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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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87
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice wintery saison, more hoppy than most. the bottle is beautiful with white foil, and the pour is just as nice. pale cloudy brass color with a very dense white head, almost impenetrable looking. the head lasts forever, really impressive. the nose is good, but may be the least exciting part of this beer. its got some very interesting yeast going on, and a sweet rather than bitter hop profile. the flavor is fantastic, really yeast driven. lemon pepper comes to mind, but theres a floral honey vibe to it, as well as a punchy hop kick on the back end. its very round and well balanced, but perhaps a little less funky than ive grown to like my saisons to be. still, i think the heavy hop additions make it a more appropriate saison for holiday time. its just bigger that way and able to stand up to some of the bold holiday meals better. fuller body too also helps this cause. overall an excellent saison, probably best enjoyed while the weather is cold.

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 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 fdig23
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 jdickson34
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 weonfire
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Nice looking but fairly standard saison. Mildly cloudy. Orange. Big white head. Good lacing.

Grassy, mineral hops pop up first. They're followed up by relatively clean saison yeast notes - mild barnyard with a fruity edge (apricots, peaches, plums). There's some sort of vinous flavor running through the beer, but I'm not sure where it comes from. It's all underscored by a backbone of fresh, sweet grain. Good stuff.

Very mildly sweet throughout with a dry, hop-bitter finish. The only fault that I can find is a mild medicinal note that doesn't quite work for me, but it's a very minor consideration. It's a tasty saison with a good deal of hop flavor - I want to say it's a European variety, but I'm bad at such identifications. At any rate, it drinks easily, and there's no real booziness to it.

Good but fairly standard mouthfeel. Lots of fine prickly bubbles. The beer's sweetness is well cut by the finish.

It's a very good saison. Sort of like a European version of Stillwater Stateside. Not much to complain about. To Ol and De Proef know how to make beer. Good stuff.

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.

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 drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks. Beer is a non stop carbonation monster, big white head, high retention, stiff peaks, lots of carbonation, annoyingly so.

Mild fruitiness in the nose, bready.

Beer is mildly earthy, bitter, sweet, with a mild tartness and bitterness at the back. Eh...not my favorite and not a repeat. Sorry.

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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 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 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 Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Alex. Bottle into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden color, white head, spotty lace.

S - Hops and funk on the nose, pretty straight-forward here, followed by some sweeter malty notes, and bananas as well.

T - Pretty hop-forward, very subtle/if any funk, light citrus. The nose is quite different then what I'm tasting...weird. Anyway, not exactly what I think of when I want a Saison.

M - Light, good carbonation, semi-dry/oily finish.

O - Not my cup-o-tea, as this isn't really a Saison to me. There's tons of others I'd rather have, that cost less. Probably wouldn't have again, unless it was free. Not necessarily bad, but there's too many other options out there. Meh.

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Firstly, this is a To Øl beer that is contract brewed at De Proef. Hopefully it will be moved to the appropriate location soon. Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - A big white foam settles to a thick cap and some splotchy lace. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - Woah - that's one hoppy Saison. Big Simcoe and Amarillo aroma, with tropical fruits and a hint of cat pee. Some farmhouse yeast, grains, and sugary malts - perhaps a touch too sweet for the style. There's a hint of funk in there as well.

T - If I tried this blind I'd probably guess Belgian IPA, or even a bizzaro DIPA. Lots of tropical, citrus, and herbal hop flavors, sugary malt backbone, and very low amount of Belgian yeast character. I don't get any of the advertised wild yeast either.

M - Medium body, nice pleasant carbonation, and a lightly sticky finish with plenty of residual hop oils and resins. Never would have guessed this was 8%!

D - A very strange beer, and one that will probably disappoint if an authentic Saison is expected. I expected far more from the primary farmhouse yeast and the brett, and I think the candi sugar addition makes this a ittle bit sweet - perhaps it will funk up down the road? A beer I'd drink again, but not at the outrageous price of $17.99/750ml. Maybe I'll get another crack at this on draft sometime.

To Øl Snowball Saison Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
87 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.