Portsmouth Bière de Garde
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Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Big malty and fruity French-style Country Ale. A bit strong for a session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - JAN 13, 2006
This is a nice beer that they have on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery from time to time. It comes in a 10oz. tulip glass. Dark amber color, very hazy, thick white head. Tastes a little fruity and hoppy with a very nice aroma. Overall this is a very good beer, albeit a little strong for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Poured into a pint glass it came to me with a two finger white head that wasted away to a nice lace. The body of the brew was an apricot orange in color. I got typical aromas from the Belgian yeast plus I also had some wonderful spices. The flavor was slightly towards the sweet side with a light bitter finish. It had a light to medium feel in my mouth with good carbonation. I enjoy this brew and always grab a few while its on tap Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2010
On tap at brewpub. Served in a tulip glass. Poured a pretty apricot color with a slowly receding 1" white head. Lazy loops of lacing left behind. Aroma is sweet and fruity with yeasty highlights. Solid, syrupy palate with low carbonation. Random fruit like flavor with soft hints of vanilla and butter. Finish was a little bitter. No evidence of the 8.5% alcohol in the taste so beware. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a nice amber pour with sizable head. Aroma of spices and lemons with added pepper and plum. Flavor of sugar, nuts, toast, herbs, and spice. Has a similar zesty lemon aspect to it. Fruits all over. Very good.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5543) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours gold into a snifter. Bubbly head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Sweet candi upfront turning to an earthy toast in the lasting slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2011
On tap at brewery. Ruby red pour, smallish head. Fruity aroma and flavor. Not at all what I expected...not at all right on the style, but tasty nonetheless. No real spiciness or dryness...just yeast and fruit. Still worth having.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8463) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Pours a tangerine color that leaves a thin silky white lace. The aroma is fruity, grapes, pears, are present in the nose. The taste is hoppy followed by a sweet fruit salad finish. This is a great brew one that other brewers should add to their list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - 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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