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Smuttynose Winter AleSmuttynose Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

30 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 10-30-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
493
Ratings:
1,023
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
87
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Kudashov
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pint glass .We have The The on the Hi-Fi . "Mind Bomb " is a great album . Johnny Marr is my guitar hero . As for the beer ...

A- Nice dark brown color with a two finger head . Very hazy , murky .

S- Raisins , fruit .

T & M - wonderful flavor and nice lacing on the glass after a few healthy gulps . Too bad Kappy's only had this one single . An absolute joy to drink . Another winner from Smuttynose . Pure pleasure drinking this . Too bad the Celtics are not as good as this . They are down by 10 as I review this .

D- No question . Great .

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tilted dark with significant white head. Some brown flecks of spice including cardamon and allspice. More spice than yeast aroma. Not that strong alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, cross-style Belgian and winter warmer. Neither hits the spot of either, but certainly not unpleasant.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the label photo.
The initial pour looked like cherry 7-up, but it darkened after the rest of the bottle emptied. Lighter fruity quality (like a light cherry, raspberry) with a definite malt quality (little like a cough medicine, but not bold or overpowering). Seems like some spices too, cinnamon, ginger. Head is kinda' small and disappears pretty quickly. Yet, in spite of virtually no head (beyond a brown ring and erratic smear) there is quite a bit of lacing upon consumption. Brown with ruby like red in the light. Not very clear.
Spices more evident in the flavor than the aroma and more dominant overall. Malt character noted, with the fruity tastes being rather muted. Dryness often noted in spiced beers. Mild bitterness that last well into a moderately long finish.
Rather filling carbonation. Medium light feel.
This reminds me a lot more of a spiced winter warmer than a dubbel. As the former it's alright (inflection up), but as the later it's less than I'd wish for. So how does a guy score that? Overall it a enjoyable beer. Give it a try.
Thanks JB.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winter dubbel!
What a concept!
Not a bad American version of the style, either.
Pours a mysterious, dark color that turns out to be a deep brown whenst held to the light. Some lacing is to be found on the glass with not a lotta head. For a style that tends to be very pretty in appearance this is only average.
The smell is inviting. Somewhat fruity and malty with some cola spikes here and there. The flavor is more so with prunes and black cherries thrown in for good measure. The mouthfeel has textures that could turn chalky but end up being interesting and enjoyable; a smokey kind of thing that also spills over into the flavor.
Quite nice. I am enjoying this more than I have some "authentic" Belgian dubbels.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly cloudy, dark mahogany in color with a two finger light tan head and some nice sticky lacing. Nice smell, sweet malts, and some earthy hops. As for the taste, nice sweet caramel malts, a hint of breadiness, and nice earthy hops. Nice mouthfeel, medium amount of carbonation, solid body. Good drinkability. This is a great beer for a cold winter's night.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Poured a dark red-brown. Very little head that quickly disappeared. Very little aroma, slight sweet maltyness hiding. Tasted of medium spice with a touch of bitterness that isn't very noticable. Carbonation could be tasted despite the lack of head. Tasted ok in the mouth. Very easy to drink. I would expect a winter beer to be slightly spicier, but other than that its a solid beer.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce botle, $1.40 as a single, from Paradise Market, Warren, VT. Bottle states "best before" date of April 2007.

Pours a deep ruby, almost reddish brown, with light, limited dense beige head that fades quickly.

Aroma is earthy and slightly sour, perhaps hints of cherries.

Taste is earthy, soil, some burnt sugar, and a tingly carbonation. Earthy hops noticeable. Fruit is definitely there, but hard to place. Yeasty notes are present, but I can't find the pround esters and phenols I might expect in a Trappist yeast. As it warms to room temp (poured a little cold, around 45), it gets slightly tangy and sour, with a more pronounced metallic taste.

A little thin for the style (which I thought might be a winter warmer... Seeing it classified as a dubbel makes sense for taste, for the fruit and burnt sugar, but is definitely a little thin for that style as well.)

Overall, a drinkable beer with some very interesting merits, and something I'd probably buy again to test out, but not something I'm crazy about. Drinkable, for sure, just not great.

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Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a candied aroma with an earthy grain.

