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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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83
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939 Ratings
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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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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1/5  rDev -72.8%

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

A- Dark brown color with ruby highlights. Large fluffy head (light tan) that has great retention and leaves nice lacing.

S- Figs, caramel, damp earth, bready malt, some clove, black pepper, and Belgian yeast.

T- Toasted malt, faint coffee/chocolate, cherries, hint of ripe banana, raisins, and a slight spiciness in the finish.

M- Medium feel with medium-high carbonation.

O- A rather tasty American version of a Dubbel. Worth a try if you haven't had it before. Recommended. Cheers.

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mscudder
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently picked up a case of this beer and after downing a few I decided to sit down and give this Dubbel a proper review. Best before May 2012, poured into a Newcastle Schooner.

A - Hazy light brown poured with a large light tan head. Fair retention, leaving behind some lacing. Has a ruby like hue that really helps its cause.

S - Nothing strong going on in this department. Some malts showing through and some dark fruit, although less than I would like to see. I feel there is a a few spices lingering in the background, but they are far from prominent.

T - Shows up strong with some nice roasted malts up front followed by some sweetness dominated by cherries. The conclusion of the brew is ever so slightly bitter, which adds a bit of complexity. I must say for a Dubbel I purchased on sale for under $5 a sixer, I do not hesitate in saying this is the best taste per my dollar I have ever had.

M - My personal favorite part of the brew. The body is pretty thick for Dubbel, probably on the high medium end. The malts form a fine backbone for the tastes to permeate. Rich and smooth, with a nice little light kick near the end. Superb.

O - Overall this is a fine brew that I relish for the price I got them at. Not the best Dubbel by a long stretch, but I do not think I would be disappointed if a friend offered me one, particularly on a nice winter afternoon.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of greenmonstah
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into Belgian flute

A - Pours a ruby-brown with a finger of tan head. Decent retention.

S - Sweet dark fruit -- raisin, brown sugar. Not much else. Cherry cola.

T - Cocoa is introduced to the mix. A bit of nutmeg, brown sugar, and raisin. Not bad. Very pleasant on a cold winter day.

M - Medium body, a bit sticky sweet. Average carbonation. A bit drying in the finish.

O - Overall a good, drinkable beer. Nice for winter. A drinkable, available, and flavorful beer that would satisfy anyone on a cold night.

Photo of DBosco
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Yummmmiller
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sweisel80
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of twowheelssoar
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nicoga3000
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of morebeergood
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from my fridge. Poured into a stemmed beer glass. Light leather brown color. Slight head, but that faded quickly. Not much lacing, which was surprising. Smell had a nice aroma of dark fruit and raisins. Taste was a combination of caramel, fig, and brown sugar. Very light though; would have liked a more upfront flavor. And the mouthfeel was on the thin side. This is a nice winter ale brewed like a dubbel. A solid local winter offering.

Photo of ctobey
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of TeamD
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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%

Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.