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Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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359 Ratings
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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautifully clear golden-amber, slightly tinged with copper, showing off a gorgeous two-fingered head of creamy off-white froth that latches onto the walls of the glass as it fades away, leaving behind fat, tight rings of lace. Stunning in the looks department.

Not a lot going on in the nose, though what's there is certainly appetizing: sweet, honeyed malt notes, a hint of caramel, a touch of bready, yeasty goodness. Clean and inviting.

The palate is equally clean and richly malty. Malt character is decidedly honey-like, leading me to wonder whether or not honey malt is employed in the brew. A touch of caramel is apparent, as are some faint toasty melanoidin-like characteristics; hop character is subdued and comes through in flavor only as a touch of grassiness that appears toward the back of the palate, with the bitterness nothing outstanding but just enough to provide a nice balance. Finishes with a lingering impression of biscuits with honey, very pleasant.

Extremely drinkable, very close in its clean, malt-accented nature to the German "March" beer, Märzen. Light-bodied, moderately carbonated, easy-drinking and wonderfully tasty, this is the perfect spring/summer brew. While the sweetness could become cloying after a while, and while the alcohol content is a tad high for sessionability, this brew is certainly poised for drinkability and refreshment.

Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at mid-town in Tulsa

Pours a fairly bubbly bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Sheets & sheets of lacing, fairly average head retention

S: Green apples & peach, fades as it warms

T: Follows the nose, along with a touch of leafy hops & rich breadyness & a touch of honey up front. Dryness & fruittyness prevail as this warms. Finishes crisp, fruitty & with a slight bit of pear sweetness& apple tartness, plus a touch of candi sugar

MF: Firm carbonation to go a with a fairly impressive body. Thickens up as it warms, but still maintains great carbonation level

Drinks really easy, a good take on the style. Hopefully some fresh bottles will be around next spring, when I'm more into this style. Still holds up nicely on a hot Summer night..

Photo of StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fluffy thick tan head sits atop a reddish-golden brew. Decent retention with a thin sheet of lace leftover. Complex and super sweet to the nose with some sour fruits, fresh beer bread, a bit of citrus and Tastes spicy with sweet caramel middle and a piquant ending. Medium bodied and goes down creamy in the middle with some toasted edges. A syrupy sweetness is left on the lips. After it warms a faint alcohol heat is noticed, but otherwise this beer is all sweet and innocent, just as it should be.

Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 750 ml bottle. Expensive.
A- It's a very clear copper beer with a white bubbly head that doesn't leave much lace.
S- Yeasty and citrusy.
T- It's a very smooth and mild beer. There's a sweetness there, Caramel or citrus. Maybe both. Good relaxing beer even if nothing truly jumps out.

Photo of JMD
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color is burnt yellow with one finger of foam that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma is citrusy, with clove and cinnamon spice flavors poking through.

Interesting. Sweeter than I expected, with the spices asserting themselves. Bready sweetness as well. Finishes pretty crisp considering the level of sweetness. Spices need to be toned down a bit.

Very interesting beer. I haven't had many Beire de Gardes, so I don't really have much to compare this against. Overall it is enjoyable.

Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden with a dense white head that leaves plenty of fine lace on the glass. Toasted grain and caramely fruity sweetness and faint floral hop and spice aroma. Mild tasting with white fleshed fruit, some faint Belgian spice and mild toffee sweetness balanced with slightly dry yeast and a mild noble hop bitterness. Medium light bodied with seltzery carbonation. A tasty lighter beer that's good for cooling off on a hot day.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow to orange-ish color with a nice white head. In the aroma, a sweet malltiness and somewhat lager like. In the taste, a nice maltiness and a nice balance hop. A smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel, and a clean, small hop aftertaste. A nice hop presence and nice balance.

