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Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House

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Reviews: 288
Hads: 387
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 149
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

[80/100] (1,076 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (611 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (429 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (974 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of HopDr
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,280 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle from '09. Split with some friends, the brew allears a clear golden orange with some spots of yeast in solution. A creamy yellow head has decent retention across the top throughout the entire duration.

The smell is string of sweet caramel malt or toffee. Orange zest and pulp are also included. Collectieky it comes together like an orange marmalade. Once warm, it almost smells like sweet tea.

The taste mimics the aroma with strong indications of orange marmalade with a bit of toffe to caramel malt sweetness. Herbal bitterness and some citrus breakup the sweetness a bit. Initially is sickenly sweet but gets herbal and balanced with more sips.

This is medium bodied with a smooth feel and modest to lower levtl of carbobation that gives fhe impression of a thicker feeling brew. Yet somehow it is fizzy in the feel when swirled around. The alcohol is well masked behind the bold sweetness. Overall not a bad offering but much, much more sweet than I was expecting. (1,001 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are strong bouquet of citrusy aromas in the nose (orange stands out in particular) along with smells of candi sugars and spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has complex flavors of candi sugars with some malty sweetness and notes of orange peel and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of bitterness and warming from the alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
O: The beer seems to be more malty compared to other beers in the style but hides its alcohol well and isn’t cloying. (800 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southampton's Grand Cru was on my original "Top 100" list to try. I tried it before I could learn about the way to appreciate beers of its style.

Fortunately, after football at Prospect Park today, I tried it on tap at Double Windsor in Brooklyn.

This beer is red, with a solid head retention and decent lacing on the Chimay goblet. It smells of spice- coriander and citrus zest. A little lemon, but a lot of malt and Belgian yeast. It's a true mix, but not one that I necessarily want to write home about.

It wound up being a highly spiced sipper. Spiced not in the hot pepper way, just in the way that one spice can take over a dish. Everything else was right about it: mouthfeel was creamy, it had a clean finish, it looked great. But there was just something about the taste where even within its balance, it just seemed too spicy.

For that reason alone, it's not a completely high rated beer to me, but I'll be blown away if it stops being highly rated, because it is damn well crafted. And perfect for after football. Cheers to Double Windsor for pouring it on tap! (1,079 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750mL bottle of this at Anocona`s wines and spirits. The appearance is a nice honey color with nearly two fingers of bright white head to it; served in a wide wine glass. The nose of this "grand cru" has coriander, citrus and some funk. Its` taste comes through with orange, anise, candied goodness, mmm. The body is fairly lean for the abv, but with a sharp carbonation. It is a remarkably good beer and its one that I waited longer than I should have to pick up. (478 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours an almost opaque golden-copper color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of syrupy pilsner malts with large amounts of breadiness. Joining in shortly thereafter are sugar-coated pear and apricots and moderate amounts of leafy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Heavy light malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of syrupy pear and apricot flavors. Midway through slight hints of spiciness come into play before moderate amounts of leafy hops come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall the bottle was 1.5-2 years old and age wasn’t very kind to it. The sweetness was too much and the flavors seem too muddled. I’d like to try this fresh for comparison, but the aged version was something I’d not seek again. (867 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thebouch01 and dfclav for this one.

Light fizzy almost 1 finger head fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing over hazy super yeast chunked golden toasty maple orange color.

Nose is loaded with fruit, Belgian yeast, apple, pear, light candi sugar and touch of sweet syrups, light booze, lots if complex lighter malts, white raisin, light nutty contain like spices

Taste starts with a creamy but complex light Belgian like malts, plenty of sweet additions, light candi sugar, sweet mapleish syrup, fairly sweet overall, perhaps too sweet could use some more aging, tons of fruit with apple, pear, white raisin, light nutty spices, little booze warmth and touch of tingle. Finishes semi sweet, a long Belgian yeast and malt finish, more candi sugar and raisin, slightly sticky, touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied with decent carb and some warming booze.

Overall very good, a decent version of an Americanized Belgian grand cru, similar to their abt12 but lighter and more fruit, complex and good, hides the booze decently well, great flavors. (1,095 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Copper colored beer, a little bit hazy. Nice white head that left some lacing behind.

S - A bit too sweet, reminds me too much of artificial sweetener. A little bit of fruit and a dose of spice. Spice is a little overdone, kind of off-putting.

