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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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1,335 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 26
Gots: 45 | 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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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Nice rich mahogany color with a slightly off white head.

S: Smells wonderful with biscuits, chocolate, caramel. A strong flower like smell and some fruit. Can't tell what kind of fruit but the citrus is definitely there.

T: Citrus and hops to start with and it finishes with biscuits and coffee that I didn't catch in the smell. It is somewhat tart and and finishes with a slight amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body that is very smooth.

O: Not bad overall. For a winter warmer it might be rather tart but I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 03:59:14 | More by mpcrump
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is the closest you can get to black without being black. A very frothy oatmeal colored head stays around for a long time. Thick rings of lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, a very spruce, herbal hop aroma, no citrus.

The taste is mildly malty, then hops come on and dominate. Faint buttery crackers and a spicy black pepper note in the finish.

Overall, I hate this compared to 2 Below. I probably won't buy this again. Nice brew, but don't fix what's not broken.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:14:20 | More by JuicesFlowing
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 22:00:58 | More by Srabe
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 06:13:02 | More by jheezee
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 04:55:35 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the NB Mixed pack for winter 2011.
Pours a very pretty, clear, walnut/ruby with a thick, large and bubbly tan head that remains a long time with very good sticky lacing.
Smells like an APA - hoppy with malty base.
But does not smell like something of a winter warmer/winter seasonal.
Taste is quite good: nice malty base with a well balanced hoppiness. Ever so slight caramel. Also a very slight woody aftertaste.
Very drinkable. Well balanced, very tasty. I would drink this any time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 04:08:52 | More by tbern007
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz brown glass bottle, into my Geordie schooner. A deep ruby color is very attractive. No head or lace to speak of. MMM a very pleasant cidery aroma with notes of bread as well. Taste is similiar, bread and cider, grapefruit,citrus and fairly mild but very well balanced hop.A little thin, but overall very nice.

Just a thought,


Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 03:29:52 | More by barleyman
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 03:11:52 | More by SouthernBuckeye
Photo of Sweasty


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has given us a new winter seasonal. I wasn't always a big fan of 2 Below, but it hit the spot on occasion. Its nice to see them switch it up this year.

Snow Day pours a nice deep dark mahogany. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of bone white head. Head settles to a thick ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left in its wake.

Hops strike first in the nose. Grapefruit with a backing light herbal/mint quality stand out.some sweet malt hits beneath the hops. Some caramel notes stand out. Some light coffee & chocolate notes present as well.

The hops in the nose are more balanced on the palate, and offer a bit of a drying quality. Grapefruit notes the dominates the hops with a backing herbal mint note. The roastiness in the nose is much stronger on the palate. Coffee and chocolate stand out beneath the hops. The finish is short lived with a light lingering herbal hoppiness.

Snow day is a nice medium bodied brew. The carbonation is more than adequate.

I like dark hoppy brews this time of year. New Belgium's Snow Day is a nice addition to that landscape. Props to New Belgium for creating another tasty winter offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 01:43:27 | More by Sweasty
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-10-2011 00:44:50 | More by mweso2000
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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - A very dark mahogany colored brew with little visibility. It produced a 2-finger creamy looking off white head that held okay. I got some nice splotches on my glass at the end.

S - It smells allot like other New Belgium brews. I get a combination of fresh herbal and rind like hop characters with a strong presence of biscuit, caramel, chocolate and nuts from the malts. It's balanced wonderfully and the malts literally compete with the fresh herbal hop notes.

T - I get lots of citrus and rind like hop flavors upfront and throughout. Underneath the hop flavors that seem to mask the malt, is lots of coffee, nuts, toasted bread, and to a far lesser extent than the smell lead me to believe, biscuit. It finishes with low bitterness that hardly seems to help balance out the almost tart character of the hops, dryness, and kind of an emptiness going on.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth and almost creamy feel. Low crispness.

