Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2004

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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 220
Reviews by samie85:
Photo of samie85
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangish copper color with two fingers of white head.

Green apple with sweet caramel with hints of spice... white pepper and clove.

Yeasty upfront with the clove and pepper followed by a bit of malt and finishes with a bit of bitterness.

Light and effervescent with fruity, spicy finish.

Pretty drinkable but I like a Biere de Garde to be a little less spiced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a lighter amber shade with one finger sticky slight off white head atop.Aromas a lightly spiced with some breadiness and mild citrus fruits.flavors are also lightly spiced with yeasty tones along with some pear and more citrus.A pretty basic but pleasant Biere de Garde,I imagine it would be very food friendly,I would have liked a little more pilsner malt flavor to come through.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The rich, deep orange color of this biere is quite a sight, and the head is just as amazing. It was huge on an easy pour and pillowy soft showing a lot of retention.

Smell – The farmlike grassy notes are light but came out first. The malty backbone was very pleasant and reminded me of a good Abbey Trippel. The citrus hops were noticeable as well, but it was that big malty nose that took me back to the Blind Tiger where I first had this one on-tap.

Taste – This biere is just as big at the taste as it is in the nose. The orangy, syrupy malt base is a real mouthful. The hops are still able to make themselves known and come along with some very interesting spices. It’s hard to pin them down but they are very sharp and herbal.

Mouthfeel – The good, live carbonation is very important to this big guy. It isn’t full-bodied but is well past medium. The mouthfeel is very intense here. The plethora of sensations from the various flavors, mixed with the creamy nature of the biere and sparkling carbonation, make this a pleasure to consume.

Drinkability – This is an exciting biere that I really enjoyed. The boys at Southampton really nailed this style and showed great attention to every aspect of this ale.

Comments – I’ll toss out a big, huge thanks to Davo for sending me this gem in the mail after first introducing me to it at the Blind Tiger.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long fight with the cork it comes out with a small pop. Pours from the bottle a nice deep amber orange like a beautiful autumn day with a bubbly off white head covering the top of the brew. Spotty lacing adorns the glass as the head begins to fall. Aromas of crisp citrusy, lemony grains. Subtle spiciness and fresh yeast tones emerge from the glass. Notes of apple, pear and lemon abound. A fresh, bountiful aroma that's crisp and clean. Quite inviting.

First sip begins with crisp, fruity light malts upfront with noticable notes of apple, pear, orange and lemon. Fresh yeast notes abound. Incredibly clean and nuanced with a tart, slight sourness on the back of the palate. Mellow spices weave their way throughout each sip and envelope the entire mouth. Superbly balanced and just downright tasty with lingering husky grains.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with healthy carbonation. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. This 750ml is a treat and I wouldn't mind having another. A tasty, well made brew that does a good job of not going over the top. Many thanks to dmeadows and goodbyeohio for the bottles. I'm glad I have another in the cellar!

Photo of Todd
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml shared with friends. Hazy amber in color with a thin white lace. Huge, dominating skunkweed aroma with a blast of white pepper at the end. Sugary on the palate with some clover nectar, rhubarb and loads of spicy white pepper. Very drying and gritty at times. Orange-ish flavor in the finish with sticky oils on the palate that are reminiscent in both flavor and feel to bark and tree sap. Extremely complex and interesting.

Once you get past the initial aroma, the volatiles escape, things settle, and a really very decent Bière de Garde shines through. A nice treat and well-worth trying. And man, watch out for that skunkweed ... it's pretty damn intense!

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info.

Pours dull copper, clear, minor off white head, nothing special looks wise.

Coriander and Belgian yeasty spice in the nose.

More coriander, smoke, Belgian spicing, a medicinal note, and quite dry with agressive hops in the finish.
Well done, moderatly complex take on a pleasing style.

Would work well with my favorite summertime lunch of salads, grilled meats, cheese and breads.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 offering thanks to Cornboy.
Pours an intense orange/cherry with a full finger of fluffy off-white head. Lacing is thin, but coats the side of my snifter beautifully.
Aroma is a buttery hint of any alcohol.
The taste is fantastic...pears, oranges, w/ a distinct malt backbone.
Texture is thick and smooth...a bit too carbonated. This beer tastes as if it was aged in bourbon barrells for a bit, due to its bite. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but drinkability is real good.
I would really love the opportunity to try this one on tap.
Great stuff!

Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, 1 inch head, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: tea, grass, and pepper

Taste: peach and apricot jump out. traces of pepper, some funk

Mouthfeel: sweet with funkiness, medium/light bodied and carbonation

Drinkability: I like the peachy funky combination. A good beer I could have several of especially in hot weather. The alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see the Biere de Mars in 12 ounce bottles even though this one is being contracted at the old Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe, PA. Appears a nice copper amber hue with a bright white head fine delicate head soft carbonation forms intricate fine lacing going on. Aroma has mild spices with caramel malts going on with a mild funk character going on from the yeast used, also earthy citrus notes in the background with centennial hops utilized. Flavor has a spiced creamy caramel tone with sharp finishing bitterness herbal and mild citrus tones crazy brew. Mouthfeel has a medium body with sturdy carbonation going on, finishes dry with spice additions. Drinkability overall is tasty stuff, that I appreciate contract 12 ounce bottles of but would much rater see it in 750ml bottles brewed by Phil at Sly Fox Royersford.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Pours clear amber with plenty of visible carbonation and a durable off-white head.

Aroma: more like a pilsner than expected, with earthy hops showing.

Flavor: certainly better than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Bready malts with faint fruity and spicy notes.

O: well seeking out.

Feel: excellent creamy but lively feel with medium+ body.

Photo of mocktm
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no apparent bottling date.

Golden amber hue with barely any head. Doesn't seem to display poor carbonation as tiny rising bubbles are abundant, but just no frothy goodness. Hmm, I don't know. Obviously no lacing as well.

Nose packs a brilliant complexity. Slight yeast mustiness and phenolic attributes complemented by light fruit, mainly apple. Some mild hoppiness is matched nicely by tart lemon and malt/grain highlights. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting.

First thing I get is a small dosage of hop bitterness, transitioning to a melodious mix of caramel/honey malt sweetness and pear/apple fruit. Medicinal quality throughout, with some complementary peppery spice to round it out. Finishes with a remote mouth-puckering lemon dryness. As with the nose, complex with a manifold of flavors; I'm not even sure I adequately described it.

Medium bodied and relatively easy drinking, though, you'll want to savor this one as it has a lot going on. Decent carbonation, although again, I'm not sure of the bottling date. Dry finish...

Overall, another shining example of why the Publick House of SH is Long Island's beer scene. Another terrific offering!

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Octane in Atlanta.

Pours a clear amber-copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and biscuit-y malts with mild amounts of light fruits - mostly green apples but with hints of pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and lightly bread-y malt flavors bookend the flavor profile. Filling in the middle are mild amounts of light fruit flavors and milder amounts of deeper, grainier malts. The ending is equally parts sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however the sweetness got to be a bit much near the end and I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a well done beer for the style however about midway through the drink it became a bit too one-dimensional. Still, it's got no fatal flaws and is worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: This beer is clear amber with a thin white head and little lacing.

S: Dried fruit with a slight bready nose, and there is the faint aroma of hops.

T: Dry and bready, this beer has some orange and bitterness from the hops. It also has spice and some gritty earth. There is slight syrup quality to this beer.

M: Complex and medium to heavy bodied, this beer has a gritty, pleasing dryness to it.

D: The alcohol is present, but it is not overpowering. It is complex with a nice musty earth, mild dry fruit sweetness, and some bitterness from the hops.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 finger white head. Lots of carbonation breaks up the head quickly. A nice clarity.

S: A mild yeast and some dark fruits on the nose. Not the focus of the beer.

T: A slightly bitter forefront, malt makes an attempt to balance it out but are slapped away. I can see how it would be good pairing with food.

M: Light body, mild carbonation. A little sticky going down.

Overall a pleasant beer from a good brewery. Wouldnt mind giving this a go on draft.

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A toned down saison, and that's a good thing. Primarily a sour at palate, intense flavour not for everyone. I liked it but was not expecting this. Citrus in aroma. A wild take on the actual style from the rudimentary few I have had of the style so far.

Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from ShogoKawada (thanks!) - 12oz bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Clear, glassy amber liquid with a delicate ivory head just barely sustained by a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Surface simmers gently, with average sandy lacing and faint legs.

Light malt and very faint esters in the nose along with a touch of nutmeg (?) and diacetyl (or MAYBE caramel)...not much else going on.

Zesty pale malt, some light toast, green apple and a little bitterness on the palate. Finishes mild and dry - lager-ish profile all in all. Refreshing, but a little one-dimensional.

Medium-light feel, zippy carbonation.

I had higher expectations for this one - glad to try it none the less.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Biere De Mars
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

Appearance: Hazy as appropriate for style. Deep golden/orange body beneath a frothy head of white. Very good head retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Malty and spicy. Sugary bread. Fruity (apple, apricot).

