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

To Øl Snowball Saison AleTo Øl Snowball Saison Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%


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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oline73

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:49:12 | More by oline73
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:57:31 | More by callmemickey
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 02:02:06 | More by Rifugium
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 19:41:50 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:46:54 | More by MasterSki
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PerHops

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:48:34 | More by PerHops
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impending

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 07:22:47 | More by impending
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 05:33:32 | More by TMoney2591
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Ratman197

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:14:04 | More by Ratman197
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willbrown

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:28:55 | More by willbrown
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 15:30:32 | More by metter98
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brycemc

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:32:37 | More by brycemc
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:49:34 | More by THECPJ
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 21:01:43 | More by weeare138
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 05:37:33 | More by corby112
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:27:55 | More by EgadBananas
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fourth review, and all of them seem different. here's my take: pretty golden color with a white head that leaves lots of lace. nose and taste are fruity, flowery, grassy hops with a mildly sweet malt backbone, a touch of funk, and just the slightest hint of spice. it seems to be hop-based, not yeast based though. hops are fruity enough to translate sweetness as well, which harmonizes well with the malt profile. medium body that carries a very nice touch of bitter in the back end. a classy kind of bitter that just helps amp up the flavor profile. silky slick with less prickliness than expected for a saison. enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 01:10:20 | More by timtim
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a tall off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Spicy aroma with some citrus. Light bodied. More spice and citrus in the flavor. A bit of a hop bite, but not bitterness. Crisp and dry, just how I like a Saison. Very drinkable, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 15:55:07 | More by homebrewhawk
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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....

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 20:44:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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DovaliHops

California

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear, golden amber color with just a hint of orange. A large white head on this one that diminishes rather quickly. Scent has a strong brett character. If this beer isn't brewed with brett, I'm going to feel stupid...But I'm pretty positive that's a lot of brett I'm getting. A bit of barnyard funk with some spices and new leather. Some earthy notes as well. Taste is initially spicy with some very distinct funky flavors...definite brett. Very subtle grassy notes with crisp hoppiness. Finishes with a dry, crisp, spiciness that is outstanding. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from these To Øl guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:49:05 | More by DovaliHops
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