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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

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
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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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Clear Red/Brown color with moderate carbonation. Head pours around 1 finger in width which fades quickly. Doesn't leave behind any lacing though

Smell - Cloves, Caramel, Malts, Hops, and Barley. Not bad at all!

Taste - Cloves, Bananas, Caramel, Hops and Malts. Interestingly enough, this tastes almost exactly like a Hefeweizen. The only difference is that Hefeweizens are typically lighter and cloudier. However there is a slight spiciness to this beer, which adds an interesting kick to the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and the carbonation is mild but adds some flavor. Served cold, it's really crispy and fresh!

Overall - My past experiences with the "Biere de Garde" have been rocky at the very best. So it makes me happy to say that this is how it's done right. It tastes great, it goes down well and it's an all around great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 03:15:07 | More by NuclearDolphin
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youknowmyname

Illinois

3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odor: From the bottle I got a real strong sourdough smell. Once I poured it into a tall tulip glass, the scents came out. Sweet toasted malts, yeast and a hint of something bitter on the end.

Pour: Filtered. Pours a deep bronze with a minimal head. Nice lacing that dissipates quickly.

Taste: Medium body. Very smooth with decent carbonation. Very earthy tasting at the beginning. The malt and yeast really hold the taste until you swallow and then slight sweet notes come out; caramel, toffee, something along those lines but very faint and then the malt comes back with a slight nuttiness that lingers. To anyone who has ever made beer or ever been in the back end of a brewery, think of the smell of Barley Malt Syrup and mix that with walnuts that is the lingering aftertaste.

Opinion: Not bad, not great. I probably wouldn't hunt this one down, but glad to try a new beer. I think if you were a fan of lower end bocks but wanted something a bit different, you would probably dig this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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Minnesota

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Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Shabedue

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First off, I got this beer for <$.50/bottle as it's now June 2013 so the beer is not fresh.

Appearance- Brown to red. Head disappears within a minute but some lacing persists.

Smell- Interesting, I detect a bit of bready maybe even nutty undertone. Plum and "dark" fruit character.

Taste- Mouth feel is appropriate, medium attenuation that makes its presents known without being overbearing. Sweet character shares space with the bready/nutty taste about evenly. The sweetness balance almost reminds me of a belgian tripel and has similar mouthfeel. Finishes velvety but clears immediately.

Overall- I like this beer quite a bit. I wish I had picked it up fresher although I don't think the age had too much impact.

Serving type: bottle

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Illinois

2/5  rDev -47.2%

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Foam

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 ...

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was one of the more unique offerings from Schells that I have had.

Color is a clear amber brown with a little bit of white head. No lace noted.

Aroma: A lot of cloves, bananas, spice, and caramel. Some bready malt flavors. Somewhat fruity with some toffee notes. A bit of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is kind of dry and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable brew. I could only have one at a time though. I guess I have had talls at the bars, but only one. Nice beer for the season.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:59:35 | More by mothman
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's Snowstorm 2012 Biere de Noel Beer, August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm, MN.

Clear, auburn/crimson hue, small, soon-gone white head.

Aroma: Malty and distinctly lovely. Belgian sweetness and Belgian funk. Flowery, fruity, and utterly delightful.

Taste: On the lips and tongue, a repeat of the nose. Sweetness hits, with a small, almost indiscernible dose of hops, with lush malt carrying the character. Belgian yeast delivers plenty of flavor.

I've never heard of the style "biere de noel", but if they are referring to a Belgian Christmas Ale, which is a rather loose style, this one delivers, though it also feels like a biere de garde. A bit more flavorful, spicier version?

Medium body, long, malty/spicy finish, forever flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

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Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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darky

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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Vermont

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scot_chale

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper body with 1 finger of a white creamy head that subsides rather quickly. Very little apparent carbonation activity.

S- Faint. I get a bit of caramel malt and maybe a banana type smell. You have to really stick your nose in to get it though.

T- Delicious. It's got an alcohol burn, it's sweet, it's slightly bitter, it's just a really nice beer. It's got a sourness that's really appealing too. It's a complex flavor that had me going for a second taste very quickly.

M- A little heavy on the carbonation. It's dry. I'd like a softer mouth feel with a little more flavor to linger over. The alcohol burn on the back of the throat is a nice touch though.

O- My first Biere de Garde. This wasn't my favorite snow store of all time, but it's a nice offering. I feel like this gave me a base upon which i can judge further brewery's offerings. I would buy six to share with my home brewing friends, but leave it alone at that. If i were in a dinner situation, i'd order it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 07:17:38 | More by scot_chale
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Schell's Snowstorm 2012 from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.