Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.