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St. Benedict's Winter Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 10-31-2007)
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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a sturdy two finger head that leaves a decent amount of lace

Smell: Toasted malt, toffee and dried stone fruit, but also something inexplicably odd and phenolic

Taste: Fruity and sweet, up front, with a brown sugar element that fades by mid-palate with the arrival of a medicinally bitter, Italian soda aspect; after the swallow, the sweetness returns but the memory of the medicinal quality lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather odd concotion that is neither here nor there, though it is interesting enough to contemplate for a while

brentk56, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, showing ruby highlights when not hidden from direct light. The head is a nice khaki color, and recedes quickly to a thin collar.

S - Mineral water and vinous notes combine to form a menagerie of weird and funky notes. Grape, milk chocolate, nutty wholesome bread, and toasted nuts.

T - Black bread (pumpernickel), toasted nuts ( almonds and walnuts), and a nice backing hint of toffee. Nice!

M - Medium bodied, nutty, and a bit boozy. The noticeable alcohol could be perceived as a flaw, but I think it adds to the nutty flavor... cashews and scotch go quite well together, after all.

D - This is a nice winter ale from a brewer that I usually don't hold in high esteem. Nutty and bready, this is a nice winter brew that doesn't do the whole played out "fruitcake and spice" thing. Drinkable on a feast-type evening, but a bit much for a normal session. Good stuff!

pmcadamis, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of david131
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, blood orange with a lot of sreams of rising carbonation with a thin light brown head.

S- Brown sugar, fruit, cotton candy, and a bit of white bread and citrus. Appealing.

T- Same as the aroma with an undesirable metallic and bitter aspect. Surprisingly sweet up front, but not much depth.

M- Metallic at the end. The carbonation level is nice and smooth overall.

D- An interesting take on the style. A little on the rich side.

david131, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with 2-row, 6-row, Pilsen, Roasted, Aromatic and 2-row Chocolate malts. Hopped with Cluster. 6.2% ABV, 29 IBU's, 213 cal/12oz.

Pours out to a clear dark brown, forming a modest light khaki head with average to poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is of tootsie rolls, a little bit of grapefruit when swirled, mild herbaceous hops, vanilla, and a smidge of black walnut. The mouthfeel is slick, slightly cloying with a medium dense body, and a piquant sweet acidity that is a little peculiar, kinda feels and tastes like saccharin or lactose or some other sweet non-fermentable. The taste is kinda funky and hard to describe...it's a strong brown ale, definitely not belgian but a little tart up front, a touch of bananas, candi-sugar, funky higher alcohols and fruity esters, and an earthy, woody, leathery finish. If I concentrate really hard, I might trick myself into thinking there might be nutmeg and ginger in this.

Interesting, although a bit too peculiar and rich for my tastes. Would probably go quite well with sauerkrat, sauerbraten and smoked fish.

Mitchster, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of lukeoberm963
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Immediately felt warmer after this beer, the beer has to be at least a 6%. Coming in from a blizzard this beer made me feel great about the price I paid for it. Poured a semi dark orange-copper color with a 1 finger head that dissipated relatively quickly, but retained somewhat through out the entire drink. Smelled especially caramel-like. Taste is of some tasty malt notes and caramel, with some banana-apple fruitiness I am also detecting as well. Mouthfeel is alright, it could be emboldened a bit by adding a bit more malt to the beer. The drinkability is terrific. The taste is semi-sweet and can be savored, while it finishes pretty dry and refreshing. Further warming probably will ensue.

lukeoberm963, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgundy color with ruby highlights. It had a bubbly, one-finger tan head of foam. It quickly receded and left a little soapy residue.

S - It smelled of winter spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg. There was a good roasted malt nose.

T - It tasted of some dried fruits, roasted malt and good spices. Nice cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

M - This one was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This was a surprising good winter warmer. It really brought some great flavors.

zeff80, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled shared to me by mr. quartetman, thanks.

Clear reddish, light brown, fizzy soft looking head,

Good roasty malt bill on the nose, hints of caramel, toasty white bread, and yeasty esthers.

A bit of a let down on the flavor, malty bread, undetermined spices, more like a standard amber than anything seasonal. Good drinker, with a soft body, sessionable but for the slightly high abv over 6%, at this abv wish they put more flavor into it.

robbyc1, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby amber with an average sized light tan head. Head falls to just about nothing with the thinnest of lacing.

Has a nice aroma. Malts backed by spices and deep fruits.

Malt taste that is a bit tangy ending sweet. Spicy and fruity not not overly so. Don't notice any hops, mostly a malty brew.

Medium bodied in the mouth, average carbonation and a slight bite.

