Saranac Seasons Best

Saranac Seasons Best

Rated 3.586 by BeerPals
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Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  Dunkel / Dark Lager

5.3% Alcohol by Volume

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This Brew is only made during the holidays. Its a very smooth brown nut lager. very drinkable

ID: 9564 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank2052
Overall Percentile96.2
Style Rank7 of 669
Style Percentile99
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.733
Weighted Score3.586
Standard Deviation0.392

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  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 3.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    Almost confused this with the nut brown ale. Nice aroma, friendly and attractive. A brownish pale lager appearance. Nice looking creamy half inch head. Initial taste is a little more hoppy than I expected, almost comes across like an ale. Has a hoppy back of throat feeling. Not bad for a beer except that from the name I was expecting something a little less offensive. A dark lager that many ale likers will appreciate. Very pleasant and nice carbonation, borders on artificially injected, It’s fizzy creaminess is fun and better than most beers. Much more personality than a dark American lager. Good lacing, like lingerie. Medium hop linger. Did not quite live up to its gentle name. S6L4t4f4o9 SAR NBLAG

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: The body had a nice deep brownish amber color with good clarity. Its head was light tan in color, big and think with very good retention. It also made lots of lacing on the glass. Smell: Its aroma has big, sweet and malty body with some light nutty and fruity notes. Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a solid toasted malty character with a mellow buttery/nutty presence. Hop flavor is modest, slightly floral, and adds just enough bitterness for some balance. The hops comes out more towards the finish which is fairly clean and somewhat dryer. The texture is wet and easy drinking with average carbonation and a medium body. Notes: Overall this is a solid ale and works well as one of Saranac’s Winter Seasonal beers.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.9 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    The aroma is creamy-like and malty with some spice as well as nuts. The appearance is a dark brown to slight dark reddish amber with a nice full head on top that is off-white that clings to the glass nicely and remains. The mouthfeel is full and complex with nice malty balance and coats the pallet very nicely. The flavor is creamy with hints of nut character and spice with a very nice, warming finish with hints of slight bitter. Overall, this is a very good lager and rich and creamy and very drinkable and sweet and has nutty robustness and is very refreshing. Thanks nstallmaster.

  • COTTRELL 588 reviews
    rated 3.4 19 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Not a bad beer at all, would make a nice session beer. Pours a dark amber with 1 finger of head that slims down to a thin layer. Aroma is nutty and sweet caramel, with some mild earthy hops. Flavors are nutty and earthy, with some perfect caramel sweetness, and a pleasant finishing bitterness.

  • SUDSMANPA 346 reviews
    rated 3.8 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours with a nut brown color and some decent white head. The scent did not make much of an impression on me. The flavor bore definite nut brown notes with woody (he said woody) or earthy overtones. A little more hop sharpness than one would expect with this style, also the flavor of the alcohol peaks through a little more than one would expect. Medium to slightly heavy bodied. A good brew - not outstanding, but good.

  • NSTALLMASTER 433 reviews
    rated 3.7 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours dark brown with great head and a little lace, and minimal carbonation. Definitely dark, malty aroma, little hop presence in aroma; pretty good for the style. Mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth. Flavor is dark-malty and nutty, with a nutty-bitter aftertaste (like walnuts). Not a bad beer all-in-all, rich and malty!

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.4 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Saranac calls this their Season's Best Nut Brown Lager. Brown colored topped with a thick tan head. The aroma was pretty boring, but there's a nice malt flavor in there with a hoppy spicy bite. Maybe a little sour. Relatively warming and a nice one for the Holidays.

  • CANNEDDOG 225 reviews
    rated 3.6 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    not a bad ale by any means . a slight woody tast with some nuttiness. nioce color overall and a the head just dies away

  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 3.6 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    The deep, dark color is very inviting and the aroma is nice as well. The taste was a little heavy for my liking but not very harsh and no bitter aftertaste.

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 3.5 20 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Deep amber color with a medium thick lasting head with good lace. Sweet and slightly fruity hop aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor with a malty nutty background and finish.

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