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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by UTCengOwl on 03-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes L: Pours slightly hazy orangish amber under a 1” rocky cream colored foam cap.
S: Stone fruit, citrus, light grains.
T: Rich, complex interaction between light chocolate and caramel flavors from the malt and hop and yeast driven fruit flavors. Big peach notes mellow a bitter hop finish.
F: Medium body and slightly below medium carbonation, slight warming.
O: A big, tasty beer.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsener (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark, cloudy amber. Medium, frothy head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Warm, sweet caramel. Herbal bitters and citrus build as it warms (like an old fashioned?).

Taste: Toffee and caramel without too much sweetness; slight citrus. Crisp, balanced bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, cleaner than the sweet aroma and taste suggest (i.e. not too sticky). Just enough (moderate) carbonation. Warm without betraying its ABV.

Overall: Nicely mellowed after 3+ years. No longer assertively hoppy, but still enough hop character to balance a full, malty ale.

Follow-up: A rich malt bomb now (21-May-16), toffee, caramel, dark fruit and grain dominate as well as oxidized sherry notes. Some residual bitterness but no more hop character remains.

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Photo of Boto
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle: Thanks Kaggie! This one pours a hazy amber color. There was just a wisp of an off-white head on it, and no lacing. Nice nose on this one. Orange, lemon and pine notes. Maybe a hint of peaches. Nice taste! Fair amount of bitterness, orange, peach and pine notes. Big malt body underneath, but no sweetness coming through. Very Nice!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -10%
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 three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright, gold highlighted, rich amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of bright tangelo zest, dusty pine sap, woody-peppery herbal notes, a bright lychee note, and an almost musty, herbaceous hop character. The nose is definitely dominated by the hop character, there is perhaps a suggestion of malt character here, I almost have to guess at the malt aromatics; notes of toasted biscuit and orange scented caramelized malt are just suggested at.

A medium’ish body is cut through by a biting bitterness that lingers through the finish; the bitterness though remains quite smooth, though still lingers quite a bit on the palate. The dominant hop character contributes flavors of lychee, super ripe tangelo zest, floral peach, perhaps some bright apricot, as well as some ample kumquat zest. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish and adds a touch more bite to the hop character, it also brings out some astringent pine and herbal hop character that also lingers a fair amount in the finish. The texture of this beer is on the light side of medium, this helps this to be still fairly quaffable, which is quite needed for this style of beer. The malt clearly plays a supporting role here, but does contribute softly noticeable notes of English biscuit like maltiness, a touch of whole grain cracker, and perhaps a touch of sweet tea.

A nice example of a Double IPA, it hits all the points that it should, and escapes the pitfall of being too rich or viscous. Definitely quite enjoyable and it certainly hits the spot for this hop-head. This is still doing quite well after almost a year of age; still vibrantly hoppy, perhaps a touch cleaner and less aggressive than it was when fresh, but certainly still showing lots of life.

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Photo of gottabetweed
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass. Poured a light brown with a touch of red. Thick foamy head with thick lacing.

Smell is piny resin, cirtusy, lemons.

Taste is hops upfront, pine dissipates to citrus then a molasses aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is substantial with a nice carbonation level.

Overall a nice example of the style. The taste has mellowed with age, but still very flavorful.

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Photo of DexterP236
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Doesn't quite look like an IPA upon first glance--holds a steady deep amber color with a light head.

S - was quite pleasant fruity at first

T - was mild on the hops side, quite tolerable for some one who may not enjoy an IPA.

M - Not so pungent until the after taste set in.

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Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. I know that this has some age on it, but I'm still enjoying it.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. There is a little bit of lacing and a layer of head that remains.

Smell: There is a fruity malt note that reminds me a bit of a barleywine. After that I'm picking up a smooth hop bitterness.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness hits you right away. You can tell this one has smoothed out a bit, but it's still quite nice. The finish is sweet and malty with some brown sugar notes that team up with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium body lots of tingly carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: This is a bit past its prime, but I still liked it. The hops and malt were quite nice together. I'm a fan and would try this fresh.

