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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Blueberry Blonde AleSaranac Blueberry Blonde Ale

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%


Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale is a traditional blonde ale with a kick of juicy blueberry. You'll notice a light golden haze from wheat malt and oats and a low hop bitterness, which really shows off the fruit. With a medium-light body and fresh blueberry flavor, we're sure we've captured refreshment in a bottle!

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 04-14-2012)
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Offa

California

3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale orange with small white head steadily shrinking to ring.

Aroma is light grain, hints of apple cider, grass, plus a firm, clear but not strong element of blueberry.

Taste is first sweetish light blueberry with grain, then vague grassy bitterness and lightly bitter, almost chemically-peppery blueberry skin. Faint grain aftertaste with faint blueberry, overall a bit thin of character and the almost chemically bite of the blueberry is a negative. Body and feel are pretty good, a bit lively, not really watery. Blueberry if clearly present but not overpowering, yet it is not a very good character. It's not a terrible beer by any means but it's not very good, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:00:39 | More by Offa
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light hazed yellow with a thin fluffy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of light blueberry.

The taste is of blueberry with a hint of wheat tang.

The feel is rather fizzy and light.

A typical, average American fruit beer. The blueberry is on the soft side, especially in the nose and there's not much else to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 23:16:38 | More by jwc215
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-golden color with a ice white head and some lacing

S-toasted bread, blueberry, sweet sugar, hint of yeast

T-malt, artificial blueberry flavor, light yeast, light sugary sweetness

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-too artificial tasting, would like to try the base beer alone

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 21:07:50 | More by MDDMD
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, blond colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: blueberry bubble gum smell

T: nice blueberry flavor that is candy like, not much bitterness, light malt flavors complement blueberry

M: light body, higher carbonation, watery

O: blueberry flavor is good, refreshing beer

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 18:14:19 | More by M_C_Hampton
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a light, hazy golden blonde with a small, white head. No real lacing present. Head dissipates slightly as you drink.

Smell: Blueberry on the nose right from the start as you're pouring this beer. Also wheat. Reminds me of booberry cereal.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Expect blueberries and wheat, with maybe a slight hop presence. No alcohol present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: dry over the palate and somewhat watery. Moderate to medium carbonation.

Overall: this is a smooth beer, and it does develop as it warms. However, this is not a beer with enough going to keep me coming back. The blueberries are present, but this beer seems too watery. A decent try, but not extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 20:14:29 | More by MarvinSnyder
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metter98

New York

3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away and also left lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat; the blueberry smell seems to be a little artificial and becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the blueberry flavors seem to be a little artificial and these stand out in front of notes of wheat and grainy malts. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily and the blueberry aromas and flavors help to brighten up what would otherwise be a very ordinary beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 18:23:23 | More by metter98
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TravisShaler

New York

3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy and not as bubbly as most ales

S-Great, but only because i love blueberries

T-Kind of sour but cant expect much from an ale

M-Leave a dry taste in my mouth.

Good beer. Good for after dinner but not an all night beer. ABV only 5%. I prefer higher apv ratings

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 05:44:21 | More by TravisShaler
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digitalflood

New York

3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale (2013) - Good head degrades to nice lacing. Deep straw hazy and all wheat ale like. Blue berries... and.... ummm... something... maybe lemon, maybe lime, maybe orange... some citrus in the smell behind that blue berry. Creamy nose. Blueberries and ale mid palate. Hint of bread courtesy of malt. No hops. No citrus (where was that smell coming from... they're killing me here). Mid-palate I swear I'm eating a muffin soaked in beer. This is not a bad thing. I have admittedly eaten a blue berry muffin with a Yuengling... I'm here to tell you that is EXACTLY what mid-palate I taste. Fades to minor hops and lots more blue berries. Nice ale light copper, light wheat beer taste. There's the blonde ale. It's hiding, but it's there. After taste is all blue berries and malt. More muffins. Brillant. Surprisingly drinkable. Very good mouth feel. Not a fruit beer fan, but as a dessert beer this is probably near the tops. Puts Sam's Cherry Wheat to shame. Wouldn't do it as a session beer. Definitely dessert or stand alone beer. No meals or chips with this one. Mix cautiously and you'll be rewarded. 3.5 out of 5. Fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:25:36 | More by digitalflood
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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Date Rated: May 4, 2013... Glassware: nondescript pint... Occasion: slowing down after a long week... Appearance: slightly hazy pale blond ale with tremendous effervescence; thick and thin bubbles stream skyward to a thick white head--great lacing... Aroma: fragrant, candied blueberry scent; appropriate to the bottle's label... Palate: rather smooth start with little bite; rather diminished and rinselike in the finish... Taste: somewhat malty, with soft hops that do not balance well; odd fruity esters ensue with a mostly plain American pilsner profile... Overall: as novelties go, the fruit beers refresh and remind me of the German/Bavarian traditions with authentic additives--this beer seems to follow that tradition distantly, without the prerequisite fruit or lightness....

