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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by champ103 on 11-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of chrismann65
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 (English Barleywine | 11.00% ABV) : Limited (brewed once) !
I have 3, of the 12oz. bottles left now !! This is drinking just perfect now ! If you have put this put away.?
Drink it now its very smooth now !!!..sweet malts, light dark fruit, and light taste of booze. !! Sweet caramel, with plenty of citrusey hop resins still present. ! Very nice !! Wow sweet!!! 5+ years now , & Drinking very Nice !

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Photo of portia99
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz screwtop bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle has a little over 4yrs of age on it at this point.

A - Pours a muddy/hazy medium brown with some yeast floating around the glass. Bottle opens with hardly a whisper of carbonation and the pour shows similar traits with no cap of foam forming and hardly even a collar around the edge of the lacing.

S - Raisins up front pretty intensely, a bit of a white wine grapey-ness also. Lots of toffee and brown sugar...sweet and malty overall. Lots of esters, a hint of astringency, traces of butter and vanilla.

T - Sweet, brown sugar, buttery and rather boozy up front. Mild hop bitterness offsets the sweetness in the middle. Caramel, traces of molasses mix in also.

F - Medium body, low carbonation, a bit boozy...pretty standard stuff for the style.

O - Solid but not especially impressive. Didn't have any of this fresh so can't really compare this fairly well aged bottle. Worth trying if you can still find a bottle around.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured (without decanting) into a stemmed pilsener (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy garnet brown. Spare, tan head, no lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit aroma, raisins and prunes, as well as wafts of spice and brandy.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, and vanilla. Alcohol burn and hop bitterness peek through, but are outmatched by the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy smooth with appropriately low carbonation.

Overall: After almost 4 years aging the alcohol and hops are quite mellow. A bit too sweet, but some nice fruit and caramel flavors. Original rating 3.65.

Follow up: Tried another bottle, 1 May 2016, 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. Drinking well now - still on the sweet side, but finding a nice balance between dark fruit, rich toffee and warm alcohol. Pouring the end of the bottle adds a haze and stronger toffee notes. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra several years ago. Can't recall the source, sorry.

Cloudy reddish-brown body. Thinnish tan head.

Nose is sweet and syrupy. Brown sugar or dark Belgian candi sugar going on here.

Flavor is deeply sweet. Again, the brown sugar comparison springs to mind. Not a lot of hops, even the malt body takes a second chair to the sugaryness of it. A tasty brew, but a bit one dimensional.

Smooth, slick and mildly stripping.

Drinkability is pretty high. It's sweet, but very smooth. Dances on my palate without being too heavy.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange brown color with a smallish off-white head and no lacing

S-dark fruit, toffee, nutty, slight herbal

T-roasted malt, caramel, toffee, raisins, plums, nutty, hint of bitter herbal, mild to moderate hoppy finish

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth, some alcohol noted

O-a decent Barleywine, definitely hoppier in quality than others

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled February 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a one-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, dark amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized crystal malts, lots of berry like fruitiness, a sweet almost candy like citrus character; actually the aroma is quite fruit focused, it really reminds me of a deeply caramelized, fruit candy of some sort. There is a touch of whole grain toasted character here, perhaps a touch of brown grain spiciness and of course the crystal malt character, but really huge notes of candied tangelo zest, sweet lychee, ample berry candy and even some candied pine needles play a huge role here. There is a softer, herbal hop character that becomes a touch more noticeable as the beer warms up.

This has enough of a hop bitterness to it that it has a touch of a bite, this gets accentuated and more herbal towards the finish where this beer takes on an almost menthol like character as well as having some sort of smoky, but mostly pine like notes to it. The beer is quite sweet, almost caramelized citrus candy like, but has enough herbal / bitter hop character and malt structure that it isn’t cloying. The hop character is quite citrus laden in character, with ample candied citrus zest notes, lots of berry like notes and even a floral, flower-nectar like sweetness is evident. The beer is fairly quaffable and lighter bodied for a barleywine, though this is still most comfortable being a sipping brew. As the beer warms up the lingering, herbal / pine and bitterness in the long finish comes to dominate and helps to wipe the palate clean from the up front fruit and sweetness, which prepares one nicely to take another sip of this brew.

This beer is definitely in the Bigfoot vein of American Barleywines; fairly quaffable, quite hoppy, but this has more fruitiness to it. For some reason I wasn’t expecting much from either 10 or 11, but I have been pleasantly surprised by both

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this aging and realized I never did originally review #10 when it came out.

