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Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

448 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by FickleBeast:
Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a nearly dark brown color with foam that overfills the glass.

First sip is taking down the foam that overfills the 20 oz glasss. it tastes malty, with a nice smoky peat malt flavor as well. This beer has a lot of smokey, peat malt flavor, which isn't really a bad flavor.

This is a step down from a malt bomb like Old Chub, but this has a nice smoky flavor that I really do enjoy. I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time due to the intense smoky flavor, but I am enjoying the first one I've had.

Solid beer, would get again if there were no premium beers on tap.

EDIT - this was not reviewed as a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. If it was reviewed to that style it would be much lower. This is more like a Smoked Beer or Scottish Ale.

FickleBeast, Jan 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

ExtraStout, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -5.1%

tbryan5, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.72/5  rDev +17.7%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of jonny1138
2.75/5  rDev -13%

jonny1138, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

generallee, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jason, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

lostandwandering, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Cavanaghty, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of jiffymon
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

jiffymon, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of mjh0527
4.25/5  rDev +34.5%

mjh0527, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Jeffwildcat, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +26.6%

WVbeergeek, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev +6%
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.

chinchill, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of JIMTRK16
2.75/5  rDev -13%

JIMTRK16, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Garrettshu
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Garrettshu, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

LXIXME, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

acurtis, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

TheLevi4000, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

CloudStrife, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of RogerSterling
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

RogerSterling, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -5.1%

lcdawg, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
1.59/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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...

dacrza1, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
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Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.