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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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888 Ratings
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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | 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 damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by April 2012) poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a light tan persistent thin (1/16") head across the top. Plenty of persistent lacing in strands, sheets, and islands. When held up to the light, cloudy brown with some orange and coppery notes.

Smell: Mild fruit (raisin) with maybe some mild herbal hops in there. Not a lot going on in the aroma dept even with a good swirl.

Taste: Roasted malt, hints of coffee, raisin, caramel, barest hint of pine hops towards the end. Sweet, but balanced by the bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but borderline fizzy and a bit to spicy on the tongue, although it cleanses the palate. Nice thickness with a bit of a lingering on the teeth but not for long. Bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Nice beer - not a lot going on in the aroma department but good appearance and taste. Interesting combination of flavors and not quite like any Dubbel I've had before, but I will say it works as a winter beer - warming and enjoyable even though the alcohol is just a hair above 5%. Glad I picked one up on sale but not sure if I would buy a six pack of it. That being said, if another one was available I would probably have it again, so good drinkability.

Photo of mooseo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Dark brown-black with a 1" tan head.

S - Roasted malt, brown sugar, allspice. A hint of toffee.

T - Toffee roasted malt up front, followed by dark fruit and Belgian yeast. Very sweet throughout, although not cloying. A slight hop bite towards the end.

M - Lots of carbonation, medium-thick in body. Creamy and slick.

O - I enjoyed this beer. It has a nice Belgian yeast/dark fruit character that is balanced nicely with the roasted malt and spices. Very drinkable brew.

Photo of Yoda22
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear dark amber/light brown. 1 finger of head that quickly dissipates. Some light lacing.

S- Sweet brown sugar scent, dark fruits, not too overpowering. No real hop presence.

T- Toffee / roasted malt up front with lingering sweetness reminiscent of the smell. Good combo.

M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O- Very good all around. A nice winter beer with good balance between the malts and flavors, light hopping that is barely noticeable but must be present to balance things out.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Immortale25
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Notches on the label indicate best before April 2012.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head that's not one to retain long before reducing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a mound of surface foam in the center. Above average lacing.

S- Has that glassy smell that I find in most dark Belgians. Also a touch of nutmeg-like spice.

T- Nice, toasty notes along with suggestions of dark fruit and raisin. Pretty much your standard dubbel but done quite well. Hints of caramel.

M- Lush and full but not necessarily thick. Medium carbonation.

O- Not too high in alcohol for a dubbel, but that's OK. It's great if you just want a dark Belgian that's easy to drink.

Photo of andrewj17
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've passed this over for years thinking it was a spiced winter ale, well today I fixed that and bought a bottle. Pours a deep clear shade of orange garnet with a bubbly beige head that displays remarkable retention but spotty lace. Smells of spice, pepper, and caramel with hints of dark dried fruits. Sweet sugary flavor is highlighted by caramel and sweet reduced fruit syrup. Hints of spice, and Belgian esters, but not to much for my palette. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy mouthfeel. Decent brew, surely not the best dubbel in the world, but very respectable. Time to check out some more brews I've been avoiding.

Photo of daverdave
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of brureview
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good everyday winter beer. The most prominent features of the beer are its tangy mouthfeel, and its finish: hints of chocolate with a slight bitterness. The notes in this beer are better brought out when served warmer. Overall, a good daily beer, but not with a distinctive character.

Update 4-6-12: I had a few bottles stored in the fridge for the about two months. Within the last few weeks, I drank both bottles- and there is quite a difference in the taste. The first bottle had an excellent chocolate finish, and the second bottle had a pleasant lemon finish mixed with chocolate.

I also drank both bottles warmer, and the temperature along with sitting in the fridge for two months made a big difference.

I am upgrading my rating of the beer to 4.0 overall.

Photo of jacobfern
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a tan head. In the aroma, vanilla, oaky(?), and a nice spice blend. In the taste, vanilla, cinnamon, oaky, and almost creamy. A small spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon and almost bourbon like aftertaste. Almost feels bourbon barreled, quite nice.

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of galluch
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of gkob
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JerseyKirk
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber, red color. 1 finger khaki head, thick lacing all over glass.

S: fest lager yeast, milk chocolate, toasty and bready.

T: bitterness, oktoberfest, sweetness chocolate, toastiness.

M: rich, full bodied. Sweet finish.

O: nice fest style winter warmer. No spiciness, smooth, malty like a typical brown ale. Nice.

Photo of perclee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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?

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of jamiemottram
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.