Christmas Ale
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Christmas AleChristmas Ale
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From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Old Ale
Ranked #48
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,089
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
676
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 10, 2024
Added:
Nov 12, 2001
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  155
A rich, copper colored, hearty ale perfect for the holiday season with a malty sweetness and spicy hop character. The generous use of five different malts is responsible for the full flavor and high alcohol level of this beer.
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Rated: 4.2 by lonestarshield from Texas

Jan 10, 2024
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Reviewed by UncleReemus78 from Texas

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This beer is just okay. The best quality it has is the buzz it packs. It taste like a pale ale with citra hops to cover up the alcohol content but I'd rather drink a St. bernardus Apt. 12 for Christmas and to be honest I probably won't ever buy this particular beer again. I would choose a Miller Highlife or a Pabst Blue Ribbon if they were the only other choices. But to end this on a good note, it's better than Natural Light, Budweiser, Coors, and most commercial beers.
Dec 28, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - The beer was rusty brown in color with a inch of white head.

Smell - The nose was herbal, perhaps minty.

Taste - At the front, the profile was malty with hints of dark fruits. There was an odd herbal presence that was somewhat minty. It was a bit like licking a minty postage stamp.

Mouthfeel - With low carbonation, the body was appropriate.

Overall - I am not a huge fan.
Dec 23, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Nov 26, 2023
 
Rated: 4.02 by Mardinae from Texas

Nov 24, 2023
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Rated by 60sFolks from Texas

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I love Christmas always. This is a good one. Just a little bit too much fizziness.
Dec 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Torchiest from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured with a weak, thin, and fizzy head that didn't last long. Mid-amber in color, fairly translucent.

Smells pretty sweet and malty, a bit of dark fruit with some spicy notes, perhaps cinnamon and cardamon.

Very sweet tasting upfront, without much bitterness except in the finish. Some spiciness, but not overwhelming. Bitterness starts to assert itself after a few more drinks. Seems like it could pass for a session ale if it weren't such high ABV.

Light-bodied and not heavily carbonated, which means they must have pretty good attenuation during fermentation.

Pretty easy to drink. Not mind-blowing, but relatively quaffable. Quite inoffensive overall. I'll giving it a boost just based on that.

I've been drinking this beer on and off for a couple decades now. It's not the best Christmas ale I've ever had, but it's decent enough to come back to at least once per year.
Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.63 by Curt3 from Ohio

Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by TrojanRB from Texas

Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.73 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.44 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by CodyBasden from Texas

3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: dark copper look small fizzy head no lacing or retention cap disappeared quite quick very little carbonation river but nice dark copper look almost like a bock
S: not a strong scent but a little scent of malt and tiny hint of sweetness like chocolate or caramel
T: very stout with a medium bitterness, very malty and bready that lingers with a malty after taste
F: light to medium body with medium carbonation leaves the mouth dry and sticky
O: its a good darker ale with a heavier bitterness and kick but the lingering taste and stickiness makes it a good sipping beer than a wanting beer
Dec 06, 2020
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Rated by MichaelSneed from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Maybe my favorite Christmas beer. Warm, cozy, slightly sweet, dark and just a tad boozy. Great to have a cold day.
Sep 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Notes from 3/27/2020.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is copper with a light brown cap. 3.00
The aroma is medium-low in strength and of cherries and a variety of fruit. 4.00
The taste is medium-high in strength and of cherries, fruit, hints of chocolate, and a little alcohol followed by a light bitter finish. 3.5
The feel is a little above medium in thickness, somewhat creamy, and has a low level of astringency. 3.5
Overall, it's pretty good. I would like it more if the flavor was a little more complex. 3.5
Mar 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.94 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a can produced 11/18/19. Copper color with a finger of light brown head. Smells of caramel malt and raisins. Light body. Caramel malt and raisin flavors with some sticky piney hops. Nice all around, a good example of a less-common style.
Jan 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving one with a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a caramel and bready aroma that is mixed with some nice light spice aromas. Along with these aromas comes some nice smells of a light toasted malt as well a bit of hay and light fruit.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter doughy and caramel flavor that has notes of some light yeast and spice. Along with these flavors comes some tastes of honey and a little bit of hay. Toward the end of the taste profile a bit of alcohol flavor comes to the tongue and leave one with a nice warming and sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is average. For the mix of flavors and the abv. the feel is rather nice and creates a nice easy sipping brew.
Overall – A rather nice malty and sweet winter ale without a big spice profile. A nice easy sipper.
Dec 20, 2019
Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 676 ratings