Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Decoction Concoction LagerSaranac Decoction Concoction Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoubleMalt on 10-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.73%
 
 
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1
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 22
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of devilben02
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a glowing, rich orange-amber color, but a quickly-dissipating off-white head. The aroma is an unexpected combination of herbal, sweet, and slightly sour elements that creates some intrigue. The flavor is likewise interesting, with the dry, earthy, mildly-astringent hops melding with sweet/tart bready malts. It somewhat tastes like the liquid equivalent of dipping a light sourdough bread into a mild herbed vinegar. The good, soft carbonation and medium body provides some weight in the mouth. Overall, the unexpected complexity makes this beer quite interesting and enjoyable.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber shade with a decent head of foam. Quite a bit of carbonation visible.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, and mild floral hops.

Taste: Earthy and herbal, balanced by toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. Flavorful and fairly well balanced, it could pass as a quality pale ale. This is my favorite of the winter sampler pack.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium amber in color and sports a thin cap of off white foam. Bit lightly carbonated like all beers from this brewery it seems. Manages to drop off some lace regardless.

Aroma is quite hoppy along with a clean lager sense and some light caramel notes. Piney hops are dominant with some agitation. Taste follows with a bready light caramel start, a flash of smooth and oily lager clarity mid palate and then a finish that is sweet coarse and adds a hint of chocolate. Offers a decent feel, slightly coarse which helps balance the light carbonation to a degree. Good drinkability, nicely hopped and not too much caramel sweetness to be found. Interesting mix of factors going on, touch more caramel fruity with warming and outgassing.

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3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a white head and some lace. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts. In the taste, caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Some whole grain bread flavor is there as well. Mild and drinkable, hops are tame and lightly citrusy with a small presence in the finish.

On the light side of medium bodied but decent body to it. Overall, this is a clean American Amber lager that is quite drinkable.

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4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into becker pint glass (first beer in my replacement since I broke my other one!). Clear orange amber with a thick fluffy white head that fades after a bit, leaving nice lacing.
Smell is nice and hoppy for a lager, citrus and bitterness overtop of slightly nutty clear caramel malt.
Taste follows nose; clean, nutty malt, cleaned up by dry hoppy bitterness with hints of citrus. Nice and crisp.
Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light.
Overall, a tasty crisp lager, well-hopped and drinkable. Would be a great session brew or with a meal.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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