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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 85
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of withliterature
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at The Draughthouse in Austin, TX, my pub of choice. It was getting a lot of buzz because it's limited edition, but I hadn't heard anything about the taste.

Poured a dark copper with little to no head. I could tell right away that this was "thick" in that syrupy sweet way, not "thick" in that stout beer way. Low carbonation for sure.

The flavour was decent. Definitely wintery, pine-y, and quite sweet. I found the mouthfeel an immediate turn-off: too sticky and cloying. Something about the flavor made me think of wine; strong-tasting in a way that I associate with red wines.

Glad I tried this because it was very interesting, but I would not pay for it a second time. I was glad it was served in a small glass and not a pint, because the flavour gets too cloying after a while.

No one told me this was a barley-wine when I ordered it! It wasn't even labeled that way on the pub's chalkboard. I thought it was a winter ale. I guess that explains my review. Derp.

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Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very nice red-amber color with a tan head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is dark fruit, apples, caramel malt and alcohol. The beer smells fairly alcoholic.

The flavor is caramel and toffee malt with some grapes, raisins, cherries and a little bit of citrus - which I guess is from the hops. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable in the taste and it warms the body after the beer is swallowed. I also get a little bit of cinnamon and other spices in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

The beer should improve with age as the alcohol mellows out a bit and I look forward to drinking it at six months, one year, two years, etc... Hopefully the complexity of the beer doesn't fade as it ages.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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 richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbphoto88
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep cherry colored brew with soft fluffy cap. The head is colored like over milked coffee but sticky, lacing everything it touches. It eventually calms to a thin layer of bubbles over the clear liquid.

Nose is grainy but has a faint drop of blood copperness to it. The metallic twinge isn't enough to deter you but it does hold me up a bit. Its not a very hop aromatic beer but you can make out some bitterness over some sour fruit.

The taste is sweet and malty right up front. The beer then transforms into a baked rum soaked apple crispness that is just present enough to tame the bold grain bill. Sharp bitterness pinches the tongue but doesn't reveal the previous hints of metallic badness.

The mouthfeel is nice and smooth but falters toward a boozy, dry finish. This is malt bomb is a winner but will be even better after some age. St. Arnold even acknowledges it and recommends it on their website. Good thing I snagged a sixer. Can't wait to try it again in a few months.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I hope that you all forgive me for bashing my local brewery. I'm all for supporting your local brewery, but in this case I'm pretty disappointed in mine. Saint Arnold's fatal flaw is its lack of creativity, and DR 10 is no exception. To me, this is a basic, non exciting English Barleywine. No complexity, no hop profile, malt bomb. Not worth the hype, not worth the effort to seek it out. As with all previous DR releases, you can easily go to Specs and buy a better version of the beer they made.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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 hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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 lowgear
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Joshua (HopsSchnapps) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger fine, off-white head with minimal retention that dissipates quickly into a thin white film. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Nose is aromatic and slightly peculiar. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Speckles of purple grapes and prune juice. No alcohol or booziness is detectable. Smooth overall.

T: Opens sweet brown sugar and caramel. Some nuttiness towards the middle along with burnt raisin and a touch of smokiness. Resiny hop bite. Ethanol presence creeps up at the end and hits hard right before the finish. End is more brown sugar and caramel with a resin, barky, bittersweet finish.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Slightly grainy and bubbly in the mouth with an aggressive abrasiveness at the side. Ethanol is hugely detectable and comes out through the nose. Goes down lively and hot. Finish is messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: This one still needs a bit of time. Not hot in the traditional sense but ethanol presence is very detectable. Flavor is appropriate and enjoyable but feel leaves me wanting more. Hope this one smooths out a bit with age.

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Photo of prototypic
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of kyleelton
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jheezee
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of turfy
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of trappistlover
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle courtesy of Fata2683!). Pours copper color with off-white head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol soaked dried fruit. Taste is sweet with some bittering hops. Alcohol is noticeable. Medium bodied with oilt/slick texture. Slightly bitter finish, but smooth. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep lightly hazy amber color ale with nice big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of well balanced sweet malt base with nice caramel notes and light dry fruits. Taste is also a nice enough mix of caramelized malt with nice little notes of toffee and light dry fruits. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice version of an English style barleywine.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle on 11/18/10 from a six pack that I picked up on the release day of 11/2/10. Good ol' one offs. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.

The beer poured a rich and clear ruby. There was little to no head, even with a vigorous pour. Whatever there was quickly dissipated to leave a clean surface. Guess that's to be expected with this kind of ABV.

The nose is... just sweet. Some booze, too. Not overly enticing.

The taste leaves something to be desired. The sweetness and booze dominate and I'm having a tough time picking up any extra complexity. I've had a few of these beers and the quality has widely varied. Some were great, but many were mediocre.

Despite these flaws, the weight of the beer in my mouth is pretty darned good. Might help if it wasn't so hot... but still enjoyable.

This beer is hot and the quality is variable, but I've still had more than a few this month. Hopefully it mellows with some age. Not the best, but I guess these DRs aren't known for much more than their adventurousness.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to philhyde for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Very dark amber colour with a small amount of cream coloured head.

S - Sweet caramel, toffee, molasses, candy. Some bitterness and light floral notes.

T - Sweet dark caramel, molasses, brown sugar, sticky candy. A good balance of hop bitterness is present throughout and lingers in the finish.

M - Medium to full body; lightly carbonated.

D - An enjoyable barleywine, which is a style that I generally struggle with.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Just a faint hiss as the cap is pried loose. It pours a clear mahogany body capped by half a finger of cream-colored head that burns off pretty quickly and leaves very patchy lacing.

Aroma: Syrupy sweet dark fruit, earthy malt, a hint of smoke, and a truckload of booze. As it warms, the alcohol dominates the profile more and more.

Flavor: Nuttiness, brassy hops, a pinch of smoke, and dark fruit (mostly raisins) over a rich and sweet toffee-like malt backbone. There's tons of alcohol here, and while it could do with some mellowing, it's not too unbalancing. Sweet malt, dark fruit, and another splash of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and a little sticky with medium carbonation and a drying finish. Lots of warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Drinks just a little faster than you'd expect a Barleywine with a double-digit alcohol content to drink.

Verdict: In it's fresh form, the 10th Divine is not exactly the most exiting beer on the planet, though it is a decently solid English Barleywine. While still very young and hot at the moment, I see good things in DR10's future as it mellows over the years.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #10 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 170 ratings