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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BgThang on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 196
Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopsleeroy for one of these. Dave Schuster shared one of these with me the night before Darkness Day (Darkness Eve?) but this is the first time I've taken notes. Served in my FOBAB pint glass.

A - One finger of slow dissipating yellowy-white head that leaves some attractive lacing. Murky orange-brown color with some sediment floating around in there (this is what happens when I store stuff on its side in the fridge - my own dumb fault).

S - Interesting - smells a little like Stone Ruination that's been aged way too long. There's still some citrus-hop fruitiness, but also some honeyed breadiness, bubblegum, cotton candy, toffee, and earthy pine + fresh-cut grass. The smell is big - I can catch it a good 6 inches away.

T - The taste has a lot more of the toffee and bread, with only a touch of the hoppy flavors, particularly citrus and tropical fruits, at the back end. There's a hint of booze as well, but in a good way.

M - This is one thick brew. There's some alcohol warmth, and some grittiness as well. There's a nice touch of carbonation tingle, which is a pleasant surprise. Definitely a sipper.

D - I shared a 12oz bottle with my wife - I think that's the perfect serving size. I remember it took me forever to drink that bottle on Darkness Eve. You never really get sick of it, but it doesn't go down as easily as some other 10% brews due to the cloying sweetness and ridiculous viscosity.

I'm glad I got to try this again and reflect a little more about my experience. I love how the Divine Reserve series shows that Saint Arnold can do an terrific job with just about any style they choose.

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Photo of waltonc
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reminds me quite a bit of Sierra Bigfoot. Pours amber/copper color with significant white head. I caught the sediment before it snuck into my glass, so this isn't hazy at all. Tastes and smells sweet, malty, hoppy, citrusy. Definitely on the hoppier side for a barleywine, but not excessive. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

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Photo of sleazo
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a cloudy burnt orange hue. A decent sized head is stirred up with a vigorous pour but dissipates quickly into a small cap.

S_A nice mix of sweet honey soaked grain, piney hops and alcohol.

T_Like the smell, this is well balanced. A mild honey soaked sweetness gives way to a fairly nice dose of piney hops. There is a mild alcohol burn in the end, but it is appropriate given the %. There are also hints of tobacco and earth.

M_On the thinner side for the style with a bit more carbonation as well.

D_A nice mild barley wine, if there is such a thing. Drinks very smoothly and is well balanced.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to screach for this extra in our local trade. 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

SA Reserve #6 pours like a good barleywine should--with a cloudy, viscous, blood-red/plum body and a healthy head. For the high ABV, the head retention is superb, as the custard bubbles retreat slowly to a mottled patch of foam; nice lacing, too. Age has done this beer wonders in the aromatics department, as wafting notes of sweetbread, caramel apple, cotton candy, floral hops, and yeasty tropical fruits all greet the nose as one giant, complex bouquet. Top notch aroma, here, perhaps rivaling Hair Of The Dog's superb barleywines.

The taste is much hoppier than I had expected given the plethora of malt layers in the aroma. Boozier, too. The malts start out sweet and caramel-y, but are soon overtaken by a blast of resinous pine and a pronounced hop bitterness. Sherry booze galore across the finish, alongside a nice lingering hop note. Mouthfeel is hard to rate, perhaps due to the surprisingly high carbonation level, but the medium-thick body is quite luxurious and does some intricate dancing across the palate. Overall, I found this to be an excellent barleywine but wish the flavor matched the aroma a bit more. Don't get me wrong--I love my hops--but the taste could use a bit more complexity in the malt department.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have mhewes to thank for this gem.
Poured like liquid brown sugar, cloudy with some sediment in mine. Looked good immediately. I could tell by the look this one had been around for a while. Some good carbonation left a big cloud as I poured which settled down to a small tan head. Nose was hoppy and a good malt profile. Smell sugar brown sugar and caramel. Taste followed suit but the majority of the taste was booze, hop bitterness,caramel, plenty of sugar and malts. Mouthfeel was good and sticky, very sweet and went down smooth. Good bwine.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Tried Jul 2008.

