Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BgThang on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle received in trade with geuzelover in an awesome trade. Thanks!

A: Reddish amber with a nice, off white head. Good retention, nice lacework

S: Harsh with piney hops, caramel and alcohol

T: Starts off very piney (delicious!) and is backed up by a nice malty backbone. The hops are fresh and mildly grassy. The finish is a pleasingly dry.

M: Medium bodied and the hops are great.

D: I'm not going to drink another for at least another 6 months - this one has potential and if the loose ends are tied up, this could be a great one
**Edit 23 July 2012**
I'm drinking my last bottle. While it looks nice (as mentioned above), this smells super blah. Perfumey citrus hops, muted pine and a ton of crystal malt, a combination of its astringency and cloying sweetness. Candied Red Delicious apples are present. Alcohol is well-hidden, though.

The palate is rather wretched. Mildly bitter with a stale hop character (pine and maybe some citrus are present), there's also plenty of crystal and caramel malt. Astringent and harsh like only crystal malt can be, this is moderately sweet with a rather flat flavor palate - only caramel and a little brown sugar are noticeable. Mildly sweet with dark caramel on the finish, this beer is medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Average for the style, I guess, which makes is a rather dreadfully poor beer overall.

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Photo of ncvbc
2.72/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Deep amber with shades of red...pretty large frothy head that slowly recedes to a ring later in the glass. Spots of lacing and just a great appearance for a BW. Past this, somewhat upsetting. I smelled Pert Plus when I first took a sniff. Not literally, though something similar to shampoo. You know? Just kind of an ugly mix of hops and malt, or shampoo and conditioner. A little soapy scent underneath it all that doesn't help much. Taste improves on this slightly but not so much. Just a little too much soapy bitterness in the end to take this over the top. Piney and citrus hops combined, joining with some syrupy caramel malts and dark fruits. Damn, if I could stop thinking about soap and shampoo this might be a little better than it seems. Medium bodied but held off by a boozy bitterness. They seem to come at the same time, doubling the trouble for me. One is good and almost a struggle. Not sure what went wrong with this for me...but I feel like I need a shower.

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Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Duck Rabbit snifter

Pours a murky muddy puke brown. Tons of sediment (I should have looked for that... oops). Small layer of light brown head.

Aroma: Smells like an imperial red that has lost its hops. All malt. Caramel, toffee, and some dried fruits. A bit of alcohol shows.

Taste: It shows a little juicy hop flavor here. Fairly pine flavors. Has a bit of citrus here then the malt hits. Lots of caramel and toffee with a big chunk of alcohol showing. Ends with onion flavors.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and boozy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot with onions.

Overall, the hops have faded off on this one and it has turned to a malty mess. Not for me. Not too drinkable.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark tea color with a massive head that seemed to disappear way too fast.
Lots of sticky lace in it's wake, however.

Aroma is fruity and malty with a definite citrus hop finish...very fresh.

Taste is burnt malt with a bit of caramel and then lots and lots of citrus hops. Grapefruit peel mostly. A bit of medicinal alcohol which could dissipate with a bit of age.

Overall not the best of the Divine's nor is it the best of American Barleywines, but a decent one none the less.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep amber/copper color ale with a good size off-white head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of green grassy hops is dominating with some distinctive notes of sweet malt. Taste is also a mix between some dominating green grassy hops with some distinctive notes of sweet barley malt. Great carbonation with full body and no apparent alcohol. I get what they are trying to do here but I don't like my barley wine to be dominated by C-hops.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JDV for this awesome extra. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

The beer is a very dark, murky brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing.

The smell is sweet toffee and malt with some definite liquor and a slight citrus hop.

There is more hop presence in the taste than the smell. The slight citrusy bitterness starts the taste and then the toffee and malt follow up and dominate the flavor.

