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Snowball Saison Ale - White Wine Barrel Aged - To Øl

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Snowball Saison Ale - White Wine Barrel Aged
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chico1985 on 12-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by larryi86:
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear amber color with a four finger white head.

S- Hoppy, getting citrus and tropical fruits, mild funk, nice sweet malts, some wine and oak. Smell more like an IPA than a Saison.

T- Tropical fruits, tart citrus, some wine that adds a nice brightness to the flavor, oak, piney/earthy finish with a little bit of funk, and a nice caramel malt backbone.

M- Medium body, nice carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, but this taste much more like an IPA than a Saison, so in trying to rate to the style I couldn't give it 4s across the board. I will pick this up again because it is a good beer, I will just ignore the fact that they are calling this a Saison.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Fsvensson75
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like the regular Snowball Saison and this was a nice take on it. Aged approx. 18 mos. in the cellar.
Poured a deep golden color with beautiful head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of funk, white wine and mild oak, with the rest of the usual saison aromas.
Taste was funky with moderate wine characteristics and mild oak presence.
Very nice light mouthfeel, easy drinking for 8%, gonna be hard to save the last bottle but I'm curious what another year of aging will do for this beer.

Photo of Caudalie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of JSchock7
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chico1985
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle split, tried next to the regular version.

Dark orange with a bubbly off-white head. Patchy cap remains along with some lace.

Scent is pretty intense all around. Big on sweet malt, hops, and wine - toffee, pine, citrus, bread, tart white grape, oak, alcohol.

Taste brings citrus, kiwi, earthy and grassy hops, sweet toffee malts and bready malts, lots of white wine presence in the finish with tartness, oak, alcohol, and vanilla cake tops with lots o' frosting. Light wild/bretty qualities to it.

Mouthfeel is a bit too foamy and thin, but not bad otherwise. Fair amount of alcohol presence.

An interesting and decent treatment to the original but it comes off a little confectionary and harsh.

Photo of Mattias
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of smekermann
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of kevanb
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a To Øl teku glass.

The beer pours a lightly hazy apricot color, hues of copper and orange with a few loose bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A big, fluffy, soapy white head rises about 2 or 3 fingers high and has great retention and leaves behind a massive amount of soapy lace. The aroma is still quite hoppy, much like the base, notes of mango, pineapple, very fruity yeast, white riesling grape, a light acidity a bit of musty oak, funk is more muted and in the background while the malt struggles to get through. The barrel doesn't really do much to tone down the base beer, but in an odd way, does make it a bit more intriguing. The flavors are in line, lots of tropical fruits, ripe mango and juicy pineapple, tangy citrus that draws out the grape and wine character and a bit of wildflower makes itself know, strong bitterness after the fact with musty oak and a touch of funk, but some rich grain eases the finish a bit. The mouthfeel is nice, robust and assertive, while juicy and soft, carbonation zips across the tongue. The finish is a touch dry, but generally very smooth.

Verdict: A very nice experiment from To Øl. The base beer struck me as more of an American IPA than a saison and this rings true to that, but the wine barrel adds some interest and intrigue, perhaps a white wine barrel aged IPA? The flavors meld well and assert themselves nicely, it's a bit too bitter for me as a saison, but when thought of as an IPA, it's quite enjoyable.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Poupae
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reading the ingredient list would make any man shiver with eagerness. Simcoe, Amarillo, Hallertau, Tettnanger, Brett yeasts and candi sugar.
Dark orange pour, more than three finger fluffy head. Lots of bubbles rising, lasting head, lots of traces on the glass as it settles to a whole finger foamy cap.
Strong aroma hops smell, nice barnyard funk (not too aggressive), sweet and bitter citrus, lots of grape (unripe grape peel), some nice tropical notes too, faint barrel.
Great taste! Starts with sweet citrus (tangerine, lime, pomelo) mixed in with great tropical fruit (big pineapple, faint mango), followed by (not overly) dry white wine, a bit of tartness and a small hint of floral tea, like jasmine or elderflower. Brett funk enhances the "greeness" of the brew, but doesn't dominate. There's also a sweet malty vanilla (sure, from the barrel, but also a bit lactic?) balancing it. Barrel brings a bit of woodiness too, especially towards the finish, that's otherwise dominated by tasty hops.
Medium in body, fluffy, not a lot of carbonation.
This was actually a really really good saison. A bit hop-oriented and barrel aging wasn't strongly apparent, but extremely tasty.

Photo of PatGreer
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Snowball Saison Ale - White Wine Barrel Aged from To Øl
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