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Saranac Belgian Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

timbobandit, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

complexnomenclature, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

milkbone_underwear, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter pack beer...
Poured from bottle into nonic pint glass. Pours a hazy golden straw, nice thick head. Great belgian yeast aromas, noble hop presence, and a bit of banana and clove. Taste is very smooth and creamy belgian...its super easy to drink and very enjoyable. Easy on the palate but full of personality. Really greaty brew and would reach for it again for sure.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice brassy dark gold colored body, with lively carbonation. Head makes a good two to three fingers with a shocking white color and soapy character. Retention is pretty good with a lot of creamy whipped up sense also, and some spider legged up lacing. Pretty decent looking.

Sticky malts, and hints of light candi sugar. Straight forward with hints of peanut butter also. Smells like a straight forward Belgian minus the creamy peanuts. Mild hints of grassy like hops.

Interesting flavor profile. Hints of crisp hop in the palate with a very lager like and malt taste. Belgian sweetness does come but also with a refreshing sense of grass. Chewy with a very bread like sensing malt like an American lager. Seems a good strong emphasis on barley compared to most Belgian pales. Carbonation is lively with a good palate feel. Lots of density here.

Overall it's different, but this is actually quite enjoyable. I'd have this again, pretty good beer for the style and a nice twist.

smakawhat, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

Daddy_bone1, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

chrishiker1409, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

ColdOneKev, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow again not sure how I picked another Saranac beer with little reviews.

A - Very lively pale ale. Tons of carbonation bubbles on this golden amber color beauty. The head is an impressive 1/2 inch, sticky white and foamy.

S - Light hops, sweet malts, and a lively bubble gum like yeast.

T - Nothing mind blowing. Not too hoppy or fruity just in the middle with mild grains and a bittering finish. Actually quite good.

M - Light to medium I assume it's around 5% since it's easy to drink.

Overall this is the second beer this company has wow'd me with. Maybe they are getting their sh*t together.

DrDemento456, Nov 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

brandonkr, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

bubseymour, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

JamieDuncan, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

IanWingy, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

TEAMHOLT, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

PhillyNole, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - clear golden color with a white head that thinned out leaving a thin sheet of lacing.

S - yeast and some spice.

T - starts out sweet and yeasty with a hint of bitterness before turning sweet on the finish.

F - light/medium body with a crisp feel.

O - a good example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

agreenman19, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

jmw4437, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

BigTrubble, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

cbord459, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2012 12 Beers of Winter.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a lightal malt and a suprisingly vibrant yeast ester.

The taste featured round bready malts with an herbal hop spice and active springy esters.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and user friendly Belgian style ale. Would make a nice year round selection in my opinion.

plaid75, Oct 29, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into pint glass.

A - Pours a pretty and clear amber, with a fair amount of carbonation visible. 2" head formed, which dissipated slowly, and left a good amount of lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - Mild malts and the typical Belgian Ale aromas up front - apricot, peach, slight hint of grapes. Very slight hint of hops at the end.

T - Pleasantly suprised. Quality tasting Belgian Ale. Toasted malts, apricot, peach, dark fruits and sweet tobacco up front. Perhaps even a bit of smokiness. Not in a bad way, either. Slight sweetness in aftertaste, followed by a very slight bite of hoppy bitterness.

F - Crisp and clean with a little bit of fizz. Extremely drinkable and easy on the stomach and throat. Very slight dryness, no stickiness noted.

O - This is a pretty darn good Belgian Pale Ale. I was very pleasantly suprised. Saranac makes some great beers, and some not so great ones. This is one of their stronger efforts. Great Belgian taste and aroma combined with excellent drinkability and mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

stella77artois, Nov 12, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: wonderful golden honey appearence. one finger head that moderately disappeared

s: smells close to a german wheat beer

t: citrus banana taste with a heavy malt character

m: good coating and goes down easy. the taste stays and progresses as it makes home in your mouth

o: not had many belgian pale ales but i do enjoy hefeweizens so i could have 4+ of these easy. i am bias due to my love for saranac simply because i hold the brewery close as a gateway craft beer drug ;)

Hop_kulture, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Matt's beers I found are hit or miss in alot of different styles but this is pretty decent.
The beer has a golden amber hue with lots of carbs but only a small ring of a head.
Aroma is nice too with nice malt aroma and spicy yeast. A good sip I get sweet and spicy malts peppercorns and yeast. A crisp bitter finish this beer is easy to drink and refreshing.

micromaniac129, Jan 05, 2013
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Saranac Belgian Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.