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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

249 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Onslow on 03-19-2013)
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-27-2013 01:25:06 | More by Magery
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-26-2013 21:53:42 | More by ChaseTheAce
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genitempo

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:05:53 | More by genitempo
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Bearman13

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-26-2013 02:13:22 | More by Bearman13
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Danobold

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:35:09 | More by Danobold
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LaTrappeMonk

Louisiana

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-25-2013 01:22:51 | More by LaTrappeMonk
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ChiefHopHead

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-25-2013 00:27:15 | More by ChiefHopHead
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andys_war_hall

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 17:22:24 | More by andys_war_hall
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 14:50:12 | More by RonaldTheriot
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rdooley

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-24-2013 04:49:51 | More by rdooley
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Ted

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-24-2013 02:16:21 | More by Ted
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GreatBloomer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-24-2013 02:13:25 | More by GreatBloomer
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deac83

Texas

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:53:48 | More by deac83
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BigBarley

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

03-23-2013 13:18:42 | More by BigBarley
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stortore

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-23-2013 05:19:54 | More by stortore
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BruceBruce

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-23-2013 03:19:53 | More by BruceBruce
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-22-2013 21:25:01 | More by BeerHunter76
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raffy313

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-22-2013 04:26:02 | More by raffy313
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wtkphoto

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-22-2013 03:00:14 | More by wtkphoto
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LtColFrankSlade

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-22-2013 02:44:35 | More by LtColFrankSlade
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RuinationPress

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-22-2013 02:36:17 | More by RuinationPress
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canders0927

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-21-2013 23:53:52 | More by canders0927
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 21:32:30 | More by ilikebeer03
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gtermi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-21-2013 06:51:25 | More by gtermi
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zonker17

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-21-2013 03:24:50 | More by zonker17
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.