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New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 107   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Black color, eggshell head. Nose is light perfumed fruit with a roasty flavor. Juicy flavor that doesn’t match the appearance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3497) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Aroma has a core of roast malt on which hang notes of caramel, hops and yeast. It pours a dark chocolate brown that lets in a teensy bit of daylight at the bottom and has a fairly thick and fluffy tan head. Rich flavor floods the palate with coffee, roast malt, chocolate, caramel and yeast plus a subtle hoppy note. Darned lip-smacking! Smooth texture is quite thick and sharp, though it lacks fizz. Witch one will it be tonight?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (280) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
I’m not exactly sure what this style is...black saison doesn’t make sense, because the malts so overwhelm the essential qualities of a saison. However, I’m going to go a very different direction from the norm and say that I really liked this. The nose is strongly medicinal/liquorice, but it has a richness and a spice that go really well together.There are some light fruit notes, like orange marmelade. Moderately oily. Big liquorice and leather. Quite intriguing and delicious. Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7942) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
arojewski (49) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1812) - - JUL 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-19-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a surprising dark brown nearly black colored brew with a one finger brown head. The head faded slowly over time to give a medium level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of black licorice. This is mixed with some sour dark fruit aromas of cherry. The aroma is rather tart smelling as would be expected of a farmhouse ale, but yet has a light roast aroma as well. Taste – The dark malt flavors shine through in the front. Brown Bread and chocolate flavors are quite heavy in the start. As the taste advances a peppery-yeasty taste enters the flavor profile. This is quickly followed by a tart cherry flavor as well as some haylike and funky flavors as well. These sour and tart flavors grow stronger toward the end and leave a rather odd but quite tasty tart-chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body is light to medium with a carbonation level that is rather average. Neither were really that great for the style, although they really were not bad either. A more creamy and thick body would have done well for the initial roasty flavors, while a higher level of carbonation would have gone nicely with the more sour tastes at the end of the flavor profile. Overall – This was a mighty tasty beer. While the dark and the tart may not seem like it would go together well, New Holland has pulled it off with this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2012
On tap at New Holland Brewpub. Wow, this one has some bad ratings so far but all from bottles. Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a creamy medium tan head that sticks a bit. Aroma of dark roasted malt, black licorice, peated malts, yeast, rye and a hint of sugar. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, fruit, dark candi sugar and yeast. I thought this was pretty solid and much prefer it to the blander saisons out there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2827) - Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, licorice, raisin, chocolate, caramel, molasses, cola, pepper, clove, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Pretty nice and very unique aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, herbal, clove, earth, biscuit, rye, nuttiness, toast, and yeast spices. Light roast and fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, biscuit, toast, clove, earth, rye, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor complexity and balance; with no cloying flavor notes at all, very well blended. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good black saison. This was certainly an interesting and unique experience as I expected. It turned out to be nicely complex and balanced; and quite enjoyable stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1157) - Northville, 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.


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