To Øl Snowball Saison Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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To Øl Snowball Saison AleTo Øl Snowball Saison Ale

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DovaliHops on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by grittybrews:
Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich gold with two fingers of bright white head. Gentle yeasty aroma with some light lemon and fruity sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Bready malt and light spice up followed by some banana, melon, and herbal grassiness on the tail end.

Pleasant saison, although the funky elements are pretty subtle. Drinks dry and crisp.

More User Reviews:
Photo of augustgarage
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass. Served lightly chilled.

Nearly clear goldenrod body with dark amber highlights and an active upthrust of magnolia meringue which slowly recedes to a thick mousse-y finger leaving dense tendrils of lace in its path.

Pears, apples, and faint citrus in the nose along with a secondary wave of cloves, lavender, and an herbal/floral flourish underscored by clean slightly biscuit-y malt.

Mineral-laden hoppy palate entry, peppery with a lingering moderate bitterness. Citrus and spicy/earthy flavors vie for your attention wit the latter qualities winning out by lasting longer into the medium-dry finish. Slightly tart and phenolic with a gentle yet distinctive yeast character. A very clean rendition of the style with few traces of the farmhouse.

Soft, effervescent, medium-light body with ample carbonation.

Quite hop-forward, suggesting an American influence despite this being a Belgian product, though the yeast retains a leading role.

Photo of RickS95
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange copper color. Fairly clear despite the fact that it's opaque. The head is bright white and a finger and a half thick. Attractive head with different sized bubbles, good retention and nice lacing when it does finally dissipate.

Slight funkiness in the smell which is appreciated, but it's not strong enough. There is a peppery spice scent that overwhelms anything else that's present. Some IPA qualities with faint pine and citrus notes.

Tastes more like an IPA. A lot of pine tastes, along with the aforementioned pepper. No funky Belgian yeast presence, nor any Belgian sugar. No fruity taste whatsoever.

No sweetness, no funky tart feel, it's all hoppy bitterness and peppery spice. I'd never guess this was a saison, instead guessing it was some sort of pale ale.

Overall, this is a swing and a miss. In addition to not being a very good saison, it's not a very good beer in general. Even after it warms a bit, the smell and taste don't work. Very disappointing, particularly for $13.99.

Photo of brycemc
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A: Large foamy head, diminishing to something more normal after a few sips. Nice chunky lacing. Pale copper color verging on golden with medium activity bubbling. Slightly cloudy.

S: Nose is orange and clove(?), white pepper maybe. Hay and grass notes (summer!!!). Very slight barnyard going on here. Fruity hops.

T: Bitter and nicely bright on front on tongue. Notes of mild pine and hay on the tongue and mid. No real funk in the mouth despite the brett. Finish is dominated by the hops, dry with no real alcohol on it (impressive for a 8.0% ABV brew), but still warming me nicely after a few sips. Long but dry.

M: Brightness and mild acidity keeps things light though the mid-pallet. Dry and somewhat thin, but not at all in a bad way. Medium-light body belies the ABV.

A good brew. A slightly different take on a Saison, but nothing too out of the ordinary - the increase in hop notes is nice. Would balance a heavy fatty holiday meal nicely, while making you pine for the golden days of summer. Would drink again. Nice to find a Saison in the winter.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Digging the label brewery name (It's not TOOL, but I can pretend :]). 750 capped bottle to my newly received CBS snifter.

Pours a nice medium orange color, with a light white head of a couple fingers. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly floral hoppy, with citrus tones, citrus peels, white pepper, some slight hay/barnyard funk and a bit of fruity, yeasty esters.

Taste has a nice bitter front, with some lemon peel and orange zest, big spicy peppery notes, slight fruity yeast notes,a slight funkiness and a bitter end.

Feels crisp, carbonation is very noticeable. There's a slickness about it and it's got some body to it.

Photo of Immortale25
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before becoming an 1/8 inch head and soft, fluffy frost-like (imagine that) lacing adhering to the glass.

S- Yeasty, effervescent aroma with notes of pineapple, orange and even lime. There's also some malt sweetness backing it.

T- Pretty straightforward flavor that has some tangy citrus to it. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Slightly tart and a bit rich from the yeast.

M- Somewhat spritzy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Has all the makings of a good saison but doesn't really follow through with the "wow" factor. Still, very easy drinking for the ABV and there's nothing necessarily wrong with it.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high fluffy white had that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some citrusy flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and would be quite refreshing as an accompaniment to food given its dryness.

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of cloudy off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves mild lacing.

Smell: Light and herbal with just a touch of malt sweetness. Very nice.

Taste: Just like the smell, the main components are light and herbal. There is just a hint of citrus tartness and some bitterness in the finish. Very nice and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is so easy to drink. This is just what I want from a Saison. Big fan and I would have another.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Railroad Street Bar & Grill...
Appears a transparent light gold with small white cap that quickly fades into a mild cap.
Smell is of pils malt, chamomile, black pepper, sunflowers, daisies, and honey.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet blast of flavorful fresh earthy sweetness. A hint of lemony tartness is found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, slick, and semi dry in the finish.

