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 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 rowew
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist off. Clear label with a silver label.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, medium sized tan colored head. Nice retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of hops, and a prominent spiciness. Not able to pick out any specific spices.

Taste: Similar to the aroma - this is malt dominated with a noticable hop flavor, and the spices are more in the background.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced, the spice is not overdone. Certainly not my favorite winter beer, but for the price a nice offering.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich amber brown. One finger tan head,with very good retention, and lacing. Smell is of sugary malts. Body is thin to medium, and carbonated. Taste is of spiced malt with a bit of honey. Warmed nicely at the finish. This was a good beer. I recommend giving it a try.

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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 Higravity
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was part of a mixed 12 pack that my dad bought. This was the first one I had out of the pack and it was pretty darn good. A brown tinted red with a white top. Smell of spice is very light, some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maybe even some mace. There is a solid nutty malt body to it. This beer deserves some praise for the restriant not to spuice the shit out of a nice subtle beer. The spices are part of the beer and the malt character still shines through although it does have a little too much of a crystal malt taste. I like the mouthfeel and think this is another sessionable winter suprise anytime.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark cola brown with a full finger of beige head, that sticks around longer than i thought it would've

S - hops are predominant, with what smells like a faint hint of banana, the spiciness is apparent but toned down from other spiced ales i've had

T - the banana translates to the taste as well, it honestly tastes like a spiced banana, this is the first ale i've had taste this way, usually the banana hints are reserved for stouts

M - very smooth, smoother than most spiced ales, with a dry finish, medium bodied

D - medium to high, another good dundee brew from High Falls

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light brown with a slight reddish tint. Creates a thick off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a decent lace.

S: Smells very malty with faint bit of spice and fruitiness.

T: Roasted malt flavor hits you first, then some bitterness and I’m tasting a corn-malt flavor in the finish. It’s not as sweet and has a little bit more hops flavor than most winter warmers. However, overall the taste isn’t very strong.

M: Medium body. Very crisp & high carbonation, considering the style.

D: Decently balanced and goes down easy because it isn’t over-powering and the 6.30% ABV is masked pretty well. Definitely worth drinking given the low price, however I’ve only seen it as one-of-four beers in the J. W. Dundee’s Craft Pack.

Overall, not bad for a cheaper beer, but there’s other stuff I’d rather drink.

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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 clemtig76
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited edition ale part of a mixed 12 pack I picked up at Green's in Columbia, SC. Pours a dark ruby red with a nice thick head. Good malty aroma with just a hint of spice. As with the other reviewers, the spice level is somewhat muted, but is definitely present. The specific spices are hard to detect but I sensed a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe allspice. Not a bad brew at all and it hides its 6.3 ABV well. How did it such a strong brew get through the beer cops in SC?

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Photo of Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the sampler pack. Was going to buy a 4.99 6 pack of the pale but this was 6.99 for the sampler and had one I hadn't tried, so....

When I had the first one out of the bottle, I have to admit I wasn't impressed at first. But as it warmed and I drank more, it was interesting, so I got home and poured one. The spice was really apparent. There was little head when poured and it was a very nice brown-amber look. It smelled like a typical winter warmer, very malty, hardly any fruit/spice smell, and was like the pale and the brown mixed. Mouth was slightly above average, noting the alcohol, and foam and slightly richer texture. It's hard to describe the taste. It was slightly sweet, and candy like, but mostly the malt and hops asserted themselves. It had the same kind of alchoholic finish as a winter warmer. The spice tasted like a slightly weak pumpkin ale but blended just right. Not too strong on any taste, just the right amount of flavor. This was a well done beverage for a macro.

Drinkability was good. This would be a very good beer if you could find it. I have to bear the Honey Brown to have it around these parts, but it would work in a six pack. I'd get it again if I could find it that way.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. There is a faint hint of spice, but it's too hard to tell what it is. The taste is average. It has an extremely dry flavor that goes down slow and finishes dry and earthy. I guess the spices are cinnamon and clove, but I'm not sure. It's quite peppery. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a real disappointment. I don't like the dry element. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited edition beer that came in a JW Dundee's 12 pack. Cool fancy metallic looking clear sticker label. This poured a really nice orange amber color with a nice creamy tan head. The body is quite carbonated. Mmmm. The aroma is of caramel and sweet roasted malt. Thought i smelled some clove or pear in there. Not sure though. Prominent in the taste is the roasted malts, it is so warm and happy. To accent that we have some mild holidayish spices and enough hoppiness to provide a mild bite. The alcohol is not noticeable, and at 6.3abv that is pretty damn cool. Very pleasant beer to get you in the holiday mood but not a work of art. Drinkable as hell. Holiday beers don't need to be hard to drink. Anyways, high falls is on a roll, and although i don't like this quite as much as the test bock they had on tap at local bars this is very nice. Very interesting brew. if there was a 6 pack of it i would get it.

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