River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale | River Horse Brewing Co.

River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter AleRiver Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale
377 Ratings
River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter AleRiver Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our warming winter Ale is amber in color, malty and full bodied. Belgian yeast provides a variety of delicate characteristics in the nose and on the palate.

Added by dsa7783 on 03-22-2008

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +32.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of grawp57
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers. A nice clear amber color. Slightly fruity smell. Sweet and smoky on the front end with a slightly bitter finish. Drinks well from fist to last. An excellent, strong winter brew.

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Photo of Tombomb
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer in a beer club mixed case. The theme of the case was BIG beers. With that said, so far this is the best that I have had. The pour was from a 12 oz bottle, beer was about 48 degrees. The color was a nice copper/dark amber color. Very nice head with a moderate pour that seemed to stand up well. There was some lacing ar I drank the beer from a guinness glass. The smell was cool. Lots going on in this beer. The smell had a spicy/fruity nose. The taste was better than I thought it would be for the alcohol content. I taste the dark malts and raisins. The finish could be a little smoother, but overall a great beer.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.69/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good dark malt with Carmel hints. Very seasonal and a must have!! It speaks for itself!

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best American beers I've ever drank. Dark, smooth, tastes cold. No overwhelming flavors and it's 8%. Beautiful caramel color.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.64/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A light see-through brown in color with a thin, lively tan head. The aroma is fine indeed – some caramel, chocolate, cotton candy and malts, they’re there. Off the cuff, a very sweet and fruity body; some roasted caramel malts give way to lively Belgium spices. Some alcohol is noted, an inviting warming factor; traces of chocolate, coriander and pepper left on the palate. This was enjoying; massively drinkable.

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Photo of The_Chewlord
4.51/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, bordering on black, with mahogany hues and a low light brown head and light decent carbonation. Prominent chocolate, roasty, and Belgian yeast aromas with some dark fruit notes. Robust dars malt and dark fruit flavors; nice balance... not sweet at all. Medium-light bodied.

Very nice American BSDA !!

Per label: "lots of roasted Caramel Malt"

'5274' lasered near bottom
Tasted: 11/20/06

($1.79 / 12 oz bottle)

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Dark for a Belgian ale (at least in my limited experience), reddish orange rust lava, or lipton tea. Cloudy as all get out, with a nice yellowish head. A delicious beer from my home state. First NJ microbrew I've ever had in fact. 8.0% abv is awesome too!

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown into a glass with about a finger of white lacing.

Tingley mouthfeel.

Very powerful smell of cherrys and similiar fruit esters along with a smell of alcohol present as is such in other high abv beers that use belgian yeast.

As for tastes its got the sweetness I expect in my belgians. Kind of tastes like a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Great beer if you like winter belgians.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this beer does what it was meant to do very well. Its warming and very good for the cold months.

Pours a very very hazy brown with about an inch of head that eventually recedes to a lace at the top of the glass. Not too much on the nose, just some dark fruit such as dates figs and raisins. Also some mild phenolic scents.

Up front the beer is slightly spices. It follows up with some dark malts and dark fruits whose mild sweetness is balanced by a very mild hop presence leaving the slightly high alcohol content to warm your throat on the swallow.

Medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. This beer is slightly mild overall but does what it does extremely well. Extremely drinkable on a cold winters night

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a mahogany brown, dark-brown hue with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left a copious amount of lacing...
Nice, subtle aroma of caramel, cream, vanilla, esters, and candied sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a strong suggestion of candied malts, caramel, dulce de leche, creamy, butter, syrup and molasses, and slight cocoa powder...
Good, rich, creamy, sweet mouthfeel that left a nice, sweet flavor on the tongue...
Ultra-easy level of drinkability, bursting with malts, and hardly any detection of alcohol in this one...
Good stuff from River Horse...

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Photo of jjchristiano
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to a RiverHorse meet the brewer event and this was one of the taps. Served from a small 12 oz tulip glass. I really enjoyed the beer and found it very true to its Belgian Dark Ale style definition. A great beer to sip by the fireplace. Not a beer for guzzling at a tailgate.

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4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Peyton5410
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of theycallmedoc
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Guinness Pint glass.

A- Dark brown/amber and hazy, can barely see through if at all. Thick head that likes to hang around for as long as it can hold on. Sticky as it gets. Beautiful to look at. Antsy waiting for the head to die down. After a few sips found some solids floating in the bottom.

S- Smells like an almost moldy christmas tree, hoppy. Grassy. Can almost smell the malt trying to break through.

T- Hoppy with caramel malts. Some spices with a metallic finish. Alcohol has a mild presence but not as much as the flavor of gnawing on a mouthful of wood chips.

M- Very thick and creamy. My favorite kind of body; thick legs and smooth down the gullet.

D- Being a Jersey Boy I'm very partial to Riverhorse. But as always a delicious brew. Two or three might be my cap, but super delicious and very enjoyable.

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Photo of ETF5000
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Like the previous reviewer, pouring this into a german halbe glass proved a bit challenging. At first there seemed to be little head but then it instantly shot up and overflowed. Watch out fellow advocates!

A - Once it settled down, it left about one knuckle of creamy tan head with adequate lacing. Held up to the light, this beer is gorgeous with a dark amber color, even maroonish, with copious amounts of carbonation shooting up to the top. Very inviting indeed.

S - At first sniff I was a bit underwhelmed, but after analyzing it a bit more I found a prominent caramel malt that definitely took center stage with some nice subdued hop bitterness at the end. Call me crazy, but I think I may have even caught a hint of grapefruit near the end.

T - Nice mellow taste, light and refreshing even. I wouldn't say that this is a very complex beer, but drinking something like this with a nice caramely malt flavor up front is perfect in front of a fire (in the Winter perhaps?). This one has a very sweet aftertaste that sticks around for a fair amount of time after taking a sip, very tasty.

M - The first sip was a bit harsh on the carbonation, it honestly had the slight stinging sensation of champagne. I would much rather have this beer with less carbonation. However, after letting it fester for a bit I found it much more enjoyable on the palate. After the carbonation died down this feels great in the mouth. Great job, but consider toning down the carbonation.

d -I could drink a couple of pints of this no problem. Not sure what the alcohol content is on this brew though, this could get me in trouble...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear garnet color. A thin and tight beige head dwindles away in seconds. All that's left is a slightly bubbly rimming. The lacing is adequate. I really like this aroma. It's sweet and candy like but a bit musty and yeasty as well. The taste is very pleasing. Sweet and fruity yet yeasty and bready as well. A little roasty as well. A nicely crafted belgian style beverage. The carbonation is lively enough and the body checks in around medium. I like this one quite a bit.

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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
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