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Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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)
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-06-2014 20:14:10 | More by xenjoiii
Photo of Thur123


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 22:35:33 | More by Thur123
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 19:42:21 | More by bump8628
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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-29-2008 01:25:55 | More by BeerTruth
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 23:26:27 | More by mvanaskie13
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2005 15:34:39 | More by Jacobob10
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 20:21:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A group of BAs bought a slew of bottled Biers from SPH yesterday, and the bartender threw this one (a 2004, I believe) into our haul. Somehow it ended up going home with me (thnx VENOM).
Pours a mostly-clear, medium-to-dark golden color, perhaps a touch orangey, with a smidge of haziness. Lots of microscopic-sized bubbles heading surfaceward in an un-ending stream. Head is a light tan hue, and extremely billowy. At the outset we're looking at a ratio of 1:1 for depth of bier vs. depth of head. It does manage to shrink down a tad, allowing more room for bier in the goblet. Lacing, too, makes a fine show of itself. A fine looking bier, to be sure! Nose is lightly fruity, with suggestions of the dryness to come in the flavor, and has some crackery malt and mild yeasty notes. Body falls into the medium range, and the bier still has a decent feel on the tongue even with a substantial carbonation level.
Flavor has the light fruitiness the aroma displayed, leaning towards mango or peach. Malt is crackery, light and crisp. Hopping level doesn't seem too high, yet it provides a nice addition to the level of fruit notes. Nice bier, Phil!


overall: 4.2
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 20:40:05 | More by Bierman9
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4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thick, rusted orange in coloration with no head (most likely due to a light pour).

Smell: Orange peal, lemon, and other things citrus along with some wheatiness that comes through.

Taste: The citrus really begins to shine, but it is balanced out of by the grain and wheat very well. I am really enjoying this even though it seems to shy away from what I understand as this style.

Mouthfeel: Actually a bit heavier than I expected. On the heavier side of medium bodied without much carbonation to lighten it up at all. It is actually a bit flat. It may be this bottle specifically because this is the only I have tried thus far, so I will have to give this one another try in the future to compare notes with.

Overall: I enjoyed this brew quite a bit. I enjoyed some of the unique aspects of it and the only negative thing I could say was just about the flatness of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 18:39:31 | More by alex_hart
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March Beer

Clearish amber with a smallish head, settling into an island of covering. Spritely carbonation. Props for the stylin label.

Smells like warm milk and honey. Or honey yogurt. Maybe some raisons. I'm dancing around the fact that it smells like Raisin Nut Brain. Which I dig.

Tastes smooth. Spiced fruits, a little bitterness in the background. Malty and lively from the carbonation, fairly long finish with a little heat from the alcohol.

Overall it's a very good choice to kick back with.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 00:09:25 | More by NardiByNature
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber with a thin bright white head. Nice lacing throughout.

S-Herbal spiciness, lemon and sweet malt background. The aroma is not overpowering but present.

T-Sweet malts with accents of herbs, citrus and other fruitiness. For such a light beer the taste profile is very complex.

M-Medium-light bodied with a sharp crisp zip.

D-This is a nice light sessionable brew. I applaud SH for taking this style in another direction...the spicy/fruitiness is really nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 19:09:37 | More by Deuane
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a delicate mix of caramel malt sweetness, Victory malt nuttiness, and a wonderful yeast fruitiness. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, caramel flavor with a subtle yeast fruitiness. It's mellow with a faint nuttiness and silky finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good beer; true to style and quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 01:37:35 | More by WesWes
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bright amber/orange color with a short cap of whitish foam. A little bit of lacing, decent head retention. Crockery malt aroma, grassy and spicy hops, rich maltiness, hint of fruit. Medium/light bitterness, malty with a bready, sugary sweetness, biscuity, a little spicy in the finish. Lingering sweetness with faint herbal hops. Nice texture, medium bodied with lowish, nearly creamy carbonation. Semi-dry. I liked this quite a bit. It was highly drinkable and had a rich malty backbone.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:48:35 | More by DrJay
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Barrel, served in a tulip glass. I've only had a few biere de Garde's, and the best ones haven't been traditional so keep that in mind as you read this review.

Look: clear, orange body with a thick, frothy white head that retains quite nicely and leaves a good amount of lacing behind as I drink. Good looking beer.

Smell: spicy with some bread like maltiness, and a little fruit.

Taste: fruity with some citrus, grain, and spices like pepper. Its a little tangy in the finish and the result is that this tastes like not quite a saison. Good.

Feel: medium body, moderate carbonation, and fairly dry. This could be sessioned easily enough despite the 6.5% alcohol content.

Overall: quite a good offering from Southampton. Nice flavor, and I'm thinking that given my lack of experience with this style that its probably more or less to style, considering that brewmaster Phil Markowski wrote the book on farmhouse ales, literally. I would give this one a try. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 14:29:44 | More by SkunkWorks
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 18:16:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with Jetsbeer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Carefully poured in an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" dense eggshell head, with lazy but plentiful bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A orangey golden brew, with spotty yet heavy foam lace. Nose is spicy pale malts, with a tad of funk making things interesting, and a hoppy crispness. Taste is a slightly sweet maltiness, coupled with a clean hop snap, and closes a bit dry on the tongue. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. Enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 21:35:03 | More by ppoitras
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. -> Hop Ruiter glass. Bought a single from Shawann Liquors on recommendation from my buddy Greg.

A - Crystal clear light gold, thin scant head, no lacing

S - Bright tart and spice, corn bread

T - Very sweet, very light funky sour, not a hint of hop notes or bitterness.

