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Schell Snowstorm (2007 - Abbey Dubbel)

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The recipe for Snowstorm changes every year. Weíve 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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (623) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Poues a deep amber color with a thin, tan creamy head. Rich flavor of sweet raisins, slight caramel, and, yes, a little banana. I really enjoyed this Dubbel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Bottle, part of a sampler pack purchased in Iowa. I am going to cut straight to the flavor, as nothing else really mattered but that for me. Tastes like bananas. I donít know why. Canít quite figure it out. Bananas. Every swig is full of bananas. Is this normal? Not sure, as Dubbels are not really my favorite beer in the world, and I havenít had one for quite some time. Other than the banana flavor, this beer isnít too bad, has a nice feeling to it, like a snowstorm.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
12oz bottle. Sweet and spicy aroma. Plenty of banana esters, yeasty dryness and malty sweetness. Not too overpowering. Very restrained. Pours deep amber with a decent white head. Tart yeast, banana, coconut, cashew, maple syrup on the tongue. Lively carbonation. A tad thin and watery. This would score quite higher if the body was thicker.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2692) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Clear brownish orange with a 1/2 finger yellowish white creamy head, fair retention. Definite spicy Belgian yeast notes, ripe bananas, raisins, and some earthy sweet toffee notes. There was also a bit of a plastic note, though not the same type of burnt plastic I usually get in some crappy hoppier beers, and in this case it comes as more of an afterthought. (As this warmed I got some sweet maple syrup in the aroma, though not the flavor.) Flavor seemed a bit duller in comparison to the aroma--it seems a bit watered down, and what is left is somewhat muted from some blander toasted malt notes. Semi dry finish with bitterness at a 3. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not a bad representation of the style, but there are many many better examples.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2008
From a 12-oz. bottle, this pours a medium amber with reddish overtones. Initial tan head settles down quickly, leaving some lacing. Fruity, nutty aroma with hints of alcohol. First taste is nutty caramel nougat with some vanilla and apricot in the background. Sweetens as it warms; leaving a touch of rum on the tongue. Very smooth mouthfeel. One of the best beers Iíve had this season.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City. Poured a clear dark orange color. Head was thick and off white with decent retention. Smelled of cereal grain and light brown sugar. Swirling the glass brought forth a whiff of banana. Dry on the tongue. The flavors were subdued overall with light clove and minimal coffee cake. Unfortunately, the most prominent was an oxidized papery note. So so.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
On tap. Aroma of fruit, citrus, and yeast. Nice sweetness, thin but drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (706) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Brownish amber color. Slightly bubbly, minimal head. Flavor is initially big sweet full bodied fizzy malts, followed by a hint of roasted dryness, finishes with a hint of warming alcohol. The yeasty bready undertones are obvious in this. Somewhat syrupy. Doesnít conjure the depth of true Belgian Dubbels. Conveys the basic style, but overdoes it on the sweetness. Hmm, this beer is a bit of both, something good and something bad. Even at that, itís a pretty good effort and definitely drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tripplebrew (777) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2008
An okay beer. Fruity aroma. Taste is a bit of yeast and citrus. Fairly carbonated. Not a great beer but okay...especially for the price.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4110) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
A little rough for a dubbel, most american dubbels do no justice for being lumped into this style. At first sniff, has a gravelly aroma and that mellows out to a sweet heavy fruit candy rev in the glass, a little alarm goes off in my alky detector.Orange red iced tea color. Fizz lacks desired gusto on the throttle. Hard hitting savory alky chewing on leather saddle and sissy bar bags. Tolerable only because itís called beer. I really liked last years Snowstorm and was a little disappointed in this one. Too overpowering, almost as offensive as barley wine, IMHO probably should be listed as a barley wine.


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