Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
2.74/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
First off, just want to say I love the label art on this beer. Spooky owl...grasping hand...candles...blowing leaves...very cool! How will the Fall seasonal inside taste? Here goes... .
Appearance 3.25: This saison...pours out jet black. Yep. A jet black saison. Nice 1/2" white head slowly faded leaving good level of foam on top. Makes my saison look like "3/4 pint" of Guinness. Very nice lacing.
Smell 3.0: Pleasant bouquet, but the emphasis is on the yeast more than anything else. Sour smell with slight hints of roasted malts.
Taste 2.5: Front is dry and slightly sour. Middle is also dry, with a brief hint of roasted malt. A funny thing happened on the way to the finish: a taste reminiscent of the way a well-used ash tray smells. This unpleasant taste is all in the top of the palate and leads into the finish. The finish is dry, slightly sour and filled with a subdued peat-type smoke. Aftertaste is where one finally gets some flavor profiles from the (I assume) saison yeast.
Mouthfeel 3.0: Mouthfeel is dry, but the carbonation helps to elevate the overall enjoyment of the beer.
Overall 2.75: Was there a fire-sale on smoked grains in Vermont this summer? First their black amber ale and now this saison. What is up with the guys at Magic Hat? This is not an awful beer, but certainly it is not good. The smoked grains and the saison yeast do not go together well and often clash, leading to flavor profiles like the "ash tray effect" described above. This should have been worked out in taste-testing long before this beer was set loose on an unsuspecting populace. This beer is a chimera, an unholy and unwieldy blending of disparate elements. It doesn't work. The best thing about this beer is the art on the label. I really want someone to spray-paint a duplicate of it on the side of my Chevy van.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2013 04:20:56 | More by BeerDocT
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3.43/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a murky very dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that slowly diminished, leaving behind a nice creamy film which lasted throughout and produced excellent sheets of lacing.
The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts, grassy hops and a doughy yeast with notes of coffee, dark fruit (plums and raisons), a slight smokiness and a mild nutty presence.
The taste was a lot like the aroma with a bold roasty maltiness and a touch of coffee which lingered throughout, progressing with a nice dark fruit infusion and a mild hint of yeast, with the finish being a bit smoky along with a touch of nuttiness at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a roasty smoky fruity taste left lying in the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just below medium in body with a smooth creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.
Overall I really find it hard to consider this a Saison. I feel it is more reminiscent of a Doppelbock, but either way it is a very tasty and enjoyable brew...
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 16:26:54 | More by KajII
Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.