To Øl Snowball Saison Ale | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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To Øl Snowball Saison AleTo Øl Snowball Saison Ale
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Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DovaliHops on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Avg:
3.9
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
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Photo of willbrown
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden with 3 finger head with superb retention. served in an omer traditional blond glass, tons of lace.

S - Hops are the first thing i smell. Citrus, Floral, American style hops come to mind. this may be one of the hoppiest saisons I have ever smelled. there is also a nice earthy and fruit aroma to balance it out. one of the best smelling saisons i have ever tried. Incredible aroma .

T - Lemon, Citrus, hoppy, hint of pine needle, a touch of phenolics adding to balance, earthy and estery but not as much as most saisons(or perhaps the hop presence is masking it right now).

M - great mouthfeel. dry and goes down easy, just what i look for in a saison. my only complaint is that it is perhaps a big over carb'd but that is being picky.

overall - a unique saison that seems to have an american twist although it is an import. highly drinkable and very tasty. the aroma won me over on this one along with the great taste. only thing that would make this beer better is slightly less carbonation and maybe a tad more funk and yeast character. i will be buying more of this beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of DovaliHops
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear, golden amber color with just a hint of orange. A large white head on this one that diminishes rather quickly. Scent has a strong brett character. If this beer isn't brewed with brett, I'm going to feel stupid...But I'm pretty positive that's a lot of brett I'm getting. A bit of barnyard funk with some spices and new leather. Some earthy notes as well. Taste is initially spicy with some very distinct funky flavors...definite brett. Very subtle grassy notes with crisp hoppiness. Finishes with a dry, crisp, spiciness that is outstanding. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I am really impressed with this beer. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from these To Øl guys.

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Photo of PerHops
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lively pour, with a bright golden orange color and a ton of carbonation producing a mountainous head that wisps and sticks all over the sides of the glass. The nose is fantastic right after pouring the glass. Floral, grapefruit and just a trace of barnyard funk. This is an incredibly easy beer to drink. The flavors blend harmoniously. There is a solid malt presence that really softens the citrus, funk and bitterness and creates a great overall beer. Plenty of carbonation, but not enough to dominate the palate, in fact it really softens up as you drink it and is one of the best qualities of this beer. Didn't know what to expect with this one, but am very happy I chose it. I will look for this again.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-straw colored body. Large white head. Decent retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Quite a blast of hops up front. Pine, lemon, grapefruit. Nice, gentle farmhouse character.

T: Like the nose this is quite hoppy as there is a fair bit of pine throughout. Grapefruit and lemon citrus notes shine through. Mild spiciness from the yeast. Soft farmhouse notes - earth and funk.

M: Well carbonatied, medium bodied, nice crispness in the finish. Refreshing with each sip.

O: An interesting and quite nice saison. One of the best new saisons that I've had in a while.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Digging the label brewery name (It's not TOOL, but I can pretend :]). 750 capped bottle to my newly received CBS snifter.

Pours a nice medium orange color, with a light white head of a couple fingers. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly floral hoppy, with citrus tones, citrus peels, white pepper, some slight hay/barnyard funk and a bit of fruity, yeasty esters.

Taste has a nice bitter front, with some lemon peel and orange zest, big spicy peppery notes, slight fruity yeast notes,a slight funkiness and a bitter end.

Feels crisp, carbonation is very noticeable. There's a slickness about it and it's got some body to it.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with two fingers of cloudy off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves mild lacing.

Smell: Light and herbal with just a touch of malt sweetness. Very nice.

Taste: Just like the smell, the main components are light and herbal. There is just a hint of citrus tartness and some bitterness in the finish. Very nice and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth and tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is so easy to drink. This is just what I want from a Saison. Big fan and I would have another.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refuting the trend of sweeter, heavier, and maltier beers for winter, To Ol finds inspiration for winter ales not in the dreary clouds but at the holiday dinner table. Answers lie in highly hopped saison with tart lambic-like earthiness.

A billowing pour nearly pushes the foam out of the snifter. It's firm straw-gold appearance is pierced by sparkling carbonation in a very champagne-like demeanor. A hazy glow ensures bottle conditioning and high hopping rates.

Fruit, hops, and earthy note leaf from the glass with emphasis on lemon, apple, limes, grapefruit, and orange. Slight dusty notes of aged wood, pepper, chives, fresh grass and an almost-"catty" note provide a sharply pungent character with an inherent rustic charm.

