Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House
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4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
BB Sept 30, 2014.
No pop when the bottle opens, which was a bit of a surprise. Beer is cloudy golden, a bit of orange. Almost no head, just a bit of white.
Smell contains orange, Belgian yeast, coriander.
Taste is very good. Quite dry, some yeast and nice fruit flavours. Orange and pear. The spices come into the fore at the end, coriander in particular. I don't know exactly what star anise tastes like. but there is a strong spice flavour so it is probably there. The spices are strong but well-integrated. They do not dominate as I often find spices added to beer can do. Quite a dry finish.
Full bodied, low to moderate carbonation, a bit of booze. Quite smooth.
Overall, excellent. A really good BSPA.
12-29-2012 20:38:30 | More by jrenihan
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a large frothy white head that quickly disappates into a small head that clings to the side of the glass. Great aroma filled with lemon, coriander, and pepper. Lots of spice in the flavor but not overpowering. A touch of heat from the alcohol is noticable, but is more warming than uninviting. Surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer. By far the best beer I've had from Southampton to date. Would definitely buy this again.
11-20-2012 16:36:01 | More by Jacobob10
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle states 9501 9/30/14 (I assume "best by" date)
A: Pours a hazy, light golden-orange. Huge effervescent white head. Fades slowly, leaving an island of foam and decent streaks of lacing behind.
S: Lots of wet grass with oranges and coriander. Bready.
T: Loaded with grainy, yeasty bread. Orange and coriander are present throughout. A bit of cloves, anise and then some grass. Almost get some honey. A spicy, sort of sharp and estery finish.
M: Medium bodied, smooth.
O: An interesting and heavily spiced BSPA. Not as crisp and refreshing as a lot of BSPAs tend to be, this one is bigger, smoother and spicier. Nice balance of flavors and quite complex. I prefer mine on the lighter, crisper side but this is still quite good. Drinkability is oddly high despite the ABV. It's oddly smooth.
08-23-2012 03:02:04 | More by Dope
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
A: beautiful deep golden beer with a fluffy head that left lots of lace - sediment easily visible throughout the beer, which may be a bad thing for some, but it may be the style - didn't bother me none
S: sweet spices and caramel orange
T: the bottle says it and you can detect it: coriander, orange peel, star anise; plus candi sugar, some smoky cardamom (?) and hidden pine notes
M: soft, fuzzy, and delightful (I had it at just a notch under room temp)
O: super - better than the Beast (Avery brewing), IMO, these being my only two "grand cru" BSPAs - reminds me of a tripel but with more spices and less fruity flavors - has the same soft character and grace.
05-14-2012 23:46:58 | More by Greywulfken
Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.