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Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
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432 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 432
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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ElijahRivera

New York

3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with an illegible date printed on the bottle. It is a 2013 Fall seasonal release, so it is reasonably fresh. Consumed on: December 11, 2013.

A- Rather opaque, black body with a big fluffy, tan head that dies down to a film after one commercial break.

S- Some roasty malts are present along with some yeast aromas. Also, some esters are in there giving off some dark stone fruit and a surprising but not bad olive like aroma.

T- Really spicy first sip. Black peppercorn and some aromatic clove. Also has prominently featured roasty, chocolate flavors. Some spicy, grassy hops follow suit. It also has some esters and some citric, acidic almost salty flavors trying to come through.

M- Light to mid body with a fine carbonation that is on the lower side for the style.

O- A decent attempt at a twist on the classic saison style and one of my favorite beers by a brewery I'm not fond of. An easy to drink, and not boring beer to session. However, for my taste, there isn't enough saison in this black saison. If I had paid the full $17.99 for 12 price tag, I would have been less than satisfied. Thankfully, I got the 12 pack for $7.50 at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 04:29:08 | More by ElijahRivera
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!"; "A liquid dance through life's trance"; "a performance in every bottle".

It does not happen often that I am surprised by a beer, but the dark color of this one as it poured into the glass really caught me off-guard! It made the pseudo-cascade very visible, which in turn created two dense, rocky fingers of deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-brown with mahogany highlights (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a bittersweet chocolatiness with a slight mustiness. This is a saison?!? Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was very odd (notion) - slightly chocolaty, slightly peppery, kind of musty, a little smoky. Wow! Finish was dry, but just not what I think of when I think of a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 17:16:51 | More by woodychandler
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -13%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -13%

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Texas

3/5  rDev -5.1%

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Tennessee

3/5  rDev -5.1%

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California

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.1%

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New York

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Florida

2/5  rDev -36.7%

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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +26.6%

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Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -13%

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Ohio

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RMelyon

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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KajII

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

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Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 16:26:54 | More by KajII
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Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.