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Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 134
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 Jacobob10
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jacobob10, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of bozodogbreath
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bozodogbreath, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of cleonile2000
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

cleonile2000, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

bluntedboywonder, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dope, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

LambicKing, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of JxExM
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

JxExM, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, May 15, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Greywulfken, May 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Best by 9/30/14.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, Belgian yeast, and some slight citrus aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with the spices lingering on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice set of aromas and an even better taste.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

JRod1969, May 14, 2012
Photo of bsimms
5/5  rDev +18.2%

bsimms, May 14, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

muskiesman, May 06, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to m100 for trading this. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. Back label says 9/30/14 indicating the best enjoyed by date.

A - Pours a bronze color with a full inch of off-white head that retains very well before becoming a 1/4 inch head and has fluffy strings of lacing above it.

S - Smells soapy and a bit fruity but with a strange whiff of skunk in the tail end. Hopefully that doesn't show up in the taste.

T- Immediate twang of alcohol subsides to some bitter citrus flavor with notes of grapefruit, soap and a bit of wild bacteria tang. Belgian yeast seems to be present but not in a way that showcases its usual sweetness. Instead it becomes lost in the mire of booze and off flavors. Skunking isn't found in the taste as I was hoping it wouldn't but it's not like things are enjoyable here in the first place. Acidic aftertaste.

M- Sharp and bity in a bad way. A bit fluffy from the high carbonation with a light-ish body.

O- A pretty substantial letdown since I'm a huge Southampton fan. This is only the second beer of theirs I consider just OK.

Immortale25, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of billyshears
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

billyshears, Mar 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

robieobie1, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

weaselchew, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

TheNightwatchman, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Waterfront Alehouse in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear amber color with a two finger tall white head. This beer had great head retention and very significant amounts of lacing.

S: Hints of clove, anise, orange peel, and candi sugar. There is a lot of fruit and alcohol present with some pale malts and spices.

T: Lots of spices, malts, candi sugar, and orange peel. Hints of cloves, pale malts, and some alcohol presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable but not a real easy drinker - there is just too much alcohol presence to be an easy drinker. I think this is a more sipping over an hour or so kind of beer. Very nice beer.

dbrauneis, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

chrispoint, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gentle pour produced a rather big white head. The body is quite odd. Orange colored body that would be very clear, but the sediment is floating and takes over the body. Carbonation, head retention, and lacing are all top notch. A bit to much sediment makes it look dirtier than should be.

Coriander, clove, orange peel, bubblegum, candied sugar, and lemon aromas. Plenty of fruits, bubblegum, alcohol esters, and spices come on really strong.

Getting a huge amount of fruitiness from the yeast. Alcohol is quite noticeable, soapy and creamy mouthfeel, buttery, and carbonation is kind of prickly. Vanilla, lemon sorbet, and coriander are great flavors I'm getting here. Bubblegum and anise flavor really dominate the palate and feel like they should blend in more than stand out like they do. To much going on without settling into something special.

Not a bad beer but the bubblegum and anise flavor seem out of place and definitely to noticeable in the mix. Tone those down a bit and if the alcohol were hidden more this would be a top of the line beer to me.


mindspin315, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev -5.4%

nickhiller, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of ant880
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ant880, Feb 10, 2012
Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.