Thursday, December 27, 2012

Saint Arnold Brewing - Christmas Ale

For the Third Beer of Christmas, we pick up our first six-pack from a brewer that's a perennial favorite in our house.

Saint Arnold is only 45 minutes from Aubrey's place in Houston, so during my first trip to visit her after she moved, we had to hit up Saint Arnold. I'll post more on that another time.  But for now, just accept that you need to visit this brewery (and show up early ... the place gets full in a hurry).

Houston (from what I'm told) is home to two type of people ... Aggies and Cougars (graduates of Texas A&M and the University of Houston, respectively).  But this one comes out of the bottle a very University of Texas burnt orange.  I don't know what they were thinking on brew day. :)  The head is a very thin beige and frittered away to nothing as I was taking the pictures.

A fruity aroma filled the area around the glass.  It was light but pleasant.  Chocolate peeked through the background with a touch of buttered biscuits.

My first sip carried a big, yeast flavor with strong notes of semi-sweet caramel and a warming dose of alcohol.  Spices are present, but partially hidden behind the yeast and alcohol. Moderate carbonation combines with the flavors to create a medium bodied beer.

Brandon found pumpkin in the flavor while Wyatt felt it had a "Belgian ale thing going on" and was "earthy but not real earthy."

Aaron: 6
Brandon: 8
Wyatt: 8
Tracy: 6
Brewer: Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Location: Houston, TX
Style: Winter Warmer
Alcohol Content: 7.0% ABV
Interesting Note: The best part of the Saint Arnold tour is hanging out in the great hall and meeting new people.  On our second tour, we struck up a conversation with the guys below (unfortunately I don't remember their names now) who were sitting next to us and spent the afternoon drinking beer and playing games with them.  I'm looking forward to meeting new strangers next trip.

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