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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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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 142
Photo of sleazo
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a very dark brown and is nearly opague. The vigorous pour resulted in a one to two finger large bubbled head. This settles down into a long lasting cap. The style normally has a larger head associated with it, though as a "beer" it looks pretty good.

S_A nice big waft of caramelised bananas wafts out of this one. The yeast qualities are big in this one with a nice undercurrant of burnt malt sugars.

T_That sweet caramel malt comes through again upon first sip. This is followed byt he aforementioned banana esters. The finish provides a welcoming bitterness which reveals some dark chocholate undertones. There is a slight twinge of alcohol here but it in no way detracts from the overall product. As it warms there are some dark dried fruit qualities that emerge

M_Full bodied and on the verge of syrupy. The carbonation is a bit low but not much for the style.

D_My first Saint Arnold and I have to say they do deliver an enjoyable brew. The yeast qualities I love from Bavarian brews are present here which you do not always find from an American brewer. In the end this appears to be a sort of hybrid of 15% Belgian Dubbel and 85% Weizenbock.

Thanks to Smellysell for the opportunity.

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Photo of zdk9
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours out thick and black w/o a highlight to be found. Head is creamy and dense little bubbles that leaves some lacing.

S- I get coffee initially, but this gives way to some yeasty esters. There is also some malt that smells of rich dark bread crust.

T- Roasty bitterness engulfs flavors of alcohol, and bread crust. Can I find some hop flavors? Lets see a touch of orange, and some moist soil earthiness. Yeah they're there.

M- Syrup that lingers on the tongue.

D- I am very unaccustomed to this style, and not being one for lagers or wheat beers I feel somewhat out of sorts with this one. But it is good, I don't think it's amazing, and I'm surprised that this is a DR, but then again maybe thats the whole point- rejuvenating a style that rarely gets attention. So cheers for that.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky reddish brown with a thick fragrant head.
Lots of malt along with banana and dark fruit in the nose.
Sweet and fruity raisin plus the expected banana up front, bitter chocolate with a warm mouthfeel and yeasty throughout the middle. Deep flavors that keep you guessing. The chocolate lasts throught the finish with some clove and that hefe-yeasty ester.
My first taste of any of the Divine brews. (You have to follow the truck to get some). A flavorful treat, but overall more of a sipping beer. More complex but less drinkable than the obvious standard Aventinus.
Grab some if you can get your hands on it.
It should be interesting if you can get some aged.

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

Pours a murky brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma has a lot of clove with some chocolate banana coffee and a hint of some spice. Flavor of dark roasted malt , cloves, banana, chocolate covered raisins and a little yeast,and rye.A nice soft mouthfeel,long finish. Very enjoyable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep cloudy brown color lager with a large medium brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of banana and deep caramel/toffee malt is very interesting. Taste is a very nice mix between a solid caramel and toffee malt backbone with a nice touch of banana ester. Balance between sweetness and ester is well mastered with a full body with limited filtration and no alcohol was discernable. One of the best beer form the Divine series.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smokey, tabacco bbq saucey Texas take on the style. A little lace is left after the head goesdon on a lightish looking body. You can smell and taste the smokey sauce,its quite drinkable and not done to extreme. Drying finish. Nice, though not (meant) to be bang on the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours chestnut/mahogany with 2 fingers of brown-tinged tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Bubblegum, a bit of dark fruit, plums mostly, plus iron

T: Jammyness, plums, cocoa & some cloves, plus chalky dryness up front. I get a slight smokeyness, plus more plums as this warms & a hint of apple pie spice. Finishes with much plummyness, dryness & a touch of figs

Mf: Medium bodied, low carbonation, a bit too dry for me

Drinks alright, too damn dry for me to really get into, glad I got to try this, not really up to speed with the great weizenbocks

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Photo of Ruslanchik
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with twist off cap poured into a red wine glass. (Let me just say that the twist off cap annoys me. Mostly this is because I can't save the bottle for homebrew, but also because it seems like St. Arnold is giving in to the BMC crowd.)

This beer looks a lot like Coca-Cola. It is a very dark brown with light brown and ruby tints and fizzy tan head. The head was strong after the pour and died down slowly. A ring of bubbles crowded around the edge of the glass all the way down leaving nice lacing.

The aroma is all malt, with a primarily chocolate character. There are some burnt and caramel notes as well, with a touch of alcohol when I really pay attention. The smell actually reminds me quite a bit of a stout.

