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Saranac Belgian Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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78
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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
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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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of mitch3114
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of niiiv
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of brandonkr
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BDF2000
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of The_Chewlord
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of donnybalinski
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter/globe glass. Pours a light amber with a half inch of foam and more of a deep golden in the light and with just a toch of haze. Offers moderate retention with a somewhat light apparent carbonation level yet offers up a light cap through the glass.

Aroma is largely yeast driven with spicy pepper and a citric fruitiness but by no means riveting in nature. A bit of caramel/roast resides in the background lending a supportive rather than overwhelming role. Pleasant and with a decent amount of depth, and more robust with warming.

Taste is lightly sweet with a citric and biscuity grain flavor/texture. Yeast spice is prominent more on the finish and accompanied by some moderately complex malts and a touch of toast. Decent feel and depth, somewhat subtle yet approachable. Overall a bit thin in feel as the spritzy carbonation dissipates, a pleasant quaff nonetheless.

Photo of 1BadblueSS
1/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color, leaving a near two finger white head that dissipates in fair time, leaving behind a broken layer of suds across the surface. Small, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Light clove spice, biscuity undertone and some fruity esters make up the jist of the aroma.

Taste - Considerably lighter on the tongue than on the nose. Predominant clove spice, backed by weak notes of fruit and an underwhelming bready, biscuity malt presence. Finishes with spice and a slight metallic twang.

Mouthfeel - Light, near watery body with low carbonation. The weakest aspect of this beer.

Overall - A fairly bland, below average brew. Without the spice kick, this would be close to club soda. Will not buy again, and would not recommend.

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4/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appears a bright orange copper hue with white bright head forming thick, fine speckled even lacing around the sides of my glass. Aroma orange bright citrus notes, hints of spicy yeast tones, clove, and coriander. A fruit bright character with a mild funky edge of the Belgian Pale Ale yeast strain, citrus rolling bitterness mainly from the yeast light biscuit malts slightly sour/wild notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied cloying yeast profile between sips, lingering dry spice character. Overall it needs some works, these brewers need to have a couple Orval Trappist Ales and then go back to the drawing board.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Saranac Belgian Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.