Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by thecheapies:
3.39/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Seance is definitely a black saison. It has a dark brown porter-like look to it. Only a thin sheet of foam stays aboard, not the gushy white head I like to see in this style.
Strange malty aroma has dark spice elements with whiffs of cinnamon and mace, but with a mild, but stingy, saison yeast tartness. Citrusy pale meets malty dark Belgique. Very herbal, and only lightly medicinal. Notes of nectarine and lemon are very faint. Has aromatic nuttiness.
Ah, too much malt sweetness and roast. The yeast backs up with a funky dryness that feigns tartness. Bland middle, but the drier and semi-bitter finish is nice. Spare fruitiness reminds me of lemon rind and pith, but quietly so. Malts take over with a semi-dry light roast (sans bitterness) with herbal spice carrying in. Doesn't speak to me just by being easy drinking. I'd rather enjoy a louder flavor profile of a sweeter or fruitier saison. While the combination of a half-life carbonation and skim milky body is a generous offering, it's the imbalance in the recipe that sinks this ship.
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2013 14:51:44 | More by thecheapies
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3.43/5 rDev +8.2%
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...
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 16:26:54 | More by KajII
Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.