Ne Goeien Saison | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ne Goeien SaisonNe Goeien Saison

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration between Port Brewing and Urthel. Summer 2008.

Added by illidurit on 08-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 87
Photo of stakem
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged offering poured into a Lost Abbey teku. Big thanks go to Kegatron for sharing this one with me at our last gathering. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a persistent white cap that holds with solid retaining power. As the cap fades, it leaves patchy strings of lace on the glass.

The aroma is at first seemingly dominated by fruity character akin to peach and/or nectarines. Some yeasty spice like clove and a residual grain quality that smells like straw. As I focus more on the fruity appeal, a touch of alcohol emerges coupled with pear and apple skins.

The taste includes the typical saison yeast character imparting a flavor of clove and a hint of peppery appeal. Just like the nose, a hint of straw-like grain and a bit of herbal to fruity alcohol aspects. The aftertaste has pear and apple skins that linger. Unfortunately, that tropical peach character found in the nose does not transcribe into the flavor profile at all.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking and includes plenty of enjoyable complexity. As far as saisons go, this one has shocked me. Seemingly noone is talking about this brew and it is fantastic. I remember seeing this on the shelf a couple years ago and the price tag kept me from snagging it. Now, I regret not only buying one, but not getting multiples considering how good this is some 5 years after it's release. Many thanks again Heath for sharing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Ugly label.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Citrusy. Tart orange aroma. Yeasty with some pale malt.

Taste - Way more oxidized. Cardboard. Pale malt. Still has the citrus to the flavor, but less intense.

Mouthfeel - Way oxidized. Medium body.

Overall - Just too old. I'm amazed by the citrus, though.

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Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ne Goeien Saison pours a yellow, straw-like color. Looks clear so far. We’ll see if that holds for the second half of the bottle. Backlighting gives it a bit more of a gold look. Carbonation looks rather active, yielding a white head that stands about a finger or so tall. It recedes rather quickly. Lacing was spotty and light overall.

The nose is good. It’s very earthy and herbal up front. Grassy notes are abundant. Belgian yeast emerges early on and smells delicious. It adds a touch of spiciness. I’m getting a little pepper and clove. Not a great deal though. Just enough to keep things interesting. Secondary scents include lemon and grassy hops. Definitely smells like a noble variety to me. Alcohol is buried. I’m not picking up any. Smells good overall.

The flavor is likewise pretty impressive. It is indeed very earthy, spicy, and herbal. Grass, pepper, and clove are very flavorful. A touch of lemon and light orange flavors work nicely into the mix. Belgian yeast is noted, but isn’t quite as strong as I’d like. It’s flavorful nonetheless. It’s a bit hoppier than the nose suggested. Definitely tastes like noble hops. They’re grassy and have a very slight bitter edge to them. I’m shocked. I wasn’t expecting any hop presence after 4 years. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. Finishes grassy and herbal.

Ne Goeien Saison has a lighter body. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel soft. It goes down very easy. It’s somewhat difficult not to chug it. This 750 is disappearing quickly.

This collaboration between Port Brewing and one of the brewers from Urthel is an overall success. It’s not among the world’s greatest Saisons, but it is a tasty one. It’s held up quite well after four years. Not sure it will improve from here on it. If you have one, I’d suggest cracking it open.

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Photo of afksports
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I popped this Lost Abbey and Urthel collaboration saison with my roommate while we talked about his career. Thanks to Brian out west for the bottle so we could do it!

Goeien Saison 2008 pours a yellow hazy golden straw hue with tons of fluffy head that leaves lace all over my snifter. It looks like a beautiful saison. But it smells off for a saison. There's no funk, grass, or heavy yeasty aromas. The smell is just mellow and sweet - pale malt, light citrusy sugar, and water. It appears the age on the bottle has mellowed whatever was there before.

The taste follows suit. My roommate guessed it was a pale ale. I corrected him, but honestly he wasn't far off. There's a light zesty bitterness followed by cereal and a clean finish. Orange, some buttery oil, and not much else.

