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Snowball Saison Ale - To Øl

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Snowball Saison AleSnowball Saison Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-05-2013

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oats , Light Candy, Hops (Amarillo, Tettnanger, Simcoe, Hallertauer), Yeast and brettanomyces.
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Clear amber with white, semi-densed, medium head. Medium lasting. Medium lacing. Aroma is spicy, yeasty with quite noticable malty aroma, but not so strong. Very fresh. You can also feel the citrus notes. Taste is heavy bitter with high acidity. No booze noticable at all. Very fresh and citrus, at the beginning some earthy flavours. Medium bodied, dry, medium carbonation, little alcohol warmth. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed gold with a fluffy white head. Smells fairly clean with mostly citrus hops. Clean yeast and crackery malt. Taste: straightforward pils, pale malts, very mild spice from the clean yeast up front. Citrus and tropical fruit from the hops. Light to medium weight with buzzy carbonation. Excellent hop forwarded saison.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Shaker glass. Bright brass color, chill haze appearance. Foam is white, crown is close & thick. Resins, herbs –mint- flowers & lactic notes to the nose. Malty upfront is sweep out by sharp hoppiness. Medium to full body. Moderate but sparkling carbonation. Oily texture & subtle spicy palate. Bitter fruit in the middle & piney sensation rounded by spiced notes, citric zest, grapefruit & slight tartar touch. Long sharp bitter finish. Dried & herbal aftertaste. Worth to try!!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 .375 bottle poured into a snifter. 1.5 finger white head with great retention, which leaves beautiful lacing. The nose is a bit musty, with malts being dominant. Very crisp, clean flavor, with the main flavors being a harmonious malty/yeasty flavor and a more traditional Belgian-saison white peppercorn spice. This is fairly dry overall, perhaps from the white wine barrel aging. Although there's very little wine character, some oak does pull through. A touch of tropical fruit up front and some citrus on the finish. I really love this shelf saison and hope it continues to be available each winter so I can keep the cellar stocked.

Edit: Badger victory, so I cracked a bottle of St. Nicholas Abbey 15-year rum and tipped it back. No more reviews tonight! BRING ON DUKE!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Jazzed to try another offering from this gypsy. It pours a clear amber topped by over two fingers of dirty white foam. The nose comprises molasses, leek, powdered sugar, pine needles, orange peel, and chocolate. It certainly sounds like a strange combination of aromas, but it all somehow comes together nicely. The taste holds notes of clove, light black pepper, light cinnamon, wheat, orange rind, banana, and light peach skin. It seems to be hoppy on the nose, but the hops meld nicely with the yeast and the spices when everything hits the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a very nice saison, one that deftly balances spice, spicy yeast, and hops. Good times.

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Snowball Saison Ale from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.