Notch Saison - Notch Brewing
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Reviews by KarlosT:
2.2/5 rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Had this beer at the Amesbury Beer Festival on Sep 22 2012.
Most of the beers were served from bottles into small 3oz plastic pixie cups.
Although I took notes on the 20+ different beers that I tried, it is difficult to remember all of the details associated with each beer. My apologies to readers of these notes. However, I did pay attention to my overall scores, and noted what I thought were unique positives and negatives w/ each beer.
Note that for me:
< 2.5 = probably would not finish the beer
3.0 = drinkable beer, but likely would not buy again or look for
>3.5 = will try to buy again in the future
My apologies to Belgian beer advocates. Just not a fan of this style. The "spice" notes really puts me off. Need to investigate more ... where do these spice notes come from? The yeast? The hops? or are additional spices being added?
Serving type: on-tap
09-23-2012 15:13:48 | More by KarlosT
More User Reviews:
4.54/5 rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Last brew from my trade with Yamar 18. Thanks, Kevin!
It pours a straw gold, looks slightly hazy, forms a 2 finger head of foam and again, great lacing.
It smells yeasty, spicy with cloves etc, wheat, all of the goodies I expect from a Saison.
Could the tastes ever be more true to smell than this? lol. Yeasty, spicy...second pour brings a stronger haze and that can me even more flavour judging from my past experiences with the style.
The spice and yeast rule this sucker and it even has a mild hop flavour if you're into Saisons with that trait.
The mouthfeel is perfection for the style, imho.
This is a wonderful Saison and the fact that it is only 3.8% abv is icing on the cake.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 15:27:20 | More by Bitterbill
4.04/5 rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. Bottle “bottled on 4/12/13” and consumed on 7/27/13.
A- Off white, fluffy head. Hazy,dark gold in color. Good head retention, and a fair amount of large carbonation bubbles.
S- Lemon, pepper, a bit tart, some soft and subtle wheat aromas, and some esters. Interesting and more complex than I was expecting.
T- Initially, it seemed like the taste had less going on than the aroma. I was tasting wheat, spicy pepper, and lemon flavors. As I continued to drink, I came to appreciate the subtle complexities and balance achieved with all the ingredient playing their parts nicely.
M- Soft, smooth mid bodied mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation, and a crisp dry finish.
O- Definitely a winner by Notch in my book. A very good drinking and refreshing little session saison. I wouldn't mind re-hydrating with this if I were a farm hand back in the day...or today. Pairs well with a barn balcony on a warm, breezy, July afternoon in the Catskills.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2013 00:34:48 | More by ElijahRivera
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Glad I was logged out during my last review session, crappy web browser. Here is the short-hand version.
A- Poured into an over-sized tulip with an ultra hazy yellow-golden body. A massive white cap forms with a foamy, frothy texture. Great cap retention and a few nice patches of lace randomly around the glass.
S- Light Saison yeast profile. Notes of spices, flowers, coriander, lemon zest and yeast bread. Fades quite a bit with time.
T- Loses a bit from the nose here but still nice. Saison yeast lends spicy, floral, fruity, citrus and pepper notes. Fruit is somewhere along the lines of white grape and apple. Light biscuit and cracked grain malt notes. Hops lend spicy and grassy notes.
MF- Light -end body with big foamy, bubbly carbonation sort of like a champagne without the bite on the palate, creamy. A bit of bitterness in the finish and a very slight tart feel.
The lower ABV seems to remove a bit of the yeast complexity but it also takes any harsh spicy feel that some Saisons can develop, more drinkable than most.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2012 05:50:52 | More by cbutova
Notch Saison from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.