Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House
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4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/10/2015. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, orange peel, lemon zest, light banana, wheat, pepper, clove, coriander, floral, herbal, grass, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of spice, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, grape, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, candi sugar, light honey, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, lemon zest, light banana, clove, coriander, pepper, wheat, herbal, floral, candi sugar, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
11-21-2013 05:11:24 | More by superspak
3.69/5 rDev -12.8%
750ml cork and caged bottle at fridge temp poured into a Belgian chalice. Best before date 10/16/14 (had this aging about 1 1/2 to 2 years)
Minimal pop of the cork. Pours out a cloudy deep orange color, about 1 fingers worth of head that fades to some patchy foam. No real lace. Just a touch of alcohol legs.
Initially smells a bit oxidated, a touch of wet cardboard which I kind of expected. It does go away as it opens up, bringing forth some nice candied sugar, some sweet bready malts and some orange peel.
Some bready malts, a bit of candied sugar, orange peel does come through quite a bit, but just slight hints of spice. Vinious notes. A bit of orange/ apple juice concentrate flavor. Some warming alcohol. Finishes rather smooth.
Medium to almost heavy bodied when considering the style, carbonation about right but could have used just a bit more.
Pretty standard Belgian strong. Age has faired this a bit better than expected, but I probably should have drank it sooner still.
08-25-2013 18:54:51 | More by dogfishandi
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Deep golden amber. Small white collar. Consistently wispy surface.
Smell - A ton of coriander. Big spicy Belgian pale ale. Sweet and a little yeasty. Distinct Belgian sugar aroma.
Taste - Heavy spice again. Coriander and cinnamon. Strong maltiness, mostly pale malt. Light vanilla and a spicy, boozy finish.
Mouthfeel - Heavy. Looking for something a bit spritzier to combine with the spices.
Overall - It's good, but too heavy. I enjoy the spice combination, as strong as it is.
07-29-2013 01:34:39 | More by Alieniloquium
Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.