RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
"This seasonal specialty is the perfect winter warmer.”

Prelude is a rich, nutty, full-bodied English ale with an inviting amber hue and hoppy finish.

First Brewed: December 1993
Available: November - December
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Fuggles, Goldings
Color: Deep Amber
IBUs: 47
OG: 1.070
ABV: 6.7%

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hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2012
On draft at the shipyard brewpub. Clean brown color. No head. Tastes like butter. Not much else going on. Although drinkable.

jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2012
It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of barley, fruit and some flowery hops and clove. The flavor was of bread, toast, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A very good American Strong Ale.

nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2012
The aroma is grainy and metallic with nuts and a toasted quality. The appearance is dark amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter nutty finish. The palate is average. Overall a decent beer but not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.
Earlier Rating: 1/5/2006 Total Score: 2.9
The aroma is cereal with chocolate, paper, and coffee. The appearance is reddish brown with a large head that falls fast. The flavor is almost exactly like the aroma with the addition of spice and tea. The palate is ok but a bit to thin for the style. This is a good beer that could be better.

gregwilsonstl (2708) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pretty normal brew. Tastes like a pretty bland pale ale. Tan head, amber hue. Rather boring.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
KBC Winter Ale from the local Trader Joe’s. Nice pour - a deep, clear reddish brown body with a sustained spongy tan head. The aroma was lightly toasted nutty malts, a hint of dark dried fruit, and some soft floral scents. The flavor of this medium-bodied ale was much the same but had a modest earthy bitterness that remained in the dry finish. A pleasant surprize.

fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2012
A hazy red beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is nutty, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is vanilla, wood, and sweet malt.

JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2012
I would have called this an English Strong Ale. Dark red color. Thin head that lasts until the end of the beer. Aroma has hops, alcohol, and malt sweet, and I pick them up in that order. Flavor is dry, but there is some caramel and more dry hops, with a finish that combines lightly sweet malt with dry, bitter hops. It drank pretty good. From Trader Joes.

Reid (2675) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2012
12 oz single as "KBC Winter Ale" from Trader Joes ,Salem OR. $1 Nice darker amber colored ale..with reddish tones. A small yet persistent tan head..turns to great lashings of lace Good toasty cereal aromas and fresh roasted coffee beans,some hazelnuts and raisin too..nice stuff. Smooth yet bitter tasting beer..semi dark chocolate,cream,burnt toast,oats then nice herbal/slight resinous hops. Good and drinkable on the tongue for such a heavy beer. Overall very pleased with this stuff.Its a marvel it survived at all given the terrible treatment TJs hands out to beer. best $1 beer ever

HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
355ml bottle. Pours a deep red/orange amber with a moderate creme brule head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is toffee malts and a little spice. Flavour is brown sugar and molasses malts with some nuttiness and hops on the finish. Palate is dry and creamy smooth. Overall, better than I was expecting. A solid winter warmer.

seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Marketed at Trader Joe’s as K.B.C. Winter Fest. Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Poured a clear, dark brown color with long-lasting off-white foam with lace. Aromas of roasted barley, coffee, fruity and flowery hops (more refined English than American profiles,) citrus zest, berries, even some pepper and clove. Flavors of bread, nuts, toast, toffee, caramelized brown sugar, coffee, dark chocolate, tartness reminiscent of a fine dunkelweizen. Medium body, creamy and chewy mouthfeel, tart and tangy finish. Delicious.

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