Schell's Snowstorm 2012 | August Schell Brewing Company

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79 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant deep amber to chestnut under a thin tan foam collar.
S: The nose is spice, cinnamon, orange, cardamom, over malt, light clove
T: the flavors are the spices over a light malt, some honey, light caramel sweetness that is answered by a light hop touch in the finish. Behind the fruit cake there is a hint of chocolate but very faint. There is some drying astringency in the finish from the spice that helps balance the sweetness.
F: medium full body, medium high carbonation
O: Not as funky French as it could be but is still a good beer.

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

Photo of ALC82
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 AnalogErik
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of beersimmons
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Shabedue
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First off, I got this beer for <$.50/bottle as it's now June 2013 so the beer is not fresh.

Appearance- Brown to red. Head disappears within a minute but some lacing persists.

Smell- Interesting, I detect a bit of bready maybe even nutty undertone. Plum and "dark" fruit character.

Taste- Mouth feel is appropriate, medium attenuation that makes its presents known without being overbearing. Sweet character shares space with the bready/nutty taste about evenly. The sweetness balance almost reminds me of a belgian tripel and has similar mouthfeel. Finishes velvety but clears immediately.

Overall- I like this beer quite a bit. I wish I had picked it up fresher although I don't think the age had too much impact.

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Photo of Ragnarok88
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of heytomcat
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of DrZeus10
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kguyty
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of t2thebro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of EROCK75
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was one of the more unique offerings from Schells that I have had.

Color is a clear amber brown with a little bit of white head. No lace noted.

Aroma: A lot of cloves, bananas, spice, and caramel. Some bready malt flavors. Somewhat fruity with some toffee notes. A bit of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is kind of dry and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable brew. I could only have one at a time though. I guess I have had talls at the bars, but only one. Nice beer for the season.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schell's Snowstorm 2012 Biere de Noel Beer, August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm, MN.

Clear, auburn/crimson hue, small, soon-gone white head.

Aroma: Malty and distinctly lovely. Belgian sweetness and Belgian funk. Flowery, fruity, and utterly delightful.

Taste: On the lips and tongue, a repeat of the nose. Sweetness hits, with a small, almost indiscernible dose of hops, with lush malt carrying the character. Belgian yeast delivers plenty of flavor.

I've never heard of the style "biere de noel", but if they are referring to a Belgian Christmas Ale, which is a rather loose style, this one delivers, though it also feels like a biere de garde. A bit more flavorful, spicier version?

Medium body, long, malty/spicy finish, forever flavorful.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bigpoppa67
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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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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