Saint Arnold Christmas Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
3.7/5
601 Ratings
Saint Arnold Christmas AleSaint Arnold Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,118
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
601
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
135
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 601 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of JNForsyth
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Myotus
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured hard at 43°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 02Oct15) into a pint glass. Beer was allowed to warm up to 45°F beer consuming. Consumed on 25Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a line after 1 minute and 5 seconds. Amber in color. There is a subtle quanity of small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of toffee, tree nuts, black tea, caramel, sweet bread, and floral hops are backed my subtle spicy hop aromas.
TASTE: The initial taste is an onslaught of every flavor that was detected as an aroma but as mild flavors. What makes this beer interesting is how the flavors fade. Toffee and caramel are the first to fade away leaving behind a well-balanced taste. Sweet bread and tree nut flavors fade next resulting in a somewhat bitter, yet still balanced taste of black tea, floral hops, and spicy hops. Finally, black tea and floral hop flavor fade as spicy hop flavors grow weaker leaving a nice spice of an aftertaste.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down both somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: The aroma did not prepare me for the complexity of the taste that was to follow. I'm not too familiar with this style so I couldn't really provide any constructive criticism to make this better. But it was pretty good on its own, so why fix what ain't broke?

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Photo of LizT
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtaylord
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rorjets
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoveStout
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 mig100
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of AlfaMale
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drew from tap with minimal head and minimal lacing. Dark Amber and clear in color. No essential smell noted. This beer is sweet, with floral notes and a hint of clove. Very Christmassy. Unremarkable feel. Overall, I'm non-plused, but then I tend to like IPAs and sharp lagers.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuckerster
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HipCzech
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle (10/28/15) poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Clear, bright copper amber. A short lived cap of near white head recedes to a persistent ring with spotty lace.

Smell: Rich, malty aroma: cereal, caramel. Light fruity yeast, earthy hops and slight alcohol.

Taste: Warmly malty; caramel, vanilla, light fruit and spice. Earthy and herbal hops emerge towards a slightly drier finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to fuller body, very light carbonation.

Overall: A nice winter warmer - richer, mellower than SA's Amber.

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Photo of Ginobili81
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgt_187em
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew. A bit fruity tasting, mild bitterness. Medium bronze color

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

Love this brew. Has the same taste and smell profile as Shiner Cheer. It's a bit darker/heavier but not by much.
Sweet aftertaste but not overwhelming by any stretch. I will be drinking a lot of the Christmas Ale this December. Feliz Navidad!

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Photo of aknalley
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluesyasian
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agriverbear
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempo013
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Salinesnake
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ritwingr
2.52/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the more nondescript "craft" beers I've had in some time. Pours root beer brown with virtually no head.

Smell is not much...but what there is smells distinctly like sour milk. Not milk that's weeks past its expiration date, but milk that is clearly on the way to going bad in a day or so.

That same sourness us there in the taste. It isn't vile. It isn't even overly offensive. But that's all I get from it beyond a little more carbonation than I expected.

What in Hell is Christmas about this thing is beyond me. Half a notch up from a Bud....but that's about it.

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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 601 ratings
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