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Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 141
Gots: 26 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-08-2003

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Ratings: 377 | Reviews: 287
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this anticipated ale pours a light brown/straw color, with a half finger of rocky white head, that dissipates slowly, witha few streams of swift carbonation

S - a yeasty light bready aroma, with a background spice, like nutmeg and/or coriander, a rather pleasant aroma with a slight sweetness as well

T - the taste truly matches the aroma, yeasty and bready with a spiciniess, the only difference is the spiciness is more intense in the taste than the aroma

M&D - easily palatable, but you must enjoy beers with a spice to them, chances are if your drinking this beer,then you do, a well brewed beer, im not a huge grand cru fan, but i can enjoy a good one, which this is

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to NASE for sending me this absolute winner of a beer :thumbup:

A: Now that was weird. The cork came out but there was no “pop” like the beer was completely uncarbonatated. I poured the beer into the glass and a huge head jumped forth! WTF! The head is large and monumental, a white with a beige hue to it. The body consists of a clean and simple golden copper color with micro bubbles.

S: Wow! Smells like coriander custard with lemon zest and fresh vanilla yogurt. Scrumptious.

T: Tastes just like it smells. Begins with really rich and creamy coriander mixed with yogurt…I can only assume this beer has come into contact with some brett due to the strong yogurt personality. Peppery and floral hop styles move in next cutting the sweetness with a swift a decisive slash. Peach, banana, pina colada spiked with lemon juice are the fruity component that swaggers through the mouth, showing off the extraordinary depth it provides. God this is good. As the yogurt flavor transitions out, a surprising low level bitterness brings the drinker back to earth, adding one more “ooh” moment before all flavors slowly drop out of the forefront. Alcohol is present and accounted for sliding through the nasal cavity.

M: Medium body, full and creamy.

D: I’m shocked and totally stunned at how good this beer is. Yes, its been a top 50 beer for a while but most of those beers aren’t this good. This beer wasn’t even on my radar but its so far up my alley I feel like I should have saw it coming. Man is this going well with my Cajun chicken.

Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I guess I can no longer keep track of the beers my wife likes in my reviews. We are getting too many to count. All thanks to the wonderful kindness of my friend BeerBeing. We now share the love. This was a beer we had together with dinner and my wife turned to me and said "Do beers that size come in a case?" I think I will be buying a case shortly =)

Appearance: Pours a neutral apricot color with a creamy off-white head and loads of lacing. The head fades to a frothy cap in my snifter glass, that lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: Honey, lemon, bready malt; a light yeast aroma, a hint of orange and a plethora of spices tickle the nose.

Taste: It is a spicy bready beer with the Belgian yeast attribute present but not too extreme. It has a lot of spices, coriander, pepper and orange rind bitter on the tongue along with the sweet honey and the tiny splash of alcohol that shows through. The citrus comes out more in the finish and aftertaste. For as big as the beer is, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: It has a large feel in the mouth. Big and airy, well carbonated I guess you could say. Effervescent and yet smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is dangerously easy to drink. The alcohol is so well hidden you will be feeling it before you know. Just ask my wife ;-)

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with a giant white foamy head. The head lasts forever and great lacing. This is a very good looking brew. The smell is very pungent with lemon,cloves,banana, and a peppery aroma. The taste is crisp hop bitterness and a blast of alcohol. The normal Belgian spices are present along with candy sugar,corriander, and a fruity flavor. The m/f is medium with the complex flavors mixing well. This is a first class beer and this one, I believe, would be even better with a year or two of cellaring.

Photo of bennetj17
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing hazed copper appearance with massive 3 finger head. Foam is tan and made up of large soap-like bubbles being fed from the steady carbonation below. The aroma consists of a fruity, coriander spice that dominates with some mild floral resins and potpurri in the background. The taste is very sugary and alcoholic. Lots of fruity malt with cinnamon and orange/citrus notes. The flavor and alcohol border on becoming too strong, but hold back just enough. The mouthfeel is not thick, however the very foamy carbonation creates a rich mouthfeel that coats pretty well. This is a solid Belgian Strong, perhaps not deep enough in its complexity, but rich and tasty nonetheless...

Photo of Bierman9
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a caged and corked 750ml bottle, courtesy of Ryan and Spencer of SPH... Simple yellow label, with no freshness info found. It did note that it's brewed in Royersford, PA, and is at 9.8% abv... The bottle differs from that in the pic, as it is more in the 22oz bomber shape. And the label drops the "Strong Ale" part and replaces it with "Ale Brewed With Spices (Dried Orange Peel, Ground Coriander Seed, Star Anise)".

The Cru was transferred from bottle to my Rapscallion chalice, producing a healthy 1.5" meringue-like dollop of cream atop the golden nectar. The head was somewhat off-white, and held up well while ever-so-slowly ebbing back towards the liquid. The bier itself was a rich, deep golden color, bordering on apricot, and is a touch cloudy while also having an incessant stream of carbo rising within. Lacing is decent, overall. The nose emits lots of spicy character, coriander foremost among others. Rindy fruit notes also check-in. The Cru's body was solid, though the abundant carbo made for quite the bubbly, effervescent, light and airy feel on the tongue.

The flavor comes out with the rindy orange aspect in the lead. This leaves a slight trail of bitterness all the way through to the finish. Plentiful spiciness also comes forth, with a bit of pepperiness present, plus the aforementioned coriander. More fruit notes, like a little peach, mango and apricot, make an appearance. Somewhat tropical, and quite pleasant. Alcohol does leave a bit of a trail down the hatch, though not to the detriment of the quaffing experience. It does have some slight sweetness, but the malt is more doughy in this case. The finish, while still showing some of the rindy bitter traits from earlier, gives another big kick of spiciness, perhaps a collaboration of the hops and, more likely, the yeast used.

