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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by thickerfreakness on 09-23-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 118
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 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 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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the DR series thanks to Bobby.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with that usual haze from the wheat. A couple of finger's worth of tan head.

S: The nose offers up plenty of sweet malt, wheat, and sugar notes like caramel and toffee. There are some nice dark fruit notes, like currants and plums, but there's also a slight acidity.

T: Sweet wheat and malt with the usual banana ester and hint of spice. I get a fair amount of toffee and hints of chocolate. Again, some dark fruit notes which are nice.

M: The body is medium with a low-to-medium level of carbonation.

D: A little something "off" about the aroma, but still enjoyable all around. I still would prefer a German brewed weizenbock, but this wasn't bad.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Are Weizenbocks the next revolving trend from American brewers? This one is brewed with three different wheat malts and a traditional Bavarian wheat yeast.

Pours a little thick with an opaque, dark-brown color. Thin tan lacing forms after two fingers of head drops down; the lace does stay around for the duration. Big aroma of chocolate, faint charred malt, spicy clove and a fruitiness that ranges from ripe banana to black currants. A very thick, full body, almost syrup-like with a deeply planted carbonation that brings a good amount of smoothness. Both banana and clove are present but have been quelled mostly by the malt complexities and a little by the other yeast flavors. Unsweetened chocolate throughout, toasted bread and a faint raw, honey-like maltiness show off the complexities here. Mild hopping, though there is a quick kiss of bitterness. Fruitiness does have that banana tone, though with the higher alcohol, some black currant and pineapple appears. Clove spice becomes a bit overshadowed by a mild medicinal phenol. Finishes semisweet with a nutty grain and yeast combo.

We really love the direction this beer took, making for a not-so-typical Weizenbock. The stronger flavors of chocolate worked and expressed not just the banana/clove duo. Would a little bit of cellar time make this beer better? Perhaps, but it is perfectly fine now.

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Photo of awinkro
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was bottled on Sept. 5th 2008 and I'm reviewing/drinking it on Jul 12th 2010. This beer has aged incredibly well. I did not review it when it originally came out, so 1.5 years later i may be biased, but nonetheless a great beer.

A: Very dark/plum color. A nice thin, creamy head lasts the entire beverage.

S: Mixture of clove, banana, and chocolate coat the nose with a subtle spice finish.

T: What a great flavor. The 8.4 ABV is well masked by a nice balance of dark malt, chocolate, and hint of spice. I nice bitter/tartness appears after the initial swallow but does not linger.

M: The carbonation as held rather well and I'm excited that I still have 2 more in the cellar. Again, flavor lasts enough to enjoy all the characteristics but doesn't over power the palate.

D: I could drink a few of these w/out releasing the affect, especially on Christmas morning....is that wrong?

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Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Twiggermortis420 for the opportunity to try this.

The beer pours a dark brown color with Ok head retention and a considerable amount of sticky lacing all around. The nose on this beer is pretty gorgeous, showing milk chocolate, clove, black cherry and underlying spice. The flavor profile is intriguing, with St. Arnold once again throwing in some off the wall, unusual and interesting spice (for laughs and giggle I would assume). In this case, I get sort of cherry licorice flavor, that combines well and in an interesting way with the mild chocolate. This beer has great intensity of flavor, although it drops off a bit on the finish (I'm wondering if this is due to the age of this beer, and if I had more, I'd be tempted to drink them up pretty soon). Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long finish. Drinkabilty is qauite good with the alcohol barely noticeable.

Despite having a few years under its belt, this was still a very nice beer showing plenty of flavor. Lovers of milk chocolate in parituclar will likely be big fans of this beer.

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Photo of pwoods
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to crazynelson for the bottle.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a deep deep garnet, nearly no light. Moderate head on the pour, lightly fizzy. Decent retention but not much lacing.

S: The nose seems to have mellowed a little bit from the age but still some nice malty and dark wheat notes. Some alcohol as well... smells nice.

