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Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 130
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-08-2003)
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Photo of fartingdog
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful, rich, golden color with a smallish cream colored head, very nice lacing as well.

First whiff was spice, carrot, maybe some faint vanilla. The taste- whoa! this is very spicy, coriander driven beer, maybe too much so. The butterscotch taste and feel of diacetyl is also prominent. Some sweetness lingers. Smooth on the tongue, with a faintly hot alcohol finish. The coriander stays long (perhaps too long) in the aftertaste.

I might like this beer more if the spice was toned down, perhaps with age this will be curbed somewhat. A full 750 was too much to take at once, perhaps best split with a few friends it would make for an interesting sampling. I will say it was well done and quite complex, but it's really not my bag, baby.

fartingdog, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Christmas Beer

appearance: Bottle doesn't look as cool as the one listed here, but whatever. The pour gives a one-finger off white head of which a decent layer remains after a slow fall. The beer is a clear, rich golden in color with some amber hues. I see various floaters, despite lengthy settling in the cellar fridge. Some lacing is all I could really ask for here.

smell: Great blend of spicy coriander, sweet orange, and fruity pale malts carried to the nose on light waves of ethanol. Light notes of buttery snickerdoodle cookies. Papery, aged noble hops provide a great balance of aroma. The alcohol is great here...it carries the aromas and lends an almost spicy note to the nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower, smooth end of the high range. The body is light, but far from thin.

taste: At first taste I thought it was overspiced, but that is not actually the case. While the spice character (esp. coriander and orange) is somewhat potent, it is well balanced by pale malt flavors. The hop flavor is light and papery, and a light to moderate bitterness comes in after the swallow, lingering into the finish with noes of coriander and fruity malt. Light ethanol note benefits the flavor. Not mind blowing in its complexity, but it does have just about the right depth of flavor.

drinkability: quite the easy sipper...alcohol well hidden

Received in a semi-recent trade from ???

blackie, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a yellow tall and frothy head which fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and spicy. The esters were most prevalent and coupled with alcohol presence. The aroma contained orange peel and lemon zest with a light sweetness of peaches and a fruit I just could not decipher. The spice presence was light with a bit of pepper and some very slight coriander.

The flavor was interesting and complex. Back for more was the citrus which seemed mostly comprised of orange peel, but had a citrus note of lemon zest and even a smidge of lime. The flavor was earthy and peppery with a light bit of coriander and even some light clove character. The flavor began on the palate with a sweetness which lightened as citrus, spice and alcohol took charge.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus and spice, mostly pepper, into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol was present throughout with a bit too high of a presence in the aroma for me but respectable levels in the flavor . The warming that occurred post consumption was high. A very nice beer.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. 9.8% ABV on bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

GCBrewingCo, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a wonderfully hazy golden color with a huge head (if you're not careful...). The basic smell is of sour yeast and a mostly zesty presence. The taste is terrific, with tongue that is congruent with that of a Tripel, but less assuming. I would call it mild, and the subtleties are what make it stand out. The sour yeast taste is still apparent, but it’s accompanied by an almost honey-like sweetness which makes it incredibly easy while going down. There are also spices, such as coriander and orange that are easy to pick out. The finish is sweet and leaves much to be desired, but of course this subsides when the next gulp goes down. This is a beer that is well worth seeking out... Enjoy!

Toddv29424, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a copper color with a white head that has a long life, with bubbles.

Aroma of orange, coriander, spiciness.

Flavors of orange, with spiciness, coriander, apricot, peach.

Mouth feel is light, effervescent, with a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is a decent interpretation of a grand cru. It has a plethera of flavor, with a nice aroma. But the carbonation seems high, plus this might be an old bottle the cork broke with no effort.

amatuerbeerguy, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours honey orange in color, slightly hazy with a good size white head that recedes slowly and laces fairly heavily. Aroma is strong of coriander, behind this there is a delicate sweetness, like a fresh cream that mixes with the orange is reminiscent of an orange push-up. Taste follows the aroma with a strong and lingering coriander presence with a nice subtle creamy sweetness to balance it. Honey and oranges. There is some alcohol and a burnt rubber bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel shows some spiciness in the finish although it is quite smooth and soft thru the beginning and middle. The alcohol is fairly well hidden for nearly 10% but warms and bites just the right amount in the finish. Very much like a strong belgian wit, easy to drink a 750 even at this strength I keep coming back for more. Spices are well balanced by the soft sweetness, mouthfeel is outstanding.

