Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thickerfreakness on 09-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 142
Photo of Ryan011235
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Casj & Cream glass on 2/9/12

Thanks to mhewes

Cherry brown with dulled ruby highlights. One thumb of fizzy foam shuffles away in no time with a half peninsula and a tight ring of retention. No lace. Then again, I did work on this for nearly two hours.

Very tangy wheat, toasted grain, dusty yeast, over-ripe and rotting fruit. Right in the glass it smells like a tart mess; this issues is somewhat diminished over time. The best way to describe the taste is to prep up and do your best Tim Taylor. Fluffy wheat, burnt dark grains, dirge-like bitterness in the vein of coffee or dark chocolate. Vinous dark fruit overtones. You know, I took a sip right after I poured it an hour and twenty minutes ago and I thought it was terrible. Now, it's merely not all that good. Amazing what a little time does, eh? Another plus is that the harsh carbonation has died down letting the plump, grainy roll around, begging for it's back to be scratched. Subtle booze.

This one isn't that great. There are enough passable qualities to keep me working through the bottle. The second pour finds a muddy appearance, a more tart nose and a dirty, earthy flavor. I don't have any non-tickables on hand, so I reckon I'll just finish it.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.56/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Bottles again courtesy of my go-to Texas cohorts. :)

Staple DFH glass. A less then satisfying Mets victory to keep me drinking.

Think, porridge-like consistency coming out. A very deep & hopeless brown body once it settles. Half inch of thin tan head on top. A thick slab of sludge stays put at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is curiously delightful. Cocoa, wheat, minor zip of bitter clove, a rounded melon scent in the background, with some perfume-y coffee creamer & alcohol on the outskirts.

Taste is a little weird. Feel is at first very grainy, grinding forward flavors of sour wheat, clove, burnt biscuits, & coffee grounds. Such a dramatic difference from what I was expecting. As it warms, a little toast & yeastiness develops, but nothing else positive. Tastes more like a new age black wheat, or awkward Belgian stout. Not very tasty regardless.

Carbonation is well in tune, body is a like I said, grainy.

In season when I received it, in the fridge since it arrived. I doubt it turned. Maybe it's just an unexpected/unintended conclusion to aging. Some of it's more recent reviews hint at it's "tang/sourness", so I know it isn't a cellaring issue.

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Photo of charlesw
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown with a decent sized head of cream-colored bubbles. Would be much better if they lasted longer, eh?

Well, heck, it smells like a weizenbock. Deep and sweet fruit, hints of 'nanners. Pleasantly of a nice fall walk through rainy woods...

Shucks. Tastes sharply of coffee and raw cranberries. Maybe mine bottle fermented and just got really dry and sour. Maybe that wasn't the intention of the brewer. I can only hope. Alas, with this sour fad going around I can only guess that it's intentional.

Way too thin and fizzy in the mouth and I can't finish one much less think about drinking another!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle on 4/19/10.

A - Poured a dark, earthy brown liquid with a slim beige head that immediately diminished into a thin ring of retention until it finally disappeared completely, depositing minimal lacing around the glass.

S - Molasses, licorice and meaty notes with a hint of earthy, herbal hops. Kind of an odd combination for a weizenbock.

T - Opens with a hint of cola and molasses, as well as cookie malt and licorice. Really, this bears very little resemblance to a weizenbock. There is even a meaty, almost soy saucy quality... perhaps even fishy, if you will. Finishes with a harsh leafy, herbal hop character. Hmmmm...

M - Medium bodied with a kind of gritty texture and bristly carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin overall, although it is a bit syrupy.

D - Not digging this one at all. Overall, it's just kind of blah. Perhaps it's too old or oxidized. Regardless, any resemblance this has to a weizenbock is purely coincidental.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pitch black with 3 inches of off-white foam
S - light aroma, some sweet malts, hints of cloves, banana, wheat as well
T- light wheat grain flavor, there is a faint chocolate flavor with some plums and raisins
M - light to medium bodied, crisp carbonation
D - the flavor is ok, but not one that I would want to drink regularly. I think they missed the mark on this one.

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Photo of corby112
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown color with a frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Slightly spicy aroma with hints of pepper and clove countered by bready yeast and some sweeter notes. Picking up chocolate malt, caramel and hazelnut.

