Beer of the Week – Saint Arnold Christmas Ale

Saint Arnold Christmas Ale

There’s something to be said for leaving old Saint Nick cookies and milk … but come on! Who amongst us would take stale cookies and tepid milk over a cold brew? That’s why, for the last few years, I’ve waited til the kids have gone to bed, tossed the cookies and replaced it with a Christmas Brew in a bucket of ice. My presents have gotten much better, but the old guy seems to leave the seat up in the bathroom and I end up getting the blame from the Missus. Thanks Santa!

It was the elves … i swear!

I don’t think I’ve been disappointed by a Saint Arnold brew yet … so I was eagerly awaiting this year’s Christmas Ale (and am STILL anxiously awaiting their Sailing Santa) so I could try it and let you guys know about it. While shopping for some seasonal goodies, I finally spied it sitting next to the other Saint Arnold brews, so I snatched it up and decided to cook a chili for the Saints/Raiders game.

It poured into my goblet with a rich amber/copper with a nice creamy, off-white head which left minimal lacing. The nose was sweet, with slightly woody, malty caramel notes. The taste was not as sweet as the aroma leads you to believe, with traces of cinnamon and nutmeg, malts and a slightly hoppy/spicy finish. The tingly carbonation gives this brew a medium mouthfeel, with a dry finish. At 7.0 ABV, it’s got a great warming quality, while still being quite drinkable. A perfect winter warmer, and one I highly recommend. 4/5


Joel is a local beer enthusiast, home brewer, member of the American Homebrewers Association®, The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild and is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server

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