Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger - Matt Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev +11.9%
Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info.
A- hazed darker apricot, puffy offf white head stays nicely, then a tiny bubble film, collar and some low larger buble sheeting and then loose bits and strands of lace.
S- Strong nose of ginger, black pepper and lemon. Astringent and biting, in a good way.
T- Nose carries through onto the palate. More lemon, heavy ginger and again black pepper.
O- Bright, summery and flavorful, I'd love to enjoy this one on a warm summer day, with some salads, bread and cheeses. Nice saison. Good value.
01-13-2013 04:32:24 | More by Billolick
4.24/5 rDev +17.5%
A - dark orangish yellow with a big, soft, white head that has good retention
S - belgian funk, lemon, spices
T - lemon, ginger, Belgian funk, apricot, peach, fruity esters, alcohol
M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied
This is a surprisingly intricate, complex, enjoyable beer from Saranac. It had solid depth and some really nice intricacies. I really enjoyed this beer.
04-01-2013 01:05:51 | More by tdm168
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Listed as a saison by the brewer. Pours a lightly toasted straw color with a big fizzy white head that quickly rises and settles. A light cap remained with some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is bright and floral. Clovey yeast notes mix with a floral honey and lemon scent. The ginger provides some additional sweetness and an additional spice note.
The aroma is of a lightly bready malt with some caramel notes. A bit soft and thick for the saison style. Noticable ginger flavor which provides sweetness and spice. Noticable lemon flavor as well, similar to the lemon that was used in the SA coastal wheat. Some clove, pepper, and hay round out the flavor profile. A tad on the sweet-side overall.
The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but has enough spice and farmhouse flavor to offset. The alcohol is a bit noticable and not really wanted in a saison. I'd prefer it to be a little more dry as well.
A good attempt at a saison by saranac. A bit too big for the style and a tad too sweet but it is flavorful.
06-29-2012 22:25:50 | More by Gmann
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
Bright, golden orange in color with an abundant fluff of foam resting on top, Saranac's limited edition saison fits the bill for a light-bodied summery ale. Although it lacks some of the cloudiness and the phenolics in the nose that one might expect with the style, High Peaks Lemon Ginger does have a fragrant aroma full of lemon zest and fresh ginger and is well carbonated. Aroma hops also show up in the nose as the beer warms to room temperature.
More tart than bitter, this saison has some yeasty character in its taste along with a citrus quality that emerges mid-quaff. Malty flavor, especially white bread crust (from the wheat malt perhaps) stands out more than hops, and a sweetness plays around the edges in the finish. An enjoyable beer, especially with food such as fish or salad, if not necessarily the best example of the style.
09-04-2012 00:38:53 | More by Keene
2.75/5 rDev -23.8%
A: Pale orange with a strong sense of macro-carbonation. Antique white frothy head is one inch and sits rather well. Soapy lace. Minium appeal.
S: Nose of light tart lemon, ginger spice, with flashes of sweet cinnamon and a light dry muskiness of grains.
T: Flavor was semi-dry lemon, ginger with a dash of cinnamon and musky grains that closely followed the nose. A bit stingent at first, lemon grass, fennel sweet, woodsy citrus and oranges, sour malt and candied fruit. Lightly dry, harsh, unpolished finish.
M: Syrupy, medium bodied, touch of sour caramel, acidic, lacks a defined crispness.
O: Overall average offering at best, im a pretty hard evaluater of saisons/farmhouses, love the style, and a hard one to replicate though there are a few good ones made here in the states. Look for a musky belgian yeast, crisp carbonation and spicy nature, this one was meh all around. Some alcohol glow. Grain base was rough, scratchy as well flavor, not particularly smooth or sharply defined.
09-16-2013 23:55:27 | More by beerthulhu
3.5/5 rDev -3%
On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.
The smell featured an upfront ginger aroma followed by a mild yeast ester.
The flavor was likewise highlighted by the ginger with a smattering of esters and caramel.
The mouthfeel was chewy with a very dry finish.
Overall an interesting a tasty saison. A bit heavier than I'm used to for the style, but good nonetheless.
07-01-2012 22:42:00 | More by plaid75
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Straight pour from 750ml flip-top growler to a tall, straight-lipped cervoise-style Ommegang flute. Filled earlier the same day.
Appearance (4.0): Very broad, fat-bubbly head turns into a slow-receding, tight cap of ivory-colored foam that bubbles away slowly. The body is a slightly hazy, deep gold color. Leaves some spotty suds on the way down, as the head recedes. Very pretty, overall.
