Saint Arnold Santo - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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Reviews by angelmonster:
4/5 rDev +19.4%
Pours an extremely dark brown body with a frothy cream colored head. Lacing and head retention are good.
Smell is of fresh baked biscuits, slightly burned. Also getting faint coffee and chocolate. No hops or alcohol.
Taste is of crisp pale, straw malts but nicely contrasted with chalky, roasted, biscuity malts. Alcohol is undetected, hops are very light, good flavors for such a light beer.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, as you'd expect from a kolsch. Where this beer is different is in the chalky aftertaste that you get from some dry porters. Beer is well carbonated, head added a small amount of body.
Overall this is a good, highly sessionable beer. Similar in body to saint arnolds lawnmower beer but with a deeper flavor profile. Too bad it's not available in Colorado, another reason for me to take more trips to Texas.
05-16-2012 03:53:15 | More by angelmonster
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -10.4%
The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and toasted malt, with some earthy hops. There is also a little bit of chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat strange. I get some toffee and roasted malt, but there is also some earthy and grass notes. The finish is pretty clean like you would expect from a kolsch, but other than that this tastes more like a standard dunkel lager or something similar. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
10-20-2011 03:05:34 | More by Mora2000
3.23/5 rDev -3.6%
A new offering from my local Houston brewery Saint Arnolds...here we go. A "Black Kolsch"- basically Lawnmower with roasted malts, right?
Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a murky brown/black color, reminiscent of brown tea as it leaves the bottle. Dark in color as it gets into the glass, but light gets through. Smell- roasted malt, tea leaves, a little bit of coffee and mocha. reminds me of a dobblebock in appearance and smell. Taste- tea leaves, a faint bitterness, maybe some coffee flavors again. Overall, not much here. A little bland and boring. Really rich carbonation here too. A realize that they are trying to make a session beer here, but I don't see ever making a session out of this. A little blah on this beer.
10-23-2011 01:48:06 | More by lnashsig
3.69/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a stein.
A swift pour produces a monstrous, foamy head that persists well and retains a two-finger plateau. Beneath is a medium-brown body with blonde hues and visible, aggressive carbonation.
A sweet, floral and bready aroma touches the nose. There's something sticky about the aroma, it's quite pungently sweet. Maybe lightly molasses like. On second examination, the hops are very earthy too.
Roasted malt and a hint of smokiness punctuate this otherwise very light beer. Sweet floral hops are there to provide a balance and they too are subtle and light. You really have to pay attention as you drink this beer, because the flavors can go unnoticed as you throw it back easily.
This beer is impressively light considering the dark color suggests otherwise. There's light carbonation to tickle the tongue---I'd like more as it almost seems flat--- and enough thickness that it doesn't feel like drinking water.
This is what you'd call a lawnmower beer. A beach beer. BBQ beer. Wherever you need a light go-to, this qualifies. I'd prefer a can though.
06-16-2014 03:25:48 | More by ONovoMexicano
2.63/5 rDev -21.5%
Poured from a bottle into a frosty pint glass.
A- Dark redish brown, nice brownish white head, dissipates rather quickly but leaves some very nice lacing.
S- Not much of an aroma to this one, slighlty malty, maybe just a very slight hint of caramel.
T- Same can be said for taste as for smell, not much taste to it. Again little malty, i missed the caramel though. This beer tasted like a very very weak bock.
M- Light bodied, medium carbonation, dont get any kind of suttle hints of the abv in this either.
O- This beer is not bad, but far from great also. I could see having several of these in a sitting with a meal, however this is not a full flavored beer, or something I would highly recommend to the beer connoisseur. A good start though for someone who is used to the typical big brewery beers and looking to try something new.
12-16-2012 02:50:45 | More by doubledteague
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
Look is very brown in the pour. Have to hold it to the light to get any amber, at all. This is darker than I thought it would be.
Bready smell. Very much like a Kölsch.
Much breadier taste than the Lawnmower. Crisp taste and finish with a lot more malt flavor than a regular Kölsch. Aftertaste sticks around for a bit and mouthfeel is a bit chewy and thick, as compared to your typical Kölsch.
Overall, an interesting diversion from the normal. Very drinkable and safe, but also different.
11-20-2011 22:01:31 | More by kyleelton
Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.