Rather decent brew. My favorite from Point.

dstc, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

A - The tall but quiet pour releases a thin tan head atop the nice clear red-amber body. Lots of carbonation streaming up still doesn't help the poor retention. Within seconds the fizzy, loose head is gone to nothing more than a weak ring.

S - With each sniff the aroma changes. It starts with a deep malt extract sweetness that's a bit bread-y and moves into honey with dark candi-sugar. Towards the end I pick up a slight banana ester from the yeast. Together with a tiny pinch of bland spice, the nose is rather sweet and uninteresting. Later on I got notes of nuts too.

T - Thankfully the flavor is better than the nose foreshadows, albeit just as sweet. Sweet malts start the flavor out with a bit of honey and candi-sugar and a light banana hint mingles with a low spice addition. The end finishes with a dry, toasty flavor and a quick peek at hops through the feel.

M - Despite the highly carbonated bite to the finish, it's rather smooth and medium-full bodied. The dry finish comes from the malts and hops in conjunction it seems. Also, it could be my empty stomach but maybe there is a little more alcohol than normal.

D - A touch too sweet but balanced somewhat well, it's heading in the right direction. Not a holiday beer I'll be back for seconds on though but worth the try.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a reddish brown color with a small but thick foamed tan head, some sticking. Smells of chocolate malt, gingerbread, oranges, caramel candy, a cherry sweetness and a machine like funk quality. Light and alive with carbonation, very drinkable. Although a bit more sweet than i would prefer, especially if drinking more than one, it fits with the season nicely. St Benedict's Winter Ale is a damn nice winter throwback for only 7.99 a 6'er, beef up that body a little more and now we're talking...

ATPete, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours a rich, malty deep darkish red color but the head fast disappears and the taste is just so-so average. A bit light on the ABV for the style. Lots of maltiness with definite hints of chocolate. Nothing to really linger on the tongue and a bit bland tasting. Probably not too bad as these beers go, but definitely not head of the class.

Katahdin, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very malty very dark winter brew, poured into standard pint glass....color dark red/brown, moderate, quickly dissipated head, not much lacing...

A: decent look to this one, very dark, typical for Abbey / Belgian style warmer

S: not bad, tons of malt, think there are 3 or 4 types in there, some 2 row roasted chocolate, not very spicy to me, for this style, getting mostly malt smell and not much else

T: Pretty decent tasting brew, not hoppy at all, you get a pretty overpowering malty presence, some chocolate notes in there...I think this is brewed with Belgian type yeast, so there is a little fruitiness in there, pretty complex

M: Not the greatest overall, at least for me, not enough body or balance with hops that you can access easily

D: I could drink a few of these pretty easily, probably would grow on me after a bit, perhaps warming to 50-55 degrees may bring out some other flavors, other than the heavy roasted malts

Not that familiar with the beers from this brewery, but not a bad effort at all!

BeerVikingSailor, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Extremely dark amber, to almost ruby hue. Carbonation is potent, off white in color, well retained. Some lacing. Carbonation doesn't appear strong. Well filtered.

S - Light caramel malts combined with some cinnamon and clove. Very spiced nose. Sweet all the way around.

T - Starts off with a smooth malt flavor, clean barley and some caramel and vanilla. Malt forward, no bitterness builds. No hopping detected. Cinnamon is back. Finishes with a strong malt sweetness of two-row and light caramel and crystal malts.

M - Moderate body - beer seems thin but is compensated by the carbonation. Leaves a light sugary film on the palette. Carbonation bite is present, but not overbearing.

D - Good drinkability. ABV will catch you if you aren't looking, but this is a winter beer. Palette fatigue is not a problem. Not overly filling, although carbonation is catching up with me.

Point represents one of those breweries that I like at times, otherwise not. Their price point is fantastic, which does keep me coming back. As a winter warmer 6 pack, I could easily turn to this beer.

katan, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark crimson color with 2 inches of off-white head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. An exciting and complex aroma. A lot of spices such as cloves, nutmeg,and hints of dark fruit like figs and dates. But there is something in the background that lowers the score a little. It is almost like an ashtray aroma. Odd. The flavor is not as exciting. Plenty of spice up front with the fruity flavors in the finish. Again there is something in the background. Definately some ash. Seems out of place in this beer. I would of liked a little more body in this beer but otherwise good. A surprising and good effort from Stevens Point.

morimech, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark redish/brown color. The head is thin and fizzy and dissipates immediately leaving no lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet malty smell with a peppery spiciness hidden in the background. Smells quite good.

Taste: Highly malty but balanced by a slight hoppy bitterness. Has a lot of seasonal spices in it (kinda reminds me of a spiced wine or cider in this regard). Finishes with just a slight taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied. The alcohol adds a nice warmth to this beer as well.

