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Saranac Belgian Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Belgian Pale AleSaranac Belgian Pale Ale

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77
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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Saranac Belgian Style Pale Ale is made with 2-row barley and traditional European malts. Brewed with a perfect balance of malt and hops, this is a "sessionable" Belgian style ale. Look for a light amber color and a distinctive fruitiness from the Belgian yeast used in fermentation. Consumed by Belgians as an "everyday" beer, this style will quickly become your winter go-to!

28 IBU

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 10-29-2012)
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Utica_Brew_Review

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3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Filtered yellow color with great head and moderate carbonation. Fruity, floral, citrus aroma. Smells decent enough. Straw, spice, citrus notes with a kick. Decent but not incredible. Nothing really in the back of the palate except a slight hint of caramel. It should probably be unfiltered. Decent from a hop lovers perspective but otherwise can be disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 05:18:51 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a solid Belgian yeast aroma, but the taste isn't as good in my opinion.

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Appearance: Yellowish orange. Slightly cloudy. Small lace remains from minimal head.
Smell: Honey, hay, pear, and a bit of banana.
Taste: Honey, some citrus.

I don't know what to think of this. It's enjoyable, but the taste is probably the least valuable player here. All around it's ok and quite drinkable. It's quite spritzy, and that dominates the taste. The smell has more qualities to it. All in all I would certainly drink this again, but wouldn't buy this by itself.

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12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt, NY for $2

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, yeast, coriander/clove

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grassy/herbal notes, banana, coriander/clove, and some yeast.

Overall – A decent attempt at the style but far from world class. Worth trying once I suppose.

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

Appearance: Amber pour with a big head of foam and quite a bit of carbonation.

Smell: Fruit, yeast, malt.

Taste: Biscuit, fruits, clove, and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, dry, and slightly sticky.

The Verdict: Not bad. A standard take on a Belgian ale. Saranac seems to have a propensity for making standard brews that fit the bill without doing anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Saranac Belgian Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.