Poured into a tulip glass opaque light brown, very little head with good lacing. The scent comes off as carmel and plums. The taste repeats the scent along with some nutty darkness. This beer has aged well, carbonation is good and the body is a little bigger than medium. This one still has something.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this as a generous extra in a trade with the Epeeist awhile back and seems like a good choice to kill off the last of this year's winter.

A: Dark orange/brown, cloudy with some clumps of yeast and a short whispy white head.
S: Dense caramel malt, orange and pine needles. Also somewhat suggestive of graham crackers. Smells like a bigger barleywine that has had a few years for the alcohol to mellow.
T: Likewise, flavor is pretty heavy on the sweet caramel, with plenty of citrusy hop resins still present. I get lots of orange out of this for whatever reason. Ethanol shows up on the finish, but heat is pretty tame and compliments the flavor.
M: Medium-body with plenty of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Not sure this would have been my favorite barleywine to start with, but this bottle has aged well and was enjoyed.

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Photo of rudzud
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this as an extra in a trade a while back. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear mahogany hue with a thin blanket of a head that faded immediately to leave a thin off white halo.

S - Light toffee, sweet malts, light dark fruit, and ALOT of booze.

T - Well, it isnt infected. Fairly average for an english barleywine. Lots of booze with a nice toffee sweetness. Just average, the booze over powers this. Also, too sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is average, the booze ruins on the tongue what would be a nice light carbonation.

O - Overall this was a bit of a letdown. Glad it wasnt infected but still, wont be drinking anymore of this.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been saving this one for a while...guess we're looking at about 2 years based on the releases.

Pours a deep mahogany/light brown hue with a thin white head that disipates to pretty much nothing.

Nose: dried fruits, caramel, and an overlying tartness (green apple/spices) uh, oh!

Taste: thankfully not as tart (infected) as I thought it might be. The nose indicated some off-flavors for sure, but they aren't as bad as I thought. There is some "cardboard" flavors going on, so seemingly a tad oxidized but it does have some stylistic qualities that are quite nice. Notes of dark fruit, roasted barley, leather, and caramel. Finishes with a lingering earthy bitterness and somewhat of a medicinal note.

Mouthfeel: rather thin, alcohol is very well hidden in both flavor and mouthfeel though.

Overall: some issues, dunno if it is the age or not, but it's decent I guess...

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed on 7/5, while I was "on Hiatus." big thanks to cfh64 for sending this one my way. enjoyed from my HF wineglass.

a - brew poured a murky mahogany with a finger of beige bubbly head that was gone shortly after the brew was poured leaving a thin skin of head on the surface of the beer. spotty lacing at best.

s - smells of wonderful plum and nutmeg with some hints of caramel and toffee off to the side. a hint of boozy sweetness can be noticed in a mentholated tingle in my nose.

t - DELISH! rich caramel toffee malt soaked in booze.

m - tingles. i can feel the heat buzzing around in my mouth. fairly rich. slightly bitter finish.

o - overall really nice classic english barley. i am a big fan of the style and this one did not disappoint. the toffee and caramel malts lead the way. the ABV is a bit more noticeable than i prefer, but it works. i loved it.


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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for a while as I thought this vintage was a bit hot when fresh. Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a nice beige head that dissipates a little too quickly. As soon as I poured into the glass I got a heavy pineapple tropical fruit aroma from this beer, but as I let it sit I can't find it much anymore. Light sweet fruits and sugars a light spicing almost a nutmeg or allspice type aroma. The alcohol I feared from earlier tastings seems to have faded from the aroma. The flavor is sweet and sugary with lots of dark fruits and caramels. Oh yeah the heat is still there a bit but it does provide some balance against the sweetness of this brew. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. I think this has gotten a bit better than the last time I tried it, but that alcohol burn is still a bit harsh. I have one more bottle, I'm thinking in three years I'll revisit. Oh yeah, twist offs still, WHY??

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to smithjl10 for a wintertime trade with this lovely little extra tucked into the box. Not sure how it survived the last few months purge of the beer fridge, but hey, here we are - & I've enjoyed everything from the Divine Reserve series to date, so I expect this one to be good, too. 12 oz. bumped into an unmarked glass with plenty of curves.

Pour is red, with more carbonation than one would expect from a slightly aged English barleywine. Tons of caramel in the nose, along with brown sugar, vanilla, & a strong-arm of alcohol. Not bad at all.

Divine Reserve #10 doesn't quite live up to the pedigree in its name. Tons of figs, dates, & other eastern...fruit, or whatever they are, swamp the palate. Caramel so evident in the nose sits halfway back in the bus. Strong vanilla & a bullet of alcohol soak the aftertaste, along with the barest hint of bitterness. The dates creep back in to take over, though, after everyone else shuts off the lights. For a big old fire-breathing barleywine, this is might easy to sip in the old, worn-out computer chair. I should invest in a new one before I end up on the floor some night.

