Coaster Critique: New Belgium Snow Day

On the Sixth day of Beermas….

Name: Snow Day

Brewed By: New Belgium Brewing Company

Style: Winter Ale

ABV: 6.2%

This is the only beer in my 12 days of Beermas that is not available in Maine; my friend at Big Kahuna Brew Blog sent this my way from Colorado.

Snow Day pours black, this is a very dark beer, has an off white head.

The smell is very hop forward, picking up citrus and pine. The malt comes through a little; I’m mostly picking up roasted grains.

The hops are the first thing I taste, slightly grassy, some pine notes and a nice grapefruit flavor. Malt is roasty, some slight chocolate and a light smokiness, very subtle though. This is a really well balanced beer to me I don’t find any of the flavors to be over the top. Medium body, steady carbonation and a clean finish.

Overall an excellent beer, I’m really happy to have had a chance to try this beer and now I’m really disappointed that New Belgium isn’t available in Maine. If you can get your hands on a bottle I would recommend picking it up.



Feel free to follow along!

Day 1: Samual Adams White Christmas, Boston Beer Co.

Day 2: Slick Nick, Sebago Brewing Co.

Day 3: Goose Island Christmas Ale, Goose Island Beer Co.

Day 4: Winter Session, Peak Organic

Day 5: Woodchuck Winter, Woodchuck Cidery

Day 6: Snow Day, New Belgium Brewing

Day 7: Weyerbacher Winter Ale, Weyerbacher brewing

Day 8: N’ice Chouffe, Brasserie D’achouffe

Day 9: St.Bernardus Christmas Ale, Brouwerij St. Bernardus

Day 10: Lump of Coal, Ridgeway Brewery

Day 11: Samuel Adams Merry Mischief, Boston Beer Co.

Day 12: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Anchor Brewing Co.

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.