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Photo of mar
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

late to rate this one. deep amber pour with a thick cream head. nose is resin, pine, light fruit, and citrusy. quite smooth on the palate, hops are not as big as i was expecting, citrus and florals up front, bitter aftertaste, no sign of alcohol at all, not bad at all.

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Photo of vande
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a nice hearty glowing amberish browh with a 1 finger thick head that dissipates leaving the lacing behind as proof...

s: lighter on the hops than what I would have guessed, but there still there...hints of some citrus like fruits, yet nothing that takes the lead and overpowers the nose..

t: bitter grapefruit at the back, malt like sweetness towards the front....generally lighter on the flavor than I'd expected...

m: smooth and easy to drink...somewhat refreshing, and flows down nicely...

o: pretty good dipa...lot of 'em out there..and i think quite a bit that are better..but I wish I'd had drank this fresher....

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Photo of roodie
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: poured into a ~8 oz glass. Copper with thin white head. Lots of lacing

S: pine and resin. Malt and pear round out the aroma

T: bitter soapy pine hops dominate with the sweet malt pear flavor rounding it out

M: soapy bitterness lingers. A bit of bite from the hops stings for a bit till the next sip

O: great brew. Glad to hear its about to be made a regular offering.

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Photo of gtermi
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks very nice with a redish gold with a nice thick head.

The beer smells amazing with a nice hoppy/pine scent and some sweet caramel.

The taste has a lot of hops, a nice sweetness and a bit of malt.

The beer has a lot of crispness, but it is very pleasant. I enjoy the decent bit of carbonation.

Overall this beer is very nice. I got lucky and just found this stashed in a local store. I wish I could get more.

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Photo of litheum94
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quarter inch, khaki head, thick and dense. Deep amber body. Head settles out to nothing.

Very sweet, malty nose: caramel and bread. Some raisins. Hop profile is mainly floral, with some tropical fruit.

Malty flavors at first, with flavors of caramel, bread and almonds. Soft hop bitterness, floral and woody. The bitterness hangs around for a while, leaving a warming feeling in the mouth.

A pretty good brew, but it is a little malty for a DIPA. I'd be okay if this was brewed as an IPA, but I want more hops in my DIPAs.

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Photo of Cavery
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle home waxed with a cap marking of 3/11 courtesy of texasclimber. I'll have to bug you some time for a fresh version come the season! Nonetheless, I love getting experimental with aging. I think a lot of DIPAS actually turn into some decent hoppy barley wines after some time. Excited to crack this!

A: Earthy orange-amber with some really noticeable clarity. This looks like a brown multivitamin gel cap pill. Basically a bunch of vitamin E pills in a glass. Some weaker foams that broke up after a single finger ascent. foggy foams swirl in the light hard candy amber body.

S: Definitely pretty sweet in the nose, reminds me of powder mix teas and unfiltered concentrated apple juices. A little bit of booze peaks through to turn the apple juice into a spiked cider. There's an odd presence of licorice that I can't deny being there. This is one wacky tea.

T: Man, this actually tastes pretty darn good. Sweet tea, light addition of cane sugar and raw hides. candied orange rinds with a thick caramelized sticky sugary sweetness. It's like the leftover syrup runs you get when you make cinnamon rolls in a pan. Weird, intriguing, kind of delicious. The hop bitterness feigns a faint white pepper note.

M: The mouth hasn't held up very well. It's definitely lighter bodied than I'd like, but it most certainly wasn't meant to age like this. However, it isn't a mess. It's a clean light body, which really accentuates its sweet tea pseudo barley wine state.

O: Honestly, I thought the flavor in this was really good. Being bottled in march hasn't turned this into something awful. Aging this beer has made for an interesting experiment in flavor evolution, as I suspect a majorly citrusy DIPA has since become a candied cider/sweet tea. The malty sweetness pushes this beer through he aging process, and turns the hops into a lightly pleasant garnish. I think this beer could have gone another 6 months!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Billerbuffoon for acquiring a few bottles of this awesome beer.