Flavors are crisply tart and bitter even from the onset. Only a short undercarriage of grain sweetness, wheat, and hay offer any slight balance to the yeasty spice and hops. White grapefruit, pineapple, dried oranges, and herbal grass and hay flavors extend from the hops and embrace other funky ester tastes in white grapes, dried limes, lemons, and crab apples, which all approach sour taste. Peppery counterpart to the fruit starts robust, almost peat-like, and with sharp cumin-like earth taste and then turns to the spirited bite of lemon pepper to finish.

Shortly after the wheaty grain sweetness touches the front of the tongue, the eruption of carbonation carries the beer to a quick finish with the aftertate of fruit, spice, and hops. Finishing bitter, spicy, and heated, the beer's medium-light body makes it ideal for cleansing the palate to ensure every bite of dinner tastes as fresh as the first.

The beer carries a lot of versitility with food pairings but has enough gumption to stand alone in a session. I'm not sure it's particularly suited for winter feasts but more of a solid option year round.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and lightly bready malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, lemon zest, some funk, citrus and green fruit esters.

T - Sweet grainy and lightly bready malts, Belgain yeast, coriander, pepper, other spices, lemon zest, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, smooth bitterness, some funk, and light tart green fruits.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a tart, funky, dry, estery finish.

D - Great hoppy saison. Good overall balance.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at christmas beer festival Essen

Pours hazy dark yellow with whie head.
Aroma of malt, caramel, brett, peach, citrusly hops.
Flavor is malt, yeast ( light bretty ) sweet fruity, notes of chocolate, citrusly hops.
Thin to medium body, soft carbonation, rather dry finish.
Nice !

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilly 750ml bottle is poured into an Oxbow tulip glass.

The beer has a golden copper color and is very clear. The head is initially large (it fills about half the glass), but has settled to about 3/4 of an inch in height. It has a light tan color and is made up of small bubbles. Lot so of spiderwork lacing has been left clinging to the glass as the head settles.

Snowball has a really great aroma. It is funky without coming across as sour. There is a touch f sweetness. It reminds me of powdered sugar instead of the Belgian candi sugar often used in saisons. The dry hopping imparts a grassy aroma. It reminds me of late winter, as spring is struggling to bring some green back into a grey world.

The beer tastes very good. The bitterness is fairly pronounced. It adds a spiciness that I am really enjoying. It replaces the pepper flavors that you sometimes find in saisons. The brett is noticeable, but the beer doesn't taste too funky. It's mild enough to impart a farmhouse feel to the flavor.

The beer has a fuller body than some other saisons I've had. A high number of carbonation bubbles in each mouthful give it a foamy feel. My lips are a little sticky, but it's not distracting. The coat inside my mouth is light, but it allows some of the grassy hops to linger.

I like this beer a lot. I am intruiged by how far brewers can take the saison style. Ther eis also somethign fun about drinking a Christmas beer brewed by Danes at one of Belgium's more famous breweries. If you get a chance, I'd recommend you try this beer.

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Photo of Ratman197
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear golden amber with a lasting off white head. Aromas of barnyard funk, straw, citrus, yeast and white pepper. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, barnyard funk, fruittiness, white pepper and light earthiness with a crisp dry lingering funky finish.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking but fairly standard saison. Mildly cloudy. Orange. Big white head. Good lacing.

Grassy, mineral hops pop up first. They're followed up by relatively clean saison yeast notes - mild barnyard with a fruity edge (apricots, peaches, plums). There's some sort of vinous flavor running through the beer, but I'm not sure where it comes from. It's all underscored by a backbone of fresh, sweet grain. Good stuff.

Very mildly sweet throughout with a dry, hop-bitter finish. The only fault that I can find is a mild medicinal note that doesn't quite work for me, but it's a very minor consideration. It's a tasty saison with a good deal of hop flavor - I want to say it's a European variety, but I'm bad at such identifications. At any rate, it drinks easily, and there's no real booziness to it.

Good but fairly standard mouthfeel. Lots of fine prickly bubbles. The beer's sweetness is well cut by the finish.

It's a very good saison. Sort of like a European version of Stillwater Stateside. Not much to complain about. To Ol and De Proef know how to make beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high fluffy white had that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has some citrusy flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and would be quite refreshing as an accompaniment to food given its dryness.

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Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good amount of citrus, along with yeast and malt in the aroma.

T: Tasted of citrus (lemon, grapefruit), malt, yeast, and a surprising amount of hops. A somewhat different flavor for a saison (not a whole lot of funk), but pretty solid.

M: A well-carbonated with a clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a different take on the saison, but well worth a shot. Drinkable.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a tall off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Spicy aroma with some citrus. Light bodied. More spice and citrus in the flavor. A bit of a hop bite, but not bitterness. Crisp and dry, just how I like a Saison. Very drinkable, good stuff.

