St. Benedict's Winter Ale
Stevens Point Brewery

St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale
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Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Winter Warmer
3.57 | pDev: 14.57%
Feb 05, 2017
Oct 31, 2007
St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale
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Rated: 3.5 by hof_1991 from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Dark amber body, almost opaque, crowned by a deep, dense reddish-brown head, which, all too soon, utterly vanishes. The lacing is rather ephemeral.

Aroma: Caramel, holiday spices like ginger and cinnamon, sugar-glazed dark fruits, and toasted malt dominate the aroma.

Taste: . Opens with dark fruits, soon follows by Christmas spices and spicy alcohol. There is abundant caramel and orange rind as well, and toasted malts, throughout. The alcohol is omnipresent, though never oppressive, presenting a range of complex flavors, including phenols, and peppery notes, and a surprising warmth for an ABV of 6.2%. There are notes of gingerbread throughout, as well. Finishes appropriately, with a wave of Christmas spices.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with faint soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite nice, I wish I had more. This seems to have been retired for years, though I saw examples for sale as singles at the end of last year. .St. Benedict's Winter Ale reminds me of Steven's Point Whole Hog, the latter captures the essence of autumn, as this does for Christmas.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.
Jan 28, 2017
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Reviewed by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent dark amber with a medium sized tan-ish head. Smells of medium roasted malt, hops, cocoa, and some light spice. The taste follows exactly with more hops and spice; very straightforward. Some light and lingering bitterness. Below average smell and flavor intensity. Somewhat thin body and higher carbonation. Overall, it doesn't fit the style well and doesn't have enough intensity or complexity.
Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Nose on this was toasted bread - probably the toasted malt. Taste follows - like liquid toast. Slightly bitter, but it works into the whole toast theme which I perceived. Overall excellent.
May 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Bottle marked 10:59 3375 SP at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma initially spicy, rapidly fades to nothing
Head small (Two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body pours dark brown and clear, opaque in glass
Flavor – muddled spices, tastes brown; no distinct flavors; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation, sticky

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.25
Mar 31, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by DissentFatsquirrel from Minnesota

Mar 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Hendrick24 from Wisconsin

Feb 25, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by hkyplyr73 from New York

Jan 28, 2016
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Rated by baconfromwalmart from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Jan 23, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Bingja18 from Wisconsin

Jan 14, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 23, 2015
Rated: 3.36 by Aoyoc from Nebraska

Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by speedvagen from Ohio

Dec 19, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Dec 05, 2015
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A : Dark purple/chocolate colored @ 95% opaque. A nice solid Guinness-like head on top, settling at 1 finger after a minute's time and leaving faint flecks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S : Mostly dark and burnt toast, followed by fig newton bars. Some prune, some dark chocolate.

T : Malty, but a little washed out. Prune covered in dried dark chocolate, with rice and coffee. It ends heavy on coffee, but it refrains from being dirty or ground-y. The coffee is clean and medium roast. Some pruney and vinous flavors float around in the aftertaste as well as coffee.

F : Tart, buzzing, but substantial in the mouthfeel with creaminess appropriate for the style. It ends drying politely on the tongue.

O : Apart from being slightly washed out in the taste (although out of the bottle it's actually more direct, surprising), this one is a definite drink-again. I like it, it's a great example of a warm, cozy beer, and does the trick in Belgian tradition.
Aug 23, 2015
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Rated by vainosuomi from Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Black color, thin light brown head. Very faint smell, maybe a little fruity. Flavor of roasted malts and sweet fruit. Mild carbonation.
Jul 01, 2015
Rated: 3.65 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Apr 18, 2015
Rated: 4 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 3.66 by megamick from Iowa

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4 by elamb106 from New York

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by hotdogtornados from Wisconsin

Feb 04, 2015
Rated: 3.13 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by bowzer4birdie from Illinois

Jan 24, 2015
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Reviewed by ksimons from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Color is much darker than I expected. Smell is pretty faint but getting a bit of chocolate and maybe some dark fruits. Taste is pretty sweet with caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and spices but with a bit of roast in the finish. Medium body. Light to medium carbonation. Overall not a bad take on the style, but not something I would necessarily seek out.
Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by brewqueno from Texas

Jan 13, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by Fluffmeister from Wisconsin

Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by IchLiebeBierZu from Minnesota

Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by T_Hass from Georgia

Dec 29, 2014
Rated: 4.14 by Akrueg7272 from Wisconsin

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BeerHistoryGuy from Illinois

Dec 16, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Bieniek30 from New York

Dec 14, 2014
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Reviewed by BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +19%
Sampling right now on 12/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured in to a pilsner glass.

This brew actually pours a pitch black in color with a thin tan head. Areas of spotty lacing is seen when sipped that ends up sliding back down the sides of the glass after a while. The aroma is of roasted malts like in a stout with some cocoa powder. Pretty much the same is said for the taste with a hint of dark fruit. Medium-bodied with low carbonation which is perfect for this type of brew. Very smooth and tasty brew for the colder months
Dec 12, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by salamiwagon from Pennsylvania

Dec 11, 2014
Rated: 3.85 by OKCNittany from Oklahoma

Dec 10, 2014
Rated: 4.2 by Cbunch82

Dec 09, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Belittle from New Jersey

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.64 by JasonEdelson from Illinois

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by JoeMans from New York

Dec 03, 2014
St. Benedict's Winter Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 271 ratings