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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

11-23-2011 05:30:50 | More by deapokid
Photo of PEIhop


4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-20-2011 00:00:13 | More by PEIhop
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was absolutely no head or lacing to speak of.

S: Aroma was very muted, but had traces of fruit, malt, and some phenols.

T: Tasted of malt, orange, some mild spices, but little else. This beer is just thin and watery without much character. Not at all what you expect from the style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does have a couple of decent qualities, but it fails in the flavor category.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 13:17:44 | More by avalon07
Photo of Neffbeer


4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-16-2011 05:14:55 | More by Neffbeer
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-15-2011 19:23:52 | More by HopStoopid120
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 03:29:25 | More by JAHMUR
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper / bronze hue on the pour with a small short lived white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some light floral citrus hops and nice spicy fruity notes. Taste is sweet malt some nice spicy fruitiness some light hops and maybe some light vanilla flavoring. Palate is nice smooth slightly creamy texture, medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt some light hops ending in slightly spicy fruitiness with some light vanilla flavoring. Overall a very nicely balance and flavorful brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 16:32:04 | More by Samp01


2.25/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz to pint glass. Sampled 4/7/11.

A: Small 1/2 finger foamy head, off-white in color and below average retention. The body is light golden orange and has brilliant clarity with a steady pace of bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Lacing is spare.

S & T: Malt dominant brew. No hops are detectable on the nose. Toast, must, wood, old sock. Mildly spicy. Touch of sweetness with a smooth boozy alcoholic note presented in cherry form.

M: Full body, thick and chewy. Lively carbonation. Good mouthfeel with points being deducted from the alcoholic texture and the finish, which should have been drier.

O: I thought this would be a style that Southampton would nail but this beer has an odd, very unpleasant aroma and flavor. Would like to try it on tap or (even better) the 750mL version some day for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 12:02:49 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 23:45:33 | More by jale
Photo of tone77


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts. Taste is also of malts and grains, some hops at the finish, not bad but nothing special. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 15:10:53 | More by tone77
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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ajsdad for this one!

A-transparent hazy yellow with no head

S-grassy straw notes but not much elsecoming off

T-grassiness with a little but if wheat character shining through.maybe this isn't my style but I don't really like it

M-medium body smooth and dry


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 14:53:54 | More by brew3crew
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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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4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate from a Publick House 750ml bottle.

Big thanks to Ryan. Pours a really pretty hazy light orange with a thin soapy head. Attractive, delicate aroma full of pears, peaches, bread, and hops. Very pleasant in the mouth, full and smooth. Love Southampton. So rustic and fresh, unique always. Very saison-like, but a bit softer and more contemplative than most, and less of a hop presence. The only points off really come from a slightly hot bittering finish, which doesn’t meld quite right. A beautiful beer.

I've had this from the more recent 12oz bottles as well, and a bunch of times on tap. it never compared to that first 750ml Publick House bottle, which was just lovely in its fine nuance and subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:53:29 | More by JAXSON
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, no apparent bottling date.

Golden amber hue with barely any head. Doesn't seem to display poor carbonation as tiny rising bubbles are abundant, but just no frothy goodness. Hmm, I don't know. Obviously no lacing as well.

Nose packs a brilliant complexity. Slight yeast mustiness and phenolic attributes complemented by light fruit, mainly apple. Some mild hoppiness is matched nicely by tart lemon and malt/grain highlights. Alcohol is detectable, but not distracting.

First thing I get is a small dosage of hop bitterness, transitioning to a melodious mix of caramel/honey malt sweetness and pear/apple fruit. Medicinal quality throughout, with some complementary peppery spice to round it out. Finishes with a remote mouth-puckering lemon dryness. As with the nose, complex with a manifold of flavors; I'm not even sure I adequately described it.

Medium bodied and relatively easy drinking, though, you'll want to savor this one as it has a lot going on. Decent carbonation, although again, I'm not sure of the bottling date. Dry finish...

Overall, another shining example of why the Publick House of SH is Long Island's beer scene. Another terrific offering!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 16:30:07 | More by mocktm
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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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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-06-12 and again on 2012-05-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost-clear gold with a very short white head that fades quickly with mild lace.

S - My favorite part of this beer. Fruit, grain and spice. Trying to narrow it down, I get a whiff of apple, the smell of the skin of a fresh grape, hay and light grain.

T - Surprised me since it wasn't what I expected based on the smell. There's orangelike citrus, grape skin, caramel malt, light touch of white pepper and the pallete is cleansed with a light green apple bitterness.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. A little oily but mostly crisp.

O - I quite liked it. No over-the-top flavors; just a solid, good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:22:02 | More by Tucquan
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a clear golden orange with no head to speak of by the time it reached me. Thin aroma, bready, with hints of peach. Taste was fruity up front, peach and banana, yeasty in the background, followed by a distinct sour citrus zest, and a lingering bitterness. Medium body and smooth; fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:20:02 | More by Rifugium
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper red color with a finger of frothy head atop. The head fades down slowly to a half-finger layer leaving behind some lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts and just a touch of earthy malts. There is also a bit of sweet fruit esters and some yeast.

T - Starts off with some sweet toasted caramel malt and some earthy hops. There is a bit of yeast and fruity esters mixed in as well. Through the middle, some stronger yeast flavor and some spices come through. The finish is a mix of sweet malt and citrus fruits and some yeast character that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and crisp with only a bit of a syrupy feeling.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are all really nicely balanced. The toasted caramel malt flavor in particular is really nice that it avoids tasting coppery.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 17:58:09 | More by ngeunit1
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 14:31:09 | More by wcintula
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a true honey gold/orange with a white head that reduces to a white skim ring. The foam kinda sticks to the side of the glass. Nice clarity, no bubbles rising.

Honeyed malt and bread aromas, and some type of baking spice. I wanted more yeastiness and husk funk, but surprisingly, the sweet nose (some floral notes as well) is very pleasant for the style.

Honeyed malt up front. Smooth brew, but the 6.5% surprisingly asserts itself. Toasty notes and sweetness slowly and wonderfully turn to bitterness. This brew is a little soft, and might need a bit of a bite. Funny enough, this is not a beer that grow on you over time, but actually appeals to you less as you drink it. Too bad.

Medium bodied, some mouth-coating elements.

Many likable elements, but just misses on a few areas. A little mushy, a little soft. Not a great intro to the style, but not horrible either.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 23:03:14 | More by OtherShoe2
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:23:47 | More by CharlesRiver
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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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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:56:08 | More by Naugros
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth crisp mildly fizzy off-white colored head... Slight retention at best gives way to a thick collar and minimalistic lacing... The color is a mix of warm orange and caramel... Some small bubbled sluggish carbonation climbs along the sides of the glass...

S - Toasted malts... Caramel... Some sweet fruits... Toffee... Simple, straight-forward, and inviting, but exceedingly timid...

T - Malty to start... Raisins... Assorted sweet fruits... Light colored caramel... Toffee... Toasted malts... Notes of cereal grains... A very remote spice presence... Some mild hop presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Rather smooth... Crisp carbonation... Slightly sticky... A bit of a dry finish...

D - A very nice unique spring seasonal offering from the fine folks at Southampton... Nothing remarkable and nothing off putting... Simple, straight forward, and most importantly rather tasty...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 01:18:33 | More by philbe311
Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.