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Portsmouth Saison - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth SaisonPortsmouth Saison

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86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A beer made for the migrant workers, or saisonnières, during harvest season in France. A light, yet refreshing and full-flavored ale with a crisp spiciness to quench the heaviest of thirsts.

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 02-15-2006)
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Reviews by sethmeister:
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

Freshly filled growler pours a very cloudy golden wheat color with a finger of fizzy offwhite head which vanishes leaving not a trace.

Scent is fruity, floral and spicy. Apples and pears; coriander and cloves.

Taste is bubblegum, slightly tannic apples and pears, peppery spice - coriander, cloves. Biscuity malts. Sweet up front, spicy in the middle and dry and tart at closing. A kiss of hop bitterness at the finish.

Surprisingly weighty mouthfeel, very light carbonation.

I enjoyed it but certainly not among my favorite saisons.

08-20-2011 20:37:59 | More by sethmeister
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

This was a great beer. Even my wife, generally a non-beer drinker, enjoyed it. It was a pretty yellow color with a nice white head that dissipated fairly quickly. It had a fresh, outdoors aroma and a sweet fruity (banana?) taste, as well as a fresh flowery taste. Very smooth and drinkable. A person could spend some time with this beer.

02-15-2006 23:00:02 | More by lordofthewiens
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magictrokini

California

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

A tripel-like saison. Clear gold pour with a medium white head and good lacing. Spicy aroma. Lots of yeast esters, clove, bubblegum. Some drier fruits. Tastes like a tripel. Lots of the same bubblegum and clove. Very light and carbonated. Not sure why this was a saison. Its a decent trippel.

12-12-2008 21:57:06 | More by magictrokini
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-24-2014 14:15:55 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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pwoods

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

22oz. brown bottle poured into a flute. Notes.

A: Pours golden amber with good visibility. Maybe a fingers worth of pearly white head forms adn some retention after a very strong pour.

S: Plenty of fruit esters and yeasty. Apple juice. A touch of yeast spice.

T/M: Feels very flat... and it's supposed to be a Belgian? Nice sweet malt side. Lightly spiced hops blend well with the yeast. Again, plenty of esters, largely fruity apple. Tasty phenols play nicely. Light body with nearly no carbonation.

D: The lack of carbonation is highly disappointing. I think it'd be a pretty decent beer, otherwise.

10-28-2009 01:10:53 | More by pwoods
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

On-tap waiting for Kate the Grate on 6/24/08

Served in a tulip glass.

This is a blonde/amber color, thin white crown, gone pretty quick with not much left to show for it. mild carbonation for the style.

The nose has spicey herbs, tangy wheat, banana and cloves. Pretty fruity yeast and hop.

This is a nice crsip malt with tangy wheat, sour fruits, banana, cloves and earthy herbs. good balance with maybe a slight bit too much banana fruitiness and not enough crispy wheat flavor. The body is light and refrehing but could be a bit more sharp.

not too shabby.

06-25-2008 23:56:05 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-15-2012 22:39:27 | More by ChrisL24481
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RobDB

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-23-2012 03:08:08 | More by RobDB
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Bought at the Portsmouth Brewery store.

Pours a golden yellow color with a hint of orange, hardly any head and no lacing.

Smell is subtle but has hints of spices and sweetness, some citrus and yeast.

Taste is light and crisp, carbonation is minimal, more yeasty and citrusy than the aroma, the lack of carbonation hurts it though.

08-05-2008 22:18:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, which was purchased at the brewpub on 6/25/07 and consumed on 7/7/07, into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange-brown color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spice, light malts, Belgian yeast, some banana & honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste very bready with mild flavors of Belgian yeast, banana, honey and spices. There’s very little hops presence but this is a case where it’s not really missed and that’s coming from a hop-head). The malt character is hearty but it still keeps the beer light. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, nice kick, this is a very nice beer to drink for an entire evening. My only regret about this beer is that I bought the bomber instead of drinking it on-tap at the brewpub.

07-08-2007 02:39:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-01-2012 23:31:39 | More by phingdong
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randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 16:28:18 | More by randomdanger
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-19-2012 14:41:45 | More by smutty33
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to puttyman for this brew! Cheers!

This saison pours a fairly clear/slighty yellow body. Decent head and good retention

The smell is a little weak as to be expected from a saison. The taste was crisp and refreshing. Very clean and approachable.

Overall, a good beer to try.

07-31-2008 02:09:50 | More by iconoklaztor
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joepais

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Tyler called this one there summer Saison I kind of like that distinction. As of lately the brew has a great looking two to three finger white head that looks absolutely amazing in a tulip glass it settles down to a good lace . The brew is a slightly hazy apricot color to my eyes.

