Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday Night Tasting - Notch Session: Saison
Notch Session – Boston / Ipswich, MA
American Session Saison
3.8 ABV, 22 oz and on draft
I picked this beer up not too long ago at Craft Beer Cellar, and actually reviewed this beer a few weeks ago. Unfortunately there are no additional pictures as our USB hookup to our camera is missing in action. Hopefully I can find it, as it’s far better than the other camera we have.
The color of this Saison is a beautiful deep golden orange hue, with a big, fluffy, white head that lingers! The head appears to sit atop the liquid like a cloud. The aroma is quite pleasant and robust. It has a floral and fragrant hop character, with hints of orange, citrus, and tones of nice Belgian like yeast. It is also perfectly carbonated.
The flavor is smooth and soft. You can pick up the slight piney, citrusy, and floral flavor you typical see from farmhouse brews. Yet, the malt provides a nice balance. It is lower in alcohol compared to most Saison and other Belgian beers, so it doesn’t quite have the same bit. But, considering this is a “Session Saison” it makes the mark!
The Notch Saison has a mild mouth feel, and surprisingly so, considering the low gravity of the beer. It also has a high drinkability level. All of owner/brewer Chris Lohering’s beers are incredibly drinkable, which comes with the Session style…but, that doesn’t mean this beer can’t stand up to other Saison and Hefeweizens.
The Notch Session Saison is yet another solid, solid beer which I suggest you try why the weather is still warm!