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

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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter AleRiver Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
377
Reviews:
180
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.37%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
59
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 377 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of dansushi
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CLehman11
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Lambdon
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lilbeck23
4.69/5  rDev +32.1%
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 Bapplebaum
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A decent beer with a kick from the alcohol. Unique taste I can't place. I'd have another for sure.

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Photo of The_Chewlord
4.51/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bvlaminck
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

must have had terrible bad batch

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Photo of dacrza1
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: April 10, 2015... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: enduring what hopefully is the last cold night of the spring... APPEARANCE: flourishing, fizzing, off-white head settles from a cloud-like fluff to a consistent thickness; opaque amber body that allows little light through... AROMA: earthy enough with grass and herbs to suggest Summit hops, with a sightly spicy aspect; the backbone of each breathe is the caramel malt--loses its impact after a few swirls... PALATE: somewhat active feeling on the tongue; bubbly mouthfeel slips to a dry, lingering finish; thick overall... TASTE: an underwhelming nondescript mix of lightly sweet and bitter--surprising for a strong ale... OVERALL: a straight-forward, alcohol-masking winter warmer that drinks well and right; a beer that accomplishes its goal...

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wattoclone
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark brown with a moderate head. Pleasant aromatic aroma with burnt sugar and vanilla notes. A pleasantly sweet malty taste with an abrupt slightly bitter finish with grapefruit notes. Certainly a well crafted Belgian dark , but the ABV borders on a Strong Dark. Although not necessarily a bad thing, a Belgian Strong Dark would have considerably more flavor to reward the consumption. American craft breweries like to push the envelope of every style, and this is no exception. If the alcohol content were lower, in the realm of a Belgian Dark Ale it would be exceptional. As a Belgian Strong Dark it is middle of the road.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TopherBreski
4.65/5  rDev +31%
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 Chime
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Randolph96
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Geech
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sanitarium16
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

4.5 oz pour into a snifter at Paganini's in Doylestown, PA.

The look is the high point. A nice amber color with a little bit of cloudiness.
Smells like a typical Belgian, but without the charm. Spicy and some raisin notes, with unfortunately a very faint tinge of peroxide.
Taste was not good. The peroxide was back. My girlfriend said it well "there's almost a medical aftertaste". We jokingly said it was like being waterboarded with a hospital gown and a cheap quad.

River Horse has yet to impress me.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan of dark ales, but this one is great, sweet aftertaste, River Horse has alot of great beers,just wish they bring back Hoppalotimus

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Photo of beerfinder
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 377 ratings.
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