O - I expected more malt character in the flavor profile, but it just wasn't there. In fact the drown out citrusy, and tart hop flavors seemed to throw it out of balance, and mask the soft malts. The aroma was great to me, very inviting, and the mouthfeel was nice as well. The flavor could use some balancing to me though. Overall I think it's still worth a try but I wouldn't pick it up again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 00:42:51 | More by PintOHops

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-09-2011 23:31:37 | More by TEAMHOLT
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5/5  rDev +37%

12-09-2011 10:22:46 | More by Sargully
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3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beers pours with a healthy looking tan head; about one finger in size; rocky in appearance; not much carbonation in the dark brown colored body; clear body; little lacing formed

S - Roasted caramel malt; toffee; light pine and hop nose; chocolate; creamy; coffee

T - Nice roasted malt taste; dark chocolate; sweet caramel taste; hop flavor of pine and grass, which immediately turns bitter; crisp

M - Slightly tart; creamy feel; lingering dark roasted malt taste; dry taste and heavy bitter linger on the back of the tongue; bitter aftertaste

D - Overall not bad; it could use more hop flavor and a deeper malt body; it's a unique and fun drink for the holidays

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:42:00 | More by ferrari29
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot. Smokey taste but not too much. Not enough carbination, I know that's how it's supposed to be, but I still wish it had more.Tastes better when it's not so cold. Wish those Dallas Cowboys could do better. The Texas Rangers didn't do their part!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:55:58 | More by Dallasjohn
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2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with very dark red highlights when the light hits it. Pours a finger and a half of foam. Half a finger left with 6oz remaining.

S: Roasted grains with some bitters. Not very spicy.

T: Characteristic New Belgium taste. More of a bite here than say Fat Tire. Alcohol can be tasted.

MF: A blast. Excellent carbonation. A little on the light side for a Winter brew.

Overall: Not bad. Not Great. Probably a one six-pack a year affair.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 21:35:07 | More by eye2
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-08-2011 09:11:41 | More by Birdlegs
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-08-2011 02:01:16 | More by cheapswiller
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4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottled poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Dark, halfway to black, with a 1.5 finger head that hangs around for a while. Some lacing along the glass.

S: Fresh hops on top, with notes of chocolate underneath. Fairly nice.

T: Light hops up front, with a strong malt base. Mix of chocolate and caramel malt-both flavors come across clearly in the body. The finish has both a touch of bitterness from the hops, and a touch of sweetness from the malt. Very interesting brew.

M: Fairly thin, but very well carbonated.

O: An interesting mix between an IPA and a winter warmer. It's not quite a black IPA like some have said, but it's a much better beer than most winter seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 21:03:15 | More by Hophead717
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-07-2011 20:09:22 | More by CarterSeaton
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5/5  rDev +37%

12-07-2011 14:35:41 | More by Unchi
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-07-2011 06:52:14 | More by xmasboy
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3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle with BB date of 26 Feb 2012
A-Poured into a pint glass with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that hangs on stubbornly to the glass. Is clear with a deep brown color with some red tint.
S-Fresh hops (tropical, lemon, and pine like volatiles) are the dominant aromas. A sweet toasted malt backnote is also definitely there.
T-Hoppy character is upfront and lingers a bit into a bitter finish. Fair sweet malt backbone but is overshadowed by hops.
M-A bit oily and resiny from hops but doesn't linger too much. Moderate carbonation and a somewhat thinner body than I would have expected.
D-This one would be tough for me to drink more than a couple.
O-An interesting beer-I'd consider it to be more of a black IPA than a winter warmer. To me the hops dominant and gives an unbalanced taste. I like the nice fresh hop aroma and taste but I tend to prefer a beer more on the malty/sweet side vs. hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:52:35 | More by deebo
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours dark brown and looks almost black in the glass - small off white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smell is fresh hops some roasted and some sort of spice

taste like is very black ipa - roasted coco malts matched with floral and light piney hops

mouthfeel - light body with too much carbonation

overall a great new hoppy winter beer

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:37:21 | More by jsh420
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-07-2011 03:22:47 | More by fergster75
Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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