UncleJ (17) - - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
The brewers of this beer prove that bold taste and delightful complexity don't have to rely on high gravity and high abv. A bit astringent which makes drinking a lot of it somewhat of a task, doubly unfortunate given its label as a "session" beer, Notch Saison is a nearly perfect table beer. It is full of flavor from the malt (including some Golden Naked Oats?), hops, AND yeast with each component adding its own level of nuance to the overall flavor.
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puboflyons (2223) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Golden pour with a quick fuzzy white head. quickly. Decent toasted biscuit and yeast notes on the nose along with a citrus note that has a bit of grapefruit or pineapple. Light to medium body. Nice toasted malts lead the flavor with a tart, dry bitterness lingering at the end.
Bill Becker (404) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bavarian81 (64) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color. The nose was mostly clove and banana. Tasted of indistinct spices and slightly bitter.
kateathens (5) - - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lively carbonation, but wasn't a fan of the hoppy after taste, even though it was mild. Pours like orange liquid gold, with a floral aroma. Overall, not too bad, but not the best Saison I've had.
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nimbleprop (5196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy gold with some creamy, white head. Nose is nice and floral, some perfume, some herbs, lightly malt, honey. Flavor is the same, mildly gristy, very floral, lightly herbal, lightly sweet. Clean finish. Very nice. Solid session beer.
TBone (12992) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @Cambridge, 1.
Slightly hazy orange color, creamy white head. Saison yeasty, spicey-fruity aroma. Light to medium-bodied. Typical Saison yeast flavor, green apple. Crisp. A bit watery and "too easy" Saison for my liking.
Beerathon (1278) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amazing how much flavor is packed into this light ABV brew. The spice from the yeast with the bubbly carbonation and floral hoppiness is enjoyable.
ScipioA (331) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks pretty good, foamy and hazy yellow/orange. My first impression of the aroma is Christmas cookie spices, quite pleasant. Also some fruity yest notes, some banana in there. The flavor is sweet and a little tart, more banana yeast presence than in the aroma. Tasty and really refreshing. Moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. At 3.8 you can tell it’s alcoholic but it certainly won’t knock you down. Notch focuses on making "sessionable" beers which I guess are intended for all-day day drinking. I can see drinks like this being popular with the dieting calorie counters who are mainly limited to nasty Bud lights and the dreadful MGD 64.
queenholly (3014) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of AirForceHops. Cloudy straw gold with a large white head. Pineapple, Belgian yeast, sweet bready malt, and spice aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast, bready malt flavor with a mild hoppy finish. Medium body, lively carbonation. Nice.
kramer (5094) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark gold body with a one finger fizzy white head that faded fairly quickly. The nose is really nice, very floral and delicate with a light pale maltiness. The flavor is also very light and delicate with a nice floral spiciness and minimal maltiness. On the drier side, which is nice, but I could do with a little bit of yeastiness in here, it’s very filtered. Light bodied and very easy drinking with soft fizzy carbonation. Sessionable for sure, I could have a few of these.