Finally found a few bottles of this at the Whip In a month or so after release. Tad pricey but at least they had some.

Pours with a very large lively orange head. Minimal carbonation. Hazy auburn russet color. Smells like bubblegum, caramel, alcohol, resin and oddly, raw potatoes. Sweet honey and caramel notes at the beginning quickly becoming a hopfest with an ethanol kick. Pine and orange peel assert themselves midway through and last through the end. Alcohol is very warming at the finish.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles courtesy of csmiley and hoppymeal. Thanks, guys.

Appearance: Whoa. Lots of cloudy haze in this one. Very nice. In terms of color, it's a collision of amber, orange, and scarlet. The head is vanilla and about two fingers tall. Retention was good and waves of sticky lace clung to the glass.

Smell: The nose is very good for the style. Lots of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple kick it off. Very sweet and sugary smelling. Caramel malts are here in abundance. Hops are strong and extremely impressive. They're very citric and piney smelling. Just how I like it. There's a little yeastiness that emerges the more you stick with it. Alcohol is noted, but I wouldn't have guessed it's 10%. Very well done on all fronts.

Taste: Let's be real clear on one point, this is an all out hop assault on the palate. Wow. This is delicious. The hop flavor is citric, piney, and resiney. Very bitter. Citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors are sweet and nicely done. Caramel malts are flavorful and give it a nice backbone. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol is a little stronger here, but well done given its strength. Maybe a slight warming effect, but far from hot. Finishes sweet and very bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied and very smooth. Light carbonation helps it attain a nice lush feel. Drinkability is okay, but limited by its big feel and high abv. One 12 oz. might be about all I could handle of this one.

Divine Reserve #6 kicks some serious ass. It's a very, very nice Barleywine across the board. I can't come up with much to pick on this one about. Very impressive and highly recommended. Thanks for the bottles, guys.

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Photo of urwatuh8
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mhewes for trading me a few of these.

Fairly vigorous pour yields a 2 finger, wavy, cream colored head. Opaque brown, kind of dark, but lighter than many barleywines. Some sediment floating around. Nice lacing.

Mmm ... tasty carmel malt sweetness. Hoppy of course. The hop profile tastes like similar hops to Bigfoot, but not as aggressive. (Definitely a good thing.) There's a stickiness, but it's sliced through by the hops and ample carbonation. While it's thicker than most beers, for a barley wine it feels a tad thin.

For a beer released in Texas in the summer, this beer is huge. By barleywine standards its pretty restrained. Easy enough to put away that it could be dangerous, given the 10% abv.

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Photo of brandoneast
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love this barleywine - maybe it is the hophead in me that screams for joy in this brew. I've had this fresh on tap when it came out early July, but just had it today- 6 months later and am reviewing it with some age and it is still hoppy has hell!

Pours a magnificent deep amber and deep red highlights with a white rocky foam. Aromas burst of hops from the bubbly carbonation that dances and leaves a perfect lacing. I had to stick my nose deep in the glass to get a sense of the malt character that would develop in the next few months and a diminishing hoppiness - and am very happy. I will drink this fresh - but am hesitant as it will pull my malt strings and convenience me to wait for the maturation

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Photo of oakbluff
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained via bullzeye (RB). Pours a dark copper with good clarity and offwhite head. Nose- very complex, pine, anise, toffee, sharp citrus. Taste- big hop blast of pine, malts are present (caramel, leather) but not cloying or sweet at all. Medium bodied and carbonated. Very good drinkability given the relatively dry profile. Great stuff

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Photo of beveritt
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to mhewes for hooking me up with this as an extra in a trade. Label is what seems to be the typical Saint Arnold's, with a drawing of the saint,holding a mug of beer. No description and no freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just over one finger of pillowy light tan head. This settles slowly and only slightly, leaving behind very thick lacing. The beer itself is a murky brown with slight hints of red. Fair amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet malt with spicy, nutty aroma blends with a fairly strong alcohol smell.

