Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager - Matt Brewing Company
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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
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
3.9/5 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
3.83/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
11-18-2013 13:45:09 | More by stella77artois
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
3.75/5 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
Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.