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Southampton Grand Cru - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

357 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.26%


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.

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glid02

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:34:57 | More by glid02
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:26:08 | More by jlindros
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -38%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 04:41:48 | More by AgentZero
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:08:10 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 06:16:46 | More by msubulldog25
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rand

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 05:53:27 | More by rand
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 19:11:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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Buebie

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 03:32:26 | More by Buebie
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vision
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.

Bouquet
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.

Conclusions
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 05:17:55 | More by Khazadum
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:37:46 | More by drabmuh
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morimech

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage is unknown but there is a best by date of 10/16/14. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Plenty of yeast sediment can be seened at the bottom of the bottle.

A little darker in color than BSPAs from Belgium. Dark amber color with a brilliant clarity. Two plus fingers of dense head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

It might be unfair to compare this beer to Duvel and its properties. Afterall BSPAs come in many different forms. While the aroma of Duvel is estery and vinous, this is phenolic and spicy. I get hints of pepper, cloves, and the added spices of coriander, orange peel, and star of anise. A little grass and pale malt comes through as well. Just the slightest sweetness is detected. Aroma of some old world dessert before sugar became common?

As I make my way through the bottle, the flavor constantly grows on me. One thing this beer is not, is sweet and cloying. Just slight bitterness as well. What you end up with is a baker's spice nook. Not a kiddies menu type of flavor but an adult treat worth contemplating over. The spices compliment the yeast phenols and combine into a complex flavor. The orange peel comes through more as the beer warms. No sign of alcohol. Finishes slightly dry.

The mouthfeel may be as good as the greats in the style. Dances a fine line with body and carbonation. Not heavy but also not overly carbonated. Keeps things lively and still maintains a soft, smooth texture.

One of the great strong pale ales. Hard to slow down and take all the flavor in. With the high ABV, slowing down is necessary.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 19:26:18 | More by morimech
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Thanks to beerisheaven for a bottle of this brew rec'd in a recent trade. Always a pleasure! Split with my wife, & de-virginizing my brand spankin' new Troegs glass just rec'd in the Secret Santa BIF.

Pours with a gigantic, stubborn head of sheer white. Light, amber/copper body boasts revving carbonation. Brimming with scent; the orange peel is coming on strong, along with the pale malts, & some general sweetness & other spices.

Though not advertised as such, Southampton Grand Cru is a holiday beer through and through. A slew of spices hold court; orange, pepper, allspice, splashes & splishes of other, less identifiable additions. Belgian sweetness balances out the rush of spice. Cut flowers, gentle hopping, quarters of cut green apples. Then the spices return with a vengeance to obliterate everything else.

This is a beer with all kinds of complexity, a light, easy-to-drink body, & a nice shot of spices that don't go over the top. Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:06:54 | More by maximum12
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SkunkWorks

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Look: pours cloudy gold, which makes this probably the darkest Belgian Strong Pale Ale I've seen so far. The cloudiness has some sediment that floats to the bottom of the glass after the beer sits for awhile. Huge, three finger head forms. The head is fluffy and retains exceptionally well. Its slightly off white and leaves behind an epic amount of lacing. Heavy amounts of carbonation are visible in the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: smells great. There's some orange peel, coriander and star anise. Vanilla flavors are here as well with some other spices I can't really identify. Smells exceptionally sweet. As it warms, the alcohol smell becomes more identifiable along with some fruity flavors.

Taste: very sweet. There's a lot of malt in this one and it shows. There's also the spices that you pick up in the nose and fruit, like apple, plum and raisin. As it warms it becomes a bit like a port wine and the alcohol comes out a bit.

Feel: medium in body. Its fairly creamy. Crisp carbonation. Despite the high alcohol, its not very present except when the beer has reached room temperature and then there's a slight alcohol bite. There's also some tartness to this one.

Drink: despite the high alcohol, this certainly isn't something you will want to sip. I thought this was closer to 7-8% ABV than 9.5%. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Complex but very quaffable at the same time and it packs a serious punch. I recommend trying this one wholeheartedly. This is clearly the best thing I've had from Southampton Publick House. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 16:38:25 | More by SkunkWorks
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only thing American made belgians cannot seem to duplicate is the head of the brew. This one is no different. A bit of a soapy head and it goes down quickly. That is the only negative as it pours a cool, bright, caramel color. Scents of Belgian candy, sweet coriander, pepper. Taste is unique. A bunch of describable flavors hit the palate immediately followed by a sweet appley aftertaste. Almost like a cream soda. It is sweet, which I do not usually care for, but this has a different taste to it. Very warming alcohol and a real treat. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:59:30 | More by bigdeuce
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Chunky rotten apricot color with a creamy fine-bubble head that builds with decent retention. Big creamy cloud and ring leave fine, spotty Belgian-esque lace.

