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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DovaliHops on 11-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
108
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
21.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 108
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 grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich gold with two fingers of bright white head. Gentle yeasty aroma with some light lemon and fruity sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Bready malt and light spice up followed by some banana, melon, and herbal grassiness on the tail end.

Pleasant saison, although the funky elements are pretty subtle. Drinks dry and crisp.

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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 RickS95
2.71/5  rDev -30.5%
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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 shleepy
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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 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 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 brycemc
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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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