T/M: Some melded flavors from the age. Nice maltiness that is backed up with more of the deep wheaty flavors. Still some alcohol but nicely rounded. Some light chocolately notes with strong dark fruit overtones. Body is medium full and the carbonation is just enough to smooth things out.

D: I would have really liked to try this one fresh but it's aged pretty well. ABV isn't outrageous and the alcohol is nice and warming.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having taken a few deep sips, and without sneaking a peak at the style profile, I had made up my mind that this beer was a Belgian Dark Strong Ale (Quad) but with a lot of Dubbel characteristics.

The beer pours with a deep dark brown color and dark purple/ruby highlights. A thick, dense head of lightly tanned foam forms on top and reduces to a consistent blanket across the beer. Good lacing.

Malty and fruity notes remind me a bit of Scottish Ales but with the Belgiany esters of vinous fruits. Molassas and deep kettle caramelization give lot of depth to the malty nose. Spicy with white pepper and orange peel also give a touch of yeasty goodness.

Flavors do much the same- a harmoneous dance of toasted and chocolate malts mix with the esters of plumbs, grapes, dates, and figs. Notes of licorice, deeply caramelized toffee, and roasted marshmallows give a lot of layering to the malt profile. Somewhat vinous and twangy with apples and berry fruitiness seems to scream Belgian characteristics. I would have never suggested a wheat base.

Big and warm throughout. The creamy fullness up front is worn down by the tart fruits, warming alcohols, and fleeting carbonation. The residual sugars give a lasting mouthfeel of a cola. Finishes both malty and lightly dry.

As a Weizenbock, the beer needs a more substantial wheat base along with more of a balance of peppery phenols and clove with bananna, lemon, and bubble gum. But even without, the beer is quite tasty and enjoyable.

Thanks Cheezdawg!

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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 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 bshirley
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

About 18 months in the bottle, I poured this beer into a pint glass. Quite a dark brown color and a small bright dead of medium bubbles that quickly dissipated. It was clear, not hazy.

It was slightly too cold, at refrigerator temp, with only a slight roast smell to it.

A nice but slight roasty taste, with a wheat malt taste as well. A ever-so-slight slight banana hint (wish I had waited for it to warm).

Very typical mouthfeel for an american wheat, which is to say slightly thin.

I could drink this all day, especially on a slightly cold but sunny fall day.

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Photo of pheggeseth
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged for one year. Reviewed on 1/22/10.

sweet and sour smell, more so than when I tried it soon after it's release last year, acohol very prominent, rich sweet dark fruit and caramel flavor, sweet maltiness in the very back, nice effervesent carbonation.

Overall very good, but kind of strange for a weizenbock.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I had reviewed this before. Guess not. Going from notes that I took when I drank this in late 2008.

Beer pours dark brown with a tan head. Darker than other weizenbocks I have had. The smell is dark fruit with some booziness. The flavor is dark fruit with some spices as well as some darker malts and some smoke. You also get some of the expected banana and clove notes but they are not front and center. The alcohol that is present in the aroma is also present in the flavor. This is a boozy beer. Really different than other beers of this style, but I like it.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my weizen glass. DR7 appears a hazed deep mahogany color with about an inch of creamy light ecru foam. The head leaves behind minimal lacing in its wake. Nose and flavor consist of sweet caramelized malt, brown sugar, mild chocolate and banana notes, plums, some coffee, spicy yeast. The beer falls just shy of full bodied for its style with adequate carbonation. Pretty tasty. Can't recall who sent this to me, but thank you.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a rich auburn caramel color, very deep with a thin tan head.

S-Lots of dark raisins and fig with just a hint of sourness in the background.

T-Deliciously rich with caramel malt, dark fruits and a bit of brown sugar. The grainier malt notes and yeasty zing peek through in the finish, then some chocolate.

M-Medium, almost heavy bodied with a pleasant richness.

D-Very tasty. Very rich so one a session would be about right. But a very tasty one.


