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Portsmouth Saison - Portsmouth Brewery

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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 b00ga
3/5  rDev -21.7%

b00ga, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of pwoods
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

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.

pwoods, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

sethmeister, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of ncelauro
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ncelauro, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

NEhophead, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of Bendurgin
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bendurgin, Aug 19, 2011
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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of joe1510
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

joe1510, Aug 06, 2009
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 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 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 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
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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
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Portsmouth Saison from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.