Divine Reserve #13
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Divine Reserve #13Divine Reserve #13
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 9.66%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
312
From:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  28
Gots
  93
SCORE
92
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Divine Reserve #13Divine Reserve #13
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Pegasus from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderate light brown head atop a mahogany body with ruby highlights. A veil of thin and all but unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Rich notes of molasses, dark caramel, dark fruit, rustic dark bread, brown sugar, raisins, cherries and dates. Sweet vinous alcohol is fairly prominent, but pleasant.

Taste: Opens with a strong wave of dark fruit, plums, raisins and cherries seeming particularly notable. There is a pleasant undercurrent of dark caramel and spicy alcohol. The latter is warming, but without harsh or hot notes. The finish is quite sweet and slightly earthy.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, very full and pleasant, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice example of the style, which held up well being "cellared" in the refrigerator for several years.

Presentation: Packaged in a stubby twelve once brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Duvel tulip.

Nov 27, 2020
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Roadhorn from Texas

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Opened a Bomber of this bad boy tonight and it's everything described in other reviews. It's an exceptional beverage. I've carefully cellared/aged it in Fridge #2 for 6 years. Well worth the wait and Mrs. Horn is very pleased too.

I will never miss buying all I can of the Reserve Series again!

Jun 02, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Visiting on SAB on Beer safari in Houston. Had on cask at tasting room. Rich, dark fruit, some hints of cherry and fig, rich and so smooth from the cask. Special treat.

Sep 18, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours coffee colored with a vague tawny hue; the small tan head fades quickly but leaves stringy lacing

Smell: Caramel, fig and cherry tones; subtle red licorice and nutmeg aromatics, too

Taste: Burnt brown sugar, molasses and caramel lay down the base, with the fig, plum and cherry tones building; red licorice and nutmeg appear, after the swallow, with the sweetened dark fruit dominant in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit flabby for the style

Overall: With the exception of the mouthfeel, this is a very nice domestic version of the style

Sep 03, 2016
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber-brown. Deep red highlights, almost purplish. Small light tan head is slow to form and quick to vanish. Moderate amount of lacing that also vanishes quickly.

Huge malt and dark fruit aroma. Caramel and molasses. Ripe plum, raisin, fig, prunes, and cherry. Toffee, anise, and vanilla. Dark bread. Reminiscent of cognac or brandy.

Big dark fruit on the tongue. Plum, prunes, and figs. Molasses, dark and syrupy. Brown sugar, caramel, and sweetened bread dough. Licorice, cloves, and nutmeg.

Thick, chewy mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Mildly boozy. Sweet and mildly syrupy. Lingering fruit and spice.

Big flavors and aromas in this malt bomb. Fruity, sweet, malty, boozy, rich, indulgent.

Feb 13, 2016
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Chris_Huston from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spectacular deep dark amber-brown color with a garnet aura. Freely poured into a snifter-tulip at a little below room temp and the tan head builds nicely but not out of control. Pugnacious, sheet-like lacing as the foam loves to hang on to the inside of the glass when swirled lazily.

Smell of malt, but not much on the caramel side, more of a bread and dark pruned fruits, predominantly, but mildly raisin, and modest alcohol whiff. Whereas the aromas are understated, it is the taste that delivers them more strongly, but with the alcohol backing off, making a very nice fluid, progressive drinking experience from nose to tongue. On top of that, the "Belgian Extra Dark Candi Syrup" is clearly present, especially on the back end, making this possibly too sweet for some, but certainly not to the degree of Avery's Reverend, for example. The feel imparts a nice medium-heavy weight and creaminess that suits the other characteristics.

Overall, an admirable Belgian-style quad that's easily revisitable -- a shame it's a limited release.

Nov 27, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, fruit juice, caramel, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, fruit juice, dark fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice dark fruit and caramel qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Jun 04, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Deep, dark, cola brown with a comparable fizzy head (dissipates quickly).

Smell: Prunes, dates and roasted grain.

Taste: Sweet dried fruit (dates, apricots; fruitcake), caramel, and vanilla with a mild, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and a little sticky. Moderate, prickly carbonation. Traces of warming alcohol.

Overall: Nothing too complex, just nice, dark fruit flavors for sipping.

Follow up: Tried again 30-Mar-16. Gentler, smoother carbonation with hints of alcohol remaining. Fruitcake flavors still abound, but some cocoa notes emerge as well. Still a tasty sipper another year on.

Aug 13, 2014
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brownish-purple hue. Opaque. Sandy colored and whisky head that dissolves in a hurry leaving no trace.

Sweet plums, grape crush, brown sugar, dates in the aroma.

The grape crush pops in the flavor. Figs, dates, brown sugar, and caramel add more sweetness. Barley a hint of booze despite being 11%. Slightly metallic aftertaste is the only knock.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Again with the slightly metallic, almost rusty mouthfeel.

I very much enjoyed this beer. The finish is the only downside and, while noticeable, isn't a huge distraction.

