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 HipCzech
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 fl oz bottle (stamped "07/11/15") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass; new "Ale Wagger" branding.

Appearance: Clear, medium brown with warm hues and a fizzy, foamy head of tan foam. Nice clumps of streaky lace:

Smell: Full nose of toasty malts, caramel, toffee, slight fruity esters.

Taste: More malt, caramel and slight roasted notes, along with fruit esters continue from the nose. Some leafy, earthy notes add balance, but leaning a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost becoming sticky; moderate but soft carbonation.

Overall: Very similar to SA's other mainstream ales. Fully, malty - just maybe a bit sweet to session.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at 3rd Bar Eating House, Houston Intercontinental Airport (Terminal B), Houston, TX

A: The beer is crystal clear brownish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a few specks of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of nutty and brown malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has some flavors of nutty malts and a little malty sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but it seems like it could use a little more in the way of malts.

Serving type; bottle

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Photo of FLima
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Light brown color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of chocolate and caramels. My nose got confused after I got to the brewery tanks with all sort of smells. Out now... I got some nuts.
Mild but pleasant flavor of chocolate, lots of cola and some nuts and yeast.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Very mild Brown Ale, but with decent amount of nuts, quite easy to drink. Don't expect lots of spices and hops found in American Brown Ales.
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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 Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery. Had a decent light brown color with a short head. Not too bad for a spring beer. Decent flavor with decent body. Not too much flavor. Goes down easy and was very nice to drink. But nothing too spectacular as I was expecting more.

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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 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 Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown, with a very thin(almost non) off white head.

Smell: Mild notes of nutty and fruity smell, with mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is a mild wood/nutty taste, and some malts.

Overall: I am not really a fan of browns personally, but this one is ok. Not really anything special in my opinion.

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: medium copper color, small head, light lacing

S: slightly sweet, touch of fruity odor, odor gives a sense of greater depth than is apparent on the taste

T: Was expecting a more complex depth of flavor, as it warms, it gets a bit of a cinnamon-like finish that is more appealing, would recommend to drink this without chilling in fridge for too long, slightly bitter finish, light hops, not too much of a caramel, or bready taste until it warms a bit

M: medium carbonation

O: Solid brown ale, nothing especially great or earth-shattering, but very good beer to try if you come across it, I wouldn't target this as a must buy

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Photo of mjurney
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber-brown color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Malty, caramel, toasted, a little fruity.

Malty, bready, caramel, toasted, nutty. A little fruity. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, leafy-earthy, some floral. Finish is bitter, a little crisp. Body is medium, smooth, semi-dry.

It's a very good beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish red color with virtually no head (maybe the way I poured it). What was there was carbonated. No retention or lacing. Has a fruity, apricot like aroma. Maybe some hints of chocolate. Fairly smooth all around. Has more of a fruity taste than I would expect from a brown ale. Not really nutty. Again, maybe some chocolate but not that is a big maybe. Does have a crisp hoppy burst at the end.

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Photo of Jayman931
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint was served on draft in the Houston Airport.

Om a hop head so this really isn't my style but it was pretty good. Would be aomething you could drink a few of no problem. Decent nose. Little nutty flavor and more bitterness than expected.


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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 HTownGuy85
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of St. Arnolds year round brew. This brew happens to be their least sought out for.

A - pours a reddish brown. Small head that quickly decipates, no lacing.

S - malty! Some coffee and mild chocolate hints. Tiny bits of hops on the nose.

T - loads of malt. Chocolate is definitely appearant. Coffee blends in and isn't easy to detect. Slightly sweet, not too much.

M - smooth, watery. Lightly carbonated, quite refreshing. Palate cleansing.

Overall, an average representation of an English brown ale. Worth a try, I'd pick it up every now and then.

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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 JohnnyHopps
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, the beer was a murky brown color with a slightly off-white head. The aroma was a slightly tinny, malty scent. In others words, it smelled kind of like the inside of a brewery. The initial taste was a smooth malty sweetness with note of chocolate and toasted nuts. The aftertaste was a slightly sour wheat with a medine-like quality at times, that stays nicely on the back of the throat. The moderate thickness and low carbonation aided the staying power that was even equipped with a slight warming sensations. Overall, this is a pretty middle-of-the-road brown ale. Nothing is spectacular about it, yet it is very drinkable.

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Photo of OremLK
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. ~40F

A: Brownish amber, a little hazy, one-finger offwhite head which fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing and not much on top.

