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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
St. Benedict of Nursia lived in the late 5th to early 6th centuries. Legend has it while living in solitude, he was befriended by a raven that later saved his life. He is most remembered for writing the Rule of St. Benedict that, among other virtues, teaches humility. Inspired by this Rule we humbly offer St. Benedict’s Winter Ale, a hand-crafted ale using generous amounts of dark roasted malts and the finest noble hops for a robust warming flavor.

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3.9
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours a beautiful cooper red with a huge tan head and lots of cascading bubbles. Aroma is sweet molasses with of hint of hops. Taste is sweet, malty with a nip of molasses and a suggestion of maple syrup. Nice mouthfeel. Finishes sweet not dry or hoppy. A very warm and inviting beer. Best enjoyed as a meal unto itself but can be paired with beer nuts or as an accompaniment to a bowl or Irish stew.

3.9
Aggiebob (1299) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle: It poured a dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. The aroma is vanilla and coffee. The flavor is malty coffee with some sense of spices. Very good and warming.

3.9
chinchill (5318) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2016
The label and name (“St. Benedict’s”) both suggest a fine abbey brew, but calling this a ‘winter ale’ suggests it could be almost any style. A – The body is a clear. deep, orange-amber; light carbonation is visible. The thin, off-white head quickly reduces to a nice ring with a few thin patches, but remains capable of coating the glass anew with each sip. S – Needs to warm a good bit to really bring out the aromas. The spicy aroma is more like that expected from a Belgian winter brew (e.g., Delirium Noel) than from an American winter ale, although there is a definite presence of such typical “winter spices” as nutmeg. Fruity with a hint of cognac. T – Largely follows the aroma, but much closer to a Belgian dubbel or winter ale than expected, with the touches of cloves, dried plums, raisins and bananas. If presented as such, I’d have no trouble believing this was an actual Belgian abbey beer. The finish is clean, rich, and nicely balanced, leaving a fine and long-lasting aftertaste that features both dark malts and spices. The spices form a well-chosen and balanced mix, and blend very nicely with the malts and minimal hops; although the aftertaste is eventually dominated by clove, nutmeg and other spices. Feel: Near medium body with soft carbonation. Overall: One of the best American ‘’Belgians" I’ve had. (I know, BA follows the label and calls this a “winter ale”). Whatever you want to call it, this is a superb, tasty, well-balanced, and easy-to-drink beer. {From 2012 notes)

3.8
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Found this one bottled at Binny’s in St. Charles, Illinois. Brown color, thin white head. Nice, nuanced maltiness with chocolate, spice, citrus fruit and cranberry. Strong finish. I must have gotten the unusually good batch, I guess. Tried it on draught at Nordy’s Pub in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, and it is equally good.

3.8
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 14, 2013
bottle. deep red,. near black, with a large tan head. roasted malt aroma. nice milk chocolate notes with roasted barley. lots of chocolate in here. not very hoppy. somewhat creamy. moderately sweet. maybe debittered malts or even lactose?

3.7
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
On tap at Hudson’s in Plover, WI. Pours a clear, deep amber with long-lasting meringue head. Good lacing. Aroma is moderately nutty & spicy. First taste is nutty maltiness with a dash of vanilla. Some fruitiness follows with a surprising spiciness in the finish. Medium mouthfeel but excellent carbonation from a tapper. Never got to try it from a bottle but would definitely ask for it again on tap. Very good.

3.7
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2008
nice color, not much head, smells of malts and spices. not much lacing on the glass, smooth on the palate Very interesting flavor, but I had a hard time picking out distinct flavors other than malt, and maybe cinnamon notes. Overall, I thought that this was a good winter ale

3.6
boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle into glass, pours brownish red.. Clear, white head.. Aroma of spice, taste is fruit and apple cider backend, pretty tasty for its style

3.6
Churchkey (16) - Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance/ Very dark, almost black. A full 2 fingers of rich, brown foam that left a nice sticky lacing. Smell/ A nice malt aroma with a toasty coffee and chocolate highlights in the background. Taste/ The thing that I tasted most was a strong coffee flavor followed by a malty chocolate flavor. A slight hop presence was in the background. Mouth Feel/ This was a very smooth beer wit a nice little hop bite right at the end. Over All/ I really liked this beer. I think it was pretty well in line with the style. It is not the best winter style beer I have had but I went back and some more when I finished my first six pack. I would drink this again at any time. Serving type: bottle

3.5
SG111 (2033) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottled (twist off, amazingly). Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is malty, roasted, some cinnamon and Xmas spices but not overpowering. Flavor is roasted, sweet, some gingerbread spices, cinnamon, really a nice pleasant Xmas beer.


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