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Saint Arnold Brown Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Brown AleSaint Arnold Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 04-24-2002

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Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of fri3dric3boi
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +39.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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 for....so they say...it 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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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.76/5  rDev +5%
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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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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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4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +11.7%
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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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date into a tulip glass, this holds a semi clear dark amber color that reaches for brown. Sweet malt with notes of lightly roasted nut and the sugared candyesque backbone I've found common with other Saint Arnold beers fills the nose here. With regards to taste, this carries the roasted malt character of a brown ale but has a distinguishing sweetness that separates it from others I've sampled. Perhaps that's characteristic to the brewery's yeast of choice...All in all, this is a quite tasty and drinkable bright flavored treat with a malt sweet finish. Cheers!

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Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery into a pint glass.

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is a clear amber copper. Good head retention.

Aroma: Nuts and toasted malts up front. Some caramel and chocolate with some earthy hops.

Taste: Much hoppier than I was expecting. Tastes like a roasted imperial red. Caramel, toffee, nuts, and light chocolate mixed with grassy, earthy, floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, an interesting brown ale. Very hoppy. Kind of drinkable, but I was a bit surprised with this one.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice clear brown into a pint glass with a frothy tan head.

S - Nutty smell mixed some malt aroma. Smelled warm and roasted.

T - Nutty smell continued into taste but I did not get a lot of malt out of the beer. Little hop kick at the end.

M - This had the definition of a medium body to me.

D - Drinkable for an ale but still couldn't have to many and be comfortable. Alcohol over 5% but not a big factor for me in having another.

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Saint Arnold Brown Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 294 ratings
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