Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed: April 26, 2006
Bottled: July 18, 2006
Cases Made: 787

Described as an "Abbey American quadruppel". Brewed with a combination of Maris Otter, Munich, Victory and Special B malts and hopped with Perle, Liberty and Saaz. The wort from the kettle was split into 2 fermenters, pitching one with an American Ale yeast and the other with a Belgian Trappist yeast. Near the end of fermentation, the tanks were combined to finish out and then conditioned for 12 weeks before bottling.

Added by HoustonTX on 07-25-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Morris729:
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a foamy light-tan head that leaves rings of sticky lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is fruity grapes and prunes along with spicy alcohol and a bit of candied sugar. Taste begins with some brown sugar, toasted malt, and green apple followed by some Belgian spice and warming alcohol. Very nice except perhaps the alcohol is bit strong even after all these months of cellaring. Thanks to beerdiablo for the sample!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
1.3/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Brewed on April 26, 2006, bottled on July 18, 2006, with only 787 cases made, Saint Arnold describes this beer as an Abbey American Quad. One batch was brewed with an American Ale yeast, the other with a Belgian Trappist strain, and then the two were combined near the end of fermentation and conditioned together for 12 more weeks.

A hazy and opaque rusty copper brew, topped with a beige foam head that drops to a ringed lace. Soft, musty, gummy with slight peppery aromas in the nose. Odd mouthfeel on this one. At first it coats the palate with a near-viscous malty sweetness, but this drops immediately and thins out. Carbonation is tight, a bit prickly, and provides a brief, creamy sensation. Overripe pineapple and fermenting juice cut through and sting the palate with a semi-burnt raisin edge. Dabs of toffee are lost beneath. Warming and solvent- like alcohol with peppery notes. Oxidation is apparent, with strong sherry and cardboard flavors. Finish is annoyingly dry, with wet paper dominating.

We were very surprised at how over-attenuated and oxidized this young reserve beer was. Messy and not recommended for aging. After less than one year it's already well past its prime.

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Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with no real head. The aroma has quite a bit of dark fruit in it, as well as some big toffee notes. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of toffee and caramel malt, with some dark fruit (grapes and raisins) as well as some alcohol. As the beer warms, some dark cherry notes really start to come through strongly. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Dizzy
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orangish brown, head dissipates quickly. Smells like fruitiness and malts. Taste is brown sugar, raisins and a lot of alcohol burn. I can't really taste the hops. Medium-full mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation in this one. I'll have to come back to this one in time.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark cloudy red-amber fills the glass with a half finger of off white head that melts very quickly to a fine ring of lacing.
Aromas are delicious. Cinnamon, nutmeg, dark candied fruits. Very clean and not at all heavy. Just sweet and good.
Mouthfeel is rich and thick and creamy...a little slippery on the tongue.
Taste is much more assertive than the aroma. Sweet candied malt and dark fruits. Raisins, prunes, very ripe banana. A little toffee at the tailend and then strong alcohol.
Alcohol warmth all the way down as you swallow.
Aftertaste is of sticky dark fruit and alcohol warmth...not fusel...just warmth.
I would definately buy this if it were available to me.
Thanks, csims for making this available to me.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.1/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a rusty brown color with absolutely no carbonation or head. Looks viscous. Smells of the typical St. Arnold fruitiness with a big hefty booziness. Hints of yeast are present. The flavor really mirrors the aromas but with an addition of browm sugar. Not a whole lot to keep me interested. Mouthfeel is viscous, totally lacking carbonation, and far too slick. It was a challenge to finish this beast.