hoppymeal, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Evilgrin72
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a treat. Had this bad Oscar on Thanksgiving Night - my two brothers were playing beer pong with Natural Light as I sipped this beauty. Very fruity and an underlying sweetness. Definite notes of coriander and orange - which it doesn't take a genius to figure out since it's right on the label. This thing is a remarkable approximation of a Belgian style. Head was thick, but left little lace - it was more of a Belgian-esque "meringue" head as I like to call it - peaks and valleys of foam with remarkable staying power. The flavor got more intense and sweeter as it warmed.

Really, one of the best examples of its style I have ever had and stands shoulder to shoulder with the Rodenbacher. Truth be told, I think I prefer the Southampton.

Evilgrin72, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Hefe
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle, ale brewed with orange peel, coriander and anise.

Beautiful amber/gold colour with a pillowy white head. Aromas are of plum, pear, honey, and spices. Taste is fruity, with a malty and yeasty backbone, subtle spices. Fullbodied feel without being heavy or cloying, impeccable balance. This was a killer choice for Turkey-day.

Hefe, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber, huge thick white head forms, tons of lace all over, head never leaves, very sticky. Smell is complex, sweet and spicy, yeast, apples and citrus, alcohol, reminds me of the Allagash yeast strain. Taste is sweet, citrus, yeast and spice through the middle, apples and pears in the finish, light alcohol, pleasant warming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, dances around, made me feel good. Definately a nice Belgian style. Thanks for sharing grub!!

Viggo, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL C&C bottle purchased at Half Time last summer.

A: The ale is a clear yellow-orange brew with some clear red highlights, giving the ale a lighter amber color. The head is a semi-thick billow that has left an occasional spot of lace.

S: The ale has a spicy nose punctuated by licorice-like anise, peppery coriander and sweetly sour orange peel. Tying everything together is a warm alcohol aroma.

T: The ale has a thicker caramel malty flavor. On top of that base the ale puts forth a spicy florish, with a warming alcohol and some coriander making appearances first. The star anise comes through in the closing of each sip. The taste blows me away, providing a masterful blend of spices, alcohol and caramel malt.

M: The spices are paired well together, creating a vibrant and warming mouthfeel.

D: The big abv is limiting, as the ale really packs a wallop, but the depth of flavor is wonderful. It definitely could use a few more years in the cellar.

akorsak, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of biegaman
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Grub for sharing this one on brewday!
A beer that makes me feel undeserving. I only wish my review could be as good quality as the beer itself, unfortuantely it won't, as most other things aren't - it is appropriately christened the title "Grand Cru".
An average pour would amass bounties of bubbly white head, a deep pear tone - foggy but with a fairness to its colour. A very rich aroma, deep with ripe fruity notes - pears, apples, light orangy citruis, candi sugar, spices like coriander, and a lovely overcoating yeast. This is bold and strong, it would be great for a nice summer day. A peppery mouthfeel, gritty but with enough grace. A lot of coriander upfront. The spices add great texture. They seem to accord well with the fruity, tangy - really lemony - flavours. Some funk manages to quietly sneak its way in there. I had no idea of the alcohol percentage until I checked. All taste related aspects, every feature regarding the mouth vicinity, are fantastic.
This beer was almost unfathomably spotless. Quite a treat, thanks again Russ.

biegaman, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (Courtesy of Hopdog): Poured an orangey color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of orange is quite intense with something sweet that didn’t mix very well with the beer. Taste is like a mix between an orange crush and an average Belgian ale and was not really what I expected from this beer. The flavour doesn’t really mix well and body was quite thin. I was expecting to be impressed by this beer based on previous rating but I am now wondering if I totally missed something or if this was a bad bottle. This was definitely one of the worst offerings that I had the chance to try form this usually fine brewery.

