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Snowstorm 2007 - August Schell Brewing Company

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: garymuchow on 10-20-2007)
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Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first from Schell, unlikely to be my last. Clear, almost chestnut hued ale. Obviously filtered, and not bottle conditioned. A one finger pale tan head formed on the pour, and has decent retention, fueled in part by the fine yet somewhat active carbonation. Decent lacings, thin sheets gradually disperse to leave intricate and clingy strands that coat the inside of the glass.

Decent aroma, some toffee, raisin, and a touch of rum great the nose. A faint earthiness also present, likely from a touch of aged hops to give some balance to the brew.

Decent flavour as well, although certainly not outstanding. Toffee and caramelized sugar, a hint of rum soaked raisin, and a faint earthiness of decayed leaf are the most pronounced on my palate, as well as an underlying note of grain husk. Some yeasty nuttiness present, and hints at phenols but doesn't quite deliver, perhaps due to the filtration and lack of bottle conditioning.

In terms of mouthfeel this is a malt forward almost medium bodied ale, fitting the style. Well attenuated, finishes somewhat dry with just a kiss of hops. A solid attempt at the style, just not as rich and complex as the leading examples of the style.

A well made and drinkable dubbel. Would serve as a great introduction to belgian styled offerings, and at a buck a beer its also quite friendly to the beer budget. It would be easy enough to drink this all night long in front of a fireplace on a cold winter's night. I wonder how much difference bottle conditioning would have made on this ale, but this was a solid effort that has me looking forward to trying more beers from August Schell.

demcorhip, Feb 17, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A smoky amber-bronze liquid sits below an inch of dirty ivory suds.
The nose is sweet with caramelized nuts, bruised banana and clove phenols, candied chocolate oranges, and rum soaked cherries.
Into the mouth, sweetness ushers in impressions of banana bread, caramel nougat, and brown-sugared walnuts. There is a flatter graininess providing canvas and stasis. Yeast flares up with white peppercorn, clove, and vanilla accents in the middle. The ending unravels a bit, with no hopping to note, just a gradual fade out of muddled yeastiness, stewed fruits, and honey-nut malts.
Medium bodied with a dissipating carbonation which makes it feel progressively fatter.
Despite a balk on the finish, I do like this. No one will mistake it for Westvleteren 8, but it's a solid dubbel-inspired winter warmer. I'll always have a soft spot for Schell's, and it's nice to see them turn out a Snowstorm with some stones this year.

cokes, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep burnt caramelized sugar hue with a massive three finger head that leaves a shit-wad of sticky lace on the glass. The head is eggwhite beige and last for ever. This beautiful brew shows some ruby highlights in the light.

S - Orange peel and dark Belgian yeast. Lots of dark fruit mixed with a more vibrant dried orange and pineapple smell....like the dried fruit in trail mix. Almost smells like a witbier and dark abby ale hybrid.

T - Rich dark fruit covered in molasses. Some dried cranberries, dried citrus fruit, and lots of yeast. This is light and vibrant for a dubbel, but I kind of like that about it. It's like a dubbel for the summer...though this is supposed to be a winter brew.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, and viscous with an off dry yeasty finish. Tart, tangy, and very lip-smacking. Really nice!

D - A ridiculously drinkable brew that falls somewhere between a wit and a dubbel. Most brewers make a really hearty, extra thick version of some style and call it a winter beer, but August Schell has seeminly done the opposite. This is one of the lightest and most refreshing dubbels that I've tried, but I'm not complaining...its and excellent beer!

pmcadamis, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I'm impressed that Schell's, known for being an old German brewery, was able to pull off a tasty dubbel. The aroma and flavor is a light mix of raisins and rum with a touch of grains. It seems to be a smaller version of Avery's The Reverend in that its sweeter than a traditional dubbel but still delicious. Worth a try if you like American-made Belgians.

tempest, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't payed too much attention to SnowStorm in the past but I was sure to rectify my failings this year. Picked up a 6-pack on my way home. Pours a nice brown amber but the lack of vigourous head is a bit of a let down. The minimal head settles to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Continuous bubbles long after the pour is noted.

The smell is fruity and sweet like raisins and plums. A hint of spice in the background and the alcohol is nicely hidden.

The taste is similar to the smell. Sweet malt, fruit essence, spices, and a hint of alcohol warming. The bottle label hints at rum and that would be accurate in describing the flavor profile. Feels medium bodied and the carbonation is matched well. The 7% alcohol gives a nice kick. A good beer to enjoy on a winter's eve. Not a big fan of Schell's but this is a very good beer I would recommend.

morimech, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of edbeered
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Happy Gnome in St Paul, this pours a clear dark amber color, with a minimal white head that dissipates quickly and little or no lacing on the glass. The smell is pleasantly fruity. The taste is fruity with cherry, brandy, and banana coming to the fore. There is a distinct alcohol flavor present. The mouthfeel is rich. This is a highly drinkable beer and is the best I've ever had from Schell's. Well done!

edbeered, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice copper colored brown with a nice two finger head of off white foamy lace on top. Decent retention allowed it to hang around long enough to produce some nice side glass lace. The color was very clear, crystal clear which gave it a somewhat reddish hue as well.

