Notch Saison - Notch Brewing

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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Photo of Thorpe429
2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice almost 2 finger head tries to fade but continually reinforced by the many rising bubbles, nice lacing, clear golden pale color.

Nose light pale malts, light sweetness, light spices, hint of citrus, sweet malty esters and fruit, light wheat and bit of saison farmhouse dry bready grainy malt.

Taste starts light, bit of sweet malt, hint of straw, wheat, fruit with light esters, dry farmhouse saison malt and almost bready. Almost fluffy carbonated malt. Light saison yeast fruits, and bit of floral hops and citrus. Finishes dry and toasty saison malts, light bitterness and spices.

mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty staple saison, very light and drinkable, nice malts, fruits, esters, saison farmhouse flavors, etc, and no real off flavors. very drinkable.

Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Cheers,
The cpj

Photo of Bitterbill
4.54/5  rDev +24%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Notch Saison from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.