Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 26
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Pour this aggressively and you'll be rewarded with a huge head and foam on the floor. Do the whole "prefect pour" thing and the head will be a little lacking. In both cases some nice lacing will be left behind as the amber beer goes down your gullet. And it goes down pretty easily for the taste follows the smell exactly, so no reason to speak of them as individual elements. Both have cardamom right up front and center, backed up by malts that are not quite to caramel, but more than biscuit and a bit toasty. There's an herbal, almost vegetal flavor beyond the cardamom and the mouthfeel is a bit grassy with a medium body.

It's not a beer that I'd drink a whole lot of once, even though the 6.5% ABV makes it possible for those who are used to the big beers. The beer is quite flavorful and it really fatigues the taste buds after a couple, but the taste complexities are worth the effort.

Photo of ACarp
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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

This was one hell of an interesting beer. I managed to coax a sample glass from a nice distributor man at monks. It immediately reminded me of a framboise - smelling of a distinct strawberry aroma. A bit sour up front...lingering...dancing...and then an earthy finish. Very earthy finish. Not of mushrooms and cabbage patches but of something organic...maybe a moldy, spider web filled fermentation room in brussels. An orange hue when held up to the late daylight - a MOST distinct beverage. There can't be many other beers like this on the planet.
I was impressed but not as impressed as my beer drinking table mates. Would like to pick up another bottle to bring back to sample in a different environment.
Definitely check out this beer.

Photo of angusdegraosta
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep amber/brown. Mild haze. Cream-colored head retains well. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of malt character on the nose. Caramel and toast are most prominent. Maybe some nuances of cocoa and a nice nuttiness folded into the mix. Slightly estery with aromas of golden raisins and dates. Light spiciness.

T: Caramel, bread crust, toast, woody. Golden raisin and dates. Very slight spicy herbal hop presence, and a ghostlike hint of spicy alcohol. Restrained yeasty pepper and spice throughout. Drying finish showcases cocoa powder, toast, and dried figs.

M: Medium bodied. Full and firm in the mouth with a sturdy malt backbone. Moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: American brewers latched on to the saison style fairly quickly, and are now pushing the boundaries of the style with black saisons and the like. I'm surprised that the Biere de Mars/Biere de Garde styles remain relatively unexplored. It seems to me that there would be a market for it, with all the saison experimentation that's going on. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish golden with a finely beaded white head that fades to a thin cap. Slightly grainy aroma with orange notes and a touch of spice. Tastes very juicy and fruity with a nice orange peel bitterness that builds and some accents of coriander. Some bready notes round it out. Very refreshing and a wonderful thirst quencher on a hot Southern day- but with enough flavor to keep things interesting. A solid beer in a style that's hard to find. I'm reviewing a 12 oz bottle from a six-pack- a very nice thing to see given the rarity of the style.

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at cobblestones, York PA on 3/16/11.

A very clear golden tea color with some honey-like amber hues with a thick ecru cap w/ microbead and lace clings in a film. The smell is strong apple and spice in aroma with subtle tinge of toasted malt, but a hair away from bready with mild malt odors and light hops which are slightly fruity but an aroma of apple muffins comes to mind. The feel has a mild sweet and fruity texture with moderate yeast tanginess and mild spice with gentle malt toatiness. The beer is moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish w/ light tannic element.

The taste is good w/ a nice blend of malt tinges and yeast flavor which gives a nice apple and spice flavor w/ light appleskin tannin in the finish. Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer, not really one I would order repeatedly because it comes off as slightly sweet after the first few sips and lacks some malt of a more traditional example IMO.

Photo of SwimBikeRunBeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rEBELlION
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz standard brown bottle, capped. Pours out a light caramel color with a very small white head that doesn't last. I actually poured this pretty hard but based on looks, it appears low in carbonation. Smell is very malty with toffee and slight chocolate notes come through. I am reaching here as I can't just find much.

Taste shows that it is plenty carbed. Very "spritzy" on the tongue. Mostly malt coming through with some solid earthy biscuit as well. Crystal clear. Spicing is very mild and no trace of alcohol that I can find. Lovely bitter-ish (think grassy) ending that gives this beer another dimension.

Overall, a very drinkable beer that I will try again soon.

