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Snowball Saison Ale | To Øl

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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark
to-ol.dk

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oats , Light Candy, Hops (Amarillo, Tettnanger, Simcoe, Hallertauer), Yeast and brettanomyces.

Added by DovaliHops on 11-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,103
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
182
pDev:
11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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9
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3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To Øl. I love saying it. It rolls off the tongue: To Øl... To Øl... actually I lie: I’m still a bit fuzzy on the “Ø” pronunciation... I’ve heard that it’s said like “or”, but then “or” doesn’t work with an “L” after it... “To Orl”? (someone from Scandinavia help a brother out here!). ANYWAY I’m expecting another tasty drop from this gypsy brewer - To Øl certainly doesn’t f**k spiders (to coin a popular Aussie bogan euphemism) when it comes to brewing, so I’m expecting BIG flavours without compromises. Their DIPA Underground was like a punch in the pancreas for me and I’m hoping this being 8% ABV (instead of 8.5% of the DIPA) will mean that the sugar content isn’t so diabetes inducing... here goes!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Spectacular cloudy Harvest gold body with a firm and slightly creamy half centimetre white head that leaves some lace scrawl on the side of the glass. Bit darker than the average Saison, but this is To Øl so all bets are off. 8/10.

S: Brett funk from the get-go which leads on into a floral/earthy and an acidic noted aroma. There’s nothing outstanding about the character of this Saison, it could be a Belgian Saison if I was blindfolded. Waiting for something to jump out I noticed a slight hospital disinfectant touch lingering in the background... weird or am I overthinking it now? Perhaps that’s the band-aid smell other craft beer reviewers have noticed - I’ve never noticed it before, huh, I get it now. 7/10.

T: That acidity noted above is ever present here - herbal bitter lemon throughout the profile. Starts out with a hint of Brett funk (barnyard character as I like to call it), follows through to pepper/floral/earthy notes... actually this is one of the easiest drinking 8% brews I’ve had. Balance is sublime and no alcohol noticed in the profile. Pretty damn tasty... too damn tasty! Aftertaste has a slight menthol note - Aha, a hint of alcohol! 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a nice dense/creamy carbonation, goes down like liquid-silk (patent pending). 9/10.

D: Kinda glad this doesn’t come in a 500ml can (or 750ml corked/caged bottle!) as it’s dangerously easy-drinking this one. I finished the bottle like it was a soft drink, I’ve struggled more with light beers than this one. If you’ve ever liked a classic Saison and thought “I need to get drunk a little bit quicker” then this is the meal ticket for you. To Øl nailed this one. 9/10.

Food match: Chicken is your main meat with this bad boy.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sendrag
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing The Last Door Season 2. Funk notes noticeable but kept to a low level, behind citrusy hops. Very refreshing, with alcohol really hidden. Very foamy, requiring 2 pours

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huge hop nose with notes of funky brett mixed in. Very piney hops. I also smell what seems to be spices of some kind.

Golden in color with some haze, lots of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation higher than average.

Solid mouthfeel and a nice full body. You can really roll the beer around in your mouth.

Nice dry finish with some lingering bitterness and funk.

Overall a unique beer.

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Photo of kwkdmk
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rex_4539
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy golden color, three finger white head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Wit, hops.

T: Slightly hoppy, slightly citrucy, slightly bitter.

F: Full flavored for a saison. Silky smooth for 8.0%

O: Very good saison.

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Photo of bluehende
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SammyBoy
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Golden orange with an whipped egg white consistency head.
S: Hints of cherry...or maybe I've just been primed to smell Christmas.
T&F: Rounded flavour, sweet and fruity with a definite marzipan candy taste to it. Very, very pleasant - almost like drinking a classy soft drink compared to a strong IPA. Soft carbonation. High alcohol content not noticeable.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shleepy
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Every sips seems to be a little different from the previous one. Has floral notes, earthy bitterness, citrus. Complex and tastes lighter than it smell. The smell is almost barleywine-like.

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Photo of WesM63
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCimpi
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of moose1980
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Hazy orange (light around the edges) with a three-finger, big-bubbled white head that left traces of foam as it dissipated.

Aroma - Tangerine and spicy brett phenols, though definitely not brett-forward in regard to the aroma. A bit resiny with some bready malts.

Taste - Bitter orange rind with a tart finish. Not nearly as funky as I would like in a bretted beer, but certainly still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with seltzer-like carbonation. Works well for the style.

Overall - Although advertised on the label as a 'refreshing winter ale,' I would push it more into the spring category of something to get the drinker looking forward to summer. Either way, I could drink it year-round!

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4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

33cl bottle. Pours a clear light orange, with a tall white head that gives way to a fine white lacing. Smells of citrus hops, saison and brett yeast. The taste is herb bitter, with notes of grapefruit and honey. A bit of harsh bitterness in the aftertaste, the kind that makes your mouth tight - thankfully, it works OK in this beer, but still, it's not among my favourite tastes.

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Photo of zotzot
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vylo
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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Snowball Saison Ale from To Øl
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 182 ratings
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