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 04:28:54 | More by dacrza1
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours goldish and hazy with a bubble and fizzy white head with decent retention

S- smells like blueberry muffins with a bit of sweet malt to balance it out

T- sweet, with a crisp malt backbone, subtle blueberry with a slightly tart & dry finish

M- light body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and slick finish, high drinkability

O- a basic fruit beer that isn't extreme by any means, but a good option of the beach, which is where I enjoyed it. Not their best beer, but certainly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 14:55:50 | More by Treyliff
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fx20736

New York

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought as part of Saranac's Summer Variety pack from Southtown Beverages on 4/26/13 for $ 7.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy lemon yellow with a one finger white head. no lacing.

aroma: blueberries, pale malt, faintest whiff of hops.

mouthfeel: decent

taste: bready malt with lots of blueberries and a some noble style hops at the end.

notes: fruit beers aren't really my thing. this is drinkable and the blueberries are very noticeable which makes the beer somewhat interesting. A novelty item for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 20:53:53 | More by fx20736
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MadScientist

New York

3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium gold with some haze and a slight purple hue. The head is long lasting, white and made of a small, rocky bubble.

S: Moderately-strong blueberry aroma with a light citrus hops and a moderate malt sweetness. There is a bit of a metallic aroma. No diacetyl.

T: There is the initial soft malty sweetness typical of a Blonde with a moderately-low hop bitterness. The moderate blueberry flavor doesn't overpower the ale. The balance is slightly bitter with a dry finish and a lemony aftertaste.

M: This beer has a moderately-light body with moderately-strong carbonation. There is a slight prickle at the tip of the tongue.

O: An easy to drink lawnmower type ale with some blueberry flavor and a fair amount of aroma. The fruit isn't so strong that it would stop me from having another on a hot day.

Serving type: can

12-05-2012 00:40:02 | More by MadScientist
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy gold. Has a near white dense head. Tons of bubbles and a thick head remains along with very good lacing throughout the session. Good looks here.

Brew smells of big blueberry and yeast. Big fruity nose. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and peppery upfront. Some mild hop bitterness is balanced by good wheat flavors and of course nice blueberry flavors. As advertised, a blond ale with some good blueberry flavoring. Finishes crisp and slighty bitter and semi sweet. A good fruit beer. Good.

A highly sessionable brew that drinks well and would be a good treat to switch things up or have for a get summer bbq. I am not the biggest fruit beer guy, but this one works nicely. A good brew that would be a good lawnmower brew. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:51:43 | More by magine
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy light amber body under a finger of fine white head that leaves nice lace. Attractive.

S: Artificial blueberry, like in laffy taffy or a gas station muffin. I don't hate it at all, but I fi kind of hate myself for not hating it.

T: Lightly flavored, but what's here is unpleasant. Fake blueberry and dull bitterness. Watery finish. Meh.

M: Thin and watery at first, with some prickly carbonation thereafter. Not good.

O: Not recommended, even for those looking for a bland fruit beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:24:39 | More by woosterbill
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white to slightly off white head slowly falls into a nice lacing above a clearish honey golden colored beer.

Fresh warm blueberry muffins aroma with just a bit of some pale hops sneaking in.

A light blueberry muffin like taste with some lesser hops notes.

A light dry aftertaste with those same blueberry muffin tastes sticking around on this light bodied drink from Matt Brewing.

As far as fruit/vegetable beers go this is a pretty good one, the taste of the blueberries is big but not overbearing and artificial tasting like a lot of beers in this style.

Serving type: can

10-06-2012 22:04:51 | More by LXIXME
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass. It has a nice golden color body with a nice 1" white foamy head that hangs around for a while. The smell is straight up blueberry and a little bit of malt.
The taste is very nice of blueberry with a little bit of hops. This one taste real not fake or real sweet like some fruit beers are. The mouth feel is nice and smooth and the blueberry flavor lingers on the tongue. Overall this is a really good fruit beer and i could drink this one all summer long.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 20:15:23 | More by chefhatt
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, maybe a little darker than your usual. Head is about 1/8" coming off white with little depth to it.; dissipating to nothing after a sip.

