Notch Saison

Notch Saison

Good evening everyone. I can’t believe this week has flown by so quickly, thanks to the long holiday weekend. Speaking of weekends, this coming weekend is a big one for us, as we will be running our first ever half marathon. Training has gone to plan and me and Melissa are ready to rock. Luckily, the recent humidity and heat will break by Sunday. Unluckily, it will also be raining. If I had to choose between the two, I’d still take the rain, but it’s not ideal. I’ll just consider it an extra challenge. And the upside – no fear of sunburn!

Tonight I’m drinking a can of Notch Saison. I’m a rabid Notch fan, with Notch Left of the Dial IPA being my go-to “drinking beer”. And as far as saisons go (not my favorite style), the Notch Saison is probably my favorite. If you’re looking for a serious farmhouse saison, with uber notes of pepper and spice, this isn’t what you’re looking for. It is quite the opposite actually. At a light 4.1% ABV, it starts smooth with a biscuity malty flavor. It ends with a unmistakable, but light Belgian spice flavor. Like other Notch brews, the Notch Saison will disappear before you know it; immensely drinkable.

-Lost

Allagash Neddles

Allagash Neddles

Happy Memorial Day, ya’ll. I hope you have had a wonderful long weekend. Here in New England it was GORGEOUS all three days. Although, besides having the windows open and enjoying the breeze, I have to say I did very little with the nice weather. It was a very low key holiday for us. We had brunch with friends, game night with friends, packed for the move, ran some errands and took the dog for a long walk. Besides that, we sat on the couch watching movies all weekend.

Right now I’m watching Aliens while Melissa takes a nap. I’ve watched Alien and Aliens at least 2 times each this month. Great movies that stand the test of time. The director, James Cameron, is a movie God in my mind.

I’m also drinking bottle of Allagash Neddles. The beer, a birthday gift from our friends Sean and Kerry, is an American wild ale style. It’s 10.5% ABV and luckily it’s only a 12 ounce bottle.

I’m not sure I could drink more than 10-12 ounces anyway. And not because of the alcohol content. Rather, this sucker is SOUR. I mean, intensely sour. It doesn’t quite taste like vinegar, but I could see someone less experienced with sour beers thinking otherwise. Neddles is aged in rum barrels and upon opening the bottle, tons of rum aroma was in the air. If there is any oak or rum flavor in the beer, it is masked by all the sour flavor. Now, the beer was bottled nearly six months ago, and I believe it was bottle conditioned (active yeast in the bottle). Given that, I suppose it’s possible that the longer this sat, the more sour it got? Regardless, it is what it is, and I’m not sure I’ll be finishing the bottle tonight.

-Lost

Never take beer (or life) too seriously