Snowball Saison Ale | To Øl

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3.91/5
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Snowball Saison AleSnowball Saison Ale
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:
#8,217
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
182
pDev:
11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by Bubbles:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rafro
1/5  rDev -74.4%

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 doremite
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BlazerT
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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 weonfire
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Dawkins
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of augustgarage
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass. Served lightly chilled.

Nearly clear goldenrod body with dark amber highlights and an active upthrust of magnolia meringue which slowly recedes to a thick mousse-y finger leaving dense tendrils of lace in its path.

Pears, apples, and faint citrus in the nose along with a secondary wave of cloves, lavender, and an herbal/floral flourish underscored by clean slightly biscuit-y malt.

Mineral-laden hoppy palate entry, peppery with a lingering moderate bitterness. Citrus and spicy/earthy flavors vie for your attention wit the latter qualities winning out by lasting longer into the medium-dry finish. Slightly tart and phenolic with a gentle yet distinctive yeast character. A very clean rendition of the style with few traces of the farmhouse.

Soft, effervescent, medium-light body with ample carbonation.

Quite hop-forward, suggesting an American influence despite this being a Belgian product, though the yeast retains a leading role.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 RickS95
2.71/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange copper color. Fairly clear despite the fact that it's opaque. The head is bright white and a finger and a half thick. Attractive head with different sized bubbles, good retention and nice lacing when it does finally dissipate.

Slight funkiness in the smell which is appreciated, but it's not strong enough. There is a peppery spice scent that overwhelms anything else that's present. Some IPA qualities with faint pine and citrus notes.

Tastes more like an IPA. A lot of pine tastes, along with the aforementioned pepper. No funky Belgian yeast presence, nor any Belgian sugar. No fruity taste whatsoever.

No sweetness, no funky tart feel, it's all hoppy bitterness and peppery spice. I'd never guess this was a saison, instead guessing it was some sort of pale ale.

Overall, this is a swing and a miss. In addition to not being a very good saison, it's not a very good beer in general. Even after it warms a bit, the smell and taste don't work. Very disappointing, particularly for $13.99.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brycemc
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A: Large foamy head, diminishing to something more normal after a few sips. Nice chunky lacing. Pale copper color verging on golden with medium activity bubbling. Slightly cloudy.

S: Nose is orange and clove(?), white pepper maybe. Hay and grass notes (summer!!!). Very slight barnyard going on here. Fruity hops.

T: Bitter and nicely bright on front on tongue. Notes of mild pine and hay on the tongue and mid. No real funk in the mouth despite the brett. Finish is dominated by the hops, dry with no real alcohol on it (impressive for a 8.0% ABV brew), but still warming me nicely after a few sips. Long but dry.

M: Brightness and mild acidity keeps things light though the mid-pallet. Dry and somewhat thin, but not at all in a bad way. Medium-light body belies the ABV.

A good brew. A slightly different take on a Saison, but nothing too out of the ordinary - the increase in hop notes is nice. Would balance a heavy fatty holiday meal nicely, while making you pine for the golden days of summer. Would drink again. Nice to find a Saison in the winter.

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Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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 mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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Snowball Saison Ale from To Øl
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