Saint Arnold Brown Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mapled, ruby brown with light tan head. Smell is carmel, hints of sweet orange, a nutty almond comes through as well. Taste is carmel, some woody, nutty flavors touch the palate right as a very nice, enjoyable orange citrus finish takes over. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Very nice english brown ale. Great sessionable brown.

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Photo of Grrsn22
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I have been looking for this brew for a couple of months now. I prefer a more malty ale, with a darker appearance, so I thought this would be just right for me after I fell in love with SA's Oktoberfest but was no longer able to buy it. After reading the description on Saint Arnold's webpage I set out looking and it was definitely worth the wait, and almost reminds me of the oktoberfest brew, considering that SA's oktoberfest is actually an ale.

Poured from a bottle into half-pint glass

A: A deep reddish-copper with good lacing at warmer temps. and a decent head

S: Sweet caramel malt, and slighty fruity, roasted

T: Bready up front, and if warm almost cinnamon, then goes into a caramel malty, then end with a mild hop crispness that doesn't stay on the tongue for long.

M: Medium carbonation, with a creamy head

O: My favorite brew SO FAR from Saint Arnold, and probably my favorite beer to date. It isn't bad chilled, but you get a much more "rounded" experience after it warms slightly.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-clear amber color with an off white head
S-sweet caramel malt, nutty, and a slight roast
T-nutty with a good caramel malt taste that goes to a slight hop bitterness that fades back to a roasted caramel malt finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-great flavor, great balance, and a good beer

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

12oz brown bottle with twist-off cap featuring "Tip your porter" text and bottled on 06/09/2014. Poured into a stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Roasted caramel malt and hazelnut

Taste: A mix of hop bitterness and roastedness; very nutty

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with the yeast giving a slight creaminess

Overall: This feels a bit of a hybrid of an English pale ale and a brown ale. There is a nice balance of floral hop bitterness upfront and finished with a good roasted character. This is a pleasant beer thats sort of a catch-all. This could work in a wide variety of situations whether you wanted something bitter or malty and this could pair with a lot of different foods.

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Photo of rockdick
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite offering from this Houston Microbrewery. Pours a very dark copper color with a semi-thick head that doesn't last too long.
Smell is sweet and almost caramel-like. Taste is malty with a hint of maybe coffee or chocolate. Feels very smooth and rich as it goes down. An excellent American Brown Ale IMHO.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown of course, with small amount of tan head with slight lacing
S - hop aroma first hits the nose then the presence of the malts follow
T - bitter hops with some chocolate malts and the maris otter flavor that i attribute to SA brews. Nice balance between the malts and the hops
M - med body, med carb, tasty mouth feel
D - I do enjoy this brew, but they never have it on tap at the brewery so I'm stuck to drinking it out of the bottle. Plus none of the bars here ever carry this one, typically just the amber, lawnmower and seasonal, which is disappointing because this is a fine brew

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Photo of beeragent
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a dark brown, with no head, and very little lacing. The aroma is slightly nutty, with the flavor, very much the same. Nice medium mouthfeel, making the beer very easy to drink. This is a great example of a brown ale! Definitely a session ale.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st impression was sweet hops on the nose followed by an exquisite balance of hopped up malt on the palate. The is a little warmth from the alcohol like a barley wine too – though I do not be live the ABV to be that high. This brew has a nice reddish brown color. It pours with a moderately thin head that settles in about a minute. The taste reminds me a bit of a mild ESB with a distinctive and unique malt finish.

This is another fine brew from the gang at St. Arnold’s. If you ever get to visit be sure to look up Jesse – That man loves his job.

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Photo of dungaree
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Arnold pils glass at the St. Arnold brewery on tap by none other than the owner himself, Brock Wagner.

Medium brown color and slightly cloudy. Had a thin head with adequate carbonation. Smelled of caramel, spice, and yummy malt. Hints of fruit in the nose. Tasted of smooth malt, caramel, with a touch of chocolate towards the end. Mouthfeel was a bit gummy. (Should have brought some crackers or nuts like most everyone else did.) Finished with good hoppy dryness. Had a good balance of hops and malt. Recommended.

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Photo of JKingWood
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My daily drinker. Fresh, unpasteurized.
Good color, brown that lets some light through. Not overly thick or sticky mouthfeel.
Malty and bready, really makes me recall why they call beer liquid bread. Nice sweetness with a dryer than expected finish.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An all-around champion of a beer. My 1st Saint Arnold brew

A- Dark amber/copper color with a slight haze; quite transparent. White/caramel head is decent but goes away too quickly after pour.