T - This is just a touch yucky. Overly spiced, particularly with the coriander. It's sweet, kind of like corn syrup and caramel, but the spice sticks around so long it gives me the need to wash my mouth out with something.

M - Very dry, lighter side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - Spice is often used to cover things up, they should have tried to cover up the spice with this one. Not a fan. (661 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a CC 750mL bottle with a best by 10/16/14 into a Duvel tulip on 5/19/11.

Pours a honey yellow with a big huge fluffy off white carbonated head that dissipates slowly and leaves little lacing on the glass. Good head retention but lacks on the lacing. Final pour yielded a some sediment that that added some pretty haziness.

Smells intoxicating... Wow. Lots of fruit and honey up front then spices and and a slight citrus are noticeable. This beer only gets better as the aromas become more volatile, it really comes out to play with the nostrils.

Taste is just as impressive. Carmel and malts with fruit, vanilla, and candy! A sight booze taste is present but the wonderful malt taste really covers it up well even after it warms slightly.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in weight. No burn at all at 9.8ABV is very impressive. This goes down smooth even after it warms up, little change to the mouth feel. Lots of very enjoyable after taste, vanilla and candies. Again great brew.

Drinkability is high on this brew. It takes a hit on the appearance, and it can get a little sweet after a couple of glasses. Other then that this a great beer and I am ISO-ing this ASAP. I want more! Great brew. (1,207 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml caged/corked bottle, popped and split with my wife at dinner to a pair of 'La Chouffe' tulips. Back label shows '092' and the date '10/16/14'. Wish I could recall who sent this... thank you, kind mystery trader; cellared for 12-18 months.

'Brewed with spices (dried orange peel, ground coriander seed, star anise)'

A: A warm honey/butterscotch, crowned with two-fingers of brilliant white cream. It's a fairly sturdy dollop that recedes slowly, crawling down the glass' neck and leaving modest lace in breaking sheets. Mild fogginess is cut by steady carbonation, a faint dusting of yeasty bits (bottle-conditioned).

S: A wafting fruit scent, somewhat springy, like pear or apple blossoms. Spices and sweet grains accent/conceal a veiled booziness ~ coriander shines the most.

T: The instant liquid touches taste buds, sweet fruits and perky spices erupt! Orange comes across with 'creamsicle' hints; spices are zesty, dusty pepper and shaved ginger. Other interesting fruit and floral notes, too: applesauce, maraschino cherry, sugary blueberry, honeysuckle. A complex mouthful that never gets old.

M: Just about perfect with the carbonation - lively and effervescent without being overly crisp - then with the calmer mellowing warmth that follows. Medium body, nothing too heavy or sticky. 9.5% abv catches up after a while, but in the gentlest of ways.

O: 'Grand Cru' typically denotes the 'best' a brewery has to offer; while this may not be my outright favorite of the Southamptons I've enjoyed, it's definitely among them. A superb accompaniment with dinner (soba noodles and braised vegetables, hanger steak on the side) and for sipping, after much warming, a bit later. My second time trying this terrific beer - looking forward to the third and beyond... (1,778 characters)

Photo of rand
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to Duvel tulip glass

Acquired in a trade with Manoftyr. Thanks dude, let's trade another round!

Pours a beautiful apricot color, opaque, with a sudsy, 1 1/2-inch head. It's frothy and cavernous leaving a thick layer of lacing as it slowly recedes. Big spicy aromas jump out of the glass, carried by alcohol volatiles which warm the nose. The bouquet is founded in a yeasty scent of freshly baked pastries, which is accented by notes toffee and myriad of spices including nutmeg, orange zest and coriander.

Notes of toffee and sweetbread hit the palate first and make for a really chewy complexion. This is very full-bodied and creamy. Wow, you could eat this with a spoon. All of the spices noted in the nose bounce around the palate along with some new flavors - licorice (anise was added), touch of peppercorn and paprika. The beer is sweet, but hops come into play midway, and have a raw, leafy quality suggesting tea. alcohol warms at the finish and acts like another spice. Finishes balanced and sweet.

This beer quaffs way too easily. Just had some Pliny the Younger last night, so this is two nights in a row of high ABV brews that go down easy and delicious. Southampton nailed this, outstanding. (1,220 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to bmwfan1987 for this one. Pours a lightly hazed, dark gold - nearly copper - color with a fluffed, off-white head. Awesome lacing.

