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Saranac Winter Wassail - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Winter WassailSaranac Winter Wassail

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 17.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
"In the spirit of the ancient winter festivities Saranac Wassail (pronounced 'Woss-el' it means 'be well') is a very special beer to toast the holiday season. At the heart of this beer is a classic English Ale brewed with English malts and Fuggles hops. Reminiscent of your favorite holiday traditions. Look for hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and allspice. Wassail!"

(Beer added by: kbnooshay on 10-27-2005)
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2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out with a similar red color to what the Anchor Special Ale looks like. The head is minimal along with the lacing. The smell of the beer had some nice spices in there and some pretty good malt aromas too. The taste was a bit watered down in my opinion. Rather disappointing with how light the flavor aspect of this beer was. The mouthfeel was also thin, not overly impressed with what this brew had going for it. Overall I had this once a while back and I don't miss it.

Knapp85, Jun 19, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i have been assembling full lineups from breweries and randomly doin these horizontal tasings with my family. The saranac one from a couple weeks ago was more then epic as it took months to gather all of these, but it was a hell of a fun night!

clear amber with a good two finger head of white foam on top. Nice side glass presentation after a somewhat slow fade. Decent amount of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

A good amount of nutmeg, maybe a touch of cinnamon and a nice piney aroma rising up through it,The flavor was very nice, goo strong ale with a nice roundd spiceness and a hop fueled finish. Touch of almost a wood like smoked flavor lying deep within and a nice rounded profile. A touch on the sweet side as it warmed, Lighter then I would have thought this was like a nice session ale. Nice smooth feel with a good lingering tastes finished as it was just that good. Light ABV and body made this one you could sip on all night.

Now overall this one was very nice.

mikesgroove, Apr 29, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass...amber-brown in color, 1 finger head...little lacing.

Toasted Nutmeg, Allspice and Orange
Peel tickles the nose.

Nutmeg and fermented fruit are the prevailing tastes...undertones of cinnamon.

Light to medium Mouth feel.

Not a bad seasonal brew...goes down pretty smooth, but nothing special.

mgbickel, Nov 26, 2009
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2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a crystal clear brown with an off white heading. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell is of clove very subtle hops and sweet malts but a yeasty aroma pulls through.

Taste is of burnt caramel and burnt malts topped with a bittering hops.Gives you a sugary kiss that sticks on the lips.

Mouth has a slight sting on the tongue.Medium bodied and a slight sugary overcarbonation.

Drink is drinkable but nothing really standing out about this beer to try it again decent but nothing stellar.

TheFightfan1, Aug 19, 2009
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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm review this with the style in mind...

A: Bubbly, amber-brown, light tan head, slight leg/lace.

S: Light spicing, cloves, nutmeg, toffee and a little vegetal/cabbage aroma.

T: Grainy & spicy with a slight astringency.

M: Light to moderate body, very dry.

D: Definitely below average.

Derek, Mar 27, 2009
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Saranac Winter Wassail from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.