Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-30-2013 01:52:50 | More by kyleelton
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-26-2013 03:05:53 | More by genitempo
4.51/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
03-26-2013 01:35:09 | More by Danobold
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
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
03-24-2013 17:22:24 | More by andys_war_hall
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
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
03-24-2013 01:53:48 | More by deac83
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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