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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DannyDan on 06-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
17.56%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jamiecoppin
2/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unique, but something I could not drink much of. Black, very dry. Like the base for something that had to be added, and it wasn't. Aroma was OK. Bottle from Steve. Some licorice. Low drinkability. Missing hop, mouthfeel, malt. I may cook with it though.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for the bottle jbck109.

A: Pours near black with a finger of fizzy dark brown head that quickly bubbled away into basically nothing.
S: My first thought was this beer was infected but upon further inspection it may be just a strange bill of ingredient. I’m still getting a strange kind of infected cherry sweetness, but notes of anise, caramel, booze, and chocolate come through as well. Clove and a little bit of dark fruit too perhaps.
T: Anise and spices dominate along with that strange dark fruit cherry taste. I get notes of root beer and cola, cherry cola, as well. This tastes like black licorice cherry rootbeer cola if that makes sense.
M: The carbonation is super airy and froths up on my palate. I’m not saying this beer is infected, but the carbonation sure does froth up in a way that reminds of infected bottles of stouts I’ve had in the past. Medium body, frothy soda mouthfeel.
O: Anise cola with a splash of cherry. Definitely strange, not sure I like it. Not undrinkable, just not my taste. Thanks for the tick though, Jay.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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1/5  rDev -71.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of NilocRellim
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cold from the bottle, this beer was pitch black. It had a nice cream-coloured head, while sitting on the black beer, looked very nice. The smell was very strong and very complex. There were notes of spices, burnt barley, molasses, and a dominant anise smell. The taste followed the smell like a map... Very complex, almost too complex, with the anise taste overpowering the other flavours. The anise flavour lingered for a bit while the aftertaste of roasted barley took over, which was a nice finish.

Would I buy it again? No. I enjoy the taste of anise, but this beer had too much going on.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark brown leather couch color with a thin tan head.

S: aroma seems lighter than appearance. Nutty, spices, apple, wood.

T: spicy, licorice, pepper, vanilla, cherry, cola

O: Great beer. Mild with flavor. Alcohol is well hidden, very balanced.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a really black color with a nice big tan head. However the head did not last long but the lacing lingered pretty well. The beer smelled spicy and cloves flowed over the edge of the glass. I was hopeful. Alas though the beers head faded away quickly and the taste was just not good. I will not buy again.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of bennetj17
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks dark like a Porter, with a medium thick, soapy looking tan foam that holds nicely. Chocolate, hints of dark fruit, licorice, and a bit of caramel in the aroma. Not sure where this is going but it does smell decent.

Tangy sweet malt with a bright intensity. I don't really like the combo of roasted toffee and caramel malts with the tangy fruitiness. It doesn't work well with each other and there isn't enough dry roastiness in the finish to round it out and add another dimension. Smooth, velvety body, good carbonation.

Overall this is not a success. I'm not sure about this trend of making dark Saisons, it's such a great style, why pervert it and make it taste almost like a stout? Furthermore, without knowing the name there is no way you possibly guess this was a farmhouse ale of any kind. It doesn't bear resemblence.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a reddish hut; big foamy brown head that fades quickly

S - black licorice, anise, figs, raisins

T - anise, black licorice, roasted malts, figs, raisins, some faint chocolate, some peppery rye, some funky yeast comes through

M - crisp, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a surprisingly complex and unique saison. It's has a ton of flavor. The black licorice and anise notes dominate which I'm not crazy about but the uniqueness, the rye, the dark fruit, the roasted malts and chocolate all play a part as well. I'm impressed. This is definitely worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color, it's black in low lighting. There is a thin tan he's on top that settles into just a light ring of foam aroun the edge of the glass. The smell of the beer is really interesting! It's got some sweet nutty aromas with some spices and grains, not much roast though. It's a much brighter beer on the nose than the color suggests. The taste is quite nice too, the flavors of anise and sweet grains balance nicely with the hops in the finish. There is a very distant roasted note on the far back end of this beer. The mouthfeel is soft, gently carbonated and easy to drink. Overall I really enjoyed this crazy hybrid of a brew. I would drink again for sure!

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Four Witches from New Holland Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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