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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1346) - Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2011
English,english, english, i will give it that, im not a big fan of english dominate beers, but i like to rate fairly for style.Almost on the verge of bublegum the esters take hold of taste and aroma. I get some dark fruit in aroma and taste as well ,not as much as of the english.Prettty malty and on the sweet side with a very mild spice.Prettty neutral hops like noble hops can be, medium heavy full flavored sweet malt with a mild creamy finish.More of a dessert type beer better served not so cold.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Chel (32) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2011
brown, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, abrupt finish, alcoholy flavor, not bold or complex in any way. Below average beer overall and for Point Brewery. I didn’t find it special in any way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2011
12 oz. loose bottle. $1.50 @ Woodman’s. A cheery red/brown color, even in a narrow glass. Smells slightly of sweet cherry juice. Taste brings a bit more of that sweet cherry taste. Lightly toasted malts, but in profusion enough to cling to my lip. More ale fruitiness, perhaps a touch of Belgian yeast involved here. I do get a slight edge of autolyzed yeast from the thin layer of sludge at the bottom. Still it’s a very jolly beer that sets aside issues of malt vs. hops and asks us to just enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 5, 2011
Point St. Benedict’s Winter Ale is a slightly hazy copper ale with a yellowish head that fades to a waxy film and leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. Fruit and spice are in the aroma, with notes of cinnamon, pear and allspice. There is the slightest hint of caramel. It has a very soft and delicate medium body. It feels fluffy in the mouth and the finish is very dry and a little gritty. Wow, this is like a Belgian dark ale. The flavor is complex with a lot of deep and dark tones-- cinnamon and wood. There is a fruity note which is a little like apricot or cherry. It doesn’t really taste sweet, though. Roasted bitterness lingers after the swallow. Wow, this is a really good Winter ale, even in Spring. This is a very rewarding beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (4103) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pouread from a bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a dark mohogany with a one finger head beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruits and molasses. Somewhat fruity as well. Taste is off. Slightly noticeable prune taste with a small alcohol burn in the finish. I kind of get a toasty quality on top of all this. This isn’t very good, but not as bad as some of the reviews would lead a person to believe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
nothing great to write home about, but alright for an average winter ale. one of the best point brews I have tasted.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
crossovert (9957) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
It just doesn’t make sense it tastes like water mixed with buttery burnt peanut bridle, it has absolutely no focus. Who would be intrigued by this? who would like this? It just doesn’t make sense.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
21-Feb-11 (12-oz bottle: Free bottle for stewarding the 2008 World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA) Entered into the Belgian-Style Dubbel category, this beer pours hazy amber-brown with a thin, off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring. The nose is fruity, with apple, date and a touch of raisin in the background, plus brown sugar and sweet spices. Fruity and spicy flavors of baked apples, figs, raisin bread, cinnamon, and brown sugar complement the sweet malts. Medium in weight and carbonation with a touch of tartness on the palate. Drinkable, but not too interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5304) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle. Nose is coriandered and heavily lemony, spicy notes on the wheat slime. Dark amber pour with a strange head - noisy and sudsy tan but with big red highlights. Taste is heavily spiced, a little grainy, bittersweet but dries out sufficiently, grain husks all the way through. Caramel and a little bit of toastier black malts, there’s actually some nice hop presence here under the chalky bubblegum and misappropriated spices. Medium body and stale, grainy aftertaste, not a house flavor I’d like to support. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2886) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Thanks to my buddy Ian for smuggling this back from the frosty north. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly sweet, hints of cherry, with a touch of toasted malt. Big body, slightly sweet, touch of tartness, some fruit, caramel and a hint of bitterness. Nice little winter brew.

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