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RATINGS: 165   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. Benedictís Winter Ale, a hand-crafted ale using generous amounts of dark roasted malts and the finest noble hops for a robust warming flavor.


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 donít 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 (2377) - 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 (481) - 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 (3179) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zombywoof (450) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2009
This beer has an artificial sweet flavor and an odd brackish aftertaste of twigs, must and maple. This beer displeases me. I am offended. Take it away. Now get me a shrubbery.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a creamy off white head. Aroma is super candyish. Lots of toffee caramel, some vegetal and quite a bit of candy sugar. No hops, just sweet malt bread candy. Flavor starts with a sugary maltiness that just sort of sits and hangs and stays candyish. Gains some bread maltiness that isnt too sweet but no hops and no bitterness comes through. Medium body body and a light fizzy carbonartion. Meh, super sweet, boring and unbalanced.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (892) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Ehh, I just picked this up for something to sip on over a Fall weekend and the finished glass(es) with a satisfied yet unquenchable thirst for a yet another good brew. A plum colored body and quickly disappearing head showcases a grape and malt heavy background. Overall the flavor is pretty good, though the body is a bit weak and non-filling like a good ESA should be. This one is a bit down my list for Holiday inspired biers.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-brown color. No real head...minimal trace at best. Mild chocolate and amber malt aroma, sort of like a mild Doppelbock. The taste is the same, with a smooth milk chocolate layer of smoothness among the solid background of sweet maltiness. Some amber malt and mild hop spiciness, but overall very smooth and rich. A pretty nice beer from Point, not world-class, but a worthwhile beer to mix it up with.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2009
This was a bit of a pleasant surprise, as I have tried several beers from this brewer that failed to meet expectations. Not a robust aroma, but a nice fresh aroma. This beer seemed a little understated for this style, but made up for that with a very smooth refreshing palate and a rather clean light finish. It isnít without complexity but you notice the smooth mellow character rather than the often bitter and bold notes of this style.


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