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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

Prelude is a rich, nutty, full-bodied English ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish.

First Brewed: December 1993
Available: November - December
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles, Goldings
Color: Deep Amber
IBUs: 47
OG: 1.070
ABV: 6.7%


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9298) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Clear amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel malt and nut. Taste is similar, and a touch bitter late. Not really my style, but not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9259) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 22 oz bomber. Dark brown beer with and orange tint as well. Woody, earthy aroma with a bit of licorice and pruniness. Leafy hop aroma. Sweet caramelly flavour with some apple/brown sugar baked dessert notes. A touch of orange peel spicing behind the bready flavour. Lightly rummy as well. Not a bad brew, but a bit of a mixed bag. 12 oz bottle in 2008. Quite different than the ratings would suggest. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity with lots of cherry and licorice. Earthy malts. Very English tasting. Softly spicy with some earthy/spicy bitterness. OK.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Bad Christmas cookies…Burping hop flowers and sleepy butterscotch…Yawn…

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9027) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
Bottle, found in the beer cooler of the gourmet food shop on Schweitzer. Must be left over from last season. Pours a handsome copper penny hue with a rather thin almond head. Very inviting aroma equally of chocolate and caramel, undertones of burnt sugar. Brown sugar malts, light cocoa, light marzipan, hints of vanilla. Well balanced with a hoppy bitter finish. English strong ales can be really hit & miss for me. This one was a solid hit. Very tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2010
ambre, blanche. Arôme, malt caramel bien présent avec des notes de noisettes Goût, malt, grillé est bien présent avec des notes de café, torréfie avec une long palais allant vers le caramel et sucre ainsi que des noisettes et un fabuleux goût biscuité. Le fin garde un fin film de houblon sans pour cela être trop amer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (8821) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The flavor is heavily spiced roasted malt, with sharp bitter finish. Some vegetable flavors are detectable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8448) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear deep amber color with a large off white head. The aroma is moderately sweet malts, fig, an almost grainy note, with some diacetyl. The flavor has sweet malts, fruits including figs and diacetyl. This is pretty one dimensional. Worth trying once.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
[3503KE-20101204] Tap. Fairly bready yeast aroma with light candy hints. Clear, amber red body with a creamy light gray head. Chocolate malt bread yeast flavour has a light sweet aftertaste. Medium body is a little rough. Drinkable, nice for a Saturday afternoon.
(@ Pizza Plant, Buffalo, NY)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8292) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
Brown coloured, faint hazy. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Sweet aroma, caramel and clear candy, funny impression. Flavor starts sweet, faint coffee. Creamy, dry texture.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Ruby amber beer with a light tan head. Spicy, malty aroma. Spicy, malty, slight grass flavor with backing citrus and some darker malts. A bit too much hops (or not enough). Starts to get into buttery tones. LIngering grass, citrus, spice and a bit of butter.


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