Portsmouth Saison De Printemps | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Bierman9 on 04-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by sethmeister:
Photo of sethmeister
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brassy gold shade, slight haze, fluffy offwhite head which drops fast leaving no lace.

Scent of yeast funk, light fruit (apple pear banana), clove spice.

Taste is much the same. Sweetness, fruit, some spice and a tangy yeast note. Banana, pear and apple. The typical Belgian yeast funkiness.

Tart, mildly tingly mouthfeel could use a bit stiffer carbonation.

Good drinkabiity.

Always good beer from Portsmouth but I can't say this is my favorite Saison. Seemed a little too sweet perhaps?

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good, but not exceptional, saison. In a pint glass the beer is golden in color, slight haze, with a thin white head and no lacing. It has a sweet aroma, a little spice and some yeast. Fruity taste, apple and pear, the bit of spice is still there. I enjoyed this beer, but I wanted to enjoy it more.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Refreshing Summer BIF. Thanks man

Poured into the Portsmouth Snifter I got in the BIF as well (thanks so much). Pours a nice golden straw color. Nice haze and a thin white head with nice lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango with a slight Bret funk. Bit of straw also.

Taste is awesome. Nice Bret funk with a bit of pineapple. Bit of that straw and then finishes with a crisp bitterness that complements well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Great summertime brew.

Overall maybe the best saison I've had. And I've had a decent amount. Wish I had a keg of this I would drink it all night.

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Photo of phingdong
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of billhelm
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of joepais
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at the brewery, in the spring The tap handle will say Saison but this is the right brew. It was served in a pint glass because of my Pint membership. The brew had a nice two finger white head the trailed of to nothing and the body of the brew is an apricot color.

This brew has a fragrant aroma of spice and slight funky Belgian yeast. The flavor of the beer is sweet and fruity with a slight bitter or pepery finish. There is a light to medium feel in your mouth with light carbonation I wish there was more. I drink there enough to know it will be more carbonated from the taps down stairs (hint)

I like a Saison during the summer and nothing beats one on tap. It is great with a salad for lunch and I have had quite a few of these that way

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the fridge. $6.00 from the PB giftshop.

Pours dark gold with a slight chill haze. A half inch head of white swelled up into the tulip glass before retreating to a ring of foam around a placid surface. A few dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with mild citrus notes, hints of spice, bubblegum, and clovey phenols. Light amounts of orange zest, white pepper, apricots, and peaches follow through. Amarillo?

On the light side of medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a mild chew.

Ripe fruit, honey-drizzled cloves, bannanas, and light malt start the palate. Shades of appleskins, peach fuzz, and orange pith follow through. Bitterness is firm and a bit drying. Alcohol is negligent.

Finishes with lingering honey-like residuals, orange oil, bannana skins, and a hint of dried apricots.

Easy drinker but pretty tame for a Saison. Carbonation is way low for style, and you really need the carb to release all that a Saison can offer.
This bottle still disappeared quite quick though.

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Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: This was a fairly dark golden color. It pours with a short lived, foamy white head.

s: Fruity elements of apples and bananas. Spicy elements of yeasty cloves and a little pepper. There was something sweet that was almosy honey-like, but not quite.

t: This was a little on the sweet side for a saison, but it works really well. Sweet honey and apples start things off, leading to some ripe yeasty bananas. At the end there are some strong clove notes along with something alse spicy I can't quite describe. A little earthy funk blanketed everything. Unbelievably flavorful for 5.5% abv.

m: Sometimes bottles from Portsmouth seem to be a little under carbonated. Aggressive, peppery carbonation would have been perfect here. This had a fairly heavy body and little spritziness might have lightened it a bit.

d: Thanks to joepais for an excellent saison. I'd love to try this on tap. Some extra carbonation would have put this over the top.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a couple bombers of this at the brewery on my way back from the Allagash Gargamel release in Portland. Color is a cool dark amber, with only a little bit of white heading. Whiffs of wildflowers, honey, yeast, fresh hay and light fruit come through in the nose. More of the same from the taste, though the floral aspects, as well as the grainy hay and honeycomb shine the most. Light in body, the hops are delicately placed, which is nice. At times it seems a bit watery, but it seems like that what they were going for; a light beer with lots of complex layers. Sipping this one is a sheer delight. It fits in perfectly for a Spring or Summer day lunch accompaniment. A very flavorful Saison to be had here from the brewers at Portsmouth. I plan on going back for more next Spring. Cheers

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was gifted to me from kelp, out of the blue and only because he's such a nice guy (thanks so much Jeremy!). Opened in Chicago during the calm before a storm... of beer (big b-day party in the city).

I enjoyed the hell out of this beer from every sense, it looked excellent, smelled even better, and tasted at least on par with the aroma. Wow was this better than I expected.

It poured a hazy dark orange color with a thick near-white cap. Split this with 2.5 other people (the last person getting a smaller pour) and each pour had the same level of haze (well distributed yeast due to a long drive?). The smell is very grassy, also honey and something else sweet that I can't put my finger on. I didn't really get bret out of this but it seemed pointed in that direction a bit. Mainly I suspect honey and saaz hops to be the dominant notes.

And those 2 attributes carry through in the flavor, along with some light citrus very light) that tasted so good. Sort of heavy bodied for the style, at least for a <6% ABV beer, but it went down very quickly. Absolutely recommended.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into red wine glass. Big thanks to Zach (GarthTaargus) for this one!

Pours a nice, bright, orangey copper, lightly hazy, with a big white head that settles into a thin white cap.

Nose is very bretty, big notes of green apples, horseblanket and sweatsocks come out first with trailing notes of honeysuckle, orange, and some medicinal phenols. Loads of brett though - dunno if this one's just had time to develop or what.

Taste is definitely getting into a more brett-dominant stage. Infected? Well aged? Dunno, but up front are big notes of green apples, lemon, to a lesser extent horseblanket and hinting at wet leather... wow. This is American Wild Ale territory. And, amazingly, it's pretty damn exceptional for an American Wild. I'm not sure what brought the Brett out in this one so, but may all of Portsmouth's Saisons receive a similar treatment forever after.

Underneath the brett bite is a beautiful orangey sweetness that lays firm claim to the fact that this is still a saison, only a saison with bucket loads of brett. No hops found anywhere. The brett character is reminscent of Ithaca Brute to me, only not nearly as dry and with the sweet, orangey saison body coming through prominently as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect, full and a bit sticky with a nice bite of carbonation. Spot on.

Drinkability is excellent also - refreshing, loads of flavor, a very clean brett character that I adore. Couldn't be better.

I'm not sure how to explain this - maybe this particular bottle got a bigger dose of brett than the normal ones. Who knows. Maybe it's a bottle of their normal saison that got tucked away in the cooler and has been sitting for several months. All I know is it's one of the funkiest, best saisons I've ever had. I have another bottle, and if it's anything like this I'm completely sold. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. The beer pours a clear light orange with a small white head. It has an aroma of yeast, bready malt, and light fruit. The flavor is sweet, light, and crisp. Overall, it is very drinkable although a touch sweet.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth Saison De Printemps from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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