Smell: Has a hard acai scent to it, but goes in one nostril and out the other.

Taste: If there is a sweet beer here it is. No not like soda sweet but more like the fruit beer you wish you always had.

Mouth: Medium, smooth and no complaints.

Overall: For what this beer is, it satisfies the buds. I am not a fanatic of the fruit beers but this beers has a taste that is not soda like others. You are drinking a real fruit brew. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 04:26:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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searsclone

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle to a pint glass

pours a straw color with a small white head. huge amount of bubbles

smell is blueberry, toasted bread and hops

taste is blueberry upfront, a touch of bitter hops, then more blueberry. the fruit lingers quite a bit

mouthfeel is crisp and easy to drink

overall, easy to drink, great mouth feel and just the right amount of fruit. Glad I tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:29:10 | More by searsclone
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dogfishandi

New York

3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp.

pours a hazy slightly deep golden color, a nice layer of some tight white head with decent retention. some nice lace as well.

interesting aroma. on first whiff, the blueberrys are definatly there, but as it warms the aroma takes of a berry fruit juice type of smell that gets a little odd and footy sometimes . hints of grain behind and not much else.

seems to be just the right amount of blueberry flavor with some crisp grain and wheat to balance. finishes crisp, light, and refreshing with a nice dose of blueberry juice flavor that lingers. a nice crisp carbonation.

a nice summer drinker with just enough fruit to please anyone, but a little boring for the real beer nerd.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 17:52:33 | More by dogfishandi
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atr2605

New York

2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with white head with pretty poor retention
S-blueberry, hint of malt, pretty faint overall
T-Mainly blueberry met with some hop bitterness that keeps it pretty well balanced
M-medium-light bodied
O-good session beer but definitely nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:27:23 | More by atr2605
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KB24


2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy golden to light orange. Barely any head and no lacing.
S - Blueberry and a little bit of wheat.
T - Very faint blueberries. Malty wheat flavor, hardly any hops present. Tastes more like a wheat ale with a touch of blueberry.
M - Plenty of carbonation, a little grainy taste. Also a little heavier than I think it should be.
O - Not bad but left more to be desired. Could use more blueberry, and maybe some more hops to balance it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 18:15:59 | More by KB24
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No lasting head and no lace on the glass. The beer is green tinged grainy yellow colored.

I can smell the blueberries as the beer is placed in front of me. Closer inspection reveals a cotton candy aroma.

This is quite sour, especially given the smell. Thin bodied with a very high carbonation. Short aftertaste, but it does feature a bit of hop and pale malt. The taste leans toward the tannic of the blueberry skins.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 16:51:51 | More by smcolw
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of blueberries along with light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong blueberry sweetness along with background flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is thin as you usually find in this type of beer, but they create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer for blueberry ale but there are others I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 01:01:06 | More by TheManiacalOne
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: some haze when pouring golden color with a reddish orange hue 1 finger white bubbly head that disappears quicks with no eal lacing

S: lots of blueberry hints, malt , some caramel and yeast

T: like the smell blueberry dominates although it has a taste of real blueberries rather than a syrup there is s decent balance of the blueberry and the grains on the taste

M: thin feel on the mouth but it is very drinkable although a little sweet

O:not a very complex beer mainly two notes throughout the blueberries and malt although it does strike an ok balance between the two this beer would seem to pair well with food that is on the spiceier side being that this beer could help cut through the spiceness

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 06:15:22 | More by smcnulty1981
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Dunkel8771


4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was tremendously surprised with Saranac's Blueberry Blonde Ale.
The appearance was a bit cloudy and lighter than expected. The strong blueberry aroma fills the nose with sweet fruity smells.

The feel of the beer in your mouth was a bit wet and the initial swallow allows the drinker to taste the ale without having to deal with the blueberry taste. It is only after the ale is down the gullet that the smell of the blueberry juice hits the nose from inside the mouth that makes this such a great ale to drink.

For those who do not like blueberry, i would not recommend. For those interested enough, this Ale will definitely delight the taste buds and leave you longing for more. I can only expect that it will be fall or winter when I'm longing for a couple and it is out of season.

I first tasted in the Saranac Summer Variety Pack. To my surprise, I found an entire case the next time I visited. (should've bought two)

Taster will not be unsatisfied!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 15:02:36 | More by Dunkel8771
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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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