Arnolds. They have never done anything that I thought was "bad", just overall unimpressive beers. This is the best thing I have ever had from them, and I really hope its a year round release.
Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a dark amber color, nice pine scent immediately comes out of the bottle. frothy foam fills the top of my glass, then recedes a bit. Nice head retention for about 10 minutes. Decent lacing on the glass. Smell- pine, citrus, grapefruit. Taste- biting hops up front, piney resin, followed by a caramel malt flavor, with a biting hops finish. Mouthfeel- clean, not too syrupy, nice carbonation. Drinkablity- well, St. Arnolds, you finally made a beer I like. Well done.
04-01-2011 19:41:22 | More by lnashsig
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
12oz bottle from a recent BIF, thanks to twiggamortis420
served in a Stone Levitation glass
A - poured gently with almost an inch of tight, creamy very light tan colored foam. the beer is clear as day, copper in color.
S - abundant biscuity malts with some honey sweetness. piney, citrus (grapefruit) hops sneak through. bits of mint, basil, and wet grass as well.
T - bit sweeter than expected, with bready and honey malts coming through well before the hops. ample bitterness though more along the lines of an Imperial English IPA if there was such a thing.
M - medium bodied, moderate crispy carbonation. very nice and a bit on the dry side.
O - not a bad beer, not exactly a mouthy hop bomb but gets the job done more or less.
06-09-2011 03:33:23 | More by Stigs
3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
Nice very hoppy beer, well balanced. Pours golden with a small amount of lace. Neutral aroma. Good balance,the hops are right there and more of a 1.5 ipa. Average mouthfeel,carbonation is right there. Good drinkability. Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial are well mixed for mild citrus taste. Alcohol well hidden.Very slight acid builds up. Bottle in trade.
07-06-2011 02:57:39 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
Small head with amber color. Looks good. Smells good too. Aroma is hops all the way. Pine and citrus come out. Tastes like it smells with the addition of some caramel malts and a hint of tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is great, pine flavor sits on my palate. Overall a great beer and I wish they would make this year round.
07-21-2011 00:21:31 | More by tetu
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
The last time I went to my usual place I wasn't even thinking about Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve No. 11. I'd read on BeerAdvocate enough how difficult finding the beer is so in my mind I was already content with not finding it. Then, to my shock, my name was called by the manager - yes, the manager knows my name! - and he told me sweet words. He told me that he had some Divine Reserve No. 11! I immediately told him that I wanted some. Now it's time to see what all of the hype is about.
Out of the bottle the Divine Reserve No. 11 poured a clear bronze, like the bronze bell on my bass trombone, and formed a two finger tall foamy-bubbly off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing after taking sips from it.
Call me crazy, or don't because this description is accurate, but the beer has an aroma of the pine forests of southeast Texas. The hops are very earthy floral, and add a sort of lemon-citrus zest. Fruits that show up are mango and pineapple. Sweet caramel malts show up and it's a little boozy too.
I love the hops in Divine Reserve No. 11. They are prevelant throughout the tasting: First with bitterness and later with the lemon-citrus zest. The pine tree sweetness that I love in some pale ales comes out and balances the beer out along with the caramel sweetness and breadiness of malt. The fruit flavors of mango and pineapple are strong but lovely. It's definitely a very hoppy beer, one for hopheads to love, but it's not overly bitter.
No. 11 has a medium body with medium-light carbonaton and is a bit sticky at the end. Although this is a very hoppy beer it is definitely one of the more drinkable double IPAs you'll have, even with a higher ABV and doesn't sacrifice flavor for drinkability. I wish it didn't cost so much but it's definitely one of the better brewed Texas beers. Yum!
04-19-2011 22:09:10 | More by BeardedRiker
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Many, many thanks to dcloeren for the bottles! Much appreciated, Dereck!
The 11th installment of Divine Reserve is a crystal clear copper color. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. A soft, vanilla colored head tops it. It rises to roughly a finger before falling back. Lacing was very thick and sticky.
The nose is pretty good. It definitely has a sweet, sugary scent. Caramel malts are readily apparent and are responsible for the sweet side. Hops are easily noted. They’re mostly piney and citric. Grapefruit and orange are the strongest fruit scents. It’s tough to tell how the flavor will pan out, but it smells fairly well balanced. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem overly strong.
The flavor is very similar to the nose. Perhaps a notch better. It starts out with caramel and toffee flavors. They’re sweet and provide a sturdy backbone. Hop flavors of pine, grapefruit, and orange emerge. They’re definitely tasty, but seemed to be restrained by the heavy malt presence. There’s a hint of bitterness, but it doesn’t last long. For what it’s worth, it is very balanced. Not my favorite quality in this style, but the flavor is good. Alcohol is masked very well. Finishes sweet with a bit of citric and piney hop flavors.
