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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale AleIcon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewer Sam Wright's Description: I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn't get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 01-09-2013)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -5%

04-27-2014 01:55:17 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-28-2013 14:47:25 | More by t0rin0
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.3%

02-11-2013 00:35:46 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

01-22-2013 18:04:07 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

01-20-2013 02:46:40 | More by Texasfan549
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-11-2013 01:32:30 | More by dmorgan310
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

03-29-2013 16:48:44 | More by sendbeer
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

01-21-2013 21:54:04 | More by drummermattie02
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +15.5%

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color (a little dark for a BPA) with a small cap of tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose is a little 'dirtier' than a typical Belgian pale ale, as it has more caramel and even a little toffee. Small bit of grass in there for the hops. It seems to be a little upside down when compared to many of the style, maltier and less hoppy than is expected. Touch of apple fruitiness comes out as it warms.

Taste brings everything back into focus nicely, the fruity yeast playing well with a honey-drizzled biscuit. Moderate grassy hop adds to the complexity and well-roundedness. I like the mouthfeel, very creamy and holds the contributions from yeast, malt and hops all the way through. Pretty good beer, I am impressed with this beer, although I find it to be quite different from the typical BSPA or BPA.

01-12-2013 22:43:37 | More by twiggamortis420
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champ103

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

On tap at Petrol Station.

A: Pours pale golden/orange color with a bit of haze. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Definitely crystal malts. A cereal grain aroma with a light sweetness. A light bitterness that fades to a grassy/floral aroma. Finishes with a dry yeast character. Some light peppery phenols. Enjoyable.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Some cereal, bread and biscuit. Even some dry cracker flavors up front. A light sweetness after that. Grassy and floral hops. Then phenolic and peppery yeast in the finish. Though very light.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. This finishes dry and crisp. Smooth at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away without a thought.

I am not sure how much of a Belgian Pale Ale this is. Outside of a dry lingering phenolic yeast character at the very end. Other than that, this has more in common with an English Pale Ale or Bitter. Either way, it is enjoyable, and I will probably end up with at least another 4 pack.

01-09-2013 03:02:09 | More by champ103
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mhaugo

California

3.16/5  rDev -7.6%

12 ounce draft pour into a shaker glass. 6% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant red mahogany. Absolutely no head (3/5).
Aroma: Very light aromas. I get a touch of brown sugar and a suggestion of cider. Almost like there’s a baked apple on the other side of the room. Very appropriate for the season (3.25/5).
Taste: It’s sweet, but doesn’t get cloying. I get notes of caramel apples and deeply roasted malt (3.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation (3/5).
Overall: I don’t regret consuming this beer, but I’m not sure I would actively seek out another pint of it. It’s sweet, cidery, and roasty like a good Belgian Pale Ale should be. I would have liked to have seen a little more flavor and aroma contribution from the hops, and a little more lively carbonation, but it’s certainly not poorly made. Perfectly average, I guess (3/5).

11-21-2013 15:40:07 | More by mhaugo
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-27-2013 01:13:07 | More by BGsWo22
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

01-09-2013 23:00:14 | More by Gagnonsux
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-01-2013 03:52:39 | More by gtermi
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-12-2013 14:00:42 | More by jenray
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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WDJersey

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-20-2013 01:14:43 | More by WDJersey
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

02-04-2013 16:21:50 | More by jheezee
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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TX-Badger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-09-2014 03:14:19 | More by TX-Badger
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.74/5  rDev +9.4%

Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, some thick lacing left behind, and a clear, copper appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. The aroma is faint, but one can detect fruitiness (think of strawberries) and bread crust. Taste is of brown bread, bread crust, lighter-than-average molasses, some hop bitterness, and there is a bit of a malt liquor alcohol twang present as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) finises dry, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a very mild and easy-going beer. It’s worth checking out, but probably won’t be on the shelves for long, with it’s limited release.

RJT

01-22-2013 13:25:29 | More by RonaldTheriot
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JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-09-2013 04:55:04 | More by JohnBender
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-10-2013 23:31:57 | More by Jame515
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animal69

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -5%

02-24-2013 04:16:46 | More by animal69
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.46/5  rDev +1.2%

Looks pretty good, yellow-tan with a pretty good head and lace.

Aroma and taste have Belgian yeast character, a little hops, some coriander, maybe some caramel malt. There's a hint of metallic in the nose.

Body is fairly on the thick side of medium, finish is Belgian yeast.

It's tasty, not particularly on the high side for the style tho.

03-20-2014 14:32:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.