The flavor starts off malty, mainly chocolate-like flavors, then transitions to bitter hops. The bitterness is subdued and appropriate--neither overpowering nor hidden. Finally, there is a blast of sour wheat flavor, the only real appearance of wheat in the wheat beer. Finish left me looking for a little more sweetness. This is a very sweet beer, but the aftertaste is more sour, which was a little unsatisfying.

For such a strong beer, the mouthfeel is pretty light. It is just a little oily and coats the tongue slightly.

A very drinkable beer for its strength. Definitely one that I could drink two or three of.

Overall, this is a very good beer with a complex flavor. It is drinkable and satisfying, but it is not really worthy of the Divine Reserve label. The other beers in this series have been big and bold. This beer pales in comparison and will be remembered as a boy among men.

It would be nice to see what some time would do to the flavors. I can imagine that they would come together nicely after a couple of years.

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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 TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info but it was a one time release so date known) into a pint glass. It was a very dark brown, almost black, color. Slight carb with no lacing. It had a 2 finger beige head that slowly settled into a small broken foam with a collar.

The aroma was chocolate malt with bananas and cloves. Smelled really good. I usually am not a big fan of the style as it usually has a darker fruit aroma but this one didn't so was right up my alley. Only complaint is that the aroma really started to fade as it warmed up. The taste was also excellent and again not what I usually find in this style. Had a really smooth taste from start to finish. Very drinkable considering the high ABV. Goes down light a session beer. Mouthfeel was good but needed something more to it in my opinion. Maybe a little more carb or more creamy.

Overall, another exceptional beer from StA that is worth the high praise. A worthy member of the DR lineup - top 3 for me. Highly recommend. Gonna save one for cellaring till next year.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to armock for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some toffee/chocolate, and some spice. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with the dark stuff, and spice. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice tasty brew.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first impression was WOW! It looks magnificent! It pours a beautiful dark brown to blackish color with a brown sugar thin head. The head fades quikly and leaves very little lace.

In the nose are strong notes of bananas (at the right temp.) ,some alcohol, spicy cloves too. Barely some spicy hops in the nose. I can smell you, I know your'e in there!

There's a little chocolate and bananas in the flavor. There are some dark fruits too, like prunes, and chocolate covered raisens.

Full bodied. There is a bit of an alcohol sting. I'm realy into hoppy beers but I can realy enjoy and appreciate beers that arent hoppy but are made with such care and love.

Go try one, or two.

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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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pick thanks goes out to my kind Texas friend for sending this one out to me. I always look forward to the latest and greatest in this series and this one was no exception. Served cold and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 11/24/2008.

The pour was huge here. Deep, dark, and amazingly big looking brown color coming out of the bottle right of the bat. Smooth looking as well, with a big head of tan foam that came up the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two inches before settling back down to earth and leaving just a thin whisp of a head on the top. Lots of coating foam up and down the glass.

The aroma was very big as well. Rich notes of malt, hints of roasted tones and a nice caramel backing all coming through quite clearly. A light note of alcohol in the beginning, letting me know this was no small bock I was about to enjoy. The creamy, smooth flavor rolled across the tongue. Rich, and amazingly complex, it was like velvet that sliced through. Huge notes of caramel malts and grain that just sat there, begging me to take another sip. Fantastically full bodied this was the epitome of a big bock. I could have drank this all night, though I am sure I would have been hurting the next day.

Overall another outstanding beer in this series, this one is one of my favorites for sure. Huge and yet subtle, creamy and delicious, I would have no problems at all with try thing this one out again, in fact I was going to seek it out. Very rich, very earthy, very good.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Thanks to screach for the bottle!

Appears a murky dark brown color with a lively carbonation rising up through the thick body on all sides of the glass. The light tan head starts off a little thicker than one inch but grows above the rim of the glass to two inches. Leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is big caramel sweetness with a light chocolate tone engulfed by banana and some spicy clove notes as well.

The taste starts out with some caramel and chocolate notes followed by banana bread and a finish that is very clovey with some warming alcohols.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, chewy, and kind of sticky.

