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Snowball Saison Ale | To Øl

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark | website

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 MasterSki on 06-05-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BlazerT
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of WastedYouth
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goochpunch
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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 desint
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has some hues of amber with no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering both the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of acidic bacteria are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out a little acidic and has latter notes of spices and yeast towards the finish. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a bit heavier compared to other saisons and seems to be more conducive to drinking during the winter months.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Snowball Saison Ale from To Øl
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