For as off-style as it is, it's crazily drinkable. Creamy in the mouth and light on the palate, it goes down smoother than most beers, and the 5.5 abv beer did not last long. What an enjoyable drink. And if it were a Belgian Pale Ale, I'd score it a lot higher.

Thanks, Brian. Good luck, roomy.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

C+C 750 mL bottle sent by Andrew far too long ago.

After reading previous reviews dinging this for too much sweetness, I initially poured this as slowly and carefully as possible. Result is a clear, bubbly light gold with a massive creamy head, retentive cap throughout and some thin streaks of lacing. This wasn't a good idea, flavor is earthy and musty, wet cardboard dominating. Um, let's get some more yeast in here; repouring.

New pour is a cloudy, deep golden orange. Aroma is mildly sweet, banana and orange, with some light citrus and grass. Flavor is definitely sweet now, strong bread malt presence and honey citrus but the cardboard dryness still lingers, walking the line between spicy bread and just plain off must. Medium thick with light carbonation. I probably would have really liked this a year ago when I should have drank it.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, golden colored beer with a bit of a white head that left some decent lace behind.

S - Some sour citrus and lemon which smells slightly off. Has some grass and some pale malt/honey sweetness.

T - A bit too sweet for my liking, with some earth tones, grass, and slight hops on the finish. Just slightly too sweet for a saison, but it's okay.

M - Dry finish, lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, glad to have tried it, but I actually wanted something less sweet. Wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't have a problem drinking it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

665th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute

2008 Vintage

Thanks to Brewzer1010 @ Clusterfork #6

App- A nice sunburst orange with a lot of outlying color. A nice one finger head with a decent amount of cling to this one.

Smell- Even for an older bottle its very aromatic. A little citrus, a little yeasty/ A nice small saison.

Taste- This was quite good. A well done and balanced saison with the right amount of yeast and citrus behind it.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. Left a nice soft feeling behind.

Drink- I doubt I will see this again and I was very thankful to try it. Bottle held up really well and was a tasty suprise.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from mikesgroove in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Mike!

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a slightly hazy gold, with an offwhite head made up of fine bubbles. Head started out about three fingers, and slowly drops to about half a finger, leaving some lacing behind.

Aromas of lemons, lemon zest, peppery yeast. Straightforward saison aromas.

Flavors of honey and lemon, pepper spice from the yeast, nice bite, some pear, sorrel, good firm balancing bitterness. Finish is medium, with bitter lemon sorrel lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium, more body than I expected, mouthcoating bitterness, that, if faded over the last three, must have been a little bracing when fresh.

Overall, for such a low alcohol beer, it has been kept well over the years. Very good example of a cellared saison. Wish they'd make it again. This was a nice surprise for my non-birthday.

Thanks again, Mike!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'08 Ne Goeien Saison received as a righteous extra from deadeye in an already awesome trade... Thanks Charles!! Shared this one with the brother on Friday.

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... Very nice clinging everlasting eggshell head.. the brew is lite hazed golden orange.. great lacing.

Nose shows some minor spice and pale malts.. a little lemon zest and grassy hoppiness....

Flavor is nice.. pretty much the same as the nose but with a little honey malt component... lite spice and the hops seem very grassy/herbal but a descent hop bitter bite up front.. lemony.. there is a yeasty element that is hard to describe.... a bit of pear and green apple.. crisp with warmth.. very good. Smooth and lite with a good carbonation.. I would love a case of these to sample and share over the coming years.

Deadeye is a traders' trader. Thanks buddy. I appreciate it.


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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice golden orange color with a big, fluffy, clingy white head.

S: A solid malt base with bready pale malts and hints of honey. Some floral and grassy hop notes along with a light citrus zest and yeast component.

T: The flavor is light and crisp with the same clean malt base detected in the nose. Some mild bitterness along with a light grassy flavor and minimal citrus.

M: The body is medium with a really crisp and refreshing feel on the tongue.

D: I wish I could have tried this fresh, but this was still pretty nice. Easy to drink, clean, and quite refreshing for a warm day here in Southern California.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a Lost Abbey glass...Thanks to Sean for popping this Sunday...Pours a light gold, not very appealing, a very foamy head, great retention, light lacing...Super sweet aroma, its all honey with a light hop finish...Taste is similarly sweet all honey, almost to the point of distracting and makes it tough to drink, especially in the summer when I want something a little refreshing, especially at 5.5%. There is a light hoppy bite on the finish. This is not easy to drink, too sweet.