Photo of beerpirates
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at christmas beer festival Essen

Pours hazy dark yellow with whie head.
Aroma of malt, caramel, brett, peach, citrusly hops.
Flavor is malt, yeast ( light bretty ) sweet fruity, notes of chocolate, citrusly hops.
Thin to medium body, soft carbonation, rather dry finish.
Nice !

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a mostly-clear deep golden color with a nice, fluffy white head. Really great retention. Nose has some subtle fruit along with a bit of bread. Flavor has some bitterness and light earth in the background. Medium body and slightly chewy. Not getting much of the sourness or hops as described. Enjoyable, but not something I would seek out again

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my friend Ricky for sharing this one.

Nice creamy thick 1 finger head fades slower with lots of lacing, hazy honey orange color.

Nose is huge, lots of wheat and sweet malts, candy malts, light butter nut like, light estery booze with hints if apple and candied white raisin, hints of saison spices and grainy malt, light white caramel.

Taste semi sweet, candy and plenty, caramel white like, little candy shell, light butter candy, chewy nougat like and little saison grainy, light wheat and toasted wheat, grainy light dough, light saison spices and hint of citrus. Also fair spicy hops, with decent bitterness, some warning estery booze with more candied apple and white raisin again. Finish is drier with light warming booze and esters, light sweet candy flavours like candy shell, hint bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, little thicker with nice carb, light warming booze.

Overall pretty nice, more wheat wine but some saison, bit heavy overall but fairly tasty.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

A very nice saison. This beer was served in a tulip glass, a cloud amber color, with a thin wispy white head. Aroma was sweet with malts, slightly fruity, Belgian yeast. Biscuity taste, yeasty, mild grassy funk, ripe melons, meadow flowers and grasses, herbal hops, light citrus zest, light peppery spice. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel, medium-bodied, very pleasant and drinkable.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is gold in color with a tall white head. Grass and straw give a nice earthy quality to the beer. Lots of different citrus notes including lemon, orange, and some grapefruit peel. A lot of yeast and a slight mustiness. The flavor is quite dry, which is nice. Heavy on the lemon zest notes with a hint of orange. A nice straw character and a decent malt/bread note which does provide some sweetness.

Photo of PerHops
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lively pour, with a bright golden orange color and a ton of carbonation producing a mountainous head that wisps and sticks all over the sides of the glass. The nose is fantastic right after pouring the glass. Floral, grapefruit and just a trace of barnyard funk. This is an incredibly easy beer to drink. The flavors blend harmoniously. There is a solid malt presence that really softens the citrus, funk and bitterness and creates a great overall beer. Plenty of carbonation, but not enough to dominate the palate, in fact it really softens up as you drink it and is one of the best qualities of this beer. Didn't know what to expect with this one, but am very happy I chose it. I will look for this again.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. Really like the nose in this one, as I pick up considerable white pepper, light ginger, sort of pine, balsa wood aroma, light honey and clove. There's almost an apple cider aroma to this beer that I kind of like. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this beer, and although there's some sweetness initially in this beer, it leans to the dry side on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the beer is a bit thin on the palate, but I think it works well with this beer. Otherwise, I enjoyed the smooth, long and lightly bitter finish.

Nice beer....

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good amount of citrus, along with yeast and malt in the aroma.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemon, grapefruit), malt, yeast, and a surprising amount of hops. A somewhat different flavor for a saison (not a whole lot of funk), but pretty solid.

M: A well-carbonated with a clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a different take on the saison, but well worth a shot. Drinkable.

Photo of kojevergas
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

8% ABV confirmed. Bottle served into a Samuel Smith's nonic glass at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness. Body colour is a lively orange-gold. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bretts, a bit of spice, floral hops, yeast, pale malts, and lactose. A mild strength aroma.

T/Mf: Floral hopping, very light biscuity spicy yeast, pale malts, biscuit malt, and a dry finish. Peppery. A pleasant saison, but not horribly complex. Has body. A bit too bitter for the style.

Coarse and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. Good carbonation.

Dr: A drinkable saison, but not a great one. I do like it. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't have it again.

C-

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refuting the trend of sweeter, heavier, and maltier beers for winter, To Ol finds inspiration for winter ales not in the dreary clouds but at the holiday dinner table. Answers lie in highly hopped saison with tart lambic-like earthiness.

A billowing pour nearly pushes the foam out of the snifter. It's firm straw-gold appearance is pierced by sparkling carbonation in a very champagne-like demeanor. A hazy glow ensures bottle conditioning and high hopping rates.

Fruit, hops, and earthy note leaf from the glass with emphasis on lemon, apple, limes, grapefruit, and orange. Slight dusty notes of aged wood, pepper, chives, fresh grass and an almost-"catty" note provide a sharply pungent character with an inherent rustic charm.

Flavors are crisply tart and bitter even from the onset. Only a short undercarriage of grain sweetness, wheat, and hay offer any slight balance to the yeasty spice and hops. White grapefruit, pineapple, dried oranges, and herbal grass and hay flavors extend from the hops and embrace other funky ester tastes in white grapes, dried limes, lemons, and crab apples, which all approach sour taste. Peppery counterpart to the fruit starts robust, almost peat-like, and with sharp cumin-like earth taste and then turns to the spirited bite of lemon pepper to finish.

