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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 194   ABV: 6.48%
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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

Hops
Bittering: Bravo
Flavoring: Sterling

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Yeast: Abbey Ale
Dark Belgian candi syrup

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


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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
viverlee (18) - - JAN 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013

The big boys want to lump Ė at the bottom mind you Ė this brew with the Abbey Dubbels. Iím going to make my own call here. Itís a seasonal brew with the marketing to match. Plus the spice bite, delicate sweetness, and semi-robust ABV just arenít there.

STYLE: Winter Warmer

ABV: 5.8%

LOOK: The body really isnít there either. A rich, oaky brown carries the load. Soft head, softer lacing and retention.

NOSE: Whoppers, raisins, cherries.

MOUTH: Fizz deep in the back of my throat Ė thatís my first impression. Not the staid malt, not the toffee dash. Odd because I remember liking it more on Xmas Eve and even thinking it better than what it replaced, my local Xmas Ale, Christkindl. Jammy toast and small purple fruits let you know what could be. But overall a little too balanced for this style.

Beeradvocate Rating: 84

ratebeer Rating: 81

Hayward Abbey Rating: 77


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2363) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a dark mahogany color with a foamy taupe colored head. Notes of candi sugar, bubble gum, toffee, and dark fruits. Bit thin

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (3307) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Dark pour from draft at beer bistro. Off white head. Fruity and blackberry aroma. Taste is kind of sweet but not overly for this style. Liked it much more than expected

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6423) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, nuts), with notes of metal, grape jelly. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. This is supposed to be Belgian-styled, really? Huh. Just smells like a poorly made brown ale...I really donít get any Belgian suggestions from any part of the experience (appearance, smell, etc.). Boring and slightly icky (metal, jelly) odor, flabby and overly sweet in the mouth. This is a bona fide dumper.

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jimmy79 (3) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
A little fruity. Easy drinking tho. Feels warm. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzxxzzxxzxxxxx - via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricyclist (918) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle pour of fairly dark amber to brown. Nose is lightl sweet malt and caramel with some figs and dates. Flavor is a little richer with a healthy malt note and some raisins and figs again. Itís not overly spiced from the yeast which is good with me. Not a terrible one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (637) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
On draft. Brown color with some reddish tint, very little head. Aroma isnít very strong. Taste of sweet candy and dark fruit. Dry finish. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berard (356) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Draft. It's a very visually appealing beer. Rich brown caramel in color with creme colored head that lingers. Spivey aroma like you would expect from the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1382) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2014
The trick with this beer is not to think of it as a dubbel, but rather "reminiscent thereof." Am I getting a dubbel-y beer. No. Am I getting a wonderful beer. Yes. Solid dark malt notes. Flavorful beyond its abv. Highly recommended.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rondphoto (2371) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2014
bottle @ Jungle Jimís / Eastgate OH --- Clear dark amber brown, heavy beige rim head, streaks of lace. Taste is roasted, hard-edged malt that is joined by raisin and earth in the palate, then dark candied fruit and mild hops bring things to a close. Light brew with a harsh edge.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (541) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
A nice winter beer. A little weak on aroma but I havenít been able to smell anything for days.


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