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Dundee Festive Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Festive AleDundee Festive Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 10-24-2005)
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TucsonTom

Arizona

1.9/5  rDev -46%

I agree with those who don't find much holiday spice in either the smell or the taste. For me, this beer had characteristics more in line with an Octoberfest style than a Winter Warmer. My review scores reflect how I feel it fits as a Winter Warmer.

12-16-2011 21:38:29 | More by TucsonTom
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -43.2%

01-26-2012 16:17:35 | More by bluesplit63
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BigRedN

Nebraska

2.38/5  rDev -32.4%

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is dark amber with my pour producing a 1/4 inch white head. Head fades to a thin cover. Leaves little lacing.

Smell: An overwhelming mish mash of spices. There is a slightly sweet undertone here, but I am a bit turned off by the overall spice overload of this. I guess the bottle does proclaim this to be a spiced ale.

Taste: My tongue is assaulted by spices. I don't know if I can pick out one, just unbalanced. Nothing malty or hoppy.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body, prickly on the tongue. A touch dry on the finish. A touch of alcohol warming is noticed in the back of the throat.

Drinkability: Not an overly drinkable beer IMO. Good easy drinking beer is on thing which I have liked about JW Dundee beers. One is enough for me.

01-25-2008 04:08:19 | More by BigRedN
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -29.5%

12 oz brown longneck bottle with a twist off cap from my parent's fridge. Don't know if this is from this year or not, probably is from this year as it hasn't been in the fridge that long but who knows. No discernible freshness date.

Pours a clear amber brown with some light tan head with okay retention and no lacing. No visible carbonation bubbles. Smell is malty and spicy, nose is a little stuffed up so i can't discern the specific spices, but it isn't anything out of the ordinary for a winter warmer.

Taste is fairly aggresively spicy. Not very enjoyable. Not enough malt backbone to balance out the spices. As it warms it starts to taste a bit sweeter, but it seems like it is from the spices rather than the malt and still isnt pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with medium carbonation--really a bit thin. Some more malts with unfermentable sugars would be a nice addition to this one, sweeten it up a little and give it some body and head retention. I would pass on this one in the future.

12-31-2007 06:50:56 | More by wheelinshirt
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deonreds

New York

2.5/5  rDev -29%

03-18-2012 05:22:47 | More by deonreds
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HardTarget

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%

Aroma: Lightly bready (yeasty) with a mild grape scent, like grape soda.

Appearance: Clear red brown, ruby really, with a thin off white head and a thick collar that leaves loops of lacing

Flavor: Thin watery taste with a metallic bite. A little malt base there with the grape fruitness, but the harsh metallic flavor ... ick.

Mouthfeel: A bit soapy, light and oily

Overall Impression: There is a fair brown ale aspect that keeps it drinkable, but not festive

02-03-2008 06:15:22 | More by HardTarget
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Onslow

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%

woo... is lightly spiced... the taste and mouth is Muddled but does show some promise, ..maybe ... medium head on the pour ... lacing is actually damn fine!! ..does carry some strange aroma's... basically..."weak!" ...Is nice for a winter warmer not to be over spiced but that lack of body hurts this brew...

12-12-2007 23:02:21 | More by Onslow
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.83/5  rDev -19.6%

A - Pours a dark copper color with a 2 inch head that fades to a 1/2 inch cap. Lacing is fair.

S - Smells of sweetness and spices. I am also getting a fruit aroma. Pie like?

T - Mild sweetness with pie like spices. There is a biscuit aftertaste.

M - This bottle was flat. This gave the beer a thick and somewhat unenjoyable mouthfeel.

D - I didn't like this one. I got this beer in a Winter brews sampler pack on clearance. I have never seen this company's beer other than this one bottle, but I wouldn't be interested in another.

05-08-2010 04:37:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -19%

I poured into a pint glass to a huge, frothy, beige head. It is dark amber in color. The smell is spicey, maybe some citrus and brown sugar. I get an alcohol smell after it warms up. It tastes a little bit cinamon, a little bit caramel, some spice. It gets a noticeable alcohol presence when its warm. I had this stuff of tap and it tasted a whole lot better than these bottles do. I guess that's the case for most beer. Very mediocre.

Happy Festivus!

P.S. And now for the airing of grievances!

12-24-2009 03:11:49 | More by buschbeer
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hosehead83

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Copper/amber in color with a big two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Faint malt and spices
Taste-Faint cinnamon, nutmeg, orange rind finish
Overall, rather light-bodied and unbalanced, with an astringent,acidic finish

11-22-2009 17:15:18 | More by hosehead83
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.93/5  rDev -16.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light brown with a slight reddish tint. Creates a thick off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a decent lace.

S: Smells very malty with faint bit of spice and fruitiness.

T: Roasted malt flavor hits you first, then some bitterness and I’m tasting a corn-malt flavor in the finish. It’s not as sweet and has a little bit more hops flavor than most winter warmers. However, overall the taste isn’t very strong.