The aromas are a slightly sweet and fruity with a splash of spices in the finish. Flavors follow the nose quite well with an ever so slight dry finish for the style not as big as the De Printemps. The feel in my mouth was what I would consider medium, while being well carbonated for the style.
Saison's are the way to go in the summer to me they are easy to drink with enough fruitiness for a summer beer but not being over the top because of the spice bitter. My go to session brew when on tap.

08-01-2009 17:14:38 | More by joepais
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ncelauro

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-04-2013 13:45:59 | More by ncelauro
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

On tap at the brewery on 6/28/07; served in a tulip.

Clear/bright, faint caramel in color with just a trace of creamy white lacing a top the glass leaving touches of thin lacing. Aromas of tropical fruit and cherry with a distinct 'farmhouse' mustiness. Apple, cherry, and mild tropical fruit prior to a film of astringent mustiness. The finish is dry with a distinct corriander/pepper and a touch of clove in the aftertaste. Medium in body; a nice bit of substance for the style, despite the rather dry flavors. Not one of my favorite PB offerings as its flavor profile is rather tame and mild.

06-30-2007 01:44:59 | More by NEhophead
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seplo

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-30-2012 18:25:33 | More by seplo
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rosschive

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-11-2013 18:31:34 | More by rosschive
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

On-tap, served in a tulip

A hazy golden orange, almost apricot-like color, with a slightly off white cap that rose to fill the glass. Looks really pretty. The head falls slowly, clinging to the glass at every turn.

The nose is sweet and earthy. Bubble gum, banana, and clove leap out of the glass. Soft fruity esters are also present: peaches, apricots, melon, white grapefruit.

On the palate, bubble gum and banana hit you first. Spicy clove and earthy malts then take over mid-palate before a burst of fruit and a sweeping spicy dryness. A mix of sweet and earthy notes linger.

Medium bod. This has a bold mouthfeel for the style. Just plain chewy and sticky. Awesome.

A very pleasant saison. One of the more fruity saisons I have encountered, but a great balance with earthy notes and a good drying quality. Well crafted.

07-21-2012 14:49:16 | More by ColForbinBC
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-31-2013 19:29:33 | More by ajcormier
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Big thanks to BeerWorld for this one! I'm glad to be able to try something from Portsmouth. (this is off notes from 8-14-2008)

Pours a slightly fogged gold with a very small crème head.. Nose is funky and slightly citrus. Flavor is nice. Good level of fruity funk. The flavor doesn't stay for really long. But it doesn't completely thin out either. I consider this one more of a Belgian style saison than an American one. And everyone out there who's had a load from this side of the pond knows what I'm talkin' about. Feel is slick on liquid and low on carbonation. This is very easy to drink. A nice interpretation of the style.

11-24-2008 15:27:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Served in a 10 oz. tulip. Coloration was a pale honey-gold; clarity was somewhat poor. Quarter-inch head dissipated immediately; no lacing adhered during the session. Nose consisted of wheat and some fruity esters with a touch of honey. Flavors presented as citrus, honey (almost mead-like) and fruity esters. Very little carbonation detectable (not really style consistent) and a mild bite along the sides of the tongue. Somewhat fuller bodied than I'm used to for the style. I really enjoyed this brew, but not for it's saison qualities. Well worth trying, but not consistent with the style.

06-25-2008 21:53:20 | More by Jwale73
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured info a tulip on tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy golden color with an orange hue. A little white head forms but vanishes leaving no lace.

Cloves and bananas are in the aroma. Seems to have a little bit of a floral hop background with a little bit of a noticeable malt body. Somewhat biscuity malts on the pallet with a little bit of a fruity finish. Bananas are noticeable with a grainy finish

The feel is good and light with soft carbonation. The flavor lingers a bit. Pretty good saison. The yeast seems a little fruity here. Wouldn't mind less of that but it's otherwise tasty.

08-19-2011 03:06:08 | More by Bendurgin
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joe1510

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

22oz Bomber

Dave shared this brew with me. Portsmouth's Saison has a hazy golden look with a caramel sheen. The haziness is enough to keep me from easily seeing through the glass and streams of tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. A hard pour conjures up a fingers worth of head that eventually falls to a thick collar and islands of foam.

The first thing I notice is big notes of Bubblicious. There's a lot of fruit with red apples, pears, and some spicy notes on the backend. Light white pepper and faint coriander are most noticeable and a little dusty, graininess makes for the backbone.

Red apple and pear dominates this brew with a glowing fruitiness. The fruitiness lasts throughout with the grainy, musty sweetness on the finish. Bubblegum has fingerprints all over this saison and it shows through in a different spot on each drink.

The mouthfeel is light and airy with a soft carbonation that keeps things flowing but never becomes prickly. The finish has a touch of sweetness present.

This is another easy drinking saison which is exactly what it should be. Good flavor combined with an easy drinking body keep this beer flowing.

I can't get enough saison and this is a good take on the style from a great American brewery. Portsmouth does it up right.

08-06-2009 20:57:38 | More by joe1510
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Portsmouth Saison from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.