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

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BA SCORE
80
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
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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Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown color, semi-transparent, very thin white ring around the glass

S- Caramel malts, spices, hops, dried fruits, fairly sweet

T- Cinnamon, spicy hops, caramel, roasted malts, sugar, hint of cherries

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, slight warming feeling, finishes fairly oily

D- Decent winter beer

This beer is just slightly lacking in many catagories. It has decent flavors and auroma, but it just comes off as being slightly watery.

iceball585, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer surprised me. Much better than expected. Pours a beatiful amber with a tinge of red. The scent is oaky, malty with some definite spices. It has a creamy, malty flavor that finishes with spices and alcohol. I thought it could have used more spices to mask the alcohol and the palate is a bit filmy. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this.

PaleAlien2, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer released from the 12-ounce bottle set a deep reddish amber with a tall creamy off white head that stays a while before settling, lace forms a standard thin sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, chased up your olfactory opening by some pleasing spices; cinnamon seems to be right, caramel, and bit of bakers’ chocolate, at any rate a sniffable beer. Start has a big malt sweetness; touch of bittersweet spices, top is light to medium in feel. Finish as a delectable spicy hop presence, sweet spices and a purposeful acidity, quite a nice drinking beer, do not normally care for their beers, just goes to show you never know what mollusk has a pearl in it. lol

Gusler, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a bulb. A medium pour produces a slightly viscous liquid, brilliant deep amber in color, with a two fingered medium-tan head of average duration and with excellent lacing. The nose offers light vanilla and cherry, ripe plum, and a hint of diacetyl - no other spices to note (the label reads "ale flavored with spices"). Tangy, creamy, and light on the tongue. Ever so slightly viscous, gently coating the tongue and the carbonation is mildly scrubbing/cleansing. A bit thin-bodied for the style, but with loads of flavor: toffee, light cherry liqueur, lighter vanilla, and a touch of dark roasted malts backing all of this up. Sweetish, and just slightly tangy, and the diacetyl is unobtrusive overall. Fruity, jiucy malt profile picks up as this warms, as does the alcohol, which seeps into the profile gradually. Rummy and medium-dry in the finish. Quite flavorful, but might benefit from a fuller body. Either way this is a winner, and holds up nicely into the new year. It's also the most flavorful and convincing interpretation I've hadfrom High Falls - I look forward to enjoying more of this next year!
Bottled 257/06 - sampled 6/04/07

Chaz, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of shirfan
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby with brown tones, clear with minimal head.

Big, rich aroma. Caramel malt, raisins, plums, sweet cinnamon.

Taste and mouthfeel fall short of the nose, but are still ok. Dry, peppery notes fight for dominance with light-bodied yet dark malt flavors. Cinnamon, pepper, and a lightly hoppy lemon zest make up the finish.

This would be a very good brew if it had a bit more malt "weight". As it is, an easy to drink and tasty winter spiced beer, but forgettable.

shirfan, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Auburn copper color with a nice light brown head and nice active carbonation. Nice spicy aroma ... nutmeg and cinnamon. All spice and all spicy malt flavors though not overdone. Medium-light bodied with a big spicy finish.

Not bad, in fact pretty good, but probably wouldn't buy again.

Per Label: "Limited Release" & "Ale Flavored with Spices"

2006 Edition ('2766' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 02/25/07

($5.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of danielharper
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Dark brown body, slightly tannish bottom, with very thick foamy tan head. Looks like a brown Guinness.

S: Heavily malted, with a nice nutty aroma. Slightly sweet, bready.

T: Bready, nutty, slight astringency in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate, slightly chewy.

D: Overall pretty drinkable. Goes well with hearty soups and stews. Enjoyable, but nothing special.

danielharper, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the 6-pack at Total Wine. Nice looking bottle with a silver printed label. Poured a beautiful brown color, nice clarity and puffy off white head. Good lacing throughout. Fruity smell, lots of sugars and some spice. Taste is very similar, very sugary with some malt and spices, nutmeg. The aftertaste has some alcohol tones, but nice, sits well on the tongue. This is a nice beer, not a disappointment and glad to have tried. Not on the same level as a SN Celebration, but a good beer nonetheless.

beeroclock, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear bottle label with silver print. Kinda' neat.
Nice malty aroma upon pour. The spices come later, but are blending and mild (nutmeg mostly). Hints of fruit (orange).
Good looking brown color that is crystal clear. Pours with attractive tan head that settles in a rocky manner.
Spices show greater presence in flavor pushing the malt character more in the background, yet the spices aren't over the top. Dryness is apparent and lingers for a time (especially on the tongue). Bitterness is subdued, but there.
Moderate feel with a heaviness noted. Carbonation is apparent but not distracting, yet lends a filling and fullness to the drink. Slight warmth in an empty stomach.
I'm pleased with this drink. Tasty, blended well and satisfying. I'll have another.

Continuation of completing my holiday/winter ales during the great Feb/March storms of '07. Thanks JB.

garymuchow, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice malty reddish brown, very clear, small white head which dissipates quickly but always retains a small trace.
Smells of burnt caramel candy, Twix bar, cinnamon, sugar, nougat, and holiday nut bread.
Flavor is a little dull and disappointing at first, I decided to let it warm up a little. Very innocuous beer. Nutmeg and cinnamon notes come through, definitely some molassesy dark breading going on. Body is lacking. Good transition to and amount of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is too watery, not texture to chew on and indulge in the flavors that may be present.
This brew tastes very much like the backbone of a lot of pumpkin ales, without the pumpkin. Very drinkable. No overwhelming characteristics and one for the holidays that will not offend the most fragile drinker of beer.