Phyl21ca, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DrJay hooked me up with this one recently. thanks jay!

pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with 3/4" of dense head. slow to drop and leaves lots of lace behind. a gentle swirl brings it back to the surface.

aroma is great. nicely spiced. corriander is definitely there. bit of orange. bit of pepper. a little sweetness in there too.

taste is great. a nice little funk to it. slight bitterness. corriander, but it's a little more subdued than i expected from the aroma. orange peel is definitely there. peppery. don't really notice the alcohol other than some warmth on the way down.

mouthfeel is good. high carbonation, but not too high. nice dry finish. good moderate body.

drinkability is good. really tasty and well balanced.

grub, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle brewed & bottled at Sly Fox in Royersford by Phil & Co...
Appears a hazy, copper toned amber with a 2 finger, white head that slowly fades out into a small cap. Scattered streaks of lace are left around the glass. CO2 levels are evident to the eye with small bubbles quickly rising to the top and pockets of larger bottles hiding out in the corners of the glass.
Smell is of creamy vanilla, orange peel, coriander, pepper, candy sugar, citrus, peach, apricot, along with a Belgian goodness that is balanced to perfection.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a wonderfully blended creaminess of spice, fruit, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is is of a doughy, spicy, sugary goodness that melds into a medium bodied treat bouncing along the palate with a perfect amount of carbonation.

weeare138, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Sixpoint
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My sample poured with a mousse-like head on top of a deep golden effervescent elixir.

Candied aroma with spice. Hops absent.

Pickled spicy yeast flavor. Slight warming in the finish. Full-bodied caramel and spice dominate upfront, but beer finishes dry. This is indeed a marvel.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Beer shows its cajones and complexity, but does not flaunt it.

On one level I find this beer to be incredibly complex, on the other, it is remarkably simple. The four elements shine through in their glory, but malt and yeast take the center stage.

Too drinkable. I declare it illegal. Believe the hype.

Sixpoint, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of nickss
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellowy-orange hue with a nice 2 finger rocky head that is quite audible as it slowly subsides.

A crisp, refreshing aroma hits the nose as you inhale. Semi-sweet, but not sickeningly so. At first, a bready yeast plays lead role, then you begin to notice the hops. As the brew warms, the orange becomes impossible to miss. As I said... crisp, at first... but this beer has one of the most deep and complex aromas I have ever come across. Stunning.

Upon first sip, coriander is distinctly noticeable, with a strong orange presence as its mate. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, and perhaps a bit hot. Nothing a few months of aging wouldn't fix. Some pepper and spice lingers on the tongue and in the nostrils after sipping.

Tight and crisp... loads of carbonation, as is typical of this style. Still... I could use a bit less.

Certainly enjoyable and drinkable, but the strong alcohol in the flavour prevents this one from being a quaffer (not that you would want it to be).
Still, all in all quite a nice brew... although I will usually be able to find other brews I like just as much for less than $13.

nickss, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange/caramel colour with a bit of rocky, nearly white head that settled to a thin skim. Thick solid lace with decent retention. Sweet, fruity aroma with distinctive clove spiciness. Maybe a bit of pepper and anise. Sweetness in the flavour really brings out the spiciness - coriander and anise are prominent. There's a light orange citrus quality as well. Light alcohol and warmth in the off-dry finish. Full bodied with carbonation on the light side, making it seem a bit heavy. Very nice. I'll be putting a couple bottles of this away to see how it ages.

DrJay, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. 2006 vintage, corked and caged. Epic battle ensued to get the bottle uncorked, finally had to use a corkscrew, looked like the cork was glued in place. Anyways, on to the beer...

Carefully poured in a Rapscallion glass, formed an airy 2" light beige head, with a veritable tornado of bubbles in the glass, causing the head to snowcone above the rim. Head finally settles after plenty of time for me to do some BFGuide catching up, and leaves tons of heavy lace in its wake, above the slightly cloudy coppery amber brew.

Nose is is a miasma of scents, spicy yeasts, caramelly sweetness, light fruitiness, some mustiness lurking as well. Taste starts with the sweeteness, but quickly the spices seem to tickle the taste buds one by one, increasing in intensity. Close has a citrus zest to it, and a light alcohol warmth is the parting blow. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. This recipe hasn't lost anything in the past couple batches.

ppoitras, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of bwyker
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a musty golden orange with about a half-inch of off-white foam. Moderate retention, fine lacing around the glass. Smells of banana bread and clove. Taste is similar, yeasty banana spiced with coriander and pepper. Good amount of carbonation. Light body, smooth start to finish. Moderate drinkability; however, I did have this late in the evening, so it’s difficult to judge. Nothing spectacular stands out, but very good overall.

bwyker, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body of this beer had a clear light to medium orange color. A thick fluffy white head was about an inch and shrank to half an inch before staying the whole time. Lots of small carbonation bubbling up the glass. Lacing coated the glass and then ran away leaving thick clumps.

