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Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

442 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jackal on 07-31-2013)
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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.91/5  rDev -7.9%

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with some amber edges when held to the light. Very thin, evaporating, off-white head.

Smell: A bit tartish, a bit earthy, with a kick of spice. Slight roast, off-brand cherry cola, subtle smoke.

Taste: Wheat wrapped in ancillary, earthy dark malty touches, some darkish caramel, cola, walnut, even some light chary elements. The light sweetness lands alongside the spicy yeast character, fruity touches, and smokiness. A little aspirin, licorice. Near-crisp, tartish, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: As phoney as a seance, I'm left feeling a little bit hoodwinked and cheated. Wait. Where's my wallet?

08-11-2013 21:18:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
More User Reviews:
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: This saison...pours out jet black with a nice 1/2" white head slowly faded leaving good level of foam on top, nice lacing.

Smell: Pleasant bouquet, but the emphasis is on the yeast more than anything else. Sour smell with slight hints of roasted malts.

Taste: 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: Mouthfeel is a bit but the carbonation helps to elevate the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Overall: This is not an awful beer, but certainly it is not good. This beer is a chimera, an unholy and unwieldy blending of disparate elements. It doesn't really work.

12-07-2013 20:40:22 | More by ExtraStout
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -5.1%

09-21-2013 00:22:49 | More by tbryan5
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +17.7%

08-18-2014 17:33:56 | More by GameOfBeers
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jonny1138

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -13%

06-21-2014 23:48:02 | More by jonny1138
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generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-20-2013 16:16:24 | More by generallee
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev +3.8%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Look: Dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque. Decent lacing.

Smell: Candy sugar, mineral, spice, toasted bread, faint candied fruit

Taste: Crisp, chicory, carob, dry-ish, light hopping, toasted grain, salty, dried grass, grainy finish

I don't really see any sort of "Sasion" like qualities here, an ok brew.

09-25-2013 02:43:29 | More by Jason
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

09-27-2013 22:12:41 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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lostandwandering

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

08-24-2013 00:15:55 | More by lostandwandering
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4/5  rDev +26.6%

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Darker brown color, with a beige head.

Smell: Smokey like aroma, with malts, hops and floral notes as well.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Smokey wood flavor, with malts and hops, and some earthy tones.

Overall: Excellent Saison, really enjoyed the unique flavor of this beer.

10-29-2013 01:03:08 | More by Cavanaghty
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jiffymon

New York

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

10-11-2013 19:38:43 | More by jiffymon
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mjh0527

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +34.5%

08-16-2013 23:56:34 | More by mjh0527
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

11-10-2013 02:29:48 | More by Jeffwildcat
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +26.6%

08-17-2013 05:37:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +6%

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a small head that mostly dies away quickly but leaves a good amount of tan lacing on the glass. Dark for style, and the aroma and flavor are unusual too.

The aroma features dark malts, roasted nuts and chocolate. These carry over to the flavor where some tartness joins the mix. Hints of fruit and hops in both the nose and flavor, with only the slightest touch of funk.

Medium body; crisp, medium carbonation; rather dry finish.

O: a distinct and rather unusual saison worth trying.

09-16-2013 23:27:55 | More by chinchill
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -13%

03-14-2014 23:18:30 | More by JIMTRK16
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Garrettshu

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

10-24-2013 06:30:00 | More by Garrettshu
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

09-16-2013 03:45:19 | More by LXIXME
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

09-07-2013 23:52:46 | More by acurtis
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TheLevi4000

New York

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

08-16-2013 00:29:55 | More by TheLevi4000
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CloudStrife

New York

3.63/5  rDev +14.9%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a thin slightly tanned head. Not much lacing on the side of the glass.

S: First thing I notice is a belgian yeastiness with a touch of banana. Roasted malt with a hint of smokiness. Nutty qualities are present too.

T: Mild flavor that is characteristic of the dark saison style. Roasted malt blend with a banana yeast, bit of sweetness yet also smokiness. Aftertaste lingers with a yeasty flavor.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Pretty crisp finish that has a touch of stickiness.

Overall a nice entry beer for those who are interested in dark saisons. Doesn't get too roasty, smokey or yeasty on you, but still has all of those flavors balanced nicely.

10-14-2013 21:36:01 | More by CloudStrife
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RogerSterling

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-04-2013 21:43:18 | More by RogerSterling
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lcdawg

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -5.1%

09-04-2013 02:14:29 | More by lcdawg
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dacrza1

New Jersey

1.59/5  rDev -49.7%

DATE TASTED: November 8, 2013... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... OCCASION: post soccer/rental car/surgery Friday!... APPEARANCE: jet black body; slush brown, chunky, topographically significant head that laces thickly as a cloud--promising... AROMA: peat, lactic, soda pop and funk--NOT the barnyard variety; more of a porter than a saison--a mislabel?...PALATE: full-bodied, powerfully off-kilter residue--not enjoyable...TASTE: first, the aftertaste: malt that drags and offers a mucused experience; actually tastes more like old pint glass than a refreshing saison...OVERALL: a disappointing seasonal, given the foreboding label and the usually enjoyable experience when drinking a saison; drinks too much like a chore, almost begging unfair comparisons to other, more reputable Hats or saisons...

11-16-2013 05:41:05 | More by dacrza1
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-01-2013 15:16:20 | More by Varkias41
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Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.