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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | 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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braican

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-16-2014 21:54:32 | More by braican
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Dburke

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-12-2014 01:37:33 | More by Dburke
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-11-2014 20:26:48 | More by rorjets
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toddicus13

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-11-2014 02:58:42 | More by toddicus13
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Didier

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-11-2014 01:33:56 | More by Didier
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jaybmore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-11-2014 00:32:31 | More by jaybmore
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elevatedgreens

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-07-2014 05:47:30 | More by elevatedgreens
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Skillz

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-07-2014 04:18:33 | More by Skillz
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-06-2014 17:12:44 | More by PaBeerLover
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lauries444

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-04-2014 04:37:37 | More by lauries444
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jubie921

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-03-2014 21:45:14 | More by jubie921
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RickFinsta

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-03-2014 21:44:44 | More by RickFinsta
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nasastrums

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-03-2014 18:36:31 | More by nasastrums
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with copper edges. The finger of head dissipated rather quickly and only left a trace of lace behind. The nose is distinctly malty. The flavor profile is rather malty with a slightly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. This offering is not quite full-bodied, but certainly not thin at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:46:28 | More by 57md
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-02-2014 14:01:45 | More by mklisz
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champ103

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a garnet red/brown color. A tightly packed white head rises to over two fingers with spiderweb looking lace left all the way down the glass.
S: Starts out great. Dark fruits of cherries and plums, even some banana like esters. Toasted malts. Then a pronounced metallic aroma takes over, and grows as this warms.
T: Again, dark fruits and esters. Toasted malts. Really nice at first, but again as this warms a tiny metallic flavor takes over.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky and syrupy. Not hard to drink at all. A decent warmer.

If not for the metallic character, this would be superb. I will certainly need to give this a few more tries to see if it is just an off bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:42:04 | More by champ103
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podes

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-31-2013 01:51:04 | More by podes
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rheimbro

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-30-2013 23:56:28 | More by rheimbro
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beerslushy

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-30-2013 18:03:54 | More by beerslushy
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-28-2013 11:56:45 | More by kjfinnerty
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Trappist-style Belgian Dubbel Ales generally possess the wintry flavors that are common to desserts like fruit cake, cobbler, nuts and crusty richness. Smuttynose discovers this link and devises a Belgian inspired ale to grace their portfolio during the winter months.

Smuttynose Winter Ale kicks off with a russet brown and hazy pour. Lightly yeasty, its body allows for a softly diffused glow to permit. It settles with a froth head pulling from its body and capping the session with firm retention and a smattering of lace.

Bold earthen sweetness leap out immediately, first with the caramel and bready-sweet richness from malt, but soon a weave of pecan and almond complement the sweetness with a richness all its own. Then come the fruits- apples, cherries, dates and figs just ahead of mild pepper and vinous spice to round out the beer's scent.

To taste, much the same transpires as its crusted bread and caramel medley capture the attention of the taste buds. Nutty and fruity with those pitted, stone fruits- the ale takes on fruit cake-like proportions with its threads of brown sugar and burnt toffee. The ale finishes with a spicy balance that's lightly winey, woody and scantly cola-like.

Medium-full in body, the ales creamy sweetness is slow to recede and the beer lumbers across the middle in order to deliver that full "wintertime" weight. Its late tangy acidity triggers its finish while spices and alcohol provide a rummy aftertaste.

I think Smuttynose is right on target, using a Belgian Dubbel base recipe for its own Winter Warmer. The problem is that the Trappist Belgian monks got there first. The Smutty-version is denser, richer and heavier... a far departion from the drier, zestier and exuberant examples from those monasteries.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 18:56:19 | More by BEERchitect
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MattGrimley

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-26-2013 01:17:27 | More by MattGrimley
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markzab

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-25-2013 20:02:03 | More by markzab
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Stofko1992

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

12-24-2013 22:36:16 | More by Stofko1992
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-24-2013 16:49:12 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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