S – Aroma was very sweet. I detected hints of maple sugar or molassas and a good amount of caramel mixed in with some nice winter spices. There was also some nice notes oakiness in there as well, not sure where they came from but that musty sort of wood like smell was there.

T – The flavor was atypical for your winter warmer with a very nice profile and depth. The first initial sips lended a nice mix of caramel and maple on top of a bready malted backbone. This blended well and as it warmed took on an even sweeter character. There was a decent albeit muted hop like finish that served to drag out the overall flavor and leave you ready for the next sip.

M – A decent medium bodied ale, this one had a bit of slickness to it. The carbonation did not hang around though the entire session, and this left the slickness behind. Not too bad but it was there and it kind of muted the crispness of the finish.

D – Not bad. This was definitely a sessionable winter warmer as the flavors were not too heavy and the abv was quite low. I could have gone for another one if it were there without too much trouble at all.

Overall this was not bad, an average winter warmer that I really don’t have anything bad to say about. It did not really have anything that jumped out at me as excellent but was good in its own way. I would not mind having another someday.

mikesgroove, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light orange-brown color. Light brown head, fluffy, fades to a quarter inch. A few small dots of lacing.

S - Rich caramely cereal malts with a sweet orangey yeastiness.

T - Taste starts as warm sweet maltiness with a momentarily flat carbonation. Sugary yeast flavors come in and the carbonation kicks up mildly. A light bitterness and the finish leaves a sweet malty flavor.

M - Consistency is almost thick at times, carbonation ranges in very mild to medium.

D - Not a bad dubbel, and excellent for being a Schell's beer. Cheap, so I'll be doing this one again.

umustdrink, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice deep amber color with about an inch of head, maybe a little less. The head dosnt stay around forever but it does have decent retention time.
s: caramel, chocolate, fruits, raisins, plums, very little alcohol aroma, seems very inviting grainy
t: dark fruit, plums, raisins, the fruits and grains blend nicely, caramel, no hints of alcohol or chocolate, nice a little on the grainy side but very nicely blended
m: medium to full bodied beer with a little carbonation very nice

overall this is a very nice brew that i enjoyed very much i picked up a 12er of this and will be buying more. In moy opinion a much better beer than the '06

happygnome, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Doyle
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Doyle, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of dcgrp
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice appearance, off white head, deep amber brown color

Smell: not terribly strong, but good

Taste: sweet, the fruit and sugar flavors come out at first. Not too much of the malt coming through, but it is present. I can taste just the slightest bit of alcohol at the end, which is a perfect finish for this beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: with the little bit of alcohol is gives it this really smooth finish. Otherwise medium bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, like some others have said, maybe too much so for being a 7.0% ABV beer.

dcgrp, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into my Duvel glass, pours a reddish copper color, with a little bit of head that fades to nothing, with lacing. All kinds of stuff going on in the nose... raisin, sum, Belgian sugars and rum jump out first, other fruits, very sweet, almost too sweet. The taste is quite nice, not as overly sweet as the aroma let on. Still, lots of fruits, raisin and plum mostly, sweet sugars, Belgian yeast, loose caramels, perhaps a bit nutty. The body feels a bit thin, the carbonation fine, and slightly warming. Don't know the ABV, but wouldn't guess its too high. Overall, not a bad go at the style, but still rather stock. An easy drinker though.

objectivemonkey, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

August Schell's 2007 Snowstorm has just been released. Schell's is an
expert brewer of largely German styles- Snowstorm is a chance for them
to push outside of their comfort zone. This year's Snowstorm is a Belgian
Dubbel.

The 2000 Snowstorm pours two stiff fingers of tan foam over a clear dark
amber brew. Carbonation is moderate but steady, and the nose is Belgian
all the way- clove yeast esters, fruit, and bubblegum. The flavor is rich and
malty up front- with dark fruit, butterscotch, and vanilla notes. There's a tiny
bit of hop in the finish, with a little alcohol warmth in the back of the throat.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly light, and then there's that unexpected clarity-
yet this is still a successful experiment- the alcohol (probably crowding 10%),
is under control, and the flavor is what it should be. Schell's intended to release
some kind of a mashup between a Belgian style and their own approach to brewing,
and they succeeded. Get some before it's all gone!

shadow1961, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.13/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean deep amber/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, just a small presence of cinnamon. In the taste, same as the smell, just a hint of cinnamon. A small malty mouthfeel and a clean, small cinnamon aftertaste. Just a hint of cinnamon and not much more.

