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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  5.83% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-30-2005)
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured twice from the taps at Skibbo's on East Tremont in the Bronx over the course of a seven days. It was only after tonight that I ignored my pride and simply looked up what a Winter Ale equated into beer styles.

A: Poured into plastic cup to reveal a crimson and brown color which works well for the winter weather in the Northeast. Head from the sample cup looked to be at least a finger size, fading away slowly with not much lacing to mention.

S: The nose is sweet of malts, fruits along with the dubbel style. I read Smuttynose got a hold of a Trappist yeast straing but could not detect along with spices but still alluring nonetheless.

T:Last week when taking a loing sample, I was suprised at the thick and sweet nature of this winter ale. However, upon learning it's a dubbel, it the flavor delivery makes more sense but is enjoyable anyway you shake it. Malt is the first and foremost flavor, brown being the first that comes to midn, then seconded by cocoa, nuts, and some tobacco leaf and a pinch of clove but not enough. An overall estery fruitness of apples and cherries lingers in the pallet.

M: Medium mouthfeel is cloying at first then lingering bitterness and oveall hoppyness at the end. Very easily drinkable with low key carbonation to make it slippery down the throat.

D: I prefer Smuttynose's sweet Winter Ale to the other spicy or hoppy versions. The beer is a combo of true Belgian yeast with west coast American hops to continue to redefining of beer in America. Smuttynose has some gosh darn good talent near their vats.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 02:34:16 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.