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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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156 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: John on 10-24-2005)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 04:30:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of tempest


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red body with a bit of head. Spicey aroma with a touch of malt sweetness. Taste has dark malts and undiscernable spices with an over-riding banana flavor and aftertaste. Easy drinking, but the banana throws me off a bit.

A decent beer and cheap, fairly well balanced, expecially if you like banana in your beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 19:06:56 | More by tempest
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited edition ale part of a mixed 12 pack I picked up at Green's in Columbia, SC. Pours a dark ruby red with a nice thick head. Good malty aroma with just a hint of spice. As with the other reviewers, the spice level is somewhat muted, but is definitely present. The specific spices are hard to detect but I sensed a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe allspice. Not a bad brew at all and it hides its 6.3 ABV well. How did it such a strong brew get through the beer cops in SC?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 20:23:46 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Ricochet


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the sampler pack. Was going to buy a 4.99 6 pack of the pale but this was 6.99 for the sampler and had one I hadn't tried, so....

When I had the first one out of the bottle, I have to admit I wasn't impressed at first. But as it warmed and I drank more, it was interesting, so I got home and poured one. The spice was really apparent. There was little head when poured and it was a very nice brown-amber look. It smelled like a typical winter warmer, very malty, hardly any fruit/spice smell, and was like the pale and the brown mixed. Mouth was slightly above average, noting the alcohol, and foam and slightly richer texture. It's hard to describe the taste. It was slightly sweet, and candy like, but mostly the malt and hops asserted themselves. It had the same kind of alchoholic finish as a winter warmer. The spice tasted like a slightly weak pumpkin ale but blended just right. Not too strong on any taste, just the right amount of flavor. This was a well done beverage for a macro.

Drinkability was good. This would be a very good beer if you could find it. I have to bear the Honey Brown to have it around these parts, but it would work in a six pack. I'd get it again if I could find it that way.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 06:41:13 | More by Ricochet
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. There is a faint hint of spice, but it's too hard to tell what it is. The taste is average. It has an extremely dry flavor that goes down slow and finishes dry and earthy. I guess the spices are cinnamon and clove, but I'm not sure. It's quite peppery. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a real disappointment. I don't like the dry element. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 21:53:19 | More by WesWes
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited edition beer that came in a JW Dundee's 12 pack. Cool fancy metallic looking clear sticker label. This poured a really nice orange amber color with a nice creamy tan head. The body is quite carbonated. Mmmm. The aroma is of caramel and sweet roasted malt. Thought i smelled some clove or pear in there. Not sure though. Prominent in the taste is the roasted malts, it is so warm and happy. To accent that we have some mild holidayish spices and enough hoppiness to provide a mild bite. The alcohol is not noticeable, and at 6.3abv that is pretty damn cool. Very pleasant beer to get you in the holiday mood but not a work of art. Drinkable as hell. Holiday beers don't need to be hard to drink. Anyways, high falls is on a roll, and although i don't like this quite as much as the test bock they had on tap at local bars this is very nice. Very interesting brew. if there was a 6 pack of it i would get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 20:12:23 | More by kbnooshay
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Dundee Festive Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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