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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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Reviews by taylor714914:
Photo of taylor714914
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wolf. This is nasty. Reminds me of state watered down Ommegang abbey dubbel. The flavors are there, dried fruit, caramel, toffee, but it was thin and bitter. It was a pour, I just couldn't drink it. I'm normally a Smutty fan, but I think they severely missed the mark on this one.

taylor714914, Dec 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet a very deep brown a thin quick to fade light brown head set atop no lace left behind,alot of diferent things going on in the nose somewhat medicinal and herbal with notes of chocolate and dark fruit as well.Seemd a bit sharp in the mouth and not real full,flavors seem a bit dumbed down somewhat yeasty with cola-like flavors and dark fruit but they really dont assert themselves much.The sharp mouthfeel becomes more assertive as I drink more really making it less drinkable.Eh not my thing here I dont drnk many of the style but I look a well made dubbel,Iam sorry but this falls a bit short.

oberon, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Manchester Airport, waiting for my flight to Florida.
The beer was a dark brown color with a sizable tan head. A bit of lace was apparent.
The aroma was of brown sugar, sweet fruit, and caramel malts.
Taste of caramel, raisins, a bit of spiciness.
Sweet, substantial mouthfeel.
Not your typical winter beer. A nice take on the part of Smuttynose.

lordofthewiens, Feb 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

csmartin6, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubbel??? Always seen this beer as more of a scotch ale. Nonetheless, like it as a winter seasonal since it differs from the mold.

Peat-ish, caramelly scent and taste as it's always been, dark brown in appearance. Slight spice & caramel up front, peat in the finish.

Alcohol is subdued so this is a sessionable beer at holiday gatherings.

Very drinkable - a steady beer when I tire of SN Celebration & Berkshire Cabin Fever.

SunDevilBeer, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears as amber in color slightly darker then your average with a decent head and lace.

The nose is malty with a hint of nutty/pale maltyness.

The taste is malty caramel with a load of pale malt. It finishes with a slight citrus.

The mouth is light and is a very drinkable dubble but this also i think degrades its overall quality taste

bishopdc0, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cherry/mahogany color with a nice frothy head that retains well. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet malts, earthy hops. Tastes of candied malts, caramel, dark fruit, cherries, and a light earthy hop spice to finish. Slick, wet mouthfeel. Pretty good.

Doomcifer, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Stella challis.

A - Three-finger head of egg cream white pillowy foam that slowly collapses on itself, leaving a ring around the edge. Deep amber/brown with a dark orange border and cloudy.

S - Citrus hops, caramel, and malt.

T - Toasted malts with a light roast edge, spice, caramel, and pine/citrus hops on the finish.

M - Good carbonation without being fizzy. Nice structure and good body. Its spice/hop finish lingers.

D - A quite enjoyable winter warmer. Could well enjoy sipping 2-3 of these in a sitting.

BuckeyeSlim, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mattf311
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, like a dubble should. It smells and tastes of chocolate and slightly of coffee. Don't get me wrong its a good beer but the chocolate/coffee taste is a little too disjoint from the rest of the beer's flavor. This takes away from the complexity and cohesiveness of the beer. It has a nice mouthfeel though. Its adequately carbonated and drinkable. I could have a few of these in an evening.

mattf311, Nov 03, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

megamass, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, best before date (March, 07) notched on the label. Pours dark honey amber, pretty clear, sporting a dark tan head, that leaves scattered slippery lacing, nose on this one is of smokey raisins and some malts. Smokey, oily offering, I dont get too many "Dubbel" feelings here, this hits my taste buds and other senses as a smoked up, wintery brew. Dry finish, cant say I'm in love with this stuff, perhaps as a cold weather nightcapper

Billolick, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to go with one of my favorite breweries for putting a little splash in my mug...Smutty all the way.
First tasted this beer at an awesome beer dinner at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA over the Thanksgiving weekend with my wife...was real glad to see Smuttynose on the menu.
Pours a clear rust amber with a half finger of off-white head...just a fine layer remains for the duration, producing some thin lace.
A nice mix of sweet malt, gentle spice and some molasses in the nose.
Taste is very enjoyable...all of the above finds its way into the flavor plus a nice smoked profile in the finish. Not sure of the abv, but there is not alcohol detected even as it warms to room temperature.
Mouthfeel is above average and the carbonation is a touch high...very easily consumed and one I will seek out on tap in the near future.
Another solid representation of the style from the boys up north.

