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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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St. Benedict of Nursia lived in the late 5th to early 6th centuries. Legend has it while living in solitude, he was befriended by a raven that later saved his life. He is most remembered for writing the Rule of St. Benedict that, among other virtues, teaches humility. Inspired by this Rule we humbly offer St. Benedict’s Winter Ale, a hand-crafted ale using generous amounts of dark roasted malts and the finest noble hops for a robust warming flavor.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle poured to glass. Licorice notes, dark in color, smells almost like a barley wine, from darker malts. Thin off white head. Smooth and dry on the palate with a strong malty backbone. Brilliant clear, deep ruby color. Not sure if spiced, very well balance. Thin malty rim of head remains but soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours a beautiful cooper red with a huge tan head and lots of cascading bubbles. Aroma is sweet molasses with of hint of hops. Taste is sweet, malty with a nip of molasses and a suggestion of maple syrup. Nice mouthfeel. Finishes sweet not dry or hoppy. A very warm and inviting beer. Best enjoyed as a meal unto itself but can be paired with beer nuts or as an accompaniment to a bowl or Irish stew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Dark ruby pour, thin skiff of beige head, spotty lacing. Aroma of prunes and smoke. Deep figgy malt profile, with some malt syrup sweetness and a dark toffee touch bordering on burnt sugar. Medium body on the palate in spite of the full bodied taste. Overall, this will do quite nicely.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1458) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Pours from the bottle a very clear, deep amber color with a thin, off-whit head. Aroma has some mild toasted malt, sweet raisin, caramel, apple and a spicy ending. Flavor starts off a bit spicy with some sweet grape, apple fruity notes on top of a smooth toasted malt note with a very sweet smooth ending. Body is moderately heavy with very low carbonation and an oily texture. Overall a pretty enjoyable brew put out by Point.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
derbbre (2) - USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
Great Winter beer. Full flavor without overwhelming your palate. Dark without being undrinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, deeper amber colored body with a finger-width, quickly dissipating, tan head that leaves a light lacing. Aroma is grainy caramels with a light roast. A good amount of banana esters and bubble-gum make this quite sweet. A light earthy spice and grassy hop as well as a hint of brown sugar, Belgian sweetness. Flavor is toasted, grainy malts with more bubble-gum, banana esters from the aroma. Somewhat wheat tasting with more earthy spices and a light yeast. A good amount of soft cloves make up most of the spicing. Still has a bit of a brown sugar sweetness and finishes with a very light, grassy bitterness. Just a slight alcohol warmth with a moderate aftertaste. Light to medium body, smooth, and just a slight carbonation. Overall, an interesting and unique winter ale. Sweet, grainy malts with a light toast blend well with a clove-like spicing and somewhat earthy, grassy hop presence. The banana esters, light bubble-gum, Belgian-esque characteristics don’t distract from the flavor, but rather add a bit of complexity. Not bad at all.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
italianjohn (2316) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Amber deep brown color bubblegum like aroma ... off white head ... taste of sweet malts dark fruits and slight roasted .... it started off sweet and had a taste of bubblegum but as i got to the bottom of the pint it settled and you experienced plums almost like a red wine taste ..... not bad but not one to have more than one of

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle pours copper with a off white head. Aroma is malty with a caramel and roasted/smoky malt presence. Tastes sweet with caramel, plum, and a slight smoky finish. Syrup like mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Not balanced enough to be truly enjoyable.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SHANER4 (479) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle 12oz. - Poured amber brown color with smal head. Aroma - Sweet like sugar, yeasty bread and caramel. Flavor - Has strange yeast and funky hop taste. Like plastic mixed with brown sugar...strange! Palate - thin/medium bodied with flat texture. Finish is not good and has strange aftertaste. Overall - Barely drinkable beer, finished the bottle but would not try again!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Translucent deep orange-brown body, thin buff head. Nose of caramel, brown sugar, plum, toffee, and fig, sweet and thin. Body is plummy and somewhat chewy, with the same dark fruit and caramel characters noted in the aroma. Residual sugars and spice linger in the finish. This beer is probably best in small doses, as the dominance of the dark fruit and spice notes becomes cloying after a few sips.


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