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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Reviews: 480
Hads: 968
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | 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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Reviews: 480 | Hads: 968
Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very attractive amber color with a modest head and little notable lacing. A tan halo is left around the edge as the beer drops in the glass.

Smell: Dark fruits and a Belgian yeast element. Sweet rich plum pie and grape jelly, caramel and a earthy attribute accompanies some spices in the nose.

Taste: The taste follows in suit with the aromas. Dark fruits, pie Belgian yeast, bread, pudding, caramel and spices. Simple and tasty. It is not large on any front, just approachable and quaffable all around.

Mouthfeel: Very active carbonation is light and lively on the tongue wile a chewy caramel center thick and viscous slide smoothly through the mouth.

Drinkability: This easy drinking brew is one that will sneak up on you. Increasingly quick to disappear from my glass, it kept beer drawn to my mouth like a magnet.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of rarevos
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet.

A: Pours an opaque garnet with a finger of fluffy, off-white head. Clings to the insides as it recedes, and leaves a foam blanket (solid).

S: Pretty subdued, but you can make out the peppery Belgian yeast, the ripe and juicy plums, a bit of dark cocoa powder,

T/M: Pretty mild, with a wheaty, bready presence, some burnt caramel, some dark fruit, and cocoa powder. Finish is lightly bitter and a little metallic with a sharp edge. Mouthfeel somehow manages to be both syrupy and tingly.

D: Was nice to see a brewery do a winter ale that's not just a cinnamon & nutmeg bomb, and this is pretty solid. It's a nice stab at the style, but it obviously won't displace Chimay Red or Westmalle in the Dubbel camp. Pretty good.

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Photo of
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Clear, brown/copper color. Large, creamy, light tan head.

Sweet aroma, mainly molasses. Coriander and clove. Cotton candy/candi sugar. No hops yet.

Taste quite different. Nicely bitter, herbal/grassy in character. Sweet is 2nd layer of taste - carmelized sugar and raisins. Cedar? Pepper at finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium + carbonation. A bit dry.

Very drinkable. Reminds me of Anchor OSA a bit (2006). Not as spicy, though. A hoppy brown ale with spices.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an deep orange hued mahogany color with a full finger tan head that is keep alive by visible soda-like carbonation.

The spicy malt influence in the aroma is not over done (unlike some winter warmers that I've recently tried.

The mouth doesn't feel as effervescent as it looks, which i tend to enjoy. It has a medium body and a light bite from the hops. Well done... i was almost gun shy to try this one because of some recent experiences.

Some nice lacing present. The flavor is malted and balanced. It ends nice and clean, without lingering. The 6.8% is buried but not lost. Not offensive...i will actually enjoy finishing this one.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale and crystal malt scent along with a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a dry, hoppy flavor that is laid over a malt bill of Belgian pale and crystal malts. It's robust with some roasted notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine seasonal brew. It's tastey and highly drinkable.

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Photo of velo343
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark, almost opaque brown with a deep red tint. A pillowy, snow white head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Lots of phenols, most notably cloves and bubblegum. Dark fruits, like plum, figs, and raisins also come through strongly.

Taste - A classic dubbel flavor, but a bit subdued. Some caramel flavor, raisins, a very mild hop flavor behind the sweetness. Fairly thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Not quite as strong flavors as many other dubbels, but still pretty good. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber bordering on burgandy, with lots of lacing and pretty nice light tan head, down to a thin film. With the aroma and taste, its quite malty, yeasty, biscuts, fruits and clove, a little honey perhaps, everything a good dubbel should have, but, as 'winter ale' would imply, it leans a bit more on certain spices that give it that warmer quality. There is a mild warming, good body, really a good beer and a easy quaffer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was pretty good...reminiscent to me of a rather spiced version of Dead Guy Ale. I wouldn’t call it very "dubbel-ish," but still, I would recommend this beer.

This beer is cherry-wood colored with a lot of fine head. The beer has a hoppy smell. Taste is very spicy, like Lakefront’s holiday beer (but not like a dubbel). Mouthfeel is a bit watery.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a 06/07 drink by date. Pours a ruby-amber color topped by a two finger tan colored head. The lacing is nice and sheeted.

The aroma is not strong, but hints of fruit and sweet caramel.

The taste is very good with strong malts and mild hops. The taste is sweet with a very mild alcohol flavor. I also detect a bit of graininess. The MF is medium bodied and is both spicy and tangy.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium brown with the slightest red hue. Small head of large carbonation bubbles. Spicey, nutty, malty. Alcohol is very well masked, i would have guessed it was closer to 5%. very creamy despite its watery appearance. fulfilling on the palate. bit of sweetness and very moderate hops.

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Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rust amber color with a nice and bubbly off-white head. Nose is of spicy malt and faint hops. Big taste of spicy citric notes, some bitter malt, and fruit. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Another wonderful brew from Smuttynose that hit the spot on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Kudashov
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass .We have The The on the Hi-Fi . "Mind Bomb " is a great album . Johnny Marr is my guitar hero . As for the beer ...

A- Nice dark brown color with a two finger head . Very hazy , murky .

S- Raisins , fruit .

T & M - wonderful flavor and nice lacing on the glass after a few healthy gulps . Too bad Kappy's only had this one single . An absolute joy to drink . Another winner from Smuttynose . Pure pleasure drinking this . Too bad the Celtics are not as good as this . They are down by 10 as I review this .

D- No question . Great .

