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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
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleMalt on 10-16-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

new amber lager in the vienna style, with a dry nutty flavor that works well enough for the holidays. caramel color, clear as day, with an inch or so of thin white foam. smell is sweeter from the malt, a little watery though, and a generic lager yeast that almost cleans up the sugar. the taste matches the smell quite well, without being quite as sweet. its more earthy and nutty than sugary, which my palate prefers, and its well hopped too for the style, english bittering and american pine type hops balance this well. not enough body for the color though, and this feels thin all the way through. carbonation is average like most saranac beers. this tastes good, but lacks any real distinctive properties to set it apart from the crowd. its an underrepresented style though, and i am thankful that they brought one back.

StonedTrippin, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

oriolesfan4, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a white head and some lace. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts. In the taste, caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Some whole grain bread flavor is there as well. Mild and drinkable, hops are tame and lightly citrusy with a small presence in the finish.

On the light side of medium bodied but decent body to it. Overall, this is a clean American Amber lager that is quite drinkable.

Stinkypuss, Dec 28, 2013
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.

plaid75, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

tdm168, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark blonde color with a frothy head into my glass. This is part of the new winter mix pack.

Decent pine hop bite greets the nose followed by a touch of buttery malt underneath. Grainy texture.

Ditto on the flavor. Sweet malt gains that buttery edge from front-to-back of mouth. That grainy texture expands in the mouth, finishing with a clean, creamy bite.

Mouthfeel is highly favorable. Sweet and creamy.

After another bottle, I've changed my outlook on this beer. It is one hell of a tasty decoction lager.

Brad007, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

tobelerone, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

vfgccp, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

spinrsx, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

puboflyons, Nov 23, 2013
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.

Brenden, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Falcone, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Durandal_777
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Durandal_777, May 28, 2014
Photo of Kendo
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Kendo, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

HalfFull, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

morebeergood, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Rekrule, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of generallee
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.

generallee, May 23, 2014
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Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.