OWSLEY069, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of sauron681
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber, lightly tanned thin head. Good lacing that lasted throughout the session. Very clear for the style with low carbonation as it should be. A caramel roasty malt aroma with toffee and possibly fruit? Not sure. Thick and clean in the mouth. Has a very strong alcohol taste to it, along the lines of a trappist. A hint of raisin, maybe some dark belgian sugar. A bittery finish that is also slightly sour. There has to be some sort of fruit note but I cannot figure out what it is. Not bad, but hopefully snowstorm 2008 will be a better choice for their seasonal brew.

sauron681, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a thick 1 finger head, slow to recede, into an amber body with some light sedimentation.

S- Nice belgian scent although hard to detect. Some dark fruits, raison, alcohol. Smells thick.

T- Nice thick dark belgain fruits, raisin, plums with a fruity finish.

M- Low carb works well with the dubbel style.

D- This is a pretty nice dubbel style, but not the greatest. I would probably grab another besides this.

Greggy, May 22, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear reddish-brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is nutty with anise and dark spices. The taste is of caramel, nuts, anise, dark spices, and a nice fruity twang in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is by far the best beer I have had from August Schell Brewing. I am very glad to see them using their Snowstorm series to brew something bold and unique.

KarlHungus, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance is a nice clear dark red with a small head that laces pretty well.
Aromas of fruit come through, dates, raisen.
Flavor is a nice hint of spicy hops and a nice raisen flavor with a malty backbone.
mouthfeel is almost creamy and this is an exceptional beer to have a few of.

mnstorm99, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of bminus
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle, this dubbel came out a dark red-copper color with a somewhat small cream head.

It smells malty; a little hint of fruit.

Taste is pretty sweet and malty. A little sweet, but balanced enough for my taste.

It's a little thinner than what i expected, but goes down easy.

I really enjoyed drinking this one. I've had better winter brews, but another good one from Schell's.

bminus, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeffKenner for this one.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber brown with a 1/4" head.

S- Almost plastic-y. But if you drink dubbels you recognize it as the malts and yeast. No a great nose though.

T- Definite malts. I get an almost coppery flavor similar to a quad but not quite as lucious if that makes sense. Belgian yeast also play a role in this one. I also get some spices maybe nutmeg and something else but I cannot put my finger on it.

M- This is the best part I think. It is think and mouth filling like a dubbel should be. Good carbonation.

D- Not my fav beer. I am glad I got to try it though. Nice to try breweries I haven't even heard of before this beer.

Mudpuppet, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured out a clear amber color with a foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left some lace.

S – It smelled of fruits (pear and apple). It had a sweet nose and also a hint of spices.

T – It tasted of dried fruits, like apple and raisins. There was a strong candy sugar presence that reminded me of agood rum.

M – It was smooth and somewhat crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D – This was a very nice seasonal. A good Belgian-style brew.

zeff80, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I look forward to this annually. A dubbel seems particularly interesting. Chilled on my deck which is currently about 50 degrees.
Poured into a large Riedel wine glass. I figure it at least deserves that.

Initially a fairly strong phenolic aroma (from the bottle too). Background of heavier malt. Fruity with some citrus.
Pours with a rather dense beige/off-white head. Some denseness to the lacing at first, it then leaves a drippy scattered appearance. Very clear with a attractive amber of reddish-golden brown (not quite garnet or copper).
Phenolic quality to the flavor too. Again the malt character is subdued, yet ya' know it's there. Some caramel, but not overly sweet. Some fruit again. Touch of dark rum. Enough bitterness to balance. Quite dry with the coating laying on the tongue afterwards that often occurs with Belgians. A quick warmth in the stomach, but no heat to the drink and actually minimal alcohol flavor.
Nicely carbonated without actually being effervescent. Soft, fluffy and full. Moderate body overall with an appealing smoothness.
This is not that far away from being very good. Currently it's good. The subtleties are nice, but I generally think of this style is being bolder than this example. It takes a bit of work and patience to find the best of this beer (think the best of the malt flavors). Some may not bother. I'm going to drink these over time (and probably buy some more to store for the long haul). I think some waiting could enhance what already is a nice beer.

garymuchow, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Phocion
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from a Schell sample pack poured into my Chimay goblet. Dark ruby color with a thin, bubbly off-white head that quickly sinks into nothing. Just the smallest bit of lacing.

Nose is spiced and full of nuts, rum, caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. Slight hint of Belgian yeastiness, but overall the aroma is a bit weak for a dubbel. It smells great, just not quite up to par for its style.

Caramel and nuttiness with a hint of spice following. This is a bit too sweet, no bitterness whatsoever.

The spice and carbonation feel nice on the tongue along with the medium-body. A little too spicy and sweet. This is by no means a bad beer, but sitting in the same category as Chimay Red or a Westy 8 it just can't compete. But considering the availability and price I'd definitely go for it again.

Phocion, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of perfectkaos
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a ruby-brownish color with no head.

smells malty... somewhat fruity.

taste is sweet a little bit of malt, a little sour fruit.

easily drinkable, seems a little light for a dubbel.

again August Schell offers a good change up beer, but nothing overly spectacular

perfectkaos, Dec 10, 2007
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Snowstorm 2007 from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.