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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.


3.6
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (6481) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber body with a medium white head. The aroma is caramel, spices, sweet malt and yeast. The flavour is sweet malt, yeast, spices and some fruit. Sweet fruity finish. Still quite refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6129) - 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%.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bomber shared by Sledutah. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A nice nose of dusty leaves, fruit and caramel. Very drinkable, a sweet flavor of honey, clean earthy malts, light spicy hops, fruity and very damn smooth. Very good.

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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Bomber at the PPRBSG09. Pours a light hazy coppery orange with a thin head. Aroma is herbal, lemon grass, orange zest, citrus, a touch infection- cheese, with dusty and musty cobwebs and wet dog. Flavor is toasty malts, a bit stale, caramel, with tart lemon rind, citric and light lactic acid tartness, with salt brine, hints of cherry pit kriek astringency and dirt and earth. Kinda messy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4684) - Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2011
22oz bottle from Jblauvs
Appearance: Clear golden with small white head that lasts until the last sip and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, smokey and dark fruits
Taste: Caramel, sugary and smokey
Nice

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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Thanks jdubfl for the share. Pours hazy yellow with white head. Nose is spice, herb, tartness, and pepper. Flavor is similar with some nice herb and spice notes and some mild smokey malts. Mild in flavor, and booze is well-hidden in this 8.5% beer. Medium bodied and interesting.

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.


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