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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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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 Act25
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example of American winter warmer, but only reminiscent of Belgian dubbel.
Lacks the fruit and aroma of the real dubbel.

A: Not the Belgian head, but still a great looking walnut body with a lasting, lacing head.
S: pecan and almond doiminate, over a caramel malt body. Finishes with pepper and spice.
T: Follows the smell, but stronger, bolder (yet not as bold a Belgian). A little too sweet and not drying enough, lacks the intensity and complexity. A cousin to Dubbel, not a dubbel ganger.
very cola like in the finish.
MF: Med to full body, elevated carbonation.

Not as zesty, pin-point, champagne like as the Trappists. But as good as any other US Winter Warmer like Widmer Brr.

Smuttynose does a consistently GOOD job, again. Consistent. Love this brewer.

Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1.5-finger head
S: Brown sugar, caramel, fig, roasted malts, something bitter that's not hops
T: Matches the nose perfectly, nicely balanced though the flavors are less bold than I expected
M: Medium-bodied with a pleasant carbonation
O: Not necessarily something I'd search out regularly but very solid overall, I'd definitely drink more

Photo of LoganMc
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark ruby color with a small tan head. Light spicy malty aroma - pepper, banana, clove - very herbal. The flavor is similar to the smell - spicy with phenolic notes all over a light sweet maltiness. Fairly full bodied with active carbonation.

A nice winter seasonal. A belgian style beer in a mixed 12...I wasn't expecting that, but what a great idea. Perhaps a bit high in the phenols but the spicy quality balances it out. They should kick up the complexity and move it to the Big Beer series.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Good clarity in a medium dark red oak brown, forms a small light tan head that quickly settles into a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a light tracery over perhaps half of the surface area.

S = Caramel, mixture of cocoa and maple syrup, very light peppery bite of yeast.

T = Nice sweet flavors of cocoa, buttered cinnamon toast, caramel, hints of pepper and other warm spices with a nice offseting bitterness in the finish.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, light effervescent carbonation level keeps the mouth interested without overpowering it.

D = THis is a realy good drinkable little beer on a cold Winter's day.

Photo of Matthew
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've always enjoyed smuttynose's beers so decided to give their winter ale a try. Pours a dirty copper color with a medium sized head.
The aroma of this beer is not very strong but you can definately pick the characteristics of belgian ale yeast. Some banana and other mild fruitiness.
Pretty mild tasting considering the style. The flavors that are true to the style are mild as they are in the nose. This is still a pleasant tasting beer and I enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber with some lighter golden amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger beige head that settles into a lasting ring. Minimal lacing.

Malty aroma with some peppery spice and dark fruit notes especially dark cherries.

Spicy peppery flavor up front that lingers over the medium malty body into a medicinal cough syrup flavor with some dark fruit notes, mostly cherries, raisin and plum. Nice subtle dry hops in the finish.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brown with red hue, minimally hazy. moderate head that fades to thin layer. lacing is sparse.

spicy almost cinnamon aroma, with toasted malts.

flavor is mildly hoppy, some carmelized malt notes. mild bitterness and a fruity finish.

relatively lively carbonation helps with the slightly thin but syrupy feel.

not too bad for a seasonal, but there are better dubbels out there

Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Brownish-red in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Sweetish , toasted malt, slight citric notes, caramel.
Overall, not too bad. A rather middle-of-the-road offering from a pretty decent brewery.

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DavidGross
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Caveworm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this has got a 1.5 finger thick head with sheer lacing, and a very dark brown transparent body.

The smell is that of astringent malts. No hops are noticeable in this discipline of the review.

This brew's taste is quite similar, with a rich malt element cutting through the mix. I can't really pick up on the fruits mentioned by others.

A smooth and crisp mouthfeel was given by this "Smutty".

Overall, a 3.75 for Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company. I may or may not buy this again.

Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A somewhat hazy brown-orange-clay colour. Head comes rather nice and fizzy-creamy, then recedes quite quickly, only lasting a few minutes, leaving a thing sheet and lace trim.

S: It almost smells like it has a bit of spicing in it - like nutmeg. It appears that is not the case, though, so perhaps it has something to do with the yeast used. Aside from that, a sweet, slightly fruitcake-like aroma, along with some dark fruit.

T: Dark fruits, a touch of alcohol (perhaps a little more than I expected). Malts + a dash of hops to lend a little touch of bitterness.

M + D: A little bit of a sting of carbonation... it could have gone a little smoother for my palate. Otherwise, a reasonably decent take on the style - it comes across to me as something of a little more 'relaxed' style of dubbel, and that it's not meant to be viewed as the same as those coming over from Belgium and the like. Looking at it that way, it's a decent brew and something about it kind of does have that "yuletide feeling" Worth a shot.

Photo of grittly
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has the courtesy of being my favorite beer label, just makes me think of the holidays and being home. Notched bottle June 08.

Pours a dark copper, minimal head that fades fast. No noticeable lacing.

Smell is predominately malty, some caramel. Surprisingly little spice for a winter ale.

Taste is also quite malty but not in a sweet way, now the spice kicks in. Touches of fruit, decent carbonation, can make out the alcohol a bit. Could have benefited from being more sweet though.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.