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Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Decoction Concoction LagerSaranac Decoction Concoction Lager

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BA SCORE
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%


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

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleMalt on 10-16-2013)
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Kendo:
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Kendo

New York

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is surprisingly darkish amber, though clear, with a small ivory head. Leaves some lace behind.

S: At first I get a bit of fruit and think it smells like an ale. But then I get toasted malt, a herbal tea-like smell and forget about that fruitiness.

T: Toasty malt, some cereal grains and a touch of something fruity on the back of the sip. Feels surprisingly warm in the belly; that 6% ABV is a bit high for a lager, I suppose. Finishes with some lingering sweetness after just a smidgeon of bitterness. I still can't help thinking it's quite ale-like in some ways.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: Inoffensive, but not quite "clean" enough for a lager. Still tastes like Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:05:39 | More by Kendo
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%

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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/31/14.

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence all around.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 04:43:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Exactly like sweet tea. Basically no head remains.
Smell: Very light lemon with honey biscuits.
Taste: Very carbonated version of the smell.

It's not quite inviting unless you're expecting a southern thirst quencher. If a beer could look weak, this one does. The smell was decent. Basically, it was a hint of honey biscuits with a touch of lemon. Nothing big. The taste was the same, except it was pushed off by the carbonation. This part was odd. I'm not certain it was the usual dry feel, but whatever it was, it pushed the flavors out to the sides of the tongue and didn't really satisfy. I wouldn't get it again. It's not terrible, but not really worth getting unless it's in a sample pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:06:27 | More by TeamMathis
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Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Without much of a description on the label, this beer's interesting name alone rouses curiosity. It's a clear red-orange with an off-white head roughly half a finger tall. Retention is pretty good, as it the spotting/patching mixture of lace thrown down as the beer descends the walls of the glass.
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The mouthfeel is a surprisingly deep and textured one. It's medium in body with moderate carbonation, crisp but quite smooth all the way and ending with more crispness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

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Serving type: bottle

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Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.