Though not the best Weizenbock that I've had, it's some pretty good stuff. Worth a try if you are into the style.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed on the eve of the Wolfpack's complete domination of UNC-CH, 41-10

a: into my Allagash wit glass, one-finger mocha colored head over a murky, nearly black molasses colored beer, nicely retained layer on the surface

s: layers of smooth dark chocolate roast upfront, clove and bubblegum from the yeast, dark chocolate coffee beans, the bock side comes through with dried plum, lovely roast-fruit-yeast interplay, really a lot going on here, hard to place the wheat but it's obviously there, seems to thin the darker aromas out a bit and adds a clean spiciness

m: delicate medium carbonation, body on the full side of things

t: pretty interesting, close to what I'd imagine a yeasty porter to taste like, silky dark roast and semisweet chocolate with a weizen yeast spread underneath, the wheat gives a lightness of body to the otherwise heavy beer, and adds just a little spice, long finish with dry roast and chocolate bread, earthy hops take a backseat

d: a heavier example of the style, but still reasonably drinkable for the abv

one of two from mhewes in the Pre-Season Football BiF

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Photo of msante79
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Big thanks to Thickerfreakness for this one. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is typical weizenbock with clove and banana with nice malt and brown sugar. Flavor is again big with clove and banana with nice maltiness, brown sugar and dark fruits. About as good as a wizenbock can get. Good stuff.

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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 seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to midaszero for the opportunity to try this beer, it was great to meet you!

Pours dark with a decent inch of foam. Good retention.

Huge chocolate on the nose with some yeast, banana, roasted malts, grain, and hints of smoke in the background. Caramel also quite dominant with a buttery touch. I'm also detecting some nutty aromas, macadamias, almonds, and pecans. Really good aroma overall.

It starts off with more smoke on the taste than the aroma followed by roasted malts, chocolate, banana, and some sweet dark fruits. A little alcohol heat in the back of the throat. A little zesty and tangy wheat in the aftertaste.

Soft carbonation on the palate yet there's a stinging sensation on the tongue which numbs it for a few seconds.

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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 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 stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good two-and a half fingers of dark tan head complete a deep brown, bubbly pour. The carbonation bubbles continue unabated for a good while as the head recedes at a dilatory pace. A few sporadic vertical lines of lacing are left behind. Aromatically I'm getting some bananas, sweet bread, grape juice, caramel and some esters. It's very deep and satisfying on the nose. Notes of spice, dark chocolate, hops, grain and a bit of alcohol heat fill the palate. There's a subtle nutty essence involved with some spice as well. It's medium bodied and very drinkable. I wish I would have picked up a few more of these on my last beer haul to the Lone Star state. Oh well, it will give me something to look forward to next time.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my magic hat pint glass.

Dark black body with a one finger tan head that drops quickly to ring around the glass tracing small amounts of lacing down the sides. Bubblegum and banana in the nose with some smoke. Wow the flavor has change in this beer. I've had this a few times on draft and in bottle when it came out, a smoked, almost raunchier smoke flavor is coming through and screaming loud, concealing the sweet wheat malt with some chocolate and banana that is just hanging in there. I wouldn't say this is bad yet, its still pretty tasty, but it has changed a bit over the last month. Easy to drink, light carbonation, balanced body. Lacing drops with the brew as you progress, leaving a almost clean glass.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a tulip glass from the 12oz bottle courtesy of JDV.

The beer pours into my glass with a very dark brown body underneath a dark tan head that is not overly huge but leaves a nice size ring around the beer and not a whole lot of lace.

The aroma is caramel and chocolate up front with banana and clove in the background.

The taste is foremost with sweet caramel, this is followed by chocolate before showing touches of banana and finally a small spicy clove like hint. The alcohol is also quite well hidden.

The beer is medium-full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, this is an incredibly smooth and easy drinking Weizenbock. The biggest drawback however is that that the yeast characteristics aren't more prominent. The Chocolate and caramel are certainly prominent, but with all of that wheat malt available, I would expect more banana, bubble gum and clove. Still and nice beer.

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

Thanks to d0b for hooking me up with one of these - don't get too much Saint Arnold in Illinois.

A - Purple-hued dark brown with a dime-sized head that lingers for a while. Sort of a raisin mauve kind of color.

S - Yeasty, boozy, some molasses and burnt malt, with hints of oak, black currant. Not your typical wheat beer, but the alcohol smell was a little too strong for my tastes.

T - The oak really comes out on first impression, drying out the back of the throat. There's a smoky aftertaste as well. As the brew warms up more notes of fig, dried fruit, molasses, and spice come out.

M - Velvety smooth - very dry finish though, the aftertaste doesn't linger. Surprisingly refreshing.

D - This is one serious and weighty brew - I was definitely one & done. I'd consider sipping this brew while smoking a cigar. I can feel every bit of the 7.5%.

Neither my favorite Divine Reserve, nor my favorite Weizenbock. That being said this beer was certainly distinct and memorable in a way that many great IPAs and stouts aren't. I'm curious as to how brewing culture in Texas differs from the rest of the US.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #7 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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