Snowsuit | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, clove, peppercorn, orange, apple, cherry, plum, light banana, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, clove, peppercorn, orange, apple, cherry, plum, light banana, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, clove, peppercorn, orange, apple, cherry, plum, light banana, honey, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. A bit thin, but not watery; nicely flavorful. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian Abbey singel style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink. Intensely fragrant on spices in the aromas, but not overwhelming; more balanced in the flavors. Hits the base style very well. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter from a from at work. Thanks Randy!

This warmer pours a ruby amber with a subtle head of white foam that dissipates to a thin ring....period. Nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, moderately strong grain notes, and subtle breaded notes. Flavors exceed the nose with Christmas spiced raisin bread, a touch of honey, and subtle orange and cherry notes that are more evident on the back with a touch of cola. Medium mouth feel, lightly carbonated, solid for the style without being overbearing with the spices. A touch watery on the finish with a light dry note. Decent.


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Photo of matcris
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Dark amber poured into a snifter. Very small tan head, gone after a minute. Beautiful carbonation as I rock the glass back and forth, tight small bubbles. Definitely a filtered beer. Not really much for lacing.
AROMA: A little floral. It's a spiced ale, and I really get the nutmeg, cinnamon, has that holiday thing going on. Smells of big bready fruitcake. Dried, candied fruits. No alcohol present.
TASTE: Not as sweet as you would think from the aroma. Pretty balanced there. Almost has a ginger ale taste. Well that's (ginger) the spice I couldn't put my finger on from the aroma. Bready spiced fruitcake.
MOUTHFEEL: Very well carbonated but not obnoxiously so. A very dry beer from start to finish. Medium thin body.
OVERALL:.Lower abv, but pretty nice flavors. Maybe just a little one note as far as not a lot of 'Belgian' qualities....yeast, DARK dried fruit. But it would be a nice addition around the holidays.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%

Appearance (4) : Orange, dark amber appearance with a three fingered foamy head that settles to a two fingered head.

Smell (4.5) : fruity esters, rich wit or Belgian style ale. Fruity spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, orange.

Taste (4.25) : very good. Spicy, fruity. Honey notes, cinnamon, a very faint hint of peppermint. This is a very tasty, enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : medium bodied, rich, maybe a little watery but that's due to a lack of carbonation. Good overall.

Overall (4.22) : this one's a winner. It's basically an Abbey/Dubbel style beer. Ill go back and get more. Very tasty, smooth, delicious.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled this last night on 3/5/14 but had it about a year ago. From a local brewery (Lucky Bucket) that is like 15 miles from the house. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a pretty reddish-brown in color with a very thin head. Some light spotty lacing is seen every now and then but not a lot. The aroma is of some dark fruit and spices. the taste is about the same with the cloves and nutmeg coming through. Very bitter finish. Much different than the last time I tried this as I really liked it then and would rate it much higher than this time. This time, not so much. Maybe a bad bottle? No date is seen. I will give it one more time next winter.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brownish red with a thin white head.

S - Some sweetness with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - Taste is dominated by cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The yeast is not very noticeable.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp with a sticky mouthfeel.

O - Drinkable. I just wish there would have been a little more body and depth of flavor.

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Photo of CraftyHusker
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6 pack at the Walmart neighborhood market for a reasonable $6.47. Poured into a pub style pint glass. Pours a very clear deep red/copper with moderate carbonation. Smells of apples and cherries. Taste is similar to the smell. After a while the standard winter spices become apparent, but not overwhelming. Finish is somewhat dry & fruity. An easy beer to drink.

I tried this one last year and was not impressed, but decided to try again this year & am glad I did. It seems as though they toned down the spice this year, although i may have just had a bad bottle last year. Its labeled as a winter abbey which is an accurate description, and leans more towards an abbey which in my opinion is a good thing. A fine winter selection from Lucky Bucket.

