New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear dark reddish brown, near black. Thin head, decent head retention. Aroma of anise, banana, spice and chocolate. The taste is spice, herbal notes, anise, earth and banana. Medium bodied. Licorice bomb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Chocolate, licorice, and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammy (11243) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
Unique, but something I could not drink much of. Black, very dry. Like the base for something that had to be added. Aroma was OK. FlandersNed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Name: Four Witches
Date: September 08, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, sweet licorice, plenty of spicyness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich spicy flavor, light sweetness relative to the aroma, plenty of phenolic spicyness, licorice, just a touch of bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10760) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, caramel, raisin, rye. Thin mouth, similar flavors to nose, light spice finish, good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark blackish with 3-finger tan head. Nose is heavy black licorice, resiny hops, rye malt. Tastes of black patent malt, rye malt, hops, black licorice. Doesn’t reallt meld well, and gets more anisey as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Tap at Pig and Fiddle. Very dark pour with a creamy head - beautiful pour. Black licorice aroma. Taste is black licorice with spice. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Purchased for $4 (12oz) before reading the reviews. Poured deep brown with about 1.5 fingers’ worth of uniform tan head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of licorice.. some bready malts and sweet biscuits, but it kept coming back to the licorice.. a touch of mint too.. not offensive by any means, but very one-dimensional, and a weird dimension for the style. The flavor found more, mostly sweet licorice throughout.. some cola helped support.. peppery rye and an odd, dish soap-like character around.. finished dry and earthy over more licorice.. more acidic and weird as it approached the finish.. almost like a very licoricey and minty cola. Medium-bodied with too much prickly carbonation on the palate.. too focused on the licorice.. again, non-offensive, but I really wouldn’t recommend it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - 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.

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