1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale - Matt Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas AleSaranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
74
okay

147 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 147
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kell50 on 10-13-2013)
View: Beers (88) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Howlader
Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.4%

07-20-2014 02:26:36 | More by Howlader
Photo of BoSean_Rodriguez
BoSean_Rodriguez

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +57.7%

06-30-2014 14:47:20 | More by BoSean_Rodriguez
Photo of dzlle25
dzlle25


3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

06-26-2014 22:02:12 | More by dzlle25
Photo of Durandal_777
Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-28-2014 22:10:53 | More by Durandal_777
Photo of kkmiller76
kkmiller76

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-26-2014 03:44:12 | More by kkmiller76
Photo of generallee
generallee

New York

3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 07:43:12 | More by generallee
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 01:38:42 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of barczar
barczar

Kentucky

3.66/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 17:06:48 | More by barczar
Photo of rorjets
rorjets

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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

California

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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
Photo of vfgccp
vfgccp

New York

2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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

New York

2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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

West Virginia

3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Photo of Zetcha7x
Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Colorado

3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
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
Photo of dpgoblejr
dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.4%

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

New Jersey

2.71/5  rDev -14.5%
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
Photo of JohnK17
JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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

California

3/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saranac Rudy's Spiced Christmas Ale from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.