Since the Christmas season is officially underway, I thought I’d start the month of December with a winter beer review. Smuttynose Winter Ale is one of their seasonal beers which is available from late October to February. Per the Smuttynose website, their 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”. And now for the review…
- Appearance: Dark amber. Slightly cloudy. Half inch head that dissipated slowly and leaves moderate lacing.
- Aroma: Subtle hints of nutmeg, allspice, and molasses. Mild hop scent.
- Taste: Sweet malt flavor upfront, but not overpowering. Mild hop bitterness. Well balanced, lingering finish.
With an ABV of 5.1%, the Smuttynose Winter Ale is a very session worthy beer. It doesn’t have the huge flavor profile of some other winter beers, but that’s what makes it so good. It’s a smooth, easy drinking beer that you can either have by itself or alongside your favorite meal. I give the Smuttynose Winter Ale a B+.