I wouldn't recommend trading for this, but I'd probably drink it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one-off collaboration between Port and Urthel. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of quick-dissolving foam that settles to a thin cap and chunky collar. Transparent golden body with a few small bubbles moving around inside.

S - Honey, pale malt, floral and grassy notes, a touch of lemony citrus and must. It's a pretty solid but not overly exciting Saison.

T - Taste is a bit more muted, perhaps due to age. The same collection of flavors, with more emphasis on the sweet things. Not getting much of the bitterness mentioned on the label.

M - Somewhat active carbonation that vanishes as the glass sits for a few minutes. Smooth, medium-light body, with a solid dry finish.

D - This was a decent summer brew. I'd drink it again if offered, but definitely wouldn't go out of my way to acquire it.

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Photo of Xul
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy bright golden, capped by a frothy two finger white head with good retention.

S: Biscuity malt base with spicy notes of cloves and pepper, green apple and very light green grapes, light banana, and a touch of earthy funk.

T: Starts out with the earthy funk from the nose before moving into light fruits - green apple, green grapes and lemon zest - along with spice notes. Lightly toasted bready malts come in near the backend, leading to a slightly funky and spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, finishes dry.

D: Good, drinkable saison - not the most refreshing or quaffable I've ever had, but goes down easy.

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Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, pale straw-golden pour with a nice mother-of-pearl head

Smell: Light funk and earth, much better than most saisons, along with spice, faint honey, light malt, and hops. A bit yeasty.

Taste: Sourdough bred, light funk, earth, lemon and orange zest, herbs (coriander, clov), green apples, apricot

Mouthfeel: light and creamy

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, and a good saison to boot! Worth trying more than once.

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a huge fan of saisons I was eager to try this beer. The beer came in a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz green bottle with a cartoonish label of the 2 brewers involved in this collaboration. Ne Goeien is Flemish for "A Good One" which as an appropriate name for this beer. A nice pale golden color greets you first as you explore this beer. Then a pleasant earthy/musky aroma excites your nose. The beer has a medium to full body that finishes dry and clean. Your palate is rewarded and renewed after each sip of this beer. Great beer to pair with almost any dish. Enjoy

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle shared at The Bruery reserve party. hazy yellow with a big white head. Spicy, yeasty and hoppy aroma. Pale bready malt flavors, some grass, and surprising hop flavor and bitterness with this much age on it. Less yeasty flavor than aroma, but a nice spice and fruitiness. Light bodied and refreshing. Solid hoppy and refreshing saison with relatively clean flavors.

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Photo of chazmatz
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy yellow, pale and bubbly. Thin, white head.

Friendly nose, a bit yeasty, but pleasant and very subtle aroma. No spicyness at all, just mellow.

Initial taste: mildly bitter, but so gentle on my palate it was much like beholding a beautiful but small flemish painting. Soft mouthfeel, and the bubbles worked their magic on my tongue.

As I settled into this Saison, my tastebuds kept grasping for something that would never really appear, which was a strong sense of taste. I kept coming back to the slight bitterness, and yeasty twinge in the sides of my mouth, but that was the extent of my journey. This is true to the style in that it's a refreshing beer to sip while working. I was cooking a hearty meal of spaghetti, so it was perfect for working over a hot stove.

Overall, a beer more suited to my wife's tastes than my own, but I did enjoy it for what it was; a soft, gentle unassuming farmers beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with dark golden mustard yellow hues when held to a light source and frothy, pillowy two finger white head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slight earthy funk aroma with subtle grassy hops and crsip light fruit notes. Hints of apple and pear along with a zesty peppey spice character. Slight bready yeast presence.

Clean, crisp and very quaffable with a nice balance of subtle malt, earthy hops and crisp light fruit. Fuller end of medium body with a nice bready yeast presence. Lots of light crisp fruit, especially apple, strawberry, pear and strawberry. Slight earthy funkiness, spicy lemon zest and pepper along with subtle bitter hops and a dry finish.