A - Pours a gorgeous amber color with a very thin white layer and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - Papaya, mango, pineapple, mild pine needles, red grapefruit rind, and peppery spices.

T - BIG grapefruit rind bitterness, mild amount of mint, , papaya, mango, and small amounts of pineapple. A small hit of caramel nips the tongue and then comes rolling thick waves of tropical fruit that keep coming, even after the sip! Some citric acid presence.

M - Foamy, creamy, smooth on the tongue with a nice lingering bitterness.

O - An easy drinker, quite perfect for a D-IPA. I wish I had more bottles of this!!!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this one. A double IPA that delivers.

Poured into a tulip. There’s a nice bit of carbonation on this beer. It smells good, really good. Nice, piney hop aroma. From the nose I anticipate it being sticky/chewy and my assumptions prove correct. It’s resiny, piney on the palate, with that big DIPA finish and some lingering sweetness. There’s a boozy kick to this as it warms. It’s a nice beer, one I really enjoyed, and I’m looking forward to it being available year round.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LadyofMuchBeer for this! Poured into RR-tion glass.

Very nice golden color, very little head with slight lacing.
I think the smell of this beer is where it really shines. Smells so very fresh and fruity. I love this smell.
The taste is also on the fruity side. I usually enjoy more piney, earthy DIPAs, but this is good. Very little bitter hops, but it works for this beer.
Very nice mouthfeel. It is not a thin beer by any means, but it has some substance, just like a DIPA should have.
It isn't the best DIPA I ever had, but it is really good, I'm grateful to have one more to crack in the next few days. If the get the chance, definately try it.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle - big thanks to cfrancis for this one

Appearance – Mostly clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of hops. There is also some grapefruit juice and zest and quite a bit of tropical/pineapple flavour. The beer finishes with a malty tropical fruit/pineapple sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – There beer had a slight metallic taste to it at first that kind of threw it off a little bit, but as it warmed up in my glass the other flavours really came through. This is a fantastic tasting beer and the alcohol is really well hidden. I'm really happy I had the chance to try it and I'd get it again given the chance.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Texasfan549 for the extra! Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice orange color, little cloudy, with a solid white head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing as it slowly dissipates.

S - Nice grapefruit hop smell at first. It really dominates and is wonderful. Citrus, earthy hop aroma begins to shine through after a while. Not a whole lot else in the smell, but I'm ok with that as I want to taste this.

T - A nice bitter hop, full and earthy. The citrus rounds the taste out, making the taste full on the edges. A great hop profile here, complex and bold. A nice slight malt in the back to give the taste some backing, but the hops are truly the star. Great balance to this taste, I'm very much enjoying the fact the taste is bold from start to finish, and even minutes after that.

M - A full bodied IIPA, with the hops attacking in the taste, and the bitter slightly tinging at the sides of the mouth in the aftertaste. Plenty of carbonation to this that keeps this beer popping. A little heavier of an IIPA that I usually want, begins to affect drinkability as I go through the glass.

O - This was a very drinkable beer to me. The hop profile had a little bit of that musty, earthy hop for a nice bold bitter in the front. But also had the citrus and grapefruit hops to be a nice contrast and add drinkability. It's a solid IIPA from start to finish. Would surely drink again if I had another!

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a large off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a good amount of lacing.

Beautiful aroma of piney hops upfront mixed with strong bursts of tropical fruit.

Taste starts off with notes of caramel but quickly turns to notes of piney and citrus hops. Hints of grapefruit, lemon and mango come in at the middle and hang around through the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a great DIPA, wish it wasn't so limited.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Kristina. Been hoping to try this one for a while, but never quite got a trade done. Served in a 4oz Glunz taster weizen glass.