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

just found this at a small grocery in central new york. was in a 6er and the bottles were dusty. i knew it couldnt be the freshest, as this is traditionally a springtime release, but i picked it up because id never had anything from southampton and didnt feel like a becks, which was my next best choice unfortunately. was happily delighted by this beer, which pours a toasted orange color, more clear than i am used to in the style, with effervescent carbonation and a short off white head. the nose is fruity like orange rind, with some mild sweetness and belgian style yeast spice tones. flavor matches up, with a really bright feel attatched to the fruit and spice, there is nothing heavy about this brew at all. crackery crisp in the finish, with the zesty orange lasting all the way through the flavor matrix. this is a beautiful beer, balanced and clean, i could only imagine how nice it might be fresh. light body, down easy. if i wasnt sharing the 6er i would have put it down alone easily. this makes me want to drink more beers from this place, nice brew!

Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of lauries444
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of xenjoiii
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy slightly orange golden color with one finger of white head. Slow to moderate carbonation slips to the top. The smell is banana, spices, a bit of green apple skin in addition to a larger malt presence than expected. Less wheat like than expected.

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The flavor is sweet grain malt with the bananas and spices both showing up. There is a nice and moderate hop edge in the center of the profile that goes nicely with the fruit flavor. The green apple shows up with the hops by way of a slight and dry fermented fruit taste. A little musky. Overall a good and somewhat different spring beer. Maybe one of my new go to's this summer. The mouth feel is medium with a light and crisp finish, only a slight aftertaste.

Photo of bump8628
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, glowing light copper with a pad of pure white head and lots of lace.

Subtle, delicate, yet complex with gentle breadiness and hints of black pepper, grass, and honey.

A very nice and quite drinkable ale that's remarkably refined and smooth. In fact, what this one may be missing is the very slightly rustic and unfiltered character that the artisanal Belgo-French examples often exhibit. It's certainly apparent that the author of "Farmhouse Ales" truly knows his farmhouse ales.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to plaid75 for this seasonal brew.

My Clarkson Golden Knights win in the first round of the NCAA's agains St. Cloud State today 2-1, it's time to celebrate boys and girls! Next up, the winner of Niagara/Michigan. Let's go Purple Eagles ;)

64 oz. poured into my Excelsior! tulip glass.

Pours a sunset metallic yellow with a fluffy one and a half finger off-white head that sticks around for some time. Nice webbing left on the sides of the glass, what a great looking brew. Smell is new to me. Light cane sugar with lots of spice. Faint oak and a good amount of white grape aromas as well. Very unique in the nose, me likey. Taste starts off with a peppery kick followed by some pine hop and toasted grain. A bit of a caramel malt and honey towards the end, but not much. Light to medium body with a sharp carbonation. I can't say I've had a beer like this before. Even though I live in NY, I may not have the opportunity to try this beer again and I can't thank Matt enough for the opportunity. I see this is available in bottles as well, I would love to get my hands on one to compare to the growler version.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up case at bell's on sale...

Poured into belgian style glass, nice copper, light amber color, light off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is carmel sweetness, hints at nuttiness, all great notes, nothing overly done but appetizing, feint hop crispness.

Taste is solid malt sweetness, caramel notes with feint nuttiness; spice hints in their as well followed by a nice hop bitterness to clean it up.

Mouthfeel is great, smell and taste hint at a beer that could be too sweet but hops and mouthfeel clean it up nicely.

Overall, nice beer and great style.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought home a 10 oz. sample of this on-tap from Half Time Beverage in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Hazy orange color with a small frothy off-white head. Great aroma that has a nice fruity overtone. Slightly spicy, but well balanced with some roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel but you can definitely taste some alcohol. The fruitiness is still present and you can detect a little orange/citrus. Very tasty brew but I couldn't see myself putting down bottle after bottle of it.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-copper color. It is pretty well carbonated, which supports an off-white to tan colored head. I get sweet fruity aromas of pear and apple up front, as I dig deeper I get notes of toasted biscuits and malt, plus some subtle spice notes as well. The beer is fairly dry up front, with an initially gassy middle and a sweet cider like finish. This is another fairly clean, yet interestingly malty interpretation of the style. Almost has a meaty-chewy malt character to it. This is quite tasty and has a hearty medium bodied quality to it that is most likely from this being an all malt interpretation of the style. The fruity yeast notes are nice, though it could perhaps use some more yeast spiciness, but this is a rather weak complaint on this otherwise wonderful beer.

Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.