Snowball Saison Ale | To Øl

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Snowball Saison AleSnowball Saison Ale

Brewed by:
To Øl

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

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Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev +2%
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 -2%
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 rex_4539
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 SammyBoy
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 shleepy
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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 moose1980
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has some yeasty esters but quite clean overall. Taste is also really clean, slightly bitter on the finish with some nice grassy hops. Very well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

Jazzed to try another offering from this gypsy. It pours a clear amber topped by over two fingers of dirty white foam. The nose comprises molasses, leek, powdered sugar, pine needles, orange peel, and chocolate. It certainly sounds like a strange combination of aromas, but it all somehow comes together nicely. The taste holds notes of clove, light black pepper, light cinnamon, wheat, orange rind, banana, and light peach skin. It seems to be hoppy on the nose, but the hops meld nicely with the yeast and the spices when everything hits the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a grainy feel. Overall, a very nice saison, one that deftly balances spice, spicy yeast, and hops. Good times.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

thanks to Dr G for sharing this or was it Mark, anyway I am thankful to whomever shared this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.

The color is golden apricot shade with thick hazed appearance and white head with average bead. The smell has slight pine aroma with stone fruit scent of yeast with light sweet malt aroma. The feel is semi-sweet with fruity and medium high bitterness with light grainy toasted texture and mild alcohol in the finish.

The taste is good with hop flavor apparent with subtle woody quality and mild fruity yeast and slight apricot element with gentle malt sweetness combined with a mild alcohol component in the mostly dry finish. Overall pretty decent saison yet comes off sort of green perhaps a genre bender with Belgian Strong pale more than saison

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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, golden hued body; thick, stick, white head. Citrus, spicy, malty nose. Mild biscuit-like malt flavors; cracked pepper; fairly bitter. Medium bodied; flat and watery; very dry finish.

A fair enough saison but this sample comes across as being rather one dimensional. What fruit and spicy notes that are present are mostly in the aroma while the taste provides just gentle grains and strong bitterness with a very dry finish. Drinkable but pretty mundane.

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Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 .375 bottle poured into a snifter. 1.5 finger white head with great retention, which leaves beautiful lacing. The nose is a bit musty, with malts being dominant. Very crisp, clean flavor, with the main flavors being a harmonious malty/yeasty flavor and a more traditional Belgian-saison white peppercorn spice. This is fairly dry overall, perhaps from the white wine barrel aging. Although there's very little wine character, some oak does pull through. A touch of tropical fruit up front and some citrus on the finish. I really love this shelf saison and hope it continues to be available each winter so I can keep the cellar stocked.

Edit: Badger victory, so I cracked a bottle of St. Nicholas Abbey 15-year rum and tipped it back. No more reviews tonight! BRING ON DUKE!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed gold with a fluffy white head. Smells fairly clean with mostly citrus hops. Clean yeast and crackery malt. Taste: straightforward pils, pale malts, very mild spice from the clean yeast up front. Citrus and tropical fruit from the hops. Light to medium weight with buzzy carbonation. Excellent hop forwarded saison.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Clear amber with white, semi-densed, medium head. Medium lasting. Medium lacing. Aroma is spicy, yeasty with quite noticable malty aroma, but not so strong. Very fresh. You can also feel the citrus notes. Taste is heavy bitter with high acidity. No booze noticable at all. Very fresh and citrus, at the beginning some earthy flavours. Medium bodied, dry, medium carbonation, little alcohol warmth. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

Lemony, musty aroma, with light notes of hay and earthy tones. Flavor is lemon pith, with a resiny and bitter finish. There's a touch of must in the aftertaste. Becomes reminiscent of pear baby food.

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Photo of babaracas
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with dense eggshell colored head, settles to a lingering thick cap with streaks of lace down the glass. Smell: hop forward especially the amarillo...big orange zest, floral sweetness, spicy, whiff of mango beneath with straw and resin notes. Taste: crackery base with some husky twang, orange peel, woody and dried tropical fruit notes, quite spicy. This seems to be quite highly hopped and the otherwise fluffy feel is cut by oiliness on the way to a dry finish. As either a hopped up saison or a farmhouse ipa, it's quite good. Beneath the hop character though there doesn't seem to be a lot going on.

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Photo of coopsta12p
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color and about two fingers of head that slowly dissipates to about a half finger of head. Laces the glass but does not stick.

Smell is not overly pleasant but reminds me of a meadow on a hot day. Straw comes to mind. Also pick up some banana notes. Maybe banana bread!

It is bitter and a bit boozy up front but it really does grow on you. I enjoyed it more with every sip. The hops really overpower the malty undertones but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is good. Thin but does stick to the roof of the mouth a bit. The hops stay with you for awhile.

Overall it was a good purchase and would recommend trying. I wouldn't include this on my top 5 Saisons but it is quality.

