Elysian Saison of the Witch
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Saison of the Witch - a Belgian-style Pumpkin ale brewed by Elysian for Tom Douglas restaurants using their Prosser Farms pumpkins. Saison of the Witch was made from 120 lbs. of roasted Baby Pam pumpkins from just across the pass in sunny Eastern WA. Fennel fronds and bulbs aso went into the mash to lend some aromatics and a soft herbal background. This saison should make a great showing with a medium amber-peach color and a 5.6% abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2012
(Draught) Pours a cloudy golden orange body with a medium white head. Aroma of fennel, pumpkin, grass, and roasted malt. Flavor of pumpkin, fennel, caramel, florals, and pepper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
On tap at Falling Rock. Pours with a very hazy yellow body with a light off-white head. Aromas of fennel, anise, light spice notes and a hint of earthy notes. Flavors are very spicy, fennel, lemon grass and pepper. Lightly tart. Lavender. Tart and dry with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 20, 2011
2011 Elysian GPBF #8. hazy dark golden color/ white head. Vegetal pumpkin, celery, dry spice, dusty pale malt aromas. medium bodied with avg. co2. Bready pale malt flavors with some herbal, clove--good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Luminous hazy orange with a ring of head. Nice yeasty nose with zest of orange. After aeration, a pumpkin spice medley slowly and subtely emerges. Tannic yeasty body with doses of orange creamsicle and bland spices. Finishes overly sweet and tannic for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5221) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft @ Falling Rock Elysian pumpkin fest ’11. Hazy ochre yellow. Aroma is citrus peel, bitter orange, and lots of kumquat. Sweet yeast esters blend with the big citrus character. Sweet nutty malts. Herbal hops. Citrus peel again, in the pocket of candied lemon peel. Is not overtly pumpkiny but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15646) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
Hazy tan. Light yeasty character. Mild maltiness. Has some mellow pumpkin character. Spritzy carbonation. Enigmatic - not a great saison, not a great pumpkin beer, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Draft at Falling Rock’s Elysian Pumpkin Event. Pours a nice enough amber with a fluffy head. Nose is earthy and lightly sweet. Soft clove and white pepper accompany mint & anisey fennel. On tasting, the yeast kind of overwhelms a lot of the rest of the spicing and overshadows the faint earthy pumpkin notes. Pretty solid, but would like to see the character ingredients shine a bit more.

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