Medium bodied with a balance of zesty spice, citrus and sweet malt. Lots of peppery, zesty clove up front followed by bready yeast, banana and a more prominent malt profile than the nose hinted at. Notes of caramel and hazelnut along with some banana, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pretty quaffable with a dry finish.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark ruby copper color with a slightly less than 1 finger tan head. The aroma is very much all over the board and not as fruit forward as I thought it would be. Banana aroma is rather slight along with some dark fruit notes like raisin and plum. Medium mouthfeel with a pretty velvety feel. Starts off with some dark fruit notes with a transition to a slight chocolate roast like flavor. Lingering bitterness and alcohol notes. Hmm, not as flavorful and robust as I would have liked.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one in the fridge for a few months and thought it was about time to review. #7 is going to be hard to live up to #6 which was amazing so here it goes. Pours dark, almost like the stout with almost no head, just a thin line at the top. Smell is a bit smokey, a bit malty and sweet. Taste way smoother than it should be for the style. A bit sweet up front for me but it does have a nice spice bite. Not to carbonated but finishes with a bit of a tingle. A nice change but if I could only have one more #6 I could be happy.

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Photo of maximum12
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rec'd in one week ago in a trade from bu11zeye alongside a couple of other absolute gems. I fell in love with the DR#5, thought the #6 rocked - so here we go, with perhaps unreasonably high hopes.

Beer is dark. I don't know why I expected it to be light & cheery, but it ain't. Smells very nice, like a hefe on steroids.

Taste doesn't quite measure up to the aroma. The dark, hard fruits are in there, but muted behind some spices...not sure what they are. But the combination doesn't quite work, like someone sprinkled cinnamon on my banana or something. And the spices lend the beer, despite it's darkness, something of a thinner mouthfeel. I'm not really feeling this one. I hate to say, but I'm not a big fan of spices in my beers; I'd be hard pressed to down another in one sitting.

Pretty good brew. Not up to the standards of the past two in the series, IMHO.

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Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown with tawny highlights at the edges and the type of head you would expect from a wheat beer; leaves splotches of lace

Smell: Black currant aromas dominate with hints of chocolate, licorice and clove; perhaps a little banana, too

Taste: Black currants and a hint of banana at the outset, with dark chocolate undertones; by mid-palate, the tart fruit really dominates, along with some plastic phenols underneath; after the swallow, the sweeter fruit flavors re-appear, with a building element of chocolate, licorice and clove, though the cidery tartness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Thought the flavor profile is interesting, I am afraid the oxidation has taken its toll and the cidery tartness is starting to dominate

Thanks, ericandersnavy, for the opportunity

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Photo of Beertracker
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

SADR#7 pours up with ample carbonation that creates a rather fizzy, tannish-brown colored head that's lingers above the chestnut-russet brown body. The clarity is expectedly cloudy, but becomes a bit brighter as it warms. The dark fruity aroma lacks some of the typical esters & phenols associated with the style and showcases some caramel-rich maltiness, but the roastiness really dominates along with a surprisingly interesting sourness. There's just a hint of spiciness that emerges as the beer warms in hand. Hint of oxidation. Not all that compelling to be honest. The flavor starts to develop sweetness before getting undercut by a less than complimentary bitterness, but a light-moderate fruitiness (date sugar, raisin pie, blackened fig) and light phenolic spiciness (allspice, clove) finally emerge to offer some interest to the overly tart, roasty, bittersweet finish. This medium bodied Weizenbock really lacks creaminess and is really "lean" compared to some of its European counterparts. I must confess that I was really expecting quite a bit more from this one, yet it still makes for an interesting sipper. Don't try to stylize it or you may be dissapointed. I'd say given the relative tartness that this bottle is either past its prime or wasn't handled very well. Here's to the barley blessings of Saint Arnold!

Prosit! Beertracker

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Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown/tawny color with a filmy light tan head. Typical weizen bock aromatic characteristics, with a touch more dark malt and smoke character than usual. Flavor is nicely balanced, with dunkel weiss character along with roast, coffee and dark chocolate. Well, it's a nice ale, but lets get serious here: It's no Aventinus, not even close.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to armock for this one!

Pours dark brown with a tan head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell is of dark fruit, some alcohol with medicinal/herbal spicing. Not sure that I would have guessed the style correctly, but knowing it I can see it fitting well enough.

The taste is of cherries and dark fruit with a hint of banana. The alcohol is not overbearing but mixed with the herbal/medicinal spiciness it is a bit raw. There is a touch of roast (that I'm not sure really belongs here) and chocolate. Earthy spiciness gives it a very dry finish.