S- Smells like it has some age on it, can't find a date. Coriander citrus peel and some kind of earthy pumpkin like note (maybe just association with the spice). Some caramel old malt and slight fruit notes. Strong for sure. Some licorice.

T- Very dry. Good yeast spice and general yeast influence. Citrus peel and coriander are definitely strong here. Lemon. Caramel malt feels a bit aged.

MF- Light end body with some cream. Low end carbonation, fair warmth and very dry. Some bitterness.

DB- Citrus and spice are huge but do not bother me as much as some other Belgians. Maybe the caramel malt is balancing it. Alcohol adds some harshness. Lots of fruit as well. Split the bottle for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 02:40:17 | More by cbutova
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up in NYC, split with cbutova. Not sure of the age on this one but we both had a feeling it was a little old (maybe 1-2 years, but we'll never know for sure.)

Hazy rusty orange chock full of sediment. Very nice creamy off-white head looks like a whirlpool. A good looking swirly cap is left and leaves some lacing.

Good smell, orange and alcohol hits kinda hard, almost like a screwdriver, but in a good way mostly. Definitely can get the anise as well. A little musty.

Big ripe citrus flavor, the orange peel and coriander definitely stand out. Lots of yeast, candi sugar. Some vanilla and more juicy fruits like grapeferuit. Tastes like a creamsicle almost (just noticed someone said that a few reviews down!) Pretty high on the sweetness scale.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and malty, notes of alcohol through but pretty hot as it warms. Seriously hot last couple ounces.

Hope you like oranges! Malty fruit bomb this is. I didn't expect a 'Grand Cru' to be so fruity and sweet. That being said, I liked it, could use some more complexities. Definitely a sipper. Good price for a 750 for nowadays standards.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 14:38:23 | More by Chico1985
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zimmerbloke

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Blind Bomber BIF (Thanks to Hophead101!):

A: Pours a bright orange/copper with a pretty hefty, frothy head. Appears well carbonated, transluscent and slightly hazy.

S: Primarily bready sweetness. Some belgian yeast notes mixed with a little bit of alcohol on the nose. Well balanced and inviting, if a little muted.

T: Bright and sweet. Bready malts are the most prominent, alongside some sweeter fruity flavors and yeast esters. Very slight hop presence. A bit sweeter than I'd like, but still very enjoyable and unique. Slight warming from alcohol.

M: Warming and fairly filling mouthfeel. Fairly active carbonation which plays well with the flavor profile.

D: High. Between the sweetness and stronger alcohol, one's enough though.

Fantastic beer. This one had sat on my Wants list for awhile but I'd never gotten around to pursuing it... I think that may change. Glad to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 00:35:01 | More by zimmerbloke
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear honey orange pour with a quick-vanishing head. Sweet aroma of oranges and pretty heavy malt. A decent amount of candied seville oranges shine through, which is kind of becoming a staple of some Southampton brews I find. Nice, big, juicy flavors, but pretty sweet and just a thin mouthfeel. Some creaminess could really help this beer. More pleasant nuances begin to unfold toward the bottom of the bottle, as is custom with Southampton. Delightful floral notes play with the candied orange. Kind of reminiscent of the Cuvee des Fleurs when the yeast mixes in. Possibly a great one to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 03:07:22 | More by JAXSON
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Pours a super dark honey gold with a really nice thick head. Only rises about two fingers and falls quickly but leaves a soapy head and thick lacing all the way down as it falls...The aroma is really nice. Sweet to start light caramel lots of orange peel then balanced nicely with a little yeast and lots of spice, really nice...Taste is also really similar to the aroma sweet but lots of flavorful. Unreal easy to drink at 9.5%.

A great easy to drink beer to start the night. Also a great attempt at a belgian, not very often does a belgian get nailed by an American.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:03:29 | More by jrallen34
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Kendo

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

August 19, 2010: Discovered this bottle in the corner of my beer cellar this week. I have determined that it was purchased in November of 2007, making it about 3 years old. Should be OK, however, as the bottle says it can be cellared and enjoyed for years to come. . . .

A: Caged and corked 750 ml bottle. Cork released with a subdued pop. Nervous that it could've gone flat, but shouldn't have worried - within about 10-15 seconds, a slow-rising column of foam climbs over the neck of the bottle. Poured into a Chimay goblet, the body is a near-glowing orangey-light-amber with a 1-finger ivory head. Plenty of rising bubbles give the head plenty of shelf-life.

S: Some tartness, some lemony citrus. Waft of alcohol as it warms.

T: First impression: the mouthfeel leaves a bigger impression than the taste, just because it's so creamy and smooth. . . . OK, on to the taste. . . Cookie dough malt and candied sugar is there (which probably helps explain all the active carbonation - lots of food for the yeast), providing mild sweetness. Alcohol heat is noted at the back end and down the gulley, but for its strength (bottle says 9.8%, not the 9.5% listed here), it's relatively mild. . . . Fruity: apple skins, perhaps a touch vinuous as well; ripe peaches as it warms. Also as it warms I get sweet oranges - think clementines, or maybe melting creamsicles (am I getting a touch of vanilla now?). Finishes slightly dry and clean - amazingly clean, actually.

