New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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As we kick off our Summer seasonal, Golden Cap saison, we’re excited to roll out a single-batch seasonal, “Four Witches” black saison. It’s an opportunity to explore flavor within a remarkably interpretive style. Saisons are intriguing beers as they have traditional roots, yet are a delicious forum for variation and development.

The Four Witches art, illustrated by Kyle Bice, develops on Golden Cap’s theme, with a nod to Wizard of Oz, as L. Frank Baum wrote the book while summering in Holland, MI. White and dark roasted wheat provide deceptively delicious body, and a playful reference to Oz’s contrast between good and wicked witches. Caramel rye and barley continue the story, along with a unique yeast character and mild spicing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4971) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy-soapy dark brown head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was musty, yeasty, wood, burnt toast, fig and funk. The flavor was tart, sour, bitter and tangy with notes of wood, red wine, oregano and funk. Long finish. Medium body. Pretty awful - drain poured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (508) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Dark brown ale. Has a nice fruity smell. The taste is fruit, mixed spices, caramel, and some dryness to add to the oddness of the beer. Smooth. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (781) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
22 oz bottle pours a black color with a nice off white head. Aromas of citrus, Belgian yeast, dark malt. Interesting balance, unique

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (269) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
An aroma of banana, pineapple, and pear, with a touch of chocolate. Appearance is opaque dark brown, almost black with a caramelish pale brown foam, and some lace. Flavor is prominently pear with some cummin and chocolate followed by some minor dark malt bitterness. The palate is very nice, fizziness that feels almost creamy, while not being syrupy. Overall, this beer tastes more like a dark Belgian ale to me than a Saison, I love both styles, but I would expect a bit more carbonation in the mouth feel and a little less bitterness on the end for a Saison. A very good beer, but, a bit different from what I consider a Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Wow. I’m really shocked at the low score. I really enjoyed this actually. Clear dark brown pour with quickfading tan ring of head. Smells of black pepper, and flowers, and just the faintest traces of fusel alcohols. Flavor is a nice roasty caramel with background of rye spiciness and yeasty pepperiness, with just the slightest traces of cocoa, tobacco, raisin, and anise. Again, a very good brew imho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2791) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Poured from bottle 22oz at home. Black and tiny white head. Crazy fruity taste. Oil apricot orange spices licorice. A lot going on. Not sure I love it but I appreciate it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SPDickerman (975) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Smells excessively malty with little else. Taste is a bit like molasses and hints of roast. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, New Holland Four Witches Black Saison finishes with an almost sticky, cloying sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2013
2013 vintage that says 8.92% abv. Thin light brown head of fine bubbles. Smokey aroma with some roasted grains, charred malts and some dusty grainy notes. Color is a very dark brown. More smoke up front in the flavor then dissipates to a slightly tart and sour flavor. Sweet malts, carbon, light vinuous notes and some burnt toast. Smoke reappears late swallow again. Not really getting much of a saison in here anywhere. No real earthy flavors or yeast to speak of. Kind of an off flavored, soured porter is what I would classify it as. A strange brew and one that I would not recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alliance100 (712) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2013
22oz bottle - pours straight black . Aromas of citrus and yeast . Taste is citrus up front , mild malt sweetness and finishes with a slight yeast bite . Overall a pretty unique beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gschrade (757) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 18, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, spices, Carmel. I thought this was good. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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