Houston, Texas’ Saint Arnold Brewing Company is billed as the oldest craft brewery in Texas, and they have learned some things along the way. Their Divine Reserve series beers are brewed as one time only releases and have developed a cult following, meaning they sell out quickly. Some of them in this series have become mainstays in their lineup, such as Divine Reserve 9, which became Pumpkinator, and Divine Reserve 11, which you can now buy as Endeavour Double IPA.
Divine Reserve 13 is scheduled for release on March 18th, but I was lucky enough to score some of it ten days early. It is a Belgian style quadruple that pours a dark brown with ruby edges. There isn’t much carbonation here and the aroma is of dark fruits and bready malt. The taste is much of the same with a dry and sweet finish that leaves you wanting for more. It’s a simple quad, but it really works well. I enjoyed this one a lot more than I did Divine Reserve 12, which was an old ale. This is a big beer at 11 percent ABV, so it’s a sipper. It should also age really well, so drink one now, then set one aside to enjoy next winter.
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 is sold in 22 ounce bombers for around $7 and in six packs of 12 ounce bottles for around $13. If you see it, grab it, because it won’t stay on the shelves very long. Liquor stores in Texas have been known to sell out within minutes of its release, and I’ve actually got a couple bottles for a friend who lives in Texas much closer to the brewery than me, but who can’t ever get these releases because of how fast they fly off the shelves over there.