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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by date of June-09

A- Pours deep brown, I can only see through it if I hold it to the light. One inch tan head, decent lacing.

S- Sexy and inviting. Candied fruits, dates,dark caramel,butterscotch,winter spice.There is an earthy note I cant place?

T- Raisins,figs,caramel,butterscotch. Flavors are thin but complex.

M- Well balanced body,carbonation,and flavor. Almost dances on my tongue. Nice long finish. Just a little thin or Id say perfect.

D- Even with all the sweet complex flavors; I could still throw down a sixer of these.

F.T.- Even though they label says this a winter ale; I could also enjoy this anytime with pasta, lamb, or beef, almost like a Shiraz Wine.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 04:19:14 | More by sitarist
Photo of dtomes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-01-2014 22:45:22 | More by dtomes
Photo of beerphan


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint
best before March 2010 in notched on the label

Pours a clear deep copper with a wispy white head that settles down to a small island of dish suds. Patchy droopy lace dissolves quickly.

Nose: caramel, candy

Starts sweet with candied sugar and molasses. Thick malts continue to dominant with some chocolate, plum, and more sweet candy. Herbal hop presence on the back end with a welcome balancing bitterness. Good full body, finishes dry.

Highly quaffable dubbel. Thanks 4sburgh and the empire beer club.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 03:01:46 | More by beerphan
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New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example of American winter warmer, but only reminiscent of Belgian dubbel.
Lacks the fruit and aroma of the real dubbel.

A: Not the Belgian head, but still a great looking walnut body with a lasting, lacing head.
S: pecan and almond doiminate, over a caramel malt body. Finishes with pepper and spice.
T: Follows the smell, but stronger, bolder (yet not as bold a Belgian). A little too sweet and not drying enough, lacks the intensity and complexity. A cousin to Dubbel, not a dubbel ganger.
very cola like in the finish.
MF: Med to full body, elevated carbonation.

Not as zesty, pin-point, champagne like as the Trappists. But as good as any other US Winter Warmer like Widmer Brr.

Smuttynose does a consistently GOOD job, again. Consistent. Love this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:31:38 | More by Act25
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-02-2013 04:13:24 | More by spedprof
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a brown with a nice tan head...also has some streaks of red going through it if you hold it up near a light.

Aroma: Some hops, little spices, some sweetness, and some darker fruits.

Taste: Darker fruits, little spice, some hop presence..the dark fruits produce slight sweetness, but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Goes down well

Drinkability: Taste is good, mouthfeel is good...so this works out

Tastes fine..I was expecting a winter warmer, not a Dubbel, but hey, still good for a winter offering. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 06:16:35 | More by kshankar
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-16-2013 05:13:53 | More by jman005
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-11-2012 04:51:59 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of Theniz


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-19-2014 03:48:36 | More by Theniz
Photo of Franchise


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep purple/brown eggplant, I know it isn't purple but it looks like it in the light. It leaves a thin lace head wheat in color. The nose is very fruity black cherries, plum, raisins, grape, very complex with a slight presence of alcohal. The taste is nice starts up front on the palate with a raisin sweetness followed by a grape juice quality. The taste continues with some sight hop bitterness for balance for then finishes refreshing with very light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 16:30:00 | More by Franchise
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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper color. There is very little carbonation and no head at all.
Smell is of weak malts. There is a faint chocolate smell, but a nice plum smell.
Taste is fairly simple. Strong malt taste with a plum aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is too thin for a dubbel and much sharper than I would like as well.
Drinkability is nice. It is not too strong for a dubbel, so that helps. A very average offering for a dubbel. I guess it would not have been that bad as a starter dubbel for someone who had never tried the style before.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:24:37 | More by BDIMike
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown. Has a rich, sweet smell. Almost getting a little chocolate here. The taste pretty much follows the nose, with a malty, sweet taste. I love Smuttynose. Here's another good one from them, and a nice example of a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:56:33 | More by DrStiffington
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:09:32 | More by Hopdaemon39
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-24-2014 03:03:30 | More by tenacioustomato
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a mahogany-red w/light head. Mild retention.
S-Toasted malt, apple, cherry, light cocoa,
T-Slightly sweet toasted malt, fruit emerges midway w/primarily cherry, light spice, and the finish reveals a little hops, chocolate, more spice, and more rich, sweet malt.
M-Lighter-bodied, carbonation has a sharp little bite. Overall balance is there, and finish is slightly dry.
D-Good flavor, easy to drink, and very enjoyable. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 03:17:56 | More by BoitSansSoif
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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Best by 4/28/14" printed on bottle.

A weak pour delivers half a finger of manilla colored yeast. The body is a dark rosy brown. Lace initially makes an attempt but dries up pretty quickly.

Dark fruit, malt, earthy aromas all appear. The nose is rather laid back.

Sweet dark malt combine with a graininess. A little xmas spice comes in with the earthy taste. More xmas spice as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:46:14 | More by CFHMagnet
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2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wolf. This is nasty. Reminds me of state watered down Ommegang abbey dubbel. The flavors are there, dried fruit, caramel, toffee, but it was thin and bitter. It was a pour, I just couldn't drink it. I'm normally a Smutty fan, but I think they severely missed the mark on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 19:38:34 | More by taylor714914
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby red and violet highlights. The head is the color of heavily creamed coffee and settles to a thin cap.

Smells of American hops, which was surprising. The hops are not overpowering and give way to a vague scent of dark fruits.

The taste begins with an initial impression as being soft and lacking flavor, but builds quickly. A short flash of bitterness gives way to raisins and dates with a sour flavor. From here a sweet sugary molasses takes over. Finishes smooth full of spices. such as cinnamon and clove.

Mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is fine. Fairly drinkable, but the spices wear on me. Not bad, but not Smuttynose's finest. Altogether a strange mix and a mash up of a winter warmer and dubbel. I would have preferred more of a yeasty flavor and less of a spiced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 00:08:47 | More by Jmamay22
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-19-2014 14:24:36 | More by Sellen
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South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

08-07-2013 18:12:31 | More by icehawk
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-28-2014 02:31:53 | More by JasonTaverner
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/red. Hazy, unfiltered look. Nice off-white head. Sweet nose suggests big maltiness to follow. Some fruitiness in there too - apricots or other dried fruits. Almost like a fruitcake.

Full mounthfeel on entry. Quite sweet. Lost of hop flavor mid-mouth and plenty of bittering employed to attack the sweetness.

While I agree it is not to Dubbel style - is it meant to be? I don't think so. I'd call it an americanized dubbel. Fruitness from the yeast is present, but in the belgian-style.

Some raisin or plum flavors evident, but always balanced by a fruity hop bittering. The hops don't lend itself to style.

A unique winter warmer, lacks warming punch, but plenty of festive flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 04:27:39 | More by sweethome
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-15-2013 03:12:31 | More by mikehillman
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-04-2014 04:37:37 | More by lauries444
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a darker reddish/mahogany with mocha colored 1 finger head.

S - Some dark fruits, burnt sugar, bready malts. A faint bit of sweet nut, like hazelnut.

T - Starts a bit chocolatey, that fades into a touch of cinnamon, and then that sugary fruit taste. It finishes with again a bit of that sweet hazelnut. I actually found this to be a pretty solid, more complex beer than I was expecting.

M - Pretty smooth, good amount of carbonation, almost wine-like.

Overall - I was pretty impressed. A fairly solid, wintery dubbel. Another good beer by Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:06:51 | More by BeerBuckeye
Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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