Apr 16, 2014
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Uanof from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warming aroma of malt and booze rise slowly from the chalice, not too overpowering not be underestimated. Pours the darkest hue of red almost black, reminds me of blackberries. The taste is completely accurate to the description, very slight bitterness, maltiness and a dryness that wraps it all up, until you start drinking again. Very pleasent, very enjoyable indeed.

Feb 22, 2014
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ARaces23 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quads aren't my cup of tea, but this is good. Too sweet for me with over ripe dark fruits--raisins, cherries, figs--and a licorice back bite with just a hint of bitterness. Decent mouthfeel and color, aroma lends itself to coming flavors
Definitely fits the style, just not mine

Oct 28, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz quasi-stubbie bottle, thanks to doktorzee for bringing this back from Texas. Brewing divinity from the southern ventricle of the Bible Belt - the irony, she be thick.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and sort of bubbly pale beige head, which leaves some decent melting iceberg lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of fairly sweet bready caramel malt, sassy dark plum and prune, some warmed vanilla, a bit of dry chocolate and coffee, a laid-back earthy yeastiness, and prominent (for the style) herbal, leafy hops. The taste is more rather sweet caramel/toffee malt, sugary drupe and darker orchard fruit, an underlying Yuletide cake breadiness, additional candi sugar notes, and an ever so slight nod to the bristling, vanilla-tinged 22-proof alcohol.

The bubbles are quite subtle and generally hard to pinpoint, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and really quite smooth, with a certain attendant creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, natch, the caramel, vanilla, and multipronged over-sugared fruitiness lingering, while looking over the shoulder at the same time.

A decent shot at the style, with most of the points checked, and checked again. However, while the subtly here is commendable, it is still outdone by the Belgian masters of the style, be they Trappist, or 'merely' Abbey-borne. Huh - declaring degrees of subtly in the concept of subtly is so awesomely meta. Anyways - a well-wrought ode to the strongest ales of the kind, all the way from that most 'mericun of urban sprawls.

Oct 04, 2013
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Chocolate brown with a tan one-finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: dark fruits and chocolate mingle with that great Belgian funky yeast.

T: Follows nose in a big way. Sweet, sultry. Caramel, chocolate and raisins mix with Belgian yeast for a divine taste sensation. The 11% warms very quickly, leaving me in a blissful state. As it warms, tastes enhance. Just terrific.

M: Medium with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Might be one of my new favorite quads. Too bad they only made it once. Wish I'd bought more. Praise this saintly brew.

Sep 21, 2013
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brurevu from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a very dark ruby brown with a slight tan head. The aroma was a perfect Belgian quad with deep dark fruits and a bit of sweet Belgian yeast. The taste was an excellent with Belgian yeast, sweet dark fruits, a bit of the chocolate malt and a slight warming from the alcohol. All in all a great take on a Belgian quad and a great beer in general. I am aging the rest of the sixer and this should only improve with age.

Aug 29, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle pours a fairly clear, dark brown color with a modest cap of tan head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is a good blend of yeast and malt. fruitcake meets a chocolate and caramel drizzled cake doughnut.

Taste is really smoothing out nicely with a few months on it now. The abv has really tamed down and the fruit/malt interplay is just about right. Caramel and chocolate vie for attention and the yeast goes for a nice strawberry shortcake imitation. Mouthfeel is nice and rich too. This might be up there with my favorite DRs - 11, 9 and 5.

Jun 04, 2013
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Bottleneck says 022713. Still don't understand why these guys use twist-off caps. Must be a Texas thing.

A- From a heavy pour comes a reddish dark brown body with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of light surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a ring behind on the glass.

S- Belgian candi sugar aroma is rich with dark fruit notes such as black cherry, plum and raisin.

T- Flavor is much like the aroma with more Belgian candi sugar and dark fruit with the yeast tying everything together nicely. Alcohol is barely noticeable for a beer with such a high ABV. Quite sweet with a sugary finish.

M- Slightly sticky with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A very nice quad from a brewery that I wasn't expecting much from since their DIPA and Winter Stout were a bit lackluster. I also like how it's in a six-pack format even though it's such a strong beer.

May 08, 2013
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Labeorphile from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay chalice. Very cherry cola like with dark appearance and red highlights. Not much head and the bubbles are coarse like soft drink bubbles. Would prefer a quad go have smaller bubbles.

Nose is inviting. Alcohol is clearly there, but buried in dark fruits, and a good balance of sweetness and maltiness.

Taste is great, especially as it warms. Some booziness, but the dark fruits really show up on the finish. Slight aftertaste from the alcohol.

Mouth feel is a little thin but not bad.

Overall a great Cowboy Quad worth picking up and sipping.

Apr 27, 2013
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Trappist glass.

Comes out brown looking dark and imposing in the glass. Ruby highlights are revealed in the light. Fluffy khaki head settles quickly to a thin topping.

The aroma is full of raisin and fig dark fruitiness, brown sugar, spice, and alcohol.

