Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Onslow on 03-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LaTrappeMonk
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I had this beer on cask. The other reviews seem to be from the bottle, so mine’s going to be a bit different. Appearance: This beer had no head at all. It is very dark, near opaque black. Hold it up to light, and it has a reddish hue and a remarkable clarity that comes from its long conditioning time. Aroma: I smelled this beer and thought, "Yep, that’s a quad." It also has some dark fruit, black cherry. Palate: Divine 13 has a medium mouth feel. The cask version I had, of course, had no carbonation. It coated the mouth like 2% milk. Flavor: This beer is delicious. Chocolate and caramel blend with dark fruit flavors, like fig and black cherry, maybe even some blackberry. It starts sweet on the front end and finishes like a dry Cabernet, driving you to the next sip. I would have never guessed the alcohol content by it’s taste. It’s well incorporated into the beer, warming but not biting. Overall: I love this beer. I’d drink it again. In fact, I did. I had to make sure that it was as good as I thought, so I had another, and another, and then just one more. Four tests concur. It’s fantastic.

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Photo of andys_war_hall
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap here at Brewed Fort Worth.

A: This one had a nice dark opaque ruby red. Very little slightly tan head that faded quickly, and left nice lacing on the glass as it went down.

S: At first this one had little to no smell. As it warmed up the smell increased with dark fruits, and malt. It had a slightly sweet smell to it the more it warmed up.

T: This being my first Quadrupel I was not really sure what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised Very fruity. Lots of plums and dates on this one. Very sweet, but not in a carmel and toasted grain way, which is what I was expecting. There was a little chocolate in the sweetness, but the rasins plums, and other dark fruits really shined on this one.

M: This was probably was the best part of the beer. It was so smooth, and rich on the tongue. Slightly carbonated, so that it would dance just right in your mouth. Just a real treat to sip.

O: Great start to this category. I am excited to further expand on exploring the other quadrupel beers out there.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 has virtually no head, but you can get a very thin, yellowish head to develop. The appearance is very dark brown (almost black, really), but under direct sunlight, you’ll see a clear, ruby red. The aroma is of spicy, bready malt, with an accompanying sweetness and yeastiness. The taste is similar, with added fruit candy, dark fruit, fruit cake, dark bread crust, pepper, brown sugar, a backside touch of crayfish boil, and the slightest shade of banana, with an added, yet subdued, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and very prickly (with the little, tiny bubble carbonation), and the finish is dry (not Bud Light dry, though), sugar, chewy, sweet, and brandy like. Overall, this is a stunning, outstanding offering from Saint Arnold of Houston, Texas, and I (in the strongest possible terms) recommend hastily heading out to find this. Overall, I rate this as outstanding, and that’s probably a too-low rating. I beg you to try this! As a side note- after drinking 65% of the bottle, one becomes quite aware of the gentle warmth of this beer’s 11% alcohol level. Awesome!


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Photo of deac83
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Went to my favorite beer store in the DFW area and they had a sign on the beer 'one per customer' so of course I picked up a 6 pack.

Dark brown with a small head.

Rich fruity smell.

Acidic taste with an after taste that I personally don't prefer.

Overall a good beer but a little too acidic for my taste.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Managed to score some Divine Reserve 13 on my second store.
12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: about a half finger of off white / tannish head. Dissipates quickly. Leaves a ring around the glass. No lacing.
S: dark fruits. figs. toffee, plum, cherry?
T: pretty solid. Strong malt backbone. tastes follows the nose a lot. figs, toffee, plum, lots of bready goodness.
M: very good mouthfeel. not overly carbonated. doesnt quite coat the mouth the way a stout does, but enough to leave a lingering breadiness.
O: good beer! glad a I managed to get some. I don't generally drink quads, but I hear is a good representation of the style. I am going to cellar at least 4 of these.

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Photo of champ103
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on cask at Cottonwood and Hay Merchant in Houston. This is the first I have enjoyed this from a bottle. All versions are very similar.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly opaque black. Just the slightest hints of ruby around the edges. A minimal tan head rises to about one finger. Then quickly recedes to a ring. Just a touch of lace is left behind. Pretty much expected with the ABV.
S: At first, peppery, spicy, and earthy yeast in the nose. Then the dark fruit and malts take over. Toasted malts, chocolate covered cherries with dark fruits of figs and plums.
T: A light yeast character, lighter than the nose. Baked bread, toasted malts. Though the dark fruits are much more apparent. Figs, plums, chocolate covered cherries. Very nice.
M/D: A full body with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth, velvety, and creamy. An incredible sipper. I can not tell that this is 11% at all. So enjoyable to drink. Almost devilish.

Not only an excellent example of the style IMO, but also incredibly easy to drink. I am going to have to get some Rochefort's to do a side by side tasting. Saint Arnold hit this out of the park.

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Photo of acevenom
4.96/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark toffee brown with a minimal light tan head that lingers briefly, leaving a cap of lacing atop the beer. I can see tiny bubbles rising within the beer from the side of the glass, but the color of the beer is opaque so you aren't going to see a ton anyway. Dark fruits hit the nose right up front. I get figs and plums with candi sugar and dark roasted malt. I don't even smell much alcohol. The flavor of dark fruit jumps out on the first sip, hitting the tongue with plenty of fig, plum, and raisin. There's some nice dark roasted malt and candi sugar flavors as well, bringing some nice maltiness and sweetness. The flavors nicely mask the alcohol here. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is dangerously drinkable for such a big beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. I'll start off by saying I love the DR series from Saint Arnold. It's always fun trying to get your hands on the current years batch, without even knowing what you're getting into. This years quad pours a dark brownish color with a half inch head that recedes quickly, when held to the light you can see the awesome ruby color come through. The smell is somewhat weak, but has nice fruit hints. The taste makes up for the smell, with tons of fruit up front and a nice spice at the finish. As the glass warms the spice comes through even more. Very little heat on the tongue considering this one clocks in at 11%. All around a great beer,

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Photo of Dajtai007
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This has to be the most easiest drinking DR to date right off the start. Dark fruits dance all over hiding the 11%+ on this bad boy. Tried this on cask, draft, and in bottles and its pretty much consistent. Great job to Steve for creating this recipe.

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Photo of Onslow
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Door mijn moeder gekocht terwijl ik in Galveston aan het brouwen was. Zeer donker, bijna zwarte pruimen kleur. Mooie, stabiele schuimkraag doet aan warme chocolademelk denken. Nog behoorlijk alkoholisch, zal van veroudering profiteren. Heeft de geur en smaak van pruimen, gebrande suiker, rozijnen en cassis. Een interessant bier. Heerlijk!

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Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #13 from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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