Notch Saison | Notch Brewing

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Notch SaisonNotch Saison

Brewed by:
Notch Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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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 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 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 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 EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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!

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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 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 nas5755
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A straw yellow with a nice two inch head, great retention and really nice lacing.

Smell- Yeast phenols, grain and a bit of citrus -- very Belgian esq

Taste- The Taste opens up with straw and grain as would a typical saison and slowly transitions into a grassy, hoppy bitterness. A very clean beer. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and slightly dry, good carbonation levels

Overall- I am very impressed with this session saison. The flavors of a traditional Belgium saison are all present; something that isnt always typical of American made saisons which tend to be a bit hoppier. For such a low-abv beer I was surprised to find the complexity at such a high level(my only complaint would be the lack of depth in complexity that I am used to in higher abv beers but I guess that means I get to take another sip which is the point of a session-able beer.) I have been very impressed with Notch and I believe this is their best offering.

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