Notch Saison - Notch Brewing
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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
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-24-2012 18:25:18 | More by JTC40
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
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
The beer pours a pretty barnyard hay golden yellow with a nice soapy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a fat scrim ring of middle size bubbles. The beer is hazy and slightly oranged with its opacity, and there are some chunks floating around from the yeast, but there is definitely a good stream of carbonation bubbles working their way to the surface all around the glass. The beer smells quite nice with a biscuity citrus reminiscent of orange bread. There are some good damp banana and pineapple esters also swimming in the nose that coincide with the slight spice kick expected in saisons. The beer tastes wonderfully orangey in the initial sip, supported by strong banana/pineapple esters and light earthy spiced biscuit from the malts and hops. The flavor clears into a crisp and refreshing funk towards the middle and then pulls back together into a strong citrus-spice aftertaste. The esters work marvelously to add subtle flavors to this beer. The mouthfeel is cool crisp and refreshing, everything a saison traditionally should be. Bubbly carbonation is light and constant on the tongue, and the mouth is left very clean with only a slight drizzle of saliva on the sides and some dry spice on the top of the tongue. This is an excellent saison in my opinion, and a terrific return to the sessionable style of old saisons. Notch has done a great job brewing a historical and delicious beer that really highlights the funk and esters that these beers are all about. The fact that this beer is so nicely flavorful and is 3.8% makes it even more appealing. I am very surprised especially since I was not very taken with their pilsner, but this beer definitely highlights the cool things this brewery is doing with sessionable beer. I could drink quite a few of these and definitely advise this one.
08-30-2012 17:58:38 | More by Maxwell
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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!
07-07-2012 03:36:37 | More by andrewinski1
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
Notch Saison from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.