While not the cold-killer that some in the series were, this is still a good, solid barleywine. The beer is very nicely integrated, & loving the easy-sipping character that's elusive in this category.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear dark red, almost brown color with a small tan head on top. It settles rather quickly to a thin layer of foam on top, spotty lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, candied dark fruit, and some toffee. There is still a little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Much fruitier than the aroma, sugary raisins, plum, and some cherry. A little bit of caramel and chocolate mixed together as well.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, alcohol still rather present.

O: Am average barleywine that I would pass on for something else next time.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved Divine Reserve No.s 8 and 9, and as English barleywines are my favorite style, was extremely excited about this brew. Had one fairly fresh and wasn't too excited. Saint Arnold's site says that No. 10 was bottled October 20th, 2010, so I'm imbibing it with about 15 months on it now.

A: A nice warm, mellow brown, with ruby highlights, and a translucent body. A bit of a head with some wisps of white still remain after several sips, which I think is admirable in a brew of this strength.

S: There is definitely some alcohol present in the nose, but it's not overwhelming. A lovely mix of raisins and cherries are the headliners, with a bit of unripe dark fruit in the background.

T: Starts off with a lovely, mellow sweetness comprised of raisins and butterscotch which reminds me why I love this style, along with a bit of heat. In the middle, the alcohol leaves, and I get some cherries. Towards the end, some heat and a bit of the slightly bitter unripe plums comes in to balance things out, and this becomes prominent in a mid to long-lasting aftertaste. Would like to give this category a 4.25.

M: Low levels of carbonation last for about two-thirds of each sip. The body is fairly typical of this style, perhaps just a slight bit thinner than usual. Not especially wonderful, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste.

O: I liked this much more than when I had it around a year ago. It's enjoyable now, and I think it will continue to improve for at least another year, mainly from losing some heat.

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish amber color with a light tan head that very quickly fades to nothing.

Dark fruit, toffee, and caramel all blend together. Very light hop presence.

Taste follows the nose. Dark fruit is most prominent, with lots of figs and dates. Alcohol is not very well hid.

Medium body with plenty of creamy carbonation. Very warming finish.

Overall, this was an average barleywine. The alcohol was a bit overpowering towards the end, and should have been pulled back some.

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Photo of Naugled
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I popped open a bottle of this last night that I had in the back of my cooler. I was really impressed with it. The only thing it lacked was good head retention, but I don't really consider that a flaw for this style.

It has a rich malty smell and taste. Has a crystal clear ruby color that sparkled. Notes of candy, caramel and stone fruit. Great balance, not cloying or sticky at all. Nice late firm bitterness. A very easy drinking barleywine.

I wish I had more, this was a good keeper so far.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Opaque deep amber brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is good given the ABV and a tall ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Caramel and toffee, the B-wine basics. Then there is a bacony smokiness along with plum, pear, raisin, and tobacco fruitiness. Definitely some dates in there as well. Pleasant and complex, but could use some more power.

4.0 T: Caramel, toffee, raisin, and plum are the strongest flavors. Smoky bacon just behind. Pear, tobacco, date, prune, and currants underneath. Tasty with the alcohol hidden very well.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth with the slightest warming on finish.

4.0 D: Really tasty beer. I wish I had more so I could drink one every year. I think this has the potential to age extremely well.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a tale of two beers. Well, one beer, tried after ageing for at least a year, two separate times. The first one, let’s call it the divine barleywine. Pours a deep amber/brown, no lacing. It’s sweet and caramelly, and just wonderful. Hits all the right notes in harmony, and makes me wish all of St. Arnold’s brews were Divine.

A week later I had a chance to revisit this beer with XicanoBeerRun. Went in with the high expectations and was summarily let down. It was such a contrast I went back repeatedly to double-check my notes. This had a ruby auburn color, similar if perhaps a shade more intense, but it lacked the pleasant aroma of the first bottle and had an off finish. Might have well been a completely separate beer. A cautionary tale about aging? Or just the luck of the draw?

(Score based on the most recent tasting.)

