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Vertical Winter Ale - Tree Brewing

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Vertical Winter AleVertical Winter Ale

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Medium bodied Ale with nut and caramel flavours. Finishes smooth, with a subtle hint of Vanilla.

(Beer added by: Derek on 11-11-2010)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

330ml bottle, now available outside of Tree's winter combo pack.

This beer pours a clear medium copper hue, with three fingers of foamy, puffy off-white head, which leaves some high-strung cloud ceiling lace around the glass as it lazily settles. It smells of vanilla, biscuity malt, and leafy, zingy hops. The taste is still big on the vanilla, though now more muddled with some caramel breadiness, a bit of dry ashiness, and still sturdy, leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is soft, yet tickling, the body a so-so medium weight, and house-brand smooth. It finishes with a turn to the dry side, the leafy hops going somewhat herbal. Kind of missing out on the whole 'warming' part of the concept, though.

An interesting take on the style - nice holiday season sweetness, but with a strong nod towards balance (and moderation) - that vanilla is rendered in such a way that I could see putting a few of these back, before single ingredient fatigue sets in.

10-31-2011 23:33:43 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, light retention and lace.

S: Vanilla, caramel and toffee with a light, floral hopping.

T: Bready malt; nice floral and citrus hopping; light caramel and toffee sweetness works with the vanilla yet there's a modest bitterness for balance.

M: Light to moderate body has a slight residual sweetness.

D: An easy drinker.

At only 5%, it's not really a warmer... yet there's more flavour than the Granville Lion's or Nelson's Faceplant!

11-11-2010 04:33:58 | More by Derek
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

330ml bottle poured into tulip 12/11/11

A clear amber enough carbonation to sustain a thick two finger cream colored foam that hangs on for quite a while leaving some unorganized lace

S massive vanilla notes with a little earthy woody thing going for it, some winter spice nutmeg perhaps? not overly complex but what it has I like

T what I smell but just a little toned down, still pretty good with a little nutty flavor I didn't smell

M not very thick but the bubbles whip it up a bit and the flavors linger a little nutty

O not a bad beer if you like vanilla, I might get board drinking a whole 6er of this stuff but for a single no problem

I like winter beers too be a little stronger but this ones still worth a try

11-13-2011 00:47:57 | More by wordemupg
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked this one up is their winter mixer.

A - Pours crystal clear copper colour, finger of head with little retention, some sporadic lacing and little visible body carbonation.

S - Pretty mild on the nose, but burnt sugar and caramel seems to come through, and is reminiscent of their amber ale offering.

T - Given the weak nose, the flavour caught be by surprise. Very tasty with the caramel malts and leafy hops coming through with a touch of vanilla and cotton candy on the finish. The sweeter flavours also linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied ale, fills the tongue nicely, goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

D - I must admit, I was a little skeptical that this would be all that different, but it offers some delicious flavours and unique sweetness. A solid offering that is easily drinkable and highly recommended. If only you could get it in its own 6-pack...

01-09-2011 02:42:56 | More by andrenaline
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

01-25-2013 01:25:05 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-28-2012 08:29:34 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-13-2012 18:41:16 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-10-2013 00:00:26 | More by BigBry
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A - clear copper with a thumb of off white head, dissipated to random islands with light lacing
S - vanilla and light nutmeg, bready and sweet
T - very much like the smell with some nuttiness and brown sugar sweetness
M - somewhat creamy and a little spicy, full mouth bready finish
D - malty brew goes down smooth with a vanilla like silkiness, balanced with just a little winter spice, nice offering but would have preferred to see this in a 6 pack rather than the dozen mixer with 3 other Tree staple beers

12-20-2010 01:43:10 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-22-2013 07:13:30 | More by schnarr84
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

03-10-2012 22:10:40 | More by chickenm
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Reddish amber liquid with a 1/8" white head.

S: Vanilla and spices.

T: Vanilla, spices and caramel malt.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: An excellent winter warmer. One of B.C.'s best.

11-06-2011 23:04:10 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-14-2014 05:57:13 | More by Erik-P
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance- Pours a clear pale copper with a very thin head.

Smell- Vanilla, caramel, and a hint of hazelnut.

Taste- Vanilla is the main flavour from start to finish. Pleasant sweet caramel and brown sugar notes. Very liight in terms of the spice characteristics.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice smoothness.

Overall- A different variety of winter ale by Tree Brewing. Instead of using warm spices like other ales, this brew is heavy on vanilla and sweet candy flavours. Reminds me of GIB's Lions winter ale. Worth a try if you like vanilla.

04-01-2012 03:32:25 | More by leaddog
Photo of KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-29-2012 05:27:45 | More by KalanM
Photo of Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-13-2014 03:45:00 | More by Exeter
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a dark amber. Not much of a head off the pour, but pretty well-marked lacings.

Big vanilla notes on the nose with a solid chocolatey backing.

This is a really interesting winter beer. Light, but chocolatey. malt throughout with nutty-earthy flavours. The star here is the vanilla. Takes over in a pretty marvelous way. Incredibly tasty, but it might be a touch much for purists.

BC has an interesting winter beer scene. This is very much in the same vein of Granville Island's offering. This one is much more straightforward. My first thought on tasting this was "chocolate milk", great combination of sweetness and smoothness.

01-14-2012 00:55:52 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-15-2014 06:10:12 | More by FadetoBock
Photo of EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-01-2011 06:41:54 | More by EskimoDave
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

A: Orange copper hue, minimal lacing around edges.

S: Toffee and dark honey followed by a hint of biscuits.

M: Medium bodied.

T: Toffee and spices, mainly cloves. There is a slightly floral taste with a slight sting or burn of alcohol on the finish.

O: Not a bad winter ale but I prefer others.

03-11-2012 01:23:55 | More by FondueVoodoo
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev 0%

Copper brown appearance with minimal head that disappears quickly. Smell is dominated by vanilla, it is also sweet with caramel.

Taste, like the smell, has a strong vanilla taste. Picked up bread malt with brown sugar. Has a hint of toffee/caramel. Taste is surprisingly light though compared to the strong smell. Light bodied with light-medium carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and sweet.

Overall not a bad, but to light tasting to be a winter beer. In fact I can see myself drinking this in 20 C. Still, it's refreshing and worth a try.

02-18-2011 05:15:26 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2014 05:32:18 | More by artemh
Photo of maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

My first beer from Tree Brewery. Got a six-pack in Northern BC.

It has a healthy finger of creamy beige head and a clear, caramel (maybe dark amber) body. I smell bready malt and some chocolate (actually more like cocoa). It has a big nutty taste, lots of malt and some hops. Nothing subtle about the vanilla flavour. It has a heavy and oily feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall, I think there is a great beer under all that vanilla flavouring.

02-08-2012 02:53:33 | More by maclean25
Photo of papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

2/5  rDev -46.4%

11-22-2011 02:03:45 | More by papawu76
Photo of Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-18-2012 04:21:52 | More by Vandelayindustri
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Vertical Winter Ale from Tree Brewing
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