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Notch Saison - Notch Brewing

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 20.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Notch Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

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Photo of KarlosT
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
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?

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bottle for $5.95. Chilled and poured into an Allagash chalice. No date on bottle.

A- Pours a murky hay hue that sits an odd pale dark golden color. A nice foamy white head forms and creates an good creamy cap.

S- Lots of nice spice upfront in the nose. Hay and yeast are present but in the background. The spice is light, peppery and has a slight tang. Some citrus slowly creeps in.

T- Spice, cloves, yeast. A bitter grapefruit rind comes in midway through and lingers. Taste is pretty simple and light. Some citrus zest and old bubblegum.

M- Light-Medium bodied. The feel is pretty full on palate upfront then fades to a light. Stays wet through entire taste. Carbonation can be lightly felt on palate.

O- A nice session beer in general. A light saison that is very easy to drink. The bitter rind taste is a tad overpowering for the other more mild flavors. A good simple summer beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Large fluffy head that recedes leaving a lot of chunky lace on the glass. Mildly

Very sour and earthy to the nose. Stale barn aroma. There's a distinct yeast bite as well.

Thin body but with a low level of carbonation. The flavor is similar to sour mash grains. Enough hop bitterness to give some relief from the tart flavors. Think bitter orange.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: murky copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, spices, banana, malts,

taste: spices, funk, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice saison. glad I got to try it, but not sure I would go out of my way for such a beer.

The cpj

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz straight into a pint glass.

a nice honey colored body sports a nice decently white head that has some alright lacing and pretty good retention. nice smell of clove banana and green apple in this. taste is clove and banana again up front. grains are present in the middle. the finish is citrus and pine with a good dry hop finish. lots of carbonation present in this. overall its all good. nothing is bad nothing is excellent just par for the course (which if you recall in golf is a good score, commendable and hard to achieve.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a honey gold with a head that faded as quickly as a head on a soda.

The nose is pleasant with honey, hops, citrus, biscuit, white pepper, and that traditional "saison aroma."

A little watery in the mouth, the taste is very dry, and a bit spicy with a lot of tart citron. A very dry hoppy finish.

Overall, it's an OK beer. Nice enough for the low ABV, but there are other offerings with similar ABV that knock the socks off this beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of JTC40
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured clean straw color, what little liquid there was since the head foamed lavishly like champagne. Aroma spiced with farmhouse yeastiness. Dry taste with gentle bite of wheat reinforced by spicy hops.

3.8 percent alcohol made me wish I'd had a whole six-pack instead of only one. Good easy drinker.

Liked the fact that wheat grown locally and malted at Valley Malt.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3+" yellowish white head. Hazy copper lemon yellow color. Smells of citrus and spice and malt. Taste is high on the fruit & spice and there's a persistent bitter finish. Body is much lighter weight than other Saison's. All in all a respectable sample from a brewery relatively local to me, but not at the tops for Saison.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jslot38 for this one and BigSexy410 for the assist. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my big Duvel tulip. Bottled on 03/15/12.

a - Pours a murky deep orange-golden color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for three to four minutes and some light spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, fruity malts, bready malts, and grains. Smell is a lot sweeter then I was expecting, but nice.

t - Tastes of spices, cloves, pepper, bananas, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, some floral hops, and some lemon. Nice, but seems a little bit watered down and weaker then the nose. A small step down from the nose for me.

m - Light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A tiny bit watery in the mouthfeel but not bad.

o - Overall a decent saison. I liked the nose a lot, though thought the taste and body were a bit thin and watered down. Pretty easy to drink, worth checking out, though I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a huge fluffy head that had staying power on top of the golden-orange body. Very clean aroma. The prickly mouthfeel was noticeable up front, which gave way to floral, spicy, estery, and slightly rubbery yeast character and finished up with a touch of golden malt sweetness. Not sure if actual spices were used, or if those flavors were derived from the yeast, but did not seem overdone. High carbonation, dry, slightly bitter finish, and low abv makes this drinkable and refreshing. I was impressed how much flavor this one had despite its low abv.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy burnt/golden yellow. Fluffy white head about half a finger thick stands its ground throughout the whole pint. Nose is a balance of grassy malt, pepper and funky, sour, fruity yeast. Flavor has a metallic tingle upfront. A big hit of the spicy yeast and sour citrus. Coriander and orange peel towards the end and then a crisp, dry and bitter finish. The dry bitterness is all orange peel flavor that gets progressively astringent. After about a minute there is still a lingering bite on the back of your tongue. For the abv the body is heavier than expected.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fancy pint glass. The color is light straw and clear. There is a white foamy head with good retention.

The aroma balances mild bready malt with some citrus and lots of yeast-like spice. The aroma is nice and strong.

The taste has a nice dose of grassy hops balanced with some peppery yeast that is prominent in the finish. Lot's of flavor here!

The body is light and this is crisp and refreshing. I would love to try more Notch beers! Come to Maine if you want!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notch Saison pours a hazy honey yellow color with a rocky white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma has strong notes of orange peel, wheat and yeast. Some clove and pepper are also present.

Each sip of this medium beer is soft, dry with a mild carbonation. The flavor is spicy with a solid wheat balance. It begins with orange peel, coriander and pepper. In the middle wheat and pale malt balance the spices. Light fruit and a touch of bubblegum are noticeable. It finishes mildly bitter and dry. Once gone the coriander and orange peel linger on the palate.

I'm somewhat surprised this beer is only 3.8% abv. It's full of flavor and has more body than the abv would indicate. However, the spice seems to dominate more than I like for a saison.

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What with my curmudgeony complaints at the mindless bigness of beers these days, a session saison has "mynie" written all over it.

Pours like a regular saison. Smells like a really great, crisp and refreshing saison. Big nodes of lemon, pepper, and grass. Not much yeastiness, for the style, but wonderful nonethless.

Tastes good, but not great. The citrusy zest of the aroma is joyously present all throughout the beer's front and middle, but the back end leaves me hanging, waiting for a yeasty aggressiveness that simply doesn't come.

The bizarre consolation is a fantastic aftertaste that rivals a really good, weedy european pils.

This is like god's own lawnmower beer. Just complicated enough to keep you interested, just boozey enough to make you happy, but nothing that'll distract you or slow you down.

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Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy straw color with a huge almost white head that takes a while to settle, but doesn't leave tons of lacing.

lots of bubble gum up front with a bit of herbs and yeast behind that. some honey, light breads, straw and a slight funkiness.

bubble gum up front, again, with a graininess and straw. some grass, barnyard funk, and some lemon zesty hops.

very dry and crisp, with a slight fluffy carbonation.

good traditional example of the style. doesn't go "imperialized" like many stateside variations. great summertime brew. perhaps a bit too dry to be extremely refreshing, but it suits the style.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Served in an Allagash goblet

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a medium-sized spritzy snow white head.

Smells of dry hay, grain and citrus zip out of the gate vying to gain ground. When, from out of nowhere, smells of green wood, mowed lawn and spices roll in. They all cross the finish line together and in complete harmony.

This is a GREAT small beer to have on a hot day on the boat, at softball, on the beach or just lying around on the hammock in the shade, avoiding the heat.

Low alcohol/high flavor!

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Notch Saison from Notch Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.