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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #3Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #3

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed: July 17, 2006
Bottled: September 21, 2006
Cases Made: 542

Inspired by David Majoras’ winning entry in the 2006 Big Batch Brew Bash held at Saint Arnold’s every year. The grain bill included Maris Otter, Wheat, Caravienne, Carapils and Dark Crystal. Honey and molasses were then added to increase the starting gravity. Chinook, Centennial and Ahtenum hops were added to the kettle and then dry hopped with cascades.

Added by Xadoor on 10-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 39
Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to a friend for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with no real head. The aroma is very sweet, with some pine and orange notes coming through from the hops. There is also a strong molasses character in the aroma, which I can't really explain. The flavor is also interesting. There is a lot of alcohol and sweetness, similar to an aged barleywine. I also get some molasses, leather and tobacco character. There is a strong toffee malt backbone, as well as some faint pine and orange notes from the long-faded hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. As expected, this 6-year-old Double IPA has become more of a barleywine, but I am still excited I got to try it. Now, if I could just track down a Divine Reserve No. 1 I would have tried all 12 in the series.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of philhyde. Pours a hazy, honey-orange color; minimal off-white head. Diminished piney hops and earthy candy sugar malt character in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tastes like an aged IIPA or Barleywine with the hops fallen off; viscous, honey and brown sugar; mildly astringent presence in the mouth; orange, grapefruit hops still lingering. Lengthy, earthy and sugary finish. Surprised this 2007 beer held it's own.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Bobby.

A: The pour is a burnt orange/copper color with a nice white head.

S: Sort of what you would expect from an old DIPA...oranges, sugar, and sweet malts. There's also some vanilla, which is sort of surprisingly.

T: Still a really nice bitterness to this beer, which is surprising after such a long time. A semi-sweet malt character, oranges, orange peels, and again the hint of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a fairly lively level of carbonation.

D: One of the better beers of the series, actually. This is sort of along the lines of how Stone 10th is now.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up at the 2009 Whip-In Cellar release. Poured into a Carolina Brewing pint glass.

A nice rosy copper hue to the body...I saved the last half ounce to minimize the yeasties, but still got quite a bit of haze. Not much head on the outset of the pour, but the small veil of light tan foam retains fairly well. A hint of cardboard and sherry in the aroma from oxidation, but otherwise the sweet caramel & toffee malts are that of a nice barleywine. Scant notes of floral grasses let me know there were once hops in this IIPA.

Pretty good flavor still...chewy, sweet caramel malts and honey notes balance with a burst of fruity alcohol and a hint of hop flavor. Bitterness still kicks across the back of the tongue and down the throat. Body is thick, chewy and on the sticky side of things from all the residual sugars, with a light carbonation level that plays well with the remaining hoppiness. At this point, DR#3 is like a bitter barleywine that's been aged a few months past its prime. Good, but in all likelihood a shell of its former, hoppy self. I am still glad I got to try this one, though. Hopefully someday Saint Arnold will make another IIPA in their Divine Reserve series...

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Photo of gford217
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of KAggie97 poured into a snifter.

This one pours a bright hazy orange that looks almost brown in the glass with no light. The head is small and white but does hang on as a collar for quite a while and leaves spotty lacing.

My initial reaction to the aroma is that this has to be an American barleywine. There are some hops up front, citrus mainly, but the big sweet malt presence is the dominant component with toffee and even some honey-coated fruits. Nice and sweet with the faintest hint of oxidation in the nose, but not distracting at all.

The taste is not quite as fulfilling as the aroma. There is still a surprising level of citrus hops up front with lemons and oranges coming through with some underlying earthy tones. The malt base is present but not nearly as robust as I was expecting. It's almost more bready than caramel and I definitely don't get nearly as much of the sweet fruits. The finish has a hop bitterness that's slightly abrasive. The taste leans much more toward a DIPA than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is slick and low on carbonation with a lingering sticky bitterness from the remaining hops. It might be a tad thin if I'm being nitpicky.

Overall, this beer has held up very well given the age though I am intrigued by the differences in the nose and taste. I prefer the robust sweetness of the nose as the hop profile is present but hasn't held up quite well enough to carry the taste as a hoppy DIPA. I am confident I would have enjoyed the taste more when fresh. Still a very tasty brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#3 on this nice foggy evening. I was waiting for the big IPA to roll around in this tasting. I grabbed this one out after we got home from dinner. Served chilled and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/27/2008.

