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New Holland Four Witches Black Saison
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RATINGS: 106   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.


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2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours a solid bubbly dark brown with light tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma gets off to a moderately poor start with having an almost out of place black licorice and tart character, with a bit of roasted malt, yeast, wheat, and bread. It’s difficult to get past the black licorice in the flavor, so not something I would want again.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jandd1983 (2685) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2014
It poured a dark brown color with a small white head. The aroma was of chocolate, caramel, roast and some banana. The taste was a little spicy, sweet and tart. Something a little different.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkSong (294) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2014
22 oz bottle. It pours black with a small tan instantly vanishing head. It has the aroma of dough, cherries, blackberries and chocolate. It has a strong chocolate taste, a licorice taste, a fruity taste, some vanilla, a bread taste and a bit of a barnyard taste.. I liked this beer but it may be a little too complex.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3970) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle: Black with a thick tan head. Dark fruit, licorice scents. Taste is blackberry wine, licorice..... Slightly lactic....malty. Almost seems slightly boozy from the dark wine tones, but the alcohol is well hidden. Different....but a nice flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1784) - - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pete4999 (1100) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle. The label art and advertising sold me on it. Poured a dark mahogany with lots of head. Smell is all fruit but the flavor is like a weird conglomeration of spice and black licorice and some brown sugar and fruit. I really kinda don’t know what they were going for. Finished it but wouldn’t buy it again.

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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freeofthoughts (667) - 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 (179) - 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 (3062) - 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 (5521) - 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.


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