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Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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78 Reviews

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 466
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jackal on 07-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 466
Reviews by ElijahRivera:
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3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jonny1138
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheRamie
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jiffymon
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of mjh0527
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JIMTRK16
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Garrettshu
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TheLevi4000
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of RogerSterling
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

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Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.