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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle… Hazy, deep amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. The nose provides caramel, dark fruit and fuzzy fruit esters. Medium-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet with offerings of golden raisins, toffee, caramel and candy sugar. Mild bitterness. Finishes minerally and sweet. Kudos to headbanger for sliding this bottle my way!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9469) - 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, CO² 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12-oz, Thanks, Headbanger! Pours a deeply cloudy, almost murky rubied medium amber with some bright highlights even in the center. Thick, creamy tan head that runs away as soon as it realizes it’s naked and people can see it. Big fruity nose, apple-y and a bit cherry-like, with a tannic note under that that’s almost sharply acetic. Creamy, thick, delectably wintry body. The rye shows through on the mid-palate, and the fruitiness is gone. The bready note is definitely a rich brown bread, though, not the sourdough that the brewer is promising. Mild nutty finish. The flavors are all over the map, but, man, that body is perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (6570) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5732) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Sampled on draught at the ABR 07 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a semi-clear amber brew with a creamy off-white head that quickly dissolves to a film and ring. Aroma of lilght yeast, pitted dark fruits, some caramel malt and a touch of orange citrus. Taste is medium bodied, slightly metalic, light carbonated with a pretty decent yeasty/malt flavor. Finish is slightly dry with a dark pitted fruit and yeast aftertaste. Bring on the winter!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Orange copper color with a somewhat fizzy type head, not quite fully dissipating, but in the time it has taken for me to type this there is but a ring and a few small islands in the middle of the glass. Sweet aromas, with malt, raisin bread, almonds and a touch of dark rum. Simple, but effective aroma. It seems to dry out as it sets, so there is light bubble gum and wood. Slightly fizzy in feel. Quite a few esters in this one. Stewed raisins, lightly toasted malt, light candi all seem to be there, but nothing comes together that well. Hints of cherry wood in the linger. Somewhat Belgian, not quite a dubbel, something, something, something.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (5307) - 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5294) - 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.

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