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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Added by John on 10-24-2005

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown longneck bottle with a twist off cap from my parent's fridge. Don't know if this is from this year or not, probably is from this year as it hasn't been in the fridge that long but who knows. No discernible freshness date.

Pours a clear amber brown with some light tan head with okay retention and no lacing. No visible carbonation bubbles. Smell is malty and spicy, nose is a little stuffed up so i can't discern the specific spices, but it isn't anything out of the ordinary for a winter warmer.

Taste is fairly aggresively spicy. Not very enjoyable. Not enough malt backbone to balance out the spices. As it warms it starts to taste a bit sweeter, but it seems like it is from the spices rather than the malt and still isnt pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with medium carbonation--really a bit thin. Some more malts with unfermentable sugars would be a nice addition to this one, sweeten it up a little and give it some body and head retention. I would pass on this one in the future.

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

$4.50 a six pack! Cheap. Pours a very dark brownish-red with a quickly fading head. Toasty, rather bread-like malt aroma. Very nice malty flavor, a good blend of light caramel and light roast, together with a pleasantly subtle spiciness, clove I think. Bitterness is moderate but balances the sweetness well.

The Dundee's line is surprisingly good for the price. I haven't paid under $5 for a craft micro sixer since the early 90s. Better than many more that are twice or three times as expensive.

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

This one pours a clear dark mahogany and builds a frothy and persistent khaki head that leaves thick sheeting lace. There's the definitive smell of sweet spice. I'm getting nutmeg and coriander, along with other peppery spice aromas. There's a hint of lightly fruity malt.

In the mouth, this ale gives a nice balance of malt and spice. Although it's quite spicy up front, soon the fruity malt takes over and dominates the finish. The spice (nutmeg, cinnamon) lingers in the aftertaste as well.

A nice surprise and one that I'll have to seek out again.

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Photo of Onslow
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

woo... is lightly spiced... the taste and mouth is Muddled but does show some promise, ..maybe ... medium head on the pour ... lacing is actually damn fine!! ..does carry some strange aroma's... basically..."weak!" ...Is nice for a winter warmer not to be over spiced but that lack of body hurts this brew...

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Photo of iceball585
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown color, semi-transparent, very thin white ring around the glass

S- Caramel malts, spices, hops, dried fruits, fairly sweet

T- Cinnamon, spicy hops, caramel, roasted malts, sugar, hint of cherries

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, slight warming feeling, finishes fairly oily

D- Decent winter beer

This beer is just slightly lacking in many catagories. It has decent flavors and auroma, but it just comes off as being slightly watery.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, this beer surprised me. Much better than expected. Pours a beatiful amber with a tinge of red. The scent is oaky, malty with some definite spices. It has a creamy, malty flavor that finishes with spices and alcohol. I thought it could have used more spices to mask the alcohol and the palate is a bit filmy. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this.

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

The beer released from the 12-ounce bottle set a deep reddish amber with a tall creamy off white head that stays a while before settling, lace forms a standard thin sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, chased up your olfactory opening by some pleasing spices; cinnamon seems to be right, caramel, and bit of bakers’ chocolate, at any rate a sniffable beer. Start has a big malt sweetness; touch of bittersweet spices, top is light to medium in feel. Finish as a delectable spicy hop presence, sweet spices and a purposeful acidity, quite a nice drinking beer, do not normally care for their beers, just goes to show you never know what mollusk has a pearl in it. lol

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Photo of Chaz
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a bulb. A medium pour produces a slightly viscous liquid, brilliant deep amber in color, with a two fingered medium-tan head of average duration and with excellent lacing. The nose offers light vanilla and cherry, ripe plum, and a hint of diacetyl - no other spices to note (the label reads "ale flavored with spices"). Tangy, creamy, and light on the tongue. Ever so slightly viscous, gently coating the tongue and the carbonation is mildly scrubbing/cleansing. A bit thin-bodied for the style, but with loads of flavor: toffee, light cherry liqueur, lighter vanilla, and a touch of dark roasted malts backing all of this up. Sweetish, and just slightly tangy, and the diacetyl is unobtrusive overall. Fruity, jiucy malt profile picks up as this warms, as does the alcohol, which seeps into the profile gradually. Rummy and medium-dry in the finish. Quite flavorful, but might benefit from a fuller body. Either way this is a winner, and holds up nicely into the new year. It's also the most flavorful and convincing interpretation I've hadfrom High Falls - I look forward to enjoying more of this next year!
Bottled 257/06 - sampled 6/04/07

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Photo of shirfan
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby with brown tones, clear with minimal head.

Big, rich aroma. Caramel malt, raisins, plums, sweet cinnamon.

Taste and mouthfeel fall short of the nose, but are still ok. Dry, peppery notes fight for dominance with light-bodied yet dark malt flavors. Cinnamon, pepper, and a lightly hoppy lemon zest make up the finish.

This would be a very good brew if it had a bit more malt "weight". As it is, an easy to drink and tasty winter spiced beer, but forgettable.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Auburn copper color with a nice light brown head and nice active carbonation. Nice spicy aroma ... nutmeg and cinnamon. All spice and all spicy malt flavors though not overdone. Medium-light bodied with a big spicy finish.

Not bad, in fact pretty good, but probably wouldn't buy again.

Per Label: "Limited Release" & "Ale Flavored with Spices"

2006 Edition ('2766' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 02/25/07

($5.99 / 6-pack)

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

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Dark brown body, slightly tannish bottom, with very thick foamy tan head. Looks like a brown Guinness.

