Schell's Snowstorm 2012 | August Schell Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A French style Christmas beer. Expect a light amber beer with red tints that is malt forward with noticeable yeast flavors of white pepper
and citrus from an authentic French ale yeast.
Slight herbal hop note in the background,
with a spicy, citrusy, peppery aroma.

Added by jera1350 on 10-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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Photo of youknowmyname
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odor: From the bottle I got a real strong sourdough smell. Once I poured it into a tall tulip glass, the scents came out. Sweet toasted malts, yeast and a hint of something bitter on the end.

Pour: Filtered. Pours a deep bronze with a minimal head. Nice lacing that dissipates quickly.

Taste: Medium body. Very smooth with decent carbonation. Very earthy tasting at the beginning. The malt and yeast really hold the taste until you swallow and then slight sweet notes come out; caramel, toffee, something along those lines but very faint and then the malt comes back with a slight nuttiness that lingers. To anyone who has ever made beer or ever been in the back end of a brewery, think of the smell of Barley Malt Syrup and mix that with walnuts that is the lingering aftertaste.

Opinion: Not bad, not great. I probably wouldn't hunt this one down, but glad to try a new beer. I think if you were a fan of lower end bocks but wanted something a bit different, you would probably dig this a lot.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Foam
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

got a single bottle at my local bottle shop.
never been a big Schell guy but the bottle-shop has most of the 2012 Winter Brews on sale for about $1.50 or so a bottle. Hard to pass up.
i had a big indulgent easter meal of salty ham and cheese grits and wanted some carbonated beverage to purge the air from my stomach and aid digestion.

appears as a dark amber lager-y brew with banana/spice/clove/candy nose appeals.
taste is along same lines as banana spicy but dry-er than seems usual for this type of beer. it's a bit restrained in that way. i'd prefer it to be a bit sweeter. a little bit moreso, anyway.
as another reviewer noted - it's a beer that I would only want 1 of at a time ... it's a bit much for session-ing as are most winter beers... more suited for pairing with holiday foods ...

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a BB 031713

A-pours a clear dark copper color with a small off-white head very little laing with a good collar

S- dark fruit with banana spice and hops floral and earthy

T- dark fruits like plum and fig with spice and hops baked bread with earthy yeast and sweet sugars

M- light carbonation with a fruity spicy and floral hop feel sweet and malty

O- its good but will not buy a sixer singles the next 3 months will be fine with me

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3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper/garnet color with a small head that quickly settled to a thin skim. No lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma has plenty of yeast esters. Has a vinous quality. Also a little herbal hop hint. Not really getting much malt aroma.

Ester dominated flavor as well. Grapes. Sweet malt with a touch of herbal and earthy, hop bitterness near the finish. Overly ester dominated.

Body is a little too light and thin. Seems to be overcarbonated.

Not a favorite. The yeast esters are really too much that not much else gets past. Maybe this will grow on me like Snowstorm 2011 did.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I guess the closest I could compare this to would be a Belgian Ale, although it also reminds me of a wheat beer too. The taste of banana sticks out with some other other fruity aftertones. This twelve pack was given to me by my next door neighbor who didn't much care at all for it. I'm sort of a seagull when it comes to beer so I couldn't refuse. Probably won't buy any myself though.

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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear brownish amber with a good head.

Smell: Quite aromatic, dark fruit, clove, bit of earthiness.

Taste: Mild sweetness and earthiness to start. Fruit flavors remind me of red wine but lean back to apples and malt breadiness. Dark fruit and earthy hops.

Overall: I always pick up at least a 6er of the Snowstorm every year. This year's version reminds me of a Belgian dubbel, quite earthy with dark fruit flavors. It's all right, but I'm just not a big fan of this style.

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3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duff27
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short off white head on a deep amber body. Cap and collar throughout. Some lacig present.

Very sweet smelling, weizen yeasts.

Caramel malts, ending with more of the weizen yeast notes...bananas in this case. Aftertaste is a little distracting, hard to describe. Fairly easy drinking for being 7.5%abv.

Medium to medium-low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, almost syrupy.

A good beer, not great. Take away the awkward, slightly off-putting aftertaste and I think a winner is this. Thanks for the extra Gord!

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3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a hazed auburn colour with a foamy off white head, a half inch thick reducing down rather nicely to some thinnish lace. first thing on the nose is a champagne inspired grape skin fruitiness, some dark fruity and funky maltiness, and a tertiary nut and pine base aroma. smells unique for sure. the flavour profile is belgian like...funk infused yeastiness intertwined with dry cocoa and nougat maltiness. a mid tongue fruit sweetness throws down a hint of currant and berry notes. a slight boozy/brandy alcohol warmth appears, followed by a nut and fig finish complimented by a slight spicy hop bitterness which lingers ever so longingly. there is definitely some welcome layers of complexity to this ale. tastes very nice. the mouthfeel is lightly prickly from the carbonation, otherwise about appropriate for what this offering is supposed to be. body is rock solid...mostly dry and well attentuated. drinkability is quite pleasant and maybe even a bit too easy for an ale of this style.

overall i'm impressed by this years snowstorm from Schell's. a belgian inspired brew from a strongly german/lager brewer. and they mostly nailed it in my humble opinion. winter season appropriate, and a great treat on a bitterly cold northern Minnesota eve soaking in hockey day in Minnesota and the return of the NHL. nice.

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Schell's Snowstorm 2012 from August Schell Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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