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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7288) - 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 (271) - 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 (1456) - 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 (5164) - 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 (3450) - 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 (950) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michaelinwa (581) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Pours very dark brown, moderate head, pungent spicy aroma; don’t know the spice though. Flavor is again mostly spicy with bit of a roasted malt background. Very interesting taste; keeps me sipping. Good sumer time brew if you want something easy to drink and different.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1050) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a tan head. Lots of aniseed in the aroma, raspberry and other fruits. Anise leads the flavor again, though with a lot of earthy peanut, roasted flavors. Kind of a suggestion of fruit rounding it out, even though no particular fruit flavor is there. I like it (I’m a fan of anise and peanut flavors in beer), though I’m not really sure how much of a saison it is.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2012
bottle from Triangle Wine. 2012 vintage. Ok/good aroma, sweet, licorice, pumpernickel, root beer, little mint. dark orangy brown color, big initial head, though I poured quickly, faded fast. little to no lace. sweet roasty flavor. medium body, oily creamy mouth feel, lightly spiced roasty finish. well, not getting it as a saison, fairly sweet and roasty, no getting much of the unique hop character. Mint coming through a little more as it warms, odd really. just ok at best.


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