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Photo of satowns
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage; 750 ml

great billowing white foamy head. long lasting! great bubbles rising adimantly from...everywhere.

Aroma filled with grassy hops and mild fermentation phenols. Clove spiciness in background.

fairly bitter, but not out of spec for style. slight sourness; lemony fresh. very quenching.

This is a good beer to sip on a sunny afternoon while swinging with your infant son, discussing (insert topic here) with your neighbor. Thanks Tomme!

music playing while sampling: Vietnam by Jimmy Cliff (XM Radio)

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Photo of philipquarles
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Thanks Frank!! Pours hazy gold with a small, fluffy white head. The cap dies to leave nice lacing. Smells heavily estery, with very strong citrus. Lots of tropical fruit and some spice. Bready. Falls a bit flat with the taste; a lot of the esters drop off and leave the light malt with fairly bitter, grassy hops. Finishes dryly. Light-medium body with surprisingly low carbonation. Really pleasant drinker, but kind of one-dimensional.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance- foamy white head, good lace

color- straw

clarity- hazy, suspended sediment

mouthfeel- light on the palate

taste- bubblegum, pepper, malt

overall- more malty than floral

i was hoping for something special with this brewers pairing but the beer was average at best.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Awesome label with the Urthel dude hiding in the field. Nicely done...just wish the beer was as well.

Bright white foamy pour with a good amount of sediment dancing around. Great lacing if you like that.

An aroma of floral, fruity, yeasty and malty whiffs.

A very bland taste! I was really hoping for awesomeness but I was left with almost nothing. The taste is almost non-existent with the only thing happening is a minor unpleasant aftertaste. Maybe it was the bottle but I'm not sure because of the carbonation.

Was very disappointed as I am a big fan of Urthel and Port Brewing. Just didn't mesh for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, enjoyed at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden body with an apricot cast to it. The frothy white head rises up through most of the glass, and takes some time to settle, becoming creamy. Short, solid walls of lace are left behind.

The aroma displays a spark of citrus, some chalky dryness, grassy and herbal hops, and a light dusting of spice over a gently sweetish malt base. It smells like it should, as if it was pulled from the cellar below a farmhouse somewhere in Belgium or France, and opened for a late afternoon meal of soft stinky cheese and crusty bread.

The flavor starts with a slight tartness and displays a straightforward golden malt base. Citrus comes in, and then musty/chalky yeastiness and fruity esters, followed by a rising bitterness and some grassy, floral, leafy and herbal hop flavors as it descends into the finish. Spices swirl, not particularly making themselves known, along with a bit of earthy and herbal character and a lingering bitterness.

An "A", for sure. It has a certain je nais sais quoi that I can't quite put my finger on. It's probably something to do with whatever spices were added. Quite solid. One of the best American brewed Saisons I've ever had. It went quite nicely with my meal at Monk's, but now I'll have to find a bottle for a more focused tasting. Kudos!

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet and estery. Lots of base pils malt. And there's a TON of complexity with spice and maybe a hint of Brett. Really reminds me of DuPont (that's a compliment.)

Pale gold with a huge fluffy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Just slightly cloudy.

Yum, Lots of malt and spice, I get honey and caramel and the yeast gives me lemon and a slight brett funk. It's earthy and just a little hoppy in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a very playful carbonation level.

Very nice beer for fans of the style. Has just enough of the wild farmhouse thing going but is also a good refreshing bier.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-straw body with a moderate head capping things off. Good retention and lacing.

S: This is a classic smelling saison. Funky. Farm fresh. Lemon. Grass. Blowing wind. Yeast and a nice bitter lingering.

T: The complexity is lost somewhere as the nose transfers to the palate. While still maintaining the overall feel of the nose, the distinctions between the flavors become muted. Still a nice treat, the farm fresh funk and green grass is nice.

M: Good carbonation leads to a crisp, refreshing brew.

D: All around a good saison. Doesn't hold up to some of the big boys, but that is NO reason to not get your hands and enjoy this well crafted beverage!

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