warriorsoul, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color, moderate carbonation, cloudy, 1/3 inch head

Smell: toasted malt, bread, and tree bark

Taste: toasted malt, bread, sweet caramel, cinnamon, and small hops

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium body with moderate/high carbonation

Drinkability: A good dubbel that I could have two or three of. I do like the breadiness of it. I would get this again.

tigg924, Mar 30, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

reitzbrewing, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

donunrue, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jakester
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best before date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a pretty clear ruby red with brown tints around the edges. A light tan head forms on top, then quickly vanishes to a scant ring around the glass. No real lacing.

Aroma is big malt combined with spices like nutmeg, cinammon, and cloves. There is also a detectable yeasty, musty smell there; some nice Belgian funk.

First flavor is a smoked malt character, quickly followed by dark, sweet caramel malt. Then you can taste cinammon and nutmeg and cloves(?). It's fairly sweet, with a lingering smokey/spicy aftertaste. Hop character is very low.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a lingering sweetness. Carbonation is low to medium. Finish is a long oily slickness, pleasant.

I guess this is a Belgian Dubbel. It fits the criteria, but I don't remember having one like this. It IS a very good winter ale, however. Very malty, the spices meld with it really well, and a low hop character. And I swear, this has smoked malt in it, a nice touch, to say the least. Highly recommended.

jakester, Dec 27, 2005
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge. best before may 2010 on side of label. poured into a bulb glass.

this beer pours a very hazy brownish amber color with a thin off white head off of a vigorous pour that faded to a thin ring pretty quickly.

in the aroma, your hit with a fairly nice malt profile. sweet, slightly roasted, toffee, caramel, and a little chocolate malt. a slight dose of estery alcohol and spice.

them nice malts transfer to the taste as well. slightly roasted, chocolate, sweet, toffee and caramel malts. tiny bits of estery alcohol show through the malt but still retains a medium to light body. carbonation is nice, a bit prickly on the tongue at times.

pretty decent drinkability, but there are far better winter style ales to session out there. not much of a belgian dubbel. a nice try non the less. id love to have this side by side with this years upcoming smutty winter ale.

dogfishandi, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored with a thick beige head that sits a full inch atop the liquid. The head settles out quickly. Aroma of yeast and toffee, cinnamon, and ripe fruits. Flavor is mild Belgian yeast upfront, followed by brown sugar and caramel, mild malt sweetness, with a fine hop bitter riding beneath. Finishes a little peppery. Full and rich mouthfeel with a slight carbonation tingle in the finish.

far333, Dec 29, 2005
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Ramprider69, Dec 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

doremite, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WTF, is a 4.5% beer now a dubbel, somebody change that rediculous label on this brew. Best by June 2010 yeah fuckin' right, I had this during Christmas on tap at Sharp Edge in Washington County the Brasserie. Low abv beers are meant to move quick brewed in october or november this is dead by march or april I don't care what Trappist yeast you use. Pours a deep clouded amber mahogany brown hue with a light beige khaki head, nice head retention again another gusher as I cracked it open, WTF? Aroma has a creamy nut and fruit combo let's go with crushed almonds and raisins cooked in a cookie dough maybe an Italiano biscotti. Flavor has a creamy sweetness going on okay I will swallow my words it is a dubbel light slight tart apple raisin combo with a nutty yeast flavor going on it's really a nice session ale a bit of a dryness in finish more power to 'em I didn't enjoy the draft as much. Maybe a 4.5% brew was too young with the yeast in the bottle this brew is drinking nice, I bough this for 2 bucks a bottle. Mouthfeel is medium bodied dry finish on the palate carbonation is even during the drinking experience but was pretty much a volcanic explosion on the opening of the cap.

WVbeergeek, Apr 11, 2010
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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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