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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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 21
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber / copper color with a one finger off white head, with good retention and spotty lacing. the aroma has toasted malt, caramel, cloves, and yeast. Smells like it should be somewhat sweet.

Tastes pretty much like I expected. There is Caramel, toasted malt, cloves, yeast, some citrus, and a little pepper. This also has a bit of an herbal flavor to it. Not overly sweet, as there is some balance provided by the citrus hops and herbs.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. There is a bit of an herbal aftertaste. Nicely made, and well worth having again.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Clear Red/Brown color with moderate carbonation. Head pours around 1 finger in width which fades quickly. Doesn't leave behind any lacing though

Smell - Cloves, Caramel, Malts, Hops, and Barley. Not bad at all!

Taste - Cloves, Bananas, Caramel, Hops and Malts. Interestingly enough, this tastes almost exactly like a Hefeweizen. The only difference is that Hefeweizens are typically lighter and cloudier. However there is a slight spiciness to this beer, which adds an interesting kick to the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body and the carbonation is mild but adds some flavor. Served cold, it's really crispy and fresh!

Overall - My past experiences with the "Biere de Garde" have been rocky at the very best. So it makes me happy to say that this is how it's done right. It tastes great, it goes down well and it's an all around great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mdog
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There are batch codes on the shoulder of the bottle but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber. Two fingers of bubbly head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Nice and spicy. It smells like Schell hijacked a batch from Unibroue and bottled it for themselves. Cloves and sharp pepper spice, lemon citrus, a little fruit (mostly banana and apple), and yeast.

Taste: It mostly mirrors the smell. The sharp clove and pepper spice lead and are followed by orange and lemon citrus, a hint of apple, and the yeast.

Drinkability: Whoa! This is from Schell?! The brewers there go all out with each new Snowstorm and I have to give them a deserving round of applause. Well done!

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of gatornation
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Orangish-brown, like burnt sienna. Moderate cream colored head with wispy lacing.

Smell: Spicy, fruity and tart. Some cherry, pepper, and an earthy, metallic hoppiness.

Taste: Somewhat toasty malt body. Light biscuit notes, definitely some cherry. Then the yeast and hops come through, with pepper, herbs and a little too much metal. Slightly tart on the finish, but the metal and cherry dominate which is a distraction. But let it warm a bit (little more so than expected for the style) and much of the metallic off-flavors disappear.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a medium body. Finish is a little odd.

Overall: Interesting SnowStorm release. I think all of the right elements are here, but I wish the malt body was more evident, and the metallic and fruity notes were dialed back a notch. I like the light tartness though; that was surprising.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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