It has a medium body that’s definitely smooth. Given the malt presence, that’s no big surprise. Carbonation is dialed back nicely. For a beer of its size, it’s definitely easy drinking.
Divine Reserve #11 is definitely a nice addition to the series. It’s not spectacular. A little less malt and more hops would’ve moved been better. I just prefer a little less balance when it comes to DIPAs. There’s no question though…this is good beer. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely jump on it. Thanks again, Dereck!
05-15-2011 02:24:15 | More by prototypic
3.95/5 rDev -7.1%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to optimator13 for this one. It should have been a want and he chose his extras wisely :)
Appearance - Light, clear copper body with an ample white head. It leaves some sticky lacing on top for a while, but that eventually fades too.
Smell - Hoppy, some citrus and pine. A caramel maltiness comes through also. There's a fair bit of booze in the aroma, too.
Taste - Not as hoppy as the smell, but still a great hop flavor of citrus and pine again. The sweetness from the malt is a bit much, but doesn't overwhelm the hops. Barely any bitterness to the finish. The malts become a bit nutty as it warms.
Mouthfeel - Pretty light considering all the flavors. Medium-low carbonation. There's an ample amount of booze to the finish which I find a bit undesirable.
Overall - Good DIPA. It's a bit hot and a bit sweet, but it has a great hop profile. I'd gladly drink this again.
06-06-2011 00:51:05 | More by Alieniloquium
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Received as part of a trade. Thanks adam320!
Poured into my Captain Lawrence glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep goldish orange with a one and a half finger off white head. Lots of active carbonation bubbles. Head is creamy and sticks around for a while.
Smell: Big hop aroma off the bat! Fruity citrusy hops.
Taste: Follows the nose with those big fruity citrusy hops. Nice malt backbone it balances it out without stepping on the feet of the hops. The bitterness is there but its really not too bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation seems to play a minimal role. Slightly sub par for the style but certainly not bad.
Overall: So glad I got the chance to try it. Will miss the 6 pack when it is gone.
04-26-2011 03:33:57 | More by OddNotion
4.65/5 rDev +9.4%
A: Amber with a deep reddish hue in color and a dense 1/8 inch head with sticky lacing.
S: Spicy pine and sweet malty syrup.
T: Piney, resiny hops, with light pepper on the finish. Clean malt backbone with a crisp, warm, hoppy finish.
M: Low, medium bodied with a dry finish. Medium carbonation.
O: The best double IPA I've ever had from Texas. Please St. Arnold make this a regular rotation.
04-05-2011 06:25:24 | More by rwf08
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to betsona for sharing this one!
A- Pours a golden orange color with some reddish hues to it. One finger white head shows medium retention. Nice sheets of lace on the sides of the glass when drinking.
S- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma make this beer start off good. There is a underlying caramel malt sweetness throughout the aroma but shows more so toward the middle. Piney hops in the ending lend to balancing this one out aroma wise. Alcohol has a little medicinal quality to it.
T- Citrus hops in the front of the beer show off a lot of tropical flavors. This doesn't go into crushing mode with the hops which was nice. The middle of the beer showed off a caramel bready malt base which counterbalanced the hops nicely. The ending of the beer still showed a little caramel malt but now there was a added piney bitterness that helped elminate the overall sweetness. The alcohol had a little medicinal quality to it but didn't go overboard.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus and piney hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is medicinal alcohol, light caramel malts, and piney hops. The flavors were really balanced I thought for the style. No off flavors were present while drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.
O- This beer was very good. The ABV was lighter on the DIPA side. I thought the flavors were on par with everything for the style. A nice beer in the Divine Reserve series. I would tell everyone to get this while you can cause it is drinking good.
06-23-2011 03:49:05 | More by alleykatking
4.08/5 rDev -4%
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - A deep amber orange with a two finger head. Head slowly dissapates into a solid film throughout. Nice lacing
S - Initial smell is great, with notes of pine/peach/citrus. The only dissapointment was that the smell faded fairly fast.
T - Very nice balance between the spicy, bitter hops and the malt sweetness. This is a winner.
M - Slightly sticky with just right carbonation.
Overall, a very nice DIPA from Texas' oldest craft brewer. I truly wish they would add this to their regular lineup ( at a lower price!) I would then be a regular SA customer. Well done!
04-09-2011 23:48:19 | More by turfy
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.