Beer: Saranc High PeaksLemon Ginger Saison
Brewery: Matt Brewing Company
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: A New Brunswick apartment
Primary Consumer(s): Ally and Kerensa
Sight: Slightly cloudy bright orange body with visible Champagne-like carbonation. There’s a dusting of bubbles in lieu of a head.
Smell: There’s a definite citrus scent, but it’s not distinctively lemon like the bottle advertises. There’s also a very sweet cardamom aroma and a slightly grassy smell, almost like some strange Riesling-Belgian White Ale hybrid.
Flavor: It more or less tastes as it smells, but the flavor is heavier on the grass and it’s less sweet than expected. The high ABV (8.5%) is absolutely hidden in this, which is relieving. It’s quite spicy, but not in a hot way, instead a spices way. There are traces of cardamom, coriander, and ginger. If we had to compare it to anything, it would be spicy Hoegaarden.
Feel: Thin with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Saranac’s High Peaks line features beers that are “bigger, more complex and flavorful.” Well, Saranac, mission freaking accomplished. The Lemon Ginger Saison (WHAT?) is just that: bigger (at 8.5%, it has a higher ABV than most Saisons), more complex (lemon…and ginger…in a Saison…need I say more?), and flavorful (see previous parenthesis). While atypical of the style, it’s an adventurous brew deserving of the name “High Peaks.” It’s only downfall, really, is that it might be a little too much: it’s a little too spicy, a little too sweet, and a little too flavorful for hours of daytime drinking. However, if you can brave all of this flavor, you will be rewarded with a nice pile of drunk at the top of the proverbial peak.