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Portsmouth Saison - Portsmouth Brewery

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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
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Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 02-15-2006

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.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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Portsmouth Saison from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.