The taste was upfront candy sweet with earthy hop and yeast undertones. There was a slightly medicinal dark fruit element as well. Some metallic flavors came through.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a decent dubbel and a good winter brew. The drinkability is average based on some of the off flavors.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a thin with a thin tan head.

S - Dark fruit, raisins and a strong banana aroma.

T - Fruity with biscuit, raisins and banana. Some burnt flavors are present and not very enjoyable.

M - Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D - Not bad but nothing special either.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Mid dark amber color. Head was small. Rminded me of poring some flat soda. Fizzled like a soda. Not much lase on it.

S - Hoppy smell to it, not too crazy about it.

T - Malt and hop taste to it, kinda of an odd taste, not to crazy about it.

M - Odd feel to it, just like the taste.

D - This on the low point of a Winter Ale. Not to crazy about it. I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of oberon
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet a very deep brown a thin quick to fade light brown head set atop no lace left behind,alot of diferent things going on in the nose somewhat medicinal and herbal with notes of chocolate and dark fruit as well.Seemd a bit sharp in the mouth and not real full,flavors seem a bit dumbed down somewhat yeasty with cola-like flavors and dark fruit but they really dont assert themselves much.The sharp mouthfeel becomes more assertive as I drink more really making it less drinkable.Eh not my thing here I dont drnk many of the style but I look a well made dubbel,Iam sorry but this falls a bit short.

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Photo of dherling
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a hazy copper color with a big tan head, not much in the way of lacing. The nose offered malt, caramel, some green hop, and spice. The taste started biscuity, followed by minimal spice, some herbal notes, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Moderate carbonation, and fairly easy drinking for a big beer. Pleasent but not outstanding.

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Photo of Estarrio
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with ruddy brown notes. An aggressive pour produces a large, tan, foamy head that dissipates into chunky lacings.

Sweet malt aroma is quickly overtaken by funky, doughy Belgian yeast with some esters and a bit of dark fruit. There is a subtle spicy, medicinal property as well as hints of grassy hops.

Sweet malt taste up front with a nice Belgian ale yeast flavor. There are lightly sweet hints of red grape and raisin that well balanced by the subtly tart, funky yeast. There is a spicy alcohol warming in the finish. An earthy hop presence is also noticeable. This is a smooth drinking beer, as the gamut of flavors jive well.

Fizzy carbonation and a thin, syrup consistency make for a nice mouthfeel that is rather drinkable.

This is a nice seasonal from one of my favorite locals. Had I rated this to the Dubbel style, I think I may have scored it lower. However, I think Smuttynose is successful in creating a truly unique winter ale.

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Photo of Budlum
2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pouring this ale produces one inch of foamy, light tan head. The head is retained nicely before leaving a thin layer behind. The body is a very rich mahogany color displaying quite a bit of carbonation.

The nose is quite weak but it presents a rich, malty sweetness mixed with rich spices. Hops a very light but noticeable. Overall, this smells a bit like a holiday cookie but it lacks punch.

A maple syrup sweetness is briefly presented before a rich, bready taste. Nutmeg and hops mix for a little excitement but these flavors quickly fall flat. The finish is quite watery with lingering hops and spice. Some cocoa notes appear in the finish as it warms.

The moutheel is quite thin, oily and lacking carbonation.

Drinkability is okay but nothing too spectacular. A somewhat disappointing effort from a good brewery.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a redish hue,and thin tan head. Not much in the way of retention, but good lace. Smell is not strong, and is of malt,and dark fruits. Body is medium to thick,with a bit of carbionation. Taste is dark fruits, up front with a nice hop finish. Nicely warmed in the finish as well.

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Photo of hopbar
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of 12 oz. bottles from Sal's Bar and Liquor in Wash. Twp., NJ.

A: In a pint glass, amber / red color with a small head that disappeared quickly.

S: Sweet malty smell, almost with hints of cranberries.

T: Crisp & sweet with a relaxing, long-lasting aftertaste. A little hoppy on the aftertaste but real good.

M: Solid carbonation; not very thick.

D: Definitely will be drinking this again this winter. Also, would like to cellar a few.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clouded amber colored...nice head and lace.

S-Caramel, and earthy hops on the nose

T-Nice caramel maltines...also some breadiness....a good earthy hop element and also some sweet cocoa powder (lighter impression)...very tasty..definitely leans malty

M-Medium bodied...a little slick and sweet....carbonation is medium at best.

