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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12

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36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 11
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Verecund on 08-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by jlindros:
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3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Also thanks to thanks to ApostleBrewing as well as dcloeren for this one as I just had a Jester King beer that came from them as well, coincidence.

Pours a decent fizzy almost 1 finger head, not bad for 10% abv, fades at a med pace with little lacing, hazy, slight suspended particulate, amber nectar orange color.

Nose starts like candy, butterscotch toffee, slight peanut brittle, candy syrup, sweet malty, reddish malts, hint of clean booze, light fruity touch as well, not much else though.

Taste starts with more candy, sweet slightly syrupy candy, light toffee and brittle, light apple fruit and candy apple flavor. Booze cuts in and let's you know with warming tingly booze but clean, some nutty caramel with the syrupy sweetness, rich buttery toffee comes out more on the back end. Finish is semi syrupy sticky with an anesthetizing booze feel, lingering nutty and buttery toffee, caramel, just a touch of earthy bitterness even slight creamy caramel and creamed honey.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, plenty of warming tingly booze, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but nothing special. It's more like a big candy beer than anything, with the sticky sweetness, syrupy flavors, lots of toffee and brittle like flavors, pretty sweet as expected. Not much for the nice malty flavors though, esp aged soft malt characters I expect in a good old ale, but otherwise not too bad.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of MutualAid
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, with a thin white head that doesn't stick around for long. The smell is one part crystal malt and one part mysterious funk, something I haven't noticed in any Saint Arnold brew before. The flavor is much more complex: dark rum with hints of toffee up front followed by dried apricot and alcohol. This definitely has the flavor profile of a autumn/winter seasonal. There's a long funky aftertaste that I don't know if I like. The mouthfeel is rather slick and accompanied by alcohol warmth. Overall, this is pretty good but rough around the edges. I think a year or two of in the "cellar" will turn this into an excellent sipping beer.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a white head and a lot of bubbles. The aroma has some cherry and grape notes, as well as some caramel, toffee and alcohol notes. The flavor is very similar. The caramel and dark fruit notes are very heavy up front, with a little bit of toffee and some earth notes hidden in the background. I also get a little bit of cinnamon and some other peppery notes in the flavor. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of whoneeds8
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a golden amber with barely any head. I had to agitate it a little to get a head and bring out a scent. I can't get much of a scent off of it, but my nose is weak. I sence some sweetness. The taste is rather weak for the style, some sweet carmel and that's about it. There's a very slight licorice after taste. The mouthfeel is low in carbonation, medium bodied, and high in alcohol.

Yeah, this is not Divine by any definition of the word.

I'd rather wish SA would stop using the winning home brew recipies for every other DR, because they're NEVER as good as what Brock can come up with on his own.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a hazy dark orange body with a thick ring of bubbly beige and a very faint pfsst hint is all that was heard when I twisted the cap off.

S- The woody caramel aroma has a slight sweet wort note to it with a sweet ester sugar note in the finish. The aroma is very light but also quite mysterious.

T- The slightly dry caramel turns to a sweet candy hint. There is some wet wood oxidation taste and some slight tartness in the finish. A light citrus juice note comes through in the aftertaste. There is an alcohol taste that grows and cuts the sweetness quite a bit as it opens up.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a full alcohol warmth and a fizz in the finish that gives a fullness texture without being fizzy.

O- This has some characteristics of a miabock and hints of a light barleywine with a soft sweetness and a full alcohol. The flavor and aroma were both pretty soft and I just couldn’t get behind this beer. There were moments it was tasty and then it was more odd characters like the oxidation or the tartness or citrus that outweighed the tasty. Thanks to Thickfreakness for sending to me it was fun to try.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tetu
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear amber body. Wispy surface.

Smell - Slightly fruity. A lot of caramel. A little estery. Clovey and some banana.

Taste - More fruit. Drier caramel. Earthy hops in the back. Musty finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry with just a hint of bitterness. No booze and medium low carbonation.

Overall - Decent just not very interesting.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ejfreed
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BruceBruce
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of turfy
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I, like many other Texas BA's, spent the time to track down and purchase the latest DR release from St. Arnolds. I stashed away all I purchased with the intent of aging for at least one year per SA's advice, and forwarded that advice to my trading partners to whom I had sent some bottles. I was not interested in trying any 'fresh' until receiving one in a local trade, which I had stashed away in the fridge. Well, tonight I decided to open one up and see what the (non)fuss was all about.
The beer poured a copper-amber color with about a 1/4 inch off white head, which lasted a bit longer than expected. The aroma was one of sweet malts, I swear a touch of bubblegum, some breadiness and a slight metallic note.
The taste followed the nose, which was a slightly sweet, malty, bready taste with a touch of dried fruit. Mouthfeel was perfect...medium body and spot on carbonation.
Overall, this was very acceptable. It is not BAD. It is drinkable at this stage. Although not an expert by any means, I can see where this beer develops over time into a very nice ale. But if you can't wait, it is enjoyable at its young age.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #12 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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