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Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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363 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 27
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2004

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Ratings: 363 | Reviews: 218
Photo of keithmurray
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - reddish golden color with white head

Smell - ? not picking up much at all with the nose, what I can detect is a hint of citrus

Taste - caramel, cherry, citrus

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing

Overall - my first time with this style, not a huge departure from a traditional amber ale. I'm glad to have tried this.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.36/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Dark orange with a half-inch head. Retention was below average, but not terrible as it settled nicely into a thin cap covering most of the surface of the beer.

SMELL: This is a malt bomb in the nose. A lot of rich, sweet, malty, delicious aromas...there is actually a chocolate-like smell here. No, scratch that, it is a downright chocolatey aroma with some chalkiness with it as well.

TASTE: While the maltiness of the nose is not gone, there are enough hops in this brew to provide some balance. The malt is the star of the show, however - semi-sweet and tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy, smooth and very, very easy-drinking if full-bodied. Not much carbonation here, but it doesn't really need it.

OVERALL: Pretty solid, but a bit unusual. I would absolutely reach for this one again if I were in the Northeast.

Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep, honey-caramel orange with a tinted one finger head that fades away rather quickly and leaves just little drips and drabs of lacing. A decent little bit of carbonation.

S- Sugared lemons and black peppercorns. Subtle hints of honey, caramel, mowed over leaves, and some notes of bitter citrus peel and a touch of yeastiness.

T- Notes of sweet caramel, lemon pepper, spicy basil, toasted nuts, buttered popcorn, milky toffee. Again, little hints of bitter citrus peel. The pepper really hits you on the back end of the swallow, just before being overtaken by the sugary sweetness.

M- Decent blend of sweet and bitter... but in somehow, and weird way. No real sence of carbonation as the beer rolls on the tongue. Pretty darn flat indeed.

O- I wouldn't call this bland, but I was hoping for so much more from this fantastic brewery. Not bad, but I'm not sure I'll be buying this again anytime soon.

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 silverking
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Profchaos20
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of lauries444
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear copper orange with a 3 finger head that slowly dies down, medium carbonation.

S- First on the nose...celery, big celery character. Think celery with lemon juice and pepper all over it, super interesting. Very grassy and earthy with a slight nutty caramel note.

T- Smooth caramel, pepper, nuts, has a bit of yeasty funk. Complete polar opposites from the smell to the tongue, very different. Big bready feel maybe a touch of maple added for some sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, bready, slight bitterness.

O- great beer, i will def pick up some more, so good for the price.

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

Bright and lively orange color with a small white and bubbly head. Not much head retention. Smells of light hops in the background after some subtle estery fruity notes.

Taste is interesting when diagnosed. Its subtly fruity, just like the smell, but not cloyingly. A sweet honey taste wins out over that taste, however, and is followed by a hoppy and sort of abrupt finish. There's a bitterness to the finish. The beer becomes further complex with an alcohol zest that lingers after the swallow. It's a really interesting beer and complex but fairly refreshing and easy to drink. One criticism, however, is a slight wateriness to the mouthfeel that may be overlooked if your not looking for it, but it is noticeable. Otherwise, its a pretty good beer, and one that will have your taste buds working hard.

Photo of Didier
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Greels
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty copper color with frothy white head that leaves a thin film on the top and a rim of bubbles around the edges. Nose attacks you with citrus- orange, lemon- and an attack of tangerine. A hint of peppery spicyness.

Tastes fruity and sweet with a sour edge. Drying. Peppery and spicy. More orange. Cidery. Mouthfeel is kind of gritty and oily, but not terribly offensive. Dry finish. Fairly drinkable- a complex and interesting flavor all around.

Photo of BltByKrmn
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EPseja
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle served in a tulip glass at just above fridge temperature, and allowed to warm to cellar temperature over the course of the tasting. Shared this one with my friend Yelterdow.

A - Immediately reminded me of Libby's peach nectar right out of the can. Opaque, medium brown color with orange and gold highlights. Very cool, active rising action form a nice 1.5'' head that dimishes and maintains at 1/2''. Super fine bubbles and a marshmallow fluff-y texture. Beautiful!

S - Dryly sweet hoppiness and fresh, farmhouse type organics Subtle sweetness along with some rosy floral notes. Well blended.

T - Tart, sour appley citric and acidic blast right up front with notes of spicy noble hops and winelike alcohol. Any malts revealed in the middle are quickly replaced by a bready yeastiness and a dry finish laced with citric acid. Whew!

M - Thick entering the mouth where it expands rapidly to become frothy. Not subdued at all... Alcohol and/or carbonation gets a bit tongue-numbing and aggressively tingly just before the swallow. Interesting sensation, but not that great for overall mouthfeel. As the beer warms, the mouthfeel becomes much smoother, and the tartness grows.

D - This is a very interesting and complex beer that possesses many qualities of a fine apertif, if it weren't for its tongue-numbing qualities. Drinkable in its own right like a glass of wine, however this beer would be best suited when paired with food.

Photo of pep
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of Givemebeer
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%

Photo of Shnanign
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jeffthecheff
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of constantine_272
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TimHitchings
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.