Taste: Very hoppy upfront leading into a semi-sweet caramel malt. Notes of toffee and milk chocolate. As the beer warms, slight hints of cherries and vanilla start to emerge. Alcohol warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: A nice, warming sipper. A little sharp on the alcohol, but I imagine this would develop nicely over a few years.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tasting glass.

Two finger off white head on standard pour, sitting on a cloudy opaque brown body. Smells are phenominal just a foot away from the glass. Deep my nose in the glass and its full of malty goodness, maybe even some ethanol in the eyes. Smells dark and chocolaty. Warm on the tongue, perfumey, bitter hops are noticed. check. Head reduces to a crown with a few bubbles here and there. Lacing is spongy seawater on the sides. I'm thinking the hops are a bit aggressive at the tip of the tongue, soapy flavors (I only wash these glasses in water, never using soap...) Not the best barleywine I've had, but not the worst either.

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Photo of grs8313
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle with no bottling or best by date pours a copper color. Tan head covers the top of the beer and stays for a while.

Smell: Malts, hops, peaches, plums and dried fruit.

Taste: Hops, alcohol, malts. Hoppy aftertaste and a lingering warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy in the mouth. Also creamy, and leaves the mouth feeling dry with a hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: My last bottle, and it is much more hoppy than I remember the other bottles being. A great beer but one will be fine for the night.

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Photo of badbeer
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with an off-white head that has no retention or lacing. Smells of orange, tangerine, pine, caramel, and alcohol. Sweet caramel tastes, with pineapple, pine sap, quite resinous. Medium body and carbonation. This was a very enjoyable beer, I think I'll have to get some for myself. Thanks to pepsican for sharing.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man, this is the best barley wine I've had. Beats Bigfoot hands down. The amout of Columbus hops is what does it for me. I love Columbus hops!

Right away I was blatsed with a punjent aroma of hops.... sweet hops.... flowery hops....almost an orangy smell. That aroma alone does me in.

Not to mention the color. This Divine Beer pours a heavenly foggy dirty orange, and the visibility is 1 inch. The head is a light tan cloud that gives off that wonderful aroma. It stays around till your ready to call it a night.

And the flavor is very malty and very hoppy at the same time. I'm enjoying a healthy helping of each in one bottle. So complex, dark fruits, citrus hops, a little raosty. I could go on and on...

Added to all that...the beer is soooo smooth, no harshness at all. Very full bodied.

Summed up, it's a beautiful beer that I will buy more of. Thank you St Arnold. May the Lord bless the hop harvest.

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Photo of charlesw
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, whoa. There's head. Smells like (oh, man... That always reminds me of that punk song, but, like, whatever) things and stuff. Light, hoppy, malty. Nice description, huh? But, whoa, taste it. Hey. Whoa. So, yeah, you know... If this had some more body to it, it could be amazing. It feels to me like drinking a smuttynose light. The flavor comes across well with decent bitterness to balance it out, and all, but, huh. Yeah. Nicely balanced, but I'd like it more if it were nicely balanced up a notch.

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Photo of spointon
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a stubby brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy dark orange color with some light brown highlights in it. The head poured a nice 1/2-3/4 inch and was a rich dense pale yellow color. Reminded me of egg custard (but in a good way). Lots of sticky lace down the glass.

S= Definitely a hop-dominant aroma, with the hops being of the West coast piney variety. Other than the pine, there was little else besides bakery malt sweetness here and there and tons of alcohol. Not too complex to say the least.

T= This is really just a big DIPA. The dominant flavor notes came from the piney and resiny hops. A bit of floral hop character in there as well. The malt backbone was more pronounced in the taste vs. the aroma. Nice chewy sweetness through the midddle, followed by a big warm and bitter alcohol finish.

