Schell Snowstorm (2015 - Wallonian Style Brown Ale)

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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The Snowstorm of 2015 draws inspiration from the artisinal and experimental traditions of the Wallonian brewers to create a malt-focused brown ale with hints of nut, biscuit and stone fruit.

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3.5
Skyview (6129) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, Minnesota. Pours a dark reddish brown colored brew with a fast dissipating beige head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted nuts, a touch of fruitcake, a little bubblegum and sugar cookie dough. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malt, some roasted nuts, dark pitted fruits and a touch of floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet with some candied fruit and caramel malt aftertaste. Compared to most other reviews, the extra eight months of aging brought out some of the sweetness and caramel malt flavors.

3.3
BVery (11628) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown pour with a small soapy head. Nutty, malt, toasty, a little hop profile to liven it up. Decent.

3.4
mrjaxson (650) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Light caramel aroma emerges after pouring this deep amber-colored ale to a medium sized head. A surprising amount of tiny bubbles helps give nice consistency to an otherwise light body. Lightly sweet then dry then sweet again finish.

3.5
csaso (2372) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2016
Bottle - good size tan foamy head, beautiful dark Amber color, sweet and toasty malt aroma and flavor, moderate nutty notes, mild earthy hops, full bodied finish, pretty good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
commonmac (1416) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2016
12 oz bottle as part of a Christmas beer selection package from an aunt. Consumed in Belgian snifter glass. Brown, cola-like color with a full finger of head and a desire to demonstrate good lacing. Nose is bready and malty with maybe a slight hint of cocoa and some type of fruit. Taste initially brings malt, caramel, little bit of chocolate before giving way to a slightly tart, dark fruit presence. Finish is pretty long lasting with a nutty/fruity characteristic. You can definitely feel the Belgian influence. I’ll admit it surprised me a little bit with its quality as this brewery typically leans towards underwhelming.

3.2
heemer77 (5366) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle. A very dark brown body with garnet edges when held to light. A thin off-white head tops the dark brew. A nose of sweet dough and some bubblegum are present. Milk chocolate is also present. The body is sharply carbonated with some notes of milk chocolate and black tea. It finishes with bubblegum flavor. Overall a decently made beer.

3.4
MaltOne (417) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Pours clear, dark chestnut brown, thin head. Nice aroma of malt, biscuit, a little clove spice. Also pleasant taste... follows the aroma, with Belgian yeast, and more complex spice, cloves and allspice. Starts slightly sweet, finishes slightly dry. Nice effervescence. Overall, very drinkable... enjoyable... somewhat thin and light... that’s OK.

3.6
nuplastikk (6674) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2016
12oz. A pleasant surprise from Schell. Unfiltered brown-amber body. Steady off-white head. Not overboard with the Belgian yeast like most American, or Belgian for that matter beers are. Clove, brown chocolate, chalky dryness, caramel. Really has some respectable depth, but for a Belgian Brown, comes off medium bodied, thin. A pretty unique offering.

3.1
mfhennig (286) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Gift from Jerry in Minnesota. Pours a clear brown. Nutty, bread aroma and flavor. Very nice winter beer.

4
felsenpils (186) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 30, 2016
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium brown with an off-white head. The aroma is malty and clean. The flavor is dominated by the dark malt with the Belgian esters coming through from the yeast strain used. The label says "Wallonian-style brown ale" which refers to southern Belgium where I lived for several years. Yes, this does have that character to it. This is a very nice beer. Please do not drink it too cold as you will lose the Belgian character. Well done!


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