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New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 104   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.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (3756) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Cherry, currant, and candi aroma with caramel overtones. Dark mahogany, thick tan head. Black currant flavor, mild coffee notes. Tart overall. Ashy finish. This beer lacks direction and cohesiveness. It just isn’t very enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pours a black coffee like color with a light brown head. Fairly thin. Smells of coffee and caramel. Slight fruityness with some pears maybe? Weird that there are fruity flavors.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tricyclist (709) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Sample pour... Aroma is full anise, light cherries, dry. Flavor is mild, full anise, berry sweetness, not really pleasant. Lighter body, but that’s the only positive note.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7527) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Musty yeast and light toffee malt aroma. Dark brown with large tan head. Dry musty chocolate toffee malt flavor. Nice body and blending. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnoud (277) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
2012.09.08 - 12oz bottle in pint glass. Pours dark brown to black, opaque. Caramel colored head is moderate, subsides quickly leaving a bit of a cap. Aroma... I can get a bit of the black licorice as mentioned, and roasted malt, maybe a trace of breadiness. Taste is, at core, roast and burnt grains balanced with some tart to sweet favors, licorice on the back end. Alcohol pretty much non-detectable to me. Body and mouthfeel is medium, a bit of creaminess. Not being that much into Saisons thus far (I've drank quite a bit of Weyerbacher Seventeen, that's mostly it) I am not bothered by how well this does or does not represent the style. I take it for what it is, and it's a tasty unusual beer. Shout out to /r/beer. Saw this mentioned there and happened to see it the next day so I bought a 4 pack.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
milewide (1490) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Aroma is root beer! Clear, dark color with decent head. Taste is unique---but not pleasing! Strange spices overwhelm all hop or malt taste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Black bodied with a thick, dense brown head. Aroma is black licorice, roasted malt, burnt grains, spices and spicy hops. Taste is burnt grains, burnt caramel, black licorice, roasted malt, toasted dark bread, dark fruit, spices, spicy hops, and boozy notes. Very earthy in spots as well. Body is medium with a strong, prickly carbonation. Ends with spicy hops, caramel, roasted malt, damp earthiness, black licorice, burnt grains, dark bread and light spice. Not as horrible as I expected or as the ratings may seem. I, however, am not a licorice fan so that detracts for me.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Pours dark and with a smallish head. Smells like jager gone bad - one of the worst beers I’ve had. This is sour and filled with licorice notes in all the wrong ways. AWFUL.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nike (964) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Interesting brew, different. black-reddish pour, tan foam, good lacing, caramel, chocolate, licorice aroma, strong licorice taste, darker body for a average saison, spicy complexity going on with this brew. Medium body, long finish, alcohol on the tongue, not my favorite saison.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimmeekrek (52) - - AUG 21, 2012
This beer just doesn’t do it for me. It’s best attribute is the mouthfeel, which is decent. Just too much black licorice flavor. No thanks to a second bottle.


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