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Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 209
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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3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to trying this, first time having it. I noticed the bottled pictured is different (grand-er presentation) - any explanation for that?

Clear, yellow-orange hue with next to no head. Mild spice character, cloyingly smooth feel that gradually took precedence over the flavor. Sure didn't taste like 6.5%, but certainly felt it, especially in the after-aftertaste - my tongue felt remarkably astringent.

I was somewhat underwhelmed with this. Felt myself at times just trying to finish it to get rid of it. Southampton usually cranks out some quite flavorful, satisfying beers, but this didn't meet my expectations - which maybe weren't too high to begin with...

EDIT: (10/17/10) Heard a talk by Phil Markowski recently where he explained the differences between Saison, Biere de Garde, and Biere de Mars. Much subtle info I wasn't aware of - quite interesting. Hoping that I can approach this more aware next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 05:46:13 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Jesstyr


3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got pretty excited about this one from the reviews, but it was fairly average overall, not a whole lot of enticing character.

Pours a light copper, with a very light, but big white heard that lingers nicely in the glass. Lacing lingers throughout the drink with significant action that doesn't quit. Nose is full of bitter hops, but nothing of any balance - quite earthy.

Very yeasty to start, with a tinge of hoppiness, without any of the balanced sweet malts you might expect from a Biere de Garde. Generally speaking this beer screams spring, and pairs very nicely with a salad or something of that sort. Only major disappointment was how light the mouthfeel was - it was nearly watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 02:51:28 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of augustgarage


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 02:20:14 | More by augustgarage
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very welcome spring seasonal.

Very thick lacing that just wouldn't quit. The lacing on the side of the glass was thick. I poured my 12 oz bottle into my Hennepin glass. Nice amber color.

Good sweetness and slight farmhouse funk. Not as sweet as many other biere de gardes I've had.

Where this beer truly excels is in the mouthfeel. Light and crisp on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 03:18:10 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 15:12:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear, light golden amber with a moderate sized white and foamy head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: Caramel malts really dominate the aroma; there are also some hints of hops and vanilla.
T: There are moderate flavors of caramel, biscuity malts and other spices, which are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is some sweetness in the overall taste and the finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and crisp on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and would be great to sit outside with on a nice spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 19:48:48 | More by metter98
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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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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Helter Skelter BIF from GFunk720.

Wow is this brilliantly clear. I could see for miles and miles through this thing. This is sorta coppery gold with a pinkish/orange accent and a nearly white head that rose up a finger and half. Lacing leaves a neat tight little ring, like concentric circles.

On first sip it is hard not to mention the champagne-like mouthfeel and crisp dry finish. This is very interesting in that regard... it is like a slightly thicker champagne. Lots and lots of very fine and dainty carbonation make this dance across your palate.

The nose is a little weak, but I smell some sweet malts and some earthy/dank musty vibe. The taste shows off the sweet malt but adds a nice bitter side that combines with the earthy dankness to provide a sweet, bitter, and funky collection of flavors.

This is my first from Southampton, and though I would not go out and buy this beer regularly, I am certainly now interested in trying more offerings by them.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:20:02 | More by AleWatcher
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orangy/golden with a thinning white head.

Smell is a light biscuity with a sweet yeasty balance.

Taste is a delicious, biscuity, yeasty, slightly sharp delight.

Good mouthfeel, but great drinkability.

This is a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 00:49:12 | More by aubuc1
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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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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a light, coppery golden color with aggressive carbonation and a huge, frothy head of white foam which etched a wonderful, lasting lace on the walls of my glass.

S: Smells quite bready, with a bit of funky, tangy wheat malts. A little bit of cabinet spices creep in the nose along with some apricot and banana.

T: Flavor holds a nice, sweet and malty wheat bread flavor at first. This turns a bit fruity and spicy around mid palate, giving off hints of apple, pear and apricot. The finish is dry, bitter and semisweet.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel. drying in the finish and rather clean.

D: For a beer that creeps up the mid 6% ABV mark, its a very drinkable, clean and satisfying ale. Perfect for pairing with pork and sharp cheese. The cleansing, bready effect of the malt profile used makes for a super-drinkable brew. More French farmhouse ales will be in this guy's future.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 17:48:34 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear orangy amber with an average off-white head. Aroma is malty, yeasty and slightly fruity. Flavor is strongly malty and somewhat fruity, and has a slightly sweet undertone and a hint of hop bitterness. Smooth and rather fizzy texture completes this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 14:08:01 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap at capones.

