Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.01/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-04-2013 02:27:16 | More by biboergosum
4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-03-2013 23:22:01 | More by twiggamortis420
4.46/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
03-20-2013 00:22:13 | More by champ103
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.