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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale

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Ratings: 845
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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Photo of Citadel82
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not impressed with this one. I generally love the Smuttynose products but this one is not that great.

Pours a slightly hazy redddish brown with little head that fades to zilch and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is faint and does not support any vestige of a head.

Smells nice a fruity treat with apples and some spices. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Taste is musty with apples and some spices, some bittering hops in the middle perhaps some cocoa and a dryish finish. Not a pleasure to drink at all. There are some better dubbels out there for sure. I will give this a another try. If it stil is wanting I may mull it or poach some sausage in it.

Mouth feel is medium light.

I am not finding this brew to be very drinkable...at least tonight.

Citadel82, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of jackorain
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 1-08-2008

A-Medium dark brown. 1/4 inch head from fairly agresive pour. Fell very quickly and left nearly no coat or lace.

S-Caramel malt and fruity. Touch of molases and bready yeast.

T-Caramel malt and molasses. Touch of coffee and cocoa powder. There is a yeastiness here as well, breay in a way. Nice green and spicy hops in the middle to end. A mild bitterness balances out the fruity sweetness.

M-Medium body, very creamy, low carbonation, i like in a winter beer.

D-I hade no idea this was supposed to be a dubbel when I reviewed it. However, it does explain the yeastiness in the aroma and flavor. I would expect a larger, creamier, long lasting head, but of course I already dinged ot for this in the Appearance. Overall it is a nice beer winter warmer or debbel.

jackorain, Feb 02, 2008
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
Photo of Stockfan42
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Stockfan42, May 24, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
4/5  rDev +8.7%

harrylee773, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, $4.50 for a six pack at Beverage King in West Lebanon NH. Safe to assume it was an end of season clearance. Best By date of June '10 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: 3/4" of light tan foam settles quickly to a scant layer. Beer itself is a thick murky reddish-brown.

S: Strong brown sugar/ molassas sweetness, raisins, toasty malt, wood smoke, subtle nutmeg and grapefruit.

T: Not as sweet as I was expecting from the nose. Smoke flavors up front, toasty malts, bitter molassas, nutmeg, raisin, finishes with grapefruit rind and raisin. A slight artificial fruit flavor develops as it warms and lingers in the finish.

M/D: Full and starchy, like an oatmeal stout. I expect a winter ale to have more punch (ABV).

BeerNinja007, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a thin fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately. The head leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Has a fruity smell to it (mostly grapes and apples). Smells similar to most Belgian (or Belgian-style) beers. The smell is kind of weak though.

Taste: Initially tastes of fruits with a slight hop bitterness. Finishes sweet with a touch of caramel. Also has a nice touch of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with a lot of carbonation. Still not too bad.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer and probably a good winter seasonal. Nevertheless, it feels like it's missing something and isn't living up to its full potential.

wahhmaster, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smuttynose just hit Milwaukee so I was excited to try this. Not sure what style this was when I bought it, but obviously turned out to be a dubbel. The body is deep chestnut and ruby red with beautiful clarity/ The head was made up of very fine carbonation activity. The wonderful Belgian phenolic aroma was evident as soon as the pour began. Fruity spiciness filled the nostrils quite well. The taste was very "dubbelish" with its dry, semi-sweet maltness. A small amount of hop bitterness shine through. It seemed a bit too spicy even though I doubt any additional winter-type spices were added. The mouthfeel was a little harsh off the start. Although the dryness is always welcome in a dubbel, it seemed a bit cloying. I believe this would be great after a year in the cellar. I will definately save a 6 pack for next winter. Overall, good, but not yet conditioned to its finest.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of JasonTaverner
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JasonTaverner, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

chrishiker1409, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of AwYeh
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, cloudy amber with less than a finger of off-white head.

S: Aroma is sweet and fruity, of plums and raisins.

T: Taste also features these fruit flavors alongside those of caramel and butterscotch, but without being particularly sweet. Not as intense of a flavor as I was expecting from a dubbel, but not bad. Rich maltiness and light bitterness also noticeable; the bitterness particularly on the finish. Nice balance of bitterness with traditionally sweet flavors.

M: Body is medium, creamy, with average carbonation.

D: One of these is good for me, but not a hard beer to get down.

AwYeh, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass (also had in a chalice, nothing changed):

A: dark brown colored body with a tan head which quickly dissolved, the lacing doesn't last either

S: some toasted malt and nuts, super light hops only after a bit of warming, subdued "Belgian yeast"

T: aggressive malty sweetness, not as balanced ....hmmm?

