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Four Witches - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DannyDan on 06-02-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

a77cj7, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Four Witches, as is typical for New Holland beers, has wonderful label art. The liquid inside the bottle looks pretty good too; its burnt chestnut complexion is dark and largely black-ish but not without flickers of reddish colour and even some spotty clarity. Its head, though relatively pathetic for a supposed Saison, is still respectable and has a brownish tint to its froth.

Saisons are among the most aromatic of beer styles, so it stands to reason that one brewed with the addition of dark roasted wheat, caramel rye, and "mild spicing" (seems overwhelmingly like clove) should be exceptionally so. Except it's not. A kind of 'plain jane' cereal graininess overrides the subtle hint of coffee bean and the odd twang of bruised, lightly mulled dark fruits.

The flavour tells a similar story. There are some impressive notes of mocha, caramel macchiato, and maybe with a little imagination even a bite of pumpkin pie. But these features capture the attention only briefly, and don't have any lasting power in the finish. They're also only half the story - and the other half is much plainer, less exciting.

Four Witches has a truly unusual profile that blends black licorice and farmhouse grain with hints of over-ripe dark fruit skins and a pinch of clove. It won't be for everyone. And rightfully so - it's a questionable combination to say the least. But I kind of like it ("kind of" being the operative term). To its credit, however, it really doesn't drink its strength (8.9%).

The so-called 'Black Saisons' that I've tried have tended to be more 'miss' than 'hit' and Four Witches wasn't the exception to the rule I was optimistic it would be. It was, however, a very interesting beer that offered a lot of truly unique qualities; I'm happy to have tried it. Don't read too much into the scores on the internet. Try it yourself if you're at all curious.

biegaman, Oct 29, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev +4.5%

pigpen892, Oct 29, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +19.9%

Bradnsuzannah, Oct 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

kushlash23, Oct 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Only and it once...and thats good for me

brockg, Sep 27, 2014
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

_Christina_, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

AG77, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of TheCondor
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Neighbor brought this over for us to sample it and review it. A little hesitant about a black saison, those two things do not seem to go together. But I will give it a shot. Side poured with standard vigor into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours like advertised, a jet black with a small half finger head that leaves the beer very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell - I could pick up some grains, spices, and what seemed like a metallic hint, almost like that of AAL's. Unusual. Not much in the nose to speak of, not impressive.

Taste - Even less impressive than the nose. It is so difficult to describe the taste accurately. There are spices throughout, with slight hints of yeast and grains, but not at all what a saison typically tastes like. It was a very strange flavor, and not at all in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, well carbonated. Finishes spicy

Overall - If it had not been for the fact that a good friend and neighbor had brought this over and paid money for it, I would have drain poured it. It was awful, not at all impressed. They may have tried to do too much with one beer, but if this is what a black saison is supposed to taste like I'll never drink it again. Small Paul hated it too. Not good, don't waste your money.

TheCondor, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ArsenAle, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

crobinso, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ksills, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

ThaJokerWild, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

GTJayG, Jul 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

cd34, Jun 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

LJWalker, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SaisonRichBiere, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Nordbier, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

pandow, May 14, 2014
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark brown color with one finger of beige head.

Aroma of roasted caramel malts.

The taste was roasted malts, red berries and a hint of cocoa.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

Really not much of a saison here. Basically roasted malts and not much else.

Monkeyknife, May 13, 2014
Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is for the NEW four witches. The name should be at the very top of the label, alcohol 8.92%, 18.5 degrees Plato

A – black … looks like porter, with brown tinge to the head, which faded almost instantly.

S – caramel and coffee, wonderful smelling.

T – outstanding. This beer wow’d me. It opens soft in flavor, inviting you to take a deep chug. Reminds me of a milk stout at first, except with a taste of citrus that is likely due to the yeast autolyzing. Has smokey tastes all the way through, but then the flavor fades and it leaves a perfectly bitter aftertaste. It doesn’t have an American hop kind of bitter, it has a dry lingering bitter usually found in Barley Wine.

M – smooth and creamy. Hangs on the palette.

O – Obviously, this was a real winner for me. I’ve been trying a different fancy beer once a day for my week off, and this is the first one that I really loved. starts to soft and easy to drink, but finishes with a smokey bitterness that makes me sit and reminisce on it.

There are two batches of this beer. Buy the one that is 8.92% alcohol, and has the name at the top of the label.

burntoutphilosopher, May 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

kybeerdrinker, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nitter, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

billhelm, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

beersdmf17, Apr 03, 2014
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Four Witches from New Holland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.