This beer is big and boring. Not a lot going on, and it manages to amplify all of St. Arnold's flaws in its bigness.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating system into my New Belgium snifter. Got this in a trade with Txhops and it is now 6 months since bottling so getting a little age on it. The other 2 I'm saving for the one and two year marks (unless I get a good trade offer). Had a slightly hazy reddish orange color which looks really cool. Even with a good pour it had no head at all which lowers the appearance score. The aroma was spicy and malty with grape and a big hint of the ABV. The taste was also nice and spicy. I was a little worried that the alcohol would be too present but this really did have a good balance to it. It warms you up and you know you drinking a quad but it's not overpowering. Even as it warmed it kept the balance. Overall, I really enjoyed this one but quads and even some tripels fall into the category for me of one is enough for awhile. If you can find it, recommend trying it. I read some of the early reviews and it seems that as this ages some of the flaws are disappearing. (3.5, Rtd, T, O)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was naturally going to be #2 on the night, and a hefty beer to be enjoying with dinner. Served chilled, and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/27/2008/.

The pour was decent enough with a rich and sediment filled hazy dark amber that was coming through quite nicely. A smallish white head of foam came up over the top and settled down nicely with a decent touch of side glass lacing.

The aroma was quite mellow and rich. Nice fruit notes still poking around. Nice sweet malts and a good bready base led the way here. Some light grape notes. The flavor was nice and mellow, with all presence of alcohol all but gone. Rich bready notes and hints of grain stole the show here. Mellow and smooth as could be, I could have sipped on this one all night. Light bitter dryness is the finish left the flavor lingering for a good few moments. Nice solid feel with a mellow carbonation, again, nothing over the top here.

Overall very solid and a nice way to welcome myself into the second edition of the night. Solid as could be.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mushroomcloud for the offering.
Copper in color with no head. Where's the big Belgian head?
Wonderful aroma. Clove, spices, both earthy and tropical.
Lot's of caramel malt up front with some whole grain bread flavors. Bananna and dark fruits. Plums and raisins. Brown sugar and alcohol finish. Quite a tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is thick and full. It's certainly a sipping beer as it was intended to be. This is a nice attempt of a Belgian Quadruple from Texas.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Cesar at Central Market for this one. He sold BYOB and I the last two bottles of DR2 the store had for 1.39 a bottle.

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a small head and little lacing. Not much to look at, but by no means bad. Smells of grapes and spices, quite nice. Taste is grapes, cinnamon, and other spices with some citrus and alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is full and thick with moderate carbonation. High ABV aside, it's quite drinkable. Shame they only made one batch of this stuff.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Follow up review, trying my second beer, 2 months has past, let us get this started. Poured a better color than 2 months past. A beautiful dark orange, with a gorgeous red hue. It looks incredible. A very, very fine looking beer. Head is average, but lacing is very fine and consistant. Onto the smell. Mild spice, with brown sugar being the most prominant, feint fruit undertones, with an acidic nasal sweetness. Mellowing out nicely it seems. Taste has mellowed out incredibly the fruit tones are much more in depth and in line with a smooth mellow citrusy complex fruit blast. Feint tart hops bring a snapping balance to the mix. The beer is rapidly mellowing out it's roughness. This is going to be a world class beer with age. I love this stuff. Mark my words.

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Photo of weeare138
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent golden toned amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades out into a small collar.
Smell is of caramel, biscuit, citrus, roasted grain, fresh bread, light bananas.
Taste is of the mentioned with sweet caramel winning out among the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. with booziness on the finish.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drank this fool on 5/9/2008

pours up nice cranberry color. not much head. no biggy. smells like sweet malt, slight alcohol, even notes of fruit such as peaches and cherries and teen spirit. tastes like sweet malt, dried fruit, alcohol warmth, subtle spices. medium bodied, low carbo, syrupy long lingering aftertaste.

a very exceptional quad. interesting story above about the two different wort fermenting tanks.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Csims for sending this in a trade.

A - Ruddy orange, small tan head that quickly dissipates. Almost looks thick when held up to the light. Intriguing.
S - Rich malt, ripe fruit notes, Belgian yeast influence, a tart hops spiciness and alcohol fumes. Not paint thinner, but definitely hot.
T - Similar to the smell but with a more pronounced hop bite. Very tasty and despite the heat in the aroma, the alcohol is there but not burning / overbearing.
M - Thick with a definite alcohol presence.
D - Tasty sipping brew. Divine is a great name for this brew.

Overall I enjoyed this bottle and am very happy to have traded for 2. The second is going into the cellar for some age. If my hunch is right, this will be one of those brews you wish you had stashed a case of for enjoyment over many years.

