Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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:
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 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.

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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%

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

Never had this and apparently it's a dubbel so I poured it into a Chimary goblet.

3.5 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. One finger of creamy/frothy hybrid light tan head. Retention could be a lot better, but this leaves a ring of creamy lacing.

4.0 S: Color me confused. It's called a winter ale, labeled as a dubbel, but smells like an English brown. Toasted malts are abundant with a formitable nuttiness. Dry and earthy with a touch of raisin fruitiness.

3.5 T: Taste is more like 3 units dubbel blended with 2 units English brown. This has the toasty nuttiness consistent with a good brown, but the yeasty spiciness and fruitiness of a dubbel (and the spritzy carbonation). Tobacco, raisin, and plum fruitiness. Clove and pepper yeastiness. Earthy again and dry overall. The problem is that the taste is overall too weak, which is a shame since it is tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Moderate amounts of spritzy carbonation. Very creamy for how light and low in ABV it is, but I'd prefer a bigger beer and a nice warming.

4.0 D: A pretty good beer and probably the most sessionable "dubbel" I've come across, but need a bit of a boost in the flavor department. Would drink again.

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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 cdizinno
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned with best before date of May '09

A: Dark mahogany with thick tan head that leaves lacing wherever it touches.

S: Sweet malt and brown sugar aromas. Hint of spicyness from hops but mostly malts.

T: Sweet malty taste. Very mild licorice and very, very light spicy twang.

M: Very smooth light carbonation. Medium bodied.

Very good. I would definitely try again as with most Smuttynose brews I have tried.

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

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, some Belgian yeast, a little spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of Belgian yeast, caramel, spice, tart fruit and a little chocolate. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent representation of style, it might not be your prototypical winter seasonal, but it's still a pretty nice beer. I could certainly drink quite a few of these in an evening.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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