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New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2409) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alliance100 (876) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gschrade (780) - 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

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Bomber fen Schaefer. Black with tan head. Really nice aroma but I don't know what it smells like. A nice saison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2815) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Chocolate and caramel with dark fruits. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
firstsip (540) - Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2013 Surprised at the reviews! Dark pour, decent head. Tasted the booziness on warming. Dark malts with sweetness. Not unbalanced, but was hoping for more pronounced spice and sour character. Excellent chocolate nose. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Thought it was better than ratings. Its unique and that makes it pretty cool in my book. Nice roasted flavor and some spiciness. I guess I agree not a usual saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Herbs, spices, and hints of alcohol come through. Pours dark, with a tan head. Bitterness comes though with a bit of tartness. Light body, fizzy. Although not a traditional looking Saison (light), it is a farmhouse type ale. Overall, not too bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (4197) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Aroma is citrus fruit/pink lemonade and mildly perfumed. The flavor is wheat, berries/heavily flavored bubble gum, spices, some astringency and tangy/tart mixed with mild heat in the finish. Not bad if it were revered to as a wheat or fruit ale, didn’t get a lot of saison characteristics.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Strykzone (5206) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bomber from Corral. Some red in this very dark brown beer and a beige head in one finger. In the aroma I get wheat and sour roasted notes. It brings concerns about the flavor. They seem to be founded. I taste chicory, dark chocolate malts, caramel, vinous notes, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and alcohol. Late some citrus hops are noted and they are a welcome addition. This beer has a lot going on with flavors all over the place. Unfortunately, they don’t mesh as a coherent whole.


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