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Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Decoction Concoction LagerSaranac Decoction Concoction Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleMalt on 10-16-2013)
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4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of devilben02
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of stella77artois
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Pours a slightly dark amber. Great looking color, but little carbonation visible, and a very thin head.

S - Smelled Marzen-like to me. Dankness of a lager, earthy bitterness, slight hints of yeast and mild hops. Slight bit of smokiness as well. Very unique, and quite plesant.

T - Like the aroma, it's quite unique. Toasty malts and fermenty dankness (in a good way) up front. Slightly hoppy, with a Marzen-like aftertaste. The hint of smokiness is more prevalent in the taste, and it's a winner for me. This beer has a very unique taste, and is pretty darn solid.

F - Crisp, but slightly sticky. Would've preferred a bit more carbonation, as I like lagers to be carbed well. Certainly drinkable and leaves no unpleasant dryness or bloating feeling.

O - Saranac's seasonal beer are usually hit-or-miss for me. This beer sounded a little gimmicky, but I was pleasantly suprised. This is a very good beer. Good mild flavor, and most importantly, it's unique. Slight smokiness in a lager is something I've very rarely experienced, and it works hear. Mild, crisp, very pleasant taste and is very drinkable. Props to Saranac for making this unique brew. I recommend this beer and am looking forward to drinking the other one from their Fall sampler.

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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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.
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.

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

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.