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Snowball Saison Ale - To Øl

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Snowball Saison AleSnowball Saison Ale

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very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oats , Light Candy, Hops (Amarillo, Tettnanger, Simcoe, Hallertauer), Yeast and brettanomyces.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-05-2013)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of citrus, apple, white grape, saison yeast, coriander, inviting. Flavor follows aroma, dry, but fruit forward with a complex mixture of light apple family, citrus, especially grapefruit, grassy hops, black pepper, grassy hops, just a hint of brett and mild saison yeast. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. I'm beginning to enjoy buying saison style ales because they are a real gamble for me. I do not enjoy the more sour and brett forward examples and each new bottle I get is interesting because it may be a near drain pour, or an interesting flavor experience. Snowball fell solidly into the latter category. Complex and semi-dry, with a hint of tartness mostly from citrus fruit and a nice touch of brett style yeast. I hard a really hard time describing the initial flavor, but black pepper and mixed fruit seems like the closest analog and I found it delicious. I will revisit this saison if I'm lucky enough to see it again. Nicely done.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has some hues of amber with no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering both the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of acidic bacteria are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out a little acidic and has latter notes of spices and yeast towards the finish. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a bit heavier compared to other saisons and seems to be more conducive to drinking during the winter months.

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Got it on tap in Budapest,HU.

A - Orange color,clear,one millimeter white foam,no bubbles.
S - Highly fruity smell,very close to IPA aroma of haze and honey. So nice and aromatic.
T/M - Huge bitterness,very refreshing,but maybe to sweet at the end. Fruits in the taste. Drinkable.

O - It is very similar as average good IPA beer. Very good and refreshing.

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750ml bottle split. Tried next to the White Wine version.

Dark orange pour with some haze and slow-rising bubbles. White head, excellent retention, good lace.

Good but tame-ish scent of tart fruits, fruity and earthy hops, and some farm.

Taste is very hoppy, lots of grassy earthy tropical citrus, peppery spice, and some wild farm-y and brett elements. Biscuit/bready malts and just a bit of caramel. This could almost pass for a Hill Farmstead-esque IPA.

Great mouthfeel. Foamy, smooth and swishy all the way. Not much ABV presence at all and pretty easy drinking.

This was great, though mostly lacking in the 'saison' realm. Though the White Wine version was quite a different/unique beast, definitely enjoyed this one more.

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Snowball Saison Ale from To Øl
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.