Christmas Ale
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Old Ale
Ranked #50
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,385
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
432
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 18, 2022
Added:
Nov 12, 2001
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  155
SCORE
84
Good
Christmas AleChristmas Ale
Notes: 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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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 New Jersey

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
 
Rated: 4 by etreesh from Wyoming

Dec 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.64 by cgrunin from Texas

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by gingersnap420

5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is one of the best beers that the store by my house carries during the holidays. The ABV really screams "Christmas" to me, which makes it stand out compared to Shiner or other holiday beers. The flavor is crisp, warm, and hoppy, and the finish is so smooth. It's definitely a sipper, but I can drink these all night. This beer is dangerous.
Dec 03, 2019
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Rated by SportyCalvin

4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not a fan of ale's but this one is pretty good!
Dec 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.38 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Nov 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.72 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Nov 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by octafish from Texas

Nov 13, 2019
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Local store had 12 oz. can on sale for 99 cents. Not familiar with style but it is sippable, smells good and nice color.
No lacing, small head. Not a good choice for cooling off with a beer, but would be nice with spicy food.
Nov 12, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2019
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Rated by HoodviewBrew from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This beer is weird. It's decent enough but it has absolutely no personality. Literally nothing came out for me in this beer.
Nov 02, 2019
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Look: medium reddish copper, mostly clear. The red is subtle but very noticeable to your peripheral vision. Kind of an optical illusion I guess. Looks outstanding.
Smell is canned fruit syrup, (but not in a bad way) sweetness.
Taste is surprisingly light, for the style. Some light caramel, coffee, brown sugar. (But not overly sweet). A pronounced hop bitterness backs it up WONDERFULLY. The abv is nearly undetectable so be careful. A sixer of these will hammer you. There is some abv warmth waaaay on the backend. Overall, sweet to semi dry. Full mouthfeel. This is something to enjoy slowly, not a slammer. Very well made.
Oct 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by Shabba96 from Texas

Jun 28, 2019
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Reviewed by MaltyMagic from California

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Toffee/caramel, buttery dough, sugar cookie, nuts, spices, douglas fir. Big, layered malt profile with a nice dash of evergreen hop to balance. Excellent Christmas ale, tastes like the holidays.
May 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.47 by GloryConway from Wyoming

Jan 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by JaimePena67 from Texas

Dec 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.18 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Dec 25, 2018
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
L- Pours a nice rocky headed one fingered ale with a nice amberish mahogany body. Light, frisky carbonation as well.
S- Nice sweet malt is there. Very grainy. Sugary with a hint of molasses, ginger and cinnamon. Not too bad in the nose
T- Malty sweet, nice evolving bitterness from the hop, some spice is there. Definitely get some cinnamon and ginger. Very well rounded flavor.
F- Thick and whole bodied. Crisp.
O- A good, not great English Old Ale/Christmas Ale. This beer is certainly rich, sweet and full bodied. A true sipper that I really enjoyed. It gets me in the mood for Christmas, and that's enough for me to get it again.
Dec 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by fizzydeathrattle from Texas

Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by KevinReddirt from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A recent purchase at the local grocer, I mostly like Christmas offerings. Poured into a shaker glass it delivers a brown-amber body and a light tan top. It smells of grain and malt. A taste gives a hit of maltiness, a bit of spiciness and a caramel sweetness. Not bad, not great, glad to try it.
Dec 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by jcanales1 from Texas

Nov 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.03 by Tuegr8 from Texas

Nov 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.66 by txag96 from Texas

Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by H-TownMcBuck from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Rich, clear, dark brown with hint of amber. Head was brownish with just a bit of lacing. Smell was light, little sweetnes like molasses. Taste was malty, smooth, with a bit of caramel finish along with all spice. This is a nice Christmas style ale.
Nov 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by monorailred from Texas

Nov 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 12, 2018
Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 670 ratings