Christmas Ale
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Christmas AleChristmas Ale
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Style:
English Old Ale
Ranked #139
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,280
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
655
From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
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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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Reviews by gingersnap420:
Photo of 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.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is dark copper-brown. The taste is warm, spicy, and sweet, like Roasted/Candied nuts. I read on St. Arnold's website that this sweetness is because it's made with 5 different types of barley with no other grains. I've had this beer many times now, gonna miss it off-season.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thank you to whoneeds8 for sending me this little piece of texas out to the west coast.

pours a malty copper with some amber hints. head is moderately sized. i had a bit of an aggressive pour. head stuck around for a minute or so then faded to a wisp. i had a nice island of head through the majority of the beer.

very pleasant smell. heavy on the malts, sweet, i smell some nutty goodness as well.

first taste is nice. a full flavored beer. a nice sweetness up front slight taste of brown sugar. i cant quite place where the other sweetness comes from. but its good.

nice beer. i would like to drink it again soon.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of elniko
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas in July thanks to Saint Arnold

Poured into snifter

A: Deep amber, quite opaque, very little head.

S: I loved the smell, spicy. Hints of clove and cinnamon.

T & M: Rich tasting, I get some caramel and possibly chocolate tones in the taste. I can see why this beer would be nice in the winter as the alcohol is apparent and give a little warming in the stomach. Has just a touch of bitterness as well which leaves a little crispness in the mouthfeel. Well done.

D: Definitely drinkable, I look foward to having more in the fall and winter when the Texas weather turns cooler.

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Photo of jkn09
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of denflyr
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who does not like Christmas in July!!!

Got my six pack and can't wait for the real time to drink this (when it cools down to 70 degrees in this fair city of Houston....haha).

Anyhow, poured great out of a bottle into a pint glass. Had a orange/copper color to it and you can see why when you take your first sip and those malts hit you! Yum! It has 7.0% ABV, but I don't find it overly noitceable.

Hoppiness not profound, but noticeable. I sometimes mix this with Elissa IPA (a trick that one of the old brewers at St Arnold used to talk about). He called it "Sailing Santa."

Anyhow nice primer for when it cools down and I can break out all the winter warmers!

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a deep amber color with a tan head.

S: Quite bready and mildly spiced in the nose. A bit of brown sugar and caramel as well. Actually fairly reminiscent of "the holidays".

T: The flavors really follow the nose on this one, but there seem to be some signs of oxidation. A bit of cardboard along with the same bread, caramel, and light spice flavors.

M: Light to medium body with a low, rolling carbonation.

D: Not nearly as bad I was anticipating, to be honest. A nice little winter warmer in the beginning of Southern California summer.

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Photo of Davidmor
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of theboozecruise
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bulldog in BR.

It's a clear amber color, small head, nothing to look at here folks, move on.

The smell is spicy with a hint of pine.

The taste is more subdued, mild hops but they are there. Fruity flavors mostly. Pear and grape? This one confuses me more than any beer I've had in a while. I'm not getting any typical winter warmer spices.

It's a good beer, but a confusing beer.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bfizzy
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Greenbaygator
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brown, amberish color with a medium sized off-white head with a bit of lace left behind.

Smell: Sweet, and slightly nutty. Notes of fruitiness, but I can't put my finger on the exact fruit.

Taste: Very sweet and fruity (again, can't place the fruit, though), Finishes with a good hop bitterness and sweet aftertaste. Well-rounded.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall an interesting and tasty beer. Not quite as "warming" as some other winter warmers, but that doesn't take much away. Would be great for Thanksgiving or Christmas (duh).

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rwats12
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rorjets
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy deep amber, not much head just some slight foam, good color though

S: Very spicy hop aroma aroma dominates the nose

T: Gradually building hop spice like the smell, slight bready malt in the middle, not much else, pretty easy flavors, but still seems bold because of all the spiciness

M: Good carbonation in the beer even though there was no head, stays light and finishes dry

D: Easy to drink while still being flavorful, definitely above average

Notes: A solid drinking winter seasonal with good spice flavor and hop profile. However, nothing stands out to me, just above average all around.

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Photo of FlyingKelly
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale has a thin, off-white head, with a golden tinge, and a clear, deep, amber appearance, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, and little lacing left behind. The aroma is of hops and some sort of sweetness (plum?) I was unable to place. Taste is heavily malty and sweet, with a not-too-strong hop bitterness across the sip. Mouth-feel is medium to heavy, and this ale finishes wet and rich. Overall, this is an interesting and good, but not great, Christmas ale. I think it is worth a try, though.

RJT

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Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 655 ratings