A - Creamy, voluminous, off-white foam with good retention settles to a thin cap, leaving large swathes of lace. Body is transparent golden, with streams of tiny bubbles present.

S - There's a hint of stale, faded hop aroma present at this stage, but otherwise it's quite nice for a nearly 4-month old DIPA. Lots of pine, bitter grapefruit, and maybe a hint of tangerine and tropical fruits. Doughty malt character with a touch of brown sugar in the periphery. Probably 4.25 at this stage actually.

T - Lots of mid-palate bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. Somewhat East Coast in balance, but with a less heavy malt bill that is mostly sugar cookie and dough. Hop flavor is largely bitter grapefruit rind.

M - Dry and resinous medium body, slight alcohol warmth, juicy texture, with medium-low carbonation.

D - I wish I could have tried this when it was super-fresh, but it sounds like the extended aging (in a fridge thankfully) mellowed out some of the alcohol without diminishing the hop character too much. I hope they make this again, or add it to their seasonal lineup, as it's the best Divine Reserve since #5. I could see myself having a couple bottles of this one.

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Photo of tetu
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small head with amber color. Looks good. Smells good too. Aroma is hops all the way. Pine and citrus come out. Tastes like it smells with the addition of some caramel malts and a hint of tropical fruits. Mouthfeel is great, pine flavor sits on my palate. Overall a great beer and I wish they would make this year round.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sunset orange with a towering and creamy off white head.

It is fruity, grassy and piney from the hops with some sweet malt in the nose.

On the palate it is creamy and gives off hints of caramel and bready flavors, which fade to dominant grass and pine notes. There are touches of tropical fruit (peach, mango) that come through, then more grass and pine dominance that holds on through a lasting hoppy finish with some warming alcohol.

This is a bright, floral, grassy and creamy malt treat. Very drinkable Double IPA. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice very hoppy beer, well balanced. Pours golden with a small amount of lace. Neutral aroma. Good balance,the hops are right there and more of a 1.5 ipa. Average mouthfeel,carbonation is right there. Good drinkability. Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial are well mixed for mild citrus taste. Alcohol well hidden.Very slight acid builds up. Bottle in trade.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I'm in El Paso, TX for work. Not exactly a beer haven for people with insatiable cravings for microbrewed local beer. Sure enough, I stumble upon a tapas bar that has this IPA.

Bartender poured it into a pint glass, which didn't bother me or inhibit what was to come next. A white, light head - with a bit of retention.

From the bottle to the glass, pours a darker yellow/light amber color. Nothing special to note, yet. A few bubbles here & there.

The aroma, my god, the aroma. It sends your head back a second, a hoppy punch-wallop that makes me don a hundred-yard smile. The smell of this double IPA is absolutely outstanding. Hops, hops, hops with a touch of lemony orange zest. Guaranteed to make you smile.

The taste does not disappoint. Up front it's a bit sweet. The aftertaste is a bitter orchestra of perfection. Malt characters stay present throughout, but its a mix of sour tropical fruits that dominate. I frickin love this beer.

Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied, with a snappy, crisp carbonation to it. Coats the tongue and stays there for awhile. Lingers along for a hot minute. Everything an IPA should be, in my humble opinion. Slightly sticky, yet perfect.

I would pay ridiculous amounts of cash for this in WI. Bless your soul TX, you are a lucky, large, glorious state. It's almost making my time in El Paso actually worthwhile ;)

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber color with a burnt orange hue (must have been brewed by a Longhorn); the head faded rather quickly but left a few traces behind

Smell: Malt forward, with sugary caramel backed up by tropical and semi-tropical fruit elements - grapefruit, pineapple and peaches

Taste: Sugary caramel, up front, and the malts are dominant from start to finish; that is not to say that there aren't plenty of hop flavors in the mix, with the grapefruit, pineapple and peach flavors building through mid-palate and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation; just a bit sticky

Overall: A bit sweeter than I like for the style; still this is a very good beer with a nice hop profile

Thanks, Thickfreakness, for the opportunity

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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