It is medium-bodied, towards creamy though there is a touch of harshness/astringency to it. It could use a touch more carbonation.

A bit too medicinal/herbal for me, though it maintains some balance. There is a certain "house character" to it that, along with herbal dryness, gives it a unique character for the style.

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Photo of grandq
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a prune colored brownish purple with a quickly dissipating fluffy off white head. Smells heavily of pepper with some clove and banana predictably playing backup. A little apple. Taste is of crisp fuji muted by roasted malt and peppery spice. A creamy cacoa- heavy chocolate note follows before being wholly overtaken by clove and alcohol. Finishes dry with a a bit of a cigarette ashy charachter. Mouthfeel is farily creamy and coating in spite of substantial carbonation. Altogether, not as layered as some and a little harsh on the finish, but pretty nice. I've only had a couple beers from Saint Arnold, but I'm impressed with the consistent quality across vastly differing styles. Cheers to mhewes for this and a few more from the brewery.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good, poured very dark, with a thin tannish head. Malty, bananas, bit of a dry chocolate smell. Almost tastes like an alcoholic chocolate banana shake. A dusty chocolate flavor, if that makes any sense. The aromas were better in my opinion. I almost want more alcohol in the flavor, it's too muted. Good mouthfeel, a bit chalky, but smooth. Overall, a decent weizenbock. I enjoyed it, then enjoyed another. A very cool style, I wish there were more out there to try.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ballewblake. 12oz. bottle served in my MH Circus Boy weizen. Poured the color of grape cola. One inch tan-colored head that sizzled and popped as it receded into a soapy swirl; no lacing during the tasting. Nose was vinous with additional traces of dark fruit and the slightest suggestion of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose, but chocolate character is more pronounced and comes off slightly chalky. Some booziness detected at the end. Mouthfeel fell between light and medium (closer to light) with a mild effervescence in the background, culminating in a semi-dry finish. Flavorful, with decent complexity, but I couldn't drink more than a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 came to me in a trade from mhewes. I chose a flute to pour this into, and it looked much darker than I was expecting. When held up against the light, the deep brown liquid also proved to be as opaque as a stout. The head atop though was quite small to begin with, and did not last long enough for me to observe anything else about it.

The smell was classic Weizenbock, with equal parts of dark fruits like plums. and light ones like bananas. These were supplemented by earthy and spicy smelling noble hops and yeast. The taste was a lot lighter than I was expecting. The Weizen fruitiness and clove-banana flavor profile was there, but the bock like heft was lacking. The body was slippery and light, and the aftertaste consisted mostly of a dash of spice that faded rapidly.

Not quite as evocative as the benchmark Aventinus nor as innovative as the Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse.

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Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love brew under the cap

Pours dark brown and opaque, seemingly black from a short distance. A nice one inch frothy light tan head forms on top and lingers with nice retention but leaves no lace behind.

The aroma is Pretty nice. A bit of banana and close, with a touch of caramel and raw grain. Actually a big wheat presence. Kind of phenolic as it warms.

The taste is interesting, and I'm leaning towards good. A bold grain profile brings in raw wheat, with a slightly soured wheat finish. Like what I imagine wheat would taste like if you soaked it in water and left it at summer temps for several weeks. Just kind of stale and soured. Anyway, it's also got a bit of a dry finish. The banana from the nose is easily lost in the strength of this grain profile. Seems pretty toasty, almost burnt. Notes of bitter coffee, hay, a touch of caramel, some cardboard, and a hint of booze round it out. I'm really not sure what to think about it. Parts work, and others seem wrong.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a gentle and fine carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are fairly aggressive, but I'm not so sure they all work. A nice attempt and an interesting take all the same. Nice to see the effort, but I still doubt the success here. Note: This one GREATLY improves as it warms.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mini pilsner glass a cloudy dark brown color. This particular bottle did not yield much head, but I have opened some of these that have a huge fluffy foam...seems to vary quite a bit from bottle to bottle.

This weizenbock is particularly high on roasty malts and chocolate notes. After a couple months, the banana and cloves have died off tremendously.

Unfortunately the same is true in the taste. Still a pretty good beer, but it certainly is not getting any better. Alcohol is evident and never really smoothed out to perfection. I was excited for this release in the DR series but was ultimately disappointed with this one as 5 and 6 were pretty stellar.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark-brown beer, with only the slightest foamy top. Nice aroma, quite malty, with a little fruity, spicy edge to it. There's a good sweet maltiness here, but it lacks complexity of the best weizenbocks. It's rounded out with a light fruitiness and a slight touch of alcohol.

