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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DovaliHops on 11-22-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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

Thorpe429, May 14, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

metter98, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  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.

BEERchitect, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kylehay2004, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%

WVbeergeek, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  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.

jlindros, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

drabmuh, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

oline73, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
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-

kojevergas, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

oriolesfan4, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with a massive three finger, frothy white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind. A bit over carbonated.

Earthy, floral aroma with a nice balance of resinous hops, earthy funk, pale malt and crisp, light fruit. Perfume like with more hops in the nose than expected. Earthy grass and straw notes followed by some apricot and apple.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and some crisp, champagne like effervescence. Again, this is surprisingly hop forward for the style with some dry, piny bitterness that compliments the funky yeast, lingering throughout into a dry finish. Earthy, dry and resinous with a prominent pine flavor. This is followed by the earthy, funky yeast that gives off some barnyard, grass and straw followed by some crisp fruit. Hints of apple, pear and apricot give this beer a touch of sweetness that balances out the hops and funk. Subtle alcohol presence in the finish but the ABV is well masked. Complex and flavorful but a bit too hoppy and over carbonated for my liking.

corby112, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

weeare138, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

dbrauneis, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

duceswild, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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To Øl Snowball Saison Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.