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tilted dark with significant white head. Some brown flecks of spice including cardamon and allspice. More spice than yeast aroma. Not that strong alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, cross-style Belgian and winter warmer. Neither hits the spot of either, but certainly not unpleasant.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the label photo.
The initial pour looked like cherry 7-up, but it darkened after the rest of the bottle emptied. Lighter fruity quality (like a light cherry, raspberry) with a definite malt quality (little like a cough medicine, but not bold or overpowering). Seems like some spices too, cinnamon, ginger. Head is kinda' small and disappears pretty quickly. Yet, in spite of virtually no head (beyond a brown ring and erratic smear) there is quite a bit of lacing upon consumption. Brown with ruby like red in the light. Not very clear.
Spices more evident in the flavor than the aroma and more dominant overall. Malt character noted, with the fruity tastes being rather muted. Dryness often noted in spiced beers. Mild bitterness that last well into a moderately long finish.
Rather filling carbonation. Medium light feel.
This reminds me a lot more of a spiced winter warmer than a dubbel. As the former it's alright (inflection up), but as the later it's less than I'd wish for. So how does a guy score that? Overall it a enjoyable beer. Give it a try.
Thanks JB.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter dubbel!
What a concept!
Not a bad American version of the style, either.
Pours a mysterious, dark color that turns out to be a deep brown whenst held to the light. Some lacing is to be found on the glass with not a lotta head. For a style that tends to be very pretty in appearance this is only average.
The smell is inviting. Somewhat fruity and malty with some cola spikes here and there. The flavor is more so with prunes and black cherries thrown in for good measure. The mouthfeel has textures that could turn chalky but end up being interesting and enjoyable; a smokey kind of thing that also spills over into the flavor.
Quite nice. I am enjoying this more than I have some "authentic" Belgian dubbels.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly cloudy, dark mahogany in color with a two finger light tan head and some nice sticky lacing. Nice smell, sweet malts, and some earthy hops. As for the taste, nice sweet caramel malts, a hint of breadiness, and nice earthy hops. Nice mouthfeel, medium amount of carbonation, solid body. Good drinkability. This is a great beer for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Poured a dark red-brown. Very little head that quickly disappeared. Very little aroma, slight sweet maltyness hiding. Tasted of medium spice with a touch of bitterness that isn't very noticable. Carbonation could be tasted despite the lack of head. Tasted ok in the mouth. Very easy to drink. I would expect a winter beer to be slightly spicier, but other than that its a solid beer.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce botle, $1.40 as a single, from Paradise Market, Warren, VT. Bottle states "best before" date of April 2007.

Pours a deep ruby, almost reddish brown, with light, limited dense beige head that fades quickly.

Aroma is earthy and slightly sour, perhaps hints of cherries.

Taste is earthy, soil, some burnt sugar, and a tingly carbonation. Earthy hops noticeable. Fruit is definitely there, but hard to place. Yeasty notes are present, but I can't find the pround esters and phenols I might expect in a Trappist yeast. As it warms to room temp (poured a little cold, around 45), it gets slightly tangy and sour, with a more pronounced metallic taste.

A little thin for the style (which I thought might be a winter warmer... Seeing it classified as a dubbel makes sense for taste, for the fruit and burnt sugar, but is definitely a little thin for that style as well.)

Overall, a drinkable beer with some very interesting merits, and something I'd probably buy again to test out, but not something I'm crazy about. Drinkable, for sure, just not great.

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Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a candied aroma with an earthy grain.

The taste was upfront candy sweet with earthy hop and yeast undertones. There was a slightly medicinal dark fruit element as well. Some metallic flavors came through.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent dubbel and a good winter brew. The drinkability is average based on some of the off flavors.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a thin with a thin tan head.

S - Dark fruit, raisins and a strong banana aroma.

T - Fruity with biscuit, raisins and banana. Some burnt flavors are present and not very enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Not bad but nothing special either.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.09/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Mid dark amber color. Head was small. Rminded me of poring some flat soda. Fizzled like a soda. Not much lase on it.

S - Hoppy smell to it, not too crazy about it.

T - Malt and hop taste to it, kinda of an odd taste, not to crazy about it.

M - Odd feel to it, just like the taste.

D - This on the low point of a Winter Ale. Not to crazy about it. I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet a very deep brown a thin quick to fade light brown head set atop no lace left behind,alot of diferent things going on in the nose somewhat medicinal and herbal with notes of chocolate and dark fruit as well.Seemd a bit sharp in the mouth and not real full,flavors seem a bit dumbed down somewhat yeasty with cola-like flavors and dark fruit but they really dont assert themselves much.The sharp mouthfeel becomes more assertive as I drink more really making it less drinkable.Eh not my thing here I dont drnk many of the style but I look a well made dubbel,Iam sorry but this falls a bit short.

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Photo of dherling
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a hazy copper color with a big tan head, not much in the way of lacing. The nose offered malt, caramel, some green hop, and spice. The taste started biscuity, followed by minimal spice, some herbal notes, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Moderate carbonation, and fairly easy drinking for a big beer. Pleasent but not outstanding.

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Photo of Estarrio
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with ruddy brown notes. An aggressive pour produces a large, tan, foamy head that dissipates into chunky lacings.

Sweet malt aroma is quickly overtaken by funky, doughy Belgian yeast with some esters and a bit of dark fruit. There is a subtle spicy, medicinal property as well as hints of grassy hops.

Sweet malt taste up front with a nice Belgian ale yeast flavor. There are lightly sweet hints of red grape and raisin that well balanced by the subtly tart, funky yeast. There is a spicy alcohol warming in the finish. An earthy hop presence is also noticeable. This is a smooth drinking beer, as the gamut of flavors jive well.

Fizzy carbonation and a thin, syrup consistency make for a nice mouthfeel that is rather drinkable.

This is a nice seasonal from one of my favorite locals. Had I rated this to the Dubbel style, I think I may have scored it lower. However, I think Smuttynose is successful in creating a truly unique winter ale.

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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.