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Portsmouth Saison - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth SaisonPortsmouth Saison

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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.57%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of rosschive
4.25/5  rDev +11%

rosschive, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Truh
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Adjusted my calendar accordingly with this one on 6/20/2007. 12-oz. goblet pour at the source.

Nice sheet of creamy, tight 1/8-inch head with lacing that follows like a rising curtain, in reverse. Hazy golden hue has touched of garnet at its core with some lazy action bubbling up. Very light floral noted on the nose; lavender, honey suckle, and a touch of clover honey. Classic cruched sweet grass with calico pop on the tongue and sunflower seeds crackling in the background. Medium body, with high drinkability.

ANother hit from Portsmouth; hope they make more.

Truh, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of joepais
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

joepais, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ColForbinBC, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hairrrrrrrr, May 24, 2014
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +4.4%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +4.4%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of iconoklaztor
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

iconoklaztor, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

RblWthACoz, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jfcaa193, May 25, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jwale73, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to jastack for the opportunity to try another Portsmouth beer!

Pours a light brown color, think apple juice, and a decent finger of foam. Not too much retention, settles down rather quickly.

The aroma is pretty tasty. A bright lemon aroma is the first thing I detected and then banana, yeast, clove, spices, honey, and a good sweet malt base underneath. As it opens up there are hints of apples, pears, grapes, pineapple and mango. Very zesty in one part and fruity in the other. I really like the aroma, very floral, earthy, and yeasty at first but a swirl of the glass rouses the beer and releases the fruity aromas. Nutty and bready aromas begin to show up as the beer comes to cellar and room temperature. I'm also getting something like crumbled crackers.

The taste is a little sweeter than I thought it would be; a pretty hefty malt flavor upfront. Again, very fruity...ripe peaches, pears, some apple near the finish along with a little tanginess. Nutty malts, bread dough, and lightly toasted flavor near the finish. Toast and bits of caramel in the aftertaste with some earthy yeast flavors as well. Semi-dry on the finish.

A little on the syrupy side initially, then a little carbonation livens it up in the finish.

This saison was a little more malty than the others I have tried but it was still quite tasty. Maybe a little more carbonation would pick this one up and not feel so thick and malty on the palate.

seaoflament, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into Portsmouth last Saturday (02JUN07) on my way to Portland to grab a bowl of chili and a bier or 2.... Saison, eh? Hmmmm... Why not?! I think this may be higher than 6.10% abv, as most people getting this are getting a 12oz tulip. Being a mug-clubber, I was able to get a 16oz pour from my main man at the bar, Larry.

Poured a rich golden color, with a bit of haze. Little to no carbo within, and there was practically no head at all either, save for a few white bubbles clinging to the rim. Aroma is a bit fruity and has suggestions of cotton-candy, though it is mild overall. Body was solid, a good medium, and the Saison was fairly smooth on the tongue.

Flavor, as with the aroma, has fruity notes, somewhat in the tropical fruit domain. Seems to be a bit of mango and perhaps peach in there. Also displays a bit of semi-sweet, toasty malt, though the fruit is more pronounced. Grassy hops are present, with a touch of a spicy, funky character. Finish is rather dry, too. Nicely done, another tasty Tod Mott offering.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

993

Bierman9, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a golden color and slightly cloudy as it was served. There was just a wispy head atop of the brew, and only a scant amount of lacing remained.

Aroma was very spicy & quite sweet. Sometimes I detect Banana in these and this is one where I specifically noted that aroma.

Flavor was nice. Started slightly sweet up front with a subtle spice to it then faded to a smooth finish with a bit of a sour taste.

Mouth feel was light and crisp.

Not much experience for me with the Saison style at the time I had this beer. I enjoyed more than I had thought.

Reagan1984, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ChrisL24481, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of RobDB
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

RobDB, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

smutty33, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of seplo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

seplo, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Nickcal
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Nickcal, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of ajcormier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
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Portsmouth Saison from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.