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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Big malty and fruity French-style Country Ale. A bit strong for a session.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
PPRBSG09. Pours an orange amber body with a white head. Dusty floral citrus notes an earthy bitterness. Citrus with a low acidity some light apple leather tones. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle: Cloudy orange pour with a dense off white head. Light acetic notes in the aroma- seems infected. Heavily carbonated- acetic appleish notes (maybe acetaldehyde). Mild bitterness. A bit off.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head. Light funk and citrus aromas. Very crisp. Finishes with a crisp dry funk. Rather tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Cloudy copper color. Candied fruit on the nose, very much like peaches. Firm hops on the finish leaving a good bitter aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
Very strong fruity esters with light touches of higher alcohols/phenolics and a touch of buttery diacetyl. Hazy amber-brown coloured body is topped by a low, off white head that recedes to a lasting cover. Grainy and sweet with plenty of tannins and fruity esters. Texture is quite syrupy with somewhat low carbonation. It almost seems that this one isn’t quite ready. On tap at the Extreme Brewers Fest 2006.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Deep amber in color with a small white head.Aroma of dark fruit,alcohol and warming toasted malt. Fruit and spice flavor on top of a warming alcohol and malt body. A big version of a BdG, in fact bigger than I’ve had previously, almost a strong Belgian brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2006
Generous white head comforts the light orange coloured body. Interesting sweet/tart combination greets the nose with a good estery fruitiness hinting at pineapple, peach, banana, white grapes, light tannins reminiscent of herb tea. Its malty nature remains globally sweet, drawing the line between dough and biscuits. Soft yet persistent carbonation is efficient in asking for the next sip. Rather exotic an example, avoiding the mustiness, earthyness of my favourite examples, but surpassing them in fruit range and the mouthfeel is solid. Could just be a bit drier as seems to be the case with every Portsmouth I’ve had, but this sure didn’t feel like 8.5%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Draught version, sampled at EBF ’06. Authentic amounts of esters and mildly perceptible alcohol notes rise up to greet me, but are quickly lost amid a flurry of sweet, almond and honey covered maltiness. Light bits of vanillin and touches of bubble gum dry things, while a plethora of nectarines, peaches, pears, apples and other fruits finish the aroma. The flavor is quite clean, though the alcohol, through a bit of a sharpness, is notable on end. Chico yeast used for this one, really keeps things fairly clean, though the higher than normal fermentation on this one as well, adds more fruitiness. Thick almondine sugars, vanilla frosting and cakey sweet malts assail the palate, while hop apparency is low, adding light notes of floral bitterness. Fair amount of dough and light white pepper suggestions on the finish. Thick, heavily creamy mouthfeel is broken up by the moderate carbonation.

Caramelized golden raisin addition, cask version. Powerfully sweet, caramelly and certainly very fruity. The raisins are front and center here. Both the nose and flavor get a sweet, sugary, raisiny boost that seemed unncessary in an already heavily malty example. The flavors are done right, but it just dosent work in this situation. Low carbonation on the cask version further exacerbates things. Cloying, unfortunately. Numbers are for the draught version.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Sample at EBF 2006. Lasting bits of head and surprsing lacing coat the plastic atop a hazy bright apricot body....musty, farmy nose, really quite funky and weird with more than a bit of the barnyard animal character that ought to disgust but instead interests, touches of citrus keeping it in check....body is rather sugary, too sweet really with candied fruits, though some earthy herbal notes help out...interesting how much better this was than the same brewer’s saison, tasted at the same time.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A lofty head draws superb silky lacing around the hazy orange robe.
-A quiet perfume of candied apricots and oranges barely wakens the nostrils.
-Grassy hops, straw and biscuity malts blend competently.
-A pillowy mouthfeel is given by this tap version. The cask version couldn’t render the same flavor comfort.

What if you dig deeper?
-All is well balanced and wisely flavored.
-The fruitiness is multi-dimensional, ranging from peachy sweetness to citrusy refreshment.
-A very decent example of the style, which strangely wasn’t the case with the cask version. These points are for the tap version only.

Sampled at Extreme Beer Fest ’06.


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