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Four Witches | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Summer

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Added by DannyDan on 06-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,191
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
199
pDev:
17.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
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3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jaywalsh20
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter, this "saison" pours a near blackish brown opaque with a nice brown head of foam that dies down to a thin swirling layer and a modest ring. Nose of earthy yeast, chocolate, light notes of dark fruits, spicy rye, and a trace of coffee. Flavors exceed the nose with chocolate, light coffee, and spicy rye all dancing on the front to middle. The taste fades to dark, ripe raspberries, earthy yeast, and dark toffee. Mouth feel is full and rich, creamy, and moderately carbonated with a deeply roasted rye aftertaste that mingles with the sweetness. Is this a saison....well.....maybe by some of the ingredients. It is more of a stout drinkers saison. If rating purely on the style it would not hardly rate, BUT rating on the quality of the product it comes through in spades. Nice.

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4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Aroma reveals esters of green apple and general yeast funk, along with light roast and sweet chocolate. Flavor is sweet, roasty, and chocolatey, with pear and green apple accompanying must and earthy, dank basement tones. Surprisingly good yeast character in this $2 bomber. The sweetness is a touch offputting. A saison? That's a big stretch. A drinkable brew? Surely.

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3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of biegaman
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Four Witches, as is typical for New Holland beers, has wonderful label art. The liquid inside the bottle looks pretty good too; its burnt chestnut complexion is dark and largely black-ish but not without flickers of reddish colour and even some spotty clarity. Its head, though relatively pathetic for a supposed Saison, is still respectable and has a brownish tint to its froth.

Saisons are among the most aromatic of beer styles, so it stands to reason that one brewed with the addition of dark roasted wheat, caramel rye, and "mild spicing" (seems overwhelmingly like clove) should be exceptionally so. Except it's not. A kind of 'plain jane' cereal graininess overrides the subtle hint of coffee bean and the odd twang of bruised, lightly mulled dark fruits.

The flavour tells a similar story. There are some impressive notes of mocha, caramel macchiato, and maybe with a little imagination even a bite of pumpkin pie. But these features capture the attention only briefly, and don't have any lasting power in the finish. They're also only half the story - and the other half is much plainer, less exciting.

Four Witches has a truly unusual profile that blends black licorice and farmhouse grain with hints of over-ripe dark fruit skins and a pinch of clove. It won't be for everyone. And rightfully so - it's a questionable combination to say the least. But I kind of like it ("kind of" being the operative term). To its credit, however, it really doesn't drink its strength (8.9%).

The so-called 'Black Saisons' that I've tried have tended to be more 'miss' than 'hit' and Four Witches wasn't the exception to the rule I was optimistic it would be. It was, however, a very interesting beer that offered a lot of truly unique qualities; I'm happy to have tried it. Don't read too much into the scores on the internet. Try it yourself if you're at all curious.

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3.52/5  rDev +3.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +19.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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2/5  rDev -41%

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Four Witches from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 199 ratings
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