S- Smells tasty with a very sweet bready malt in front and some light fruits in the back

T- Tastes like it smells but much stronger when in the mouth. Aftertaste is of whole wheat bread with a barely detectable hoppy bitterness.

M- Good medium/light body with decent large-bubbled carbonation make for a smooth delivery

D- Drinks quick and easy, but not much to savor

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to HardTarget for introducing me to Texas brew. St. Arnold's has a nice line. This one was no exception.

Appearance: Pours a wonderful clear carmel brown with a white/tan head that's a perfect two finger's thick.

Smell: A nice balanced smell of malts and a touch of grain or hoppiness.

Taste: Very tasty. Toward the sweet end of the spectrum with the carmel malts taking over. But the bitter hops left a nice clear finish on the palate. Remarkably complex and is awakening all the taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Carbonation, malts, and hops blend very well with this brew.

Overall: A very drinkable brown ale. By far the best style I've had from the good Saint and one of the better brown ales I've had. If you're in Texas, cool down with this refreshing beer.

Thanks again to HardTarget for the tasty treat!

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Photo of webbcreative
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper Color pour with a half finger, very light tan head. smells sweet and a bit nutty, not smelling hops. Taste is about the same, just a bit sweet up front, then get a little nut in the middle and in the finish. finishes a little dry. this is a very flavorful brown ale, had a nice body to it, with a medium mouthfeel. i have been pretty underwhelmed with most of the brown ales I have had latley but this one is very good, and pretty spot on for the style actually.

Overall im very pleased with this one, and for a brown ale, I would definitely pick this up again as it is one of the better english browns I have had.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Finnman, cheers!

Pours Copper with 3 fingers of pillowy pearl-white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Nice toasty & biscuitty malt & some herbal hops

T: Toast malt, caramel & a slight flinty dryness up front. Biscuitty malt & slight citrus hops as this warms. Finishes with biscuitty malt, a touch of brown sugar dryness & just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation; great balance

Super drinkability, near perfect, a dang good brown!

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Photo of Bagman007
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown color with not a great deal of head.

S- Sweet hoppy scent dominates this beer with a slight caramel scent.

T- Initially has a caramel taste with a dry, hoppy finish. The caramel flavor is very light. Not overpowering by any means.

M- Somewhat dry of a finish, but not overly bitter at all.

D- Very drinkable beer. Smooth and hoppy without being too bitter.

Overall another great beer from Saint Arnold's. This reminds me a lot of their Amber Ale, except with a caramel flavoring. Good beer.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with ottovon, thanks!

Poured gently into my Sam Adams sensory glass. Good thing I poured it gently because I didn't read anything on the label that said the yeast sediment was still in the bottle. I saw a little sludge about to come out when I tilted the bottle at the last minute and presto! no yeast in my beer. It was a nice mahogony color with a small half inch head that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing during the drinking period. Very little carbonation visible.

Aroma is mainly malty; very caramel with a slighly earthy hop aroma.

Pretty good sweet flavor up front that is balanced out by a slight hop bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel with a subtle aftertaste that doesn't linger on the palate.

Pretty good drinkability all in all. Has pretty good flavor, isn't too high in alcohol content, and actually left me wanting another. Not the best brown ale but a pretty interesting interpretation I would have to say.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy chocolate brown color, with much yeast suspended in the liquid. The head isn't exactly impressive, starting out with a small puff of foam that quickly disappears into a small patchy film right in the middle of my glass. The carbonation appears to be plentiful, and with big burly looking CO2 bubbles rising to the top. There is no lacing whatsoever but rather a slightly watery, slightly viscous film that glazes the side of the glass. Not much to look at to be honest!

S- The aromas are quite pleasant and varied! There are hints of sweet caramel/toffee, maple syrup, richer brown sugar and ripe banana. This is complimented by richer nutty and chocolate aromas and mild earthy tones on the finish....smells more like desert than beer in my opinion!

T- Yum, this is a most delicious brew, that follows the aromas closely overall. The big difference here is in the amount of chocolate, which is what the brewery is going they is a sweet, creamy milk chocolate, that doesn't overpower the palate. Roasted malt, and more of the aforementioned nuttiness create what I could describe as milk chocolate almond bark. The finish has a very mellow bittering hop presence, which just takes the richness off the palate, until the next taste!

