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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Nice mild aroma. Very light color. Mild on the palate. Mild overall flavor. Solid, easy drinking pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2646) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkSachon (986) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Saranac is a brand thats known for the accessibility and if they can introduce more pedestrian beer drinkers to more niche styles via good beer Im all for it. I was pleasantly surprised by their new Belgian Pale Ale - which is essentially an American Pale Ale with Belgian yeast, but a good beer nevertheless.

I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber color; crystal clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms an average sized, eggshell hued, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.

Smell: Strong banana scent akin to a German hefeweizen, but with more lemony notes and no spice.

Taste: While I wouldnt say theres anything particularly authentically "Belgian" to Saranac Belgian Pale Ale, I will say its a nice departure from the brewerys usual safe bets. Their flagship beer is an English-style pale ale, so they know the general genre pretty well Id say. Plenty of hop character in this one with a strong lemony character. Its reminiscent of a witbier but without the spices of orangepeel or coriander. Instead, the Belgian yeast imparts a distinct banana aroma and gentle sweetness to make the palate on the lighter, more refreshing side.

Plenty of lighter malts throughout the body with subtle honey notes. A quick, but mild, hop bite through the middle and on the end that imparts a bit of dryness and crispiness. Its also remarkably refreshing making this an ideal summer brew (why its in their winter mix pack I havent the foggiest).

Drinkability: With a thinner, crisper mouthfeel and drinker-friendly palate, Saranac Belgian Pale Ale is a great introductory craft beer. The Belgian yeast makes itself known as the carbonation is fine and continually effervescent, but the body is light enough to lend to easy drinking. The aftertaste is almost completely clean and theres a definite sense of refreshment here. At 5.4% ABV its dangerously drinkable and I could see myself killing an entire six pack on a hot summers day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Its a Single not a Pale. Light and clean, golden colored, light froth of white foam. Hints of lightly yeasty lemon and spice. More light flavors follow - tart, juicy fruit and subtle spice. A small suggestion of hop flavor and then a lightly dry and mineral finish. No flaws, lightly appealing. Did I mention this beer is kind of light? Too light for a lawnmowing beer, maybe a good rehydrator after a 20+ mile bike ride. Just worth it at $10/12 pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (2028) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear deep gold with a frothy white head. Some spotty lace. Belgian yeast aroma on the sweet side. Light Belgian flavor with a mild hop profile. Easy to drink. Light palate with active carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11215) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Clear yellow pour with small white head. Nose and flavor is very reminiscent of a bluemoon. Orange zest and coriander, but flavor also has a slight citrus hop bite. Very small though. This was my favorite of the pack.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2013
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 wouldnt hesatate to pick up again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz into a pint. Pours a straw yellow, golden sunshine highlights. Taste is fruity, grainy, a bit of corn, some pilsner simalarities no doubt. The fruit spice is enjoyable, orange, nutmeg, some xmas flare to it is nice this time. This would go well with some future holiday gatherings coming up. I dont really see much of a dff between this and their other belgian. The pale ale aspect of it is minimal at best. But the overal begian status is acceptable. Nice.

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