St. Benedict's Winter Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cdkrenz on 10-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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

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Photo of allengarvin
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: 4.0 - Dark brown with a substantial head of dense foam.
S: 3.5 - Slight cocoa scent, with a little bit of stout tartness.
T: 3.5 - Pretty straightforward, with a light roast taste, a little cocoa. Yeast gives a touch of dark fruitiness to it.
M: 3.75 - Mostly neutral, a little smooth texture.
O: 3.5 - Pretty ordinary dark beer. Reminds me of the early 90s microbrew scene, before people starting doing interesting stuff.

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Photo of Bierwolf
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance/ Very dark, almost black. A full 2 fingers of rich, brown foam that left a nice sticky lacing.

Smell/ A nice malt aroma with a toasty coffee and chocolate highlights in the background.

Taste/ The thing that I tasted most was a strong coffee flavor followed by a malty chocolate flavor. A slight hop presence was in the background.

Mouth Feel/ This was a very smooth beer wit a nice little hop bite right at the end.

Over All/ I really liked this beer. I think it was pretty well in line with the style. It is not the best winter style beer I have had but I went back and some more when I finished my first six pack. I would drink this again at any time.

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Photo of schnjac
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying in the cold
Pours dark, slightly amber in color with a tan head. The smell is nutty and of red wine, and it tastes of fruit, spice, and licorice, but more so of malt (roasted). Carbonation is mild to moderate with and the overall feel is light. Complex flavors yet very drinkable

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Photo of BWED
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12 oz. tulip at Croft's Tavern, Spring City, PA

A- Slight deep brown body with red hues coming out. Tan head retains decently. A little lacing sticks to the glass as well.

S- Caramel, and a dark red wine flavor ( a little port like). Raisin and a small amount of alcohol in the nose as well.

T- Sweet roasted malts, dark fruit, and a little spice. Fresh yeasty Belgian spice. Very nice.

M- Tingle of carbonation, medium body, with a bit of creaminess. Sweet boozy finish.

O- This is more of a spicier version of a Dubbel, but very very tasty. Spices used sparingly, if at all, which make this a fine winter warmer in my book.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from a winter mixed case. The bottle does not appear to be date coded. I have not had many of this style to compare this to.

The color is rich and deep, indicative of a full body. This is very rich and traditional in flavor.

The alcohol is well hidden and quite warming. Very delightful.

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of winter variety pack:

Pours black with a creamy light brown head that has nice retention. Thin strands of lacing, then trailing lace, stick.

The smell is of pumpernickel, medium to dark spicing, hint of anise and an earthy, roasty background. Quite complex and inviting!

The taste is of licorice, candy, roasted dark malt, mild dark spicing, pumpernickel, black cherry. Sweet and mildly spicy, it has a soft earthy, fruity touch, with a balancing dryness in the finish. The mild alcohol touch is well-integrated.

It hits the lighter end of full-bodied. It becomes smoother as it warms/progresses. It leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth.

A complex, yet smooth and easy-to-drink winter warmer. This is just right for a cold evening!

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Actually one of Point’s better efforts. Poured at a good temperature with a large foamy, fizzy, light tan head that soon settled to a large island and ring with a bit of lace. Color is a clear orange red mahoganey with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is immediately bubble gum, then fruit, malt, caramel. Flavor is like nose with sweet on top then bitter and tang. Not a lot going on. Body is a tad thin and carbonation fizzy. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and lelt me thinking: I know they can do it if they want. The question is, why don’t they?

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a pure, clear red orange. Big bubbles cling to the side of the glass. The head grows to about one finger, maybe just a little higher, but is too loose and drops somewhat quickly. The island of foam is made of big bubbles and likewise dissipates. There is a bit left, patchy bits that stay on top of the beer. Some spotty lacing manages to cling to the glass.
Banana and clove in the nose; that's a good sign. It disappears for a little bit and then sneaks back as it warms. Weird. Was my fridge too cold? Doesn't seem that way. Anyway, a bit of toasted malt and some dark fruits make it standard stuff but pretty good, and well-made to style.
The strength comes out in the flavor, and the strong but unoffensive and soft warmth from the alcohol makes for a pleasant experience. Dark fruits seem to mix with soft white flesh fruit flavors, both banana and pear. There's very little bitterness, which is expected, and it's of a mildly herbal quality and balances well.
The feel is on the lighter side of medium with a snappy crispness and is fairly smooth, though it might be a touch too active.

