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New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3195) - 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 (3887) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2013
22oz bomber from Cana;’s 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 I’m 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 (194) - 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 (1788) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is some char and roasted malt but very faint. Flavor is more char and sweetness with some sourness also there. Finish has some black licorice and more sourness. I agree with most on here. This thing is just a muddled mess. No Belgian yeastiness and way sour and mostly a burnt malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ellolovey (441) - Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown almost black color with a frothy mocha head. A little lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and licorice. Taste is just like the nose. Sweet malts, a hint of bitterness, licorice, wet dog, and a little rye tingle. Skunky dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mittenator (1204) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Really wanted to like this but really didn't. Overpowering licorice taste just ruined it. Weird beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 12 oz bottle, pours a surprising dark with a deep fluffy tan head. aroma of acidity, toast and caramel, and roasted barley. not as much "tang" as i expected from something labeled saison, but perhaps the dark malts are overpowering it somewhat. flavor is toffee and straw and peppery rye, and strawberries and licorice. an interesting beer to be sure, but kind of lacking direction.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at the Knick. Roasted malt and biscuit, toffee and Twizzlers. A bit of licorice. Sweet nose. Dark brown-black opaque with thin light tan lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts sweet with molasses and Twizzlers, light licorice, and mild fruity notes. A bit of alcohol. Nutty sweet bitterness at finish with a little bit of sweet tang. Smooth sweet after.


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