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Séance - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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433 Ratings

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Ratings: 433
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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2/5  rDev -36.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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1/5  rDev -68.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

02-07-2014 01:40:07 | More by bkeller04
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2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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".

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 23:40:38 | More by TBoneJones
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3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:11:31 | More by Badger6
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2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:38:26 | More by BryanCarey
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-31-2014 04:31:34 | More by ShepardCommander
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3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Séance is brewed in the style of a Saison/Farmhouse ale. This is Magic Hat's latest new addition to the seasonal lineup for Fall 2013, replacing last year's Hex. Available in 6 pack bottle formats as well as the Fall 2013 Variety sampler pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive fizzy, foamy caramel-white head over a medium-brown body. Carbonation is vivacious and plentiful. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. This is clearly much darker in appearance than the average saison, indicative of potential key ingredient changes. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of light bready malts with some mild roast, mellow fruits of peppery cider and fainter citrus. Aroma is very soft in potency, with mostly the fruit and yeast profile making the most significant impact. 3.25

(Taste) I'm not picking up on chocolate or potent roasted malts in this beer, but rather a soft caramel bread malt, slightly dry. Floral and fruity hop selections add light flavor and very faint bitterness. Saison yeast is certainly perceivable, perhaps a bit muted, but kindly yields fruity esters, notes of spice, most peculiarly fall spices, like nutmeg. The beer finishes on a semi-dry biscuit malt note paired with some modest fruit and a dash of spice. A bit softer and more drinkable than expected, although the subtlety of the flavor may leave something to be desired, even amongst a style known for drinkability yet charismatic and bright flavor profiles. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Soft, silky, mildly acidic. Carbonation adds some smoothness and creaminess to the texture as well as a slight peppiness that accents the fruit and spice in this beer. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. 3.5

(Overall) I'm pleasantly surprised by this new seasonal by Magic Hat. Although it certainly does not hold a candle to a world of fantastic leading Belgian Saisons, it manages to keep drinkable and feels appropriate as a fall seasonal. Magic Hat usually stretches the boundaries for most of their beers, but this one plays a bit closer to style expectations than the rest. While it isn't a repeat beer for me, I found it far favorable to the abominable Hex. 3.25

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Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:42:44 | More by Jadjunk
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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a nearly dark brown color with foam that overfills the glass.

First sip is taking down the foam that overfills the 20 oz glasss. it tastes malty, with a nice smoky peat malt flavor as well. This beer has a lot of smokey, peat malt flavor, which isn't really a bad flavor.

This is a step down from a malt bomb like Old Chub, but this has a nice smoky flavor that I really do enjoy. I couldn't drink more than one of these at a time due to the intense smoky flavor, but I am enjoying the first one I've had.

Solid beer, would get again if there were no premium beers on tap.

EDIT - this was not reviewed as a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. If it was reviewed to that style it would be much lower. This is more like a Smoked Beer or Scottish Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 08:29:31 | More by FickleBeast
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is roasted malts, some spices, finishes dry, not really the flavor profile of other saisons I have had, but not bad. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 14:52:43 | More by tone77
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2.75/5  rDev -13%

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Séance from Magic Hat Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.