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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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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear copper body with 1 finger of a white creamy head that subsides rather quickly. Very little apparent carbonation activity.

S- Faint. I get a bit of caramel malt and maybe a banana type smell. You have to really stick your nose in to get it though.

T- Delicious. It's got an alcohol burn, it's sweet, it's slightly bitter, it's just a really nice beer. It's got a sourness that's really appealing too. It's a complex flavor that had me going for a second taste very quickly.

M- A little heavy on the carbonation. It's dry. I'd like a softer mouth feel with a little more flavor to linger over. The alcohol burn on the back of the throat is a nice touch though.

O- My first Biere de Garde. This wasn't my favorite snow store of all time, but it's a nice offering. I feel like this gave me a base upon which i can judge further brewery's offerings. I would buy six to share with my home brewing friends, but leave it alone at that. If i were in a dinner situation, i'd order it for sure.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, ruby color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - plum and fig. Some spicy notes.

T - Dried fruits - fig, plum and currants. Sweet bready malt with a touch of spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is always a good beer. I try not to miss it on my annual MN trip.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: A malty, yeasty, fruity, and spicy aroma. Lively French yeast and toasted malt with hints of banana, clove, and pepper. Bready biscuit, caramel, toffee, and cracker. Hints of apple and dark cherry along with some citrus lemon. Light hints of earthy and herbal hops that linger in the background. Kind of smells like a Belgian ale. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a spicy, yeast driven and fruity taste. Good mix of malts and French yeast that give a taste of bananas and apple along with some clove and white pepper spicing. Malt notes of bready biscuit, wheat grains, cracker, caramel, and toffee. Also a subtle taste of dark cherry and lemon zest. Mild taste of hops with some earthy herbal hops in the background. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A really solid Belgian like beer. Solid mix of spices and fruity esters. Kind of like Surly's Cynic Ale.

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3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Schell's Snowstorm 2012 from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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