This is quite the interesting melange of flavors and aromas. Kudos to Phil Markowski and the SPH crew for a solid offering.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml corked and cage bottle. The color is a hazy orange copper color with a huge egg shell head that dissipated slowly to a slight cap which left some chunk lacing. The smell is quite strong, big orange peel, corriander, sweet. The taste is much the same, very flavorful, orange peel, corriander, peppery, some malt, sweet, boozy. The mouthfeel is moderate and fizzy, slick. I wish I was more of a fan of orange peel. If I was, this beer would be getting some 5 ratings. This beer has some nice complexities to it. It tastes like a malty Belgian white ale.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Diaphanous tangerine with multiple energetic bubbles leading up to a regal crown that looks like it belongs on one of Belgium's finest. The foam is pale orange-tinted ivory in color and is softly, smoothly rocky. When it eventually begins to relent, sudsy streamers of lace can be seen on the the upper reaches of the glass. Whatever else Southampton did right with this beer, and I'm guessing a lot, they nailed the look of a world-class BSPA.

I love the way a really good Belgian ale smells. This one adds to that enjoyment by putting a twist on the style with the addition of a few of my favorite spices: dried orange peel, ground coriander seed and star anise. I could never have identified them on my own, but I believe I can pick each one out if I really work at it. The order of prominence is just as they're listed on the bottle (and above).

Southampton Grand Cru is the best beer of 2007 so far; by a long shot. One large gulp is all it takes to tell me that this is a magical concoction that can stand tall and proud with the world's most spectacular BSPAs. If Phil Markowski's goal was to pay homage to the best that Belgium has to offer, he's reached that goal and then some. The only question is, will I be able to think of enough complementary adjectives or will I have to reuse a few?

Wow! There's so much going on in each mouthful that I don't know where to start. The pale malt and candi sugar backbone is amazingly supple and is the bedrock on which the rest of the beer is built. Sweet just does hold its own against bitter and spicy. I'm amazed at how much pungent, grassy (probably German) hoppiness is present and I'm even more amazed that it works as well as it does.

In terms of spice additions, none of them overpowers the others. Each one is able to be appreciated in turn if one simply focuses on that particular flavor. It's difficult to point to one reason why this beer is so spectacular. If pressed, I'd say it's the uniqueness imparted by the addition of such non-typical spices. This may be the world's first Imperial witbier. It's definitely the best.

As always when it comes to such delicious, high-ABV beer, I need to slow down so that I can continue to record my impressions. There's very little hint of alcohol on the palate; yet another reason to be humbled by this masterpiece of the brewer's art. It doesn't happen often, but I suddenly find myself wishing I had a case. Make that two cases.

The place where most American brewers (except Allagash) typically fall short when they attempt to brew the Belgian styles is the mouthfeel. Southampton has hit the mouthfeel nail on the head with a solid gold hammer. The sprightly effervescence provided by all those bubbles belies the underlying firm silkiness provided by all that malt. My mouth is as happy as it's been in a very long time.

Beer like this makes me glad to be alive. This is one of the best BSPAs that I've ever had, no matter the country of origin. Sometimes I sit and marvel at the complexity in each mouthful, and sometimes I simply enjoy what's happening to my taste buds. It's only January, but it's going to be hard for any brewer to top the sheer brilliance of Southampton Grand Cru during the remainder of 2007.

Photo of dirtylou
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, obtained in a trade or bif sometime in the past, corked and caged

Enjoyed at the end of the jets-patriots game so I can have it reviewed by the time the giants-iggles game starts

appearance: pours into la chouffee tulip...body is a glowing apricot-amber, beautiful foamy white head starts large but finishes at a reasonable level with great lacing. quite a nice appearance

smell: lovely tropical fruit...pineapple, mango-citrus, orange creamsicle, vanilla, orange peels, yeast, coriander

taste: I woke up today craving a belgian treat, so this had to suffice. fresh orange peel, big yeast presence, very tropical - pineapple, pear, peach. booze completely masked by the flavors but its presence is felt in the finish...well spiced with corriander and black pepper flavors. Lovely little beer

mouthfeel: great, active yeast, well spiced, nice booze finish

drinkability: good

Photo of Shovelbum
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy white head over a clear glowing orange body with bubbles ascending throughout. Head drops to a thin layer that leaves sheets of lace down the side of glass. Aromas of grass, straw and a possible hint of spice—coriander or grains of paradise perhaps? The flavor is an amalgamation of fruit and spice. Pepper, orange and apricot flavors run throughout, with milder notes of corainder and straw-- all of them melding into one another. Moderate noble hop flavors and bitterness. A lean well-attenuated body with a smooth mouthfeel.

Fairly light for a Belgian strong pale, but that doesn’t detract. There’s a nice mixture of spicy and hoppy flavors here that can’t be completely pinned on hops or spices. The malt serves as a blank canvas for the interplay of these other flavors, but is substantial enough to balance the beer. The hop character is prominent, but with soft edges. An Interesting and enjoyable ale.

Photo of fartingdog
3.28/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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 ???

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of Toddv29424
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.59/5  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.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Evilgrin72
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Hefe
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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!!

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -52.6%
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.

Photo of grub
4.42/5  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.

Photo of weeare138
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.