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Photo of chadspivey
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drinking a glass at lovejoys as I write this review...I guess this is about 3 months old by now.

A: It's really hard to get this beer to have a head. I just did a violent pour, and still got next to nothing. pours a murky peachy orangish color.

S: can smell grapes, prunes, alcohol, slight citrus fruits. very slight brown sugar.

T: starts off like a belgian with apples, and grapes. can taste the brown sugar towards the end. Aftertatse goes back to apples. The alcohol comes in the aftertaste, as you breathe out. This beer has a quite unique flavor.

M: thiner than most quadrupels, feels more like a lighter barleywine. The alcohol warms the mouth at the finish.

D: I think i'd stop after two. Although, I usually stop after two of anything.

Only made once!!! unless someone convinces them to do it again. The brewmaster makes these as specialty limited release beers. Tried the #3 already, can't wait for the #4.


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Photo of roblowther
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of my beer mentor, Bill.

Lighter in color than most quads I've had, it looks like melted caramel. Smell is dominated by floral (rose) hops but with a nice sweet backdrop. Caramel up front, the finish is like walking into a flower shop. Not bitter at all, but the taste and aroma is dominated by the hops. A very unique and VERY tasty take on the style. Mouthfeel is soft with just enough carbonation to remind you its beer. Like velvet with lace trim. (ha ha, I said trim!) Drinkability is good although it is proabably too challenging to be something you'd have much of. The floral finish, the strong alcohol warming, and the intense mouthfeel make this a beer to be reckoned with. Or to reckon with you. Most likely, you'll be on the short end of the stick.

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of blcmat
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a nice amber color, but there are some fairly noticeable orange hints--a bit light for quad, I would think. A thin off-white head caps things off.

S: This is definitely plenty of sweetness to this beer. Dark candi sugars and caramel, along with dark fruits. Some yeast and oxidation, too.

T: Toffee, caramel, and candi sugar give this one sweetness along with some mixed dark fruits. Yeast and some mild spice notes, and chocolate oxidation.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: This one has held up fairly well, but it's certainly not going to be getting any better. If for some reason you're still holding on to this, drink up.

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Photo of goryshkewych
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Breity for this one.

Clear copper color, minimal white head. Smells wonderful: sweet caramel with almost floral notes. Also a hint of citrusy hop. Initial taste of light sweet maltiness, very clean and bright, transitioning into a moderately-hoppy finish. Some bready-cereal notes as well. What strikes me about this beer is the lack of heaviness in the mouthfeel, given the 9.3% alcohol. Dangerously drinkable. Doesn't strike me as very Belgian-like in style; I might have guessed doppelbock drinking it blind, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of champ103
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing from notes. Had this at a late Christmas party/BA tasting in January 2008. Thanks to biggreen for the sample.

A: Pours an unattractive and murky orange/brown color. At first a one finger beige head forms, and recedes in a second to leave no lace. Just an odd colored murky dense liquid.
S: Dark fruits up front. Plums and cherries. Lots of brewers yeast, and some slight oxidation.
T: The oxidation takes over here. Light nondescript dark fruits and yeast. Dry mold wood. I don't mind a little oxidation in an aged beer, but this is just to much.
M/D: A medium body and low carbonation. A little thin and watery. Some fusel alcohol, that makes this a slow sipper. Taking that into account I am still not that interested in finishing this.

This is a little disappointing. I have not had this fresh, but after over two years this has not held up all that well. There are other Divine Reserves that I like much better. Still, I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Bottle received recently in trade.
Murky reddish brown color with almost no head and judging from the lack of a pop little carbonation. Aroma is full of alcohol soaked dark fruits with bits of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate around the edges. Sweet sugary fruity maltiness with just a hint of alcohol. Lingering caramel sugary finish with some obvious sherry like oxidation. Thick body almost no carbonation sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Smells wonderful, but the flavor is quickly heading downhill. Wish I had tried it fresher.

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Photo of kobeer
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ChanceK
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #2 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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