M- Contrary to the appearance, this turns out to be a creamy, buttery, and fulfilling brew! The carbonation is actually very settled, allowing the full range of flavors to shine through. The body itself is on the lite side, and doesn't detract from anything, as there is so much else going on that you don't really notice how light it really is....however, with that said, for the style, I'd personally like to enjoy this style with a little more chewiness behind it.

O- This is a very nice beer overall and highly drinkable! The alcohol is non existent, with great flavor & aroma. This is a very nice cozy beer that could be greatly enjoyed on a cold night watching the game! I will look for this next time I'm in the States, and I give this my recommendation!

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4-15-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam, ok lacing ring. Dark brown body. Can’t tell if there is any carbonation

S – Malts, caramel with little hops

T/M – Medium bodied malty brew with some sweetness. Pretty smooth taste

D – Tasty brown ale but not overly sweet. Nice malty bodied with little hop bitterness. I would drink this brew again and would recommend it

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Photo of JMad
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass...

The beer was brownish, dark copper, with red hues with an off white, thick, foamy head.

Smells like sweet caramel malt, toffee, and earthy hops.

Tastes like buttery, toasted malt, there was a small hint of citrus and a sweet, bready finish.

It has a light to medium body and the carbonation prickles at the tongue.

This beer is a little on the sweet side bit still enjoyable and well balanced.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer only poured a 1/2 finger and that quickly disappeared leaving a small rim of lace. The light brown body has a small bit of haze and shows plenty of carbonation floating to the top.

A very nice buscuit, nutty smell wafts up from the glass for this beer. To me this is a little more detectable than most brown ales, a small bite of caramel is there also.

After a nice smell from this beer, the taste did not disappoint. A slight bit of toasted malt breaks through the beer, giving it the brown ale taste. Not overpowering at all, the beer is light and goes down smooth.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: thick head and great retention. nice brown color.

Smell: caramel malts pull through most.

Taste: malty and balanced. relaxing beer to drink. very much on the malty side of things.

Mouthfeel: somewhat crisp, could cling to the mouth better.

Drinkability: I could knock a few of these back. easy to drink

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich copper with an initial head that is pillowy and tall. The head eventually recedes into an off-white disk and leaves similar lacing.

S: Malty sweet with a hint of buttered biscuits. Other notes: nuts, caramel, and toffee.

T: A good balance between the hops and malts. The profile on this brown may lend itself to being a little hoppier than the "style nazis" may approve of, but this is a very good beer.

M: Medium-bodied and leaves a bit of a sweet taste behind.

D: All in all, I will keep this local favorite on hand for most guests as it is a people-pleaser.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brown Ale has a thin, soapy, cream-colored head and a clear, bubbly, copper appearance. The faint aroma is of sweet brown bread, bread crust, and pecan shell. Taste is of sweet brown bread, with a slight, underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Brown Ale finishes semi-dry, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is really well done. I recommend getting it and trying it.


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Photo of SheepNutz
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a murky medium brown color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. There is just a little lacing. The smell is rich and nutty, lots of dark roasted malt. A touch of hops in there. The taste has lots of sweet malt. Some toffee in there, with some toasted biscuit malt. A nice flavor. The body is nice and thick, yet smooth. The drinkability is good as well. A nice brown ale.

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Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle...great local extra from mattisloco poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - A heavy pour into the center of the glass yields only a sparse cap of off white foam on top of a crystal clear, medium amber body. After mere moments, all that is left is a a small uneven collar around the glass. A bit light in color for the style...looks like an American amber.

S - Beautiful caramel malt aroma layered with mild chocolate and roasted malt and some citrusy and spicy hops. Well balanced, but the hops make this one seem more like an American brown ale rather than an English variety...not that this is a complaint. I like what I smell, but it doesn't seem English to me.

T - Roasted and caramel malts with a hint of diacetyl. Hops offer a well balanced bitterness and some light spicy and citrus flavors to round things out. Way more roasted flavors here than the color would lead you to believe could be in there.

M - Light/medium body with mid-level carbonation that gives a good strong fizzy tingle in the mouth. Lingering roastiness leaves a mild and pleasant lasting impression past the swallow.

D - This is quite the sessionable beer. Has a very balanced profile mixing sweet, roasty and bitter flavors. Everything seems to blend together really well. Overall impression is that of smoothness. I can't really say that I think this is truly an English brown ale...color is off, hops are off. Seems to be a hybrid of a couple of American interpretations of style. All this being said - I like this beer quite a bit as an everyday drinker. Well done.

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