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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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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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12-21-2013 13:58:29 | More by brandonkr
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

12-21-2013 00:43:48 | More by BDF2000
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The_Chewlord

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11%

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donnybalinski

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11%

12-17-2013 14:24:14 | More by donnybalinski
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HalfFull

California

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 06:21:12 | More by HalfFull
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1BadblueSS

New York

1/5  rDev -70.3%

12-09-2013 02:26:30 | More by 1BadblueSS
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TheSixthRing

California

2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 07:02:30 | More by TheSixthRing
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New York

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West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:24:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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Virginia

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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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Maryland

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watermelon

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass Bottle says best by march 31st 2014.

A: Poured a clear golden color with a white foamy head that retained well and left lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Fruity smell with spicy undertones of pepper as well as some smokey notes.

T: Taste follows the nose, with a bit more citrus and hop bitterness coming through.

M: Great mouth feel nice and crisp with a bit of bitter twang.

O: This is a really good example of the style. I could drink these all day. I got this in the Saranac winter sampler and was very impressed with it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:09:41 | More by watermelon
Saranac Belgian Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.