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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Sťance is a dark, complexly concocted Saison, rich with earthy hues and flavors. A mild tartness begins the journey, and an underlying hop bitterness sweeps the senses through a newly opened door of the mind, where you will soon find subtle hints of ripe fruit, bringing you to a place few dare to roam.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SPDickerman (881) - Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Pours dark ruby brown with a small tan head. Smells minty and herbal, like spruce. Taste is stale coffee and hints of mint. Light-to-medium bodied with a slick, wet texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Magic Hat Sťance finishes with a mild roastiness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3069) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is a little sour and darkly fruity with a nice little bit of funk to it. Taste is a bit sour and fruity up front, but actually finishes with chocolate in there, which is weirding me out. Very odd beer.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LilMissAle (9) - Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2013 does not count
This girl poured with moderate lacing, and a decent head but faded quickly, bottle pour into a Duvel glass....really strong notes of coffee, chocolate and dirt from the aroma. Beautiful pour, deep and warm reminds me of the warm fuzzy feeling you get pouring a whiskey lowball in cold weather...My first taste is both unexpected and awesome! I pick up dark plums and cherry, almost like a jones black cherry soda. This is something I can really sink my teeth into, rich and a little creamy. A far cry from a true siason, but something to try for sure!!

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
jasonroden (6) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013 does not count
I expected more from a magic hat brew. This is almost as disappointing as hicu. This should be retired now.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (1847) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Publix Supermarket, Kissimmee, Florida. A very dark brown hazy beer with an initial slight sour red fruity flavour, chocolate notes followed by roasted coffee and a spicy finish.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
thebrymanosu (38) - - AUG 13, 2013
Dark pour. Very dark fir a typical saison. Classic saison aroma. Fruity character from the yeast. Touch of chocolate malt gives an interesting flavor. This just doesnít work as a saison for me at least.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with some amber edges when held to the light. Very thin, evaporating, off-white head.

Smell: A bit tartish, a bit earthy, with a kick of spice. Slight roast, off-brand cherry cola, subtle smoke.

Taste: Wheat wrapped in ancillary, earthy dark malty touches, some darkish caramel, cola, walnut, even some light chary elements. The light sweetness lands alongside the spicy yeast character, fruity touches, and smokiness. A little aspirin, licorice. Near-crisp, tartish, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: As phoney as a seance, Iím left feeling a little bit hoodwinked and cheated. Wait. Whereís my wallet?

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle. Taste is watered down tobacco, dark fruit, black licorice on acid and GPS box. What? Exactly.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle bought off the singles rack - purchased because of "saison" and "4.4% abv" on the label - then it poured nearly black and I was like, "motherfucker" - but whatever - letís give it a chance - black saisons can be good - medium tart nose, with a little bit of raisin, smoke, bitter dark malts, a little bit of caramelized sugar sweetness - doesnít smell at all like any kind of saison, but actually not bad so far - full, frothy mouthfeel - flavor is dry, mildly tart, and medium bitter up front - some smoke, earthy/mushroomy character, some phenols, some of which are spicy, others are of the slightly "dirty" variety, but not too much so - finish of tartness, moderate bitterness, and char - sort of like New Belgium Belgian Black, so if you like that beer... - itís okay, just donít expect a saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ironicmedic (47) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Drank from bottle 8/10/13. From variety pack. Taste not exactly like a siason but it still nice.


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