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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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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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

splittheaces, Jan 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Beer4Baltimore, Jan 13, 2014
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.

devilben02, Jan 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

magnusdave, Jan 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Bapplebaum, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

kuhndog, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of TheMarkE
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber shade with a decent head of foam. Quite a bit of carbonation visible.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, and mild floral hops.

Taste: Earthy and herbal, balanced by toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. Flavorful and fairly well balanced, it could pass as a quality pale ale. This is my favorite of the winter sampler pack.

TheMarkE, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

touchmeimsac, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

boszormeny, Dec 29, 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
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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

podes, Dec 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

ScottK22, Dec 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

mitch3114, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

FrankShirley, Dec 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

CraftBeerGuild, Dec 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

The_Chewlord, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

brandonkr, Dec 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Jordy777, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Falcone, Dec 16, 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
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

donnybalinski, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

chrishiker1409, Dec 12, 2013
Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.