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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, weíre excited to roll out a single-batch seasonal, ďFour WitchesĒ black saison. Itís 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 Capís 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 Ozís contrast between good and wicked witches. Caramel rye and barley continue the story, along with a unique yeast character and mild spicing.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1316) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Appearance: very dark brown pour with a short, light tan head. Aroma: prunes, milk chocolate, soy sauce, clove, licorice, white pepper. Taste: brown bread, yeast, clove, licorice, chocolate, raisins, dates, hint of green tea. Finish: slightly sweet, a little spicy, a little roasty, with the sweetness lasting the longest. Notes: Now this wasnít an amazing beer, but it certainly wasnít terrible. In what will surely be sacrilege to my fellow ratebeerians, this was FAR superior to the ashy dreck of Goose Islandís black saison (Pepe Nero), which is the only other beer in this style Iíve tried. This one does a decent job of marrying some of the yeasty funk of a saison to the dark malts, making a pretty interesting result.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
brison (44) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Had on tap at Battle and Brew in Marietta. Taste of soy sauce. Overall generally unpleasant. Will not repeat.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
BrianBorngesser (9) - USA - AUG 2, 2013 does not count
I applaud the creativity by donít thing the dark malts were a good addition here.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricTeusink (698) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Roasting Saison malts seemed like a brilliant idea to someone. That someone was incorrect. Pours dark with tan head. Mostly seems like a below average Porter. Roasted flavor overpowers any and all saison characteristics. I try to never look at Ratebeer before ordering. Occasionally, I get burned by this policy. Draft - Argosy - Atlanta, GA

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlowOffTube (482) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Pours black with very thin tan head. Aroma is coffee and cream. Taste is a roasted coffee with chocolate and vanilla and hint of hops. Pretty thin and medium carbonation. Decent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3384) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Aroma has a core of roast malt on which hang notes of caramel, hops and yeast. It pours a dark chocolate brown that lets in a teensy bit of daylight at the bottom and has a fairly thick and fluffy tan head. Rich flavor floods the palate with coffee, roast malt, chocolate, caramel and yeast plus a subtle hoppy note. Darned lip-smacking! Smooth texture is quite thick and sharp, though it lacks fizz. Witch one will it be tonight?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4091) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2013
22oz bomber from Cana;ís Fire Rd. Poured a solid black body of medium density with a smaller to possibly average sized foamy deep beige head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spicy, peppery, lots of chocolate, dough, dark toast and some bubble gum. Fuller bodied, softer carbonation with a lingering aftertaste and a milky feel overall. Flavor of old wet black pepper, wet paper, yeast, dough, some older chocolate, touch of green veggies and earth. I like this one, and it seems like Iím one of the only ones that do.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle. Nice black pour with a tan head. Aroma is banana, yeast, chocolate, bubblegum. Sometimes saison yeast gets funky banana estery like this. I feel like this could have been a really excellent beer if the banana bubblegum character had been subdued.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jdskinns (203) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2013
On tap. Pours black with khaki head. Aroma is spicy, banana, and yeasty. Taste is fruity, banana, butter, tobacco, and some roast. Very strange and mixed up.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Imaena (1856) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. The nose is roasted malts and old basement. The pour is a full dark black. The taste is bitter hops and skunkiness. The full package is nothing ot be excited about.


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