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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-30-2005

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
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Photo of oelergud
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 12oz glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows a 70's (?) winter scene with a laughing woman cradling either food or drink.
The body is a nice semi transparent ruby brown with low carbonation. The head is a creamy mottled tan with a few medium bubbles. Good retention and little lace.
This beer smells like pure christmas. Warm spices, sweet brown sugar malts with dates and maybe raisins. One of the most inviting smells from a brew I've encountered.
Sweet sugary malts with spice and delicious semi mellow, slightly spiked hops. A very pleasant aftertaste follows the initial flavors with a well balanced overall flavor of pine hops and christmas spice malts.
Medium full body with good coating. Some residual sugars.
Highly drinkable and so very enjoyable.

-Oelergud

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a chalice. Good till May 2011, we are good to go.

Pours a nice off tan colored two finger head. Some retention and puck like consistency to it. Body is a nice dark cherry color, with great blood red hues.

Malty sweet denseness of dried fruit cake. Hints of yeasty bread dough. Smells like boxed soft chocolate chip cookies or something. Real neat, kind of enjoyable.

Dense sweet malt with cherries and chocolate. Slightly drying in the palate, but a great body with some good density. Mouthfeel is almost watery but not quite, the bready/malt seems to beef it up just enough.

This is a real interesting take on this style, the low abv makes it real enjoyable and super easy to drink. This feels like a Christmas winter beer for sure, it hints of Black Forest German Chocolate cake with the artificial cherry on top. Great beer.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale....

Appearance-beautiful pour into the glass, dark color with a thick head that springs up, then down and settles, leaving sticky lace in the glass.

Smell- malty aroma, alcohol notes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty in character, strong and smooth, hops are there, but more gentle than the malts, chocolate notes and well as heavy caramel flavor. Very smooth and heavy but tastes great.

Drinkability- strong beer but incredibly smooth and drinkable, good for the long nights it toasts too.

Overall- I believe this beer has been classified incorrectly, it tastes much more like a Bock than a Dubbel. Still, an amazingly tasty and strong winter brew. Smutty continues to make really decent brews, this is no exception.

Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice brown ale, I'm not so sure about the Belgian dubbel label, however, as it doesn't really have the yeastiness or character of that style. Nevertheless, this is a really fine beer. It pours a nice clear mahogany color with a tannish head, a bit foamy, that settles into a nice retention and small lace. The aroma is roasted sweet malts, a slight chocolatey whiff and maybe some tobacco. The nose on the beer is quite good, characterful, and nicely pungent. This has all the makings of a nice enticing beer.

The taste will not disappoint. This is medium bodied beer, modestly carbonated, with a nice heavy fruit flavored base, some roasted maltiness, a sweet caramel flavor throughout, and just enough of a hoppy bitterness in the finish to top this very good beer off. There is a nice malty and hop balance to the beer. There is almost a sweet nutty partially roasted quality to the beer that is complemented very nicely by the character of the hop. I had this beer a few weeks ago and I specifically sought it out to review. I'm glad I did. A great beer out of Smuttynose Brewery. L'Chaim.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, from one of the first batches, sampled fresh.

This dubble poured a clear, light coffee-brown color with tan foam that settled. The smell was sweetly malty with a touch of Belgian candy sugar and a light vinous aroma. The taste was full of Begian malt with some light candy sugar, though not overly sweet. The hoppiness was mild. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and lightly sweet with medium body and good carbonation. The finish was hoppy and the sweet flavor lingered in the aftertaste. This was a very nice, Belgian style ale (not sure if it is a Dubbel, but I like it). Quite enjoyable.

Photo of MattBrooks
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recall first trying this beer last year on its debut. I remember liking it, but really wanted to try it again. It smells like Christmas in your glass. It's brown, malty, a little spicy and totally quaffable. A sixer of this will go very fast. By comparison, it's heavier than the Sam, but not as spicy as the Harpoon. It has balance and depth, with a hearty finish.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a tan head. In the aroma, vanilla, oaky(?), and a nice spice blend. In the taste, vanilla, cinnamon, oaky, and almost creamy. A small spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon and almost bourbon like aftertaste. Almost feels bourbon barreled, quite nice.

Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clouded amber colored...nice head and lace.

S-Caramel, and earthy hops on the nose

T-Nice caramel maltines...also some breadiness....a good earthy hop element and also some sweet cocoa powder (lighter impression)...very tasty..definitely leans malty

M-Medium bodied...a little slick and sweet....carbonation is medium at best.

D-One of the better winter offerings out there....certainly top 25%...Never feels like a huge sipping style beer but there is no doubt this has some depth to it....

