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2° Below Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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82
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1,117 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,117
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 22
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005)
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Photo of blindtiger24
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden / copper, clear, active carbonation, thin bubbly head.

S: Roasted malts, cereal grains, burnt toast, maybe some cocoa or granny smith apples.

T: Big malty flavor, slight esters of banana and clove, caramel apples, a little hop snap of bitterness as well.

F: Sweet and warm on the tongue. A little sticky but overall is clean and smooth.

O: Great for sitting by the fire in yuletide!

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of n2492004
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scootny
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 oz bottle. A light terracotta liquid with a Creme fresh head. Light toasted biscuits and mild Belgo-funk fruitiness. Toffee tinged sweetness, herbaceous hops. Taste follows like a winters Fat Tire. Well balanced malt body with a dry graininess. Light caramel sweetness. Herbal earthiness with a light hop bitterness clinging to my palate. Feel is nicely weighted for winter with a light creaminess'. Smooth and drinkable it is a satisfying and delicious brew.

Photo of ryancl
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BTodd
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Golfer3Aces
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Markbienvenu
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxOhle
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of klub24
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerad_Morrissey
4.51/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite seasonals.

Photo of hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright, shiny gold that is so clear!!!!!!. Head is real nice and marshmallowy, lacing is some of the best I have ever seen. Hops hit the nose first followed by some sweet malts. Taste hits first with the malt of a bitter , then finishes real nice with the Sterling and Liberty hops, creating a beautifully balanced beer. Not quite like any other ESB I have had, but still a very nice beer !

Photo of Wer34truh
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Keelin
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of richkrull
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jandadeboer
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of livingtodie
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of markzab
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BigDiesel
3.64/5  rDev 0%

Photo of robebo44
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden with a fluffy head. Thin trailing lace sticks.

The smell is fruity (citric), slightly perfumy.

The taste is tea-like, slightly woody, some dried tobacco mixed with a biscuity malt. Citrus comes through in the finish. Something about the mixture isn't sitting so well, but works adequately enough. Some slight alcohol warmth comes through.

Lighter-bodied for a "winter" release, but works well enough. It's smooth.

Not sure what is really "winter" about it, but it's a decent enough brew. It has an ESB/Bitter character about it (and on the hoppy side), but it just didn't "mesh" well together enough to be anything great, in my opinion. Still in all, glad enough it was in the winter variety pack and to have had four bottles of it.

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2° Below Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.