Séance | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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76
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78 Reviews
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75
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
468
Avg:
3.29
pDev:
41.03%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
45
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jackal on 07-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 468
Reviews by KajII:
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3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
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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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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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.