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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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Reviews: 41
Hads: 101
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 6.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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 +1.5%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of RickS95
2.71/5  rDev -31.2%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 ! (289 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,852 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,542 characters)

Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (324 characters)

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. (406 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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 (412 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,358 characters)

Photo of PerHops
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of impending
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mid tone pure copper, towering off white retains like a dairy product, excellent lacing.

Aroma is dominated by strong pine and citrus hops, the strength masks the saison below but delicious none the less. After acclimating to the hops the earth and spices below come into shape. With warmth socks appear.

A hoppy saison, very. Again pine and citrus dominates. And again the earth and spices are sensed but masked. A nice dry crisp bite as the aftertaste begins. Ends with the yeast and hops blending, fading slowly. Moderately bitter. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.

I imagine this will vary dramatically in flavor with age. The hops will fade and a complexity will be revealed that far exceeds what is delivered fresh. No apparent date on the bottle.

pliny meet saison
a saison ipa
cheers (842 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear golden amber with a lasting off white head. Aromas of barnyard funk, straw, citrus, yeast and white pepper. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, barnyard funk, fruittiness, white pepper and light earthiness with a crisp dry lingering funky finish. (345 characters)

Photo of willbrown
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of brycemc
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a fluffy 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, spices, sweet, malts, hops, grass

taste: citrus, hay, spices, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very interesting saision. there are so many different versions of a saison these days. so much more to offer then your normal saison du pont. which isn't a bad thing. makes me want to try other saisons.

Cheers,
the CPJ (440 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (420 characters)

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To Øl Snowball Saison Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
88 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.