Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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2.91/5 rDev -7.9%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with some amber edges when held to the light. Very thin, evaporating, off-white head.
Smell: A bit tartish, a bit earthy, with a kick of spice. Slight roast, off-brand cherry cola, subtle smoke.
Taste: Wheat wrapped in ancillary, earthy dark malty touches, some darkish caramel, cola, walnut, even some light chary elements. The light sweetness lands alongside the spicy yeast character, fruity touches, and smokiness. A little aspirin, licorice. Near-crisp, tartish, spiced finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: As phoney as a seance, I'm left feeling a little bit hoodwinked and cheated. Wait. Where's my wallet?
08-11-2013 21:18:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.66/5 rDev -15.8%
Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.
Nothing like a beer to accompany lone viewings of romantic comedies, amiright? (*sniff*) Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset sienna-topaz topped by a finger-and-a-half of khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted wheat bread and a bit of what seems like charred sesame seeds. The taste holds notes of fennel, lightly-toasted rye bread, the vaguest possible sense of fruit in the distance, and a pinch of cardamom. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I'm not sure I fully get where Magic Hat was going with this. I mean, it could be construed as a "black saison" or something to that effect, but there's zero trace of the base style here. If anything, it's more like an odd brown ale or dark mild or something along those lines, 'cause there's no sense of Belgian-like yeast, there's little to no farmhouse-ness, and the maltiness, rather than balancing or playing off of the aforementioned missing parts, dominates the proceedings, precluding any future cooperation. Suffice it to say, I did not enjoy this, neither as a saison nor as anything else.
09-22-2013 06:17:54 | More by TMoney2591
3.58/5 rDev +13.3%
On-tap 9/29/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, roasted malts, wheat and a touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character, wheat and a decent Belgian yeast backbone. Then some flavors of coffee and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.
O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent variation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you want something a bit different.
09-30-2013 17:12:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.28/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-25-2013 02:43:29 | More by Jason
3.96/5 rDev +25.3%
I picked this up at wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise.
The color is practically black, opaque with tan head of about 3 fingers w/ average bead and good retention with sticky lace. The smell has dark malt and saison yeast character with mild phenols and spice with light roast ester and woody aroma. The feel is very good with deep malt and medium high carbonation and light bitterness with gentle sweetness/mostly dry texture and somewhat spiced finish
The flavor is toasty and dry but not bitter at least in the malt or not burnt with light yeast flavor that has a saison fruit element with light herbal note from the hops with gentle nutty cocoa aspect with mild hint of woody tobacco as it finishes. This is a very good dark saison of the more sessionable variety
09-24-2013 13:59:31 | More by Slatetank
3.54/5 rDev +12%
my marks here reflect more a comparison of this beer to other, perhaps more authentic, dark saisons, and is not necessarily a reflection of this beer in isolation, which is actually quite enjoyable, just missing the style marks a bit. the new magic hat fall seasonal pours a muted cocoa brown with a half inch of off white head that fades quickly. I smell saison yeast briefly, but its crowded out by heavy roast barley and chocolate malts that are just too strong for the yeast to come through. that's not a good thing in a beer that's supposed to be yeast first, but it tastes great, and the dark wheat malt lends some fun sugar to the mix. the yeast strain clearly isn't as aggressive as some of the Belgian ones, not that its complete, but it doesn't have a robust enough flavor profile to match the darker malt intensity. its also too full bodied and not carbonated brightly enough, compared to the styles best that is. a little dusty or chalky on the tongue, but it seems autumnal somehow. on its own, its a great darker early fall ale, light enough to be sessionable, but deep enough to work in colder weather. if dark saisons didn't exist and this was a first for me, its marks would be higher. I like magic hats progress lately into new styles, the gose this summer was cool, as was the hicu beer. this is a good continuation of that trajectory and its well enough executed for me to buy more.
08-18-2013 03:10:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.7/5 rDev +17.1%
Pours clear medium brown with a rocky tan head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is of bubblegum/cotton candy with brown sugar and some roast.
The taste is of bubblegum/cotton candy mixed with brown sugar with a roasted chocolate/coffee backing. The initial sweetness is balanced by roasted dryness in the finish.
It is rather thin, though not watery. It has something of a "flat" feel to it, though it is easy enough to drink.
This is an interesting version of a dark(ish) saison. Low abv and interesting flavors make it easy to drink.
08-18-2013 02:39:37 | More by jwc215
3.4/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-17-2014 17:16:51 | More by woodychandler
3.29/5 rDev +4.1%
12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. The brew appears a reddish color with nice clarity. A huge khaki head almost fills the glass entirely.
The aromatics are quite malty with scents of caramel and toffee sweetness. It is almost meaty and earthen with some herbal hops. Quite strange, cant really figure out what the deal is with this based off the nose alone. A strange brown of sorts?
The taste is mutually malty as the aroma would lead you to believe with toffee to caramel and molasses. It is earthen with minerals all across the back that hint towards carbonic quality. This brew screams strange brown ale yet again.
This is a medium bodied offering that is fully carbed. After looking at the label I am perplexed by the listing of saison. I really dont get any saison character from it. I think they missed the boat with this one, really.
09-26-2013 18:24:27 | More by stakem
3.13/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint cola brown + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy/creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light aromas of roasted malts and toasted bread along with some faint hints of spices.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavors of toasted bread and roasted malts. There are some notes of chicory and dark chocolate as well. Light flavors of spices (possibly from the yeast) and a light amount of bitterness that lingers.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This is a strange beer that does not really fit well into any style and I don't think that I am a fan of it... I will not be getting this one again. I really did not get any of the saison elements to this beer.
10-01-2013 00:26:51 | More by dbrauneis
Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.