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Smuttynose Winter Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 54 | 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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Ratings: 953 | Reviews: 482
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of NumberNone
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears as amber in color slightly darker then your average with a decent head and lace.

The nose is malty with a hint of nutty/pale maltyness.

The taste is malty caramel with a load of pale malt. It finishes with a slight citrus.

The mouth is light and is a very drinkable dubble but this also i think degrades its overall quality taste

Photo of auxiliary
2.09/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Mid dark amber color. Head was small. Rminded me of poring some flat soda. Fizzled like a soda. Not much lase on it.

S - Hoppy smell to it, not too crazy about it.

T - Malt and hop taste to it, kinda of an odd taste, not to crazy about it.

M - Odd feel to it, just like the taste.

D - This on the low point of a Winter Ale. Not to crazy about it. I won't be drinking this again.

Photo of czfreeman
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a mahagony-red tone, leaving little to no head..suprising as Smuttynose claims to use a Trappist yeast strain
Smells of light raisin aromas,touch of mustiness,little bit of that Belgian goodness,but only in moderate amounts.Doesn't smell so much like a Dubbel as a good winter brown ale, time to taste.
mmm Suprisingly delicious! Bruised fruits, bitter-cocoa mustiness,sweet-spicy phenols,tobacco,maple,browned malts. This is much better upon drinking.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, leaning to the lighter side. Not a lot of complexity-Belgian how-did-they-do-that? bt nonetheless a decent Dubbel.If you've never tried this style of beer, give this a shot to experience a solid American brewery's take on a Belgian classic. I enjoyed this beer and will drink it again this winter season.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Nice dark bronze color. Starts out with a big 2 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice fine foam on the top. Smell of dark fruits - cherries and plums. Taste of candied sweetness with a slight Phenolic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly cloying but not overly so. Nice level of carbonation. A nice dubbel, not world class but very nice. Fits the bill for a nice winter beer.

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3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lighter brown with a subtle redness. A thick amount of light tan head. Head dissipated quickly and left a ring around the glass. Caramel and lightly chocolate malt and toasted biscuit. A fruity backing that is faint. A light earthy hop aroma.
The flavor is more complex than expected for how light the mouthfeel is. Some earthy prune/grapes underneath a biscuit/toasted chocolate base. A dry finish with not that much hop character. Just a dryness that doesn't cloy and with a lighter body a drinkable beer.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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

Pours a pretty dark brown color with little head on the top. Scents of orange peel and brown sugar shine through. Tastes, however, a bit heavier than the scent. Almost oft-chocolatey taste with a bit of orange. Very pleasant. Easy to drink! Not really overly heavy. Seems like it can be a good summer quaff. Nice offering.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale....

Appearance-beautiful pour into the glass, dark color with a thick head that springs up, then down and settles, leaving sticky lace in the glass.

Smell- malty aroma, alcohol notes as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-malty in character, strong and smooth, hops are there, but more gentle than the malts, chocolate notes and well as heavy caramel flavor. Very smooth and heavy but tastes great.

Drinkability- strong beer but incredibly smooth and drinkable, good for the long nights it toasts too.

Overall- I believe this beer has been classified incorrectly, it tastes much more like a Bock than a Dubbel. Still, an amazingly tasty and strong winter brew. Smutty continues to make really decent brews, this is no exception.

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3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter Ales are not my favorite style but this was alright. Poured a dark amber color, small off-white head and some lace. Slightly sweet fruity, vanilla aroma. Somewhat spicy tasting with a sweet maltiness and some fruit. A decent, warming, winter brew.

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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Kinsman
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite winter seasonals, a simple and approachable ale without the price-tag that goes with most dubbels.

Reddish-brown chestnut colored body with bronze highlights underneath a semi-sticky ivory colored head.

Aroma is notably sweet with a caramel-toffee like malt presence and some fruity hints. A slight bit of spice, but not as strong as many dubbels.

Lots of different flavors greet your palate, with a strong fruit presence and some malty sweetness that provides a caramel-apple flavor which is balanced out with a pleasant clove-like spiceness.

Lower ABV than a typical dubbel, but then again Smuttynose doesn't consider this to be a true dubbel. Still, there is a solid medium-body mouthfeel that, combined with dark appearance and yeasty spice flavors, gives it a bit of a warming feel perfect for the season.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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Smuttynose Winter Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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