The pour was standard for a big IPA. Dark amber, cloudy, with a small head of white on top that quickly settled into a broken crown.

The aroma was resin filled. Notes of alcohol still present in this monster. Some light pine notes, hints of a deep grapefruit bitterness and a touch of a biscuit like malt note. The flavor was more of the same. Biting hops in the first sip, really taste bud shattering at first, before they mellowed into a smooth, refined, and nicely aged DIPA. Still lots of pine resin in this, but nice balance with a rich malty base. Lots of mellow and subtle tones as it warmed. Rich consistent feel here, medium bodied with a very nice and smooth profile. An easy sipper that turned into a candy sweet treat towards the end,

A very solid IPA here for sure, and starting to almost drink like a very hoppy barley wine at this point. Still very, very good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 2 years after it was bottled, wish I would have remembered it was a double ipa before now. Pours a cloudy murky deep amber without much of a head. The aroma has got some citrusy grapefruity hops left in it and some strong caramel malt in there as well. Taste is about the same as the smell. The hops are there, but not in your face like most big ipa's. Taste is grapefruit, caramel, pine and resin. I'll bet this was a monster fresh. Creamy tart mouthfeel, thick body, ample carbonation. I would have loved to try this fresher but it somehow got lost in my cellar. Good brew that I'll bet was great a couple of years ago.

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Photo of mar
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter. deep murky amber pour with no head just some froth. slight hop aroma. good hop flavor that's evenly balanced with the malts and the thickness is good. i figured that the hops wouldn't be this noticeable with the age but i was wrong. i'm glad i got a hold of this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reasonably vigorous pour produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, cranberry-juice color and shows a bright, red-tinged, copper color when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I get juicy notes of caramelized malt and hops that have started to age. Age has given this a rich, malty, savory character; light tamari, lots of caramelized grain notes and lots of toasty, bread-like malt aromatics. The hop character has become predominantly pine & herbal smelling though there is still a bit of a candied-citrus-peel backdrop to the nose.

Big flavors of pine sap, menthol and sharp herbal hops hit my tongue as I take my first sip. Much of any malt sweetness is drowned out by the up front hop character. The hop notes really linger on through the flavor profile of this beer; ultimately providing a linger herbal astringency and biting bitterness that lingers on the tongue for quite some time. The hop flavors lean towards being a little bit metallic and also have a green tobacco character to them. The malt character, while clearly secondary, provides a backdrop of flavors that contribute notes of lightly browned bread crust, biscuit notes, and some caramelized grain notes. While this beer tastes clearly aged (even more than its year and a half might suggest), it is not so noticeable as be degraded; Oxidation has definitely started, muting the hops just a touch (though they are still aggressive & piquant), and changing the malt character, introducing touches of sherry and a definite umami richness. Not overly heavy, though definitely a sipping beer; the aggressive hop character seems to make this drink a little lighter than the actual heft.

I can't believe how aggressively hoppy the flavor still is, this must have been out of control when younger. With this much hash hop character still evident this beer may still be a few years from peaking.

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Photo of JDV
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biz82 for this, in trade! Pours a gorgeous cloudy, rich amber with a nice beige head. Smell is fruity caramel witha hint of alcohol. Rich sweet caramelly flavor and nicely hopped, although a bit mild for the style. Perhaps they've faded over the past 14 months. Not over the top at all with hops, and definitely a sweeter DIPA, but it makes it extremely drinkable. A touch alcohol in the finish and a nice beer overall.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brown with a nice head that dissipated quickly. The smell was heavy of malt – quite inviting. The taste was very big and malty. The alcohol was perceptible underneath the heavy malt flavor, but simply added a little complexity. The mouthfeel was full and complimented the flavor quite well. Overall, I’d say this is a very drinkable beer – well balanced and smooth for a big beer.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a burnt orange hue with a tannish pilowy two fingered head and settled to a quarter inch. Some laceing can be found along with a few lone beads floating to the top.

Smell: The aromas are sweet caramel and hint of toffee malts with a surprisingly light hop character.( Thou this has aged a good 6months) The floral aroma is the main scent within.

