Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13

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BA SCORE
92
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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 30
Gots: 92 | FT: 11
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Onslow on 03-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 282 | Reviews: 30
Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsener (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark, cola brown with a comparable fizzy head (dissipates quickly).

Smell: Prunes, dates and roasted grain.

Taste: Sweet dried fruit (dates, apricots; fruitcake), caramel, and vanilla with a mild, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and a little sticky. Moderate, prickly carbonation. Traces of warming alcohol.

Overall: Nothing too complex, just nice, dark fruit flavors for sipping.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brownish-purple hue. Opaque. Sandy colored and whisky head that dissolves in a hurry leaving no trace.

Sweet plums, grape crush, brown sugar, dates in the aroma.

The grape crush pops in the flavor. Figs, dates, brown sugar, and caramel add more sweetness. Barley a hint of booze despite being 11%. Slightly metallic aftertaste is the only knock.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Again with the slightly metallic, almost rusty mouthfeel.

I very much enjoyed this beer. The finish is the only downside and, while noticeable, isn't a huge distraction.

Photo of Uanof
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warming aroma of malt and booze rise slowly from the chalice, not too overpowering not be underestimated. Pours the darkest hue of red almost black, reminds me of blackberries. The taste is completely accurate to the description, very slight bitterness, maltiness and a dryness that wraps it all up, until you start drinking again. Very pleasent, very enjoyable indeed.

Photo of ARaces23
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quads aren't my cup of tea, but this is good. Too sweet for me with over ripe dark fruits--raisins, cherries, figs--and a licorice back bite with just a hint of bitterness. Decent mouthfeel and color, aroma lends itself to coming flavors
Definitely fits the style, just not mine

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz quasi-stubbie bottle, thanks to doktorzee for bringing this back from Texas. Brewing divinity from the southern ventricle of the Bible Belt - the irony, she be thick.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and sort of bubbly pale beige head, which leaves some decent melting iceberg lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of fairly sweet bready caramel malt, sassy dark plum and prune, some warmed vanilla, a bit of dry chocolate and coffee, a laid-back earthy yeastiness, and prominent (for the style) herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, sugary drupe and darker orchard fruit, an underlying Yuletide cake breadiness, additional candi sugar notes, and an ever so slight nod to the bristling, vanilla-tinged 22-proof alcohol.

The bubbles are quite subtle and generally hard to pinpoint, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and really quite smooth, with a certain attendant creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, the caramel, vanilla, and multipronged over-sugared fruitiness lingering, while looking over the shoulder at the same time.

A decent shot at the style, with most of the points checked, and checked again. However, while the subtly here is commendable, it is still outdone by the Belgian masters of the style, be they Trappist, or 'merely' Abbey-borne. Huh - declaring degrees of subtly in the concept of subtly is so awesomely meta. Anyways - a well-wrought ode to the strongest ales of the kind, all the way from that most 'mericun of urban sprawls.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Chocolate brown with a tan one-finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: dark fruits and chocolate mingle with that great Belgian funky yeast.

T: Follows nose in a big way. Sweet, sultry. Caramel, chocolate and raisins mix with Belgian yeast for a divine taste sensation. The 11% warms very quickly, leaving me in a blissful state. As it warms, tastes enhance. Just terrific.

M: Medium with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Might be one of my new favorite quads. Too bad they only made it once. Wish I'd bought more. Praise this saintly brew.

Photo of brurevu
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a very dark ruby brown with a slight tan head. The aroma was a perfect Belgian quad with deep dark fruits and a bit of sweet Belgian yeast. The taste was an excellent with Belgian yeast, sweet dark fruits, a bit of the chocolate malt and a slight warming from the alcohol. All in all a great take on a Belgian quad and a great beer in general. I am aging the rest of the sixer and this should only improve with age.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a fairly clear, dark brown color with a modest cap of tan head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is a good blend of yeast and malt. fruitcake meets a chocolate and caramel drizzled cake doughnut.

