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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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841 Ratings
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Ratings: 841
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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tsmiller7

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-29-2011 21:32:33 | More by tsmiller7
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jeffthepony

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-29-2011 20:48:28 | More by jeffthepony
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear, dark red-brown color with one-finger, tan head that left a nice film. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted malt flavor. Dark fruit.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Just above average Dubbel.

12-28-2011 04:09:21 | More by SolipsismalCat
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grover37

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-22-2011 00:07:49 | More by grover37
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear very dark brown with an almost 2 finger head. Greate retention and lacing.

The smell is of roasted malt along with a bit of chocolate. A tiny bit of hoppiness there as well.

The taste is very roasty and chocolatey up front. This fades to some dark fruits along with a metallic taste. There is some hop flavor on the finish along with a fairly assertive bitterness.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Very well suited to the winter months.

12-21-2011 22:53:56 | More by rangerred
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-21-2011 04:59:38 | More by jak
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brewsclues

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-21-2011 00:52:19 | More by brewsclues
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Denjhe

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-20-2011 16:34:47 | More by Denjhe
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, butterscotch/caramel, raisins/dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some dates/raisins. There is also a bit of a cherry flavour and some hay. It ends with a malty/fruity aftertaste with some light lingering bitterness.

Overall - Not what I was expecting, but still pleasantly drinkable. There is some nice fruit flavour mixed with a good amount of malts. Not something I'd be on the look out for next winter, but still solid.

12-19-2011 18:01:54 | More by spinrsx
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SteveS1

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

Look- Dark brown/cherry translucent with a tall frothy brown head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Smell- Light citrus fruits, cereal malts, tart berries. I have a tough time smelling the belgian yeast.

Taste- Sweet on the tip of the tongue, blends into citrusy hops mixed with a bready malt. Bitter hops in back and finishes tart. Yeast present in aftertaste.

Feel- Medium-to-heavy bodied, a little sticky, mild carbonation.

Drink- I would have said this was a standard, if not tasty, winter ale if I hadn't read that it had belgian ale yeast in it. Complex enough to satisfy you craving for a hearty ale. Fairly drinkable, but I would switch to even warmer winter stouts after one of these.

12-19-2011 02:15:37 | More by SteveS1
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ixnay21

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

From bottled served in pint glass

A-reddish brown a little more on the red side, nice sticky head

S-dark fruit, little bready smell and just a little hops in the back end

T-Beligian fruit yeast taste with a nice malt backbone slight hop bitter in the back end good lasting aftertaste

M-some prickly carbanation upfront, thick with a lingering feel to it.

O-another nice seasonal from smutty, a nice switch from over spiced/over boozed seasonals

12-18-2011 18:58:46 | More by ixnay21
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-18-2011 14:53:06 | More by richbrew
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sing

New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

12-18-2011 04:47:49 | More by sing
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Pours brown with red tints when it held to the light. Froth tan head that never fades totally away.
S- Smell is underwhelming, but what is there is a caramelly and sweet.
T- Tastes like a sweet brown ale. Gets better as you go.
M-O- A little thick and very smooth. This is a bit light as doubles all the way around, but a very good beer. A winter beer that not to spiced up and/or boozed is a nice switch.

12-18-2011 02:19:25 | More by confer
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pfrdaly

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-17-2011 22:46:01 | More by pfrdaly
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-17-2011 04:02:50 | More by tpauer
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hyprlt

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz bottle poured into bowled tulip glass.

A: head with almost pink hues. did not last very long. dark brown with ruby red points.

S: aromas of dark fruit, seems to be very estery aromas.

T: esters of bananas, tastes very much like a belgian style. didnt realize it was a dubbel until I started typing the taste section. tastes appropriate to the style.

M: very bubbly carbonation. thick body. lingers on the tongue for a while.

O: I didn't expect a winter ale to be a dubbel, but i guess it does fit for the winter time. it is good, and very low in alcohol but too complex for high drinkability, in my opinion. definitely a recommended beer!

12-17-2011 03:49:11 | More by hyprlt
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Pours a dark brown/black with red hues. Thin lace that sizzled at the pour.

S -chocolate, dark fruit, wafts of bread. First use of the word "waft" in a review. I like it. Waft. Say it with me now!

T- the taste is solid, the bread and dark fruit notes are most apparent. Some vanilla in the finish. Some dry alcohol on the palate, though lighter than usual for this style. Though nothing that sets it apart.

M- mouth feel is good,slightly slick.

O - A good beer, wouldn't kick it out of my glass, and would recommend it.

Ps. ... waft.

12-17-2011 01:43:38 | More by Apellonious
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jski

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-16-2011 03:04:20 | More by jski
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jk3

New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-16-2011 02:04:11 | More by jk3
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ng85

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-15-2011 06:41:02 | More by ng85
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-14-2011 05:22:15 | More by PhineasGage
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Really like the label on this on.

Poured into a tulip pint: Two fingers of puffy, glistening head over deep brown body with amber highlights around the edges.

Nutmeg, raisins, & other dried fruits in the smell, with a kind of not-quite-mixed cookie dough with, like, baking soda showing up. Sort of interesting, but not real pleasant. An actual cookie smell shows up, helping the smell out a little bit.

Taste is a little better, with a decent caramel presence showing up alongside the dried fruit. Nice little bit of round, toasty, nutty/biscuity character bringing up the rear, along with some pleasant fruity hoppiness. Not bad at all, much better than I'd anticipated given the smell, to be honest. Some chocolate notes even show up later. Good stuff.

Medium-bodied, a little creamy with a residual body & sweetness after swallowing.

Kind of schizophrenic beer here, with a nose like a lackluster American-made dubbel, but flavor like a good porter or straight winter warmer. I was getting ready to slam this, but it came around, & I'm glad.

12-14-2011 01:50:04 | More by OneDropSoup
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Ramprider69

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-14-2011 01:17:30 | More by Ramprider69
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elNopalero

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

It pours a seasonally-colored ruddy amber red. It has an aroma of cloves backed by some malty sweetness. Taste is layered, complex, lingering and rewarding. There’s cloves and nutmeg, some allspice, and a long finish that coats the mouth with each subsequent sip. Hard to believe it’s a dubbel only because I like it so much—no “bubblegum” flavors makes it really enjoyable. This is exactly how I want my winter ales to taste!

12-13-2011 22:38:17 | More by elNopalero
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.