A- bright yellow with orange highlights. Small cap of loose head that dissipates into a ring.

S- tons of fresh cut grass and other lush vegitaion. Crisp hops and some honey.

T- green grass and spicy yeast,reminds me of zubrovka. A small honey hit.

M- medium to thin in body with a great refreshing amount of carb. Nice and light on the palate and a bone dry finish.

D- nice and easy drinking super refreshing and lots of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 20:01:19 | More by oglmcdgl
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2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber gold in color with a thinner than expected head. The head eventually dies down to the point where it can't be swirled back up. Good clarity.

The aroma has some toasted malt, some caramel, some maple, and some spice. Not a ton of yeast character. A little bit of mustiness comes through, but came across as un-fresh and stale instead of earthy. The flavor follows with some toasty malt up front, a slight buttery flavor, and a bit of low quality caramel on the finish. Nothing to get excited about.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, and with medium carbonation. This beer isn't great, but I'll take another right now. I'm not in a picky mood tonight.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 22:10:50 | More by jeffthecheff
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Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From one of the new 12oz bottling. Had this earlier tonight.

Surprisingly good clarity on the pour, a golden-ish color with small white cap, a dot of lace or two. Ring lasts.

The aroma.. well it's kind of leaving me disinterested. Yeast characters combine with the spice additions for equal parts of fruitiness (berries, mostly) and spice (some a floral-ish component as well). But there's this overture of butteryness that's just kind of off-putting. As it came up to room temp, this intensified.

The taste has a moderate spice presence... though they don't say what spices they add to this specifically...as it warmed, this became pretty dominant and almost medicinal in nature... clearly not all coming from the yeast. Some dirt and bread. Dry finish, low-medium level of carbonation, the spiciness lasts on the tongue... not too appealing.

I guess it's an interesting stab at the style, but it could've used a lot more of a hop bite and a more interesting malt profile to balance out all the spiciness here.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 03:30:33 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:31:27 | More by cjgator3
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3.83/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 02:26:42 | More by jmhart
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3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Southampton Biere de Mars

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale tumbler.

A - Pours a crystal clear pale amber/rich golden color. A full finger plus of creamy white head forms and lingers briefly before falling to a substantial layer on the surface of the beer and leaving behind some light lacing on the glass.

S - Filled with plenty of floral and perfumey hops, a bit of earthiness and maybe a bit of skunk in there too. Under the hops is a bit of buttery diacetyl and some soft biscuity and breadlike malt and a some sulfur. Bottle says it is brewed with spices but I'm really not picking up anything in the nose of this beer.

T - Fruity and flowery in flavor up front, a touch of cherry on the tip of my tongue that disappears almost immediately. Mildly bitter, but the malt is more of a factor - provides a nice backbone. Some unusual flavors going on here that detract, maybe a bit of metallic flavor and a bit of dirt too. Just OK for me.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bit over-carbonated if you ask me, but not a major detractor. Nothing special here.

D - Not bad...it's definitely drinkable, but not anywhere near the best of the best in this style. I'm happy to have picked this up and been able to try it, but I think it's a one and done for me. The somewhat "off" aromas and tastes kinda turn me off a bit here. Had high expectations for this and was a bit let down.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:54:08 | More by portia99
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3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our latest trade!

Bottle dated 061110

A: Pours a clear, apple cider gold with the tinyest suggestion of head on top. Really. It barely reached 1/8 of a finger thick before it completely disappeared. Not one speck of lace was left behind.

S: Vaguely grapey and toasty with huge amounts of butter. Also picked up a hint of green apple.

T: Pretty much as above with more toasted grains and a flavor I can only describe as woody butter.

M: Pretty much covers the toasty, dry, and bitter side of the spectrum. Actually, I found this to be the best thing about this beer.