The beer is complex and nicely carbonated, but definitely a sipper. It is very syrupy and thick and the booziness gets a little more obvious as the beer warms.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This arrived in trade with paulthebeerguru. Pours a half inch of off white head that clings beautifully to the side. Maroon colored and very clear. The aroma is almost that of wine, it seemed. Definite grapefruit and alcohol present, along with dark esters and a kind of muskiness. Some hops noticeable as well.

Taste was way more bitter than I had expected, and it worked nicely. Estery fruitiness, alcohol, and rieseny characteristics come next. Full bodied and medium carbonation. This is a little hard to drink, but still decent.

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Photo of garbercury
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tprokop7 for the generosity, this was a beer I wanted to try. Cool to find it as an extra in a trade...

Poured into standard pint glass, my first official beer of 2010.

A--Reasonable carbonation and plenty of lacing throughout the glass. Typical dark amber hue to it.

S--Faint notes of orange, definitely has that "barleywine" smell. Pleasant.

T--Seems to be a little too hoppy for a barleywine. Then again, it is an American Barleywine which can be hoppy. I guess I am a little too anti-hops and did not expect it to overwhelm the flavor of a style that I dont think of hops when I go to drink one.


D--As much as I was looking forward to this beer, the hoppy bite to this beer overpowers it and to me, that is a big negative. Not really as sweet or pleasant as I had hoped it would be but I am not a big fan of hoppy beers. Glad I got to try it but I would never get it again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikesgroove for tossing in this extra.

Pours a murky reddish brown color, about a finger of head that fades fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell is caramel malt with a surprisingly strong hoppy aroma, sweet with a slight citrus edge.

Holy crap this is hot, first taste sends my tongue into a fire storm, I've had hot barleywines before but I think this tops them all in this aspect, after the fire it simmers down to a decent maltiness and a hoppy bitter aftertaste. I'm sure this would have been much more drinkable after a year or two of age on it.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both mhewes and BgThang for this one. Mike, your's is in the cellar, Ken, this is one of yours. Thanks to ya both!

This beer pours a murky and dark honey amber with a a sandy film of off-white on top.

Smells of a delightful blend of both an alcohol and hoppy sting. The hops seem to be something gentle like simcoe, and the booze is equally as velvety. There's not much going on here, but it's straightforward and enticing.

Ed: Hey, this is a pretty tasty 2IPA

BA: It's an American Barleywine.

Ed: <takes a sip> No, I'm pretty sure it's a 2IPA. Nope. Sorry. It's an American Barleywine.

Ed: Are you serious? <takes another sip> This is a straight-up hop-bomb with a boozy kick. It's got to be a 2IPA.

BA & Sorry boss...

You get my point. This one is dominated by the same silky simcoe-esque hops from the aroma. It's backed by a lighter boozy sting and a touch of rye crisps. The booziness comes across a little more in the finish with a more chemical taste that tries like the dickens to hid in the crisp hops, but sadly sticks out. Needs age, perhaps.

Feels big and slick with a nice and subtle froth of micro-bubbles adding to the velvety feel of the hops.

Needs time! I'll revisit a few bottles come November...

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a nice clear deep copper color with a slight collared tannish head. BIG malt aroma wafting from this one along with minimal hops. I would have guessed this to be an imperial red but indeed find it to be a barley wine. Malty sweet start that does have some hop bitterness in the mid and end of the taste. More floral and citrus rind hop flavors than anything else. Does have an odd lingering aftertaste that isnt that pleasant. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TexasStout for the opportunity. Pours thick with a finger of rich-tan head over a murky coppered-brown liquid. Smells piney hops with grapefruit. Oranges and lemon are also present on a creamy wave.

Tastes decent malt, some alcohol sting, drying hop bitter, and strong hop flavor. Malt has some dry chocolate and thin caramel. Alcohol is modestly rubbing and drying. Hop bitter is potent cohumulone grassy and blends with the edgy alcohol. Has an earthy driness about it. Hop flavor is dry piney with some citrus notes (lemon and grapefruit). Esters as the beer warms are red apple and pear. Thick full mouthfeel and modest carbonation that allows flavors to develop. A good beer, but not one that needs to take up space hanging out in my cellar.

