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Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
okay

442 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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)
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -13%

03-14-2014 23:18:30 | More by JIMTRK16
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mlhenson

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

03-13-2014 06:54:44 | More by mlhenson
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B_Long

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.1%

03-10-2014 20:23:45 | More by B_Long
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.1%

03-09-2014 13:26:09 | More by Karibourgeois
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Ewhite2121

Vermont

3/5  rDev -5.1%

03-02-2014 18:04:01 | More by Ewhite2121
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themanilow

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +26.6%

03-02-2014 01:51:04 | More by themanilow
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-27-2014 04:29:42 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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ElijahRivera

New York

3.49/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

02-25-2014 04:29:08 | More by ElijahRivera
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Stofko1992

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-25-2014 04:25:02 | More by Stofko1992
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

02-24-2014 15:22:47 | More by drdiesel9483
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-23-2014 21:15:55 | More by ridgeline23
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swgwilt

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -5.1%

02-20-2014 23:46:27 | More by swgwilt
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anaids

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

02-19-2014 14:22:45 | More by anaids
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.1%

02-17-2014 18:23:12 | More by touchmeimsac
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J2t645

Michigan

2/5  rDev -36.7%

02-16-2014 19:41:08 | More by J2t645
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HangingJohnny

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-16-2014 01:31:29 | More by HangingJohnny
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MalibuKyle

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

02-15-2014 23:04:29 | More by MalibuKyle
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -13%

02-15-2014 08:21:51 | More by gonzo000
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -5.1%

02-13-2014 20:30:31 | More by imperialking
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DamnYankeeHeadHunter

Alabama

1/5  rDev -68.4%

02-11-2014 04:31:01 | More by DamnYankeeHeadHunter
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bkeller04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

02-07-2014 01:40:07 | More by bkeller04
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TBoneJones

Texas

2.54/5  rDev -19.6%

Posted from an earlier tasting:
Pours a dark brown (this is a Saison?!) in my pint, lively bubbles barely visible in the deep body, finger-width tan head tapers down to a smaller surface film.
Smells of malts and of toffee/ anise. Odd and not expected for the style as indicated by the label. Slight hint of a hoppy funk that otherwise can be indicative of a saison, however I don't see how this can mesh as a saison with the other oddities detected by my nose.
This is a mess for me. Like a basic coffee porter wishing to be a saison, but failing to realizing it can only be a porter. Dark malts and burnt. Soapy. Aspirin. Dry. Ample carbonation. A beer I cant recommend, but to give credit where credit is due, it certainly lives up to its name in that nothing good comes from "black magic".

02-06-2014 23:40:38 | More by TBoneJones
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Badger6

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Temp at sampling was around 47-48F. I think it might be a bit better nearer 52-54F.

A: This is saison? It's almost pure black, like a porter, minimal light passes through. Built a small tan head, that receded to a nice frothy surface layer with a ring at the glass edge. Some lacing.

S: Does not smell like a saison. Some yeastiness, but lots of roasted malt, hints of sour.

T: Again, more like a porter, but starting to get saisony. Slightly sour up front, but then gives way to lots of roasted malts (hence the dark color) that carry to the finish, which is again sour. There was a hint of something smoky in there too, but not really well defined. There is a bitterness to the aftertaste.

M: Heavily carbonated, in fact so much so that what would likely be a heavy mouthfeel is moderate to light.

O: I was confused, the label says saison, the aroma and taste hint heavily toward porter, then finish out saison-like...and then the mouthfeel. This is an interesting beer...I suspect my ratings would have been higher if they'd called this something other than 'saison.' No idea what, but its Magic Hat, those guys are creative and can pull off unique, so give it a unique style name.

02-04-2014 03:11:31 | More by Badger6
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -10.4%

Dark brown in color with a nice head of foam, this saison emits a nose that is somewhat unusual, with scents of sourness and yeast dominating and some tangy chocolate and bread in the background. There is a small amount of lacing and the overall first impression is mixed.

The taste of this beer is unusual, but not necessarily in the best way. The flavors of yeast, bread, some dark fruit, a touch of caramel, and some citrus can be tasted. The beer is medium to light in body and somewhat watery in the finish.

This isn’t the greatest beer I have ever tasted and its flavor seems a tad off, especially for the style. With each sip, I found myself wondering what I was tasting and not even sure if the flavors were authentic. That isn’t good, but at the same time, this isn’t a terrible beer and I can think of many that rate lower. Still, there are better brews out there for the money, whether saison or something else.

02-02-2014 04:38:26 | More by BryanCarey
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-31-2014 04:31:34 | More by ShepardCommander
Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.