Saint Arnold Santo | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Santo is a black Kölsch, which technically doesn’t exist as a style, but this is as close as we can come to describing it. Essentially it is brewed using a Kölsch recipe with the addition of Munich and black malt. It is light bodied and floral yet with a distinct dark malt flavor. Our goal was to create a dark yet refreshing beer that would pair perfectly with a plate of enchiladas.

The label artwork is by Houston artist Carlos Hernandez who is known for his Day of the Dead Rock Star series of paintings and prints.

Added by zander4dawin on 09-28-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
565
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
17.34%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
160
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Premo88:
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4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into craft beer glass (wide-mouthed stick)

L: brown with amber highlights ... black-brown unless you hold up to light; only 1/4-inch head of creamy tan foam -- didn't pour it hard enough; it's produced much bigger heads on harder pours (and without losing carbonation); light lacing at best; the amber sometimes looks like orange; it's crystal clear

S: lots of grain swirled into a good malt presence; malt is the lighter, sweet biscuits/bread kind, very nice; the malt gets just dark enough to conjure up raisin bread -- not the full-on raisin force of a belgian strong dark. for someone who doesn't like raisins, it's very pleasant.

T: malt. nutty, sweet malt to the point that if you'd have told me i was drinking an English brown ale, i would've believed 100%. man, does thing have some good taste ... follows the nose with a bit of grain but mostly sweet biscuits/nuts from a wonderful toasted barley. hops are present enough to add a bit of spice through the swallow, not necessarily up front with the bite -- just enough to remind you it's beer.

F: light to medium weight, not watery, solid carbonation. looks dark but drinks like a kolsch in the mouthfeel ...

O: a very easy beer to get behind; loads of malty goodness and at just 4.7% ABV, it's damn near heaven-sent for those of us looking for an American-made brew that mimics the lighter malty brews of England (pale ale, IPA, brown ale, bitter) and is sessionable. it's simple in the nose, taste, feel -- good beer; but it's complex in that it's a kolsch, a "black" kolsch, that may or may not be a style ... frankly, i don't care.

a fantastic break from the hop-bomb craze. i hope SA keeps making this year-round ... a perfect option when i want a lighter malt malt-bomb.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Mahogany color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma of creamy chocolates and earthy hops.
Likewise nice creamy chocolate flavor, mild tangy fruitiness and earthy hops, and roasted malts.
Light body with medium carbonation.
This is definitely an improvement from the regular Kolsch version, more fun.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,5 Cj.3,5

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Photo of Tiernan
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and toasted malt, with some earthy hops. There is also a little bit of chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat strange. I get some toffee and roasted malt, but there is also some earthy and grass notes. The finish is pretty clean like you would expect from a kolsch, but other than that this tastes more like a standard dunkel lager or something similar. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tiitomireles
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of awalsh
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of Dinkel
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Dello
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dantalis
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SvenHayden
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of En29356
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Dwbrju2
4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff, good refreshing dark beer.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lnashsig
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A new offering from my local Houston brewery Saint Arnolds...here we go. A "Black Kolsch"- basically Lawnmower with roasted malts, right?

Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a murky brown/black color, reminiscent of brown tea as it leaves the bottle. Dark in color as it gets into the glass, but light gets through. Smell- roasted malt, tea leaves, a little bit of coffee and mocha. reminds me of a dobblebock in appearance and smell. Taste- tea leaves, a faint bitterness, maybe some coffee flavors again. Overall, not much here. A little bland and boring. Really rich carbonation here too. A realize that they are trying to make a session beer here, but I don't see ever making a session out of this. A little blah on this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Qabil
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 565 ratings.
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