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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 194   ABV: 6.48%
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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a large off-white head, rich malts, molasses and brown sugar in the aroma, starts and ends lighty sweet, medium bodied with a lingering malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2006
The Smuttynose label did not contain any description except it was a Winter Ale and March 2006 was the time to drink it. Weighted ale with Candi sugar flavor and caramel malt zing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 16, 2006
I think I may be spoiled since most of the Dubbels i’ve enjoyed in my life were either from Belg. or from Allagash. I personally liked the appearance and aroma, the taste was just a smidge off. There’s some fruity taste along with the initial malt flavors. Mouthfeel wasn’t really noteworthy. When I drank it I had no idea it was a dubbel. Not the best winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle: Deep amber, quite reddish/ruby in hue, moderate foamy light beige head, fairly decent lacing.   Total banana popsicle aroma, perhaps even a bit of those orange circus peanuts.   As it warms, I can honestly say it has a boatload of pear to it.   WOW!   Not pear skin, but actual pear.   Its hard to get beyond the nose of this one tho.   Where is the dark pitted fruit, the spices?   Its all secondary to the banana, pear, and circus peanuts.   Malty to start, sweet, slight banana and pear, a touch of cereal.   Body is nearly full, but the mouthfeel is fairly average.   Lingering combo of banana, pear, and unfortunately those orange circus peanuts.   Really, those are the only real 3 aspects of this beer.   Not much of an Abbey Dubbel if you ask me.   Thanks jjpm74 for the bottle!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Dark red with an off-white head that dissapates quickly. Clove, banana and yeast in the nose. Flavor has notes of spice, brown sugar, raisin, plum, banana, yeast, pear and a healthy presence of caramel. Pleasant sweetness with enough hops to provide balance. Medium smooth texture and lively carbonation. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
From bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a quickly disappearing tan head. Nose has some hints of dark fruits and a Belgian candy sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, but with a metallic hint. Very light on the palate, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21275) - 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 (629) - 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.

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