A nice biscuit aroma rose from the glass. The corriander and orange peels, come through in a nice blend on the back of a second whiff. There are other woody herb aromas which I can't identify completly. A very nice blend without an overpoweringly strong alcohol scent.

A nice flavor of spiced bread hit the palate first. There is a subtle hint of the corriander and orange peel, but it doesnt live up to the notes of these in the aroma. A medium stregthed quality of alcohol content leaves a nice warming sensation on the back of the throat.

A very nice body. Silky smooth, without being watery. An average burst of carbonation helped the flavors against the sides of the mouth.

A fantastic beer. This is definitly one to take your time and enjoy. This wouldn't exactly fit with any food specifically, but would be a perfect beer to enjoy with a bitter cigar on a nice relaxing evening outside near a fire. A very fine offering from a nice brewer.

RedChrome, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cork pops out of a fresh bottle with almost no pop, and worries me. Upon a vigarous pour, I find that this is well carbonated, and shows a clear golden orange color, with a thick two finger head. Nice retention slowly makes way, leaving behind a blanket of foam and good lacing.

Aroma is quite spicy, both from yeast and from added spices. Also has a slightly sugary aroma. No particular spice can be picked out of the aroma (despite them being named on the label), but blend nicely into one another.

Flavor is very spicy and dry. Good malt body up front, and the finish is heavily dominated by the spice, this time more from the added spices. Sharp burn on the finish. No alcohol detected. Becomes slightly more sweet as it warms. Mouthfeel is heavy and full, with agressive carbonation. Drinkability is good, when considering the alcohol. Burn of the spice does drop the drinkability though... that spicy burn lingers for quite some time.

I'm glad that I bought this bottle. In the past, I'd had some negative experiances with corks from SouthHampton. This bottle had signs of slight leakage from the cork, but did not exhibit any off flavors. Even though it is $12.50, I'd buy it agian.

phisig137, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle I bought in CT a few months ago. Poured into a Duvel glass with not too much carbonation even though I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

The appearance was good, dark golden orange, clear and covered with a thin white head. The smell is spicy and yeasty, a little orange or tangerine aroma. The bottle states "Ale brewed with Spices (dried orange peel, ground coriander seed, star anise)", so that identifies the orange.

The taste is yeasty and has a spicy bite, a little more bitter after-taste than I prefer. Also a noticeable alcohol presence. It's a lot like La Chouffe would be if orange peel was added to it and more EtOH was noticeable.

Strange note: The front label says it was brewed and bottled in Royersford, PA even thought the back label states "Brewery and Restaurant in Southampton, NY". Guess that's why it's becoming more widely distributed.

TurdFurgison, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear orangey caramel with a fluffy white head that laces some.
the nose is incredible... creamsicle and herbal corriander dominate, with caramel and a little bit of wood, yeast and faint licorice. not an off aroma to be found, just well balanced pleasing smells.
the taste has much of the same charcter, orange creamsicle, with a larger licorice component, pineapple, melon, clove, corriander, oak-y vanilla, and a little yeasty candy sugar-ish type flavor. surprising bitterness at the finish cleans this up well.
fuller medium body with active delicate carbonation nicely compliments the flavor.
good drinkability, but it is a sipper with it's high, but well masked abv, and reasonably balanced sweetness. this was really pleasant surprise.

kmo1030, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Darkale
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for a long time for Southampton's beers to reach Virginia, and they are finally crossing the Mason-Dixon line. This is one of the beers that I was most eager to taste, given the rave reviews it gets.

Belgian Strong Pale is not my most favorite style, but I have to admit that this is exceptional. Deep and fruity, with a thunderous sweetness that lingers... until a final little snap of hops closes every sip. How nice to have a beer that can stay with you from the beginning to the end of your evening.

Darkale, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head that fall to a thick surface foam. A spot or two of lacing developed.

Smell: a pleasant fruity and spicy combination.

Taste: caramel, ripe grapes, apples, coriander, yeast, and alcohol are easy to detect. Definitely leaning towards a more complex beer as the tongue is picking up little nuances as it warms.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp throughout while the aftertaste is brief and flavorful. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: easy to quaff and having several glasses of this is a no-brainer. Great beer here.

Gavage, Aug 27, 2006
Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.