Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House
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4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
05-14-2012 06:01:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.38/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
04-09-2012 00:32:55 | More by Immortale25
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
03-04-2012 16:32:20 | More by dbrauneis
3.03/5 rDev -28.4%
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.
02-15-2012 07:45:50 | More by mindspin315
3.83/5 rDev -9.5%
a: This was a slightly murky, dull golden color. It was served to me with a small, airy looking white head.
s: A very appealing balance of sweet candi sugar and pale malt, and spicy aromas of ginger and nutmeg. Some pear aromas emerged as this warmed.
s: I loved the first sip, but towards the middle of the glass this spice was coming on too strong. The yeasty phenols, pale malt, and candi sugar all work beautifully together. The finish adds grassy hops and spice flavor that reminded most of nutmeg.
m: Big and creamy overall.
o: I fell in love with the first sip, but turns out it was just infatuation.
02-08-2012 20:46:18 | More by DIM
3.73/5 rDev -11.8%
A - Pour is copper colored with a bubbly white foam. Decent lacing, and slightly cloudy.
S - Smells spicy (nutmeg, ginger root, cinnamon) and with a yeasty lingering smell.
T - Tastes of candied fruit with a slight spicy bite on the back end.
M - Feels a bit heavy, but easily enjoyable. Raspy on the tongue.
O - One of the better offerings from Southampton. Glad to see one of the locals do a good take on a belgian style.
01-19-2012 04:20:32 | More by socon67
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
10oz into a tulip on tap.
Southampton Grand Cru glides into the glass golden with a small tint of faded bronze within. a nice sheet of bright white up top, leaving a cap and small splotches. OK retention. Smell is fruity with a bready Belgian yeast with trace amounts of candi. No grassy scents, some hints of alcohol. Pretty bold in scent off the tap with a bit candi like scent than alot of American versions. Taste is up front with Belgian essence and a fruit. Apple, pear, small earthy hop bite in between with some candi sugar in the end that does not cloy. First sips give off some alcohol that warms the gullet. The 9.5% is not all the way hidden. Feel is a strong medium with a nice crisp carb. After half the glass this becomes all to easy to drink. A nice stab at the style and much better than alot of American versions out there. I just wish bottles were not so damn pricey, this would be a nice one to slide into 4 packs or so. Until then, I'll grab it on tap.
01-19-2012 00:48:39 | More by BARFLYB
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
$2.50/8oz sample... J Ryan's I love you.
Rich golden honey in color with a super sticky white head and lacing. This looks really golden in the light, screams grand cru, but could use a little more carbonation... This problem possibly solved by bottle conditioning (vs on tap)?
Served way too cold, but there is still a strong sweetness mixed with fruity yestiness that cuts through like a knife. The alcohol is also quite pungent.
There is really fruity Belgian yeast and just enough sweetness and alcohol. Quite tasty, especially as it warms up. There is a bold grape-like crispness that follows each sip. I'm reminded of a sensation I get when drinking Nelson, single-hopped beers.
The beer is in fact quite fruity and juicy with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Definitely a delicious mouthfeel for a grand cru and more carbonation than expected!
Amazing price on this beer and it's well worth the money! Thanks again J ryan's for providing outstanding beer at reasonable prices.
01-09-2012 23:10:37 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
Had this on tap on 3 occasions now, poured in a smallish chalice.
A- Nice golden/honey color, very little head but some good lacing. Almost opaque.
S- Beautiful! I am not a big fan of spiced beers, but I think they really nailed this one. Coriander and citrus (I think from additives, not hops), along with belgian yeast-type fruitiness all blended perfectly. All of the flavors are sublet with no one dominating, it is one of those beers that you get something new every time you take a sip.
T- I think they did a nice job here too of keeping it simple, letting the malt take a backseat and provide the backbone to let the yeast and other flavors do the talking. Spiciness comes though in the end.
M- On the thinner side with less carbonation than I usually expect from Belgian-style beers, but it works for me in this one.
O- This is the only beer I have had from Southampton, but it makes me want to try their others. It really is a nice beer, the first night I tried it I had a couple glasses with a meal and thought it was fantastic, so good that I wanted to go back just to try it again on its own to see if it was really as good as I remembered. It is nicely complex, subtle and balanced. This is definitely my favorite American Belgian-style beer I have tried so far.
01-05-2012 19:22:42 | More by HopDr
Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.