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Saranac Winter Wassail - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Winter WassailSaranac Winter Wassail

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BA SCORE
73
okay

120 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 17.95%
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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A- Reddish amber hued brew, the clarity is fine but the lacing just ok.

S- Clove, musty cinnamon with some mineral and earthiness in the back.

T&M- Ale twang tangles with the spice character. Medium bodied with a slick smoothness on the palate. Mild hopping, bitterness seems a bit muted against the semi-sweet caramel like maltiness. Spicing is modest but present. Faint roasted grain undertone in the finish.

D- The spice, hop and malt mix just don't mesh right for me ... everything seems a tad out of balance. Not bad but I have certainly have had better.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:41:59 | More by Jason
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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.

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mgbickel

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Toasted Nutmeg, Allspice and Orange
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Derek

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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.

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Saranac Winter Wassail from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.