Shortly after the wheaty grain sweetness touches the front of the tongue, the eruption of carbonation carries the beer to a quick finish with the aftertate of fruit, spice, and hops. Finishing bitter, spicy, and heated, the beer's medium-light body makes it ideal for cleansing the palate to ensure every bite of dinner tastes as fresh as the first.

The beer carries a lot of versitility with food pairings but has enough gumption to stand alone in a session. I'm not sure it's particularly suited for winter feasts but more of a solid option year round.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilly 750ml bottle is poured into an Oxbow tulip glass.

The beer has a golden copper color and is very clear. The head is initially large (it fills about half the glass), but has settled to about 3/4 of an inch in height. It has a light tan color and is made up of small bubbles. Lot so of spiderwork lacing has been left clinging to the glass as the head settles.

Snowball has a really great aroma. It is funky without coming across as sour. There is a touch f sweetness. It reminds me of powdered sugar instead of the Belgian candi sugar often used in saisons. The dry hopping imparts a grassy aroma. It reminds me of late winter, as spring is struggling to bring some green back into a grey world.

The beer tastes very good. The bitterness is fairly pronounced. It adds a spiciness that I am really enjoying. It replaces the pepper flavors that you sometimes find in saisons. The brett is noticeable, but the beer doesn't taste too funky. It's mild enough to impart a farmhouse feel to the flavor.

The beer has a fuller body than some other saisons I've had. A high number of carbonation bubbles in each mouthful give it a foamy feel. My lips are a little sticky, but it's not distracting. The coat inside my mouth is light, but it allows some of the grassy hops to linger.

I like this beer a lot. I am intruiged by how far brewers can take the saison style. Ther eis also somethign fun about drinking a Christmas beer brewed by Danes at one of Belgium's more famous breweries. If you get a chance, I'd recommend you try this beer.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Smells pleasant, fairly fresh. Light grain and distinct fruity notes - citrus, pineapple, pear. Could use more edge, particularly on the funky side. Seems a bit light and airy.

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 a bit one-sided, some more sweetness is needed here or just more malt upfront.

Quite a nice texture actually. Bit of pull from the yeast, but it fills out the mouth nicely. Shame there's not such a malt presence in the flavour.

Tastes nice, but it's not an amazing drinker. Just pleasant.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tall 750ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Shared with Sam. Freshness date sometime in early 2014.

Pours a vaguely hazed golden colour, with a fine egg-like foam of off-white. Lacing is frothy and quite sticky. Carbonation forms in a few disparate streams up the edges of the glass. Body looks fluid but with some depth to it. Not bad at all.

Nose is round but flat, with a faint oxidised grain character to it. There's a suggestion of refreshing sharpness, perhaps some slight citrus or some sharp stonefruit. It also has a tad more maltiness than I was expecting. It's not bad, but it's not particularly special either.

Taste is similar, but for a refreshing sharpness on the back that blends acidity, carbonation and booze. Light, fruity entry, definitely stonefruit this time, perhaps some apricot or peach. Very clean palate for the rest of it, smooth, slightly fruity and clear, singing almost. Slight bitter, faintly phenolic bite on the back: it's that combination of booze and faint acidity, perhaps tainted with a little hop character, muted as it is. It's actually pretty good all up.

Feel is lovely. Clean, glassy almost, with enough weight to support the flavours.

Yeah, this is a nice beer. Restrained and balanced, but with some interesting flavour developments. The cleanness is really very nice, it makes it extremely drinkable despite it's 8% ABV. Very nice stuff.

Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-straw colored body. Large white head. Decent retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Quite a blast of hops up front. Pine, lemon, grapefruit. Nice, gentle farmhouse character.

T: Like the nose this is quite hoppy as there is a fair bit of pine throughout. Grapefruit and lemon citrus notes shine through. Mild spiciness from the yeast. Soft farmhouse notes - earth and funk.

M: Well carbonatied, medium bodied, nice crispness in the finish. Refreshing with each sip.

O: An interesting and quite nice saison. One of the best new saisons that I've had in a while.

Photo of willbrown
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden with 3 finger head with superb retention. served in an omer traditional blond glass, tons of lace.

S - Hops are the first thing i smell. Citrus, Floral, American style hops come to mind. this may be one of the hoppiest saisons I have ever smelled. there is also a nice earthy and fruit aroma to balance it out. one of the best smelling saisons i have ever tried. Incredible aroma .

T - Lemon, Citrus, hoppy, hint of pine needle, a touch of phenolics adding to balance, earthy and estery but not as much as most saisons(or perhaps the hop presence is masking it right now).

M - great mouthfeel. dry and goes down easy, just what i look for in a saison. my only complaint is that it is perhaps a big over carb'd but that is being picky.

overall - a unique saison that seems to have an american twist although it is an import. highly drinkable and very tasty. the aroma won me over on this one along with the great taste. only thing that would make this beer better is slightly less carbonation and maybe a tad more funk and yeast character. i will be buying more of this beer.

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To Øl Snowball Saison Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.