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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.


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1.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Had a 5 oz taster on draft. Dark colored but very light in the body. Smelled good but didn’t taste that way. Fruity and anise. Couldn’t finish the 5oz. Not to happy with this one.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
arojewski (41) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2014
First foray into this style, had high hopes with a nearly black pour and apparent head. Mostly wheat with hints of citrus or fruit and very faint malt.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freeofthoughts (633) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2014
Tap pours brown black with light khaki fizz. Roasted chocolate aroma with earthy hops a belgian flair. The flavor is decent, a belgian brown with saison yeast, some grainy spice and roasted flavors. Earthy drying hops with hay and herbal tones work alright with the bitter chocolate. By the end has a little cola flavor, some american brown ale feel. Malt foward with bitter hops and some dryness.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
lukedarock (103) - Howell, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Ehhhhhh not so good but I could see why people do like this, just not my glass of beer

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Pours translucent brown color with tan head. Fruity aroma with some toasted malts and yeast. Lightly roasted malt and spicy rye flavors with some light chocolate and Belgian yeast. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
An interesting attempt at... something. Nice look, pouring a dark mahogany, nearly black, with a foamy brown head. It had a perfumey aroma of burnt wood and black licorice. The flavor was licorice and flowers and burnt something or other. Not to be repeated.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy-soapy dark brown head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was musty, yeasty, wood, burnt toast, fig and funk. The flavor was tart, sour, bitter and tangy with notes of wood, red wine, oregano and funk. Long finish. Medium body. Pretty awful - drain poured.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (316) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Dark brown ale. Has a nice fruity smell. The taste is fruit, mixed spices, caramel, and some dryness to add to the oddness of the beer. Smooth. Pretty decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (666) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
22 oz bottle pours a black color with a nice off white head. Aromas of citrus, Belgian yeast, dark malt. Interesting balance, unique

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (157) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
An aroma of banana, pineapple, and pear, with a touch of chocolate. Appearance is opaque dark brown, almost black with a caramelish pale brown foam, and some lace. Flavor is prominently pear with some cummin and chocolate followed by some minor dark malt bitterness. The palate is very nice, fizziness that feels almost creamy, while not being syrupy. Overall, this beer tastes more like a dark Belgian ale to me than a Saison, I love both styles, but I would expect a bit more carbonation in the mouth feel and a little less bitterness on the end for a Saison. A very good beer, but, a bit different from what I consider a Saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Wow. I’m really shocked at the low score. I really enjoyed this actually. Clear dark brown pour with quickfading tan ring of head. Smells of black pepper, and flowers, and just the faintest traces of fusel alcohols. Flavor is a nice roasty caramel with background of rye spiciness and yeasty pepperiness, with just the slightest traces of cocoa, tobacco, raisin, and anise. Again, a very good brew imho.


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