Four Witches - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by GR_Rick:
2.7/5 rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Bottle labeled 2012 vintage
Going into this with very little expectation, as I'm not sure what to expect from a "black saison" (on the label).
A: Pours a nice deep brown (almost black) with a thin khaki colored head. Nice looking beer.
S: Smells a bit like black licorice with some root beer-like qualities coming as well. The more I smell, the more I think it's similar to a "root beer barrel" candy. Also get a little bit of grape juice. Smell is unlike any other beer I've had... so far, so good, i'm still happy.
T: Wow, much stronger tasting than the nose suggests. Starts out almost faint-cola like. Perhaps that's the root beer smell I was getting. Can't really put my finger on the middle, but it ends with a little bit of a "funky" bite. Now I'm seeing (from the "funk") how this is a saison. Getting a little bit of black licorice as well, which hangs in through the shorter finish. Taste is different, but isn't necessarily anything special..
M: Thinner than expected given the dark color. Pretty highly carbonated on a relative basis, as well. Not bad, but I'm struggling with the disconnect between color and feel; the two don't seem to match well for me.
O: An interesting beer that tastes like nothing I've ever tried. I feel a bit like I'm at Short's trying one of their new experiments. Worth trying if you like black licorice and/or you like to try "outside the box" beers, but not something I can see anyone wanting to buy and consume a full six pack of. I also don't see myself finishing even this entire bottle (poured out about 1/2 - 1/3rd post review). Worth trying, but grab a friend or two and split the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2012 02:40:15 | More by GR_Rick
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Essentially an opaque brown/black with slight red highlights. The beer pours with a nice light brown, though scant, head that converted to a foam ring.
Aroma: Coffee and a slight hint of fruit.
Taste: The taste follows the aroma but with more fruit. There is some sour funk as would be expected. This lingers a short time on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: The beer has good body and carbonation.
Overall: This beer has a pleasant rich taste, but overall, it is somewhat lacking in depth. I'd look for it again as I like this style.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 21:29:46 | More by breakingbland
Four Witches from New Holland Brewing Company
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