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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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Séance 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steve1966 (121) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2014
While I find magic hat beers to be hit or miss I found this one pretty enjoyable. Aroma dark malts sure there is some chocolate. Nice dark appearance foamy head. First taste smoky good going down but quickly fades. Earthy woodsy roasted malts nutty like a brown ale. Hard to pinpoint works for me as a different kind of beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
thedaidai (21) - - FEB 22, 2014
This was among the worst beers I have ever tasted. I was very intrigued at the idea of a black saison. The pour made me giddy as the dark, almost stout color with the low viscosity of a saison. God, what an awful taste. Just terrible. Not like a saison, just a blah unsweetened chocolate yeasty mess. Nothing mixed well. I even tried a second bottle in case it was just a bad cap or something. Nope. Just a terrible, terrible beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidobutai (437) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Nice color and head at least. That’s about all it has going for it though. Very little aroma, and not a distinctive taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bricks (657) - Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Harsh somewhat metallic aroma that is somewhat neutral. Taste is a bit bitter, with a bit of roasty bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1290) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
12 oz. bottle purchased a couple of (or 3 or 4?) months ago. Tangy aroma dominated by roasted malts. Very rural, earthy smell. Salty and a touch sour aroma features a dark chocolate scent. Smoky and with a touch of barnyard funk. Dunkel weizenbock-like smell that is not at all what I was expecting but is quite interesting and good. Pours surprisingly quite dark. Translucent dark brown with an amber hue. The most remarkable aspect of the appearance is the head, which is large and frothy and has a creamy beige color. That may sound like an ordinary color for head, but the shade is different from what I have previously experienced and is appealing. Produces sporadic lacing. Dry, roasted flavor that evokes a porter or a light-bodied stout. That said, there is an underlying wheat taste. A bit of a bready or muffin-y finish. Long, dry aftertaste. Light to medium body. Frothy in the palate. Easy to drink but insubstantial palate effects. This beer is quite different from most saisons and my expectations, but it ended up exceeding those expectations. It is quite flavorful and aromatic for a beer with such a low ABV. It tastes more like something that you would expect from a style-bending nano-brewery than from a nationally distributed brewer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maxbier (444) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Aroma: bready, yeasty, typical saison aroma. Appearance is dark brown with big tan head. Flavor is roasted malts with hints of burnt caramel. Smells like a saison and tastes like a run-of-the-mill brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a short beige head. Aroma was earthy with roasted malts, caramel and light spices. Flavor of caramel, fruit, earth, light chocolate and had a odd tartness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (566) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Appearance: beer pours with a very large tan head, the beer is dark for a saison, it's a very dark maroon color that almost looks black Aroma: sweet, sugar, some dark roasted malt, faint, lemon, bread Taste: the dark roasted malt is definitely there, you get hints of sourness and tartness, Palate: leaves the mouth dry, lively carbonation, minimal dark malt aftertaste Overall: certainly an interesting take on a saison, the dark malt is stronger than the saison wildness but you do get some tart ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichieBoy (37) - Getzville, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pours a very dark brown that was unappealing. I really didn't care much for this beer at all. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rdixon77 (895) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Huh...a saison? Reddish brown pour with lots of off white head. Aroma with some toffee, spices, vegetal. Nothing too distinct in taste. Spices, burnt toast, slight hop bitterness. Watery. No thanks.

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