The flavor hits on the same cylinders as the aroma bringing a nice complexity. Lots of dark fruits, spice, and sweetness in brown sugar and caramel. Toasted bread and plenty of alcohol warmth round it out.

Very smooth drinking, with tingling carbonation, and a medium body.

Apr 22, 2013
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tubeyes from Texas

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark blackish brown, min head, min lace
S maple holiday berry strong, spiced apple cider.
T spiced apple cider, healthy fruit roll up.
M great velvety smooth mf, spiced apple cider aftertaste.
O pretty awesome beer very heavy on the spiced apple cider. Had in st arnold bock shaker pint on tap at OSDH firkin Friday!

Apr 20, 2013
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obrike from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at my local HEB in Round Rock for 14 bucks. Very excited to see this here.

Poured about a half finger of off white head that did not last too long. Left a small ring around the pint glass for the duration. Color is cola like.
Took a while for the dark fruits scent to wake up...but it did. Mixed in nicely with some of the sweet malt, maybe a bit of bubblegum as well.
Man, that's pretty tasty; but let it warm a bit folks. Certainly strong malt backbone flavor with this one. Some of the dark fruits coming in too...figs, plum, tasty bready sweet malt. Just a nice sipper as you can feel some of the alcohol heat as well. Uber smooth mouthfeel on this one. Lightly carbonated. A wonderful beer for the end of the night.
Certainly a well crafted beer. The booze makes it a one and done for sure, but Saint Arnold appears to have made another winner here.

Apr 16, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Dark brown. Pours a slight, brown white head. Settles quickly leaving only a ring around the rim and a smattering of bubbles. Only the slightest lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew. Head, although slight, renews vigorously with each pour.

S: Roasted malt, almond, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, and bubble gum.

T: Roasted malt. Slightly pungent and bittersweet flavors of raisin, and black licorice.

M: Thick and syrupy. Lightly sweet in the front, pungent and peaty through the middle, and not much of an aftertaste. Very dry finish.

D: Sip, savor, and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, not much in terms of head or lacing; characteristic of the style. Great nose... roasted malt with a nutty tone, accentuated with sweet and fruity components. Flavor is roasted, with sweet and pungent components for balance. Very smooth...very smooth. No real aftertaste and a dry finish. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Apr 14, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2/28/13
Westy 12 glass

A: Pours out like cherry cola really. Effervescent. Dark brownish color with hints of red in there. Can almost see through it. Basically no head aside from a collar of light tan head. Rings the glass. Some alcohol legs. Not tons of lacing.

S: Dark fruits for sure: Prunes, plums, raisins, figs, etc. Maybe some leather. Dark chocolate.

T: Big dark fruits right away. Getting those jammy prunes and figs and raisins and plum. Prickly carbonation on tip of tongue. Maybe some hints of dark chocolate in the mid-palate. Some of that old leather that I smelled. Finish is quite dry, lingering dark fruit flavors interweave with that finish.

M: Big medium bodied. Carbonation helps.

Apr 10, 2013
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Abbbp from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Now I must admit after Beermageddon I finally learned what St. Arnold's was, but the Lawnmower ain't got shit on the Divine. This beer is accurately labeled. I'm lucky, blessed that this year when the #13 showed up that it was a Quad and that my local beer man at the Las Colinas Beverages (shout out) told us about it well in advance.

Although I love the chase, this beer didn't sell out as fast as I thought it would, and I was able to procure 2 sixers. I'm keeping one of those to send around to other Abbbp members and BAs, get it if you can.

A purple wine like. Blood burgundy in the glass

S like a quad should Be, smooth, and delicious, grape-like but not acidic like wine

T smooth, awesome taste, plums, prunes, purple

M not overly carbonated and actually want to let it linger

O dear god getting more, outta 100 I'd give it an A, a 93

Apr 09, 2013
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whoneeds8 from Texas

2.42/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Westmalle Chalice black with a very thin white head that went away fairly quickly.

Listen, I have a bad nose. But I can't get any scent off this quad. That's bad if MY nose can't get anything off a quad.

I got to say, the taste just isn't anything great either. This is really disappointing for something Divine. Three Philosophers has more going for it than this does.

I thought DR8 was my least favorite, but that might be because I'm not a scotch ale fan. But this is . . . .

THE WORST DIVINE RESERVE YET!!!

Come on Brock, I expect better out of you.

Apr 08, 2013
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kyleelton from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Looks really dark red with a thin head that lingers very nicely. Perfect.

This thing smells amazing. Im thinking plums and maybe some smoke. I only dock it a bit because it might become overpowering.

I first get gingerbread. That was my first impression. Just a hint of alcohol, but this 11% ABV beer is sneaky. The alcohol is hidden really well.

I can't imagine a better mouthfeel in a beer. Full body and just the right amount of carbonation.

I don't always like Belgian style ales, but this is damn good. As much as I have liked past Divine Reserve beers (especially the 11) this is what this series was made for. Well done Saint Arnold. Big, complex, flavor-filled beer for beer lovers.

Mar 30, 2013
Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 312 ratings