Photo of bump8628
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber hue with a decent thin head that leaves some nice lacing

spicy and orangezesty aromas, with sweet farmhouseness. some dried apricot

quite malty for a farmhouse ale. prominent hop character. the spice lends a slightly funky character, which, i think, the hops are contributing to. toasty and nutty flavors from restrained kilning. actually it's quite toasty. but there's not much sign of farmhouse, to be honest

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a lighter amber color with a nice eggshell colored heading.Watch the bubbles drift slowly upward towards the surface. Left some decent retention behind,a slight ring around the edge of the glass at all times.

Smell is more of a skunky hoppiness and followed up by nice bubblegum aroma. Nice pepperiness and spice to end on to the end of the aroma.

Taste is all over the place. Starts of with a decent sour kiss quickly followed up by a herby earthiness. Finishes with a yeasty spicy kick that lingers.

Mouth has decent carbonation. As I said before does linger a little much with spicey-pepperiness.

All and all a good beer. An aquired taste but I wouldn't mind having another one.

Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served at 48 degrees in my Allagash chalice. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a one inch, loose, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles clung to edges of the glass and effervesced from the base to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a broken skim with a few random strands of lacing present during the tasting. Subtle nose - some light malt (perhaps a trace of caramel), some citrus and a grassy quality. Taste follows nose - very tasty and lacking some of the bitterness I've come to associate with beers of this style. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat crisp finish. A pretty nice beer I have to say. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

Photo of capra12
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: poured as crystal clear straw golden wheat with 1 finger of head that dissipated slowly.

Smell: earthy spice with light malts.

Taste: Opens a subtle light and roasted malt profile. Spices come in right after the malty open and meld with the malts leaving a slightly malty and clean aftertaste, slightly warming.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with medium carbonation and slightly barely warming.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid and clean biere de mars with a solid spice and herbal profile.

Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, amber tinted golden color. It poured with a large frothy cap.

s: Mild overall and on the sweet side. Vanilla aromas with hints of fruit and some yeastiness.

t: Fairly bland unfortunately. I found musty yeast with a little vanilla and apricot.

m: I have to say they nailed the mouthfeel. Lush carbonation and a creamy body.

d: Not bad overall, just kind of lifeless.

Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, 1 inch head, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: tea, grass, and pepper

Taste: peach and apricot jump out. traces of pepper, some funk

Mouthfeel: sweet with funkiness, medium/light bodied and carbonation

Drinkability: I like the peachy funky combination. A good beer I could have several of especially in hot weather. The alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with dinner at Liberty St. Tavern. I drank this with dinner and while it was a nice beer, it wasn't as outstanding as most Southampton beers I'm used too. In terms of Belgian beers, it was on par with Leffe. It was agreeable, but a little sweet and without much depth. It had a herbal sweetness liek gum or tea and a cleaner amber bread flavor than you usually have in a Belgian. Good beer, but not great.

Photo of irishking1977
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The biere de garde style is one of those styles that is difficult to find, but the few I have tried, reminded me of saisons or farmhouse ales, but with less yeastiness. Curious to see what this one is all about.

A: Pours a transparent copper/gold color with a minimal head that disappears quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Is this ginger ale?

S: A honey-like sweetness with some adjuncts such as corn or rice. What is this?

T: Tastes better than it looks or smells; honey sweetness with some floral accents. Nothing overwhelming, but no aspects that make it remarkable or stand out.

M: Seems a bit watered down. Decent carbonation for the style.

D: This isn't a bad beer; it's not a brew that is difficult to drink or anything, just somewhat dull. I'd still take this over any macro like Corona or Bud. I'm sure that's not something a brewery wants to hear, but that's how I perceived this one. I have five more, so perhaps there will be something that I don't notice in the next few.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish golden with a finely beaded white head that fades to a thin cap. Slightly grainy aroma with orange notes and a touch of spice. Tastes very juicy and fruity with a nice orange peel bitterness that builds and some accents of coriander. Some bready notes round it out. Very refreshing and a wonderful thirst quencher on a hot Southern day- but with enough flavor to keep things interesting. A solid beer in a style that's hard to find. I'm reviewing a 12 oz bottle from a six-pack- a very nice thing to see given the rarity of the style.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

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 WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.