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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 175   ABV: 5.83%
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Smuttynose Winter Ale is a full-bodied, amber beer brewed with a special Trappist ale yeast. Stylistically reminiscent of a Belgian Abbey Double, it features fruity aromas and flavor, balanced by soft Crystal hops.

Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.

Available in sixpacks and on draft from late October through January.
Color: dark, reddish brown

Malt Bill
North American 2-Row, Caramunich, Carastan, Special B, Carahell, Carafa II DH

Bittering: Bravo
Flavoring: Sterling

Yeast: Abbey Ale
Dark Belgian candi syrup

Starting Extract 15° Plato
Terminal Extract 4.5° Plato
ABV 5.83%
IBU 30
Recommended Food Pairings
Wild mushrooms, carbonnade flamande, duck with tart fruit sauce

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19975) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2006
Bottled. Clear ruby. Raisiny malt aroma. Sweet and very aromatic with clean mouthfeel some light grassy hops. Rich Belgian style yeast almondy yeast character. Salty finish. Flavourwise it is very good, but it lacks in malt depth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
twindadplus2 (602) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Clear ruby colored with a small, thin head. Aroma is light malt and fruit with a slight tang of hops. Thin body with a mild, fruity hops taste and a bit of spiciness. Short, dry finish. Not bad really, just not that memorable, especially for a Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
12oz. bottle. Pours a flat, dark brown with a thin head of tight tan bubbles. The aroma instantly reveals the Trappist origin of the yeast with a toasted bready note and a big dose of banana ester and chocolate. The flavour does not meet the expectations established by the aroma. There is tobacco, a touch of coffee, and some dark fruits. A pretty good winter warmer though I agree with other reviewers that this falls short of a Dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2006
This winter ale pours a dark amber color with a large, frothy light-brown head. There is virtually no lacing. Aromas are of light malt and solvent. Initial taste is lightly sweet with a light bitter finish. Light and creamy on the palate with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
A bit fruity with a strange variation through the finish. Just nothing grabs me. This is short for an abbey dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1372) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle. Best before: 04/06. Pours a clear, candy apple red with a thin and fizzy tan head. Bananas, nutmeg, cinnamon and some alcohol in the aroma. Thin body with a high level of carbonation. Starts with some bananas and caramel and finishes pretty toasty with just a hint of alcohol. Wintery spices throughout. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Tap. Deep copper/amber color with a medium white head. Hoppy aroma, pine and grapefruit. Spicy flavor, picture an ipa with darker malts and caramel. Finishes mostly bitter. I say it’s a stretch to call this a dubbel, mainly because of the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Dark amber body... minimal off-white head. Awkard/forced spicy aroma of nutmeg and allspice, along with light citrus hops and caramel. Flavor is a bit better... belgian yeast brings warm realization to the spices, but it has a light papery character too. Overly sweet by itself... I can picture it being great with ham.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11527) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2006
Amber/orange, small offwhite head. Aroma from peach and figs, some hoppy notes. Malty fruity flavor with some cocoa. Quite mild finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber in color with a nice lacing. Malty fruity aroma. Raisiny. Caramel notes. Malty and roasty flavor. Light roasty notes. Medium bodied. Finish is dry. ok.

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