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Photo of Damian
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to thickerfreakness for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a beautiful clear, crimson-amber color with a tight, frothy, bubbly, light tan, two-finger head that slowly faded to a substantial coating of bubbles. Thick rings of lacing blanketed the glass.

The aroma was quite hoppy with a semi-sweet, malty backbone. Fruity with lots of zesty, citrusy, American hops. Some brandy-like alcohol came through as well. As the beer opened up, the nose became more malty and sweet with a toffee-like presence.

The taste was dominated by resinous, piney and citrusy hops. A touch of bready, malty sweetness appeared up front before the intensely bitter, C-type hops took over. Fruity in the center (peach and apricot flavors were noticeable). The dry, resonating finish was hoppy and bitter to the point of being astringent. Grapefruit rind and fresh mint notes came through strong. As the beer warmed however, the toffee-like sweetness of the malts really came forward and the overall flavor profile became much more palatable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style. A bit lighter than expected. Creamy and smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation. After each sip, the liquid left a light stickiness on my lips.

As for drinkability, the 10% ABV was remarkably well hidden but the intense hoppiness made this a definite sipper.

My Reserve #6 was aged for well over a year and it still tasted rather young. I would recommend cellaring this one for at least another year in order to achieve an overall more balanced flavor profile.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one brewdlyhook13! Shared after a Cincinnati Bengals victory at my place.

Pours a brownish, red with copper highlights. Super cloudy with small yeast chunks evident all around. Great, true tan colored head with nice, sticky lacing.

Alcohol, malts and more malts. Big and nasty as I was expecting...

Taste reflects the nose. This is a big beer and it's not ashmed to tell you that. Caramel maltiness, thick malts and alcohol abound. wow....

The yeast sediment scared me a bit. I think this can age longer, if you don't min the floaties...

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Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap again at the Ginger Man in Houston when it was first released. Looking back at my notes, I most have forgot to review this on tap. So this is from my notebook of beer reviews.

It still looks and smells great. A nice brown/amber color with a two finger tan head. There is more of a malty candy aroma, and the flavor is much more balanced then what I had in the bottle. A full body and creamy mouthfeel. Fairly smooth and easy to drink on tap. The alcohol still shows, but makes for a good sipping beer.

I don't usually review a beer twice (on-tap, and in the bottle) though this is an exception. I feel there is a big enough difference between the two to warrant another review. There are still tons of hops, but it is just more balanced overall. Every time I try this, I like it more. A complex beer that should not be missed.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep chestnut brown with an inch of off-white foam that slowly faded leaving a nice amount of lacing down the glass.
S - dark fruit, caramel backbone and still a nice amount of citrusy hops make up a really nice aroma
T - Burnt caramel is the first thing that comes to mind, then some spices come through, brown sugar and dark fruit. It has a really sweet taste but holds that burnt flavor throughout
M - medium bodied, still good carbonation, smooth and creamy
D - Its been a few years I think since this was made, it was enjoyable, maybe the burnt quality came through a bit more, i'm not sure. Still very drinkable.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 8/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very cloudy amber body, light brownish in color, with a small head, off-white colored. Has a hoppy aroma, some sweet maltiness. A very hoppy taste, some fruit like pineapple or something. Tasty sweet. Very piney & dry. Almost sickly sweet.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - nice reddish brown color with a good sized light tan head.

S - Pine Pitch, pine cones, pine sap, grassy hops, a hint of caramael and a warming abv effect.

T - an aggressive piney slightly harsh hop effect with a trailing caramel bready body and a hint of citric hops to add a bit more.

M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, a hop bomb indeed with a trailing piney aspect.

D - one in a session is good for me. a bit more than I anticipated on the piney hop side. I'll be curious to see how this changes with a year or two of age.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy dirty brown color. One and a half finger tan head that dies to a cap over the beer in a couple of minutes. Lacing is ringing on the glass as I drink down.

