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Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas AleSaranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 16.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kell50 on 10-13-2013

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.34/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-clear, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with strong notes of piney hops, slightly toasted malt, giving off notes of slightly toasted rye bread, caraway seeds, and some caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, only reversed. Strong notes of toasted malt up front and caraway seeds, like freshly baked rye bread, followed by some black pepper, caramel-like sweetness, finished by some pretty strong, but not out-of-balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.0%, there is alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty decent beer. Not bad, but not great either. Pretty enjoyable as your drinking it, but totally forgettable once it’s drunk. Worth a try, but not really worth going back too. I wouldn’t pass it up if offered, but I’m not seeking it out either.

Photo of OldTime
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChadwickHines
2.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrschaef
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.92/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.2/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +27%

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3.85/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2/5  rDev -37.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +57.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of generallee
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a quick fading off white head over an orange amber body with a light haze.

Smell: I don’t get much here, just a light spiced maltiness.

Taste / Palate: There is a mild bready malt base with some dry spice notes like clove and coriander. I am also picking up a touch of bitter orange peel. It’s palate feels light and the finish is quick and somewhat boring.

Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says best before March 31, 2014. Got this bottle from a friend 2 weeks ago so I didn't get a chance to try it fresh. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is light but nice, the brew smells like caramel and toasted malt, and light sweet spices. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but the flavors seems stronger in the taste as compared to the weak aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. It's not one of the better winter warmer/spiced ales I've had, it's really low on the amount of spicing that's in this brew. Not that it's a bad beer, but I think it's a Christmas ale that doesn't have much kick to it. Maybe I'll try it again next year if I can get a single somewhere.

Photo of barczar
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Christmas beer found in April, so...

Pours a clear deep copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is initially dominated by toasted malt, slightly sweet and caramelly, with perhaps a hint of cinnamon and clove. Fairly subtle.

Flavor reveals ginger at the base, which lingers throughout. Cinnamon is another dominant flavor. The toasted, slightly sweet, grainy caramel malt backbone has a sour note to it. Reminds me of cinnamon toast crunch cereal.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high. There's a bit of a bite.

Not overly spicy, which I appreciate. Good malt backbone. The cinnamon dominates, overall. Wish that sour note weren't there.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 3/31/14.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and Christmas spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and Christmas spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with decent spice qualities, but nothing stands out about this one.

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Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.