Monday, September 9, 2013
Magic Hat sent me another beer from their newest seasonal box, a saison known as Séance. The abstract graveyard scene on the label is pretty interesting. An owl, candles, chalices, strange people, leaves: gaze at it for a while. This is supposed to be "a liquid dance through life's trance." 4.4% alcohol.
Murky brown color, so I know something different is up, though I am not even slightly surprised. Caramel and herbal scents mix with some spices and yeast... and mint? Herbal flavors to start with plenty of roasted, slightly smokey malt. There is a flat weak coffee flavor too, very noticeable. Sweet cola meets this saltiness that I just can't shake.
A bit of lemon does add some citrus brightening and relief from the sweeter malts, but overall, that didn't show through as much as I would have liked. Thin, undercarbonated. More roast at the finish and into the aftertaste. Not unpleasant but way too much all over the place. Weird is an understatement. Pass.