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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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Reviews: 31
Hads: 290
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 28.61%
Wants: 29
Gots: 93 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, fruit juice, caramel, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, fruit juice, dark fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice dark fruit and caramel qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on cask at Cottonwood and Hay Merchant in Houston. This is the first I have enjoyed this from a bottle. All versions are very similar.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque black. Just the slightest hints of ruby around the edges. A minimal tan head rises to about one finger. Then quickly recedes to a ring. Just a touch of lace is left behind. Pretty much expected with the ABV.
S: At first, peppery, spicy, and earthy yeast in the nose. Then the dark fruit and malts take over. Toasted malts, chocolate covered cherries with dark fruits of figs and plums.
T: A light yeast character, lighter than the nose. Baked bread, toasted malts. Though the dark fruits are much more apparent. Figs, plums, chocolate covered cherries. Very nice.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth, velvety, and creamy. An incredible sipper. I can not tell that this is 11% at all. So enjoyable to drink. Almost devilish.

Not only an excellent example of the style IMO, but also incredibly easy to drink. I am going to have to get some Rochefort's to do a side by side tasting. Saint Arnold hit this out of the park.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
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!


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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Danobold
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. I'll start off by saying I love the DR series from Saint Arnold. It's always fun trying to get your hands on the current years batch, without even knowing what you're getting into. This years quad pours a dark brownish color with a half inch head that recedes quickly, when held to the light you can see the awesome ruby color come through. The smell is somewhat weak, but has nice fruit hints. The taste makes up for the smell, with tons of fruit up front and a nice spice at the finish. As the glass warms the spice comes through even more. Very little heat on the tongue considering this one clocks in at 11%. All around a great beer,

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Photo of Abbbp
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of tubeyes
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of acevenom
4.96/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of obrike
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of deac83
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Door mijn moeder gekocht terwijl ik in Galveston aan het brouwen was. Zeer donker, bijna zwarte pruimen kleur. Mooie, stabiele schuimkraag doet aan warme chocolademelk denken. Nog behoorlijk alkoholisch, zal van veroudering profiteren. Heeft de geur en smaak van pruimen, gebrande suiker, rozijnen en cassis. Een interessant bier. Heerlijk!

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Photo of whoneeds8
2.42/5  rDev -41.8%
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 . . . .


Come on Brock, I expect better out of you.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of brurevu
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Dajtai007
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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