Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Onslow on 03-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
301
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
92
For Trade:
10
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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of whoneeds8
2.42/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.
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