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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English Style. It’s a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue. Available November-December.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jkwood04 (4769) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, hints of fruit, and light bitterness. Flavor the same, with a weird blend of it all. Average texture. Not great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2190) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Murky brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, band-aids, spice, and some dark fruit. The taste is spiced dark fruits, sweet malts, and cardboard. Medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
Found single bottles on sale at ABC. Now I know why, this beer is weird. It’s like an herbal, watery brown ale with a strange caramel funk. I won’t go as far as saying it’s a spoiled beer, because it’s not bad - just too many flavors that just don’t go together so well.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
strongpieman (1595) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Toffee brown color, clear, light head very nutty taste, a bit overpowering and sour taste. Not a real enjoyable choice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerathon (1558) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Had this at a friend’s house, who thought he was pawning it off on me because he deemed it to be terrible. I thought it was an okay offering with nice maltiness to it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
boozedude (2185) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
bottle into pint glass, dark red clear pour , white thin head..malty aroma, taste has a wang to it, not in a bad way, tough to explai the flavor,

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Special.... Snowy scene on the bottle with horses and shit... Like they still do anything? Prelude to what???? Not that great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (3241) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle. Smells nutty, malty, and delicious. Tastes toasty, malty, and smooth. Low carbonation. Not much hops.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 26, 2013


There’s no way it’s just 6.7% ABV. I won’t believe it.

Here’s a simple rule, for Winter Warmers, Doubles, Imperials and other Strong Ales: Beer shouldn’t sear your nostrils or your mouth. What’s really at fault here are my expectations and the thought that here’s supposed to be a warming booziness. Instead for some reason it’s cold. Real cold that shoots straight from the glass up the nose and doesn’t improve with the first or second sip.

Toffee, pomegranate juice and rubbing alcohol mix awkwardly in a fine mahogany glaze.

It’s Chimay Première without the distribution or the flavor.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

ratebeer Rating: 73

Hayward Abbey Rating: 72

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiddler26 (23) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Room temp out of bottle. Bread, hay, caramel, esp the latter. Drinkable? Yes. Memorable? Meh.


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