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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale - River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter AleRiver Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 03-22-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

AngusOg, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

MSL94, Aug 19, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a pleasant surprise. I got it in a mixed pack and it's been sitting for a while. No best by date on the bottle, and from what I can tell, no harm done by the passage of time.

This poured a deep, rich reddish orange with a substantial, quick-fading head. The aroma was bready with the expected coriandar and mace in the background, and with no discernable hoppiness.

Flavor-wise, however there was enough hop character to balance the malt and make this a very satisfying, well-balanced beer. I found this to be far more crisp and refreshing than I'd expected from a winter ale, with plenty of carbonation. If it weren't marked on the bottle, I never would have guessed this was rocking an ABV of 8% -- it wasn't at all boozy. All-in-all this reminded me more of a saison than a winter ale, so perhaps I should be grading it down for that. But given that I like saisons, I'm giving the boys at River Horse a pass.

I'm not that knowledgeable about Belgians in general, so take my opinion for what it's worth, but I found this to be a very enjoyable brew that I would consider sessionable, if not for the high ABV.

LCB_Hostage, Jul 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

jkane101, Jul 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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srw, Apr 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass, it has a reddish brown color body with a thin tan head. The smell has a dark fruit and sweet aroma. The taste has a rasain, dark fruit flavor. It also a has a belgian yeasty flavor. The mouth feel is very nice not heavy with medium body. Overall a pretty good belgium

chefhatt, Mar 25, 2013
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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.