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Snow Day Winter Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,337 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 26
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pleasantly hoppy, Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of a new brewing malt known as Midnight Wheat. The Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops bring the backbone of hoppy bitterness to complement the roasty undertones. This beer is the deep garnet of a roasted walnut and presents a creamy tan head, floating artfully atop. Snow Day is bold and hoppy, drinkable and strong.

(Beer added by: NStLincoln on 10-14-2011)
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dexterk1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-24-2011 22:41:51 | More by dexterk1
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beer2day

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown pour with lots of red pouring through when held up to the light. 2-finger tan head, no retention, and no lace.

Nose is vanilla, caramel, light roast malt, and a bit of citrus underneath. Understated, but nicely done.

Caramel malt and citrus hops combine for a nice flavor. Hops come out in the finish with a flourish. Light coffee backs the finish up. Good carbonation makes the beer nice and fizzy.

Body is about right for the style. Not too thick, but stands up to the caramel malt and coffee.

Overall, a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:23:15 | More by beer2day
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Slikpitt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2011 18:48:05 | More by Slikpitt
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riotinmyskull

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-24-2011 15:51:50 | More by riotinmyskull
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ChuckStingray

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2011 06:53:46 | More by ChuckStingray
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harrylee773

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

12-24-2011 02:58:21 | More by harrylee773
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marshrat63

California

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head was less than impressive, only 1/4 inch in pint glass. (I did pour a second and forced a larger head that quickly faded.) Despite the weak head, very impressive lacing.

Deep dark chocolate appearance with minimal malty aroma with a hint of spice that didn't make it to the palate. Very flat.

Overall not something I will buy again, though I am a fan of New Belgium Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 07:23:29 | More by marshrat63
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VegasHockey

Nevada

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-23-2011 06:30:24 | More by VegasHockey
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Simo5301

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2011 05:59:46 | More by Simo5301
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2011 03:19:22 | More by TXhomebrewer
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mcdsports

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-23-2011 03:10:44 | More by mcdsports
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AndrewK

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2011 00:55:06 | More by AndrewK
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A solid two fingers of brown head on top of dark brown ale.

Lots of citrus smell: lemon and orange zest. There is a malt tone back there, but it's hidden well.

Tastes like a bright IPA with grapefruit, lemon and lime coming through. That is followed by a more mellow toasted malt flavor. A really nice combo.

Crisp at first, a little chewy middle to end, low carbonation and medium body.

Good smelling and great tasting. Interesting (in the best way) combination of bright hops and then sudden malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:08:18 | More by Fatehunter
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ponbon63

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-22-2011 21:41:05 | More by ponbon63
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isualum12

Idaho

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-22-2011 20:44:11 | More by isualum12
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snaotheus

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours dark amber with little head or carbonation. Smell is winter spices and tea.

Taste follows along with the smell -- winter spices and tea. Some clove, maybe a little hint of hops. A little caramelly.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 03:36:34 | More by snaotheus
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DAllspaw

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into new Belgium globe.

Very similar to their black ale in appearance. Smell is a bit of cinnamon, some toffee and a bit if steeped tea, certainly unexpected

Taste is piney hops followed buy some dark malt and coffee flavors. A bit of dark chocolate as well. However, still get an overwhelming taste of tea with high tannins.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:57:31 | More by DAllspaw
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PossumMunsen31

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very bizarre first smell. Can't really even describe it. Under a half=inch head. Hard to distinguish which hop actually smells/tastes okay. Very strange mixture. It does taste better than it originally smells I will give it that. Otherwise, happy I purchased this with a mixer pack and will not get any more.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:56:20 | More by PossumMunsen31
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mattafett

Iowa

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-21-2011 04:22:19 | More by mattafett
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Bung

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Not quite black, nice frothy layer. Retained and laced ok.

Aroma, hops piney resin, less citrus. Only a little roast or malt really.

Taste, mostly ipa. Resiny pine and citrus. Smaller dose of roast, cocoa and Christmas/wheat spiciness. Actually these lesser flavors open up a bit as it warms.

Heavy side of light, this drinks easy. Nothing offensive or amazing, like many a New Belgium brew. So not terribly interesting and a bit thin, but worth trying. Glad I tried on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 01:41:11 | More by Bung
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AJN136

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12-20-2011 21:25:43 | More by AJN136
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown brew with a light tan with terrific lacing.

S - Lots of scents here. Earthy hop, burnt cinnamon, coffee

T - Caramel malt with a kick of sweet spices - warm finish. Recognizable bitter finish as you might come to expect from the New Belgium family.

M - Heavy carbonation - full flavor.

Have been testing the New Belgium line-up now that it is available in VA. The dense flavors makes this one to sip and enjoy over the holidays. A black ale for snow day? Ironic - yes, but boy this is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:41:47 | More by KomodoDragon
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peacebone116

California

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown/black with little head, but excellent lacing that clings to the sides of the glass and forms trails throughout enjoyment.

N: Subtle chocolate and a hint of hoppy pine.

T/M: Although this beer has a somewhat watery body, the flavors are well rounded and complete. Roasty notes of chocolate meld quite well with a citrus pine to make a complete and simple beer.

Overall, this is a nice beer. It does not stack up all that well compared to others in its style, however; there are several other beers in this category that I find to be much more complex and rich. Although I like this beer, I think it could be much more rich and a little bit less watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 00:46:45 | More by peacebone116
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Waynersnitzel

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12-19-2011 23:24:35 | More by Waynersnitzel
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very deep dark brown with a fluffy light tan two finger head that collapses quite rapidly yet leaves some nice craggy chunks of lacing behind in the glass. Smells of musty damp earthen basement floor at first, but as it warms up the aroma also gets a mild roasted tone that builds up from underneath in tandem with some nicely restrained pine hopping odor. Taste is a steady wave of pine bittering hops tag teamed with a malt bill that comes across as a blend of porter and caramel malts, but leaning a bit further into caramel territory than I personally prefer in my black ales. I am not able to detect any coffee or baking chocolate in this malt bill at all...just straightforward roasted grain being itself. I would have liked to have tasted some more complexity....

Texture is nicely smooth and creamy but also feels slightly under-carbonated. Not a bad black ale, but I still prefer Black Top over this one any day. Why? Because this brew doesn't really come across as memorable or distinctive... It's just not complex enough to impress, nor is it simple enough to sell the minimalism approach... so I end up with mediocrity.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 21:37:10 | More by WastingFreetime
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.