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fourth review, and all of them seem different. here's my take: pretty golden color with a white head that leaves lots of lace. nose and taste are fruity, flowery, grassy hops with a mildly sweet malt backbone, a touch of funk, and just the slightest hint of spice. it seems to be hop-based, not yeast based though. hops are fruity enough to translate sweetness as well, which harmonizes well with the malt profile. medium body that carries a very nice touch of bitter in the back end. a classy kind of bitter that just helps amp up the flavor profile. silky slick with less prickliness than expected for a saison. enjoyable.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

A very nice saison. This beer was served in a tulip glass, a cloud amber color, with a thin wispy white head. Aroma was sweet with malts, slightly fruity, Belgian yeast. Biscuity taste, yeasty, mild grassy funk, ripe melons, meadow flowers and grasses, herbal hops, light citrus zest, light peppery spice. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel, medium-bodied, very pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. Really like the nose in this one, as I pick up considerable white pepper, light ginger, sort of pine, balsa wood aroma, light honey and clove. There's almost an apple cider aroma to this beer that I kind of like. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this beer, and although there's some sweetness initially in this beer, it leans to the dry side on the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the beer is a bit thin on the palate, but I think it works well with this beer. Otherwise, I enjoyed the smooth, long and lightly bitter finish.

Nice beer....

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice wintery saison, more hoppy than most. the bottle is beautiful with white foil, and the pour is just as nice. pale cloudy brass color with a very dense white head, almost impenetrable looking. the head lasts forever, really impressive. the nose is good, but may be the least exciting part of this beer. its got some very interesting yeast going on, and a sweet rather than bitter hop profile. the flavor is fantastic, really yeast driven. lemon pepper comes to mind, but theres a floral honey vibe to it, as well as a punchy hop kick on the back end. its very round and well balanced, but perhaps a little less funky than ive grown to like my saisons to be. still, i think the heavy hop additions make it a more appropriate saison for holiday time. its just bigger that way and able to stand up to some of the bold holiday meals better. fuller body too also helps this cause. overall an excellent saison, probably best enjoyed while the weather is cold.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange with a fluffy 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, spices, sweet, malts, hops, grass

taste: citrus, hay, spices, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very interesting saision. there are so many different versions of a saison these days. so much more to offer then your normal saison du pont. which isn't a bad thing. makes me want to try other saisons.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of augustgarage
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tall 750ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Shared with Sam. Freshness date sometime in early 2014.

Pours a vaguely hazed golden colour, with a fine egg-like foam of off-white. Lacing is frothy and quite sticky. Carbonation forms in a few disparate streams up the edges of the glass. Body looks fluid but with some depth to it. Not bad at all.

Nose is round but flat, with a faint oxidised grain character to it. There's a suggestion of refreshing sharpness, perhaps some slight citrus or some sharp stonefruit. It also has a tad more maltiness than I was expecting. It's not bad, but it's not particularly special either.

Taste is similar, but for a refreshing sharpness on the back that blends acidity, carbonation and booze. Light, fruity entry, definitely stonefruit this time, perhaps some apricot or peach. Very clean palate for the rest of it, smooth, slightly fruity and clear, singing almost. Slight bitter, faintly phenolic bite on the back: it's that combination of booze and faint acidity, perhaps tainted with a little hop character, muted as it is. It's actually pretty good all up.

Feel is lovely. Clean, glassy almost, with enough weight to support the flavours.

Yeah, this is a nice beer. Restrained and balanced, but with some interesting flavour developments. The cleanness is really very nice, it makes it extremely drinkable despite it's 8% ABV. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Railroad Street Bar & Grill...
Appears a transparent light gold with small white cap that quickly fades into a mild cap.
Smell is of pils malt, chamomile, black pepper, sunflowers, daisies, and honey.
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet blast of flavorful fresh earthy sweetness. A hint of lemony tartness is found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, slick, and semi dry in the finish.

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Photo of impending
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mid tone pure copper, towering off white retains like a dairy product, excellent lacing.

Aroma is dominated by strong pine and citrus hops, the strength masks the saison below but delicious none the less. After acclimating to the hops the earth and spices below come into shape. With warmth socks appear.

A hoppy saison, very. Again pine and citrus dominates. And again the earth and spices are sensed but masked. A nice dry crisp bite as the aftertaste begins. Ends with the yeast and hops blending, fading slowly. Moderately bitter. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.

I imagine this will vary dramatically in flavor with age. The hops will fade and a complexity will be revealed that far exceeds what is delivered fresh. No apparent date on the bottle.

pliny meet saison
a saison ipa
cheers

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