Portsmouth Bière De Garde - Portsmouth Brewery

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86
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This typical French “farmhouse” ale is big in fruity flavors, like apples & cherries, & balanced by a kiss of hops.

(Beer added by: Sycodrummer on 01-18-2006)
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2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip at the brewpub. This one pours a clear honey color with a thin cap of white foam. It settles quickly.

On my first whiff I got a big aroma of caramel sweetness. My second venture in wasn't as pleasant. Lots of balsamic vinegar in the aroma with a caramel mixture in the background. A lot more vinous than I would have thought. Kind of a caramel sweetness on the front of the pallet with a earthy/floral profile. I don't think I've ever eaten a flower, but I figure this is what one would taste like. The vinegar that the aroma indicated is non-existent; this isn't sour at all (which I didn't expect going in to this one).

The body is heavy on this. This really just seems to coat my tongue with heavy flavors. Overall not my favorite from the brewpub. I'm sure I'll skip it in the future.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into cervoise

This beer pours a nice, slightly hazy, light copper orange. Bubbly white head and decent lacing. The nose consists of orange, apples, and tangerine with a slight wheat-grain to it. The taste is floral with some pine hops. The citric fruit component is strong with orange, lemon and some grapefruit. Pepper too! Mouthfeel is slightly drying, crisp and very refreshing. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I actually preferred it when it was first opened and relatively cold, very refreshing.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great new one from portsmouth. i still think it was a much better decision not to go for kate as all these other beers are really just superb.

Nice pour here with a medium amber color that had a slight bit of haziness to it. Intresting tone here for sure as it was bordering on being a bit brighter. There was a nice head of white that came up over the top and settled down gradually into a little pillow.

The aroma was light, hints of grian, light hops and a touch of light peach and pear fruit notes. Subtle would be the ideal word here. There was a very nice flavor here, nothing really huge, just very light and drinkable. Nice touches of light grains and small doses of light fruit, mixing well and with subtle yet adequate carbonation, the whole thing seemed to come together quite well.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head crystal clear golden honey colored beer.

Nose some sweet toasty malts, straw, light fruity like, bit bready and slight yeasty, light lemony and fruity hops.

Taste sweet malts, wheat, lift straw, pretty sweet, light fruit and lemony, juicy, some bitterness, some spices, light fruit from the yeast, finishes still a bit sweet, light creamy and straw.

Mouth is med bodied, light carb.

Overall kinda meh, so so, sweet, not a ton of malts, light hops are typical, but the weird lemony is a bit iffy, the malts are nice thought which helps a bit.

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a lightly hazed, dirty copper color with a tannish head that manages to reach only a finger or so in height, but is on the fluffy side with pretty good staying power too.

S - Yeasty and bready up front, some fruity esters, clovey spiciness and a touch of sugary sweetness.

T - Spicy cloves, Belgian yeastiness, cinnamon, pepper, a bit of wintergreen...very spicy overall. Mid level hop bitterness that blends into and perhaps fades behind the spices a bit. Bready and grainy malt base that I wish had a bit of a stronger impression overall.

M - Medium bodied with a big carbonation level that is fizzy and a bit foamy. Spice character is dominant and lingering with hop bitterness kicked in for good measure.

D - A pretty good beer overall. The spice level is a bit high for me (or is it just lacking fruitiness). Wish there was a bit more balance all around - needs more fruitiness and more of a malt base...but I'm just being critical. I'd have this again easily, but probably one in a session is enough.

Photo of steve8robin
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this when I grabbed KTG scratch tickets. 22oz bottle...

A: A very nice deep murky copper color with a fluffy 1 inch white head that fades at a decent rate. Very good.

S: I get some nice bready rye upfront with some earthy spices in the middle and a slight citrus on the backend. Ok.

T: A nice balance of flavors here. A nice citrus malt and bready rye upfront neither of which is too overpowering. A hint of piney spice in the middle with some earthiness on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a little heavy carbonation feel. Clean dry finish.

D: This goes down very, VERY easy. I love the balance on this one. Very good.

All in all, there are few brews from Portsmouth that I've thought were good or great. This is now one of them. This is a very well blended beer in a style I had not gotten to try many brews from. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

Photo of dciBA
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark honey color from the bomber. A thin off white head forms and seems to have some staying power. Good amount of lacing.

Smell is very bready, with some fruitiness from the yeast as well. Taste is similar. Initially there's a nice spiciness and a noticeable bitterness follows every sip. The breadiness in the nose lingers on the palate for quite a while.

This one has a very smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is perfect. A quite drinkable beer, I'll have no problem finishing this bottle. Overall a good tasting beer, albeit not terribly exciting.

Photo of muttyd
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Golden / amber body with a huge off-white head that fades into a faint ring. Very toasty aroma. Doughy, some fruity esters, and some faint spicy earthiness in the aroma as well. Flavor follows the nose with a big doughy, sweet toffee malt backbone with some fruitiness. Body is characteristic of Portsmouth brews - medium body with enough carbonation to give a pleasant tingling on the tongue. Alcohol is present, but still remains drinkable.

Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Pre-Sex

A: Pours a hazy orangish gold hue with a huge fizzy white head. Light retention with some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of light citrus, summer fruit, and bready yeast.

T: Caramel malt, doughy bread, citrus, yeasty, and light herbal hops.

M: Medium in body above average carbonation.

D: Just okay, not one I would seek out.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2 inch head, clear, golden brown in color, cloudy

Smell: berry and toasted malt

Taste: berry, little hay, some toasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet, dry, moderate bodied and carbonation

Drinkability: Nice and fruity for the style..a bit on the sweet end. Love this especially for the style, I picked up a bottle to go.

Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass it came to me with a two finger white head that wasted away to a nice lace. The body of the brew was an apricot orange in color.

I got typical aromas from the Belgian yeast plus I also had some wonderful spices. The flavor was slightly towards the sweet side with a light bitter finish. It had a light to medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation.

I enjoy this brew and always grab a few while its on tap

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Portsmouth Bière De Garde from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.