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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: 100
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:
Beer added by: DoubleMalt on 10-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 22
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a red tint. Minor 1/8th inch head with some lacing.

Smell - Roasty malts, german lager malts. Hops, smoke, beef jerky, sweet yeasts.

Taste - First sip is a sour/bitter mix of german malts, yeasts and hops. A true hybird style, you really get two beers in one. The wet hops add a bitterness that really gives this beer a sour punch with the lager malts. Some added sugars sweetness this up a little in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and hops nail the tongue with bitterness. Palate gets more sour notes along with some caramel, roasty malts and some added sugars. The aftertaste is bitter, sweet and a little dry.

Overall - Pretty good actually. Different, yet enjoyable enough to drink. Its a tad too sour, and that tends to overpower and knock the balance of this beer off a bit, but style worth a try.

Photo of 1BadblueSS
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Brad007
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of watermelon
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Deep red-brown body with an off white 2finger head. Had good cap retention as well as good lacing.

S: Smells yeasty and herby. Not a very strong nose.

T: Fruity and grassy. Good bit of hop bitterness.

M: Crisp, light and clean just like a lager should go down.

O: Not bad I would drink it again.

Photo of nyyfanatic213
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JohnnyK
1/5  rDev -71.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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