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Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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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 kirkmichel
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear amber. medium evervessence.
S- this is the best part of this beer: earthy with friut. flowers, plum, grapes, raspberries - well done.
T- earthy with some green hops and balanced malt sweetness on the finish. you can't really identify exact tastes, but it all flows weel.
M- Great - it is not ovrely viscous, but it does stay with you.
D- Not bad at 6.5% it is deliciosly complex, but not too dangerous.

Photo of m1ked
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gory4d
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #29 of 150 -- thanks to shaebs99 for the generous trade.

Pours a cloudy orange with a massive white head that lingers, not much lacing. The smell is potent: dried orange peel, something savory like the juices of a good steak, whole grain, sourdough, marigolds, mineral tang. The taste is similar, but not so heavy on the citrus; the malty qualities of grain, with sourdough and marigold tang, dominate, with an exceptionally rich malty aftertaste and a surprisingly bitter finish. This is one heck of a complex beer. It's highly carbonated but not fizzy, fills up the mouth very well. It's too interesting to be too drinkable: definitely one to savor slowly.

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

Pours clear copper with a nice healthy, fluffy white head, nice lacing.

Nose is grassy, bit herbal, some pale malt peeking through.

Taste again starts off grassy, with some clove and zesty yeast, herbal. Interesting - not your average farmhouse ale. A bit hard to describe, but more hop-centric. But dry, lightly bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, well-carbonated.

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

On tap at the Publick House. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of bready malt and floral hops. Flavor of sweet apple and honeysuckle. Light in the palate and easy to drink. Very nice, actually, and not too sweet. I liked the regular Biere de Garde better, but this was nice too.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Biere de Garde, being one of my first, was a real treat to try on tap at American Flatbread. It was delivered to me an amber/orange color with a one-finger beige cap. The retention of the cap was great, the lacing good. The aroma was of dried apricots, barley, pear and yeast. The flavors were of wheat, lots of biscuity malt, light alcohol, some honey sweetness and pear. The dry and grainy flavors of the malt made the alcohol a little pronounced, but that's good for the style. The bitter finish lingered on my tongue. The mouthfeel was foamy and a little rough, the body medium and the carbonation high enough to be slightly prickly. A really accurate example of the style.

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Belgian Cafe during Southampton event, Philly beer week 2007.

Pours a clear golden orange color with white head. Aroma is well balance with hints of malt, hops and crisp fruit. Flavor very similar being slightly watered down with a nice amount of maltiness, balancing out the hops and hints of apple and pear.

Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle acquired in trade with Eyedrinkale (thanks!).

Poured a medium, cloudy amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas and tastes of lemons, fruits and some spices. Peppery. Lively body with a dry finish.

Notes from 5/6/05

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a pretty thick cream head. Nose is malty sweet and smooth. Flavor brings the same. Smooth sweet tone with a minor earthy bitter backside. Nice. Good carbonation and a nice liquid body. Quite tasty. Very good. A real pleasure to drink. Only 250 bottles a year? Well that's a shame.

Bottle 106 compliments of BeerWorld. A damn fine trader.

Photo of Damian
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a One Pint, 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle at the Southampton Publick House, Southampton, NY
2008 vintage
Bottle No. 223 of 250
Served in a snifter

A huge thanks to Spencer for hooking us up with this one!

Poured a hazy, yellow-amber color with a tight, fizzy, one-finger, white head that slowly faded to a ring of lace.

The aroma was typical for the style but somewhat more potent than most examples. Strong spices were apparent along with a rich maltiness. Clove, coriander and citrusy notes came through as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma except that it was darker and noticeably more subdued. Bready with deep spice notes. Somewhat earthy. A touch of hops and alcohol came through on the semi-dry finish. The lingering aftertaste was a mix of spices and some caramel malt sweetness.

The liquid was lighter bodied and intensely carbonated. Its fine, lively effervescence tickled my palate.

This was an all-around solid brew. It works perfectly as an easy-drinking yet full-flavored, warm weather-type beer. My only complaint is that the taste could have been a bit more complex and pronounced. Nevertheless, this was a highly enjoyable example of the style.

