Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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!
05-07-2011 14:29:44 | More by SkunkWorks
2.8/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
04-09-2010 22:10:50 | More by jeffthecheff
2.78/5 rDev -26.3%
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%
02-02-2014 02:31:43 | More by Givemebeer
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours an orange amber color with a fluffy white head that soon gives way to a delicate and loosely bubbled lacing. Pretty good looking actually
Smell is sweet malts, wheat funk, potent yeastiness, and pepper. Loads of pepper actually, which is kinda strange, but I'll bite and go alongi with it.
Flavor is tart wheat, citrus, some caramel and toffee sweetness, and just a bit of lactic funkiness which is quite nice. Hops are there but don't really make themselves known until the very end of the flavors. Pepper, however, dominates the middle to back pallate. Wow, I didn't know I would like so much pepper in my beer, but it definitely gives a neat character to this one. It makes the finish very dry...bringing us to.
Mouthfeel is good, very dry as I said, coats the tongue, but doesn't stay longer than you want it to. No bad aftertaste, no alcohol presence.
Overall, an interesting and quite enjoyable beer. I could have this one all night long, even with all the pepper flavors, I don't thik that it is out of balance or anything. Another superb beer from a superb brewery!
08-20-2005 01:49:43 | More by LuckySevens82
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
03-12-2011 01:55:25 | More by ianjsullivan
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
appearance; nice clear copper. A white head quickly dissipates, leaving little lace.
smell; intense sugary dried fruits upfront but bready malts come out with the slightest herbal hops and alcohol spice. Funky aromas mixed with sweet tea come to mind.
taste; not overly sweet, as the smell might suggest. A really solid and spicy malt backbone dominates with raw bread dough. A bit of caramel and butterscotch melt into a grassy hop bitterness in the finish, then even some brazil nut flavors come out. Pretty complex and delicious.
mouthfeel; medium bodied with a dusty finish. Some alcohol burn but low carbonation. A little chunky and complex, really nice. Smooth finish.
drinkability; alcohol is well hidden and overall a tasty brew, quite easy to drink a 6 pack in one sitting.
03-04-2011 03:57:50 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
Sampled from a 750mL
Appearance: Cloudy, golden orange color with a big, foamy frothing head. Thick ribbons of lacing all around the glass.
Smell: Strong yeast and fruit with white pepper and malt on the end. Very complex.
Taste: Overly ripe fruity malt sweetness slides to a dry yeast bitterness to a tangy tartness. Varing levels of pepper, cloves, and other spices seem to change the tempo.
Mouthfeel: Supper bubbly to the point of being effervescent. Very dry at times and a tart finish.
Drinkability: Wonderful. Great spring beer.
07-05-2004 17:27:40 | More by Loki
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Picked up a sixer tonight from WF Bowery beer room, was told released yesterday.
A- Pours a clear light orange copper....that has a tinge of peach color to it. Gives a good 2" pure white thick big bubbled head with plenty of streamers racing to the top. The head shrinks down to a uniform thin consistent cap with some clinging lace edges.
S- I get a sweetness with some layers of light belgiany sugar, some stone fruits and pineapple. A light musty funk, maybe?
T- I get some of that same sweetness, just lighter on the tongue though, there is some muted biscuity grain mixed with low spiciness of clove & white pepper, a blip of cedar bitterness, and a subtle finish of earthiness.
M- Very light with active tight carbonation throughout the swallow...really tingles on the tongue. Finishes very dry and crisp.
D- Easy to drink, refreshing. I think this would pair great with something spicy. Recommended to try.
03-04-2010 04:46:37 | More by m1ked
3.6/5 rDev -4.5%
I'll say what probably many who try this beer may think (and say) that it's a very interesting beer. It pours golden with a brown/orange hue with a thinner head. The smell upfront is a strong spice which I can't quite place, but I'd describe it as savory. This is a beer that may need some meat to back it up, definitely needs to be paired with a meal. The spice fades a bit as I drink on revealing a sweeter honey like flavor beneath. Lacking in hops I wanted something with an older mustier taste to it. The beer is a little sticky but not bad by any right.
05-31-2011 14:31:09 | More by wcintula
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
Appearance: Hazy, light brown color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly.
Aroma: Very bready, molasses, hints of ripe fruit.
Taste: Syrupy sweetness, bready malt, then a bit of funky yeast in the middle. Sourness builds on the back end, with some nutty and grain husk notes trailing in the finish which is fairly lingering.
The Rest: To be fair, this is a style I don't have a lot of expirence with. It reminds me somewhat of a dubble, but the malt and sweetness is just a bit too unbalanced.
01-12-2014 01:28:36 | More by curasowa
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
Big thanks to for this fine extra.
A: Pours a slight hazy golden with copper hues and minimal amount of white head.
S: Medium amount of roasted malt.
T: Nice smooth roasted malt upfront followed by a hint of spice. Small amount of grassiness. Late finish of clean hop bitterness.
M: Heavy side of light with very good carbonation.
O: Easy drinking. Glad I was able to try this.
09-01-2011 23:45:33 | More by jale
4.65/5 rDev +23.3%
The cork is a bitch! Pours with three inches of head. Body is a clear copper. Smells really good. Toasted, caramel, biscuit malt with some cinnamon.
The smell does not prepare me for the taste. Tart, citric notes are prevalent, with the malt profile taking a back seat. Mouthfeel is great. Thick, yet it is still quite refreshing. Drinkable as hell.
This might be a good introduction to tart beers for someone who isn't acquainted with them. The malt can easily be perceived beneath the tartness. Big thanks to blitheringidiot for bringing this all the way from PA.
01-04-2006 23:57:24 | More by Sephiroth
3.43/5 rDev -9%
A: Crystal clear light copper color with small off white head that fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing down the glass.
S: Very light aroma. Some yeasty funk and sweet carmel. Light hops as well.
T: Light carmel malt, funky yeast and herbal spice. Finishes with some light citrus hops.
M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.
D: This is a decent brew, but a little disappointing. Aroma is too faint and flavor a bit too subdued. I'm glad I tried it, but doubt I'll buy it again.
07-17-2010 01:14:04 | More by JMD
Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.