Saint Arnold Santo | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold SantoSaint Arnold Santo

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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.

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Photo of strangebrew1981
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a black kolsch? some may say they were just too lazy to lager this thing, not that it really would have helped a whole lot in my opinion. watery see through brown in color, short lived half inch of tan suds. smells loosely like roasted barley, but not enough of it, its thin and transparent aromatically. faint cocoa notes too, but they seem watered down as well. no hops to speak of. the flavor is a lot like the nose, but the absence of enough malt is more apparent. supposed to be a bold and roasty brew, it lacks that depth. it also lacks enough body to really work in this colder weather. perhaps better in a summer context when a bit of a darker beer is sought, but a light body is still in season. as it stands today, this beer really missed the mark for me, and now after a handful of beers saint Arnold is still yet to really make much of an impression on me.

edit: this is somehow better now in the pint cans than it ever was in the bottles. considerably improved for whatever reason.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown color and clear. Little head and no lace.

Dark caramel malt aroma. No hop.

Tastes like a Brown Ale, not a Kölsch. Lots toasted malt. Sweet with some spritz. Full bodied. Short aftertaste. Overall, it's a run of the mill Brown Ale taste wise.

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Photo of beergoot
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby body with a rich, foamy head; excellent lacing on the glass. Lightly roasted grains predominate the smell; nutty earthiness. Taste follows aroma. Medium-light body (leaning more towards the light-side of things); crisp, clean, semi-dry finish.

A very good, roasted grain ale that really emphasizes the malts. The hop presence is pretty subdued, especially with bitterness, yet the lightly charred character of the malt sugars hold their own and make the beer a winner.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bob1966
2.15/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has a clear, dark brown color, with reddish tinge, and is attractive.
There is moderate to thin lacing on the glass.
I get a Sourish aroma and an astringent taste. I find little hop aroma. The bitterness is moderate.
The mouthfeel seems a little watery to me.
Overall, a rather disappointing beer, due to the aroma, taste and mouthfeel, which is surprising coming from a Saint Arnold product.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bought this based on the label art (really!) I kinda liked the dia de los muertos theme:

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new Belgium goblet:

A pours the color of honey, seemed to me rather flat on the pour.
nearly opaque , with a HINT of cherry red when held up to a light.
very disappointing head, fizzled quick and left no lacing at all

S: just a bit of an ABV to the nose, and a bit of a matiness

T - here's where this one comes thru for me, reminiscent of a stout. much more fizzy to the mouth than the pour. sweet and a bit chocolaty

M foamy, heavy.

D really not what I was hoping for, disappointing.

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3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sampled April 2012
A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a fat-one-finger thick, dirty, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, brown-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty, toasted, dark malt character to it up front, though this doesn’t bowl you over; in fact none of the aromas do. A deeper contemplation of the nose starts to reveal a smooth, roasted grain character, some grassy grain notes and perhaps not a whole lot of other things.

The beer has a touch of sweetness to it that I was not expecting and the finish has a tartness to it that seems to be brought out by the roasted / burnt malt. There is a general fruitiness to this beer that almost seems floral in character somehow. A distinct, roasted nutty notes provides a smooth, pervasive flavor to this beer that is almost the most prominent note. Some brown cracker like notes help contribute to the malt complexity

A malt focused beer, with just a touch of fruitiness from the yeast character. Simple, easy drinking for when you want a roast accented beer. Not bad and even enjoyable, but not all that interesting for me.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pretty standard label art and a branded pressure cap acquired as part of a mixed 6 pack at Whole Foods and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given its current ratings. I'm not certain this is actually a kolsch as currently classified, though Saint Arnold's website calls it a "black Kolsch" - which sounds pretty B.S. Reviewed as a schwarzbier.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of beige colour. Has a nice soft fluffy complexion. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent clear dark amber-brown. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty generic for a schwarzbier.

Sm: Roasted barley, dark malts, hints of coffee, and kilned barley. Any hopping is so minimal it's not discernable. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A poor aroma of mild strength. If this is supposed to be a kolsch, it's absolutely terrible. For a schwarzbier, it's okay. Not looking forward to trying this.

T: Dark malts, pilsner malts, clean barley, a dab of roast, and a fleeting hint of crisp clean munich malts - which reminds the drinker of what this beer actually should be. If they were going for a kolsch, they really missed the mark. And it doesn't commit enough to its dark malts/roasted character to really hit the schwarzbier style. No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol comes through. As it warms, I get some cocoa powder and a bit of earthiness.

Troublesome imbalance. Not gestalt; lacks cohesion and focus. Shallow depth of flavour. Limited duration and intensity of flavour.

There are no off flavours here.

Mf: Nicely clean and crisp. Smooth and wet. A biteen overcarbonated. Okay presence on the palate. Nice body. It suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Kind of refreshing.

Dr: Drinkable, sure, but I wouldn't want to get this again. I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV decently, but I'd probably guess it was higher than 4.70% if I tried it blind. A swing and a miss from Saint Arnold. I hate the premise, and the execution isn't much better. Kolsch is one traditional style that doesn't need yanks tinkering with it.


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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stange.

A: Medium-dark brown. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, brown white head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely; leaving a little residue behind as it does. Plenty of beer ring lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt, light hints of butterscotch and pecan.

T: Roasted malt, and a little peat, pecan shells, and butterscotch.

M: All components are light. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, thick bubbly head, and some nice lacing. Nose is roasty, with sweet and nutty components. Lightly roasted malt, nuts, and sweetness. All components lightly applied. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Saint Arnold Santo from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.47 out of 5 based on 567 ratings.
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