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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap. Shaker glass. Bright brass color, chill haze appearance. Foam is white, crown is close & thick. Resins, herbs –mint- flowers & lactic notes to the nose. Malty upfront is sweep out by sharp hoppiness. Medium to full body. Moderate but sparkling carbonation. Oily texture & subtle spicy palate. Bitter fruit in the middle & piney sensation rounded by spiced notes, citric zest, grapefruit & slight tartar touch. Long sharp bitter finish. Dried & herbal aftertaste. Worth to try!!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of citrus, apple, white grape, saison yeast, coriander, inviting. Flavor follows aroma, dry, but fruit forward with a complex mixture of light apple family, citrus, especially grapefruit, grassy hops, black pepper, grassy hops, just a hint of brett and mild saison yeast. Medium bodied with peppery carbonation. I'm beginning to enjoy buying saison style ales because they are a real gamble for me. I do not enjoy the more sour and brett forward examples and each new bottle I get is interesting because it may be a near drain pour, or an interesting flavor experience. Snowball fell solidly into the latter category. Complex and semi-dry, with a hint of tartness mostly from citrus fruit and a nice touch of brett style yeast. I hard a really hard time describing the initial flavor, but black pepper and mixed fruit seems like the closest analog and I found it delicious. I will revisit this saison if I'm lucky enough to see it again. Nicely done.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split. Tried next to the White Wine version.

Dark orange pour with some haze and slow-rising bubbles. White head, excellent retention, good lace.

Good but tame-ish scent of tart fruits, fruity and earthy hops, and some farm.

Taste is very hoppy, lots of grassy earthy tropical citrus, peppery spice, and some wild farm-y and brett elements. Biscuit/bready malts and just a bit of caramel. This could almost pass for a Hill Farmstead-esque IPA.

Great mouthfeel. Foamy, smooth and swishy all the way. Not much ABV presence at all and pretty easy drinking.

This was great, though mostly lacking in the 'saison' realm. Though the White Wine version was quite a different/unique beast, definitely enjoyed this one more.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass. Picked this up at Gordon's in Waltham, MA. Never seen it before so I went on a whim.

Appearance: This beer poured a three finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. it is a slightly hazy pale orange with good clarity and lots of bubbles coming up through the middle of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, bready malts, yeasty esters, vanilla, green apple, spiciness, and a little alcohol.

Taste: Some citrus, yeasty notes, vanilla, apple, pear, spiciness, a little alcohol, and mild tingly lingering bitterness. Bittermess lingers a bit longer than other saisons.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little dry, a little chewy, yeasty, mild bitterness, medium to high carbonation, and light to.medium bodied.

Overall: A good and enjoyable. Happy to know that it was a limited brew and it was reasonably priced also. Hope they have those two bottles left that I saw.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before becoming an 1/8 inch head and soft, fluffy frost-like (imagine that) lacing adhering to the glass.

S- Yeasty, effervescent aroma with notes of pineapple, orange and even lime. There's also some malt sweetness backing it.

T- Pretty straightforward flavor that has some tangy citrus to it. The alcohol is very well-hidden. Slightly tart and a bit rich from the yeast.

M- Somewhat spritzy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Has all the makings of a good saison but doesn't really follow through with the "wow" factor. Still, very easy drinking for the ABV and there's nothing necessarily wrong with it.

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Photo of djura
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap in Budapest,HU.

A - Orange color,clear,one millimeter white foam,no bubbles.
S - Highly fruity smell,very close to IPA aroma of haze and honey. So nice and aromatic.
T/M - Huge bitterness,very refreshing,but maybe to sweet at the end. Fruits in the taste. Drinkable.

O - It is very similar as average good IPA beer. Very good and refreshing.

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Photo of stcules
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful light amber color, very clean. Average white foam.
Fresh, hoppy smell, with some spicy note. Light bretta.
In the mouth too, good taste, alcohol present but not too much.
Pleasant, with a light bretta note. Interesting.
Light fruity note (white peach), and something floral. And a good hop.
Fresh and pleasant.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a clean gold/copper color with 3 fingers of fluffy white head leaving behind a nice amount of lacing. aroma of barnyard brett funk, bell pepper, caramel, slight oxidation. the flavor profile is a bit subtle for an 8% beer.. at least up front it is! starts off with a light saison/brett/wheat body.. then gets slightly sweet and honey like/belgian candy sugar.. then a charred oak flavor finishes off with a lingering bitterness. this was a deceiving one.. started off subtle, ended with a big favor blast.
medium body with modest amount of carbonation.. after all, this is about a year old - i think.

overall, for the value you cannot beat this. originally $12.99 when i contemplated getting it several times.. just dropped to $3.99 at total wine.. picked up the 3 bottles i saw there. totally worth every cent.

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