Saranac Belgian Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +14.2%
Trying this out of the Winter 2012 Sampler. Nice bottle art for a winter beer. Kind of a dark(er) color for a "pale" ale. Real sweet pine smell. First taste is typical of a Belgian pale, cool, crisp, and refreshing. The aftertaste is what is really special on this beer. Nice, kind of sweet vanilla-ish taste. This is only the third beer I've tried out of this sampler, the Black Bear Bock and the 4059' Porter, and I have to say it is my favorite so far.
Definitely would buy this one independent of the sampler pack.
12-20-2012 03:47:04 | More by tbruchey2112
3.6/5 rDev +6.8%
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass as well as a thin collar around the edge.
S: There are moderate aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, you can definitely taste the Belgian yeast in the flavors, which also have some notes of grainy malts and some hints of spices towards the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. The flavor is rather good and doesn't taste watered down so I would consider this beer to be sessionable.
12-20-2012 01:00:00 | More by metter98
3.73/5 rDev +10.7%
12 oz. bottle from winter sampler pack. Best by March 31, 2013.
Mostly clear golden tangerine body. Nice half inch of thick, whipped, long-lasting head. Nice lacing too. Sweetish wheat malts, banana, clove, a little tropical fruit, and some spicy, peppery hops on the nose.
Toasted grains and nutty-ish malt up front. Estery, fruity flavors follow. Mild sweetness. Banana and a little tropical fruit. Yeasty clove. Dries out toward the finish in the presence of spicy, peppery hop bitterness. Moderate body, with a lively, sparkling feel. An easy drinking BPA, and a tasty one at that.
12-11-2012 02:19:15 | More by alexgash
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
the previous review is spot on. this is a highly sessionable belgian pale, lacking the depth and complexity of say, ommegangs offering, but yet a beer im sure ill find myself going back to all winter. it pours really pale apple juice color, with a small but already fading white head. the nose is more like a hefe, with banana and clove from the yeast being really prominent, very light euro malt body on it too in both nose and taste. i taste the fruity yeast first, which is a little sweet, but becomes more spiced as it progresses, almost too delicate on the malt flavors, and not quite as quick a finish as id like, but theres some decent hopping back there, floral and bright. carbonation is spot on, really intense, perfect for the style, and a majorly light body, which achieves what they set out to do here, making a sessionable flavorful belgian ale. this is that, not outstanding, but darn good for what it is. maybe saranacs best belgian style beer, these usually let me down pretty hard, but not this.
11-29-2012 04:23:44 | More by StonedTrippin
3.2/5 rDev -5%
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a short airy pure white head that settled into a ring.
The aroma is light and fruity. Some juicyfruit notes from the yeast. The scent is refreshing but not strong and doesn't really come close to a BPA.
The taste is of a light pale malt, perhaps a touch more bready than a Belgian made brew. Doesn't seem to use as much Pils malt. The flavor is light and fruity with some spice. A light juicyfruit but not much else. No real clove or banana flavor, no candi sugar presence. Besides the fruitiness, this beer misses the Belgian mark. No depth.
The feel is quite light and fizzy. Sweet on the palate with just a touch of grassy bitterness. It is well balanced and quite drinkable. Great session brew as it does have enough flavor.
It labeled itself as a sessionable Belgian brew and it is so I give it props. Quite light on the BPA flavors but much better than the Stella type peers.
11-18-2012 03:11:34 | More by Gmann
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
A - copper with a thin lacing of pure white head
S - faintly fruity with a big spicy, coriander and clove-like aroma
T - spicy up front with clove and coriander followed by a light appley fruitiness; the finish is spicy as well. A pretty clean, balanced flavor. The yeast shines here with just some faint malt presence.
M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated
This is a decent take on the Belgian Pale Ale style. It has a far more spicy yeast character than I would have expected from Saranac. This is definitely a beginners BPA but it's well done and worth a try.
11-16-2012 20:56:21 | More by tdm168
3/5 rDev -11%
12 oz bottle from variety pack. Pours golden with a long lasting, foamy white head. Aroma is of yeast, sweet malt and ripe pears.
Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is yeast, bready malt, earthy hops and some fruit. Finish is short and slightly bitter. I guess you get what you paid for.
11-16-2012 14:40:18 | More by mikeg67
4/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
11-14-2012 18:49:39 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
11-07-2012 13:45:36 | More by DrinkSlurm
4/5 rDev +18.7%
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.
11-02-2012 03:00:36 | More by DrDemento456
3.98/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
10-29-2012 18:43:11 | More by plaid75
Saranac Belgian Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.