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Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Biere De MarsSouthampton Biere De Mars

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very good

322 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
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3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at House of Brews. Served in a CCB snifter.

Appearance - Deep golden body. Served with a huge white head. Surface foam lasts forever but thins out. Lacing clings inside the glass.

Smell - Really estery. Apples and a strong malt presence. Simple but pleasant farmhouse aroma.

Taste - Extremely malty. Pale malts and esters give off of a sweet apple and caramel flavor. Bitter finish. I get a slightly oaky flavor at the very end that is a little unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Seems heavy because of all the malt flavor. Well carbonated and fairly bitter.

Overall - Not what I expected when I ordered it. Not interesting enough to overcome its flaws.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 22:13:07 | More by Alieniloquium
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southampton Biere De Mars has a thick, spongy, white head, and a hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, and a pretty substantial lace curtain left behind. The aroma is evocative of wheat, for sure, but one will pick up subtle spices, sweetness, and a wonderful toasted malt. Taste is of sweet, spiced bread and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Southampton Biere De Mars finishes semi-dry, a bit alcoholic, and quite drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:01:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2014 18:27:52 | More by tfsimpkins
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-04-2014 19:42:51 | More by ACarp
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

04-02-2014 00:03:39 | More by Herky21
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-26-2014 03:43:16 | More by kwjd
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-26-2014 02:50:56 | More by KAF
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-26-2014 02:17:36 | More by sd123
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-26-2014 00:49:04 | More by AngusOg
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-23-2014 01:43:59 | More by bmwats
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-20-2014 21:27:17 | More by silverking
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-08-2014 23:54:50 | More by Sspeer1
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-06-2014 20:14:10 | More by xenjoiii
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New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Oxidized orange with a glass consuming effervesce. A creamy 1 inch heather tinted head has longtivity while gracing the glass with a respectable snakeband laceing.

S: Nose of toasted sweet honey malt, toasted almond, fresh nobel flowers, with some sweet vienna accents. Finishes with a light earthy barnwood fade.

T: Flavor was sweet and toasty grains, vienna, dry caramel, immediatly followed by a musky scent. Sweet almond butter, honey, mixes with some fresh nobel flowery hops.

M: crisp, with a slick honey consistency, and sweet honey warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall it feels like an octoberfest, sweetly malted with a bit of musky, yeasty saison quality. Nobel hop presence and a solid good making per style. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 00:12:56 | More by beerthulhu
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2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden with a surprisingly thin head and not much lacing

S: Light fruits and light grainy scents

T: Spicy and vague light fruit. Semi-dry finish

M: Light bodied

O: I really expected more out of this one. Could definitely say its refreshing, but thats about it. Scent and taste are weak and I would have liked a bit of a drier crisper finish. Definitely needs more to it if its going to be 6.5%

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:31:43 | More by Givemebeer
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-24-2014 05:26:28 | More by Lehighace06
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-22-2014 03:07:08 | More by rEBELlION
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, light brown color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Very bready, molasses, hints of ripe fruit.

Taste: Syrupy sweetness, bready malt, then a bit of funky yeast in the middle. Sourness builds on the back end, with some nutty and grain husk notes trailing in the finish which is fairly lingering.

The Rest: To be fair, this is a style I don't have a lot of expirence with. It reminds me somewhat of a dubble, but the malt and sweetness is just a bit too unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:28:36 | More by curasowa
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-30-2013 19:02:36 | More by Beerme5
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-26-2013 17:10:54 | More by POTABLE83
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-16-2013 03:02:46 | More by BillRoth
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3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, pear, apple, grape, bread, clove, pepper, floral, herbal, light coriander, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, clove, pepper, light coriander, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, light fruits, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. A bit too dry on the flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good biere de garde style. Good complexity and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Needed a bit more malt in the flavors, but otherwise a nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:00:49 | More by superspak
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-19-2013 02:40:10 | More by constantine_272
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, but Southampton arrived in IL in late spring 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Southampton's Biere de Garde is a strange, lager-like interpretation of the style that loses much of the typical Belgian or French intricacies inherent in many of these beers. Mostly relying on a marzen-like blend of lightly toasted and crystal malts for toasted bread and light caramel flavor, it comes across as fairly average, missing much of the complexity or variation seen in many others of this style. One I'd probably not revisit if seeking out a Biere de Garde, but perhaps a go-to for a marzen fix?

Pours a 2cm head of medium-sized, off-white bubbles that give a sponge-like appearance, but have above average retention of about two minutes. The head fades to a thin film atop the body of the beer that resists breaking apart for the duration of the session; the foam is thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few small blotches and dots that cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a medium-dark copper orange color, with light bringing out bright orange hues with traces of copper. Carbnation readily visible through the transparent body, high in number and moderately active in movement. Overall, this is fairly average for the style.

Aroma is of biscuits, mild yeast, caramel, and minerals, with no clear phenolics from the saison yeast, and no real hop character. The scents speak of the cool fermentation and aging the brewery's website says they perform on this beer, which makes it more like a marzen or amber lager than a French or Belgian-styled ale. Not bad, but certainly a bit different than expectations for a classic biere de mars.

Flavor is, similar to smell, very similar to a marzen, fairly rich with biscuits, toasted bread, and light caramel, but lacking much in the way of any French or Belgian yeast character. Front of palate picks up minerals, toasted biscuits and some caramel, and slight fruity esters (baked apples, slight banana). Mid-palate of hearty toasted biscuits and bread, light caramel, lightly spicy phenolics, slight basement mustiness, and continued mild fruity esters (baked apples, slight banana). Back of palate finds increased presence of spicy phenols mingling with toasted biscuits, caramel, and bread crust flavors, with a mild hint of spiced apple cider as well. Aftertaste is of yeast, minerals, and biscuits, with slight hints of toasted bread and caramel.

Beer is medium in body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth, only slightly foamy, mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would probably help with aromatics, as well as assist the mouthfeel reaching the typical carbonation level for the style. Closes dry with slight astringency on the palate and stickiness around the lips, appropriate for the beer and the style in general.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 01:31:43 | More by falloutsnow
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3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer from trade with jrgratz (though the bottle looks more pedestrian than the picture here). Thanks! Pours clear copper with small white head. Aroma smells like a lager/marzen. Sweet malt with a hint of spice. Flavor has up front yeast funk with a bit of spice and bitterness. Lingering funk on the palate. Light mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:38:16 | More by BMMillsy
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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
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