Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager - Matt Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +7.4%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It has a deep copper amber body with a tall and thick off white head topping it off.
Smell: There are zesty citrusy hop jumping out at me along with bready whole grain malt notes in the background.
Taste / Palate: The flavor matches the aroma and serves it on an easy drinking medium body with balanced carbonation and a slow mellow bitter finish.
05-23-2014 07:40:20 | More by generallee
4.23/5 rDev +21.2%
Poured into becker pint glass (first beer in my replacement since I broke my other one!). Clear orange amber with a thick fluffy white head that fades after a bit, leaving nice lacing.
Smell is nice and hoppy for a lager, citrus and bitterness overtop of slightly nutty clear caramel malt.
Taste follows nose; clean, nutty malt, cleaned up by dry hoppy bitterness with hints of citrus. Nice and crisp.
Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light.
Overall, a tasty crisp lager, well-hopped and drinkable. Would be a great session brew or with a meal.
12-28-2013 03:16:46 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.56/5 rDev +2%
A deep amber brown hue in the body big white fluffy head, layered speckled lacing. Aroma pine, citrus, and floral hop notes that minimal bready layers to support the hop pellet like notes. Flavor has upfront bitterness waves of biscuit/bready malts with big notes of bitterness, pine, floral, and mild citrus peel notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slightly slick hop oils resinous upon the palate. Overall not a bad attempt by the Saranac 12 beers of Winter, decent hopped up lager something different.
11-28-2013 03:04:40 | More by WVbeergeek
3.76/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
This beer runs the gamut of smells and flavors with a blend of toast, fruits, floral, grains and earth with a mixture of very light sugary sweetness balanced by later notes of raw pine and orange peel.
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.
02-02-2014 14:18:07 | More by Brenden
3.61/5 rDev +3.4%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by March 31 2014.
A: Pours a clear deep amber ruby with a nice dense off white head. Leaves some good lacing on the sides of the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.
S: Pleasant malty aroma that has both a graininess and a sweetness. Hops are noticeable in the background. This adds an earthiness to beer.
T: Pretty smooth beer that is hoppier than expected. Starts off with a malt sweetness that is overtaken by the bittering hops. Aftertaste is enjoyable and has earthy hop tones.
M: Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Has a creamy smooth mouthfeel.
Overall its an enjoyable beer and a very nice lager. Wishing there was more than two in the mix pack.
10-24-2013 00:34:35 | More by CloudStrife
3.45/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a capped 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium amber in color and sports a thin cap of off white foam. Bit lightly carbonated like all beers from this brewery it seems. Manages to drop off some lace regardless.
Aroma is quite hoppy along with a clean lager sense and some light caramel notes. Piney hops are dominant with some agitation. Taste follows with a bready light caramel start, a flash of smooth and oily lager clarity mid palate and then a finish that is sweet coarse and adds a hint of chocolate. Offers a decent feel, slightly coarse which helps balance the light carbonation to a degree. Good drinkability, nicely hopped and not too much caramel sweetness to be found. Interesting mix of factors going on, touch more caramel fruity with warming and outgassing.
12-29-2013 05:45:21 | More by HalfFull
3.19/5 rDev -8.6%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped BB Mar312014-2883-0806. Sampled on November 23, 2013.
It begins with a copper-amber pour with a fizzy white head that fades fast.
The aroma is of caramel and toffee malts with a floral hoppiness that is much more akin to grapefruit.
The body is medium with a slight acidity in the texture.
The taste has an obvious caramel and toffee quality at first which is abruptly replaced by the grapefruit bite at the end. In the end it is more hoppy than most pilseners I have had.
11-23-2013 18:32:57 | More by puboflyons
3.9/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours from the bottle with a glowing, rich orange-amber color, but a quickly-dissipating off-white head. The aroma is an unexpected combination of herbal, sweet, and slightly sour elements that creates some intrigue. The flavor is likewise interesting, with the dry, earthy, mildly-astringent hops melding with sweet/tart bready malts. It somewhat tastes like the liquid equivalent of dipping a light sourdough bread into a mild herbed vinegar. The good, soft carbonation and medium body provides some weight in the mouth. Overall, the unexpected complexity makes this beer quite interesting and enjoyable.
01-05-2014 18:25:43 | More by devilben02
4.03/5 rDev +15.5%
Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured a potent herbal hop and earthy malt.
The taste was likewise earthy and herbal with a clean grainy caramel malt.
The mouthfeel was clean with a pleasant carbonation.
Overall a very tasty lager.
10-28-2013 01:15:05 | More by plaid75
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2
Appearance - Copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a slow amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.
Smell - Malts, caramel, hops
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also a very faint citrus taste going on. It ends with a caramel/brown sugar malty aftertaste.
Overall - Not bad at all. A little boring perhaps, but a decent every day easy drinker.
11-26-2013 03:20:17 | More by spinrsx
Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.