Snowball Saison Ale
To Øl

Snowball Saison AleSnowball Saison Ale
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From:
To Øl
 
Denmark
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 10.74%
Ratings:
189
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 04, 2020
Added:
Nov 22, 2011
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  30
SCORE
88
Very Good
Snowball Saison AleSnowball Saison Ale
Notes: Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oats , Light Candy, Hops (Amarillo, Tettnanger, Simcoe, Hallertauer), Yeast and brettanomyces.
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Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from an undated bottle pulled from the basement, into the big tulip
A - Orange blossom honey color, excellent carbonation feeds a resilient frothy cap. Carbonation has a champagne quality in size and activity.
S - Cadied orange, must, dry dirt basement. A touch of aspirin and sulphur nothing offensive.
T - Dry hoped with a variety that pushes the orage, set against the Brett/Mix yeast turns out a great candied orange flavor. Then the earthy grains, and yeasty esters add a delightful thread. There is a white pepper aspect and some clove as well
M- Medium in body, carbonation is prickly and moves the sweet start along, through each of the palate phases.
Linger is dry and a bit acidic, quite nice.
O - A good take on the style, with the push and pull between the citrussy hops and the base grains with the yeast/Brett acting as conductors

Apr 04, 2020
 
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 24, 2018
 
4.08 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2018
Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

Hazy brass; petrol + rose petals; cracker, some orange, white pepper, some peach melba, star anise + oregano end; crisp.

4 3.5 4 4 4

Smells boozy at only 8%. But lots of nice spice in the event. Can't say I noticed the Brett. Like the label says, good food beer.

Sep 24, 2018
 
3.85 by BeerBeast from Florida on Apr 14, 2018
Photo of Bruno74200
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bruno74200 from France

This double dry hopped saison is perfectly in style with a strong peppery and herbal character. Quite dry, the mouthfeel is juicy. Nice look with hazy golden body and nice white head

Jan 05, 2018
 
4.37 by stephenlee from England on Dec 17, 2017
 
3.97 by Epiktetos from Czech Republic on Aug 26, 2017
 
4.1 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on May 21, 2017
Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by doktorhops from Australia

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.

May 20, 2017
 
3.88 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Apr 10, 2017
 
4.22 by Sendrag from Sweden on Feb 10, 2017
Photo of josanguapo
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by josanguapo from Spain

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

Feb 04, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

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.

Jan 17, 2017
 
3.66 by kwkdmk from Louisiana on Jan 07, 2017
Photo of rex_4539
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by rex_4539 from Greece

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.

Jan 03, 2017
 
3.7 by bluehende from Delaware on Dec 10, 2016
 
4.38 by AllanPatchin1016 from Ohio on Nov 16, 2016
Photo of SammyBoy
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SammyBoy from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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.

Aug 12, 2016
 
3.65 by Tdenham from England on May 10, 2016
Photo of shleepy
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by shleepy from California

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.

Apr 05, 2016
 
3.65 by WesM63 from Ohio on Mar 20, 2016
 
4.01 by AMCimpi from New York on Mar 07, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by moose1980 from Germany

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!

Mar 02, 2016
 
4.37 by WastedYouth from Scotland on Feb 17, 2016
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Marius from Netherlands

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.

Feb 09, 2016
 
4.11 by zotzot from Vermont on Feb 03, 2016
 
3.5 by GRG1313 from California on Jan 27, 2016
 
4.17 by dcmchew from Romania on Jan 25, 2016
 
4.28 by Vylo from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2016
 
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 27, 2015
 
3.39 by desint from Belgium on Dec 20, 2015
 
3.77 by craftaholic from New York on Dec 14, 2015
 
3.79 by Pxlwix from Texas on Dec 11, 2015
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Dec 11, 2015
 
3.75 by BabaBeer from California on Dec 08, 2015
 
4.53 by T_Davis from Texas on Dec 02, 2015
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

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.

Sep 12, 2015
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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

Aug 26, 2015
 
3.73 by unclekeith from Alaska on Aug 12, 2015
Snowball Saison Ale from To Øl
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 189 ratings