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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison du Portland is a unique American interpretation of the classic Belgian Saison style. Brewed and bottled by BJ’s Brewery in Portland, Oregon by artisans who have a passion for the craft of brewing. This unfiltered Saison was bottled by hand, then laid down for many months to condition like Champagne. Saison du Portland is dry and refreshing with a slight citrus flavor and a strong hop presence.

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3.2
DTM (798) - Vacaville, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle from The Bier Stein in Eugene, OR. Poured a golden yellow with a small white head. I was slightly disappointed with this one. It was dry like a champagne, but had an odd sour flavor. Not bad, but could have been better.

3.5
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle from the Bottle Shop in Eugene, OR. This looked excellent in the shop, and I was looking forward to drinking this limited edition brew. However, it failed expectations. Refreshing brew and kinda sour. While I tend to like that, it didn’t have any backbone. Well brewed, but a let down.

2.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2008
(750ml bottle, thanks dickinsonbeer) Cloudy lemon yellow body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, lactose. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, lactose, lavender, flower, bread. Creamy medium body with low carbonation.

2.7
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2008
1st annual Shenandoah campout. Pours a fairly light strawish gold with a hazy look and a decent lasting pure white head. Aroma is earthy, phenolic (in a bad way)_, doughy almost baby fod like, dirty diaper hints, sweaty, herbal and DMS laden. Doughy, cream of wheat malty flavor, herbal and grassy- astrinngent, more DMS, creamed corn and some cabbage. Finish isnt as dry as I had hoped either. Meh- this was a pretty big let down.

3.5
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
750mL bottle, #134, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Thanks, Paul! Pours a hazy, golden color; good off-white head formation with solid retention and glistening, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of funky yeast character, yellow fruits, bananas, and overripe fruits in the aroma; quite pleasant, dense, and funky. Average carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy overripe yellow fruits, intricate yeastiness, bread, and Belgian sugars; definitely overripe, but quite generous and funky overall. Medium finish: breadiness, toasty malts, Belgian sugar, and bananas.

3.2
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Sample provided by Styles. Clear pale body with a medium sized white head, fading. The nose is apple juice, bread, honey and pear. The flavor is apple pear and doughy bread. Medium/light body is thin and watery with soft carbonation.

3.8
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
Sampled at CapFlu’s with about 20 other beers that I barely remember. Sour, lemony wheat aroma. Pours pale yellow with a nice white head. Raisins, grassiness. Sweetish finish. I rated it high but who really knows how good it was.

2.5
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Dusty gold, Smells grassy and a bit fruity, but it’s in general rotted, mustiness kind of smells like garbage. Some fruit in the flavor and some nice hops, but not generally that pleasurable.

3.8
CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
(12oz bottle) Sampled at the Post-Great Canadian Beer Festival 2007 in Victoria on September 8th, 2007. Large white frothy head with a cloudy yellow and unfiltered body. Nose of citrus and vanilla. Smooth creamy malt with active yeast base and spiced mint.

4.1
Oakes (18209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2007
Bottle, brewed at Jantzen Beach, sold at Belmont
Opaque yellow, whispy head. Aroma of yeast, pear, fresh malt, marshmallow. Sweet and spicy palate with pear, mango, light pepper and coriander seed. Sweet, milky character. A very cool interpretation - distinct and definitive, and not just another ginger/coriander Belgian masquerading as saison.


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