To Øl
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Saison
Copenhagen N, Denmark
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Danish: Lad os bare sige det kortfattet: Vi er pænt trætte af oversøde, dybt maltede jule og vinter øl. Helt ærligt… Når man spiser sin Gås eller And med tyk mormor-sovs så har man ikke brug for et ekstra skud flydende insulin. Nææææ. Du har brug for noget der kan lette din middag, tage din mave ud af den røde zone og rense din hals. Og det er der at Snowball Saison kommer ind i billedet. Det er en SUPER perlende, ren og tør Saison som er blevet eftergæret med mælkesyrebakterier og tørhumlet igen og igen for at give øllen dets lækre krop og bløde tørre eftersmag. Nyd den kolde vinter med en vasker af rette kaliber!

Ingredienser: Vand, Maltbyg, flækket havre, Lys kandis, Humle (Amarillo, Tettnanger, Simcoe, Hallertauer), Gær og brettanomyces.

English: Enough heavy dark obnoxious sweet super malty x-mas and winter beers. When you eat heavy duck with fat gravy, the last thing you want is another heavy sweet malt liqour!
NO! you want something that can help you digest the dinner, ease you stommach and cleance your throat. And that is exactly what Snowball Saison will do. It is a SUPER sparkling crisp and dry Saison that has been refermented with milk acid bacterias and dry hopped over and over to give the beer a crisp and smooth tart finish (not to mention.... there is a lot of hops of course...)
Have a nice winter!

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Flaked Oats , Light Candy, HOPPPPPSSSSS (Amarillo, Tettnanger, Simcoe, Hallertauer) Yeast and brettanomyces

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
A steady, but careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-three-finger thick, glass filling, pale tan head that continues to grow above the rim, such that I have to cull the excess. As the head slowly subsides it leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass and forms an interesting, structural mesa in the middle of the beer. The beer is a pretty, rich amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, maddly carbonated, almost metallic, pale amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied tropical and citrus fruit up front, while the finish has a dry, citrus zest character to it at times. Supporting notes of black pepper, dried hay like herbal notes, bits of toasted whole grain crackers.

The foam tastes of citrus and tropical fruit up front, but finishes lingeringly bitter and astringent. The beer really has an almost candied hop fruit quality to it, but without any sweetness; guava jam, a bit of lychee syrup, candied kumquat zest, peach concentrate, and some candied papaya are all here, interestingly enough the fruit character is so expressive that it provides a perceived sweetness to this beer. The beer is quite dry, and fairly light bodied for a beer of this strength. Touches of spicy peppery, some warming / spicy alcohol, and a bit of hop astringency and bitterness give this beer a bite in the finish. There is a touch of fermentation spiciness here, perhaps a bit of earthiness (that plays up a sun-toasted hay like notes), a soft phenolic character that provides just a hint of mustiness here, and perhaps a touch of something that accentuates a woodiness in the hop character, but really the fermentation character is far lighter than I would expect in something labeled a Saison; having said that, this is well with in the norm of commercial Saisons, it is just that I prefer them with a bit more fermentation character.

This is much more of a hop focused beer than a Saison. I would not have guessed that lactic acid bacteria was added to this beer as it really isn’t very tart right now; perhaps some age will see this kick in, but by then the hop character will also be much reduced. Despite being on the "clean" side for how I prefer a Saison, this is really quite good and enjoyable, and I certainly wouldn’t turn down more of this beer by any means.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (915) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
Draft 0,4l. Pours a hazy straw colour, white foam. Aroma of honey, pine, hops and green apple. Taste of yeast, esters, pine and zest with some skunk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1363) - Bodø, NORWAY - APR 29, 2014
Bottle at home. The colour is cloudy, light orange and with a creamy, off-white, medium head. Aroma of hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and peaches. Grassy hops in the flavour along with lime, hay and some alcohol. Slick mouth feel, and has a medium and lasting bitterness. A fresh and well-hopped sasion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 27, 2014
750 ml bottle @ "Bru Bar Vulkan", Oslo.April 18, 2014. Beer from a tulip glass. Golden/orange and a bit unclear color with a white head and medium carbonation. Aroma is malt,hop,citrus,fruit and some pine and yeast. Tastes a bit fruity,fresh and has a nice bitter finish. ABV is quite hidden despite it is 8%.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (905) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Looks great. Almost zero aroma. Insanely dry which is good for a saison. Lacks spice for a saison. Tastes ok. Wish it had more flavor. Probably won't buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
morri (236) - NORWAY - APR 11, 2014
750ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Asker. Four finger off-white head which fades quickly, but with excellent frothy lacing. Hazy golden body. Aroma of sweet malt, some light grassy hoppiness, leather and herbs. Slightly bitter on the tongue, bitter aftertaste. Well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6103) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting. decent white head. Clear golden pour. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (3713) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting at De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Clear golden pour, thin foamy white head. Aroma of floral hops, fruity, biscuit and some white wine. Flavor is very fruity, bitter hops, somewhat yeasty and a bit spicy. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeErikS (21) - TAIWAN - APR 7, 2014
Well hopped, crisp saison, reminiscent of an IPA but shorter on the bitterness. Drawback is the discernible alcohol nose. A very solid and well balanced winter offering from Toøl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (1207) - CROATIA - MAR 30, 2014
On tap at Express de Lyon, Paris. Pours orange with small white head. Malty and spicy aroma. Fruity and spicy flavor. Hoppy finish.

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