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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 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 tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer just laying around waiting to be drank. No idea who sent it to me but thanks!

A: Pours a nice rich robust brown hue with a nice mocha colored head. Okay retention on the head dies to a nice collar. Several nice chunks of lace.

S: Holy malt. Tons of rich gooey sweet caramel up front. Brown sugar and molasses come next. Touches of dark fruit and a nice blast os spice to round things out.

T: Malty goodness in a bottle for sure. Tons of rich sweet malt up front. Caramel and brown sugar lead the way. Spiced banana bread comes in next. Chocolate and dark fruit play off each other nicely in the finish.

M: On the fuller side of medium in body. Rich, smooth, with wonderful carbonation.

D: Really good. Tasty ass beer, no idea why I waited so long to drink it.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle got in a BIF from Mauerhan....thanks for everything Topher!

A- Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. There is no seeing through this one of course! Good mocha colored 1 and a half finger head that stays for a second before leaving no real lacing to speak of.

S- Oh this is interesting to say the least. Good hints of dark chocolate from the get go. A light alcohol smell with this as well. Some dark fruits pop up I would say plums and raisins. Some bready malts in there too. Just a wonderful smelling beer in my opinion.

T- Oh...I can taste the sweetness to this right away. It kind of reminds me of a very young DL with the intial upfront chocolate malty taste to it. Call me crazy but that's how I call it. The flavors overall are of dark fruits I can really taste the raisin I think or maybe it's the plum that sticks out. Some wheaty undertones that balance the whole beer out. Good clean beer in my opinion and I'm not one for weizenbocks to be honest.

M- This has a medium mouthfeel to it. I really enjoyed the low carbonation in this that made the beer the perfect sipper for me. Good creamy feeling to it and the carbonation didn't take that away at all. Rests on the palate as it goes down the back of the throat. Pleasant aftertaste that makes you want to sip some more.

D- This is a very nice suprise to me. I wish now that I hadn't drank it and kept on to it for a little while. I will look out for more beers from this brewery in the future!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

st arnold reserve #7

brown, rich, roasty, tanned head...serene sweetness in the nose...a little dry, some dark fruit...plums and raisins...sweet and dry...

In the taste, the same...more well-balanced sweetness...very nice... is this a weizenbock? Maybe...nice and even, fruit and malt...nice and woody. yum.

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Photo of Buebie
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks joepais for this extra!

Poured from a brown 120z stuby into a flute.
The poure produces 3 inches of brown head. Very slowly settling to a quarter inch cap. Not much of any lace holds to the walls it appears thick and greasy almost on the glass.
The color is a pretty dark brown with just the slightest bit of brownish red glow towards the skinnier base portion of the glass. The head is a great color as is the color on the liquid.

Aroma of burnt caramel, roasty grains, dark bitter chocolate, cocoa powder, pancake batter, dark fruit. Man, I'm really taken back by this pungeant delicious chocolate aroma. It mixes well with the malt.

A bit of a full bodied creamyness to the feel, its slick across the tounge with a light fluffyness to it. Carbonation is pretty laid back, present but does not overpower the creamy feel.

The taste is a burnt caramel up front, with a shit load of malts, some spices and plenty from the chocolate grains. With a touch of lemon zest into the swallow. A touch of aspirin at the swallow.
This is super delicious and very easy to drink. The alcahol is not present in aroma, but warming does occur with each swallow. Heating the body and it is a pleasing feeling.
Great brew for the style. The chocolate was not expected.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This appears to be like it or hate it beer.

A: Poured a murky brown with a small tan head.

S: Smelled malty sweet with some caramel and a touch of spice.

T: great caramel sweetness, didn't get the spice that I smelled that some other reviews sadi they got. It would've helped the overall taste of this, but I still thought it was good.

M: Nice body with a little thickness and it lingered for just a short time

D: I thought this was a good beer, I would want one of these every so often, especially because it may not be a style I'd normally get!

I liked 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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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 142 ratings
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