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RATINGS: 370   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Clear bronze with minimal head. Aroma of toast, nuts, butter popcorn (diacetyl). Flavor is similar. Similar to a nut brown, with the diacetyl as an additive piece rather than killing the flavor.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
r464 (2333) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Rather malty with a dark fruitiness. Hints of raisin and chocolate, but with a bit more hops in the finish and a slow but smooth end.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lowe1983 (1544) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of caramel malts, floral hops, and some nuts. Strong nut flavor with hints of caramel malts and floral hops.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjplumer (1022) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Sense a nutty almost vinegar like aroma. Pours a clear brown with a tan thin head. Bitter dark fruit taste. Some apple spice and sourness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3919) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Lustrous amber body with gob-smackingly gorgeous red underpinning. Sweet candi aroma with cotton candy and pink bubblegum fluffing up as well. Cloying body with a multitude of candi variations. Off key saccharine and bitter finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
Poured with a white soapy head, an ominous sign of things to come. Something unpleasantly chemical in both the flavour and aroma - kind of pine-sol, left a detergent fealing on the tounge. Syrupy sweet. Similar to but worse than Rouges Santas Private Reserve.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2006
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
bottle courtesy of Degarth.
poured a mahogany amber in color with virtually no head or lace. aroma and flavors were of a toasty caramel malt with some hopslingering in the background. some spice on the finish but kind of thin bodied.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 I tried again recently, the popcorn character was more pronounced in the nose. The finish had lots of burnt popcorn. Dark, burnt orange body with a light khaki head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel and pancakes. There is buttered popcorn, but it is subtle. There is also a little bit of cinnamon behind that. The taste has burnt bread crust with some pear core and cinnamon spice. The light body is sticky, but this is easy drinking. Decent.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (9552) - 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.


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