Saint Arnold Christmas Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
601
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.21%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
134
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 601 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of LloydDobler
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour a clear copper color into a pint. Thick off white head, decent lacing. Nice smell And taste. Sweet cinnamon and nice malt forward taste. Raisins. Not a bad Christmas ale!

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ASirahSyrah
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of gilgar
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nazzz
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OSRAY
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Little to no carbonation. Cloudy copper in color. Delicious flavor, sweet fruit and hints of caramel on the finish. It's a long finish too. Malty and rich, almost bread like. No strong alcohol from smell or taste.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leschber
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer. To wit: in the post-Christmas swoon, when some stores rush to unload their holiday-premised ales, I was able to score several six packs of this beer for $4.99, over the course of a few weeks, and then eventually for $3.99; considering it's a cold-temperatures beer that's pleasant and sessionable, despite its slightly boosted abv, that's a damn good deal. Moreover, I really like that this doesn't follow the usual trajectory of holiday brews: it isn't spiced, nor is it too heavy, like some blown-out barleywines or winter-warmers. It shows a lot of restraint, in fact—it just hits a few simple but effective targets: it's a surprisingly fat-bubbled, burnished-brown, damn smooth, malty-mouthed session-sipper—and I think, like the several Saint Arnold's offerings I've tried, it executes without concerning itself with flash or formulated innovation.

It's a good beer; it's also not a great beer. In a very real way, it's hemmed in by some of its strengths. It's effervescent and largely light, but—while that's makes it very drinkable—it doesn't finish especially cleanly, and likewise there are almost no discernible hop notes, necessitating either more sips or salty-snack intervention to break the malt-sugar monotony. It's pretty wonderfully brown-colored, but the brownness of flavor is not especially rich, and indeed—while quite smooth—there's just not a lot there beyond this flatness of sweet brown-malt flavor. Finally, while I called it a "session-sipper," it isn't quite an effective hybrid, nor does it sit comfortable in either category; depending on mood, it's an imperfect resident in one, with elements of the other.

But, as I stated at the outset, it's a good beer—and a welcome break from much of the holiday fare one sometimes encounters. However, at the same time, had it been sold consistently at $8+ per six-pack, I probably would not have swooped in for seconds, much less more.

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

Photo of lupercmda
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kds2437
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domvan
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jenze
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer during the holidays.

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Photo of Robjwise
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mellow and tasty, yet strong and distinct. Spices work well with this brew not overpowering.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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