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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. 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Poured into a belgian goblet, why the heck not? Lovely crimson and caramel color, good head on ’er, dull cocoa meets cream...nice, though I’d like it darker. Aroma: Sweet, nutty, malty, full of dark fruits, some pepper and cinnamon, a bit of raisins and honey, dark rum, and brown sugar, with a side of anise. distinctive whiffs of Belgian yeast. Very good. Taste it, now: biggish mouthfeel, turns sweet on the tongue, all those flavors return, but sweetness prevails. Caramel malts shine through, matching the nuts from the aroma, and the dark fruit and spice, good, if subdued, bitterness. Warm, slightly alcoholic, quite flavorful, and really easy-drinking. Medium-bodied, medium finish, with hops and spice hanging on the tongue, sweet malt remains in control. Nice job, Schell. I can see returning to this throughout the winter, as the chilly air gets serious, and any comfort is welcome!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Huh...thought this was a winter brew, and didn’t realize it was a dubbel until I logged onto this site. It’s very copper-y and rather malty. It struck me as an OK beer, but not a very good dubbel. Appearance looks a bit like a winter warmer - a brilliant, clear, copper color with a cm of head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is pretty caramel-y, but doesn’t offer much else. Flavor is decidedly more dubbel-like, with a bit of sour cherriness, but with a malty copper taste I didn’t particularly care for. Mouthfeel was a little thin. Not bad, but hardly terrific. I’d weakly recommend it. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars Liquor in Franklin, WI.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (3937) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Was drinking this and trying to guess: what style? Winter warmer? Dark lager? Then I checked: Dubel. Huh. Wouldn’t have thought so. It does have a bit of nice malty taste, not so much raisins, but rumish. Still, not exactly a dubbel. It lacks the intensity a good Belgian brings. If it is to be thought of as a dubbel, then this is a German-style version.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (2842) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Am I rating the same beer as the rest of these people? A decent try, yes. a 4? No way. Aroma was so-so. Could pick up rum, raisin and other dark fruit. Pour was extremely disappointing. I love how the big players get that huge tan head complete with sediment and darkness. This is a medium brown with a thin tan ring for a head that was gone after the second sip.Taste was decent for an American attempt at this style (which is one of my favorites). Plum and raisin with just a hint of yeast, but not much. Rubbing alcohol aftertaste. Oh what I would give for a Westy or a St. B right now.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Pours out a clear reddish light brown color. A malty, bready fruit aroma. A nice medium white head. Flavors of plum and raisin with a brandy, yeasty malt finish. Very little hops. Alcohol taste is present. A very nice highly drinkable medium bodied brew. This is a real find especially for the modest price of $10.99 for a 12 pack.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joverton85 (80) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2007
suprisngly good dubbel from schells. light brown hazy body and thin head. heavy alcohol aroma and flavor but slightly covered by a sweet malt flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Clear light brown with a small off white head and an ever persistent ring of lace. Holy crap! This is the real deal! Smells like a Dubbel, tastes like a Dubbel, but I know I only paid ten bucks for a twelver. I feel like a criminal. Classic rum and dark fruit aromas and flavors with a little spicy yeast thrown in. Sweet but fairly dry(I don’t get it, either) with a little alcohol warmth and bite. Extreme drinkability. This must be fairly potent because I can feel the effects already. Proof that this brewery of German lager heritage truly loves beer in all forms. Thanks, Ted

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Medium copper body with a light khaki head. Aroma of apples and almonds. There is also a little bit of ginger. The taste has some light notes of ginger and brandy. There is a little bit of raisin in the finish. Nice smooth body. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Ruby color with a medium head. Aroma of bananas and sweet malt. Very sugary taste. Lots of the usual banana and yeast flavors you would expect in a dubbel. Slightly bitter finish. A little thin, but much better than I was expecting and really quite enjoyable. I think it’s the best Snowstorm I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1165) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2007
(bottle) Pours ruby with an off-white head. Aroma at first is very much like a dry white wine, with some alcohol as well, but upon warming the dryness fades away, and more raisin and brown sugar appears. Flavor is initially malty sweet/tart with slight drying alcohol and a lingering yeasty spicy finish. Medium bodied, and probably the best Snowstorm beer I’ve tried.


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