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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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240 Ratings

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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 BeerVikingSailor
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of mrpoizun
1/5  rDev -71.9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of charliedango
1.35/5  rDev -62.1%
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.

Photo of BierFan
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. Only a 1/4 inch head with poor lacing and poor retention. Smells mainly of spices along with a strong hops presence. Fits the style. Had a smooth and crisp mouth feel. There was a high carbonation level. Tasted strongly of spices (coriander), roasted malts, and a slight hop background. Overall, a good combination of flavors - worth a try.

Photo of daledeee
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sampler of winter ales.

This beer pours a very dark clear brown with a 1/2" head that went away quickly. When I poured this I noticed a burst of honey and/or caramel. Also maybe a little roasted malt smell.

Taste is sweet and syrupy. I say that because it is just a little bit too syrupy. Some malt in the background with an aftertaste.

Drinkability is average when the over sweetness and funny feeling finish develops on my tongue after I finish the drink or sip.

Photo of kickapoodude
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer lacks focus. It is malty and rich like a nice bock, but it also has spicey characteristics (orange, corriander, all spice). Does it's alc. amount really make it a winter warmer? It is better when it's warmer. It is a good beer, but I don't drink it where I work...and it's on tap.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-A pristine beer, dark copper color. Off-white head rises nicely but disperses quickly to sparse bubble layer.

S-Spices with some sweeter, hearty toffee malts. No hop aroma.

T-Some spiciness, as with the aroma. A toffee maltiness with hints of toasty. Very little bitterness, but just enough near the clearn, toffee-driven finish.

M-Medium-high carbonation, perhaps a bit too much. Medium body, light chewiness, if that's possible, while not being too heavy.

D-Good drinkability. It seems perhaps a bit lighter than I expected for a beer in the realm of winter warmers. Regardless, this is a smooth drink, appropriate for a cool evening after work, perhpas while studying comic books :)

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is... interesting? Slightly bitter with a mild smoke aftertaste. It is almost like I'm expecting this to be more complicated, like it should have hops, or it should have a complex flavor.

That aside, it isn't bad, I could drink this again. It might actually be a very interesting cooking beer.

Photo of mynie
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa. The tapper is friggin' awesome.

Decent pour. Dark ruby brown with a small head.

Smells of mild--very mild--warmer spices and light malt. Usually there's some spicy hops in there to liven things up, or they go heavier on the warming spices. There's usually some zing of alcohol in there, too. (Ya'know, to warm things up.)

Tastes a lot like it smells. Medium malt, sweet and lightly spicy, mild hop bitterness at the end. No spice burst, no kick of fruit or alcohol.

I'm a bigger fan of Point's beers than most--if they cost two bucks more per sixer I'd bet they'd be a lot more respected. Even so, there's no mistaking this beer for anything other than a completely unexceptional warmer. If you have access to Sam Adams' or Goose Island's winter ales, there's really no reason to buy this.

Photo of scaliasux
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium brownish-red. Clear. Substantial off-white foamy head. Dissipates somewhat quickly leaving a little lacing.

Smell - Mostly caramel malt with a little undefined spiciness. (Maybe ginger?) Hops not apparent.

Taste - Medium dark malt is the dominant flavor. Tastes a little like burnt malt at times. Spiciness of some sort is present, but I can't determine exactly what it is. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Good, not great.

Mouthfeel - Moderate. Seems a bit light for style.

Drinkability - Decent beer for a cold winter's night from a nice small town brewery that makes decent beer. Nothing to knock one's socks off, though.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Diusky brown color, showing crimson highlights...solid, whitish head.

Arousing aroma, Belgian yeast, cream, vanilla, and cocoa...some dark fruit, fig, date...I'm getting a feeling of a dubbel here...and I like it. Sweet and lovely,

Drinkin' now... yum, there's the rich, deep sweetness...the dark malt and the fruit, the deep rosy character. Very nice.

But it's not quite what I'm looking for. Needs more depth, more of everything, really. More body, more of everything.
But, it's good, don't get me wrong. Just could be a lot better, if they tried.
On the plus side, it's very tasty, and I could drink a ton of it. Nothing wrong with that!

Photo of Pauly2X
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very clear dark ruby, quarter finger wispy head.

S- Estery with some hints of spice and caramel.

T- Clean malt flavor with notes of roasted and caramel malts that barely bring about some interest. Scarcely noticeable hops bring about a little spicyness to the finish.

M- A little thin, but smooth.

D- Depends, what else ya got.

Not a bad beer by any means, just quite, not good. I had no problem finishing this. It just seemed to be lacking.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a small head that recedes to a thin cap.

Aroma is of roasted malt and sweet rolls with a touch of biscuit and butter with honey.

Flavor is sweet malt and dates with raisins and sticky buns. quite a bit boozey for the low ABV. Dusty yeast flavors abound with a sour twang.

Mouthfeel is medium with active carbonation. A little thin for the style I believe.

Photo of Soneast
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, dark brown color with a 2 finger light brown colored head which dissipates quickly. Pretty minor lacing.

Smells like a spicy malt basically.

Taste is pretty bland, just a lightly burnt malt flavor. And a mild bit of spiciness detected.

Light bodied, fair carbonation. This doesn't interest me much. Can't say I'll ever drink anymore of these. It's not bad, per say, but there are much better options available in this style.

St. Benedict's Winter Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.