Portsmouth Bière de Garde
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2011
On cask with styrians, Pour is a murkey golden. Aroma is spice, bread, very yeasty, nice crisp hoppiness. mouthfeel is warm, silky, no carb. Yum. Yeast is very prevalent, bubble gum, spice, earth abounds. delicious fresh earth hoppiness compliments the spicy yeast notes very well. very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4769) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5798) - Boston, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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%.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (7022) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4692) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours hazy medium brown with a thin white head. Tastes sweet and malty, strong with hints of apple and strawberry. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like slightly sour fruit, musk, and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5077) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours clear light amber with fizzy white head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, caramel, lemon, herbs, and light spice. Flavor is dry malts balanced with subtle citrus and herb notes with faint toast; dry finish with a slight hint of spice. Light body and medium carbonation.

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