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Saranac Belgian Pale Ale - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Belgian Pale AleSaranac Belgian Pale Ale

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%


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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rangerred

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a one finger white head. The abundant carbonation gives the head excellent staying power and there are nice globs of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is, unfortunately, quite metallic but there is some clove and bubblegum poking through it all. Not enough to overcome the metal, though.

Thankfully the flavor is quite nice and really suprised me in a pleasant way. Lots of clove and bubblegum esters that I love in a BPA along with a nice dose of bready malt. There is a little bit of pepper towards the finish which is pleasantly dry with just a little bit of stickyness left on the lips.

Overall, I was suprised by this as the other offerings I have had from Saranac have been less than impressive. While not on the same level of a beer like Ommegang, a good value and one i wouldn't hesatate to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:54:03 | More by rangerred
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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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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a very thin head, but still has visible carbonation. Clear straw colored body.
S) Classic Belgian aroma - hints of banana, cloves and floral notes.
T) Pleasant malts upfront which transition to a mellow hop bite mixed with earthy, pungent, floral tones. A linger graininess in the finish.
M) Light bodied. Crisp. Dry in the finish.
O) An alright Belgian pale ale. A bit thin on flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:17:51 | More by u2carew
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 14:40:18 | More by mikeg67
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CloudStrife

New York

3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best By March 31, 2014

A: Pours a clear pale golden with a dense white head. Just a touch of visible carbonation.

S: Reminds me of a light abbey dubbel. Hints of dark fruit and belgian yeast. Bit of a roasty aroma with a biscuity toasty feel.

T: Mild and balanced flavor. Isnt overly belgian but still has ample yeastiness and fruitiness characteristic of the big belgians. Malts add some sweetness and the hops some earthiness. Bit of spiciness too.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel, bit of a sticky finish.

Overall goes down easy and works well in the winter mix pack this one was in. Has strong American overtones for this typically Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 00:54:46 | More by CloudStrife
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a bright clear golden-straw color with a small fizzy white head with short retention and no lacing. Not the big rocky head typical with many Belgian pales.

S- fruity yeast with notes of banana and clove, some musty funk, a bit medicinal and some herbal notes.

T- some grainy husk up front with a somewhat thin malt body, transitions into some citrus fruity notes with a bit of clove, the finish is dry with some resinous yeast lingering on the palate

M- light body with assertive carbonation, foamy mouthfeel mid-palate, with a slightly creamy dry finish

O- the think malt body leaves this I've a little too thin and grainy for me. It did however have a nice yeasty finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 05:17:00 | More by Treyliff
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Very transparent, golden colored body with a frothy white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Really just get some sweet, bready malt, no real sign of a Belgian influence.

T- Maybe a hint of Belgian yeast flavor in an otherwise blonde ale. I find this to be a stretch as a BPA.

M- The feel is not offensive, light-medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O- Pretty embarrassing take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Not a terrible beer, but not good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:58:54 | More by stephenjmoore
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MadScientist

New York

2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: a light golden with good clarity. The head is thin an quick to dissipate in to a thin ring.

S: All the aromas are pretty faint on this, in my experience the Belgian character improves over time. There is a light clover and pepper aroma with a slight spicy hops aroma. There is a slight malt sweetness.

T: A moderate clove flavor and moderate hops bitterness. The hops flavor is a light spicy and earthy flavor. The balance is fairly bitter with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A light prickle

O: An unbalanced and not all that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:34:03 | More by MadScientist
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TheMarkE

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:00:01 | More by TheMarkE
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark straw to low copper in colour. Head has low stability with medium-low lacing. Very clear with no particles.

S: Bready malt aromas present, malt forward with hints of fruitiness. Some spiciness when warms up a bit.

T: Bready and malt forward. Bitterness is low and no hop flavours. Slight pear taste comes in in the aftertaste with a low dryness in the finish.

M: Medium-low body with proper carbonation. Has a clean finish that leaves this dry pear flavour in the mouth.

O: I'm impressed with this beer. This brewery seems to be hit and miss and I would say this is a hit.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 21:15:37 | More by Kremlock
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:28:29 | More by TeamMathis
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stella77artois

New York

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 16:33:30 | More by stella77artois
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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
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall pint.

Appearance: Pours what Saranac describes as a "light amber" color. I'd call it a dark gold. Provides and keeps very little head. It passes.

Smell: Smells lightly of clove. Weaker pale malt scent. Relatively strong overall scent. Kinda sweet smelling.

Taste: This one is easy to drink, but it doesn't taste like much. Little bit of pale malt, generally pretty sweet with a light bitter end. Tiny bit of clove. Overall just absolutely unexciting.

Mouthfeel: Probably the only decent part of this one. It's got a lot of carbonation which mixes with its subdued flavor to make this an effortless drink. Still, that doesn't make the whole beer good, and it kind of just covers up the beer's deficiencies.

Not something I'd buy, but I doubt I'd pass it up. I think.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:19:08 | More by ColdWaffles
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

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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bobquick

New York

3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chimay? Nope. But it is a nice representation of the style. Light head, starts smooth then the hops kick in. Don't think I could drink more than two in a single sitting. Even though it checks in at 5.4 ABV, the after taste limits how much I want to drink in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:15:59 | More by bobquick
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tbruchey2112

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 03:47:04 | More by tbruchey2112
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Hop_kulture


3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
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 ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 07:00:58 | More by Hop_kulture
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Saranac Belgian Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.