Taste: Strong alcohol and hops hit right up front, then fades to a sweeter side of this beer. Sugary caramel malts almost candy-like. The floral notes have made their way to my palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation, almost spritzy in the swallow. Very alcoholic throughout and leaves a dry hop and floral film inside my mouth. If the alcohol was not so overpowering this would be an ideal mouthfeel for a double IPA.

Drinkability: This is a great beer thou this could be too high in alcohol to drink a few in a session. Great beer overall, if you have not has this I suggest you try your best to get this limited offering before it is totally gone.


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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tthomas for the trade...
Appears a semi-transparent orange & copper with a white cap that fades into a bubbly collar. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of a supper hoppy blast of pine, citrus, biscuits, and earthy clay.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted with sugary pine, citrus, doughy yeast, and herbal.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter sweet, along with little traces of CO2.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden orange fills the glass topped by a single finger white head that disappears rather quickly.
Aromas are very soft and sweet...sweet amber malts, sweet citrus and piney hops. Aroma reminds me of a big amber or red more than a double IPA.
Taste is definitely DIPA...sweet sugary amber malts to start with that are burried quickly with citrus peel hops. Lemon peel, orange peel, and finally grapefruit peel as the malt gets covered completely.
Creamy mouthfeel for an IPA and slightly bitter aftertaste.
Nicely drying.
Thankyou assurbanipaul for sharing another taste of Texas.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy and brown with a small and short lived head that did leave behind some lacing.

S - Sweet malt followed by citrusy hops. Some lighter fruit esters are detecable as well.

T - Biscuit is evident as soon as this hits the tounge. Citrus and pine immediately follow and carry into an alcohol aftertaste.

M - Medium body but a little more carbonation wouldn't hurt.

D - Not something I would have more than one bottle of in one sitting, but the flavors are intersting enough to let this age for a few months. I will have this one again after it ages.

Get it if you can still find it. As an ADIPA it is lacking, but overall it is an interesting ale that I look forward to having again in a few months.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a cascading head that remains a sturdy 1/2" and leaves some lacing. Really nice looking, but I'm a bit put off by the cloudiness, even when poured carefully. Lots of malt in the nose. Kind of like fresh baked pizza dough. There's a good deal of fruity esters here as well. Some mild citrus hops is in there somewhere in the nose. Taste starts off malty and fruity then come the dry hopping cascades. Lots of citrus and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is viscous with a decent carbonation, but with too much yeast in suspension, giving it a weirdness. This is solidly drinkable.

For a double IPA, this is really weak, but as some random strong ale made by Saint Arnold, I like it.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Morris729 for the bottle. Despite a vigorous attempt at a pour, I got no head at all. Just a few whispy strands of foam on top. Very muddy-looking as well. Smell is nice: thick, sweet malt aroma and a pepper, herbal, citrus hop aroma. A lot of malt in the flavor, but the hops really overwhelm it. Plenty bitter, certainly, but there's a vast amount of delicious hop flavor as well, zesty citrus dominating. Alcohol is somewhat apparent in the taste at the end. This is a big beer, and it fills out well in the mouth.

The best-tasting of the 3 DR's so far.

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Photo of ecooper
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, orange color with a moderate head that settles quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S - Strong citrusy hop smell with a slight hint of alcohol in the aroma. Very pleasant.

T - Starts off with a bready/biscuity flavor that quickly gives way to strong woody/piney flavors and a citrusy & floral background. The bitterness lingers throughout and is accompanied by a noticeable alcohol presence at the end.

M - Medium body with average carbonation.

D - The noticeable alcohol flavor and extreme bitterness make this brew less drinkable than some of the other, more balanced IPAs & DIPAs.

Overall, a damn fine DIPA from Saint Arnold- good work, guys.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no date into my St Arnolds glass. Was a nice amber color with a thin head. Smell was heavily of hops as expected and promised good things to come. Really enjoyed the taste. One of the better DIPA's I've tried recently and had a great taste throughout without the bitter aftertaste of some. Good creamy mouthfeel as well. Overall an excellent beer from SA and only complaint is that it is one off brew so can't put in my regular rotation. Highly recommend if you can still find it. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of briman
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium copper color. Smallish off-white head dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Aroma is a bit malty, but only mildly hoppy, with pine & orange citrus notes.

