Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
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 brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wagenvolks for sending a pair of these bottles my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear light copper color with a short white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The aroma has a bit of piney hops and some slight resin. A bit of an earthiness to it as well. Some malt sweetness hits in the end as well. Touch of alcohol. The flavor is too balanced, with the ledger tipping in favor of the malt. Too much sweetness and caramel push down the nice hoppiness, which is slightly earthy and floral. A bit of alcohol in the finish, along with a mix of bitterness and sweetness. Overall, way too much malt. Hops even begin to take a back seat to the alcohol.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.92/5  rDev +16%

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to optimator13 for this one. It should have been a want and he chose his extras wisely :)

Appearance - Light, clear copper body with an ample white head. It leaves some sticky lacing on top for a while, but that eventually fades too.

Smell - Hoppy, some citrus and pine. A caramel maltiness comes through also. There's a fair bit of booze in the aroma, too.

Taste - Not as hoppy as the smell, but still a great hop flavor of citrus and pine again. The sweetness from the malt is a bit much, but doesn't overwhelm the hops. Barely any bitterness to the finish. The malts become a bit nutty as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light considering all the flavors. Medium-low carbonation. There's an ample amount of booze to the finish which I find a bit undesirable.

Overall - Good DIPA. It's a bit hot and a bit sweet, but it has a great hop profile. I'd gladly drink this again.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Opened a bottle of this last weekend and loved it, opening another tonight to review.

a - Pours a transparent orange amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass, and one inch of head throughout the drink.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, light pine hops, honey, sweet fruity malts, and light caramel malts. Lots of nice hops in the smell and a lot of fruit; I really loved the smell.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruits, caramel malts, fruity malts, pine hops, tropical fruits, earthy notes, and honey. Some light bitterness but not much. Lots of fruits and hops again, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Smooth body with a tiny bit of bitterness. Nice, but a little bit too carbonated.

o - Overall this is a really great DIPA. The smell is outstanding with a lot of tropical fruit and citrus hops, and the taste follows suit. Not a lot of bitterness which surprised me, but it made it very drinkable. A little less carbonation and this would have been amazing. Glad to have another bottle of this one, would definitely like to get more.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A crazy couple of days for me, i came home late tonight and immediatly popped this one open, poured into a pint glass.

Poured a crystal clear orange amber with a huge pillowy frothy head. This faded in a few minutes and left behind a swirly film just barely covering the top of the glass. There was really no lace on the glass, and this is the only reason to know the score on appearence to a 4. The smell was off the hook! Deep citrus, grapefruit, and pinapple mostly dominated this one. Hint at maybe some apple? Warmed to reveal hints of pine nuggets which smelled like gold! Beuatiful full wonderful IPA smell, this is how I would want it to smell if I could make my own, wonderful! The taste, ahh where to begin with the taste. Hop Heaven! this was exactly the way I wanted it to taste. Fnatastically dominated by the citrus hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and very very sweet. Not one, even remote hint at alcohol, which for 10%abv, is no easy feat. Big dry hopped finish rounded this out perfectly. I really could not have asked for this to taste any better. Extremely smooth, crisp, clean. Carbonation was perfect, no hint at oily, slick, or watered down taste. Such a sweet, sweet taste. Just gold.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this bottle.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger or so of off-white head.

S: Very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee, brown sugar, and some toasted bread as well. Pine and floral hops with a bit of citrus and grass to it, too. Maybe a hint booze.

T: Quite sweet on the palate. Caramel, brown sugar, and toffee are the primary flavors. Some citrus hops (grapefruit), with a decent amount of bitterness which helps to subdue a bit of the sweetness.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Far too sweet for what I look for in a double IPA.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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 jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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 pat61
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange-copper color with a small off-white head.

The aroma is heavy on the papaya, with a little bit of resiny pine, pineapple and bready malt mixed in. A very nice, fresh smelling aroma.

The flavor is also very nice. I get a lot of tropical fruit - mainly apricots and papaya - as well as some resiny pine. There is a touch of bready malt and the bitterness is about medium for the style. There is also a nice bit of alcohol warming. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, one of the better Divine Reserve beers I have tried. This is right up there with No. 6 as my favorites. I think this one is going to be best drank fresh so I won't be sitting on any of these.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
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 yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Phatatut!

Pours a clear, filtered bright copper color with a fluffy, yellowish-tan head. Average retention and little lacing.

Aroma is extremely piney and fresh, no solvent or off notes, with a strong caramel malty presence. Not overly complex, but very pleasant.

Flavor has a strong bready and caramel malt body throughout balancing the aggressive hop bitterness. Pine dominates like the nose, though there is slightly more complexity here with some light pineapple and other tropical citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style and flavors. Lighter side of medium with light fine carbonation. Finish is very dry and slightly resiny; again breadier than I'd expect.

Minor complaints aside, this is a good beer and could be great with a slightly bigger body. Easily one of the better DR's and an impressive DIPA.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #11 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 222 ratings