Category Archives: Saison

Magic Hat Séance Saison

Magic Hat Seance Saison

NAME: Magic Hat Séance Saison Ale
TYPE: Seasonal Saison
ORIGIN: Burlington, VT
ABV: 4.4%
REVIEW: Dark caramel cola color, bubbly head. Deep malty toffee smell, slightly sweet and herby taste with a short, flat finish. Smelled better than it tasted. Overall just a really underwhelming beer. After trying this and 21st Amendment’s Sneak Attack I decided that people need to stop trying to make fall/winter saisons. Keep ’em bright and summery the way nature intended!

goodwilltasting grade: C-

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Stone Brewery Saison du Buff

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Collaboration time! Same recipe, 3 different breweries (Dogfish, Victory, and Stone). This version was brewed by Stone.

NAME: Saison du Buff
ORIGIN: Escondido, CA
TYPE: Saison
ABV: 7.7%
REVIEW: I reviewed this over the summer and posting this is making me pine for warmer temperatures. Too bad the polar vortex is coming. Blurg. Brewed with parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Golden wheat color, light bubbly head, fresh lemony aroma, sweet nutty herbaceous taste with a bit of black pepper at the end. Sharp mouthfeel, good carbonation. I really don’t usually like Saisons but with a collaboration like this I had to try it. I’m glad I did. Great summer beer that’s refreshing to drink but strong enough to take the edge off a hot September day. Would go well with a hearty fish dish or a light pasta. B+.

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