This week's (belated) Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac' Belgian Pale Ale.
Due to the fact that yesterday was the Jewish fast of Asarah B'Teves, I deferred this week's new brew until tonight. (Unfortunately, I have yet to find a beer that goes with lasagna which was what Mrs KB made to break our fast).
As I mentioned last month, the Saranac Winter Box has two of their better winter seasonal beers - the Chocolate Lager (reviewed here - http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2011/12/sunday-night-suds-saranac-chocolate.html ) and the Big Moose Ale (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/11/sunday-night-suds-saranac-big-moose-ale.html ) along with four new varieties - a Red IPA, Black Bear Bock (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/12/sunday-night-suds-saranac-black-bear.html), Belgian Pale Ale and the 4059' Porter (reviewed last week here - http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/11/sunday-night-suds-saranac-4059-porter.html).
The Saranac Belgian Pale Ale is a very good American take on a Belgian Pale Ale. The beer has a good amount of spice which emanates from the yeast. It also is not very heavy in its alcohol taste nor content (it is 5.4% abv which is on the lower end of the spectrum for this style) would allow you to have more than one if you had the desire to do so.
The flavor profile also allows for a variety of pairings (but sadly, not lasagna). The beer would go well with rich poultry dishes to lightly spiced meat, but not stews/cholent. I had the Saranac Belgian Pale Ale with chicken and spiced red quinoa and the pairing was quite good. If you have tried a combination that works for you, please shoot me an email or post a comment with your thoughts.
Saranac Belgian Pale Ale is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac has begun to brew some of its High Peaks series off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the Belgian Pale Ale, please follow this link - www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/86607.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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