Dundee Festive Ale | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Festive AleDundee Festive Ale

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 128
Reviews by drxandy:
Photo of drxandy
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a reddish copper hue with off white head that fades

smells of spice (most prominently nutmeg and cinnamon), malt

taste is of slight sweet caramel, light bitterness from both hop and spice, roasty malt, bread, slight hop tinge, spicy, a little diacetyl butteriness, good balance and quite a bit of flavor in this winter warmer from dundee, a very nice take and maybe even one of my favorites from them

mouthfeel is dry and biscuity, sweetness and roasty, fairly easy to drink and to style, not bad!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot damn $4.99 a six pack cant beat that with a stick,a real nice pour a deep amber/ruby color with a tight formed 1/2 finger beige head.Big caramel notes in the nose with some buttery tones and hints of honey and nutmeg,a beer on the sweeter side alot of caramel and brown sugar flavors with just a hint of mulling spice it doesnt really come out strong just a light clove and nutmeg flavor.It does get a bit cloying after awhile but its a good dessert beer it went well with some of my wives pumpkin cheese cake.I would buy again for the price but I wouldnt pay much more for it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Sunset amber color, perfect clarity with a healthy lacing on the glass. Hints of pie spice, caramel and orange peel in the nose. Dry palate with a moderate- to medium-sized body; clean with a big crispness. Flavors jump from caramel to toasted bread, taffy to mild pie spice, orange peel to an even hand of hops. None of the spices seem to jump out in front of any other. Quick kiss of alcoholic warmth in the dry finish.

Lots of balance here, and no overwhelming complexities or over-spicing to kill drink- ablilty; meaning you could have more than one and not feel the need to move on.

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a nice deep reddish amber colored body with good clarity. On top sits soft light tan head of about medium size. Head retention is ok as it slowly fades to just a very thin wispy covering. Lacing is minimal and very slick sliding down with the head.

Smell: The aroma has a nose of holiday spice, cinnamon being the standout, as well as sweet dark malt with just a touch of hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a pleasant touch of cinnamon and nutmeg inside of a sweet malty body with a slight hint of orange peel and citrus acidity in the background. Its hop character is very light and modest. Its spicy flavors carry on nicely into the finish. The texture has a creamy smooth feel with a good balance of carbonation and a solid, fairly well rounded body.

Notes: Overall it was a pleasant Winter Warmer Ale.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel and toffee malt. I don't get any holiday spices or other aromas that I typically attribute to winter warmers. The flavor is rich and malty with a little bit of nutmeg mixed in. The beer is very lightly spiced but the spices are present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent winter warmer, but not one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of mattster
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. Small head that dissipates quickly revealing minimal lacing and some bubbles. Brew is nice dark brown, clear with no visible bubbles.

Nice malty smell. Slightly sweet taste with nice malty tones. Almost a burnt caramel taste. Goes down smooth with decent finish.

This beer is a good sipper, but I also think it would pair well with smoked turkey or maybe even duck. Very drinkable and a rather pleasant entry into the Winter brew genre.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this at my local grocer... thought I'd give it a whirl.

Poured dark amber, tan frothy head, good retention, excellent lacing. Faint tire smoke, and prunes...what a combo...not bad though...interesting. Malty caramel,molasses, slightly astringent, carbonated balance. A little thin on the mouth, good drinkability.

Didn't expect much here, it well exceeded my expectations. Worth the $6.99/6pack, I think I'll pick up another one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear orange-copper. Tan head. Average retention and lacing. Caramel and fruit in the nose with just a hint of spice (cinnamon?). Standard body and carb. There's more clove and nutmeg in the flavor, but overall the spicing is very well done. Nice maltiness. Good balance. The spice never really gets cloying although it's clearly there! A very decent holiday spice beer. If I see it I'll grab a sixer or twelve pack or Xmas dinner.

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Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark red body with a bit of head. Spicey aroma with a touch of malt sweetness. Taste has dark malts and undiscernable spices with an over-riding banana flavor and aftertaste. Easy drinking, but the banana throws me off a bit.

A decent beer and cheap, fairly well balanced, expecially if you like banana in your beer.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of PorterJunkie
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of thought this would of been better. I usually like dundee beers so I gave this a try. Poured out a nice dark amber with good head. A sweet caramel is all I could really get out of the smell as well as the taste. Aftertase for me was pretty alcoholic. Not the spicy, lively festive ale i was expecting. A good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of DerekP
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown/dark copper, creamy off-white head

S: Malty/sweet. Caramel, spices (cinnamon)

T: A slew of spices; tasting cinnamon & orange peel. Caramel in the back end. Hops dominate the spices.

MF: Light-medium bodied.