MF= Heavy, slightly syrupy body with moderate carbonation release. Slightly oily on the tongue.

D= Like I said, this is really more of a big DIPA than a traditional barleywine. Still, I liked it and could see myself having it again if the opportunity arose, but its a 1 or 2 in a day at most type of beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours caramel/chestnut with a pinky of sand colored head. Average lacing & above average head retention

S: Apricots, figs, pine sap, & persimmons
T: Cakeyness, figs, plums, dryness, caramel, a bit of booze & leafy hops up front. Dryness, caramel, leafy hops & grapefruit coming through nicely as this warms. Finishes with resiny hops, grapefruit, marmalade & a kiss of booze

MF: Medium/heavy bodied, semi-sticky with moderate carbonation

The dryness & bigness of this BW slows me down, very nice take on the style, a great choice on a night of subzero temps

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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 jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours hazy/clouded, rather murky, brown with a thin tan head that descends to a patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of raw floral/piney hops and alcohol. A very hoppy barleywine - in a raw way. Very floral/piney.

The taste is of sticky, piney hops. Pine/resin loud and clear along with a big maltiness - toffee, almost chocolate. It has a long, bitter finish.

It is full-bodied and somewhat syrupy despite carbonation. Sticky.

This is a "big" one. Big on raw hops, malt, and alcohol.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, mahogany-hued body with a thinning, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasted malts in the aroma as well as some slight fruity esters and a flourish of floral and herbal notes.

Taste: Toasty, caramel-coated maltiness with a brief sweetness that quickly yields to rather assertive, strong earthy hops and bitterness. Tiny drizzle of peach juice, a pinch of lemon zest. A touch floral and herbal, but some of these more subtler flavor get blanketed under the bitterness. Remains cutting, hopwise, into the finish which lingers further into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a hop-forward barleywine at the moment, I can't wait till a day when I can enjoy a Divine Reserve 6 with that many years on it. See you all in 2014, friends!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I met with BelgianBeerGal in Vegas for a trade, and she threw this in as one of several extras! Very nice trade with a Ratebeer aficionado.

This beer a dark amber color, almost brown (the word "tawny" comes to mind but isn't really part of my vocabulary). The smell is exactly what a hoppy barleywine should be, lots of pine needle mixed with what promises to be a strong malt base. The taste is strong and rich, tons of hops burn on the front and a blast of bitterness in the back. The middle is made of malty sweetness. A substantial body completes the experience, this is a serious barleywine.

Overall a very good barleywine,and although barleywines are presently my least favorite style I think this was an exceptional one.

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Photo of goethean
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained though a trade with hopsleeroy. Served in a thistle glass at 60F.

Rich, highly aromatic, English toffee caramelly sweetness and subtle light fruitiness, overlaid with a stiff herbal hoppiness. Happily, there is no harsh bittering hops bite, as with SN Bigfoot, for example.

Not excessively boozy or young tasting. Overall, fantastic and highly quaffable.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured hazy reddish copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy hoppy citrus and small malty aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, The Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6, packed with great care, and shipped to me straight from Texas by mhewes. The beer poured out reddish amber in color, and looked pretty cloudy, and spotted a three finger thick, and durable head, that was somewhat unexpected for something of this strength. The smell was citric and piney, revealing the hoppy lean of the beer. If did seem a bit milder on the nose than the likes of Bigfoot and Old Ruffian. The taste was closer to a DIPA than an American Barleywine in my opinion. The hops that were evident in the nose were present in a full frontal assault on the tongue, and the prickly, peppery, and bitter flavors they imparted made it very hard to discern much about the malt other than a vague brown sugary sweetness. The finish was all hops, and very mouth drying. Quite possibly the hoppiest barleywine I've tasted since Old Crustacean. The alcohol was well hidden, and the hops made this beer go down easy. Well crafted, and one of the good examples of this highly variable style. Too bad, this is not readily available to me.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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