Divine Reserve 16 Release
It’s time for another great release from Saint Arnold Brewing Company: Divine Reserve 16. Divine Reserve 16 (DR 16) is not the typical German-style beer from Saint Arnold; this one is unique, and the first Adambier the brewery has created.
If you’re like me, you might be wondering: “What is an Adambier?”
According to the Brewers Association, Adambier is a pre-Reinheitsgebot style that has been making a slow comeback in the U.S. and internationally. It was a historically smoky ale, thriving in and around the Dortmund, Germany area. Adambier was a strong (about 10% abv), dark, sour beer, which was top-fermented and then aged in wood for long periods; it was always aged for at least a year, and often for longer.
DR 16 is a unique release for Saint Arnold as it’s the first time they’ve used smoked, or “rauch,” malt in one of their beers.
Rauchmalt is best described as German wood-smoked malt that contributes a smoky flavor to beers. The brewing operations manager from Saint Arnold, Stephen Rawlings, wanted to create a smoked beer, as German-style beers are in his brewing wheelhouse.
Saint Arnold describes the beer as follows:
DR16 is a full bodied beer with a prominent, but not overpowering, smoked wood aroma (almost like a campfire), which comes from the use of Rauchmalt. It’s the first time we’ve used smoked malt in a beer. There is a subtle Noble hop aroma and a slight caramel character that becomes more prominent as the beer warms up. The smokiness dominates through the crisp, KÃ¶lsch yeast inspired, finish. DR16 has a moderately-high bitterness that is balanced nicely by its residual malty sweetness, and there is no lack of alcohol warmth as you easily finish a pint. DR16 comes in right at 10% ABV.
|Reserve No. 16:||Adambier|
|Date Brewed:||December 9, 2015|
|Date Bottled:||February 9, 2016|
|Malts:||Munich, Rauchmalt, Honey Malt, Carafa, Melanoidin|
Here are some locations around Houston that you will find the beer on draft:
Monday, February 29
J. Henry’s Draught House & Kitchen, Clear Lake
Union Tavern, Clear Lake
The Ginger Man at 6:00 PM
Hop Scholar at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, March 1
Front Porch Pub (plus Trivia Night)
Baker St. Pub & Grill, Cinco Ranch at 5:30 PM(also featuring DR15)
Mo’s Irish Pub at 6:00 PM
Friday, March 4
Saturday, March 5
Dak & Bop at 7:00 PM