Southampton Biere De Mars - Southampton Publick House

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 29
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2004

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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 kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a D"Achouffe tulip.

A- Pours a dark gold, with a 1 finger off-white head. Very little lacing that resides quickly.

s- Sweet malts, honey, floral aromas, some belgian yeast.

T- Sweet honey and citrus flavors along with some spices, banana and some bread.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Has a semi-dry finish.

O- Good beer but expected more fruit dominant flavors. Not very complex and would like a little more to this beer.

Photo of jmerloni
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A somewhat indistinct orange. Translucent. Not much head.

S - Yeast, raisins, sticky heavy molasses malts, dates.

T - Follows the nose to the point, but the flavors are more pronounced and sweater. Candied. Nice.

M - Very good mouthfeel here. An earthiness initially touches the tongue and it's followed up with a great candied-raw sugar lace on the entire mouth.

D - A good beer. Might not get it again, but it's one of the only Bierre De Garde's I've seen an American brewery put in a 12 oz bottle, so Publick deserves credit for that at least. Worth trying. It's not often you get a Bierre de Garde from a 120z bottle.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a hazy golden cider like color with a thin layer of head that is off white and dissipates almost immediately, leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: nice scent with notes of cereal grains and what id compare to a scent of rice crispies, also has an underlying white grape fruit juice notes
T: a very interesting taste, nice but overall interesting, its interesting because i get notes of dark fruits which i really hadnt expected given how light it is in appearance, i must admit im not familiar with the style
M: medium carbonation tingle, smooth and slightly thick, leaves the mouth feeling slightly tingley
O: it is enjoyable enough, i could drink a couple but i must be honest im not particularly fond of the style, that is, if this is a good representation of the style

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 Brewsky29
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale golden color with minimal head that disipated in a snap of a finger.

The smell is fruity and nutty.

The taste is nutty, cherry and of imitation vanilla and almond, with a alcohol zip.

It's smooth but with a alcohol zip slightly boozy.

Overall this beer is taste but not my favorite of the style.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.11/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz Inflatablechair brought over tonight... Thanks Sammy!! Cool and a new to me brew.

Pours a light orange with a short lasting white head... little lacing or retention.

The nose is off-putting .... immediately makes me think of malt extract... a bit perfumy that could be hops or spices, but the thick maltiness is overpowering.... Sam says "oxidized" his palate/nose is miles ahead of mine.

Flavor is no better... tastes like an unfermented homebrew experiment... I can detect/identify nothing that comes across as hops or spice... just tons of malt (extract) ..

Palate seems thick and a light carbonation that does nothing to scrub the flavors off the tongue...

The first time in a looong time that Sam and I haven't finished even half a bottle.


I don't think this was a bad or old bottle... I just believe it wasn't done well. If I am wrong, somebody please approach me and I will happily trade for a different bottle. Cheers, Toby.

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

A: Pours a rustic amber with a short head. Slightly chill hazed with effervescent carbonation.

N: Caramel, lemon, grass and hay.

T: Immediately get hit with clean caramel along with notes of lemon and toffee. This is followed by candy sugars and a hint of earth. Finishes somewhat musty with some hay and grassy noble hops.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: Incredibly refreshing and easy drinking. Great for warmer weather.

Photo of NardiByNature
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March Beer

Clearish amber with a smallish head, settling into an island of covering. Spritely carbonation. Props for the stylin label.

Smells like warm milk and honey. Or honey yogurt. Maybe some raisons. I'm dancing around the fact that it smells like Raisin Nut Brain. Which I dig.

Tastes smooth. Spiced fruits, a little bitterness in the background. Malty and lively from the carbonation, fairly long finish with a little heat from the alcohol.

Overall it's a very good choice to kick back with.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a clear amber copper color, near white fluffy head. Lots of carbonation and nice tight bubbles. Light thin layer of patchy lace remains. OK lace along the edges remain. Good looking color here. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of spice and grassy hops, sweet caramel malts as well. Pretty good nose here.

Brew is very balanced in the mouthfeel; some subtle spice up front and a mellow malty middle. Creamy sweet caramel, grassy floral hops and maybe even some orange. Finishes a little sticky and a tad bit dry. Great balance and flavors here. Good stuff.

Wow - balanced and really sessionable. Very good stuff that is a party pleaser for sure. Spot on stuff here, really digging this one.

Photo of thecheapies
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cream soda/amber color with plenty of carb streams a-risin'. Minimal head from a topped-off pour. No significant lace effect.

Grassy hops with a mild acidity not unlike white cheddar. Pale grains and crabapple.

Tinny and musty. Opening woody acidity and finishing fizzy bitterness. Caramel malts are up-front, and a quaint tartness is all but missing. Off-kilter for the style. No yeast esters of prominence. Slight granny smith sour sting that's quickly cleansed with the toasted grains and some booze. Very unexceptional and down-letting.

Too fizzy. Body's okay. A little turning in the belly. Will need a big stout to settle myself up.

Had more hopes for Southampton on this one. Can't win 'em all.

Photo of danedelman
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-very coppery for this style, I feel.

S-maltiness, some grassy and even a hint of coffee.

T-malt bomb!! no tartness which I was thinking I would get from this one.

M-medium bodied

Overall-not impressed and a little disappointed on this one. I usually love southampton too. :(

Photo of BeerLover99
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: tan/orange body, trace white head,
light lacing

S: sweet malt, biscuit, spices, nutty/caramel

T: sweet malt, caramel, spices, semi-dry finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice beer, nice to see this style
explored in the US. Would get again
and recommend to others.


Photo of unclejazz
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I will make this quick, but bottom line is I really like this cheap beer I found. A great deal at under $8 for a sixer. It is pretty looking with a great reddish hue, sweet and malty smelling and very refreshing and fruity notes of grapfruit and mango. I will be having many more of these. I am gaining more and more respect for Southampton. Gonna try their Grand Cru and Abt 12 soon. Mark my words.

Photo of burnstar
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amberish gold with a medium sized head. Smell is weak. Malty with some fruit. Big malty flavor. Toffee. Just a little toasty. Hoppy bitterness throughout. Just a little sweetness underneath rounds things out. Phenolic and earthy in the finish. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Pretty drinkable and overall a good beer.

Photo of avalon07
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

2.26/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of jale
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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


Photo of mvanaskie13
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of JAXSON
4.46/5  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.

Photo of mocktm
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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!

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.