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a rocky head the webs the glass

Smell: A friuty/bready aroma, with hints of peach and floral herbs

Taste: Fruity opening, with a building orange peel-influenced herbal aspect that adds a bit of pepper and rustic funk, too; more of the same, after the swallow, with a lingering grainy/peppery/medicinal herb flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; prickly

Drinkability: Interesting and complex; the funk, fruit and medicinal herb qualities are very impressive

Photo of BeerTruth
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to plaid75 for this seasonal brew.

My Clarkson Golden Knights win in the first round of the NCAA's agains St. Cloud State today 2-1, it's time to celebrate boys and girls! Next up, the winner of Niagara/Michigan. Let's go Purple Eagles ;)

64 oz. poured into my Excelsior! tulip glass.

Pours a sunset metallic yellow with a fluffy one and a half finger off-white head that sticks around for some time. Nice webbing left on the sides of the glass, what a great looking brew. Smell is new to me. Light cane sugar with lots of spice. Faint oak and a good amount of white grape aromas as well. Very unique in the nose, me likey. Taste starts off with a peppery kick followed by some pine hop and toasted grain. A bit of a caramel malt and honey towards the end, but not much. Light to medium body with a sharp carbonation. I can't say I've had a beer like this before. Even though I live in NY, I may not have the opportunity to try this beer again and I can't thank Matt enough for the opportunity. I see this is available in bottles as well, I would love to get my hands on one to compare to the growler version.

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

On tap at Capone's, served into a pint glass.

Smell, pretty spicy, hits of orange peel, nutmeg, and a grainy flavor I can't specifically identify.

Taste, very big notes of spices that are noticeably from the yeast. Bready flavors swim along with the heavy spices, with the malt body trying to keep everything in check. Very good Belgian-esque flavors, but the flavors from the yeast just seem to take everything else hostage with no ransom note.

Overall, A beer I've wanted to try for a while, and I'm glad I did. I was just hoping for more tart or sour flavors. I can think of better examples of the style, but this is a quality example. Its just not head of the class.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden liquid with mild haziness and a small but persistent head.

S: Upfront hop plantyness that is crisp and almost minty without some of the other hop aroma's being present. There is also a round malty smell with distinctive farmhouse astringent character.

T: Some fruity esters I am accustomed to tasting in tripels are present. The hop flavor is noticeable, yummy, but still subtle. The maltyness is present but there is a dry crispness that may be due to the use of Brettanomyces yeast. The dry crispness along with astringent tastes is a vague description of what I have now come to classify as a "rustic" taste. This "rustic" character is present and interesting in this beer.

M: Medium body with moderate to high attenuation and light but crisp carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Mild cloyingness.

Notes: Awesome beer! Mine's 2008 bottle 163 of 250. Phil Markowski and Southampton come through again.

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grain, some earthy hop and a slight ester.

The taste consisted of a clean light malt, grassy and earthy hops and a yeast that lurks in the background.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with a subtle chewiness.

Overall a tasty ale, with good complexity.

Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber with a thin bright white head. Nice lacing throughout.

S-Herbal spiciness, lemon and sweet malt background. The aroma is not overpowering but present.

T-Sweet malts with accents of herbs, citrus and other fruitiness. For such a light beer the taste profile is very complex.

M-Medium-light bodied with a sharp crisp zip.

D-This is a nice light sessionable brew. I applaud SH for taking this style in another direction...the spicy/fruitiness is really nice.

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

A: Orange/yellow with a eggshell white thin head... good lacing throughout...

S: Lemons highlight a sweet grainy background... a blend of soft spices

T: Sweet malts and lemon citrus accents form the front of the flavor profile while the tart grainyness comes through towards the end... some peach/orange accents in there as well...

M: Medium bodied with a lot of character...

D: Good... not quite a saison... interesting feel and the balance of the spices make this a nice treat

Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno's, State College, PA. Guess the guys were in town and they loaded up 3 beers on tap to enjoy before the Moe. concert right next door later that night. The one brewer (I'm terrible with names, sorry), bought me a pint of this fine beer (Thanks, man!). I could see right away why he was so excited about this beer. Such a beautiful looking, smelling and tasting beer. Belgian complexity about pilsner cleanness paired together in this wonderfully smooth beer. I love this style and don't get to try too many out here in the styx. This one is very good, and I'm leaving work a little early to see if there's still anymore on tap. Southampton beers only made their way out here maybe a year ago, and they continue to impress me. Fine job!

