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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   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.

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Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Really wanted to like this but really didn't. Overpowering licorice taste just ruined it. Weird beer.

jtw (1165) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 12 oz bottle, pours a surprising dark with a deep fluffy tan head. aroma of acidity, toast and caramel, and roasted barley. not as much "tang" as i expected from something labeled saison, but perhaps the dark malts are overpowering it somewhat. flavor is toffee and straw and peppery rye, and strawberries and licorice. an interesting beer to be sure, but kind of lacking direction.

Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On tap at the Knick. Roasted malt and biscuit, toffee and Twizzlers. A bit of licorice. Sweet nose. Dark brown-black opaque with thin light tan lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts sweet with molasses and Twizzlers, light licorice, and mild fruity notes. A bit of alcohol. Nutty sweet bitterness at finish with a little bit of sweet tang. Smooth sweet after.

Sammy (12616) - 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.

Iphonephan (7194) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Poured from a 12 bottle. Pours black with a hick billowy head. Fruit wnd candy sugar aroma. Flavors of pears.

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.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2012
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. Black saisons can certainly be satisfying and interesting, though it’s admittedly tough to pull off. This one, alas, isn’t even close to either mark (you could, I suppose, make a case for interestingly awful). Dark brown cola pour, excessive carbonation for sure. Strong, sharp anise in the nose, along with root beer, something burnt, and generic spice. Mouthfeel? Sure I’ll give the beer that one. But the taste is pretty awful, with the best moments coming when the beer is merely one-dimensional licorice. Beyond that, we have ash cola, burnt fruitbread, and lozenge. Oof.

kp (10881) - 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

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.

bigtaster (1016) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Dark brown/black beer with decent amount of carbonation and large heard that hangs around for a while. Head is light brown in color. Nose has a funk to it combined with a bit of rye malt and licorice. Taste is pure anise, just too much, lacking complexity. Some darker malts come through at the very end. Underwhelmed by this one.

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