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Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 15.51%


Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kell50 on 10-13-2013)
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Reviews by Kendo:
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Kendo

New York

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber (more golden-orangey when backlit) with a small white head.

S: Bready malt and a touch of spice - maybe nutmeg.

T: Overall impression is one of sweetness. Caramel malt with a hint of ginger and nutmeg, maybe some allspice. Modest lemony taste at the finish. House Saranac yeast taste is noted.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, carbonation is good; maybe a tad bit slick in feel.

O: Inoffensive, but hardly anything special. Got it as part of mixed twelve-pack; I certainly wouldn't buy it as a stand-alone in a six-pack, that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 21:48:18 | More by Kendo
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rorjets

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -13%

04-08-2014 17:23:15 | More by rorjets
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Johnroby

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -13%

04-03-2014 00:50:31 | More by Johnroby
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PhillyNole

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

03-29-2014 23:13:59 | More by PhillyNole
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:15:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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vfgccp

New York

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

03-21-2014 20:12:27 | More by vfgccp
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monkeybeerbelly

New York

2.75/5  rDev -13%

03-19-2014 21:10:39 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Apple juice. Decent lace.
Smell: Only a hint of spice.
Taste: Only a hint of spice and maybe a touch of fruit.

This is about as lackluster of a winter warmer as you can get. I guess it could be complimented as being top notch with regard to drinkability. It was certainly tasty, but it wasn't because of what makes this style enjoyable. This was almost a simple lager. I would not get this again. Yes, I could drink this with any lunch or meal, but it's pretty boring if you're looking for a warmer. I'd like this for after working hard on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:12:23 | More by TeamMathis
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

03-12-2014 02:30:19 | More by Zetcha7x
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crytion

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

03-04-2014 13:22:12 | More by crytion
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beergoot

Colorado

3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow body, little apparent carbonation yet with a thick, sticky, white head. Nuty and dried grass aroma; light toffee. Warm malt and vaguely spicy flavor, perhaps some juniper and rye; dry and slightly metallic hop bitterness. Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish.

A drinkable if rather boring winter warmer. The malt warmth and bread-like qualities are the high point for the flavor yet leaves one wishing there was something more to the beer to perk it up. There's some bitter/sweet interplay going on, too, but doesn't really ignite any excitement. Good but a lackluster offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 00:31:13 | More by beergoot
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

02-23-2014 15:39:35 | More by dpgoblejr
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -5.1%

02-17-2014 02:48:23 | More by tobelerone
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.1%

02-09-2014 22:55:42 | More by Goldndomer
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Mesmerizing rise of carbonation ascends like beads on a string within a pale orange body. Topping is a bit thin, skimy, dirty white in color, with no holiday dressing on the vessel.

S: Spicing is light, smells a bit like fresh mistletoe, light sugar cookie, lacking much of a holiday festive appeal. boring.

T: Flavor of sugar cookie, dry, grainy, a bit of nutmeg dusting but really low key lager like offering. Touch of mistle toe greenery, without the poisonous effect of course, leaves with a strange aftertaste that is hard to pinpoint.

M: Syrupy mouthful, decent body, carbonation feels relaxed.

O: Overall unexciting, lacking much holiday spirit and spicing. Nose is virtually non-existent, flavor is rather bland, unfestive with a six pack being a non-recommended factor. Falls below average regards for me, a snoozer that never leaves the gate or defines holiday spirit. bah humbug.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:02:31 | More by beerthulhu
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-04-2014 15:59:28 | More by JohnK17
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GraduatedCashew

California

3/5  rDev -5.1%

02-03-2014 19:57:45 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Brenden

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rudy's is a bright, clear medium orange. While I know it's a Winter Warmer without having to read the label, the look isn't typical. That's no difference to the beer except to say it doesn't have the usual similarities to porter that the style leans toward. The white head is slightly more than wispy and somewhat weakly constructed, but decent once it's settled. Lace is dropped in moderation.
This beer is fairly simple. There's not much sweetness from spice, being more of a "kitchen spices" blend, slightly hot and more earthy than anything. There is a light sweetness not from spicing, likely from caramel malts, and the typical Saranac house yeast strain is easily distinguishable.
Crispness is foremost in the feel, and it seems like it's focused on a bit too strongly, but there's about a medium body to this beer with plenty of activity. it fades a little at the end, though, and it seems it just bites too hard and may be covering up that there's not much else to the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 14:05:45 | More by Brenden
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benloho

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -13%

01-29-2014 21:35:32 | More by benloho
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New York

3/5  rDev -5.1%

01-28-2014 17:03:21 | More by complexnomenclature
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hkyplyr73

New York

4/5  rDev +26.6%

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Ralphs66

New York

2/5  rDev -36.7%

01-25-2014 21:23:52 | More by Ralphs66
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ItalianPisces84

Connecticut

1.75/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a light caramel with decent head which faded quickly but left decent lacing in its wake. The smell surprised me, especially for a Saranac and for one that wasn't even a lager: it smelled almost like a Busch light wounded soldier from the night before, or more like several all next to each other. It tasted only a little different (better) than mass produced beer (eg, Busch lite), with some faint floral and herbal notes in the aftertaste. Carbonation was just enough to make it not feel flat, which for an ale is one thing, but this beer quite frankly tastes, looks, and smells a lot more like a lager. Overall I was very disappointed, especially since I really wanted to like this one! Now don't get me wrong, I'm not ranking this with Anhueser-Busch flagship and similar products (those I would never waste time reviewing or ranking), but this is, in my opinion, a very disappointing beer. Look elsewhere for a winter/Christmas/etc beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 04:27:03 | More by ItalianPisces84
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mtnwesdew

New York

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

01-20-2014 00:02:35 | More by mtnwesdew
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

01-19-2014 17:53:20 | More by deapokid
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Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.