Taste: Spicy upfront over a bready, biscuity malt base. Spice actually increases across the middle. Grassy and spicy towards the swallow. Somewhat herbal. Fruitiness includes some orange. Finishes with some lingering malt but still dry due to the spice, herbal notes, and perhaps some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full in body. The fine-bubbled median carbonation gently bristles the tongue. Creamy.

Overall: Impressive structure. Very nicely put together. It's big, but not to big; and the spicing is full but not overdone. Well balanced. Flavorful. Still refreshing. Quite nice!

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing and good retention as well.

S- The aroma is fruity and a little bit bready as well with an almost honey-like sweetness

T- The taste starts out with sweet toasted malty flavors and a dose of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southampton Biere de Mars is a beer that is definitely worth a try. Don't know if I like it enough to purchase again but am glad I tried it.

Photo of RickS95
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It pours a rich looking dark amber brown. It's neither clear nor opaque, just something in between. The head never really forms. There's a slight ring of little bubbles around the edge up top, but it's pretty weak.

I don't have a lot of experience with this type, but it seems to match the style fairly well with a slight malt base along with some Noble hop, savory scent. Not something I'd pick and the smell is well hidden, but like I said, it's what the type calls for.

You can pick out the savory hops fairly easily, with a crackerlike, bready taste. Again, not something I'd pick, but it is what it is...which explains why I have little experience with this style.

Has an earthy feel. Pretty malty, only somewhat bitter. Medium bodied. There's a tartness to it, just beyond mid-sip and into the finish. Fairly spicy. The bitterness kicks in even stronger as the beer warms.

It's not my favorite style. The beer is only just slightly better than average. It's not difficult to drink, it's just lacking some character.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with dinner at Liberty St. Tavern. I drank this with dinner and while it was a nice beer, it wasn't as outstanding as most Southampton beers I'm used too. In terms of Belgian beers, it was on par with Leffe. It was agreeable, but a little sweet and without much depth. It had a herbal sweetness liek gum or tea and a cleaner amber bread flavor than you usually have in a Belgian. Good beer, but not great.

Photo of jmhart
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber/honey color with a firm head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Honey/apricoty arouma with a mild hint of yeast and herbs.

Taste: Tangerine zest and lavender opening following by an earthy finish. Hints of pepper throughout, but mild.

Mouthfeel: More acid than some, with a mild bite on the tongue. Smooth without creaminess.

Drinkability: Remarkably interesting. Smooth with impressive flavoirs.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a clear, relatively dark amber color with one finger of frothy white head. Decent retention, a nice bit of lacing. Requires a somewhat vigorous pour. Can't see any effervescence.

Smell is a little funky- not as much as I was expecting from previous reviewers. Definitely a good amount of malty sweetness there. A little earthy.

Taste is almost like an oktoberfest (?). Big carmel malts up front and riding on throughout; some fruit comes in halfway through, and a little bit of funk (BARELY any). The smallest bit of hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel is good- medium body with light to moderate carbonation. This is a strange brew- seems to me to be a mix of styles. I've only had three Biere de Garde's (Oro de Calabaza, Jack's Abby's and this) and they've all tasted quite different. Hard to say what's going on...

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at mid-town in Tulsa

Pours a fairly bubbly bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Sheets & sheets of lacing, fairly average head retention

S: Green apples & peach, fades as it warms

T: Follows the nose, along with a touch of leafy hops & rich breadyness & a touch of honey up front. Dryness & fruittyness prevail as this warms. Finishes crisp, fruitty & with a slight bit of pear sweetness& apple tartness, plus a touch of candi sugar

MF: Firm carbonation to go a with a fairly impressive body. Thickens up as it warms, but still maintains great carbonation level

Drinks really easy, a good take on the style. Hopefully some fresh bottles will be around next spring, when I'm more into this style. Still holds up nicely on a hot Summer night..

Photo of jmerloni
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A somewhat indistinct orange. Translucent. Not much head.

S - Yeast, raisins, sticky heavy molasses malts, dates.

T - Follows the nose to the point, but the flavors are more pronounced and sweater. Candied. Nice.

M - Very good mouthfeel here. An earthiness initially touches the tongue and it's followed up with a great candied-raw sugar lace on the entire mouth.

D - A good beer. Might not get it again, but it's one of the only Bierre De Garde's I've seen an American brewery put in a 12 oz bottle, so Publick deserves credit for that at least. Worth trying. It's not often you get a Bierre de Garde from a 120z bottle.

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.