Cadyfatcat, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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…

arguemaniac, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Lou's. Translucent red body with about an inch of off-white head. Biscuit malt and nut dominate the aroma with hints of frutiness. Nut and roasty caramel malt dominate the flavor, with suggestions of spice. Creamy medium body. While not the best winter beer I've had, a really good one, and exceeded my expectations considering the brand and brewery.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a cherry/amber pour, a good one-inch of lightly tanned foam. Some streaky lacing left behind but it does hold well at a thin cover and thick collar.

Aroma - some caramel maltiness in there, some light nut and raisin as well.

Taste - caramel, sort of sweet malt, decent toastiness, a touch of diacetyl, like an ESB. Don't pick up much in the way of spices but there is an element of hoppiness after the swallow. Right at the end I finally get a glimpse of some indistinct spicing. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth stuff, moderate carbonation, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - nothing spectacular but certainly tasty and easy to drink.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Bierguy5, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Greenlabel
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to see this Dundee seasonal in a 6-pack in MA as all the prior seasonals were only in variety 12-packs. Only $4.99 for the 6-er. While I've previously enjoyed both the seasonal Bock and IPA, I thought this was the best of the seasonals I've tasted to date - particularly when compared to other spiced winter warmer-type products I've purchased.

Pours an amber color with excellent head retention. Spice smell is fortunately not overpowering nor is the spice taste in the ale itself. The brewer practiced moderation in the spices used which, to my mind, made the beer rate very highly on the drinkability chart. I'm not usually a fan of spiced beers but this one is an exception and I'll be making some repeat purchases. Probably the first time I've said that about a spiced beer.

Greenlabel, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Maestro
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was better than I expected. I have tried most of the Dundee's beers and most of them are average. This one is a beer I would seek out again. The malty nose and frothy, tan head start this beer off right. The taste is a biscuit and toast blend with barely any noticeable hops. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky; a trait I find in all beers from this line. Drinkability is good. I will look for this again.

Maestro, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive tannish head. One of the best lacings I've seen on a beer.
Smell is spicy-fruity with strong notes of malt mixed with Christmas spices.
Taste is strong and and malty with the background spices making a nice compliment.
Finish present a nice balancing dryness that is a grea ending to this beer.
Drinkability is perfect. Nicely done, especially at $16.99 a case of 24.

tgbljb, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a a soft and biscuity caramel malt with a nice warming cinammon aroma.

The taste was upfront malty with a very good flowery hop. Jagged cinammon spice as well. Mild warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit sharp.

Overall a nice drinkable macro winter warmer. Could have used a bit more variety in the flavor, but generally pretty good.

plaid75, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear orange-copper. Tan head. Average retention and lacing. Caramel and fruit in the nose with just a hint of spice (cinnamon?). Standard body and carb. There's more clove and nutmeg in the flavor, but overall the spicing is very well done. Nice maltiness. Good balance. The spice never really gets cloying although it's clearly there! A very decent holiday spice beer. If I see it I'll grab a sixer or twelve pack or Xmas dinner.

NeroFiddled, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Deep amber. Slight carbonation. Nice lacing, micro-bubbles.

S- Spicy. Nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, all mixed with a red ale aroma.

T- Very spicy. First winter warmer that I've had this year with more of a spice than a hop taste. Well balanced.

M- Crisp but a little thin and macro-like. Dry because of the slight bitterness.

D- Hey why not.

Rudgers73, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot damn $4.99 a six pack cant beat that with a stick,a real nice pour a deep amber/ruby color with a tight formed 1/2 finger beige head.Big caramel notes in the nose with some buttery tones and hints of honey and nutmeg,a beer on the sweeter side alot of caramel and brown sugar flavors with just a hint of mulling spice it doesnt really come out strong just a light clove and nutmeg flavor.It does get a bit cloying after awhile but its a good dessert beer it went well with some of my wives pumpkin cheese cake.I would buy again for the price but I wouldnt pay much more for it.

oberon, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of rowew
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist off. Clear label with a silver label.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, medium sized tan colored head. Nice retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of hops, and a prominent spiciness. Not able to pick out any specific spices.

Taste: Similar to the aroma - this is malt dominated with a noticable hop flavor, and the spices are more in the background.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced, the spice is not overdone. Certainly not my favorite winter beer, but for the price a nice offering.

rowew, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber brown. One finger tan head,with very good retention, and lacing. Smell is of sugary malts. Body is thin to medium, and carbonated. Taste is of spiced malt with a bit of honey. Warmed nicely at the finish. This was a good beer. I recommend giving it a try.

riversider76, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was in a sixer by it's lonesome, not a craftpack., took a chance & was mildy rewarded:

Pours auburn/chestnut with a 2 fingers deep off-white head. Just faintest hint of head retention & lacing

S: Slight brown sugar hints & metallic notes, brown sugar dominates as it warms, along with a hint of alcohol

T: Breadyness, brown sugar, herbal hops & baker's choclate up front. Brown sugar & a hint cinamon as it warms, hops still asserting themselves, this is getting better as it warms. finishes sweet with a hint of cherries & warming alcohol

MF: Medium bodied, but thin for the style & slick with low carbonation. Okay balance

Drinks easy for the abv, a little thin for a winter warmer, but probably one of the better beers you can pick up for $5.50 a sixer

russpowell, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of Higravity
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was part of a mixed 12 pack that my dad bought. This was the first one I had out of the pack and it was pretty darn good. A brown tinted red with a white top. Smell of spice is very light, some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maybe even some mace. There is a solid nutty malt body to it. This beer deserves some praise for the restriant not to spuice the shit out of a nice subtle beer. The spices are part of the beer and the malt character still shines through although it does have a little too much of a crystal malt taste. I like the mouthfeel and think this is another sessionable winter suprise anytime.

Higravity, Jul 18, 2006
Dundee Festive Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.