M - Thin to medium thin bodied.

D - Nice palate cleanser after a day of stouts and DIPAs. Very easy and satisfying. I'd imagine this would be excellent after a day of drinking light craft hefes and wheats.

I'd buy this again without question.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 21:54:28 | More by tbrown4
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived at my table with a frothy white head that stuck around forever and left impressive lacing. It was a warm, golden coppery color.

The nose was bready and funky with malty undertones and hints of sweet, summery fruits, spice (especially clove) and honey.

The taste was true to the aroma as it had a funky, yeasty warmth. It was also quite buttery and mildly sweet. The only down side was a very slight metallic hint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was pleasant as it has a medium body and medium carbination. Finishes dry.

Very drinkable and an excellent accompaniment to the cheese plate I enjoyed that evening.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 19:02:16 | More by BeckyFreesTibet
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.
A - Pours a burnt orange. 1 finger head that gently lowers into a thin ceiling.

S - Aromas consist of citrusy yeast, sugary caramel, hints of cinnamon, sour/tart strawberries, hints of rose petals, spice.

T - Flavors start off peppery then a sweet creamy malt shows up. Slightly funky & bready yeast along side a constant sour citrus that balances nicely. At one point I almost got a slight sensation of saccharin on my tongue. Aftertaste is of funky muted hops. Very complex flavors going on.

A smooth and creamy beer with nice carbonation. The smells and flavors were all there and blended nicely. A pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:01:41 | More by StaveHooks
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle acquired in trade with Eyedrinkale (thanks!).

Poured a medium, cloudy amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of lemons, fruits and some spices. Peppery. Lively body with a dry finish.

Notes from 5/6/05

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 00:46:47 | More by hopdog
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a One Pint, 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle at the Southampton Publick House, Southampton, NY
2008 vintage
Bottle No. 223 of 250
Served in a snifter

A huge thanks to Spencer for hooking us up with this one!

Poured a hazy, yellow-amber color with a tight, fizzy, one-finger, white head that slowly faded to a ring of lace.

The aroma was typical for the style but somewhat more potent than most examples. Strong spices were apparent along with a rich maltiness. Clove, coriander and citrusy notes came through as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma except that it was darker and noticeably more subdued. Bready with deep spice notes. Somewhat earthy. A touch of hops and alcohol came through on the semi-dry finish. The lingering aftertaste was a mix of spices and some caramel malt sweetness.

The liquid was lighter bodied and intensely carbonated. Its fine, lively effervescence tickled my palate.

This was an all-around solid brew. It works perfectly as an easy-drinking yet full-flavored, warm weather-type beer. My only complaint is that the taste could have been a bit more complex and pronounced. Nevertheless, this was a highly enjoyable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 03:37:25 | More by Damian
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was set to purchase a growler of pale ale plus three bottles of beer to go, when the bartender returned from the cellar with my three bottles plus a magnum of Biere de Mars. It was unlisted on the menu – apparently the last bottle of the 2004 vintage. Would I like it as well? He’ll cut me a special deal on it.

That cruel bastard. Who was he kidding?

The Southampton Biere de Mars was laudable in every way. The effervescence was tight and produced a tall head with thick, fluffy lace. The visual elegance was defined by a sensual clouded auburn color with persistent carbonation. The aroma was dry and lager-like.

This is an exceptionally well-composed replication of a Belgian ale. The taste is comparable to light Belgians such as Duvel, but with a tart wheatiness. A true pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2004 02:09:16 | More by RedDiamond
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, orange-esque body with a thin head, white in color, a bit scant due to the generous pour you can get in these places.

Smell: Sweetish, faintly bready, with a note of caramel squares and sparsely tart juiced orchard fruits.

Taste: Sweetish at the start, then, a bit more sweet, with a sip of caramel-flavored water growing into a fuller caramel taste. A bit of bread as well as some yeast-laden dough. Fruity traces of apple and peach. No more than a hint of herb with a light bitterness imparted from the hops. Small hint of the alcohol on the drying, growingly tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tasty beer and fairly refreshing, making it an ideal Springtime brew. Though, in this instance, I had it on-tap, it is nice to see it available in 12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 17:56:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clean amber color with a nice pale head

The nose is treated with a clean citrus floral aroma

The taste is predominately tangy orange peel and spice. It has a very mild hop finish to it to round it out.

In the mouth it is dry with a fine carbonation.

This is a very good spring beer to start changing your pallet over from the great darker beers of winter. I was so impressed With it on tap that I had to bring a growler home. If you are in Southampton I highly recommend trying it. Enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 23:30:38 | More by HoganRJ
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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – 750 ml bottle, gold foil, cage and cork, bought at American Beer in Brooklyn. The cork took about a minute to wrestle free from the neck. In my oversized wine glass, it is a deep orange/amber with a single stream of bubbles. The half finger off-white head quickly fell to a thin covering. Patchy lacing.

Smell – An earthy (mostly yeast and cork) aroma is the main player, a mild fruitiness is also apparent.

Taste – An interesting flavor that has a good deal going on. It is towards to the malt end with almost no hop flavor and only a bit of hop bitterness, as a Biere de Garde should be. Great earthy, yeast character, as good if not better than the European versions I have had. There is also a surprising amount of fruitiness that complements the malt well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body with slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – This is a tasty beer from an often overlooked style. Southampton has once again delivered a Biere de Garde that, while not as refined, has more flavor complexity than the finest French/Belgian examples available in this country.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 21:32:34 | More by OldSock
Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.