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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2012
This a tough one I had really had to consider at length. While as a New Englander I am always skeptical of that State of Gardens, River Horse is a name in good standing with the local beer swillers. This is a dark hazy brown ale with ridiculous, almost unstable head. It has the aroma of bananas, currants, spice and rot. Not quite Belgian yeast - this facet will be familiar to anyone who has drank various Belgian-American fusion beers. I still haven’t sipped it yet, as it settles like Guinness after the keg is rolled down stairs. Okay, it is very sweet, milk chocolate notes and just a hint of fruit. Bitter dry out only after the finish. What I would expect a strong Belgian porter to be like. Thick, syrupy body that covers any trace of booze. Pretty unique and not too damn bad at that.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2012
aroma, malt, but fruity too, like a belguim and a winter ale mixed?, color, medium light amber hue, taste, fruit belguim yeast forward, slight warmness, from the malt, overall, tried this beer after no beers for a couple weeks, so I tasted better that maybe its general rating.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1372) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle. Different label than that in the picture. Pours a slightly hazy rust/plum color with a smallish khaki head. Plums, raisins, candied sugar, caramel, ripe cherries, Red Delicious apples, rye, and light citrus fruits in the aroma. Thin to medium-bodied, syrupy, and kinda sticky. Caramel and candied sugar upfront in the taste. Some creamy vanilla, plums, raisins, Red Delicious apples, and overly ripened bananas follow. A touch of bittering citrus fruits and a hint of rye at the end. Plenty of warming alcohol along with pinches of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon all the way through. Not bad, but overly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Nice red pour with aromas of caramel, belgian spices and bread. Flavors are bread, caramel and cereal. I enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6769) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Pours a hazy brown with a medium to large beige head. Estery wheat, light Belgian malt and a touch of sweetness, and the faintest hint of cinnamon. Medium bodied, toast, malt, sweet malt, touches of very light brown sugar. Spicy malt, toast, a light bitterness. Finishes up with a touch of malt and toast. Nice and fairly easy drinking, no big booze notes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Malty aroma with notes of stone fruits and citrus. The taste is stone fruits, pale malts and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1082) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours an orange amber color with a nice thick white foam head. Aroma of caramel, belgian spice, and some funk. Sweet candi sugar taste with a nice hop layer. Some banana and belgian spice on the back end. Tastes like a maltier american version of a tripel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Lighter than the alcohol level would lead you to think. Malty with sweet nuttiness combined with dark fruits (cherry, raisin, etc). Thinner at first leading to a stronger finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redtechnj (221) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Apperance- Dark red/brown with a very small off white head. Arome- Sweet, fruity, spices, candy, alcohol. Taste- Sweet raosted malts, raisins, spices, alcohol, candy,cherries A nice winter beer for a cold night watching a movie.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1538) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Deep copper to brown color, light white head. Full body, healthy caramel aroma with malt & spices. Solid beer, warming.


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