Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.96/5 rDev +19.8%
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark toffee brown with a minimal light tan head that lingers briefly, leaving a cap of lacing atop the beer. I can see tiny bubbles rising within the beer from the side of the glass, but the color of the beer is opaque so you aren't going to see a ton anyway. Dark fruits hit the nose right up front. I get figs and plums with candi sugar and dark roasted malt. I don't even smell much alcohol. The flavor of dark fruit jumps out on the first sip, hitting the tongue with plenty of fig, plum, and raisin. There's some nice dark roasted malt and candi sugar flavors as well, bringing some nice maltiness and sweetness. The flavors nicely mask the alcohol here. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is dangerously drinkable for such a big beer. This is an excellent beer.
03-19-2013 23:07:30 | More by acevenom
4.86/5 rDev +17.4%
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!
03-24-2013 14:50:12 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.59/5 rDev +10.9%
This has to be the most easiest drinking DR to date right off the start. Dark fruits dance all over hiding the 11%+ on this bad boy. Tried this on cask, draft, and in bottles and its pretty much consistent. Great job to Steve for creating this recipe.
03-19-2013 05:05:12 | More by Dajtai007
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-25-2013 01:22:51 | More by LaTrappeMonk
4.51/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
04-27-2013 02:32:53 | More by Labeorphile
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.