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Sweetwater Festive Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

594 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 11-14-2002)
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wrw5031

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

08-08-2013 16:20:03 | More by wrw5031
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davidblack

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-11-2012 02:48:43 | More by davidblack
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ninaturner

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-21-2013 02:02:51 | More by ninaturner
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-24-2013 16:56:44 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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kjmass

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-18-2013 22:52:51 | More by kjmass
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Hophead21

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-21-2013 04:23:32 | More by Hophead21
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Chaosfiend

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-02-2013 02:41:51 | More by Chaosfiend
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-22-2013 15:05:02 | More by RBorsato
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MPSTARR

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-13-2013 23:38:22 | More by MPSTARR
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harrylee773

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-14-2012 02:51:58 | More by harrylee773
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-30-2012 04:21:41 | More by JRod1969
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DeeMalloy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-06-2013 02:12:39 | More by DeeMalloy
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fuzzbalz

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-21-2014 19:16:03 | More by fuzzbalz
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DCon

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-12-2012 05:03:25 | More by DCon
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michaeljstraub

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-15-2013 11:38:21 | More by michaeljstraub
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khargro2

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-19-2012 03:25:07 | More by khargro2
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Ajbradsher

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-19-2013 01:13:19 | More by Ajbradsher
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-22-2012 23:27:35 | More by circus_cat
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FliryVorru

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-29-2013 18:55:40 | More by FliryVorru
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Slikpitt

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-10-2012 18:14:53 | More by Slikpitt
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RHIN0002

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-25-2012 23:51:51 | More by RHIN0002
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MAJ85

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-20-2013 13:58:51 | More by MAJ85
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. It pours an extra deep brown that was almost black. A thin 1/2 finger mocha colored head formed. A nice looking rich brown ale.

Aroma is all full of alcohol and Christmas fruitcake smells. Lots and lots of dark, dried fruits -- raisins, plums, figs, etc with a hint of chocolate. Really rich complex aromas. Like a big old figgy rumball. I really like the aroma. Minimally hops but quite nice.

To me, this tastes like a good Belgian quadruple would taste like if it were fermented with a clean American yeast instead of Belgian Trappist yeast. So it doesn't have the spicy complexity of a Abbey ale, but it has a similar complex malty flavor. There's a bit more chocolate in the flavor than the aroma, and without the complex yeast character, it comes across as a bit more one-dimensional than a Trappist ale, but it's still a very solid, strong Christmas ale.

Very full rich mouthfeel. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Very enjoyable. Out of the 6 or 7 Xmas ales I've had each of the last couple years, this has been probably my favorite. Really nice, easy to drink beer.

02-09-2010 03:19:22 | More by mklinger
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smitbo7

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-22-2012 00:29:21 | More by smitbo7
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NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-30-2013 23:25:00 | More by NCbeerpirate
Sweetwater Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.