M: medium with some slight harshness of carbonation on the tongue, smooth clean aftertaste and finish

O: good dubbel for me, but unsure how true "dubbel" fans feel about this ... hmmm?

BeerKangaroo, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jpd026
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

jpd026, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -18.5%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of sitarist
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by date of June-09

A- Pours deep brown, I can only see through it if I hold it to the light. One inch tan head, decent lacing.

S- Sexy and inviting. Candied fruits, dates,dark caramel,butterscotch,winter spice.There is an earthy note I cant place?

T- Raisins,figs,caramel,butterscotch. Flavors are thin but complex.

M- Well balanced body,carbonation,and flavor. Almost dances on my tongue. Nice long finish. Just a little thin or Id say perfect.

D- Even with all the sweet complex flavors; I could still throw down a sixer of these.

F.T.- Even though they label says this a winter ale; I could also enjoy this anytime with pasta, lamb, or beef, almost like a Shiraz Wine.

sitarist, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Did not realize this was a dubbel until I saw it on BA- doesn't taste like it. Not particularly active head but it is visibly effervescent. What little head exists is off-white. There is very minimal retention and only a few spots of lacing. Pours a dark brown color almost like cola (opaque but can see light through the edges). Smells of ginger and dark malt. Taste is not overly convincing- weak dark malt flavor almost like a dunkel and a hint of the ginger. The mouthfeel was the most disappointing part to me- watery, weakly carbonated; not the kind of things I want in a beer. Overall this is an OK session beer- definitely not one I would buy again.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of dtomes
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dtomes, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint
best before March 2010 in notched on the label

Pours a clear deep copper with a wispy white head that settles down to a small island of dish suds. Patchy droopy lace dissolves quickly.

Nose: caramel, candy

Starts sweet with candied sugar and molasses. Thick malts continue to dominant with some chocolate, plum, and more sweet candy. Herbal hop presence on the back end with a welcome balancing bitterness. Good full body, finishes dry.

Highly quaffable dubbel. Thanks 4sburgh and the empire beer club.

beerphan, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of ILiveOffHops
5/5  rDev +35.9%

ILiveOffHops, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Jmamay22
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby red and violet highlights. The head is the color of heavily creamed coffee and settles to a thin cap.

Smells of American hops, which was surprising. The hops are not overpowering and give way to a vague scent of dark fruits.

The taste begins with an initial impression as being soft and lacking flavor, but builds quickly. A short flash of bitterness gives way to raisins and dates with a sour flavor. From here a sweet sugary molasses takes over. Finishes smooth full of spices. such as cinnamon and clove.

Mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is fine. Fairly drinkable, but the spices wear on me. Not bad, but not Smuttynose's finest. Altogether a strange mix and a mash up of a winter warmer and dubbel. I would have preferred more of a yeasty flavor and less of a spiced flavor.

Jmamay22, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a brown with a nice tan head...also has some streaks of red going through it if you hold it up near a light.

Aroma: Some hops, little spices, some sweetness, and some darker fruits.

Taste: Darker fruits, little spice, some hop presence..the dark fruits produce slight sweetness, but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Goes down well

Drinkability: Taste is good, mouthfeel is good...so this works out

Tastes fine..I was expecting a winter warmer, not a Dubbel, but hey, still good for a winter offering. Worth trying.

kshankar, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Franchise
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep purple/brown eggplant, I know it isn't purple but it looks like it in the light. It leaves a thin lace head wheat in color. The nose is very fruity black cherries, plum, raisins, grape, very complex with a slight presence of alcohal. The taste is nice starts up front on the palate with a raisin sweetness followed by a grape juice quality. The taste continues with some sight hop bitterness for balance for then finishes refreshing with very light carbonation.

Franchise, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of BDIMike
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper color. There is very little carbonation and no head at all.
Smell is of weak malts. There is a faint chocolate smell, but a nice plum smell.
Taste is fairly simple. Strong malt taste with a plum aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is too thin for a dubbel and much sharper than I would like as well.
Drinkability is nice. It is not too strong for a dubbel, so that helps. A very average offering for a dubbel. I guess it would not have been that bad as a starter dubbel for someone who had never tried the style before.

BDIMike, May 02, 2008
Photo of MattGrimley
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

MattGrimley, Dec 26, 2013
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.