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Notch Saison - Notch Brewing

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
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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3/5  rDev -18%

06-03-2012 20:06:47 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of polishkaz


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-01-2012 02:36:14 | More by polishkaz
Photo of mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:34:40 | More by mdfb79
Photo of metalgdog

New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

05-03-2012 02:16:08 | More by metalgdog
Photo of wdarcy77


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

04-11-2012 18:24:05 | More by wdarcy77
Photo of jongullotti


4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-19-2012 20:54:36 | More by jongullotti
Photo of CP20


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-18-2012 12:21:03 | More by CP20
Photo of Lawnboy33


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-30-2012 04:21:59 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of Khazadum


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- we have an easy to develop head, poofy, cotton balls and ear picks. an easy to see through pale yellow body. TONS of carbonation, we are talking streams and streams and streams. Full crisp lacing, great stickiness, tons of retention. This may be the best appearance for style ( suspected belgian pale ale ) I've had in all the BIFs. It is literally amazing to look upon.

S- A bit of sharpness.. like a mild acetic acid nature. The true nature is bubblegum, hay, straw, clove, barnyard walls. Its got that belgian yeast characteristic that is just... iconic. If its a belgian pale ale, its well done.

T- The sharpness in the nose does translate minorly. It could be acetic, but the nature is so fleeting that its just generic acidity. It has straw and wheat flavors after that. Finishes faint bubblegum, we are talking like hours of chewing it before tasting it. The finish is a bit of straw but immensely faint. This is probably the cleanest finish in a beer I've had this year ( ha ha ).

M- Light, flavorful, clean finish. Very very crisp, almost too crisp in carbonation. The flavors are strong, just not lingering well.

D- Its a good beer. I wish I would have drank it before the parabola. It is a great beer to start out the night. Like your opening light beer to get you in the mood for a party. I almost feel like dancing after this one... or that could be the bomber of 12% ber talking.

I think its a belgian pale ale.

Reveal is... Wow, Notch Saison! American.. session beer? 3.8% holy shit! I'm drinking it again and again and I just can't see the saison characteristics other than dry, light peppery nature on the finish that I didn't catch at first. I can see the saison nature now. I was so hung up on the belgian yeast characteristics I didn't think that this was so underhopped how could it have been a BIPA? Impossible! It screams Saison now. Derp derp derp!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:42:26 | More by Khazadum
Photo of mbs11


4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-14-2012 00:59:54 | More by mbs11
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:12:42 | More by deltatauhobbit
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-20-2011 22:29:48 | More by rowingbrewer
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3/5  rDev -18%

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

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:05:29 | More by jlindros
Photo of halfshell


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

11-18-2011 20:56:18 | More by halfshell
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 03:05:46 | More by rinhaak
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 21:17:36 | More by smcolw
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 13:11:08 | More by tigg924
Photo of Longstaff


3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 11:48:40 | More by Longstaff
Photo of SunDevilBeer


2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:15:43 | More by mynie
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 13:45:14 | More by mdaschaf
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 08:42:23 | More by MoreThanWine
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.

The cpj

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:28:06 | More by THECPJ
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:39:38 | More by WanderingFool
Notch Saison from Notch Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.