Taste is really smoothing out nicely with a few months on it now. The abv has really tamed down and the fruit/malt interplay is just about right. Caramel and chocolate vie for attention and the yeast goes for a nice strawberry shortcake imitation. Mouthfeel is nice and rich too. This might be up there with my favorite DRs - 11, 9 and 5.

Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says 022713. Still don't understand why these guys use twist-off caps. Must be a Texas thing.

A- From a heavy pour comes a reddish dark brown body with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of light surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a ring behind on the glass.

S- Belgian candi sugar aroma is rich with dark fruit notes such as black cherry, plum and raisin.

T- Flavor is much like the aroma with more Belgian candi sugar and dark fruit with the yeast tying everything together nicely. Alcohol is barely noticeable for a beer with such a high ABV. Quite sweet with a sugary finish.

M- Slightly sticky with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very nice quad from a brewery that I wasn't expecting much from since their DIPA and Winter Stout were a bit lackluster. I also like how it's in a six-pack format even though it's such a strong beer.

Photo of Labeorphile
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Very cherry cola like with dark appearance and red highlights. Not much head and the bubbles are coarse like soft drink bubbles. Would prefer a quad go have smaller bubbles.

Nose is inviting. Alcohol is clearly there, but buried in dark fruits, and a good balance of sweetness and maltiness.

Taste is great, especially as it warms. Some booziness, but the dark fruits really show up on the finish. Slight aftertaste from the alcohol.

Mouth feel is a little thin but not bad.

Overall a great Cowboy Quad worth picking up and sipping.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Trappist glass.

Comes out brown looking dark and imposing in the glass. Ruby highlights are revealed in the light. Fluffy khaki head settles quickly to a thin topping.

The aroma is full of raisin and fig dark fruitiness, brown sugar, spice, and alcohol.

The flavor hits on the same cylinders as the aroma bringing a nice complexity. Lots of dark fruits, spice, and sweetness in brown sugar and caramel. Toasted bread and plenty of alcohol warmth round it out.

Very smooth drinking, with tingling carbonation, and a medium body.

Photo of tubeyes
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark blackish brown, min head, min lace
S maple holiday berry strong, spiced apple cider.
T spiced apple cider, healthy fruit roll up.
M great velvety smooth mf, spiced apple cider aftertaste.
O pretty awesome beer very heavy on the spiced apple cider. Had in st arnold bock shaker pint on tap at OSDH firkin Friday!

Photo of obrike
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at my local HEB in Round Rock for 14 bucks. Very excited to see this here.

Poured about a half finger of off white head that did not last too long. Left a small ring around the pint glass for the duration. Color is cola like.
Took a while for the dark fruits scent to wake up...but it did. Mixed in nicely with some of the sweet malt, maybe a bit of bubblegum as well.
Man, that's pretty tasty; but let it warm a bit folks. Certainly strong malt backbone flavor with this one. Some of the dark fruits coming in too...figs, plum, tasty bready sweet malt. Just a nice sipper as you can feel some of the alcohol heat as well. Uber smooth mouthfeel on this one. Lightly carbonated. A wonderful beer for the end of the night.
Certainly a well crafted beer. The booze makes it a one and done for sure, but Saint Arnold appears to have made another winner here.

Photo of bmwats
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark brown. Pours a slight, brown white head. Settles quickly leaving only a ring around the rim and a smattering of bubbles. Only the slightest lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew. Head, although slight, renews vigorously with each pour.

S: Roasted malt, almond, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, and bubble gum.

T: Roasted malt. Slightly pungent and bittersweet flavors of raisin, and black licorice.

M: Thick and syrupy. Lightly sweet in the front, pungent and peaty through the middle, and not much of an aftertaste. Very dry finish.