Nose is very sweet and full of light colored fruit flesh - honeydew melon foremost with some pears soaked in corn syrup.

Very fruity with grainy malts and high alcohol. This could pass for a triple were it not for the coriander. Maple syrup comes out as it warms and the yeast esters are all over the map - fruit, bread dough, herbal. Very Belgian-y beer, quite complex and spices are fairly low-key. For some reason though, I find it to be a bit sweet and the esters really never come together well. Seems like others like it, so maybe this ones just not for me. (709 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle a few years ago in a trade, unknown age.
Poured from the corked and caged bottle into an oversized snifter.
A generous 3'' or so head of off white froth forms. Settling slowly to leave a thin cap and decent collar. Color is a glowing orange marmalade, hazy, bu no to bad, most of the yeast stayed in the bottle.
Aroma of light orange peel, banana and coriander. Some sourdough bready funk. somewhat sweet with a bit of malt and faint floral hops.
Taste is pretty damn outstanding, sweeter then expected. I thought this would come off dry and it definatly is not.
malty with orange peel coming forward through the swallow. its not skunky but that orange peel citric acidity is present.
Bready sourdough funk, sweets, orange peel, hemp. drying a tad after the swallow.

Happy New Year! (806 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, billowy, willow, frothy, cottonball-like, wedding lace head. I mean, this sucker is the fluffiest beer I have had the encounter to pour. Awesome carbonation with tons of streams bubbling up from its rusty-brown body. Lacing is interesting. It is sticky enough to generate some rolling hills and valleys, but it evaporates away as I enjoy its presence. I feel like I could take face paint off with this cap.

Strong fruity notes. Caramels, candied Belgian sugars ( is that even an accurate descriptor? ), tangerines, grapefruits, malts that remind me of biscuits and simple syrups, and faint wildflower tangents.

Flavor Profile
Opens with a gentle sweetness... carmelized sugar on top of a home made biscuit. Middle has a fruity upstroke and crisp nature that reminds me of a light citrus. Perhaps a piece of pulp stuck in the dough that I randomly bit into by a stroke of luck. The malts begin to fade and falter leaving only the sweetness to dominate the finish. It is like eating the top of creme brulee. Burnt sugars and chunky nature all in one.

Oral Sensations
As I just alluded to... chunky. Nice medium body that has a very crisp feeling to it, thank you carbonation! Very sticky to a level that I am almost disgusted with. I feel like it is liquid candy, a syrup if you will. Nonetheless, I am happy that it lingers around delightfully with the burnt sugars.

Solid belgian style beverage...Tripel? I've had many beers that taste similar to this and fit along that profile. The malts are enough to warrant that classification.

It drinks easy, no alcohol issues as expected, has a stronger malt profile than I'm used to, and never becomes sickeningly sweet. Even if it feels like a sticky, sweet, syrup at times, it shines through as a delicious beverage. I figure anything outside of a tripel would have a more spicy alcohol profile.

What have we got in our tulip tonight? Why its... Another want!! Hot damn! Southampton Grand Cru!

Let us dissect out this beverage. An ale brewed with dried orange peel, ground coriander seed, and star anise!

This is interesting. The dried orange peel I understand. It does have some citrus notes, and the drying of the rind may be what has caused it to be so minimal. The coriander, eh.. I've gone back to it again and again and I really can only find that a bit in the nose, possibly the finish with the back end around the sides of my tongue. It truly does not add too much to the flavor.

The star anise... no. Nope, nope, nope. I hate... HATE... HATE star anise flavors. I can stand them and appreciate it. However, I despise it. Thankfully it is not here at all, thought. I mean, I think I should be able to pick it out since it causes a gag reflex at too high of a concentration. (2,772 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Troublette glass. Beer is yellow with a soft white head of small and medium bubbles. Big bottle, corked and caged, mild haze, almost an amberish color, on the dark yellow side, moderate carbonation, it looks good.

Beer is mildly spicy and pretty bready with some nice esters. Smells good.

Beer finishes really dry, that's the first thing I notice. Sweet up front with some interesting esters in the midpalate, minimal spice for an ale that is advertised as a spice ale, but I actually like that the spices are kind of hidden. There is some bitterness that I am picking up now with the finish of the beer, the yeast character is coming through more now. The ester levels are growing and it's a great feeling beer. I'd have it again for sure, very nice. I need to drink more South Hampton beers. (809 characters)

Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.