Photo of cbl2
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9/10/2006 $10.78 750 mL 6.20% No best by date.


After nearly stripping my hand of flesh to remove the cork, this pours a hazy orange brown, with roughly a half inch of tight white head that settles slowly, leaving behind a fringe of lace.


Tart and acidic, like sour cheese or curdled milk, but with a slight sweet aspect to it.


Possibly the smoothest beer I've ever sampled, it's almost imperceptible to the tongue it's so smooth. Instantly tart, but cut with a resounding sweetness of honey to balance things out. Granny smith apples spring to mind, as does an oaked Flanders ale. Earthy, basement like taste in the finish coupled with a long drawn out tartness that puckers the mouth, this is a classic.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split the bottle with trbeer.
Pours light orange, yellow and amber hues with a a big off-white head that leaves a sheen of lace on the goblet.
Aroma of hay, grass, light fruits, real perfumey. Some earthy herbs and spices mulling in the background. Hint of coriander and allspice as well.
Flavor had a distinctly malty note which didn't really come throuhg in the nose. Light caramel and then some more musty, rustic flavors took over. Slightly spicy, but very subtle. Lots fo bready/doughy tones as well.
Mouthfeel was medium to a hair lighter, very effervescent and alive on the palate. Bittering served as a compliment to the malty and floral notes.
Drinkability was very high. SPH simply does not make a mediocre beer. Top notch brew, really enjoyable.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from gold foil wrapped caged cork 750ml bottle(room temp) a hazy medium gold with an ample head of foam that lasts right down to the very last drop.

The smell is really sweet...notes of candy caramel dominate.

The taste starts off caramel sweet in a big way but then there's an infusion of sour notes that turn this baby around and make for a very interesting balance of flavours. Sweet and sour? Yeah, you betchya and my taste buds are *not* complaining at all because the end result is a full flavoured brew that's giving me "hell yeah" moments every time I take a sip. My hat is off to Southampton for yet another highly drinkable brew that "deviates" from the norm.

Bottom line: You *have* to try this one if you get the chance...the uniqueness in flavours that I'm experiencing demand it. Highly recommended!

Another winner, thanks to Nutbrown!

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

Pours out a cloudy golden orange with some sediment floating around. Pretty small white bubbly head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing on the glass. Light funkiness with some earthy notes in the aroma. Some tart fruit undertones with a bit of sweetness lulrks beneath. Fruit sweetness, with a bit of tart green apples start the flavor. A bit of earthy funky and yeast notes. Finishes a bit tart and funky. Bubbly carbonation and smooth going down makes this some easy drinking beer.

Photo of tom444
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a redddish gold with about half an inch of thick off-white head. Moderate head retention, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet and a little spicy with some interesting notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with relatively light carbonation. Taste is sweet, with some fruity and tart flavors to it. Finishes cleanly with just a hint of hops and a refreshing dryness.

A fascinating brew, and one I'm going to have to revisit when I get a bit more familiar with the style.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold foil wrapped 750 mL caged & corked bottle. Rather benign label declares Typically brewed in Winter with the freshest malts and hops and aged cold until spring, these "March" beers were uncommonly smooth and considered to be the best beer tasting brews of the year. O.G. 15.5 Plato. 6.2% ABV. Lo and behold it's a 2005 bottle as per the cap.

After the cork was wrestled out of the bottle barrel, the tulip was filled with a hazy peachy well spritzed effervescent pour topped with a settled ivory thin ring leaving some lace coating dripping down the sides.

Bright aromatic nose of slight lemon, tart fresh plum and Sweet Tart. A grainy afterscent rounds out the nose.

First swigs: Soft sugary sweet and tart lemon peel delicate lemony fruit with a finish of grain. A delicate yet complex flavor. Diggin' the tartness and easy body.

Light to medium bodied with a superb soft shushy feel. Easy cushion carbonation. Well suited.

Last swigs: Initially I am reminded of the original Saison DuPont with more lemon. A slightly sweet but boldly tart brew. Maybe leans towards a sour lambic but pulls back.

Beer is good. Happy farmhouse beering.

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