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Schell Snowstorm (2007 - Abbey Dubbel)

Schell Snowstorm (2007 - Abbey Dubbel)
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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
The recipe for Snowstorm changes every year. We’ve made everything from Stouts to Scotch Ales to fruit beers. This year, we decided to pay homage to the Monastic beers of Belgium. Brewed with six malts and a touch of Turbinado sugar, Snowstorm 2007 has a complex malt character, hints of raisins, dark fruit and rum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Deep amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, fruit, caramel, sugar, nuts, bubblegum and banana. Flavor is of caramel, caramelized sugar, sweet malts, raisons. A touch watery but overall decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9530) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2008
Small, yellowish head over amber beer, no visible carbonation. Caramel and really speculoos (gingerbread), faintly sweet-spiced; bit of green shrubbery, molasses. This "Turbinado", whatever it is, completely overwhelms all other flavours, making it unidimensional. The carbonation absent, this seems flat. More speculoos & sweet bread. A little bit burning MF, CO˛ on the tonguesides, yet the beer seems flat. Belgian Abbey dubbel - THIS? I’m willing to accept it is top-fermented, but it has the character of a filtered, mass-produced Dunkler Bock. You were right, new one, thanks D.A.!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
12oz bottle-A clear medium amber body with a small covering for a head which emits an aroma of Belgian yeast, malt, and a little fruity. Taste from this medium bodied brew is of the same with yeast, caramel, and malt coming throughout the mouthful. A little weak or thin but otherwise another great beer from August Schell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Pours reddish brown with a basically no head. Very sweet, rich, fruity, malty aroma, vinous. Reminds me of a barely wine really. The body is crisp and light, not at all what I was expecting from the sugary aroma. Flavor is good but unrefined, and subtle, like a light barelywine. Toasty sweet caramel malts. The bitterness is really throwing off the wonderful malts. Impressed again by Schell, not world-class but very close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
This has a nice look to it, a sparklingly clear reddish amber body, albeit with a modest head that lingers none too long. The nose is fruity with moderately sweet cherries and soft bananas along with a sweet malty bottom. A bit thin, yet tasty with the fruitiness, now having some raisins and dates added in. Kind of simple, but enjoyable.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Not a bad beer, but much more like a weizenbock than a dubbel. There is a lot of banana and wheat aroma. The flavor is sweet with malt, and more wheat flavor. Very smooth palate, but no visible sediment. One of Schell’s best products.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Draft at Mackenzie’s, Minneapolis. Didn’t realize that the Snowstorm changes every year. Immediately upon tasting it I realized that had to be the case because of the distinctive Belgian yeast and banana esters. Aroma is somewhat faint and doesn’t reveal anything about a Belgian style. Clear, dark amber with excellent lace. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Not completely without flaw but otherwise a nice effort from a brewer that doesn’t do much other than German styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooterbub (1031) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - FEB 5, 2008
12 oz bottle from a sampler pack. Pours a dark brown with a decent tan head. For me, the rum and raisin taste really came through and the aroma was mostly of fruit and alcohol. This beer was pretty easy to drink and was quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2008
In bottle. amber beer. smells malty. I feel like if you are going to make an abbey beer, you need to to use enough of the critical ingredients to make it a real abbey, not a shadow of one. This small beer was unpleasant because it only hinted at something that might have maybe had potential. The flavor was strange, due to the absence of significant malt, and hops as an afterthought.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2008
In the bottle from HyVee CB. Pours dark amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Mild aroma of dark fruits and caramels. Medium in body, this really only reminds me of a belgian toward the finish where the yeast begins to impart a medicinal raisiny type of taste that pulls the flavor out from under an otherwise boring caramel malt. Not much here.

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