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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours red/brown with a light tan head. Head has fairly good retention and leaves eome nice lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted caramel malts, burnt sugars, touch of a smoke, has a few hints of red apples.

T- Caramel sweetness, big time roasted malt character, and overall pretty solid.

M- Medium in body and right on carbonation.

D- Really easy to drink and I think the name on this one had me fooled. Not at all what I expected.

nrbw23, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of littlebibs
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusal offering from the Smuttynose crew for winter. It was the
old fashioned bottle label that drew my eye, I love to try everything
in this style. Nice color to the ale. poured a slight head and then
gone. Not to much to say about the carbonation either. I do like
the spice style ales, some are over done, some to watery. This
one has a peppery note and that traditional belgium, dry yeasty
thing going on, its not bad, I taste fruits, some sour, bananas &
cloves. Its a flat beer after warming(but it doesn't ruin it, but I
think I would rather have this one on tap.
The warming dry candied after taste stays with you for a while
but its not bad, not great. I prefer shipyards old thumper, magic hats jinx
or dogfish head raison d'etre for some spicey, smokey delicious change of pace during the holidays, but I will still give these a
try.

littlebibs, Jan 19, 2006
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Brams17, Sep 19, 2014
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HeadieBrews, Dec 24, 2013
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Axnjxn, Feb 05, 2013
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benloho, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go round with this brewery and it wasn't a bad one....this is a decent but not great winter ale.

A - Pours dark brown / red around the edges into a traditional pint glass. A "not so soft" pour yielded a two finger off-white head that hung around for a few minutes...long enough for me to snap a photo with my phone and send it to a friend who was working late...you know, just to rub it in cause that's what friends do right?

S - Expected more of one. LOL! Nothing real pronounced with this one. Very subtle hints of caramel with an earthy scent. Not overpowering or in your face...nice, but lacking complexity.

T - Again not the most complex. Very "safe" for a winter seasonal. I expected more of a robust character...something that would "put hair on your chest"!

M - Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation....kind of thin though. Could stand to be a little heavier.

Overall - Not a bad beer AT ALL! I enjoyed this beer....as I do most (it is beer...duh!) and I'm ready for another. Very easy to drink albeit one dimensional, but I won't hold that against it. I did expect more for a winter brew but was not disappointed. Nice ABV for the price ($9.99 for six here in Maryland). BEER!!

HarryPotHead, Dec 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

little_star, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear very dark brown with an almost 2 finger head. Greate retention and lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt along with a bit of chocolate. A tiny bit of hoppiness there as well.

The taste is very roasty and chocolatey up front. This fades to some dark fruits along with a metallic taste. There is some hop flavor on the finish along with a fairly assertive bitterness.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Very well suited to the winter months.

rangerred, Dec 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JobyBroBeerski, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

PopnLoads, Dec 03, 2012
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WDJersey, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

toddicus13, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Peyton5410, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

thinwhiteduke, Jan 08, 2013
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marley2112, Dec 21, 2013
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rcjennings, Dec 02, 2012
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PhawkYu, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of deciding39
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 16 oz tumbler.

A: Pours a clear, ruby red. A short white head forms and quickly recedes to the edges of the glass. Good lace.

S: A bouquet of yeast & fruit (cherries, plums), sweet malt, and light floral hops. Alcohol and some phenols towards the back.

T: Malty, with lots of ripe-tasting fruit (plums, especially) from the yeast. The Trappist ale yeast used to make this brew gives it its most unique qualities. Very mild, floral hops in the background, along with some phenols (a little 'band-aid' in the finish...but nothing overwhelming). Very interesting!

M & D: Medium/full bodied. Quite smooth and warming, with moderate carbonation. Very tasty...but like many others have pointed out, the ABV seriously limits the drinkability. I'm about done with my second and I definitely feel it. The unique flavors can also become cloying after tossing a couple back.

A really interesting brew. Way more exciting than the ubiquitous, over-spiced holiday ales that seem to crowd the liquor store coolers this time of year. Some may not be into the unique flavors from the Belgian yeast, but you'd be foolish not to give it a try.

deciding39, Jan 04, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

nodder, Apr 18, 2014
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rheimbro, Dec 30, 2013
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andrewj17, Feb 12, 2012
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creal92, Nov 18, 2013
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AntLeatherface, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a finger of tan head that is quite fizzy. Lots of visible carbonation and pretty good clarity. Deep amber color with brown/burnt orange... copper highlights. The head does fade to a thin cap rather quickly.

Aroma is deep caramel, some spicy pepper and perhaps cinnamon.

Very interesting flavor. I see this is listed as a Dubbel and don't see many characteristics that are normal. Deep caramel, brown sugar.. toffee, some deep fruits. Not as much spice in the flavor as in the aroma. Interesting. Deep malts tones that keep coming. Hops play a subtle and background role in this beer. I actually enjoy it, but not sure I'd ever guess it was a Dubbel..

Mouth feel is really full bodied and bold. Certainly one for in front of the fire. Carbonation is light and just provides a delicate tingle on the tongue.

Really nice and enjoyable. I could have a couple of these after coming in from the snow,

Interesting beer, not sure it's one I'd seek out if I wanted a Dubbel, but I could see ordering one after shoveling snow for a couple of hours.

Reagan1984, Mar 07, 2009
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.