Snowball Saison Ale - To Øl

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Snowball Saison AleSnowball Saison Ale

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of BlazerT
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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!!

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of djura
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gold colour, clear, with light bead. Head is lovely, generous with good fluffy density, clumpy lace. Looks great.

Smells pleasant: fairly fresh. Light grain and distinct fruity hop - citrus, pineapple, pear. Could use more edge, all very light and airy and a little lacking in substance.

Taste has more edge. Very hoppy from the start, resiny and woody with at times a chemically dank bitterness. Some lemon pith, roasted coriander seed, wattle and soil notes. Decent flavours, but very one-sided, some more sweetness or just grain upfront wouldn't go amiss.

Quite nice mouthfeel, actually. Bit of pull from the yeast, but it fills out the mouth nicely. Could use a bit more substance from this body in flavour form.

Nice-tasting beer, but not amazing drinking.

Photo of coopsta12p
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color and about two fingers of head that slowly dissipates to about a half finger of head. Laces the glass but does not stick.

Smell is not overly pleasant but reminds me of a meadow on a hot day. Straw comes to mind. Also pick up some banana notes. Maybe banana bread!

It is bitter and a bit boozy up front but it really does grow on you. I enjoyed it more with every sip. The hops really overpower the malty undertones but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is good. Thin but does stick to the roof of the mouth a bit. The hops stay with you for awhile.

Overall it was a good purchase and would recommend trying. I wouldn't include this on my top 5 Saisons but it is quality.

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%

Lemony, musty aroma, with light notes of hay and earthy tones. Flavor is lemon pith, with a resiny and bitter finish. There's a touch of must in the aftertaste. Becomes reminiscent of pear baby food.

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass. Picked this up at Gordon's in Waltham, MA. Never seen it before so I went on a whim.

Appearance: This beer poured a three finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. it is a slightly hazy pale orange with good clarity and lots of bubbles coming up through the middle of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, bready malts, yeasty esters, vanilla, green apple, spiciness, and a little alcohol.

Taste: Some citrus, yeasty notes, vanilla, apple, pear, spiciness, a little alcohol, and mild tingly lingering bitterness. Bittermess lingers a bit longer than other saisons.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little dry, a little chewy, yeasty, mild bitterness, medium to high carbonation, and light to.medium bodied.

Overall: A good and enjoyable. Happy to know that it was a limited brew and it was reasonably priced also. Hope they have those two bottles left that I saw.

Photo of babaracas
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with dense eggshell colored head, settles to a lingering thick cap with streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: hop forward especially the amarillo...big orange zest, floral sweetness, spicy, whiff of mango beneath with straw and resin notes. Taste: crackery base with some husky twang, orange peel, woody and dried tropical fruit notes, quite spicy. This seems to be quite highly hopped and the otherwise fluffy feel is cut by oiliness on the way to a dry finish. As either a hopped up saison or a farmhouse ipa, it's quite good. Beneath the hop character though there doesn't seem to be a lot going on.

Snowball Saison Ale from To Øl
88 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.