D-One of the better winter offerings out there....certainly top 25%...Never feels like a huge sipping style beer but there is no doubt this has some depth to it....

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany color, with about one finger of off-white head. The smell is malty and sweet. The flavor is sweet, with definite sugary notes along with malt and fruitiness, tempered by added cinnamon, clove, and allspice. To me this tastes a lot like a milder (comparatively!) spiced barleywine, which I suppose is what the style is going for. The mouthfeel is full and bit thick, and drinkability is decent for the style.

Overall, not a bad winter ale, definitely more on the sweet side than I like, but not bad.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Winter Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before April 2007
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a deep brown with hazy highlights toward the bottom of the glass. A fluffy head forms up top and provides nice trails of sticky lacings.

Whiffs of caramel malts, cloves and aromatic yeast.

Strong presence of sweet Belgian sugars and that unique, funky Belgian yeast quality. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with a touch of spices. Juicy tasting with fig and prune flavors.

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Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy brown with a tan head. Plenty of lacing down the side of my goblet. Aroma of caramel with hints of spice and brown sugar. Belgian yeast is apparent along with a whiff of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and softly carbonated. Grainy and bready malt flavors are combined with hints of dark chocolate. Intriguing yeast influences the flavor throughout. The finish has a light spiciness to it. Very smooth and drinkable for a dubbel. Alcohol isn't overwhelming at 6.8% either. A 'must-try' winter warmer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best before end of January 2007

Pours brown with a thin patch that just barely covers the top. Soon, it becomes a partial patch.

The smell is of roasted grains. Some alcohol. Coriander/clove hints add some spiciness. Enough to make aroma decent - but that's it.

The taste is of spiced, sweet malt. Caramel mixes with Belgian-style sweet candy-like spices.This tastes like a blend of an American Amber and a Belgian dubbel. (Not what I was expecting from a beer labeled as a Winter Ale, but....I went with it.) A burnt toast flavor interferes.

The body holds up nicely and has a nice, smooth feel.

It goes down pretty easily, but not what I, personally, would look for in a "winter ale", though the alcohol does leave a bit of a "warming" effect (though it seems to rely too much on the alcohol for this.) I do give Smuttynose credit for trying something different. But, it's a decent amber ale with a Belgian twist - interesting to try, and a decent effort...but, doesn't turn out to be anything special. Decent, but a burnt toast flavor keeps this one back...It seems like it can't decide between an amber and a Belgian and lurks somewhere in between. In the end, it's okay, but nothing great. I expected more from such a good brewery.

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

Pours a rich chestnut brown color with ruby highlights, accompanied by a 1" tan head that sticks to the glass all the way down. Aroma is mainly cloves, with hints of raisin and sweet malt. Taste follows suit, with cloves very noticable, followed by more subtle notes of raisin, plum, sweet malt, and a little yeast at the end. Light on the palate, rinsing away fairly clean for the style, with only a slight lingering malty aftertaste.

Not a bad beer by any means, just not quite my style. If you're a belgian fan, this one's all you. Enjoy!

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Photo of Litterbean
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with patches of red where the light shines through. The head is off-white but doesn't stick around too long.

Smell is of sweet spices, coriander, and varied floral aromas.

Taste is a mix of coriander, cinnamon spice, chocolateyness, a bit of an alcohol kick, and a bitterness that rounds it all out nicely. A nice winter ale for sure.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit I'm biased. I brew a winter spiced ale every year or so and am sort of particular when it comes to brews with the winter ale tag. IMHO this style of beer should be darker, spicy, malty, medium bodied give or take a bit depending on the ABV and not be overwhelming in any one area so as to diminish drinking as a session brew at a holiday party.

So, now that you know my bias, this one hits the mark. I'll leave the color and etc for the many other reviews already noted. If you have a chance, pick up some and enjoy!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear burgandy. Nice looking thin beads of carbonation surface at a good clip. Thin beige head leaves some sporadic lace. Nice aroma of cherry juice, raisins, prune, belgian yeastiness and breadiness. Yes, very nice. First impressions are of bread pudding, poundcake and rum. A little raisin. A little chocolate. All in all, a pleasant blend. Mouthfeel is very agreeable. Light carbonation and light body. Easy drinking, tasty beverage.

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