Saint Arnold Christmas Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Christmas Ale
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Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-12-2001

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Reviews by grs8313:
Photo of grs8313
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this from the Christmas in July release.

Appearance: 12oz screw top bottle (that I can never open without a bottle opener) not dated. Pours cherry, brownish color with minimal head that dose not stay long.

Smell: Lemon, hops and alcohol scents.

Taste: Lemon and hops to start and then alcohol flavor comes in. The alcohol flavor lasts after swallowing.

Mouthfeel: Feels like seltzer water, but leaves the mouth with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Though the alcohol can be tasted and is present it does not over power the rest of the beer. I could have 2-3 for the night.

Interesting beer, even more so when I am trying it for the first time in 100 degree heat.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
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 Tiernan
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice, malty beer with notes of caramel and a bit of strawberry. Feels great in my mouth! Lots of caramel aftertaste.
Nice for a winter warmer, but I'm not getting why they call it a Christmas Ale. I generally tend to think of Christmas Ales as spiced beers, but there is not a trace of spice or "holiday flavor" in this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's delicious!

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Photo of benros222
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben7773
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, I'm visiting family in Houston and I see this in the local Kroger. I don't know when this comes out, but winter beers haven't appeared in Maine yet. Maybe when the humidity drops below 100% it's considered winter in Houston. Anyway, I'm glad this beer was available. It was a reddish/brown color with a medium off-white head. It had a malty aroma and a nice, kicky spice flavor. I had a few of these with some beef fajitas, and they went well together.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear red amber with a small creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet figgy malts with a little spice.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with some dark fruit and light spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall, an OK kind of bland Christmas beer.

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Photo of imagery
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange with a minimal white head. The smell is malty sweetness, with a little bit of unidentifiable spices. The flavor is more malt, possibly biscuit malt, with a strong aftertaste of spices such as cloves. There is more in there, I just can't tell exactly what it is. Nothing about this beer really stands out, but it is a very easy drinking, lighter winter warmer with no trace of the 7 percent alcohol. Nice beer.

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Photo of tiitomireles
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of awalsh
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Dizzy
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange or reddish brown with an off white head. Initally 1.5" head the quickly recedes to a ring and a thin film on top. Aroma is malty sweetness and fruits. The malty sweetness is the dominant flavor, hop bitterness and alcohol balance it out. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Because of the sweetness and high alcohol, this wouldn't make a good session beer, one is enough. This is probably my favorite of Saint Arnold's beers.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber-gold with an off white thick head that lingers for a while. Lacing is ok. Smell of roast malts, but not much else. Taste is about as bland. There's just not a good warming effect from this winter warmer. The mouthfeel is also a little too carbonated. It's a decent beer, very drinkable. But just not all that.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of valkyre65
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks jasonjlewis for this extra.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a pint. There's a dating notch like Founders(but on the side) without any indication of what it means. Dumb.

A: Pours a hazy ruby-amber. Aggressive pour gets 2 fingers of white head. Doesn't hold too long but ends in a thick skim on the surface and yields a decent amount of lacing.

S: The first thing I noticed, even though it's subtle, is a fresh baked brownie smell. Doughy malt character with some festive spices, though the smells are held back some which is very welcomed.

T/M: More doughy malts with a sweeter side than the nose suggests. More of the underlying brownie in the taste, adding lots of character and supporting a medium heavy body and creaminess. Dark fruit pie filling taste in the middle just as some spices come in for the end. A Mild alcohol phenolic zip comes in but not harsh at all.

D: Probably my favor winter warmer... still something I'd only want a few times around the holidays.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium sized off white to light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear caramel copper colored beer.

Roasted caramel malts blended with Christmas style spices in the aroma.

Dark caramel roasted malt dominate the taste with some light spices and lighter hops rounding out the palette.

A light caramel remains in a light dryish aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A decent tasting Christmas beer, you can taste the spices but they don't overwhelm the beer taste.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin ruby color with a good amount of carbonation but little head (maybe a /4 inch.) Surprisingly pretty, but the st arnold lineup has been surprising me lately.

The smell is of malts and weak hops. Not a strong feature of the beer but mild and nice none the less.

Taste is super, its a very easy beer to drink a lot of because its so smooth. The initial taste is of sweet malts followed by some spicy, bitter hops. Very nice and pleasing to the pallet.

I would stock up on this beer and try to keep some on hand year round. Its a good price for a strong very above average beer.

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Photo of acurtis
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LordofTime25
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From ottovon!

Pours to hazy amber organge color with a off white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malts and spices. Maybe a cinnamon and nutmeg.

Tastes spicy and sweet with hoppy bitterness to finish.

Has a almost light body with very little carbonation.

A pretty good christmas beer.

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Photo of En29356
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Djenx
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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