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Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall I thought Saint Benedicts Winter Ale was a decent beer. Had it for the first time at my girlfriends cabin in northern Wisconsin back in late December of 2012. The appearance of the beer was good, and the flavor was ok. I thought it was kind of a strong beer at times with the full flavor coming out at times. Would probably buy it again in the winter months.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear cherry/amber with a tan half-finger head that leaves pretty fast. Limited lacing.

S: Malts, vanilla.

T: Belgian yeast, cherries up front. Dark fruits.

M: Medium, watery. Low carbonation.

O: Not as good as I remember from a few years back. The cherries are a bit strong. Still, not bod.

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Photo of SaucedAntiquarian
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber with little head. Smells similar to a Belgian, but is not quite as complex. Has a surprisingly warm, and pleasant taste for how inexpensive it was. It is not a heavy beer, but does have a warm feel. A respectable winter beer at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, tan head that fizzes loudly and has impressive persistence. Sweet aroma reminds me of banana and bubblegum, with a touch of a candied fruit (raisins?). Lustrous burnt sienna color. Starts with a nice combination of roasted malt and that sweet malt., flavors of prunes or raisins. Moves into a slight-to-medium hoppiness, and then the malt comes through for the finish. A lot of biscuit flavors mingling with a spicy sweetness.

This is pretty good, though a touch too sweet for my tastes. Definitely perfect for Winter!

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Clear copper in color, visible carbonation. Thin ½ finger off white head that fades fast. Non-existent lacing.

S- Belgian dark Ale nose. Sweet, spicy aroma with the traditional winter spice notes of nutmeg and chocolate malt.

T- Tastes like a Belgian abbey. Clove, nutmeg, banana yeast flavors that balance out the chocolate and dark roasted malt.

M- Smooth, rich, and creamy. Finishes clean and is nicely balanced. Leaves a nice dark malt and spice aftertaste. Medium body and nice carbonation.

O- One of my Wisco Winter Warmer staples.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/amber in color, with a nice, two-inch head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Faint nutmeg and cinnamon
Taste-Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, some dark fruit mills about. A bit light-bodied for a winter warmer despite the 6.2ABV. A decent, bit better-than average wintwer warmer.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a New Belgium Globe. Date seems to be September 6. Consumed December 1.

A - Clear deep red with a small off-white head. Looks good.

S - Plum, cherry and apricot with a chocolatey background.

T - Cola-like belgian sweetness with considerable stonefruit flavor. Phenolic. Hops are not a major contributor.

M - Heavy body with creamy mouthfeel.

O - A surprise, to say the least, from Steven's Point. Did not figure this to be a belgian ale prior to opening the bottle. Reminds me of Leffe Brown.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear reddish amber in color and has some miniscule particles visible floating in suspension along with a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down but left wispy lacing on the surface and a thick ring of dense bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of candi sugar, fruit and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet malts along with notes of apples and candi sugars as well as some hints of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels on the high end of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No alcohol warming is noticeable.
O: This beer is quite drinkable compared to other beers in the style because the alcohol is well hidden and it isn’t very filling.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The label and name (“St. Benedict’s”) both suggest a fine abbey brew, but calling this a ‘winter ale’ suggests it could be almost any style ale.

A – The body is a clear. deep, orange-amber; light carbonation is visible. The thin, off-white head quickly reduces to a nice ring with a few thin patches, but remains capable of coating the glass anew with each sip.

S – Needs to warm a good bit to really bring out the aromas. The spicy aroma is more like that expected from a Belgian winter brew (e.g., Delirium Noel) than from an American winter ale, although there is a definite presence of such typical “winter spices” as nutmeg. Fruity with a hint of cognac.

T – Largely follows the aroma, but much closer to a Belgian dubbel or winter ale than expected, with the touches of cloves, dried plums, raisins and bananas. If presented as such, I’d have no trouble believing this was an actual Belgian abbey beer. The finish is clean, rich, and nicely balanced, leaving a fine and long-lasting aftertaste that features both dark malts and spices. The spices form a well-chosen and balanced mix, and blend very nicely with the malts and minimal hops; although the aftertaste is eventually dominated by clove, nutmeg and other spices.

Feel: Near medium body with soft carbonation.

Overall: One of the best American ‘European Strong Ale I’ve had. (I know, BA follows the label and calls this a “winter ale”). Whatever you want to call it, this is a superb, tasty, well-balanced, and easy-to-drink beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. A reddish brown color with two fingers of fairly long-lived craggy head and medium levels of lacing, a nice looking beer indeed!

S. Toffee brittle with lots of nuts and a glimmer of dark fruit in the background.

T. Gentle malts with less nuttiness than I would have expected from the nose, but more spiciness (cloves, nutmeg, allspice) and a mildly herbal finish.

M. Somewhat smooth medium body with an understated carbonation.

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