Ne Goeien Saison | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Ne Goeien SaisonNe Goeien Saison
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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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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 76
Reviews by NorCalYeti:
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great big pop of the cork. Voluminous hazy sunshine colored pour with an inch of creamy white head and lots of bubbles. Aromas of sun dried earthy grains along with a mild fruity yeast ester. Green herbal hops in the background. Crisp in every sense of the word.

First sip brings a crisp grainy malt upfront that is lightly toasted. Lemon zest and hay accents meld in along with an earthy yeast presence. Flows down with a kick of herbal hops and bitterness. A relatively mellow saison that's clean and straightforward. Pretty darn tasty.

Light and smooth with steady carbonation. It's quite a refreshing beer and with the low ABV it's easy to indulge. A good collaboration here from two great brewers and a straight up good saison.

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

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased from Joey at South Bay, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pale golden with plenty of haze. A medium head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Has a light funk in the back, subtle and pleasing. Soft fruity esters poke through as well as some spiciness. Light grains jump in the mix. Subtle but appealing.

T/M: Taste matches the nose pretty good. The funkiness is still in the back but makes a bit of a move. Fruity, sweet, lightly malts. ABV is low for the style and stays hidden. Body is medium light to light with good carbonation.

D: Tasty, drinkable, and sessionable. A solid offering.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Hopdog. Dry, grainy, bitter satisfying light colour with foaming white head. Drinkable.Hophead saison, a bit of lemon and cracked black pepper. This cork pops open, how would this be in three years.Bright carbonation. Crisp, Refreshing and a must transition beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 prototypic
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 PeprSprYoFace
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really just starting to open my eyes to the world of saisons.

Pours an almost clear golden color with a nice white head that dissapated down to almost nothing. Not alot of lacing.

Smells of citrus and yeast. Some malt character. Not a very strong smell.

Tastes pretty good. Tastes pretty much exactly as it smells but with some spices going on. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel seems very good. Nice carbonation levels for the type of beer.

Overall a very tasty beer. I would session this beer for sure but I don't tend to do that since I like alot if variety.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
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 Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of likestoswallow
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle from Beverages4 less.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with a big fluffy white head that had good retention and left plenty of lacing.

S: The aroma is ripe with Belgian yeasts, spices (thyme, white pepper and marjoram), pears and melons.

T: The taste is dry and spicy, with thyme and white pepper as first impression. This is followed by the fruits; mostly pears, bananas and musk melons. There is a hint of sour somewhere in there too.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a dry champagne feel and carbonation.

D: Had this with TD, and it was a first rate accompaniment.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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 emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of light funky yeast with a bready malt backbone. Taste is a mix between some a lightly sweet Belgian malt backbone with some slightly funky yeast notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no noticeable alcohol. Good but lacking some ester and character to bring this one to the next level.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a few of these from Joey recently. I had been itching to try this one, so I brought a bottle along with me on vacation and thought it would be the perfect time to try it. Served chilled and poured into several tulip glasses amongst friends, this one was consumed on 10/08/08.

The pour was very nice with a rich and deep, light amber color coming out of the bottle right away. Nice and very cloudy, with a hazy component to it that really made it nearly opaque. A nice sized head of maybe two inches came up over the top and took what seemed like forever for it to come down, but when it did it deposited copious amounts of side glass lace along the way. Nice carbonation could also be seen.

The aroma was very grainy at first, light with a nice smattering of fresh citric hops thrown in for good measure. Some nice touches of light peach and pear like notes came through as it warmed up a bit as well as a touch of something a bit more spicy lying around underneath of it all. The flavor was more of the same. Light, tight, crisp, and clean. Not soo heavy on the funky Brett notes that I would have like to have seen, but that's fine, this one stole the show with a light, and bubbly carbo9nation, nice use of light yeast flavors and a good bit of light hops that were just enough to dry out the palate long enough to get a handle on grain like base. Rich and smooth, this was a no brainer to throw down quickly.

Overall I have to say I am quite impressed with this one. The style can be very hit or miss for me, and this one was definitely a hit. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day. It was about as solid as they come. A top notch offering for sure.

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Photo of jim102864
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is sort of out of style for me as the few saisons I've tasted are good but not skirt flippers. Same holds true with Port Brewing's effort.

I bought this while on business in San Diego after driving 30 miles north to Escondido, home of Holiday Liquors. It was recommended by one of the store employees.

It's the dead of winter, so maybe not a good time for a saison, but what the hell. Poured straw yellow with slight evidence of carbonation and a two finger head into my Duvel glass. The head is short lived, disappearing with every pull.

Definitely a farmhouse ale as the slight but noticeable barnyardy, musty, grassy and tart nose is in play here. Typical for the style.

The taste is slightly tart and grassy and musty.

Mouthfeel is quicksilver like ie there and gone. Very clean finish.

Like I said, out of style (and season) for me but nice occassionally. More of a summer style.

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Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A bright golden wheat color with the slightest haze. Three fingers of head forms from a gentle pour, which slowly settles to a half-inch cap that lasts until the glass has drained.

Smell: Wheat and fresh herbs, a bit of lemon zest and green apple, faint spice and earth. Subtle but nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry and zesty with a biscuit-like malt foundation. Faint notes of citrus and pepper. Light on the palate, but not watery; this one's quaffable to the extreme. The finish is dry and bitter, with a lingering herbal hop note that's bolder than most saisons.

Notes: What a great beer - a shame this was just a one-off release.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Xul
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 FtownThrowDown
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden in color. Only a bit of frothy head sits atop. Smell is a bit funky and a bit spicy as well. Taste is a bit carbonated. There is a bit of funk and a bit of spice in the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but there's a good amount of bitterness and carbonation to accenuate the flavor. Decent flavor. Easy drinking and non-obtrusive.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of a honey champagne blend...tight, soapy, yeasty head that goes pretty quickly on first pour - a little more staying power second time 'round. Nice wheat/yeast haze - almost lemon-ish color.

Bountiful, austere wheat and yeast - even a little sour milky Pilsener scent. A little soft oak and some very mellow coriander and orange zest.

This is tight with electricity. Hops have tight, micely astringent pine on them. Alcohol is there but balanced with hardcore yeast, wheat and oak. Complex - could even use warmth. Nice.

Decent, light tingle from solid carbonation. Citrusy and pine astringency provides a nice hop & sour pucker. Classic Saison tightness - like it's constrained from the barrel.

This is very enjoyable - maybe abundance of flavor and feel preclude supreme drinkability but this is a good late afternoon warmup. Could it age or need warmth? Great classic Saison.

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Photo of hoser
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I think of Saisons I think funk, junk and hops, well this had the junk and the hops. To quote James Brown bring us the funk.
Would I buy this again yes, would be the first saison I reached for no. Nice job.
When I think of Saisons I think funk, junk and hops, well this had the junk and the hops. To quote James Brown bring us the funk.
Would I buy this again yes, would be the first saison I reached for no. Nice job.

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Photo of hopdog
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis.

Poured a medium and lighltly hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of white pepper (lots of pepper), citrus, floral, lemon peels, and fruity. Tastes of the same pepperiness, citrus, fruity, and some breadiness. Lively body.

Notes from 9/26/08

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Photo of AgentZero
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Ne Goeien Saison from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 87 ratings