S: Heavily malted, with a nice nutty aroma. Slightly sweet, bready.

T: Bready, nutty, slight astringency in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate, slightly chewy.

D: Overall pretty drinkable. Goes well with hearty soups and stews. Enjoyable, but nothing special.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the 6-pack at Total Wine. Nice looking bottle with a silver printed label. Poured a beautiful brown color, nice clarity and puffy off white head. Good lacing throughout. Fruity smell, lots of sugars and some spice. Taste is very similar, very sugary with some malt and spices, nutmeg. The aftertaste has some alcohol tones, but nice, sits well on the tongue. This is a nice beer, not a disappointment and glad to have tried. Not on the same level as a SN Celebration, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear bottle label with silver print. Kinda' neat.
Nice malty aroma upon pour. The spices come later, but are blending and mild (nutmeg mostly). Hints of fruit (orange).
Good looking brown color that is crystal clear. Pours with attractive tan head that settles in a rocky manner.
Spices show greater presence in flavor pushing the malt character more in the background, yet the spices aren't over the top. Dryness is apparent and lingers for a time (especially on the tongue). Bitterness is subdued, but there.
Moderate feel with a heaviness noted. Carbonation is apparent but not distracting, yet lends a filling and fullness to the drink. Slight warmth in an empty stomach.
I'm pleased with this drink. Tasty, blended well and satisfying. I'll have another.

Continuation of completing my holiday/winter ales during the great Feb/March storms of '07. Thanks JB.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice malty reddish brown, very clear, small white head which dissipates quickly but always retains a small trace.
Smells of burnt caramel candy, Twix bar, cinnamon, sugar, nougat, and holiday nut bread.
Flavor is a little dull and disappointing at first, I decided to let it warm up a little. Very innocuous beer. Nutmeg and cinnamon notes come through, definitely some molassesy dark breading going on. Body is lacking. Good transition to and amount of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is too watery, not texture to chew on and indulge in the flavors that may be present.
This brew tastes very much like the backbone of a lot of pumpkin ales, without the pumpkin. Very drinkable. No overwhelming characteristics and one for the holidays that will not offend the most fragile drinker of beer.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really that crazy about this one and usually I really like spiced beers. I guess I’ve just had so many other “Holiday” spiced beers lately and most have been of a better quality. The spices in this one have an astringent bitterness to them, and even though many spiced brews have this character this one lacks a sufficiently firm malty sweetness to balance. Still, it’s not totally undrinkable, I certainly didn’t have too hard a time sucking this one back. It’s just that there are much better examples of this kind of thing out there…

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Lou's. Translucent red body with about an inch of off-white head. Biscuit malt and nut dominate the aroma with hints of frutiness. Nut and roasty caramel malt dominate the flavor, with suggestions of spice. Creamy medium body. While not the best winter beer I've had, a really good one, and exceeded my expectations considering the brand and brewery.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a cherry/amber pour, a good one-inch of lightly tanned foam. Some streaky lacing left behind but it does hold well at a thin cover and thick collar.

Aroma - some caramel maltiness in there, some light nut and raisin as well.

Taste - caramel, sort of sweet malt, decent toastiness, a touch of diacetyl, like an ESB. Don't pick up much in the way of spices but there is an element of hoppiness after the swallow. Right at the end I finally get a glimpse of some indistinct spicing. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth stuff, moderate carbonation, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - nothing spectacular but certainly tasty and easy to drink.

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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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Photo of Greenlabel
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to see this Dundee seasonal in a 6-pack in MA as all the prior seasonals were only in variety 12-packs. Only $4.99 for the 6-er. While I've previously enjoyed both the seasonal Bock and IPA, I thought this was the best of the seasonals I've tasted to date - particularly when compared to other spiced winter warmer-type products I've purchased.

Pours an amber color with excellent head retention. Spice smell is fortunately not overpowering nor is the spice taste in the ale itself. The brewer practiced moderation in the spices used which, to my mind, made the beer rate very highly on the drinkability chart. I'm not usually a fan of spiced beers but this one is an exception and I'll be making some repeat purchases. Probably the first time I've said that about a spiced beer.

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

This was better than I expected. I have tried most of the Dundee's beers and most of them are average. This one is a beer I would seek out again. The malty nose and frothy, tan head start this beer off right. The taste is a biscuit and toast blend with barely any noticeable hops. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky; a trait I find in all beers from this line. Drinkability is good. I will look for this again.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive tannish head. One of the best lacings I've seen on a beer.
Smell is spicy-fruity with strong notes of malt mixed with Christmas spices.
Taste is strong and and malty with the background spices making a nice compliment.
Finish present a nice balancing dryness that is a grea ending to this beer.
Drinkability is perfect. Nicely done, especially at $16.99 a case of 24.

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a a soft and biscuity caramel malt with a nice warming cinammon aroma.

The taste was upfront malty with a very good flowery hop. Jagged cinammon spice as well. Mild warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit sharp.

Overall a nice drinkable macro winter warmer. Could have used a bit more variety in the flavor, but generally pretty good.

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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 Rudgers73
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Deep amber. Slight carbonation. Nice lacing, micro-bubbles.

S- Spicy. Nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, all mixed with a red ale aroma.

T- Very spicy. First winter warmer that I've had this year with more of a spice than a hop taste. Well balanced.

M- Crisp but a little thin and macro-like. Dry because of the slight bitterness.

D- Hey why not.

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