RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
Our Saranac Belgian Style Pale Ale is made with 2-raw 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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3893) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
12 oz. bottle. BBD March 31 2013. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained white head, with some lacing, over a clear dark gold (SRM 7) body.....nose is light cereal, hints of hop spice.....taste is light malts, hints of sweetness, hints of light fruit (pear, apple) leading to a slightly spicy, mild bitter finish....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation adds foam. This is a nicely balanced beer very clean beer. It, unfortunately, does not have much interest in either aromas or flavors and as such misses the style. BJCP 6/3/12/4/6

Dogbrick (14327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Clear orange-gold color with a medium thin white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of hops, citrus and yeast. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrus, herbal yeast and hops. The finish is fruity up front with a clove and yeast aftertaste. Just average overall.

Itzjerm (3175) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Aroma of honey and light belgian yeast spice. Flavor very light belgian flavor with very little pale ale going on. No hop bite. Head fades very quick. Thin on the tongue. Palate: thin feel, flat, with an abrupt finish. Overall okay if this is a session ale but otherwise pass.

dlovell2 (2381) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Clear golden color with white head. Fruit and clove aroma. Smooth malty start with some fruit flavors followed by clove and finishing with some hoppiness.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Sampled on 3/21/2014. This Belgian Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, floral and spicy with a touch of yeast. A medium to light bodied Belgian Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, some tropical, some peach. The hops are herbal and a touch citrusy. Decent carbonation. A little yeasty, a touch thin and it finishes a touch sweet. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

hershiser2 (3832) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear, applejuice-like with a small spit head. Can’t quite place the aroma, but it’s not pleasant. Tastes of cheap lager with undertones of metal.

ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle, BB Mar 31, 2014. Nose is mineral, fruity Belgian yeast with spaghetti and worty cereal grain, pours clear golden with a soapy off-white head. Taste is very grainy with a little bit of plastic astringency and sweetness, hollow on the inside, touches of fruit and hoppiness but each subservient. Light-medium body is calm, some citrus zinging but not many signs of life. Would work as a Tafelbier, I guess, but I’d always be yearning for more.

sonnycheeba (6561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours clear amber with rising fizzy off-white head. Aroma is cookie and cereal malts, floral notes, Belgian yeast, light funk, and some mango. Flavor is dry malts, light toast, grassy notes, faint citrus esters, and yeasty notes; dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

shrubber85 (11710) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. Musty yeast, lemon and light barley malt aroma. Medium yellow with small head. Yeasty barley malt and musty lemon peel flavor. A nice beer.

MarkSachon (1062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
12 oz bottle from the holiday sampler case. Pours with a minimum head and a yellow to tan color. Medium body with a nice finish. For the relative cost of the case, this is well worth the investment.

Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Spicy banana bread and soft malt aroma. Clear orange like many pale ales. Tangy citrus taste, more bitter than expected, guess that the ’pale’ part of the equation. Soft squishy body. Okay effort here but too watered down. Guessing 4.8%

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