Flavor is malty upfront, quickly turning to a distinct hop flavor. Oranges, tangerines maybe at first, but finishing dry with the expected grapefruit bitterness into the aftertaste. Bitterness is moderate to strong, and lingers well after the taste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice balance. Alcohol is well-hidden in the taste. The aroma seemed somewhat mild for a DIPA. but the taste picks up the slack. Drinkability is good, but definately only one in a sitting.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish orange with an off white head that quickly recedes to a ring around the edges of the glass andd a patchy film on top of the beer. Aroma is of sweet malts and citrusy (grapefruit?) hops. Lots of complexity in the aroma, this smells great! It pretty much tastes how it smells, but the alcohol is very noticeable. The bitterness is a bit unpleasant in the finish though. Full bodied, carbonation seems lite. This wouldn't make a good session beer, but its a good one to sip. I'm guessing this will probably be better with a few months of ageing with the alcohol bite and hops mellowing.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber-brown, little to no head and a slight haze
S - overwhelming hop aroma, inviting
T - powerful hop flavor, with nice lingering aftertaste. this is definitly a workout for the taste buds.
M - lots of body, thick brew. crisps with carbonation, there is also a nice burn from the alcohol.
D - quite a big beer from Saint Arnold. Something I'd buy if it were on regular rotation. It's a hard find, but worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Managed to snag 5 sixers of this beer (no, I will not tell you where) when it came out. Really enjoyed #2, and have been looking forward to a local DIPA.

Pours a orange-copper color, with just a hint of red. Off-white one-finger head that is surprisingly persistent. Must be the massive amount of hops, as most of SA beers do not hold a head very well. A bready, biscuit-like smell dominates the aroma at first, followed by some caramel, faint citrusy hops, and then a big burst of alcohol. I am a bit disappointed by the lack of hop aroma - the Elissa is loaded with hop aroma, I would have thought that a DIPA would be the same.

Taste: Immediate bitterness overlaid with orange, pine and grapefruit. Distinct malty sweetness follows, with a healthy punch of ethanol. The hop flavor makes a second appearance, and then fades into a slightly metallic bitterness that really lingers. I am a big fan of DIPAs, and I love the hoppy flavors that the finish brings. But this one is not doing it for me in terms of the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty decent for a young DIPA, or any DIPA for that matter. Except for that finish, it goes down very well.

A decent DIPA, and although not quite in the same class as DFH 90, it is up there. A good style for SA to try, and they did pretty well with this one, even though the recipe is not theirs. I really hope they come up with their own DIPA recipe for a later version of Divine Reserve.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Nothing. Same label as the others, only difference is the (3) on the neck label, surprisingly centered. Big white finger of sediment swirl around the bottom of the bottle I pulled to check out, looks like a common feature of the others.
I wonder how St. Arnold can get away with one label for several different beers. It does say “Microbrewed Ale”, so I guess as long as they exceed 5% abv. with every beer, it’s TABC kosher. Our beer laws suck. Anyway, no foul to St. A, they are playing the rules.

Aroma: Pink grapefruit juice, pulpy and fresh, with a nice sweet undercoat. A slight peppery edge gives a touch of complexity. I’m impressed.

Appearance: Very hazy dark copper amber glass sported a short lived whitish head that dropped to the barest of collars.

Flavor: Very fruity, again, mostly grapefruit rind and juice. Signature St. Arnold’s taste, yeast I’m guessing, runs as a ribbon through the hop field. Hops are sticky West coast, almost too intense, but supported with a good base to keep your head from imploding. The finish comes across as a little green, which might mellow with some aging.

Mouthfeel: Oily, medium-heavy body, low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very nice stuff. Great smell, the hop acids actually begin to burn a bit after a while, but they are tasty. I’m not sure if this one should be aged or not, the hops are in full glory, but they shine a bit too brightly. I guess it’s a judgment call. I think I’ll drink some now and save 2-3 to see how they age.
Hunt hard Texas BAs, this one’s worth it.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

I find their third Divine Reserve release similar to their Elissa IPA but hoppier and with less carmel flavors. Really tasty around 53-57F in temperature.

This wouldn't qualify as a session beer, however one or two are just fine.

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