M: This is wonderfully carbonated - fine bubbles creating a silky-smooth, effervescent mouthfeel that makes the heft seem relatively light.

D: Excellent. If all beers of this strength were this drinkable, I'd hate life in the morning - every morning.

Notes: First impression wasn't anything spectacular, but as I drink this and it warms, this gets more and more interesting. Would like to sample a fresh bottle to see if there is any hop bitterness, but I'm not unhappy at all about having cellared this one for quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:39:19 | More by Kendo
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange peel, coriander and caramel malt. The flavor is orange, coriander, wheat, toffee, candi-sugar and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 05:04:55 | More by Mora2000
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billab914

Virginia

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured amber in color with a huge two inch fluffy white head to it. The head had some very nice retention to it and left good lacing as well. Very nice looking beer in the glass I chose for it.

The aroma shows off the orange peel and coriander citrus pretty well without being overpowering. A little peppery flavor comes through a bit as well. A nice strong malty flavor is present as well, and sets a nice base for the flavor additions.

The taste shows a nice mix of flavors to it. It has a peppery spice, a orange peel citrus, and a slightly dry bitter finish. The citrus really comes through in the finish as well. A decent malt backbone provides a nice base for all of the flavors. Overall all of the flavors mix very well together and are very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was very nicely balanced. Very well made and flavorful beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 01:07:31 | More by billab914
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle of Southampton Grand Cru was purchased at Liquor World, and is from 2004. After a heavy pour, still not much heading, but color is nice, coming out dark orange. Many particles of yeast sediment can be seen as well. The nose has a large presence of mandarin oranges, and other citrus components. Some yeasty character, and honey emerge as strong smells too. Big blast of honey up front from the taste, followed by a bit of that citrus, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is syrupy sweet, to the point that it almost reminds me of a mead. There is some carbonation there to help the drinkability, but the overall sweetness and thick body can make this one difficult to have a lot of. I am surprised that this beer shows the same sorts of characteristics that it did when I had it fresh. It is worth a try I suppose, though not one of my favorites within this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 22:45:01 | More by jamie2dope
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer at Food & Friends in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA. I poured it into a water glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy light amber color. The head is a bright white color, huge, has great retention, stellar lacing and tiny bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are sparge, yeast, and tart.
Taste: The flavors are tart, boozy, and grapes.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is smooth but with a crisp finish.
Drinkability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 22:19:51 | More by treehugger02010
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Pahn

New York

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. 092 10/16/14 is printed on the bottle. Presumably, that would tell me when it was bottled if I knew how long it was supposed to keep.

Appearance: Moderate pour down the side of the glass yields a one inch, rocky and fizzy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, and (like the beer) leaves little to no lacing. Pours a light, translucent reddish orange.

Smell: Very bready. A fair amount of clove and coriander, with some banana. Generally very earthy, occasionally a little punchy and spicy. Very faint citrus note.

Taste: Wow, that's a bready beer. Lots of fresh white bread and earthiness up front and in the finish/aftertaste. Some spice and Belgian yeast come out in the rather carbonated middle. No alcohol burn at all. The taste is generally more creamy and rich than it is spicy. As in the nose, the orange peel isn't doing much besides adding a faint, ambiguous citrus highlight. The anise is similarly restrained, showing itself only as a mild note in the finish.

Tastes good, but it's occasionally sugary, and not very deep. I like the earthy, bready flavor. 'Grand Cru' is a very strange designation for a taste like this... rating very strictly to style (insofar as you can do that for a BSPA) or taking seriously the boasts on the label (bold and complex), I should probably rate this lower. I think the taste is, at the very least, quite pleasant though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, and occasionally too sugary/chalky. Lighter side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: This is a very bready beer... it requires a particular mood to be craved in any way. Honestly, while it's enjoyable to drink, I don't see myself seeking this one out again any time soon. Edit: I dropped a point off drinkability, because I've been at this beer for almost 3 hours, and don't even really want to finish it. This beer simply doesn't taste good enough to drink a 750ml bottle by yourself, which is saying a lot; beer usually gets *easier* to drink, because you get drunk. /Edit

To be blunt, this beer is pretty unimpressive. It tastes good, but the blend of earthy, creamy breadiness and harsh spiciness isn't always that great, despite how nicely restrained the added spices are overall. The mouthfeel is pretty lackluster (especially for a BSPA), and the taste itself isn't particularly interesting. While there are a lot of good flavors and aromas here, none of it is done particularly well. I would pay $7-$8 for a 6-pack of this occasionally, but I can't see why in the world I would buy another 750ml bottle with so many better Belgian style ales available.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 03:30:23 | More by Pahn
Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.