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber, with only a finger or two of off white lacing that quickly disappears leaving only a little lacing. I smell some malty scents, and a few other faint scents, but not much. For this style, I might consider this on the more carbonated side. The main flavors I notice are, again, the caramel malts, and a very little bit of fruit flavors, maybe apple, and a touch of hoppy bitterness at the end. This beer isn't too filling, and its taste is solid if not exceptional, so I think it could definitely be a session beer.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear, dark red overripe cherry coloration. no head, no lace. solid in the glass. just beer, no frills. big, dark fruit nose with some biscuity malt and the slightest hint of cantaloupe. also detecting a bit of campfire smokiness.. very inviting. rough around the edges in terms of carbonation and sharp hops.. although the body screams belgian with a milky, caramelly wave of molasses and cherry puree. brings that dubbel character through without interference from overbearing, bitter coffee malts. an amazing local substitute for the pricier belgian clones like pere jacques. a true northeastern gem and surprisingly in great excess of my expectations.

another victory for smuttynose.

Photo of jakester
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep dark garnet red when held up to the light, topped with a big belgianese looking tan head. there's already a splattering of lace where the foam (whose surface is becoming increasingly rocky and pitted) has begun to recede. should hold longer for the low abv.

S- toffee and caramel, sugar coated nuts, funky and fruity cherry banana yeast, tart berries, damp wood, a touch of roasted grain, and a bit of peppery spice. some orange, herbal and piney hop aromas as well. if they used a trappist yeast strain, i'm betting it's chimay. a little more power behind the aroma would be even nicer.

T- more roasted malt and hop flavor then i would have expected. nutty, burnt, woodsy, and hoppy blend very nicely together and the hops are laid back enough so as not to be the center of attention. if anything were to stand ahead, i would say it's the roasty toasty malt character and tart fruity flavors, especially in the finish. herbal bitterness kinda creeps in then too, with fruity banana and pepper yeast chillin in the back.

MF- tight fizzy carbonation and a toasty nutty mouthfeel give a solid score to this one and while it's not totally full bodied, it's husky enough to stand against some other high abv versions of the style. coating and resinous on the palate.

D- i don't think i've ever had a 5% dubbel before, but i'm not disappointed with this one. it has some of that belgian flavor and some of that american flavor and a little bit of something mid-atlantic. this one ain't a sipper, and i'm tiltin my tulip up like a champ. definitely worth a try and very unique among the winter ales available to me.

Photo of jakdracula
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought one bottle as part of a mixed set, tasted it, and went back and bought a case.

Just a great beer, not too heavy, very drinkable, and just delicious.

I'm not a big fan of hops, and this has a great malt flavor, just the right amount of hops to keep it well balanced.

Not high in alcohol, and very refreshing.

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgandy. Nice looking thin beads of carbonation surface at a good clip. Thin beige head leaves some sporadic lace. Nice aroma of cherry juice, raisins, prune, belgian yeastiness and breadiness. Yes, very nice. First impressions are of bread pudding, poundcake and rum. A little raisin. A little chocolate. All in all, a pleasant blend. Mouthfeel is very agreeable. Light carbonation and light body. Easy drinking, tasty beverage.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of civicm87
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a small snifter

Lively, beautifully classic Belgian nose of spices like clove, nutmeg, pepper, its yeasty, raisins and dark caramel, grandma's fruitcake soaked in your grandfather's whiskey nip, crisp, sharp, a little sweet, inviting...a great nose.

Color is an intense deep, warm crimson or cherry stained mahoghany, slightly orange, just beautiful in its lite murkiness as a vertical parade of bubbles rise carefree from the glass center. The head was a short 2 fingers of crisp, active, mixed dark ivory hued foam that lightly crackled, danced, then faded to a filming cover with solid curtainesque lacing. So far this beer is delighting every sense it can without using one's tongue...very nice.

Its creamy & smooth initially, a light spiciness, bittersweet in a pleasing mascerated fruit way, an odd sweetness and bite like when you 1st tried your neighbor's rum balls at a party (but weren't supposed to because of all the booze in them which is why you had to). Its lite but nicely balanced against the bittersweetness. There is a rising of the malted barley on the palate, then a slightly mild yet syrupy sweet finish and a little warmth on the teeth as a echo. The aftertaste coats the mouth with malts and subtle sugars to help balance the warming of the alcohol.

Damn, what a little find this is! I wish I would have been drinking this all winter! It was very easy to drink as well. I knew that a Dubbel was a very atypical choice for a winter seasonal, but this is quite a nice beer. Some nice cheddar would be great with it. This will definitely become an annual part of my winter cellar, and I highly recommend this little sleeper. A great bang for the buck for those Belgian fans. Definitely check this out.

Photo of jpd026
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Boppar
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Dark, dark brown with 1-2 fingers of tan foamy head with big soapy bubbles. Hints of ruby and orange shine through when the light hits it right. This is a fine looking beer!

S: Sweet malts, esters, brown sugar.

T: The taste is much the same as the smell. It opens sweet and inviting with malts, brown sugar, raisins, toffee, and some estery action mid-palate. The sweetness on the nose and palate is rounded out by a well-balanced, medium-dry finish. There are just enough bittering hops to prevent this beer from being overly sweet. Well done.

M: Medium bodied with a slick feel and fluffy, moderate carbonation.

O: Very tasty. Seasonally appropriate.

Photo of vosibeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of taez555
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of xungmound98
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of MiamiBeerFan
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.