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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 15:27:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-26-2011 02:39:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 21:53:20 | More by Jwale73
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2008 14:42:52 | More by Reagan1984
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 14:49:16 | More by ColForbinBC
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2007 12:23:02 | More by Bierman9
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-24-2014 23:05:10 | More by jfcaa193
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 20:07:52 | More by Satchboogie
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magictrokini

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 23:56:05 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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joe1510

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 20:57:38 | More by joe1510
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:01:14 | More by seaoflament
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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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seplo

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2007 16:06:01 | More by Truh
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Portsmouth Saison from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.