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Notch Saison - Notch Brewing

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83
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Notch Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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Reviews by KarlosT:
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KarlosT

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -39.9%

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?

09-23-2012 15:13:48 | More by KarlosT
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -28.1%

A: Pours a murky color with a decent foam cap.

S: Some spice upfront in the nose. Maybe a bit of citrus too. Kinda bland.

T: Faint spice, faint cloves, slight yeast. Frankly not much here.

M- Light bodied. Light carbonation. Light Light Light seem to be the theme of the day.

O- An OK session beer in general. But as far as saisons go, this doesn't bring alot to the table besides being really low in alcohol.

08-29-2011 18:39:52 | More by SunDevilBeer
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: hazy, orange-brown in color, 2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: funk, hay, pepper, and lemon

Taste: pepper, funk, hay, pepper, Belgian spices, and lemon

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, dry, funky and slightly bitter

Overall: A nice, funky, light saison. I could have a couple of these. This is the best beer from Notch that I have had so far.

09-22-2011 13:11:08 | More by tigg924
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juicebox

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-07-2013 00:36:35 | More by juicebox
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-13-2013 21:34:30 | More by doremite
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bruffco

California

3/5  rDev -18%

11-29-2011 18:20:27 | More by bruffco
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Grabbed this one when I was up in Boston. Review from notes.

A: Pour a hazy light yellow/straw color with a foamy 1.5 finger head. Moderate retention and a little bit of lacing.

S: A bit of bubble gum, light citrus, banana, and light spices - mostly coriander. There is some bready malt on the back end.

T: Similar to the aroma, some banana and a little lemon zest, a little bit of bubble gum, some coriander, and a bit of bready malt. There was also a very slight funk.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: While not my favorite saison, at 3.8% and $4.50 for a 22oz bottle, this was pretty impressive. Would pick this up again just to have in the fridge.

08-09-2011 13:45:14 | More by mdaschaf
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alamode

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

01-24-2013 15:54:21 | More by alamode
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snowmaggedon

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-01-2012 22:18:34 | More by snowmaggedon
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Brewsephus

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

11-01-2012 01:53:11 | More by Brewsephus
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured into a Notch pint glass a chunky foam head on top of a hazy yellow gold, some splotchy lacing.

Nose is a subtle clove spice blended with an airy citric apple.

A sip is brightly carbonated right off the bat - light grassy malt provides a sweetness with a dry citric zest bitterness through the end.

I think this beer is exactly what it is - an affordable, sessionable, flavorful summer beer - and for that, I give it solid marks. I think the only thing it's missing is a little more barnyard funk, but that's personal preference, and I think Notch has made a great brew.

07-22-2011 01:00:17 | More by OldIronLungs
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-27-2012 22:24:54 | More by trevorpost
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 24, 2014.

The color of the pour is golden with a small fizzy white head and low carbonation. It fades rather quickly.

The aroma has a decent toasted biscuit character and a touch of pineapple of grapefruit in the mix.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a good toasted maltiness too with a citrus and slightly tart bite. It feels bigger than 3.8% ABV

04-24-2014 23:09:46 | More by puboflyons
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-27-2012 02:55:48 | More by Psychmusic
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

Big thanks to cbeer88 for the tasty local treat!

Pours a nice medium sunny orange color, hazy, with a bright white head. Appearance wise, it's pretty effing sexy. Aroma has a lot of floral hop notes, with plenty Belgian, yeasty zest. Speaking of zest, there's some lemon zest qualities in there too. Mildly biscuity. Floral hops and zesty, estery yeast notes balance each other out on the taste. Light citrus and bread, slight bitter finish. Must admit that this is a nicely bodied beer for such a low ABV. Nice creamy texture, but with an authoritative carbonation bite. Light, but not water. Finishes cleanly.

I was rather excited for this one, being a Saison and a session ale, but admittedly had my concerns and assumptions, but I was very pleased with this ale. Great body, and full of flavor. I'd feel okay pounding a couple!

07-17-2011 02:20:59 | More by EgadBananas
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a golden copper color with about an average amount of head and lacing. Smelled a slight funk with a citrus background, also yeasty. The taste was very pleasant; dry in the finish almost with a smack; very refrshing and easy to drink. Mouthfeel was very good, with nice carbonation up front. I enjoyed this, especially for the "low" price, and loved that it's local.

07-19-2011 14:55:55 | More by BeTheBall
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz bottle, no bottle date.

Pours a light straw color with a good sized white bubbly head, fades at a slightly quick rate and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

Smell is predominately citrusy with a light peppery aroma, light yeast presence.

Taste is light and crisp, I'd believe this to be 3.8%, citrus and light sweet malt hit the front, subtle spicing, not the typical Saison now and days because it is aiming for the session style, finishes dry with a decent enough bitterness.

12-26-2011 02:12:42 | More by deltatauhobbit
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-08-2013 14:09:26 | More by HattedClassic
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-03-2014 16:52:46 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-24-2014 02:32:48 | More by gonzo000
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18%

Pale straw color with a billowing white head. Took two easy pours to get the whole 12 ounces in there. Large foamy schmear all down my glass. It may not have the heft of bigger saisons but it sure looks the part.

Smells like spritzy hay and cream soda. A smattering of musty hop.

Tastes like mildly rustic spiced cream soda. It does suffer taste and body from 3.8% but it is in the neighborhood. Mineral vanilla in back. Dry-ish?

I was really impressed with this on tap but I'm sorry to say either it's not nearly as good in the bottle or it was just having a good night that night.

07-04-2012 20:55:26 | More by donkeyrunner
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

12-20-2012 05:50:52 | More by cbutova
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-25-2013 01:34:17 | More by AnitaBrewski
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-14-2014 16:09:37 | More by DerekMorgan
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2/5  rDev -45.4%

01-17-2013 22:56:06 | More by Thorpe429
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Notch Saison from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.