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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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As the days grow shorter and frost becomes snow, our BELGIAN fREEZE WINTER ALE is the perfect remedy to loosen the spirits. This deep amber tonic is brewed with lots of roasted caramel malt for body and warmth to bring in the holidays and see you through the spring.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5513) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 This beer came to me in a beer club. I like the name, but then again I am partial to Belgian style beers. +++ It was sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle and poured a very dark brown color. Holding it to the light only the faintest of ruby color shone through. There was no head at all. The aroma was sweet, fruity and had an almost brown sugar element to it. Hints of coffee and molasses drifted to the nose as well. The flavor was strong with dark malt, coffee and brown sugar. This winter ale really ended up tasting more like a mild coffee porter more than anything else. Yet it did have the sweetness of a Belgian ale. Quite interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Pours mahogany with a minimal off-white head. Taste is slightly sweet that finishes with some spice that you would expect from a winter ale. Overall a nice beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Had many times at the brewery itself. Pleasing enough and I enjoy it though I wouldn’t associate with a Belgian style and not even close to a Trappist tyle ale. Slightly sweet, a little thin and not overly heavy, complex or spiced. Don’t get hung up on the name - enjoy the beverage.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - MAY 13, 2004
A very crimson amber sporting fluffy head of off-white foam. Aroma isn’t powerful, just a light, caramel-like malt nose. Medium bodied and a touch acidic. Dominant influence is the malt, but a good deal of hops do ride in. Finishes a bit sweet, with a touch of alcohol along for the trip. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6197) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
Picked up at Chevy Chase Liquors in D.C. Cola-like appearance, light, off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma of Christmas spices, pipe tobacco and faint citrusy notes. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin - my only complaint. Flavor has the same Christmas spice esssence to it with somee black tea notes and otter malt essence. Overall, mark this one as decent and very interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2004
Yeasty nose w. some spicing and a hint of citrus. A little too candi-sugar sweet with yeast, spices and a bitter hop/malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Dark amber color. Medium head. Aroma is malt, candy sugar and dark fruit. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are dark fruity, malty and sweet. Touch of hop spiciness. Well balanced. Not a lot of the complexity you would expect in a Belgian Ale, but it does have a lot of those nice winter beer flavors. Small and fine carbonation that is more on the back end of the taste. Kind of grows on you. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 7, 2004
This is a strange one. Without the name I would have never guessed it as a Belgian Strong, although it looks like one. More malty than complex, and I don't get any of the fruity flavors I would have expected. Still highly drinkable and the alcohol is well disguised.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (12110) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 (12/11/05, 12oz bottle) Small beige head atop a dark red-brown body. Aroma is mild, moderately sweet, candi sugar, belgian yeast. Taste is similarly devoid of substantive elements, with only a vague vegetal quality added to the limited qualities found in the aroma. Watery light-medium body, alcohol is essentially invisible. Hard to believe that my last rating could be considered generous. (3/3/3/2/7)

(2/8/04) Clear brown body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is candy sugar sweet, malty, Belgian yeast. Taste is sweet, candy sugar, some spicy hop. Medium body, some sticky sweetness. (4/3/5/3/10)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3489) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Pours an amber/mahogany color with a 1.0 cm off-white head that is quickly dissipating. Aroma is musty and smokey with maybe a touch of hops in there. Doesnt look or smell belgian. Start has a tiny bit of hops, middle is sweet. Finish is sweet and quite smokey. Palate is very good. This is a smoked beer, not too far off from Unibroue's Raftman (not as good as Raftman, though)


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