St. Benedict's Winter Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale
BA SCORE
3.57/5
271 Ratings
St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
pointbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
271
pDev:
14.57%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of hof_1991
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pegasus
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.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
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.

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Photo of bbtkd
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hkyplyr73
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smokey

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Photo of Bingja18
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aoyoc
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of speedvagen
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffSK
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of vainosuomi
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.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Metalsnota
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of megamick
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotdogtornados
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksimons
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.

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St. Benedict's Winter Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 271 ratings
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