Snow Day Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

1,501 Ratings
Snow Day Winter AleSnow Day Winter Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pleasantly hoppy, Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of a new brewing malt known as Midnight Wheat. The Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops bring the backbone of hoppy bitterness to complement the roasty undertones. This beer is the deep garnet of a roasted walnut and presents a creamy tan head, floating artfully atop. Snow Day is bold and hoppy, drinkable and strong.

Added by NStLincoln on 10-14-2011

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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We should mention that I give high marks to this beer for the cooool title! Snow Day is wonderful special day out of school that we were lucky enough to experience many a times in the upper midwest when I was a kid.

I poured Snow into Belgian chalice. Actually, a glass made by Ommegang another American brewer doin the Belgian thang. This is a very dark slightly reddish ale that seems less Belgian and more English and almost a porter or stout like feel. Not much smoke on the opening.

The scent of chocolate is very apparent at first blush. The drinkability is good. It's just a little fizzy. The taste is sweet and chocolaty. This ale reminds of Young's Double Chocolate Stout. I think it's very good. However, the beer lacks the complexity and all the cloudy unfiltered hops and malt floating around. Still Snow Day is a treat.

I'm sorry but for snow day I would prefer a little more heaviness with dark fruits, yeasts and spices. Smooth nice creamy beer though. A little thin. I complain but I think New Belgium makes a good beer. But I usually think they could step it up a notch and take more risks. They seem to maybe filter their brews down to something more akin to what Americans drink than Belgians. I rather my snow beer be a little over the top.

I would drink this while listening to some electronic music. Some mellow post rock experimental stuff like Bill Laswell, Radiohead, Mogwai or one of my favorites the cd Init Ding by Microstoria! Mostly relaxin' for a snow day!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1204th Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
12 oz

Best by 4/15/12

App- A semi dark looking brown with some golden highlights and even some lighter browns mixed in. A small one finger fast receding head that left some good sticky lace.

Smell- Very malty, a little bit of pepper. As it warms it has a certain wheat note with traces of creamy chocolate. Similar to a mounds bar I feel.

Taste- A pretty good mix actually. It starts off a bit creamy and malty like a black ale but slowly moves in a winter warmer/wheat note with some chocolate and some spice notes. Its pretty good and balanced out with a semi-strong hoppy punch. Not really bitter either.

Mouth- A medium body with a semi-medium carbonation. Has traces of hops, chocolate and malt. I loved the creamy texture as this warmed more.

Drink- Overall, its almost past its expiration but still nice and creamy with some roasty chocolate and more malty notes. Dont really get the wheat base.

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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More winter brew fun!! Poured into an English pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is written as "03/MAR/13."

Produces a darkened color with brownish-amber tones into the glass, complete with a rather fantastic 3 finger head. Even when the head dies down really fast, there's still a generous foamy ring at the top. Bubbles are arranged all around the bottom and at the edges, and lacing remains on the edges. It looks like pretty much every one of these winter warmer releases these breweries have been churning out, but definitely looks like it has chocolate undertones this time, as opposed to blackcurrant or mollasses.

The aroma starts out with a surprisingly fresh hop texture alongside dark, albeit not so strong malts. There's not as much of the chocolate or caramel flavors as advertised just yet, but there is a brown sugary undertone that smells mellow and not too overpowering. Not too much alcohol overall. What sadly gets me is the finish, which is yeasty in an almost medicinal, slightly overbaring way that smells awfully "skunked," and not in the best sense! Let's hope that the flavor is a little different here.

The first taste turns out to luckily be a far better experience, but what seems to be lacking yet again are any strong chocolate or caramel flavors! On the other hand, it's got some strong coffee malty aromas going for it, often resembling the kona variety quite well. There is a bit of a surprisingly grassy finish as well, although it doesn't seem to go far beyond that. Not too many spices I can pick out here other than pepper and vinegar, but not as bad as you might expect. The flavor is pretty heartfelt, but I'm disappointed with the body, as it is a bit too watery and not carbonated enough, which in turn produces a rather thinned experience that increases the alcohol presence and weakens the flavor.

This is one of the better winter ales I've had recently, and it is easy to drink, but it is lacking on characteristics that could otherwise truly excite me about it. The coffee/pepper combo is a neat twist on the style, but I do wish it would be thicker, as I find no characteristic in a beer more comforting. Worth a try, especially with the holidays up and coming.

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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright grapefruit citrus, some pine, some roastiness, almost like a black IPA.

L: Fairly clear dark brown, light tan head that dissipates to a dusting. Good lacing.

T: Citrus up front with a fairly clean malt flavor. Medium citrus bitterness with a fairly crisp finish. Some light roastiness in the finish, fairly dry.

M: Medium light bodied, clean and almost crisp. Medium carbonation.

Not sure what to think of this beer. Not really to style, but not bad overall. I think i still like their previous winter seasonal, 2 degree, better.

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Photo of barleyman
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz brown glass bottle, into my Geordie schooner. A deep ruby color is very attractive. No head or lace to speak of. MMM a very pleasant cidery aroma with notes of bread as well. Taste is similiar, bread and cider, grapefruit,citrus and fairly mild but very well balanced hop.A little thin, but overall very nice.

Just a thought,


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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid is certainly more brown than black in color, in fact, when held up to the light there's a ton of red highlights. Decent sized tan colored head. I'm a big fan when there's a lot of lacing, so that helped the score here, looks really good.

Smell is good, slightly hoppier than I expected. I like it, it's primarly citrus hoppy smells with some floral smells as well. Then there are some nice roasty malt aromas blended in. Pretty well blended.

Taste is on par with the aromas. Nice, pleasant roasty malt flavors that are fairly subtle. Hops as mentioned earlier are very citrusy and citrus zest, sharp and subtle all at the same time.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but nothing special. Ok with the carbonation level, and the flavor balance is good. However it's a little bit acidic. Not bad not great.

Overall I guess it's a pretty decent beer, I don't know what makes it specifically winter here. A pretty easy drinking darker ale in my opinion.

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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

6er purchased from Loadout Liquors in Craig, CO. Around $9. Into a NB globe.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a light tan head that foams up to an inch and doesn't want to fade away any time soon. Excellent lacing left behind as it recedes. Excellent clarity when held to the light with nice deep red accents.

S: Big time dank, resinous hops, lots of citrus and pine. Just a huge hop profile here. Under that is a touch of smoke. Not awesome, but there is a huge hop note here that I really enjoy.

T: Smoky and charred with a lot of hops, a slight little bit of a caramel malt profile in there as well. Kind of a weird tasting beer really, the smoky malts and little bit of hops makes for an almost medicinal taste? I also get some currents and a similar almost tannin like bitterness from eating off the bush currents. Finish is slightly bitter. Seems just a bit watered down though.

M: Way off, really watery here with a dry finish. Medium carbonation. Really watery though.

O: Interesting beer from NB, I'll probably drink the rest of the 6er without much trouble, but I would like a bit more body and a bit more malt depth to help it out. It's by no means a hop onslaught and insanely one dimensional, its just watered down is all. If they keep this around for next year I hope they make it a little thicker and a little richer.

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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/4/12.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, chocolate, herbal/citrus zest hops, and some subtle spice aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earthy spices, and herbal and citrus zest hops. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but it seems like it could be integrated a bit better with the different flavors.

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Snow Day Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,501 ratings.
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