D: This was kind of a "meh" beer for me. Not bad, just sort of blah. I'd really like to have tried the version of it shown in the picture above.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 01:54:06 | More by GbVDave
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Bright golden color, clear, thin head with little retention and decent lacing

Smell: A mish mosh of spices, bready malt. After it warms up, it get some buttery tones

Taste: Up Front: Spices, sweet malt. Finish: Hops, bready malt

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body with a medium carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing & thirst quenching, finishes dry and fast

Overall Impression: This is a French style Farmhouse ale with some spices added. It is not aggressively spiced, and they do work with this style rather well. It is an interesting, inexpensive brew, so it's definitely work checking out!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:43:34 | More by BeerGodz
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been on my wants list for awhile now-and I was surprised to come across it in my local mix & match store in a 12 oz bottle. 12 oz bottle poured into a flute glass.

A- Crystal clear bright gold hue. Pours with an approximately 1 finger soapy white head that eventually fades to a thick collar. Minimal traces of lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles can be seen constantly rising to the top.

S-Initially the nose seems like a mumble jumble of hops, malt, and spices that are difficult to discern. Upon further investigation the hops are definitely floral, the spices are perhaps cinnamon and nutmeg, and the malt adds a nice sweetness. Nose is light and crisp.

T-Spices are the highlight upfront and there is a nice sweet malt and spicy yeast backbone. The hops kick in for the finish to add a crispness but a rush of spices and slight doughiness come through as well-then all that lingers is a minimal refreshing hop bite and a hint of spiciness. -finish is pretty abrupt and crisp. At first-it confuses the palate-but then becomes subtly complex and very drinkable.

M-Carbonation is medium and very tingly. Body is very light-consistency borders on a light biscuit-but never really completely goes there.

D- This is a very interesting, refreshing brew. I like it and think its good-but even the very minimal biscuit doughiness it offers is almost a turn-off for me. Overall I think this is a great, drinkable, light, refreshing, spicy biere de garde. I am happy it is now offered in 12 oz bottles and available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 02:24:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 12oz bottle into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass in the afternoon. Contract brewed in Latrobe, PA.

Olympic gold medal gold with faint traces of straw yellow within the liquid. With only a few OZ's into the glass, Mars exploded with foam so I eased up on the pour a bit. I ended up with a soft looking but dense bright ivory white chunk of head that had some strength. Spraypaint lace on the way down.

This smells close to pleasant for about five minutes before a huge buttery aroma comes up and engulfs everything. Well before that there was a nice mix of noble hops and a faint sweet scent from the malt. After that a bold butterscotch and beyond stench comes in making for a sweet mess.

Not really a hot mess in taste but it has the makings to be. This is extremely malty with butter coming out the ying yang, something to soak your popcorn in. This is a very fresh bottle but somehow the hops are just barely keeping it together with a rustic earthy taste. Some grain in the middle and mo malt in the end. Not really getting the farmhouse in this and the spices are not coming up.

Im going to say that this is a healthy medium body, yet it feels like a bit more and fuller with the diactal taste. There is just the slightest hint of a crisp feel if your looking for it. From the look of the pour, I thought this would be crisp, but it's quite muted.

While being low in alcohol, I don't think I would go for more than one of these in a sitting, Im not digging the dead butter dominating the taste, I thought this would be somewhat interesting but it's one sided as all hell. If some spices came through this might be appealing, but for now it's in limbo.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 21:27:34 | More by BARFLYB
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz. bottle into oversized wine glass.

A: Clear copper/gold color with a two-finger head of soapy white that left thick lacing everywhere. Good looking brew.

S: Mostly sweet, some bready, malts. Not much noticeable in way of hops at all.

T: Strikes sweet, caramel hops at first, then mellows to a breadier-taste, with an unexpected late bite of slightly lemony/spicy hops. Just enough to balance out the initial sweetness. Very very tasty, and pleasantly surprised, compared to the smell.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, very nice.

D: Very tasty overall. Loved the look; the aroma was fine but didn't excite me; but the taste was a pleasant surprise and this was a well-balanced, very drinkable brew. Definitely one I recommend, though I have limited experience with the style overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 22:56:34 | More by nelnutter
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

L - clear orange color with a white head that thinned to a layer leaving a few bits of lacing.
S - light fruity aroma with some yeast earthiness in the background.
T - green grapes, green apple taste upfront with lots malty sweetness and a hint of yeast.
F - light/medium body with a light, crisp feel.
D - goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:51:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 15:39:37 | More by glid02
Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.