Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale AleIcon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewer Sam Wright's Description: I was going for an approachable Belgian beer that people could drink more than one of. I wanted to use a simple malt bill with British crystal malts to provide a nice sweetness that doesn't get muddled with the yeast character and the hops. To add an American element, Chinook hops were used for bittering, which adds a piney flavor. Saaz hops were added for aroma that blends well with the yeast. I selected a yeast that adds Belgian yeast character without going overboard with phenols. I wanted to make a beer that used ingredients from disparate brewing traditions that worked well together.

Added by champ103 on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 131
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good, yellow-tan with a pretty good head and lace.

Aroma and taste have Belgian yeast character, a little hops, some coriander, maybe some caramel malt. There's a hint of metallic in the nose.

Body is fairly on the thick side of medium, finish is Belgian yeast.

It's tasty, not particularly on the high side for the style tho.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy dark copper color with an off white head that leaves a lace
S-caramel malt, yeasty, and some spice
T-spice, roasted malt, and a metallic taste. The metallic taste stays with you til the end. Later in the glass the hop flavor comes in.
M-light body and low carbonation
O-my last Saint Arnold's until I go back to Texas. I will pick up some more while I am there. This beer is much better as the it gets warmer, and I will note that and make sure I do that the next glass I have.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce draft pour into a shaker glass. 6% ABV.
Appearance: Brilliant red mahogany. Absolutely no head (3/5).
Aroma: Very light aromas. I get a touch of brown sugar and a suggestion of cider. Almost like there’s a baked apple on the other side of the room. Very appropriate for the season (3.25/5).
Taste: It’s sweet, but doesn’t get cloying. I get notes of caramel apples and deeply roasted malt (3.25/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation (3/5).
Overall: I don’t regret consuming this beer, but I’m not sure I would actively seek out another pint of it. It’s sweet, cidery, and roasty like a good Belgian Pale Ale should be. I would have liked to have seen a little more flavor and aroma contribution from the hops, and a little more lively carbonation, but it’s certainly not poorly made. Perfectly average, I guess (3/5).

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Photo of Labeorphile
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1/4/2013 into a tulip glass. One finger foamy head quickly settles down to a small ring. Color is copper with tiny streams of bubbles coming up.

Smells like a Belgian, very yeasty but not much character. Maybe a hint of metallic.

Flavor is good but not great. Again, not much character. I realize this is not a Trippel, bit it still lacks something. Little bit of funk on the finish is nice.

Mouth feel seems about right, a little thin. Still, refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of roblowther
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. It is a clear, honey copper color with not enough head to stay around long. Not much aroma, maybe a bit of floral smell, maybe a touch of toffee. Sounds like a name for a sore throat lozenge. "Touch of Toffee. Because your throat shouldn't punish your taste buds." Taste is a bit of coriander, then a pronounced hop bite with a mild sharp aftertaste. Seems heavy on "pale ale" and light on "Belgian". Mouthfeel is nice, substantial but light. Overall an interesting beer but not really what it claims, or aspires, to be, IMHO. It is a good, hoppy palate cleanser between courses, I'd say.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head, some thick lacing left behind, and a clear, copper appearance, with lots of tiny bubble streams. The aroma is faint, but one can detect fruitiness (think of strawberries) and bread crust. Taste is of brown bread, bread crust, lighter-than-average molasses, some hop bitterness, and there is a bit of a malt liquor alcohol twang present as well. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Saint Arnold Icon (No. 1) finises dry, crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is a very mild and easy-going beer. It’s worth checking out, but probably won’t be on the shelves for long, with it’s limited release.


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Photo of diamondc
2.13/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Utter disappointment with this beer. "Belgian-style Pale Ale" is written in caps on the front label, yet doesn't display any Belgian-style characteristics as far as spiciness, banana, coriander, fruit on the nose or taste. Its actually a deep amber color instead of Pale. And has the mouthfeel of an amber lager.

If they labeled this "Red Amber Lager" then I would have given it a higher grade.

Reall big grainy, caramel malts, cloying sweetness and aspirin aftertaste. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of acevenom
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saint Arnold Brewing Icon Series
Belgian-Style Pale Ale
6.0% ABV
Released: December 10, 2012

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours hazy amber with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. The beer appears to be decently carbonated due to the visibility of the tiny bubbles rising in the beer. The aroma of the beer is very malty on the nose, smelling of caramel and bread. There's a touch of floral and piney hops in the smell. What I don't get are expected Belgian yeast phenols, which are very restrained here. The bready character of the malt is more prominent in the flavor as the hops provide some nice balancing bitterness to the hints of caramel. I get some nice piney and floral notes from the hops in the taste. The beer was released a little over a month ago, so it still has some nice hop notes here. The body is medium with refreshingly moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the drinkability is high. This is a very good beer even if it is not quite up to what you would expect from the style. The brewery accomplished what it set out to do by making a mash of different brewing traditions with these ingredients. What you get is a nice ale that would also pair well with meals.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color (a little dark for a BPA) with a small cap of tan head. Average retention and lacing.

Nose is a little 'dirtier' than a typical Belgian pale ale, as it has more caramel and even a little toffee. Small bit of grass in there for the hops. It seems to be a little upside down when compared to many of the style, maltier and less hoppy than is expected. Touch of apple fruitiness comes out as it warms.

Taste brings everything back into focus nicely, the fruity yeast playing well with a honey-drizzled biscuit. Moderate grassy hop adds to the complexity and well-roundedness. I like the mouthfeel, very creamy and holds the contributions from yeast, malt and hops all the way through. Pretty good beer, I am impressed with this beer, although I find it to be quite different from the typical BSPA or BPA.

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Photo of champ103
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Petrol Station.

A: Pours pale golden/orange color with a bit of haze. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Definitely crystal malts. A cereal grain aroma with a light sweetness. A light bitterness that fades to a grassy/floral aroma. Finishes with a dry yeast character. Some light peppery phenols. Enjoyable.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Some cereal, bread and biscuit. Even some dry cracker flavors up front. A light sweetness after that. Grassy and floral hops. Then phenolic and peppery yeast in the finish. Though very light.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. This finishes dry and crisp. Smooth at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away without a thought.

I am not sure how much of a Belgian Pale Ale this is. Outside of a dry lingering phenolic yeast character at the very end. Other than that, this has more in common with an English Pale Ale or Bitter. Either way, it is enjoyable, and I will probably end up with at least another 4 pack.

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Icon Series: Belgian-Style Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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