Drinkability: Quite a pleasant brew. This one adequately exemplifies its style and would be great to drink on a cold holiday night. While it's not the best beer out there, it's still pretty damn good.

wahhmaster, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark brownish-black with thin tan head that lingers a short time and leaves little lacing. Nose is muted but a pleasant mixture of licorice, dark fruit and molasses. Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, but also malty sweet, and the taste accentuates the flovors found in the nose. Never caught any alcohol, though not terribly surprising at 6.2%. Okay finish.

Not bad, but not great

kimcgolf, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, brilliant, garnet-hued body with a smallish, whitish head.

Smell: Initially, an aroma of simple syrup marinated plums -- skins and all. Eventually, notes of toasted dark bread and bit of roast dosed with a few drops of honey liqueur.

Taste: Toasted pumpernickel bread lightly brushed with sweet treacle and served alongside a small handful of plums and currants, which provide a bit of tart fruitiness. Light touch of roast. Lightly earthy hops with a medium-low amount of bitterness. A pinch of brown sugar joins the mix later on. Very light hints of the alcohol within. Relatively dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: So-so. It's not a 44-person water skiing pyramid, but, when considering the rest of Point's offerings, it's not half bad!

ChainGangGuy, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light brown color with a bubbly head that dissipates too fast and leaves no lacing.

Smells of orange flesh, coriander and minerals with hints of raspberry fruitiness and crystal malts.

Light fruits in the flavor - green grapes and pears. Decent amount of grassy hop flavor and has a mineraly British feel to it. Has a bit of a bad stale malt taste that perhaps could be attributed to some oxidation. Not overly impressed, but one of the better Point beers I have tried from a bottle.

twiggamortis420, May 15, 2009
Photo of jeremyd365
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with low, meandering carbonation. It's got a solid winter spiciness scent to it--some spicy malt for sure. The flavor is pretty good: cinnamon and nutmeg blends well with the malt used here. The body however seems slightly lower than I'd expect from a winter warmer. Overall, though, an enjoyable little brew.

jeremyd365, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Pours with a thin creamy head then settles to the outside edge of the glass. Dark reddish brown color.
(S) Aroma of bread with some winter spice - nutmeg, clove and slight caramel.
(T) Strong toffee flavor initially then fades with very little umph! Has a touch of caramel and yeastiness in the aftertaste.
(M) Medium body. Crisp, carbonation.
(D) A decent winter brew, but not a stand out.

u2carew, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mrpoizun
1/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought this six pack of 12oz bottles in early January on sale for $4.99. Perhaps there was a reason for the sale price.
Mouth feel was acidic.
The only thing I can say about the taste was that it seemed to lean toward industrial solvent. A couple of weeks later I got up the nerve to try it again; the second bottle was exactly the same.
I'm wondering now if I can get some use out of the remaining four bottles by using them for cooking.

mrpoizun, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this bottle as an extra in a trade recently. I had never heard of it, so I was skeptical, but went for it with my brother in law to try a sample as well. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/10/2009.

The pour was decent enough with a dark caramel color coling through with a touch or reddish light on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Light tan head came up and faded fast leaving only a touch of light side glass lacing. Decent aroma of caramel, dark fruits, a touch of a nut like aroma. This carried over well into the flavor which was highlighted by the tartness of dark plum like flavors. Nice overall profile here, nice and medium feel to it with more then adequate carbonation. Smooth sipping with light alcohol, I had no problem putting this one down.

Overall not bad, not the best but still more then decent. I would have no issue at all with trying this one any day.

mikesgroove, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a thick, slightly bubbly tan head that tops off just above the pint glass. Retention is excellent, falling into a thin covering over the brew, and leaving a small coat of lacing behind. Smell is fairly bold, with caramel malts, fruits, yeast and hops. Tastes of spice and sweet malts with some earthiness and hop bitterness completing everything very well. A very tasty, medium bodied winter warmer that seeems to be somewhat underrated.

stephens101, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of charliedango
1.35/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had Steven's Point simply put "Belgian Dark Ale" on the bottle, I would have known to stay away from it. I've had many other "winter warmer" ales and this is no where near the category of the others I have tried.

If you love Belgian dark ales, then this is your beer. Not my style, sorry.

charliedango, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of BierFan
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown with a big light tan head. Okay lacing, subpar head retention.

Smell: Banana and clove smell. I was able to smell the banana as soon as I twisted off the cap.

Taste: More banana and clove in the taste. Something about it seems off, perhaps the cloves have too big of a presence. I can taste some other spice in the aftertaste but I don't know what it is.

BierFan, Jan 18, 2009
St. Benedict's Winter Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.