D: Sip, savor, and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, not much in terms of head or lacing; characteristic of the style. Great nose... roasted malt with a nutty tone, accentuated with sweet and fruity components. Flavor is roasted, with sweet and pungent components for balance. Very smooth...very smooth. No real aftertaste and a dry finish. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2/28/13
Westy 12 glass

A: Pours out like cherry cola really. Effervescent. Dark brownish color with hints of red in there. Can almost see through it. Basically no head aside from a collar of light tan head. Rings the glass. Some alcohol legs. Not tons of lacing.

S: Dark fruits for sure: Prunes, plums, raisins, figs, etc. Maybe some leather. Dark chocolate.

T: Big dark fruits right away. Getting those jammy prunes and figs and raisins and plum. Prickly carbonation on tip of tongue. Maybe some hints of dark chocolate in the mid-palate. Some of that old leather that I smelled. Finish is quite dry, lingering dark fruit flavors interweave with that finish.

M: Big medium bodied. Carbonation helps.

Photo of Abbbp
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Now I must admit after Beermageddon I finally learned what St. Arnold's was, but the Lawnmower ain't got shit on the Divine. This beer is accurately labeled. I'm lucky, blessed that this year when the #13 showed up that it was a Quad and that my local beer man at the Las Colinas Beverages (shout out) told us about it well in advance.

Although I love the chase, this beer didn't sell out as fast as I thought it would, and I was able to procure 2 sixers. I'm keeping one of those to send around to other Abbbp members and BAs, get it if you can.

A purple wine like. Blood burgundy in the glass

S like a quad should Be, smooth, and delicious, grape-like but not acidic like wine

T smooth, awesome taste, plums, prunes, purple

M not overly carbonated and actually want to let it linger

O dear god getting more, outta 100 I'd give it an A, a 93

Photo of whoneeds8
2.42/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Westmalle Chalice black with a very thin white head that went away fairly quickly.

Listen, I have a bad nose. But I can't get any scent off this quad. That's bad if MY nose can't get anything off a quad.

I got to say, the taste just isn't anything great either. This is really disappointing for something Divine. Three Philosophers has more going for it than this does.

I thought DR8 was my least favorite, but that might be because I'm not a scotch ale fan. But this is . . . .

THE WORST DIVINE RESERVE YET!!!

Come on Brock, I expect better out of you.

Photo of kyleelton
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Looks really dark red with a thin head that lingers very nicely. Perfect.

This thing smells amazing. Im thinking plums and maybe some smoke. I only dock it a bit because it might become overpowering.

I first get gingerbread. That was my first impression. Just a hint of alcohol, but this 11% ABV beer is sneaky. The alcohol is hidden really well.

I can't imagine a better mouthfeel in a beer. Full body and just the right amount of carbonation.

I don't always like Belgian style ales, but this is damn good. As much as I have liked past Divine Reserve beers (especially the 11) this is what this series was made for. Well done Saint Arnold. Big, complex, flavor-filled beer for beer lovers.

Photo of genitempo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Annually, beer enthusiasts all over Texas welcome St. Arnold's Divine Reserve with open arms. With a new recipe that never seems to disappoint, the Houston brewery creates a beer that flies off the shelf within a week.

Notes: Pours a dark, deep garnet with minimal, dissipating head and no lace. Nose was all-around mild, with no apparent overtone, but rather a collection of subtleties: booze, malt, dark fruits, with a phenolic back end. Flavor improved with warmth, introducing with spice, heavy on the dark fruits that envelop the palate after the sip. Carbonation is a bit too heavy, allowing the imbiber to only taste the beer's potential on the back end.

Divine Reserve 13 lived up to it's predecessors in hype, but fell just a tad bit short in satiating its buyers.

Photo of Danobold
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive offering in the flood of quadruples coming out of Texas recently. Had it in a bomber (courtesy of Las Colinas Beverage) - pours smooth, very little head unless going for the hard pour. Despite the small amount of head, lacing is impressive and long lasting.

Taste wise, it's outstanding, although I found it a bit sweet. The alcohol taste is not as strong as you see in some quads, which some may like quite a bit. That said, I found myself feeling like it's just missing a tiny bit of something which would put it over the top - maybe a bit more bite or an extra dimension to the sweetness or aftertaste.