D: Pretty drinkable. Flavor is a little reserved and flat, despite the tasting credit I gave the brew above. A good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was in a sixer by it's lonesome, not a craftpack., took a chance & was mildy rewarded:

Pours auburn/chestnut with a 2 fingers deep off-white head. Just faintest hint of head retention & lacing

S: Slight brown sugar hints & metallic notes, brown sugar dominates as it warms, along with a hint of alcohol

T: Breadyness, brown sugar, herbal hops & baker's choclate up front. Brown sugar & a hint cinamon as it warms, hops still asserting themselves, this is getting better as it warms. finishes sweet with a hint of cherries & warming alcohol

MF: Medium bodied, but thin for the style & slick with low carbonation. Okay balance

Drinks easy for the abv, a little thin for a winter warmer, but probably one of the better beers you can pick up for $5.50 a sixer

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Photo of zimm421
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a nice amber color and is very clear. The head is tan and looks nice at first, but quickly disappears and leaves absolutely no lacing.

Nose is spicy and malty. Not too strong, but there is a hint of alcohol in the nose. Taste is very interesting. Everything works together well and blends together nicely. Sweet up front and then the spiciness comes through. There's even a hint of orange towards the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Goes down nicely. Overall, a good brew. Better than expected, and this is nice on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish amber into a pint glass. A dense inch of off white foam bubbles slowly down to a surface cap which keeps for the duration of the glass and yields some brief lacing.

Roasted malts dominate the nose initially with deep spices arriving as the head settles out. Bit of cinnamon and allspice are present at that point but rather subtle. Notes of dry nutmeg rise up to dominate later.

Flavor is lighter than expected and a bit watery in nature. Lightly malty up front and with the spices dominating the close and becoming rather dry on the finish. Feel is a bit thin and the dry chalkiness of the spices limit drinkability for me, almost as if the spices were added after the fact given the lack of complexities on the nose.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy copper color with an orange hue, small creamy white head with good retention

S- the first thing that jumps out is the aroma of banana nut bread, strawberry-banana nectar, yeasty and bready with notes of coriander, a bit buttery, and just a trace of hops and booze. Quite complex.

T- fruity and bready yeast, some notes of caramel and toast, cinnamon and nutmeg, finishes slightly bitter and some-what dry. There are many flavors but nothing overpowers.

M- medium body, med-light carbonation, slightly creamy finish.

O- this one was all over the place in flavor, but they surprisingly all meshed very well, making it very drinkable. I was surprised by this one and wish I would have bought more than one bottle.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some citrus. Taste is good , malts, spices and citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a fine quality brew.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Orangey copper, bright and clear with streams of big bubbles rising to the small off-white head. Mediocre for retention & just barely okay for lace.

S: More balanced than I expected. Soft and rounded nutmeg and allspice about even with earthy cinnamon. But all soft overall. Some malty sweetness & hints of bread crust. Not really getting any orange peel. Nor any hops.

T: Opens with malt sweetness. Then spices – all rounded, balanced, and blended nicely with each other and the beer. Next some richer bread crust malts push in. Base malt backbone is rather insubstantial, but adequate. I never get any orange peel, just a vague fruity something. Soft grassy & herbal hops come in way at the end for balance.

M: Less than average body with fairly standard US carbonation. Feels just a tad thin and coarse. Some sweetness at first, but it goes semi-dry with a spice note. Could stand to be smoother and softer, but it is decent.

D: Not special, but certainly very good for the price point. Drinkable enough. A nice balance of malts, spice, and hops. Sort of a richly malty and spiced ESB. Another solid and reasonable offering from one of the lesser celebrated “gateway” breweries.

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Photo of BierFan
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Head settles to about a half inch of tan foam. Clear dark orange/brown body.

Smell: Nutmeg and cinnamon are the dominant forces in the aroma, especially the cinnamon.

Taste: I think the cinnamon might be a little overdone. Pretty good winter warmer but perhaps a little over spiced.

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Photo of DaveEcenrode
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of u2carew
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Brown and clear. Pours with a nice creamy head, then settles to the outside of the glass.
(S) Bready, with cinnamon, and a slight touch of chocolate.
(T) Slight caramel flavor with mellow hop bitterness.
(M) Crisp, just under medium bodied.
(D) A pleasant brew, but lacking a little of the "warming".

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Photo of MLasoski
4.62/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't reviewed beer since I can remember but I feel like I have to give this beer some needed credit.

A: Transparent copper body and the head doesn't stay around very long. It is subtly carbonated as it sits in my pilsener glass.

S: FESTIVE! I smell the spices and malts. It's what I expect out of most winter warmers that are labeled as such. And it's not overpowering by any means.

T: Dundee specifically states: With a mild nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and orange peel spice character. It's on the back of the bottle. Well the complexity is there and the orange comes in on the tail end. I was a bit surprised that it was this good.

M: It's malty the whole way through with the added spices kicking into gear. Spice up front, orange in the back, with little carbonation in the way.

D: 6.20% ABV is perfect for allowing this festive beer to be enjoyed more than once in a sitting. Considering I am on my second in 15 minutes... I don't really plan on stopping on a third either!

Happy holidays!

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

6.3% ABV. Clear mahogany liquid, with some shades of ruby. Thick fluffy off-white head quickly settles to a thin layer. Hints of candied fruit, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), earthy and a bit soapy in the nose. First sip seems metallic and medicinal. A bit of darker caramel flavor, with earthy spices. Some earthy and floral bitterness, which helps to keep the spices in check. Seems thin and watery. Not bad, but not something I would go out of my way for.

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Dundee Festive Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 162 ratings