St. Benedict's Winter Ale - Stevens Point Brewery
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4.4/5 rDev +24.3%
Poured into a Perfect Pint.
A=Rich amber color, with creamy one finger head.
S=Fruity and hoppy...inviting.
T=Hearty...hint of spice and citrus. Normally, I don't care for spice and citrus, but this one works for me.
M=Excellent...just the right body...not too heavy, not too light.
O=I paired this with pizza rolls, which did not work well...this would work well with red meat, I think, as well as by itself. Very likely that I will purchase this next winter.
02-21-2012 14:09:23 | More by dhannes
4.35/5 rDev +22.9%
Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale is a slightly hazy copper ale with a yellowish head that fades to a waxy film and leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. Fruit and spice are in the aroma, with notes of cinnamon, pear and allspice. There is the slightest hint of caramel. It has a very soft and delicate medium body. It feels fluffy in the mouth and the finish is very dry and a little gritty. Wow, this is like a Belgian dark ale. The flavor is complex with a lot of deep and dark tones-- cinnamon and wood. There is a fruity note which is a little like apricot or cherry. It doesn't really taste sweet, though. Roasted bitterness lingers after the swallow. Wow, this is a really good Winter ale, even in Spring. This is a very rewarding beer.
04-05-2011 15:17:35 | More by yesyouam
4.15/5 rDev +17.2%
Overall I thought Saint Benedicts Winter Ale was a decent beer. Had it for the first time at my girlfriends cabin in northern Wisconsin back in late December of 2012. The appearance of the beer was good, and the flavor was ok. I thought it was kind of a strong beer at times with the full flavor coming out at times. Would probably buy it again in the winter months.
02-20-2013 04:22:38 | More by RyanLaCount03
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
The label and name (“St. Benedict’s”) both suggest I fine abbey brew, but calling this a ‘winter ale’ suggests it could be almost any style ale.
A – The body is a clear. deep, orange-amber; light carbonation is visible. The thin, off-white head quickly reduces to a nice ring with a few thin patches, but remains capable of coating the glass anew with each sip.
S – Needs to warm a good bit to really bring out the aromas. The spicy aroma is more like that expected from a Belgian winter brew (e.g., Delirium Noel) than from an American winter ale, although there is a definite presence of such typical “winter spices” as nutmeg. Fruity with a hint of cognac. 3.75
T – Largely follows the aroma, but much closer to a Belgian dubbel or winter ale than expected, with the touches of cloves, dried plums, raisins and bananas. If presented as such, I’d have no trouble believing this was an actual Belgian abbey beer. The finish is clean, rich, and nicely balanced, leaving a fine and long-lasting aftertaste that features both dark malts and spices. The spices form a well-chosen and balanced mix, and blend very nicely with the malts and minimal hops; although the aftertaste is eventually dominated by clove, nutmeg and other spices.
M: Near medium body with soft carbonation. 3.75
Overall: One of the best American ‘’Belgians’ I’ve had. (I know, BA follows the label and calls this a “winter ale”). Whatever you want to call it, this is a superb, tasty, well-balanced, and easy-to-drink beer. 4.3
04-29-2012 20:47:50 | More by chinchill
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured from a bottle and drank from a seidel.
A: A beautiful hazy amber-reddish colour, with a substantial off-white head that disappears quickly.
S: Oh boy this smells like a good beer should. Loads of rich malts, a hint of autumn-ish hops like a oktoberfest beer might have. Rather yeasty, with a scent resembling that of a belgian dark ale.
T: Delicious. Hard to pick out much besides heavy, rich, sweet maltiness. Sweet and wholesome. Ton of delicious almost belgian yeastiness. Boozy sweetness is just barely there.
M: Very smooth with a mild carbonation. Goes down easy and doesn't lose flavour in your mouth. Pleasant aftertaste.
D: Incredible drinkability. I could drink these all night, and the abv isnt too bad either. Goes down so easy and is just a purely enjoyable beer.
03-01-2011 05:21:35 | More by Whiteweasel
4.05/5 rDev +14.4%
Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter, a gift from Stopper.
The beer pours a clear chestnut with rich ruby highlights and a very fizzy sounding beige head of 3 cm even with a gentle pour.
Head fades to the thinnest of edge layers fairly quickly after its noisy appearance.
Aroma is some sweet fruit and lots of spices. I get nutmeg and brown sugar mixing with red grapes and maybe cinnamon, something else sweet going on there too.
The flavor is sweet malt and spice with caramel and fruit. Red grapes and some pears. Fairly complex mixture of flavors but all sweetness with no hops or booze. I also get a bit of nutmeg mixed in the flavor profile.
The beer is very smooth and easy to drink, carbonation is minimal and soft adding to the drinkability of this beer. I dont know if the sweetness would get too much after a second beer but this one bottle is definitely enjoyable.
I would pick up some of these up and share the 6er with friends.
01-04-2012 04:52:37 | More by sulldaddy
4/5 rDev +13%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:
This Abbey-style Winter Warmer poured vigorously into the glass forms a thick, cream-colored head that leaves a web-like trail of lacing on the glass. Deep reddish-brown color shows clarity. The aroma is of fresh plums, faint burnt sugar, with a quick whiff of medicinal phenols and a slight spiciness from the hops and alcohol. Beautiful smoothness reaches all corners of the palate with a quick snap of crispness. Solid medium body. All flavors seem to want to smack the taste buds all at once: mellow yet lingering fruitiness of plums and pears, toasted malt and mild burnt sugar sweetness, mild herbal hop bitterness, subtle phenols from the yeast and quick peppery warmth from the alcohol. Finishes a bit dry with some lingering fruitiness and toasted bread flavors.
Very well balanced and pretty damn drinkable, yet big enough to be thrown at just about any holiday dinner. With each sip, and as it gets closer to cellar temperature, it grows on us. A sure pick here for your winter seasonal needs.
09-20-2010 19:05:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
St. Benedict's Winter Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.