M: Medium body. Very crisp & high carbonation, considering the style.

D: Decently balanced and goes down easy because it isn’t over-powering and the 6.30% ABV is masked pretty well. Definitely worth drinking given the low price, however I’ve only seen it as one-of-four beers in the J. W. Dundee’s Craft Pack.

Overall, not bad for a cheaper beer, but there’s other stuff I’d rather drink.

03-16-2006 04:30:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -15.3%

I picked this up at Queen Six pack in Lancaster, poured at cellar temp into my Valley Forge brewing pint glass from the twelve once brown bottle.

A - A rusty/garnet shade of ale w/ a pale tan microfoam cap of about 2 fingers. The ale has good clarity and the lace is a thick film on the glass.

S - A very nutty malt aroma w/ an earthy and metallic aroma that has notes of tobacco and raw dirt odors w/ a slight pepper and pine note.

M- Slightly spiced w/ full carbonation and an off kind of dull finish w/ a lingering boozy tinge an slight sweet touch

T - A nutty taste w/ a deep roasted and metallic flavor, the spice is peppery and stale w/ subtle nutmeg and cinnamon notes. The malt is full of sweetish flavor which is roasted yet has A slight wet cardboard effect. There is a bit of stone fruit and dark currant which is appealing in the flavor, but more or less a beer that is humming along w/ a bit of hops that are piney w/ mellow malt

D - Not bad in the sense that it is offensive to my taste buds, but I could find something better and would not give this a second taste. I guess without a freshness date it is hard to tell the age of this, after learning it was retired makes me question it

07-06-2008 01:57:45 | More by Slatetank
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PorterJunkie

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

Kind of thought this would of been better. I usually like dundee beers so I gave this a try. Poured out a nice dark amber with good head. A sweet caramel is all I could really get out of the smell as well as the taste. Aftertase for me was pretty alcoholic. Not the spicy, lively festive ale i was expecting. A good beer nonetheless.

04-18-2010 19:07:03 | More by PorterJunkie
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-22-2011 18:23:17 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-26-2011 14:49:40 | More by Another6Pack
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TonyY

New York

3/5  rDev -14.8%

10-14-2013 01:16:37 | More by TonyY
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rayj212

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-19-2012 02:11:39 | More by rayj212
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

09-19-2013 19:11:51 | More by ejimhof
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Shasty


3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-30-2012 18:13:56 | More by Shasty
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Plokhooy

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

I say about this beer what I'll say about all of Dundee's beers: If you want to teach someone about beer, by some Dundee styles and train them on what are simple examples of the various styles. I think they empty the brewery's spice rack with this one as the flavor profile is all over the place. It is an interesting treat for those long winter nights.

09-08-2010 01:57:03 | More by Plokhooy
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -14.8%

09-04-2013 18:13:20 | More by harpus
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3/5  rDev -14.8%

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Dec 2007 (as JW Dundee's Festive Ale).

Medium sized thick yellowish white head. Well carbonated. Deep brown with garnet highlights. Very strong aroma of bananas and cloves. Lots of bubblegum and banana in the flavor. Some clove and nutmeg. Finish is slightly acrid. Not much of an aftertaste. Body is light.

Banana seemed a bit out of place in a winter warmer...

07-01-2010 04:12:41 | More by htomsirveaux
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

Not really that crazy about this one and usually I really like spiced beers. I guess I’ve just had so many other “Holiday” spiced beers lately and most have been of a better quality. The spices in this one have an astringent bitterness to them, and even though many spiced brews have this character this one lacks a sufficiently firm malty sweetness to balance. Still, it’s not totally undrinkable, I certainly didn’t have too hard a time sucking this one back. It’s just that there are much better examples of this kind of thing out there…

02-01-2007 05:18:03 | More by arguemaniac
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%

6.3% ABV. Clear mahogany liquid, with some shades of ruby. Thick fluffy off-white head quickly settles to a thin layer. Hints of candied fruit, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), earthy and a bit soapy in the nose. First sip seems metallic and medicinal. A bit of darker caramel flavor, with earthy spices. Some earthy and floral bitterness, which helps to keep the spices in check. Seems thin and watery. Not bad, but not something I would go out of my way for.

01-06-2007 14:35:45 | More by Bierguy5
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Look - clear, copper color with about a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - definitely a spiced ale type of smell. I seem to smell more of the allspice than the nutmeg, cinnamon, or orange peel.

Taste and Mouthfeel - a little fizzy feeling from the foam. Also with the taste, the allspice seems to come out at me more than anything else. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Drinkability - not a bad tasting ale, but at the same time a little bland. It'd be nice if more of the flavors on the label popped out at me. So, not very complex-tasting, but not bad tasting either.

01-10-2011 03:56:03 | More by Nerudamann
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Dundee Festive Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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