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Photo of number1bum
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one courtesy of mymrnngjkt. Thank you sir.

Pours a dark brown, quite dark in fact, with about two fingers of light brown head. Settles to a mostly full lace, leaves a bit of stick on the sides but not much.

Smell is not very strong, but I pick up some sweet malt notes, bready caramel in particular, with a light toasted note as well. I'm sure not getting much of any dark fruit, except maybe some blackberries, and perhaps some cherries if I struggle. Odd, weak, not overly impressive.

Taste is a bit more like I expected. Some banana and soggy wheat show up, along with sweet dark caramel. Lots of fruit esters, ripe figs, cherries, and a bit of a syrupy-ness to the sweetness. Flavor is good, quite rich, maybe a tad cloying.

Mouthfeel here is on the plus side of a medium body although not quite full. It's quite creamy, with above average carbonation. Pretty smooth.

Not a bad brew, although not something I'd come back to with regularity. Nose is a bit of a clunker, but the flavor is good. A touch on the sweet side for me to have many, but a tasty brew that I was glad to get the opportunity to try.

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Photo of Onslow
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after a long day of handling out this beer, i finally get to come home and have some... Poured into my Saint Arnold wheat glass, pours a dark brown-ruby ... good lacing ... quite a bit of different flavours, cloves, banana, chocolate covered raisins ... a spot on weizenbock, but i seem not to enjoy it as much as the other divines, which is strange because as i drink it i know its full of quality! ... that being said, i look forward to seeing how it does over the next few months.... cheers saint arnold - you bring beer excitement to Houston! ...

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a muddy brown. Looks about the same in the glass with a finger of light mocha foam above. Some thick, sticky lacing adheres to the glass right away.

Aroma - holy smokes, banana and hooch, like nail polish remover.

Taste - big malts to start, sweet, doughy, bready; I think a touch of chocolate is trying to register but the banana is insistent and storms the floor. The abv is a little hot and a bit pushy. I expect some good development with time. A little lower abv and a little less yeast would balance this out for today. It's like they set it up ideally to age. We'll see. The swallow allows a much better display of caramel malt and chocolate notes. A touch of bitterness, but intended only as a tickle, not a balancer. The finish is a good ending mix of roast, yeast, and abv.

Mouthfeel - a little thin for a weizenbock, and the carbonation gets in the way of the smoothness. Put a few dozen good swirls on the glass to chase out the bubbles and the smoothness blossoms nicely. Still a bit light in body though.

Drinkability - I dig the varied palate of the weizenbock style and this one is no disappointment. Thanks to BGThang for snagging me some of these. This one is enjoyed in honor of the DR7 that died in transit. Knowing that some of his brothers would survive the trip, he gave himself to protect a few solo beers alongside. Bottoms up! I have a hard time leaving weizenbocks to age, we'll see if I can keep my hands off these for a while.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to wolffman17 for this one

Very dark brown liquid with ruby highlights. One-finger coffee colored head with good retention and decent lacing. Pretty nice looking brew.

Big chocolate malts in the nose. Hints of bananas mixed with dark fruits. Caramel mixing with roasted coffee beans. Wheat and toasted nuts. Hints of mild clove presence.

Big, dark roasted chocolate malts come out first. A touch of caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Subtle dark fruit notes mix with hints of bananas and cloves. Touch of coffee flavor mingling within the big wheat profile. Finishes with a light alcohol warmth.

Feels creamy smooth, like liquid velvet. This is how I like my beers to feel. Yet, it somehow retains a sharpness each time it hits your tongue. This is not so welcome. Without this sharpness, this would probably score close to perfect, for mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an excellent brew. Made for drinking repeated bottles. The 7.5% ABV is fairly well-hidden, just a slight warming sensation, on the finish. I like this.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to stopbarking, much appreciated. The color on this threw me off because even though I am no expert on weizenbocks, this seemed really dark compared to the vitus I had last week. Anyway, it was quite dark brown with an ample head and still looked great. The smell and taste also threw me off. I was expecting it to be a little more German but it was quite fruity and tasted pretty darn good. The alcohol was well hidden and I drank this in no time. I wish I could be more descriptive about the flavor and aroma but muddled fruit was really all I could discern.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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