Four Witches - New Holland Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

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(Beer added by: DannyDan on 06-02-2012)
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Aroma reveals esters of green apple and general yeast funk, along with light roast and sweet chocolate. Flavor is sweet, roasty, and chocolatey, with pear and green apple accompanying must and earthy, dank basement tones. Surprisingly good yeast character in this $2 bomber. The sweetness is a touch offputting. A saison? That's a big stretch. A drinkable brew? Surely.

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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.

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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.

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Four Witches from New Holland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.