French Country Christmas Ale (Biere De Garde) - Southampton Publick House
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4.97/5 rDev +22.4%
I had this from a 750 ml bottle, poured in a glass for me when i came home from work. Quite a nice thing to come home to, don't you think? I was very impressed with this beer from SPH. Very.
The colour was a dark orangey-red, a bit cloudy, with a nice off-white creamy head that lasted a long time. It smelled fruity and spicy and outdoorsy, almost like cinnamon apricots maybe, it was good. It tasted even better! Similar flavours to the aroma, but more mixed in, tasted citrusy a bit... It kind of tasted like I was sitting on a back porch with a big field with various trees and fruit bushes and little streams all around me. It just had an outdoor feel to it somehow. The mouthfeel was excellent, very smooth and soft, and drinkability also was great, except for the fact that I won't be able to drink more of it, at least not anytime soon i'm sure.
All in all a tasty brew that I'm very happy to have tried.
02-11-2004 15:02:11 | More by erica
4.68/5 rDev +15.3%
750ml bottle: No vintage date: 2002? This pours out a dark, somewhat cloudy, glowing orange colour. The head is fluffy, white, and everlasting, leaving sheets of Belgian lace down the sides of my glass. The aromas are grassy, herbal, farm-like, and hoppy with some medicinal hints thrown in for good measure. There is also a very background citrus-like fruitiness in the aroma as well. The overall aroma is subtle, but it is also excellent! The taste is less subtle than the aroma hints it to be. There is an excellent hit of caramel flavors (caramel malt?) followed by a fruity, citrusy middle, and finally a bit of an earthy, grassy, herbal hoppiness in the finish. The finish is dry, and does not linger long, but that is quite OK by me. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and damn indulgent, this stuff feels like silk in your mouth. The drinkability is also amazingly good. This is 6.6%abv? Holy shit! This is definately a good thirst quencher on a hot summer day in France, or a mild Winter dusk in PA.
an excellent version....highly recommended.
02-10-2004 21:51:52 | More by francisweizen
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a hazy golden amber, with a thick white head. The head dissipates into a mist about halfway through the glass, but provides quite a bit of aroma. Very powerful.
Aroma is very strong, and quite believable. Slightly hoppy, with a sourness to the malt. Sweet belgian aroma, with plenty of esters, namely pineapple and apple. Strange hop aroma.
Flavor is much less sour than expected, with a pervasive belgian candi sweetness, coupled with hints of pineapple, apricot, and raisin. The beer starts out mildly sour, tapering down to a saccharine sweetness, and finishing fairly dry. Impressive in the way it changes flavors so seamlessly. Light alcoholic warmth in the throat, and almost no aftertaste. Mouthfeel is terrific, with small, tightly knit bubbles. Very authentic, better than the imported versions I've tried thus far. The hops are wierd. They taste almost like hallertau, but not quite. Herbal, but strange. Must be a breed I'm not familiar with. Very good beer. A pleasure to drink.
08-06-2003 03:46:40 | More by UnionMade
2.17/5 rDev -46.6%
I must say thanks to herbjones for sharing this with me. This pours a cloudy orange with a big white head. The flavors, the aroma, are like wet grass, barnyards, etc. For me, these characteristics aren't too appealing. I just didn't like this beer. Oh well.
07-06-2003 18:09:26 | More by jcalabre
3.3/5 rDev -18.7%
Cloudy, murky beer. Light brown in color. The aroma is weak. There's almost nothing there. If you whiff real hard, you can catch some hints of fruit, but it's a chore. Tastes primarily of cherry. Smooth. Good mouthfeel. As the beer drains, it creates a sour taste in the mouth. Kind of like drinking milk.
05-22-2003 04:51:54 | More by dwarbi
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
A front porch baguette and cheese eatin' brew. Pours a clouded streaming amber under whipped butter. Monumental nose of honeysuckle in full bloom, beach walks at dusk and fruit-flavored marshmallows. A draught is honey-roasted peach on barn board with a side of soil covered garden greens and fallow field stones. I mean earthy, like when you were a kid and played in the lake and dug in the dirt and ate roasted corn and tasted the day on your lips. Playful across the buds. A fine brew. Thanks Loren!
04-15-2003 17:45:52 | More by inebrius
French Country Christmas Ale (Biere De Garde) from Southampton Publick House
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