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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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3.2
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Date: August 08, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Ticker
Appearance: clear brown, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate and caramel aroma, touch of fruityness, light balancing earthyness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, touch of chocolate, light fruityness, light balancing bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.1
jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber brown body, witha big fluffy beige head that fades away leaving moderate lacing. (3+) Sweet malty aroma with muted hoppy tang. Flavour is mostly malt with undertones of toffee and burnt brown sugar. Bit of a hoppy bit in the finish, borders on astringence because its such a contrast to the sweet rich malt up front. Average palate. Enjoyable but unexceptional.

3.2
alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear deep amber color with a large off white head. The aroma is moderately sweet malts, fig, an almost grainy note, with some diacetyl. The flavor has sweet malts, fruits including figs and diacetyl. This is pretty one dimensional. Worth trying once.

3.5
DuffMan (10610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2011
Bottle, found in the beer cooler of the gourmet food shop on Schweitzer. Must be left over from last season. Pours a handsome copper penny hue with a rather thin almond head. Very inviting aroma equally of chocolate and caramel, undertones of burnt sugar. Brown sugar malts, light cocoa, light marzipan, hints of vanilla. Well balanced with a hoppy bitter finish. English strong ales can be really hit & miss for me. This one was a solid hit. Very tasty.

2.9
marcus (10584) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
This brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a spicy aroma. The flavor is heavily spiced roasted malt, with sharp bitter finish. Some vegetable flavors are detectable.

3.5
sebletitje (10287) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2010
ambre, blanche. Arôme, malt caramel bien présent avec des notes de noisettes Goût, malt, grillé est bien présent avec des notes de café, torréfie avec une long palais allant vers le caramel et sucre ainsi que des noisettes et un fabuleux goût biscuité. Le fin garde un fin film de houblon sans pour cela être trop amer.

2.4
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Bad Christmas cookies…Burping hop flowers and sleepy butterscotch…Yawn…

3.4
bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Ruby amber beer with a light tan head. Spicy, malty aroma. Spicy, malty, slight grass flavor with backing citrus and some darker malts. A bit too much hops (or not enough). Starts to get into buttery tones. LIngering grass, citrus, spice and a bit of butter.

3.3
blipp (9598) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours amber red with a beige head. Malty sweet, a bit toasty, with caramel and some fruity undertones. The flavor is on the malty side, but still has enough hops of a hop presence to keep it balanced. Caramel, nutty sweetness, and a light spice. Very enjoyable.

3.3
JoeMcPhee (9519) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 22 oz bomber. Dark brown beer with and orange tint as well. Woody, earthy aroma with a bit of licorice and pruniness. Leafy hop aroma. Sweet caramelly flavour with some apple/brown sugar baked dessert notes. A touch of orange peel spicing behind the bready flavour. Lightly rummy as well. Not a bad brew, but a bit of a mixed bag. 12 oz bottle in 2008. Quite different than the ratings would suggest. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity with lots of cherry and licorice. Earthy malts. Very English tasting. Softly spicy with some earthy/spicy bitterness. OK.


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