Overall, an outstanding beer and a great offering - highly recommend. I'm aging one a bit as well, and very curious to see what that adds.

Photo of LaTrappeMonk
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer on cask. The other reviews seem to be from the bottle, so mine’s going to be a bit different. Appearance: This beer had no head at all. It is very dark, near opaque black. Hold it up to light, and it has a reddish hue and a remarkable clarity that comes from its long conditioning time. Aroma: I smelled this beer and thought, "Yep, that’s a quad." It also has some dark fruit, black cherry. Palate: Divine 13 has a medium mouth feel. The cask version I had, of course, had no carbonation. It coated the mouth like 2% milk. Flavor: This beer is delicious. Chocolate and caramel blend with dark fruit flavors, like fig and black cherry, maybe even some blackberry. It starts sweet on the front end and finishes like a dry Cabernet, driving you to the next sip. I would have never guessed the alcohol content by it’s taste. It’s well incorporated into the beer, warming but not biting. Overall: I love this beer. I’d drink it again. In fact, I did. I had to make sure that it was as good as I thought, so I had another, and another, and then just one more. Four tests concur. It’s fantastic.

Photo of andys_war_hall
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap here at Brewed Fort Worth.

A: This one had a nice dark opaque ruby red. Very little slightly tan head that faded quickly, and left nice lacing on the glass as it went down.

S: At first this one had little to no smell. As it warmed up the smell increased with dark fruits, and malt. It had a slightly sweet smell to it the more it warmed up.

T: This being my first Quadrupel I was not really sure what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised Very fruity. Lots of plums and dates on this one. Very sweet, but not in a carmel and toasted grain way, which is what I was expecting. There was a little chocolate in the sweetness, but the rasins plums, and other dark fruits really shined on this one.

M: This was probably was the best part of the beer. It was so smooth, and rich on the tongue. Slightly carbonated, so that it would dance just right in your mouth. Just a real treat to sip.

O: Great start to this category. I am excited to further expand on exploring the other quadrupel beers out there.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 has virtually no head, but you can get a very thin, yellowish head to develop. The appearance is very dark brown (almost black, really), but under direct sunlight, you’ll see a clear, ruby red. The aroma is of spicy, bready malt, with an accompanying sweetness and yeastiness. The taste is similar, with added fruit candy, dark fruit, fruit cake, dark bread crust, pepper, brown sugar, a backside touch of crayfish boil, and the slightest shade of banana, with an added, yet subdued, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and very prickly (with the little, tiny bubble carbonation), and the finish is dry (not Bud Light dry, though), sugar, chewy, sweet, and brandy like. Overall, this is a stunning, outstanding offering from Saint Arnold of Houston, Texas, and I (in the strongest possible terms) recommend hastily heading out to find this. Overall, I rate this as outstanding, and that’s probably a too-low rating. I beg you to try this! As a side note- after drinking 65% of the bottle, one becomes quite aware of the gentle warmth of this beer’s 11% alcohol level. Awesome!

RJT

Photo of deac83
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Went to my favorite beer store in the DFW area and they had a sign on the beer 'one per customer' so of course I picked up a 6 pack.

Dark brown with a small head.

Rich fruity smell.

Acidic taste with an after taste that I personally don't prefer.

Overall a good beer but a little too acidic for my taste.

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Managed to score some Divine Reserve 13 on my second store.
12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: about a half finger of off white / tannish head. Dissipates quickly. Leaves a ring around the glass. No lacing.
S: dark fruits. figs. toffee, plum, cherry?
T: pretty solid. Strong malt backbone. tastes follows the nose a lot. figs, toffee, plum, lots of bready goodness.
M: very good mouthfeel. not overly carbonated. doesnt quite coat the mouth the way a stout does, but enough to leave a lingering breadiness.
O: good beer! glad a I managed to get some. I don't generally drink quads, but I hear is a good representation of the style. I am going to cellar at least 4 of these.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.