S- This is a boozy smelling beer. Alcohol tingles my nose as I smell. Big darker fruit aromas with some light caramel malts in the middle. Some light bitter hop aroma in the tail end. Also, some light yeasty notes in this as well.

T- Big caramel malts in the front end of this mixes with a big darker fruits. Like grainy flavor to this one. Sweet alcohol comes into play toward the middle to the end of beer. The hops still kick into the backend of the beer along with some light oak flavors as well.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Drying on the palate as I sip along. Light darker fruits are left on the palate and tons of sweet alcohol in the aftertaste.

D- Drinkable beer that I was glad to have. This still seemed hot to me and I would still wait a little before cracking open my last one. This one I think should last a while and people who have them still are very lucky for whats to come.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ballewblake for the generous extra. 12oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Poured a murky mahogany with a half-inch dense, off-white head that eventually settled into a soapy slick that coalesced around the edges. Sheets of light foam coated the glass leaving behind a delicate band of lace. Nose is toffee, dark fruit and hops; a little boozy. Dark fruit and hops bitterness up front, sweet caramel in the middle and a lingering bitterness at the finish, followed by some residual alcohol heat. Medium-bodied and a little oily with a slightly sharp carbonation burn forming the backdrop. Nice barleywine; style consistent, but a little harsh on the palate.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by Jason, thanks! Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a rusty reddish color, thin cream-colored head, thin collar, and spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet dark fruit, caramel, and a hoppy bitterness that surprises me because of the age on this beer. Impressive.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose. Smooth booze, dark fruit, caramel, bitter hops. Still a hoppy barleywine after all this time in the bottle. Nothing overly impressive, just "good".

M - Medium, soft carbonation, dry finish.

O - A solid barleywine but not mind-blowing. I would try it again, if offered, but I'm not going to actively seek this one out.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with nice firm off white head. The aroma is cherry hard candy, hotness to the nose (and eyes), raisins, prunes and more alcohol heat. The taste is nice with a mixture of crystal malts, roasted malts and cherry hard candy to start. Later the flavor wells up with copious amounts of raisins, sweet malts and pine hops. Very nice and could use a few years of age to really round things out.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium sized light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. The beer is a dark copper color.

S- Lots of sweet roasted malts, roasted pecans brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. Hint of hops and light alcohol is also present.

T- Sweet caramel and brown sugar is fallowed by dry roasted nuts and a nice bitter pine hop presence. Ends with some sweetness on the tongue and dry bitterness in the back of your mouth.

M- Full bodied with a nice range of juiciness and dryness.

Overall I would say that this is on the bitter/hoppy side of Barley wines, if you are looking for that this is a good beer to try. I personally like the sweet malty roasted not character in my barley wines, though it was still pretty good.

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Photo of bboven
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown hazy body with lighter highlights abounding. A thin spotty head that leaves some lacing.

Huge Simcoe hop aroma and quite a bit of sharp alcohol overpower the malt here.

Taste is hoppy, lots of hot alcohol, very slight cherry.

Mouthfeel is medium high carbonation, sticky and coating.

This will be a very good beer in a year or four once the hops die down. When the malt shows up, we'll have a party. It's just too young right now. I got a case of this, so definitely a cellar dweller for a long time to come.

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Photo of Overlord
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly turbid/murky brownish orange hazy muckish thang. Whoa. Maybe a half an inch of light tan foam.

Smells very enticing. Lots of caramel with a hint of brown sugar and a myriad assortment of tropical notes ... pineapple, orange, some pink grapefruit ... and more caramel. Really a sweet smelling beer, but smells very good.

Considering how great it smells, the taste can only be surprised as a major let down. First, it's slightly oxidized. But, more importantly, the sweetness gives way to an overripe, rotting grapefruit flavor. It's very strange. Almost as though they actually used grapefruits that were on the very edge of going bad. Still, it's not bad by any means, but the caramel/brown sugar don't mesh well with the fruit content, and there's the weird tangy flavor, and it's boozy.

Nicely and thick, but 12 oz. was plenty.

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