Smell (4.0): Up front, this comes off as a very well-built saison with a spice character pushed forward by the (surprisingly subtle) ginger inclusion. Some white pepper, a nice, round coriander character emphasized and made somewhat fruity by a somewhat hefty caramel scent, and a bright lemon scent cutting through from underneath. Overall, quite nice.
Taste (4.0): Here, the ginger really punches through, but doesn’t overwhelm anything here. It’s bright and tingles without burning at all, and is tempered by a strong, biscuity malt body. There’s an acidic, lemony finish that complements a mild, grassy hop character in the end. The ginger has a life of its own though, from start to finish. The typical clove and coriander spiciness is here too, but they hang back next to the lemon and ginger.
Mouthfeel (3.5): Much more subdued than I was expecting, but I suspect this keg was on the old side. The carbonation is mild but tingly, and the body is on the light side of medium but finishes rather dry, thanks to a mix of ABV vapor, an acidic lemon character, and some grassy hop finish. Not a bad feel, doesn’t have the carbonated character you’d expect from a standout saison but pleasing nonetheless.
Overall (3.5): This saison isn’t spot-on in any way, but it’s an interesting take and unique it’s own ways. I’d like to see this hopped with Cascade or something punchy like that, and with good bottle conditioning to give it a better body and feel. But overall, this is a good beer and I’m glad to see Saranac doing some more interesting things these days.
09-07-2012 02:07:55 | More by fmccormi
3.9/5 rDev +8%
Dropped $7.50 on this from Halftime beverage.com
A - Pour is somewhat thick with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Color is a hazy orange yellow like a pale ale.
S - Fresh ginger and fruity yeasts are what I mostly smell. A splash of tart lemon and maybe some grass also.
T - The refreshing ginger seems to cut some of the edge off of pure lemon tart flavor of this Saison after which mild touches of hard candy and fruity yeasts finish out the drink. Finish is kind of dry but hides the ABV well.
M - Again I am baffled by the 8.5% ABV. It drinks like a 7% at max even though the body is somewhat oily.
Overall its not going to make me run out and buy another but will make me consider getting other later (equally affordable) offerings from Saranac. Great beer!
12-21-2012 02:10:50 | More by DrDemento456
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
My girlfriend and I split a bottle, poured into an Ommegang flute.
A-dark golden with a frothy white head that sticks around. Somewhat hazy and definitely darker than I was expecting.
S- I'm pleasantly surprised at how pungent the Belgian yest shows in the nose. The lemon and ginger seems to be hidden by the yeast but it does smell very appealing.
T- The citrus is light but noticeable in the front with typical Belgian yeast characteristics throughout but the ginger really comes through after a few sips in the finish. It is slightly warming and reminiscent of a well made ginger ale.
M- A bit more viscous than I was expecting, but the carbonation was much smoother than prickly which I really enjoyed.
O- I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, I wanted to try it because of the intriguing combination but wasn't anticipating enjoying it as much as I did. I would gladly go for another bottle. Saranac has certainly stepped up their game recently, let's hope there are more good beers in the works.
08-11-2012 19:16:45 | More by Mohican88
3.08/5 rDev -14.7%
22oz bottle. Pours a translucent light orange color with almost no head. Aroma is spicy with some yeast and lemon peel. Flavors of lemon and ginger up front. Some yeast as well but the spicy and ginger flavors dominate. Lemon again towards the end. The alcohol is well hidden. Light mouthfeel but a pretty crisp and refreshing beer. The spicy ginger flavor is almost too much and not all that balanced with the lemon. Its not a style I drink often but this is an alright offering. Overall, one and done is enough for this one.
05-29-2012 06:12:33 | More by PicoPapa
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
A: Pours a very lightly hazy dark golden yellow to golden orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of wheat malts, lemon citrus, yeast spiciness, and ginger. Lighter amounts of honey sweetness and floral notes.
T: Similar to the smell, this beer has a wheat malt body with some moderate amounts of honey sweetness. Additionally, there are fairly strong flavors of lemon citrus and spiciness - both from the yeast and the ginger. A little sweeter than I expected for a saison.
M: Very interesting mouthfeel on this beer, slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly upfront while creamy and dry in the finish. Light amounts of alcohol warming.
O: Good attempt by Saranac to do a saison (their first as far as I know) but not quite on point for the style. This beer is a little too sweet and a little too heavy in the body. I actually enjoyed this beer but would not consider it sessionable.
07-19-2012 22:56:27 | More by dbrauneis
Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger from Matt Brewing Company
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