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Photo of dbossman
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark cherry red with a quickly dissipating head--the head completely disappears; it looks like red wine or cherry juice; the lacing is non existent; it's pretty but it doesn't look like beer (unless it was a sour, which it is not)

S: Pretty subdued--sweet fruits like cherries, oranges, and apples blend with spices like nutmeg, cloves, allspice; some brown sugar and toffee notes--nice but pretty subdued

T: Slightly sweet, slightly roasted malts up front with fruity undertones; the spicing is subtle and it works well but everything is so subdued

F: Medium body, sticky, but a bit under-carbonated

O: This is okay but just too subdued and lacking full carbonation; I think this beer has some potential but it's pretty average right now

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Bucket Snow Suit
On Tap at the brewery, 12/27/2012

Snow Suit? Hmmm, what to expect? Nothing to describe it on the black board. I'm guessing a spicy winter warmer or perhaps even a stout. Served in a pint glass. Clear dark copper with a reddish cast beneath a frothy head of off-white. Aroma of apple and light spice. Taste of apple and light spice. A pleasant surprise! This is a unique winter offering. As you get into it the spice grows (kind of a generic mix) and some dark fruit emerges. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. Good head retention and lacing. Wonderful. Pleasant finish with a gently spicy drying finish.

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Photo of babayaga
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Appearance- Ruby-brown color, clear with initial off-white head. Head dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma- I do get some belgian yeast notes, and some nutmeg. Some sort of light vegetal aroma going on.

Flavor- Sweet spices, cassis, anise, malt notes, some type of lighter fruit, actually.

Mouthfeel - Light body, long finish from the spices is semi-sweet. Carbonation is pretty soft. Almost oily.

Label says that it's a "spiced belgian style abbey ale" brewed with six spices. I think that this would be more pleasant without the heavy spicing. It's actually taken me 3 of these over the last month or so to work up the effort of a review. I really wanted to like it more, support the local brewery and all that (I'm from Omaha), but I don't "get" this one.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Nashville @ Frugal McD's. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Yazoo pint glass. Whoever created this entry labled the beer as a Winter Warmer but it clearly says Belgian Style Abbey Ale on the bottle; maybe a mix of both.

A: Pours clear, amber in color with a thick off white frothy head. Nice retention, the head slowly dissipates and clings to the glass. Looks inviting.

S: The nose is floral with a hint of Belgian maltiness. Some dried fruit, fig, cherry syrup. Definitely some scents of spice in there, maybe cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg as well.

T: Taste keeps it coming w/ the spices, upon which it heavily relies. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice. Beneath that some hints of a Trappist like yeast flavor with a slight amount of bitterness. Finish is slightly acidic and grainy.

M: The feel is light with minimal carbonation. Slides over the tongue and goes down easily.

O: Overall a good, light winter brew. The mix of an abbey ale w/ the characteristics of a winter warmer is interesting and works. I however tend to prefer to go full out in one direction or the other this time of year. That being said, a tasty beer that I enjoyed and would recommend.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this is seriously weird. I tapped this beer at my bar a week ago. It was in my cooler for several weeks before then, and all the while, I never saw it listed here, and the most information I got was a listing on another site (but no reviews), and many "check-in"s on untapp'd. So, people were drinking it, for sure. Maybe there are just very few Nebraska BAs, or fewer that care to review this?

Other thing is, they call it a "Belgian single", but it's over-loaded with spices, and I can't find anything Belgian single-like about it. So, I'm calling it a Winter Warmer. And here's what I wrote, when I sat down with a pint, some days after tapping it:

"Called a Belgian single, or pale ale. Additionally, spiced with cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. 5.5 % ABV.

Clear, reddish-brown, negligible head. Starts as something, gets to nowhere quickly.

Aroma: sweetness and spice. Like a pumpkin pie. Nutmeg dominates and drowns out anything else.

Taste: sweetness and spice again, and, well, almost too much. Body is lean, malt holds no particular presence, suggests no true character, nothing comes through from hops, and yeast is not present either. Thin, and watery, with the spice standing over everything.

Here's the thing. I took a chance, decided it had every possibility of being good. Tapped without ever drinking it (doesn't happen that often), sampled it, and thought, "hmmm, maybe I made a mistake." Later, had a full glass and changed my mind. "No, no, this is good, people will like it." No one who had it seriously complained.

Right now, I'm wondering what was in my glass four days ago. This is so much thinner in body than I remember, there's nothing to suggest it should be classified Belgian anything, no character at all. The only stand-out flavor is the spices, and they can cover up any flaw you choose to mention, if you pile them up high enough."

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Snowsuit from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.46 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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