Abominal Snow Beer | The Defiant Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Abominable SnowBeer is dangerously delicious. Our winter seasonal is a tasty belgian double golden ale with with a nice character of citrus, banana, and a little spice on the finish. Perfect for when you have successfully outrun the infamous winter beast.

Added by nasty15108 on 03-26-2008

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tadweezy
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer from them, all winter when i went i kept refilling my growler!!

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer pours a crystal clear amber. The head quickly dissipates. The smell is very fruity with a faint spicy background. Notes of strawberry and apple intertwined with a vague yeasty scent. Slight hint of sulfur. The taste has a stronger impression of spices, perhaps corriander given the witbier style. Finishes with green apple and lingering sulfur taste similar to some pilsners. I'm a little bewildered as to how this fits the witbier style. Finishes too sweet with alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with subdued carbonation that may have been impacted by the growler fill.

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Photo of Alycee89_
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Will_Rivera
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of JC333
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Skibum211
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of krisbee
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Nightwish1094
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Matt73
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bsopko
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Franticc
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Polasiuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Tim27
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshy growler pour today @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, the first problem is that this has very little carbonation, which BTW, I do not find to be a common prob. with the growler pours I've been getting..The brew is lite and fairly clear, lemony almond in color, what limited head there is off white, leaves just the skimpiest of collars and a super fine film and minimal, yet delicate lace. Lemony/lightly peppery nose, delicate and inviting. This strikes me more as a saison then a wit, I'm getting decent amounts of more lemon, pepper, and quite a well developed and drying hop package. I wish the carbonation was lifted just a bit, it would add to the mouthfeel and ultimatly the drinkability. As it is its sort of typical for the Defiant brews I've tried, decent but seemingly lacking just a bit somehow. Nice palate cleanser (thanks for the concept Garret Oliver) this went well with a plate of mussels in Belgian ale. Might have been two bold to have been the Belgian Ale that the mussels were cooked in h/e...

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice cloudy golden color with a medium head.
Smell: Nice wheat malt aroma with a hint of spice.
Taste: Nice clean taste of a wheat beer with a great orange flavor that finishes with a strong spiciness. The orange is so strong that it almost feels like there is an orange in the beer. Very good rendition of this beer style.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: Easy to drink, good carbonation, great all around.

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Photo of WesWes
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a beautiful wheat malt and spice aroma. It's probably the most aromatic wit I've ever had. The orange peel and coriander are really in your face, but the malts more than compinsate. The taste is great! It's like a traditional wit on steroids. It's incredibly fruity and full of spices. This is a refreshing beer. I like that these guys don't hold back. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good witbier. It's incredibly complex and highly enjoyable. Recommended!!

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Photo of hyland24
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a growler into a pint glass(thanks to Woodsy).

A- The beer poured a slightly hazy almos clear golden orange with minimal head and thin even lacing throughout the glass. The beer had minimal carbonation which I find common with the growler.

S- The beer had a slight hop smell, with sweet floral hints.

T- It had a slight fruity sweetness, with minimal hop spice on the tip of the tongue with a slight tart finish.

MF&D- The beer was thin to medium bodied with a slick feel that left an oily coating in the mouth when swallowed. Not much carbonation which suited this beer. The slightly high ABV prevents me from catagorizing this as a session beer but the smooth taste can fool you. Quality brew worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Growler (Thanks to Woodsy) into a pint glass.

A - A light hazy yellow color. Very little head or carbonation. Thin lace work throughout.

S - Slightly floral, with faint hints of hops and spice. Hints of alcohol.

T - Mild slightly sweet citric taste up front. Finishes with a spicy and slightly bitter hop bite.

MF&D - Medium to thin Bodied. Crisp and very drinkable. A good example of this style.

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Abominal Snow Beer from The Defiant Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 24 ratings
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