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish brown. Pretty dark. Nice bit of white head. Looks solid. Smells hoppy... way hoppier than a 1 year old english barleywine should be. Lots of malts. touch of vanilla on the nose. Tastes boozy and bitter. A bit harsh but a nice fruity profile. Qutite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh. Overall surprisingly good for a Texas brew ;-)

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Photo of emmasdad
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ken. Poured a dark reddish amber color with a nice tan head. Big hoppy aromas, pine, earth and caramel. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and went down entirely too easy for 9%. Flavors of earthy hops and caramel, with some alcohol late. ™

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Photo of kyleelton
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle I bought a year ago when the DR 10 was released into a snifter. About to see how this thing aged.

This is a very cloudy beer. Dark orange in color with light barely peeking through the sides of the glass. It poured with virtually no bubbles, then fizzed up into about half a finger in head that quickly dissolved into a thin layer of fizz.

The smell is my favorite part. Very sweet and malty, but it's certainly mellowed out since last year. I think I even get some hops.

My first reaction to the taste is that it's still a little hot, but the flavors are blended a lot better than they were last year.

Overall, the flavors have intensified a lot over the year and have blended well. Still, this is a very alcoholic beer, but I'd have to say that they were right. Aging has been good to the DR 10.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained from a generous trader (thanks!) - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Spirit Sippers snifter.

Sienna body, hazy, with copper highlights and a dark beige collar. Viscous legs support a fine dusting of lace.

Caramel, toffee, nectarine, and more fruit in the nose along with a touch of (welcome) oxidation. Faint grapefruit and evergreen as well, though the hops are dwarfed by the malts and esters.

Brown sugar, jam, and fig preserves on toast on the palate, giving way to alcohol suggesting a unique licquer of some sort. Mild bitterness for balance and a slow evolving deeply malty finish with varying levels of sweetness and toastiness. Quite some time later there is an odd hint of dulse (red algae) and cardboard in the aftertaste (the only hint of oxidation in the flavor profile).

Oily, full-bodied, and creamy mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation.

Lacks the depth of the best examples of the style, but this is still a very enjoyable barleywine that is drinking well right now.

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Photo of stakem
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This brew appears a dark amber color with a finger of yellowish stained head. The cap dissolves fairly quick to just a thin film across the top. A light swirl produces some spotty lacework that sticks to the glass and hardly agitates a few bubbles out of solution that holds in a ring-like pattern around the outside edge.

The smell of this brew is sweet with lots of caramel maltiness. There is a bit of fruited alcohol quality mingled in there as well mixed with a faint touch of some spices almost like cinnamon. The alcohol's inclusion hits the back of the nose with a light tingle. All in all this is quite a fine smelling example of the style.

The taste of this brew is a little peculiar and quite contrasting to what the nose led on. Initially it is sweet and malty with a faint note of caramel that immediately turns to a bold alcohol and hop inclusion. The sweet malt flavoring is gone after the first sip and becomes more of a nutty to herbal flavor through mid palate and into the aftertaste. The alcohol is quite bold with a fusel aspect and a touch of something lightly oxidative like cardboard. The bold bitter hop inclusion lasts long into the aftertaste with an herbal to medicinal note.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. I served this one colder than ideal and still found that 11% alcohol to be a little unbalanced here. The aroma verse the taste is quite a flip flop of character. Not bad by any means but also nothing I would go out of my way for to try again.

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Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dcloeren for the bottle

Divine Reserve #10 is a really attractive crimson color. It’s mostly clear, and backlighting gives it a really strong red tint. A soft tan head covers the top. It only stands about half a finger tall. Retention was definitely on the short side. Lacing was sticky, but light.

The nose is a little weak and needs more strength. Still smells pretty good though. Sweet caramel and toffee notes kick it off. Some golden fruit notes of apple and pear are noted. Light dark fruit scents of raisin and fig mix well. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t seem too strong. It’s not bad. A little more strength would help.

The flavor is likewise pretty good. The malt base is very sturdy and sweet. It’s a mix of caramel, toffee, and cocoa flavors. Golden and dark fruit are both present. Apple, pear, raisin, and fig all blend pretty well together. There’s an herbal or spicy flavor that emerges at the secondary level. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Tastes a little like tobacco. Alcohol is quite prominent and runs a little warm. Maybe that will tone down a little over time. Finishes sweet, malty, and a little boozy.

The body is medium, leaning full. Carbonation seems a tad buzzy. It’s not quite smooth, but it’s not bad. It feels big and boozy. Definitely a sipping beer. A 12 ounce bottle is just enough.

Divine Reserve #10 is pretty good. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. Its biggest problem is that it’s too boozy and warm. I thought it would’ve had enough time to integrate and mature, but perhaps not. Maybe another year or two? Who knows? It’s alright today. Not bad. If you’ve got a bottle, I’d probably sit on it a little while longer. It really might improve a bit.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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