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Saint Arnold ICON

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by dpkpr, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. icetrauma

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    I could see this beer as a good entry into craft beer. Not big and bold at all but easy to drink and smooth. Very "sessionable" beer
     
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    I've been so busy with work and other things....haven't had the time to track this one down. I'll prolly try this weekend.
     
  3. UHCougar12

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    I did this exact thing with a buddy of mine who only drinks bl. Hes tried a few of my other crafty options, and has never liked them. But the Icon he said was pretty good.
     
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    delusions of grandeur
     
  5. jaymesbawned

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    I liked it. Good sessionable beer. Nice belgian yeast flavors without going overboard.
     
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    meh, would NOT buy this ever again, but for an entry point for belgians, could be good for him/her.
     
  7. HoustonZ33

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    I wasn't a fan of it...
     
  8. Ford

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    I had it on tap at the new Nobi House Republic yesterday... I like this beer.
     
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    I tried Icon Red on Friday at Freetail. Pretty good stuff. It kinda reminded me of De Koninck. Nothing mind-blowing, but it's a solid Belgian-style ale.
     
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    For those of you who haven't found any, there is a pallet sitting at HEB Montrose. No exageration.
     
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    Kroger's finally got their shipment as well. Should not be an issue finding this beer.
     
  12. Ford

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    Yep.... seems like they made plenty... can't wait to try the next one in a few months.

    I'll probably end up drinking two four packs of this before all is said and done.. and I've had one pint at Nobi.
     
  13. Lutter

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    Draught House has this on tap in Austin
     
  14. TxUltraRunner

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    This would be a good summer beer. I'd drink this over a Weedwacker hands down.
     
  15. icetrauma

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    All day long.
     
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  16. icetrauma

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    IMO, of all the lower abv beers brewed by SA, I would say this is the most sessionable on of the lot.
     
  17. TxUltraRunner

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    Which begs me to ask why they released a Belgian Ale during the winter. The flavor profile of this beer fits perfectly with the summer. Porter would have worked great. Their winter stout sucks. Have they ever released a porter? mmmmmm.......512 Pecan......
     
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    No porter to my knowledge and I am not a fan of their stout either. I need to find some 512 Pecan.
     
  19. Ford

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    I tried the stout last week and liked it... not my favorite stout... but I'll drink it again, especially if I find it on tap somewhere.
     
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    The only porter they have released has been the Donleavy Porter. A tribute to the author, and only available on cask at the different Gingermans around Texas. Long gone now.
     
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    I just bought a six of the "winter stout" and thought it was pretty good as well. Of course ive had better, but i thought the flavor was decent and i drank the whole six without a problem ;)
     
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  22. Ford

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    Well I actually had the stout on tap at El Real in Houston last night.... besides being served at a near arctic temperature.... had to wait a bit and let it warm up some... I liked it even more this time.
     
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    I think that if you drank the whole 6, you DO have a problem. ;)
     
  24. icetrauma

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    I hope he wasn't refilling those bottles as he went. :p
     
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    very average beer at best. Had at the Saucer without knowing what style it was...still didn't know after drinking it.
     
  26. icetrauma

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    It's a Belgian Pale Ale.
     
  27. Ford

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    I thought it was easy to tell it was Belgian.. but I'm no expert.. so maybe that is my problem.. I knew it wasn't German or Mexican.
     
  28. icetrauma

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    It could of possibly been Polish or Ethiopian but I could be wrong.
     
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    They need to stop screwing around with this ICON crap and gimme Endeavour in 4-packs. SHUT UP AND TAKE ALL MY IPA MONEY.

    Afterwards, they can continue trying to emulate New Belgium's entire regular lineup.

    :)
     
  30. rainerschuhsler

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    I can see why it might be hard to tell what style it is. I think the American hops used in this beer kind of overwhelm the Belgian yeast flavors.
     
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  31. cfh64

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    Huh, thats interesting, I never thought of it that way. Care to be more specific?
     
  32. Lutter

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    I just always think of New Belgium's normal lineup as a menagerie of mediocre Belgian styles.
     
  33. cfh64

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    Gotchya, but this is only one Belgian style that is part of the Icon series and I don't think claiming they are trying to "emulate" NB is a fair statement based on one beer.
     
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  34. Lutter

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    I was mostly trying to be clever.
     
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  35. cfh64

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    Lol, you are clever, I'll give you that ;)

    Is this where I say "I see what you did there"?
     
  36. blatherbeard

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    I was thinking to myself, Nb's beers arent belgians.....

    ;)
     
  37. icetrauma

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    Hence "NEW Belgium" hehehehehehehehe
     
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    Picked up some ICON yesterday ... Solid 'MEH'
     
  39. tofuspeedstar

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    Had the ICON over the weekend.

    It was okay, nothing to write home about.

    Definitely agree that the Winter Stout needs some work, there's no body/mouthfeel to it..it's like drinking water. :|

    BA WINTER VANILLA STOUT HOORAY!
     
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    If, by some chance, someone on the northside is looking and doesn't feel like driving, the booty Kroger by my house on Rayford has a metric shitload of this.
     
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