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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 spicy Sterling hops. Warming, mellow & pleasantly complex, Smuttynose Winter Ale is your perfect cold weather companion.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Draught. Red deep brown. Almost no head. Hoppy sweet malt aroma. Belgian fruit-sugar flavor. A bit like drinking rock candy made with good sugar, there’s a hint of some other flavor, but it’s mostly a pleasant, round sweetness that comes out. Sugar malt finish. As I drink more of it, it starts to tastle like candied cinnamon apples. Quite enjoyable, reccomended.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3611) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
12 oz best by April 06. Banana-like yeastiness in the nose with a harsh, weird burnt rubber aroma present as well. Somewhat sweet and sugary nose with maybe a little anise. Not too appealing aroma-wise. Transparent burgundy/amber color with a very quickly dissipating light tan head. Way too quickly dissipating and way too filtered for the style. Starts off sweet with more banana and toffee flavors. Turns a touch roasted in the middle with maltiness. A bit of cocoa is present as well. Fair amount of dry floral hops to finish. Finishes dry. Smuttynose is a great American brewery, which has done a very average job at brewing a Belgian style ale. Many breweries have suffered this same fate.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2005
(12oz bottle, best before March 06) Medium tan head dissipates quickly, crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, candi sugar, some cinnamon, coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel, cantalope, some cinnamon. Light-medium body, much lighter than I think of for a Dubbel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours amber with a nice off white head. Smells of pine, cherries, grapes, candi sugar. Tastes of coriander, toffee, slightly tarte cherries, some bittering hops on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 12 oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head with deep clear amber color. Aroma is pine, dark fruit, cinnamon/clove, sweet, malt, (&hops?). Taste is coriander, caramel, a hefe meets dubbel? With a flat-metal aftertaste. The blend here doesn’t do it for me. Best by April 06. 091114 @NH Brewers Fest-rerate 3.5

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
The Lure:
Roasted malts sparsely coating the fig fruitiness. Some alcohol peeks through the scant foam and lacing.

The Festivities:
A comforting, round mouthfeel offers up cherries and dates on a delicate plate of residual sweetness. Mild roasted maltiness turns into bitter suggestions. Some alcohol roams haphazardly, as does Belgian yeast powder. Sweet and fruity, a filling and satisfying dubbel.

Transcendence:
A fluffy cushion to lean on.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
Cookie dough and bubblegum esters are joined by a fair citrus hop character. Clear brown body is topped by a fizzy, large bubbled, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring and disappears very soon thereafter. Dark malt character is joined by strong bubblegum and fruity esters in the fairly sweet flavour. Medium body with moderately lively carbonation that is gently effervescent on the tongue but is unfortunately quite short-lived. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Gift, Dec-05). Thanks, Barry!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Copper in color with a off-white head. Malty,fruity,spicy,bready/yeasty. A good beer, though not spot on for a dubbel, a good first take.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Amber color with a light brown head. Malty aroma with a lightly spiced malt flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2005
First off, I am by nature a bit of a contrarian- hence I like this beer, despite the poor ratings so far. To judge by the "style", it is undercarbonated and not quite as full in mouthfeel as well as a little slight in fruity esters. But hey, its just beer, and it tastes good. It has a depth and smoothness often missing from many "winter brews". Don’t compare this to a classic dubbel- think of it as a tasty amber ale thats great for winter.


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