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Schell's Snowstorm 2012 - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Snowstorm 2012
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BA SCORE
85
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A French style Christmas beer. Expect a light amber beer with red tints that is malt forward with noticeable yeast flavors of white pepper
and citrus from an authentic French ale yeast.
Slight herbal hop note in the background,
with a spicy, citrusy, peppery aroma.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 10-28-2012)
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Foam

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

got a single bottle at my local bottle shop.
never been a big Schell guy but the bottle-shop has most of the 2012 Winter Brews on sale for about $1.50 or so a bottle. Hard to pass up.
i had a big indulgent easter meal of salty ham and cheese grits and wanted some carbonated beverage to purge the air from my stomach and aid digestion.

appears as a dark amber lager-y brew with banana/spice/clove/candy nose appeals.
taste is along same lines as banana spicy but dry-er than seems usual for this type of beer. it's a bit restrained in that way. i'd prefer it to be a bit sweeter. a little bit moreso, anyway.
as another reviewer noted - it's a beer that I would only want 1 of at a time ... it's a bit much for session-ing as are most winter beers... more suited for pairing with holiday foods ...

03-31-2013 22:03:00 | More by Foam
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

12-21-2012 18:09:19 | More by DWolf
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Orangish-brown, like burnt sienna. Moderate cream colored head with wispy lacing.

Smell: Spicy, fruity and tart. Some cherry, pepper, and an earthy, metallic hoppiness.

Taste: Somewhat toasty malt body. Light biscuit notes, definitely some cherry. Then the yeast and hops come through, with pepper, herbs and a little too much metal. Slightly tart on the finish, but the metal and cherry dominate which is a distraction. But let it warm a bit (little more so than expected for the style) and much of the metallic off-flavors disappear.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a medium body. Finish is a little odd.

Overall: Interesting SnowStorm release. I think all of the right elements are here, but I wish the malt body was more evident, and the metallic and fruity notes were dialed back a notch. I like the light tartness though; that was surprising.

11-13-2012 22:33:37 | More by bsp77
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A malty, yeasty, fruity, and spicy aroma. Lively French yeast and toasted malt with hints of banana, clove, and pepper. Bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, and cracker. Hints of apple and dark cherry along with some citrus lemon. Light hints of earthy and herbal hops that linger in the background. Kind of smells like a Belgian ale. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a spicy, yeast driven and fruity taste. Good mix of malts and French yeast that give a taste of bananas and apple along with some clove and white pepper spicing. Malt notes of bready biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, caramel, and toffee. Also a subtle taste of dark cherry and lemon zest. Mild taste of hops with some earthy herbal hops in the background. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A really solid Belgian like beer. Solid mix of spices and fruity esters. Kind of like Surly's Cynic Ale.

12-28-2012 07:04:05 | More by MattyG85
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-13-2013 03:18:42 | More by sgttibbs
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morimech

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a clear copper/garnet color with a small head that quickly settled to a thin skim. No lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has plenty of yeast esters. Has a vinous quality. Also a little herbal hop hint. Not really getting much malt aroma.

Ester dominated flavor as well. Grapes. Sweet malt with a touch of herbal and earthy, hop bitterness near the finish. Overly ester dominated.

Body is a little too light and thin. Seems to be overcarbonated.

Not a favorite. The yeast esters are really too much that not much else gets past. Maybe this will grow on me like Snowstorm 2011 did.

10-28-2012 18:26:37 | More by morimech
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-28-2012 03:18:54 | More by dhannes
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DrZeus10

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-07-2013 01:20:17 | More by DrZeus10
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beersimmons

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-19-2013 02:36:40 | More by beersimmons
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Bighorn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-16-2012 02:31:39 | More by Bighorn
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-08-2012 10:14:49 | More by bigbeers84
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Beerislivingproof

Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-17-2013 01:25:15 | More by Beerislivingproof
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bjohn84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

11-17-2012 18:56:04 | More by bjohn84
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-25-2013 09:35:54 | More by bismarksays
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NodakEric

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-07-2013 02:58:21 | More by NodakEric
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

11-06-2012 04:17:45 | More by MN_Beerticker
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-28-2012 23:12:52 | More by sgoro
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tcsparkx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-04-2013 21:32:56 | More by tcsparkx
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Lewdd

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-27-2012 18:22:21 | More by Lewdd
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ovaltine

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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gatornation

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

12 oz bottle with a BB 031713

A-pours a clear dark copper color with a small off-white head very little laing with a good collar

S- dark fruit with banana spice and hops floral and earthy

T- dark fruits like plum and fig with spice and hops baked bread with earthy yeast and sweet sugars

M- light carbonation with a fruity spicy and floral hop feel sweet and malty

O- its good but will not buy a sixer singles the next 3 months will be fine with me

11-15-2012 23:39:52 | More by gatornation
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-07-2013 05:51:50 | More by Cramerican
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-15-2014 04:44:00 | More by SadMachine
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-31-2013 02:25:04 | More by Eric908
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kguyty

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-28-2013 19:51:02 | More by kguyty
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Schell's Snowstorm 2012 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.