S: Some milk chocolate malts and a hint of citrusy hops. Pretty mild.

T: A lot of caramel malty goodness going on here. Very delicious. The chocolate isn't coming through as much in the taste, but that's to my liking. Definitely on the sweet side, but there's enough hops to balance it out.

M: Mild carbonation, moderately creamy mouthfeel. Nothing objectionable, about right for the style.

Even though the appearance is very average, I really like the taste of this brown ale. It manages to be fairly dark and sweet without having an overpowering taste of chocolate or coffee. Might be going into my regular rotation.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber with a decent off white head, mostly clear with glass clinging laceing.
Aroma is mostly malty with a tinge of citrus, spiced hops.
Taste: Dominated by roasted, toasty malts.

Light, medium in body. Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely thin for a brown ale, but very drinkable. Has some character of a micro brew combined with a hot day refreshing thirst quencher.
Liked the label story about Saint Arnold, the Bishop of Metz.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazelnut brown. Almost completly opaque save for a few hints of light that were wondering around on the side of the glass, giving it some tiny little hints of a reddish hue,

nice rich milk chocolate sweetness was coming through and really sweetining it up. There was then some hints of caramel malts in the back coming up and really letting you know this was a sweet little brown ale. The next flavor rocking on the nose was some subtle coffee notes and tons of earthy grains. sugary caramel and some light chcocolate notes are predominant here, with a nice touch of earthy grains making up the backround very nicely. Somel ight hints of wood and vanilla come through as it warms up and really deepen the profile, while keeping it sufficiently light. The finsi hwas dry as could be at first, but no hint of hops at all, a very sweet dry finish

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Photo of fri3dric3boi
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My favorite offering from this Houston Microbrewery. Pours in a very dark copper color with a semi-thick head.
Smell is like a caramel like and sweet. The taste is malty with a hint of maybe coffee or chocolate. Feels very smooth and rich as it goes down.

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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 Siriusfisherman
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle, poured into a chilled pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy brown with a tinge of red, half a finger of small bubbled foam on top that disappears as soon as you start to drink, leaving very little residue on the glass.

Smell: Very light oaky smell with a hint of maple, it is nice and well rounded. This beer has a well rounded aroma.

Taste: Very well balanced, the oak character and hop presence give it a nice personality. I also pick up some chocolate and a little sweetness from the maole that really bring this beer together. All these flavors though are very light though, there is no intensity to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Has a nice feel, I will say a little to much carbonation. After a while in your mouth, the carbonation starts to overpower the flavors.

Overall: A very light brown ale that can only be fully appreciated when you understand the region it comes from. Houston is damn hot, and most of the year it is really hard to drink a heavy beer. So this is a brown ale that is not very heavy, and actually very refreshing. You could sit out by the lake on a 90 degree summers evening and knock back a few. There are very few other beers with this kind of taste that can be enjoyed like that. So, well done Saint Arnolds, you made a damn good brown ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Figured this would be a good brew to accompany the inaugural episode of the new season of Breaking Bad. Dunno why. It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger or so of light cream-white foam. The nose is pretty weak, barely comprising light maple syrup and brown sugar. This is a bit of a disappointment. The taste amps up the aforementioned maple syrup and brown sugar and adds a light touch of cocoa, light molasses, green apple, toffee, and a hint of roasted malts. Things have definitely improved from the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very nice brown, something I wouldn't mind sipping on regularly if given the chance.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saint Anrold brown ale poured a ruddy brown in my tulip glass, the body of the beer is visually dense, so I could not see any carbonation. The head was about 2/3 inch tall and off white. The smell is of toasty and nutty malts. As I taste it I first get that roasted flavor followed by some nuttiness, the finish includes a good bit of earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation was present but not aggressive.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-a Translucent Brown Body, with a one inch off white head. Head immediately dissapeared with barely any lacing remaining.

Smell-Nutty and Malty. Picking up a slight tobacco aroma as well.

Taste-Pretty much same as the aroma. Very Nutty with a light hop finish.

Mouthfeel-Light to Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, Pretty smooth and creamy.

Overall-Saint Arnolds seems to be doing big things. DR11 was great, DR9 is becoming a fall seasonal in a bomber, and their adding a hefeweizen. On that note, the Brown Ale is nothing special, but is very reasonable and easy to get. Could definitely drink 4 or 5 of these when I'm in the mood.

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