New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 105   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, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michaelinwa (590) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1104) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (2651) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4017) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
From a bottle, nice friendly aroma with a tad of flowery vanilla tartness in the olfactory; beautiful pour. Lacing on glass is witchy. Shocking first flavors smack you in the palate. Yes, quite an alky punch to boot. Difficult but can’t turn away. Hypnotizing slow sipping experience, wew. A flavor like I have not had for a long while fer sure. Averting finish that last for a few moments after the slug. Very unique yeaty thing going on in this brew. Not for a beginner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Itzjerm (1231) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Back strap molasses aroma. Banana and Licorices flavor probably coming from Yeast . Dark thin head. Chalky, not enjoyable in general tolerable at best. Not that it is a bad beer, its a saison, which is challenging. This is less peppery more banana and licorices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1671) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Pours deep dark reddish brown. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, roast and banana. Taste is spicy, sweet and tart. Medium bodied with a lingering finish. Not sure why this get so low ratings, it may not be true to a saison but it is very interesting and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of black licorice, rye, caramel and spice. Sits black in the glass with a small off-white head that left no lace. Flavor is medium sweet. Palate is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall a unique twist on the Saison. Different and drinkable but not a brew I recommend seaking out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RABinCO (1255) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Pours a dark black, think stout. Slight tan head that is persistent. Big fruity, licorice aromas. Problem is, I;m not a licorice fan. It is a pretty good juxtaposition of styles. Smoky yet crisp and tart. I can’t really get away from the licorice though. Can’t drink more than one in a sitting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1417) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours an opaque dark cola brown with a substantial light tan head. Aroma is burnt malt and anice. Taste is dark roasted malt, licorice, mollasses and a little citrus. Not really a saison, more like a a licoricey, spicy porter. Oh, and it’s a rip off at $13.99 a four-pack. I can get 12% ABV for less.

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