slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Merry Christmas to myself in the way of a Saranac Winter Pack. Great beligian yeast notes upon opening, but less impressive in the glass. Below average head, lasting very shortly. Looking good, w/ hazy orange color. Nose of malt w/ small hints of yeast. Taste is sweet followed by a slight bitterness that turned medicine like upon warming. There also seems to be either spice or herbs added, but maybe not since this is very mild. Watered down mouthfeel. Not unlike a wheat beer. All-in-all, very drinkable but a little too watery and lacking complexity (and alcohol). A decent attempt at the style and I would def. by this in 6-packs.
generallee08 (739) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a thin off white head over an amber color brew that looks to have to have been filtered. The aroma has a definite Belgian malt and yeast character that I like. Its flavor is very malty and sweet with some classic Belgian yeast and fair amount of hops that give it some citrus and bitter notes. The palate is medium bodied with a nice smooth texture and carbonation. Overall it’s not as complex as other Belgians but it is still a decent brew.
Bulk_Carrier (2587) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a delicate hazy amber color with a decent white foamy head that fizzled into the body in about less than thirty seconds. There was some light lacing but for the most part it left some to be desired.
The smell had a weird combination of toffee and caramel malts overpowering any degree of Belgian spices.
The taste was overly sweet and really do the beer any favors of letting any aspect of true Belgian-ness to come out.
On the palate, it wanted to show a medium sort of body but came across pretty light to show a fairly sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation was pretty sharp.
Overall, I wasn’t exactly a fan of this one. Too bad I live too far away from this company to ask for a new one to see if it was a bad three bottles that I had when I first had this.
ads135 (3338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Lacks the assertiveness and character of a true trappist. Weak and watery, though the appearance is decent.
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a pint glass from a sampler pack. Pours a pale red color. Little head, no lacing. Faint aroma of sweetness and malt. Taste is also sweet and malty. Nothing special. Medium body, smooth finish. Pretty drinkable for a Belgian Ale but nothing to write home about.
chinchill (2777) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. A bit annoyed at the outset that Saranac simply describes this as a "Belgian style ale" on the label (although there’s a more information in the fine print on the neck label) -- Belgian ales are so varied that this is virtually useless. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a short-lived off-white head. Vestiges of the head remain for a while and some thin lacing is left on the glass. Medium-light body with near medium carbonation. A little watery.
The aroma is fruity, bready and appealing, but too faint.
The flavor is fruity, bready and spicy, with what I would describe as a Belgian style spice component. It has a slight earthiness and yeastiness yet is quite drinkable.
O: a decent and economical departure from your typical American beer, but a not a strong rendition of a "Belgian ale"
weihenweizen (2086) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Refrigerated bottle poured into a trappist glass. Pours transparent amber with finger off-white head that lingers. Good lacing, medium body, well carbonated, and caramel malt aroma. Taste is caramel malt, spicy yeast, some bread, and hint of candy sugar. Just get a Leffe Blonde.
Cakes (383) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle – From the “Beers of Summer" variety pack.
A taste of Lemon Zest!
Poured an orangish color with a nice head. The aroma was sweet malts and a yeast. The flavor was very sweet malts, hint of yeast, and a lemon citrus rush.
The lemon permeates this white ale.
wlajwl (4449) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Way too light to be an authentic Belgian Ale. Can taste the sugar notes but not much else.
dredmond (176) - Long Island, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium color, modest carbonation, light bitterness, good feel on palette with "Christmas tree" aftertaste
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a tulip.
4.0 A: Amber color. Decent head with average retention and plenty of lacing.
3.5 S: Spicy, almost like a mix of pepper and cloves. Sweet malts and a touch of wheatiness. Not really much hop character.
3.5 T: This is my first Belgian pale ale, so I don’t have much to compare it too. Tastes like a tripel blended with an American pale ale. A lot of malt character and somewhat sweet. No clove, but pepper is there. A bit of light fruit. Hoppy finish which brings balance.
3.5 M: Smooth, good carbonation. Medium body. Nothing special, but not lacking.
4.0 D: This is one of Saranac’s better beers, though it’s still nothing special.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-07-2009 05:14:03