Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 68
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2004

A Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.
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Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 193
Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/25/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, rose water, lavender, mint, flowers, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, honey, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, flowers, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, rose water, lavender, mint, flowers, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, honey, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, rose water, lavender, mint, flowers, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, honey, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, flowers, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible flower spiced saison style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, flowers, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. The flower spice flavors were incredibly well balanced and complimenting to the saison style character. Really impressed me. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of BMMillsy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of floral aromatics. Main complaint is that it was nearly totally flat, which took away from what this could be. Super unique experience. Definitely worth trying if given the chance.

Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL corked bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass

2010 Batch

This completes a little experiment I've conducted over the last 4 years. I acquired this brew late in 2010 in a trade from Manoftyr (haven't heard from you in awhile, still around?). I didn't cellar it, I've actually kept it cold in my fridge this whole time. We'll see how this goes.

A: Straw-yellow with an orange hue, the foamy head quickly dissipates, but a thin layer of head never fully recedes.

S: Nice citrusy bouquet. Notes of grassy funk and honey bounce off an oaky backdrop. Booze is well masked.

T: Lemongrass and funk at the front of the palate. Notes of of buttery oak carry through mid-sip, with hints of honeyed biscuits. Aging has rounded the flavor profile, it's completely singular on the palate. The floral tones from the rose water and flowers have a light but distinct layer on the palate, complimenting the funky notes. Finishes long and sweet and kind of caramelly.

M: Rich and oily slick on the palate.

I'm almost shocked at how well this has held up. The flavors have sweetened and condensed, but distinct notes can be parsed. A really tasty saison.

Photo of dank203
2.82/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

this ones really strong on the aroma. the aromas are really like a garden of many different flowers, some sage. its really really floral, a bit herbal. the taste is a bit less intense thank fully, but its still hard to swallow. not sure about this one, for me anyway

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.33/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

"...ale with a variety of flowers, including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinallis and a generous amount of H. lupulus." After some googling that equals lavendar, yarrow, dandelion and hops.

Gold with a lumpy blanket of white foam on top. Clear to cloudy depending on first or last pour.

Smells like green bananas and must. Tastes very spicy with a burnt agave nectar sweetness which is really, really nasty.

This was a drainpour.

Photo of effyeaAB
2.99/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ML format, wine goblet.

A: Deep bright-ish orange, gave it my usual "high pour" while billowy head that fade quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S: TANGERINE!! And flowers, which ones I can't say but very sweet and floral. I like the floral aroma but can't image this being a positive when it comes to the taste.

T/M: Very sweet upfront, some orange like flavors, more so clementine than tangerine on the tongue (as opposed to the aroma) and then the saison yeast finally rears it's head at the very end in the form of a dry finish. Otherwise far far too syrupy for my liking and for the style.

O: Not bad, I've had it multiple times but I just started reviewing on here and can't remember much of how the beer was the first couple of times I'd had it. And although I understand the beer, I'm just not the greatest fan of it.

Photo of dejrrma
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.99 for a 750 ml bottle. poured into an oversized wine glass. best before 6/18/14

a- pours a hazey hazey goldish orange with little head

s- rosemary and sweetness.and ginger and honey. there's a lot going on here.

t- strange. a mixture of pineapple, coyol wine. and cinnabons. and yeah, it tastes like beer with flowers in it. there's ginger present. really sweet. a little too sweet.

m- fizzy, very bubbly, light and creamy. warm alcohol presence but not boozy.

o- it's alright. i have tried other saisons and i think i'm just not a fan. this was interesting though. not something i'd buy again.

Photo of homebrew311
2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours slightly cloudy with zero head, orange/yellow color, some lacing

S: nose features herbal notes with some sourdough, ginger, and some floral/ rose rose character

T: this tastes like biting into a handful of potpourri, extremely floral, so much so that it over shadows the base. Some moderate tartness sneaks through at the end.

MF: the body is surprisingly thick with high carbonation

O: well in theory, this beer sounds quite intriguing, and based on some of the reviews, some really enjoyed it. Perhaps the batch I got was off or maybe it needed time to mellow out, but I just can't get past the intensely floral character

Photo of KDawg
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had from 750 and poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy lighter orange color with a nice head

very complex with aromas of spices, citrus, fruitcake, hops, and some florals as well. Very good depth as well

extremely smooth medium feel. Polished with really good flavors of spices, coriander, citrus, and florals

A wonderful saison. Very complex and polished.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that we see all the time in DC and I pass over far too often, and it's a very good saison that is very unique.

The color is nice, a very hazy orange hue with just a small ring of head, not much lacing but a little bit of suds stream down the sides of the glass.

The smell is amazing, it has tons of floral esters and a nice dose of honey blossom/ honey suckle flower. Also some nice Belgian yeast character with a fresh bread kind of note. Maybe some caramel or almost a pulpy maple note? Lots going on in the nose, it's inviting and I keep going back trying to figure out exactly what I'm smelling, overall it's a very nice experience.

Taste follows the smell, lots of fresh honey and honey suckle flower, really reminds me of eating a honey suckle straight from the bush. It might be a little over sweet as this covers some of the malt and yeast character, but I don't mind it too much. Again, a nice flowery note, not at all in the flowery hop centennial way but literally a plant flower smell kind of way, kind of amazing.

The feel is nice and slick, sweet and light, very nice solid feel.

Overall this is nice and definitely worth checking out if you haven't yet.

Photo of starrdogg
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with very little head. Carbonation seems fine though. Smell is very interesting and unique, a little yeasty with a mix of spices and, unsurprisingly, flowers, pretty impressive. Flavor isn't quite as impressive as the smell, but still very nice, it's a little too sweet, but it's a minor complaint, the flowers and spice really take over and it has a bit of a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice, unique beer and certainly a pleasure to have tried.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up by my wife at State Line in Elkton, Md. Best by 4/26/2015 Golden hue capped by a large moon crater head with amazing retention. Lacing hangs to the glass, tons of visiible bubbles. Nose is of yeast and dull earthiness. Taste is well balanced cracker sweetness rounded with flower and earth. Alchohol is upfront on this concoction. Mouth is full bodied. Wish I had another to age and compate.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know what to expect with this beer...How could it be bad?

Appearance:
Classic saison appearance with a little darker complexion than normal. There is unfiltered cloudiness and an inch of a thick, fluffy white head. Lacing is abundant and there is a cake of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell:
Holy floral nose. This is quite interesting because it is fruity from the yeast as well as intensely floral. You are certain of both this beer's saison and flower characteristics by taking a whiff.

Taste:
There are definitely the characteristics of a good saison present, but there is also this gingery, floral characteristic that takes center stage. This is definitely not a flavor I'm used to and it absolutely lives up to how it's described on the bottle.

Mouthfeel:
The flowery saison is both sweet and spicy, but it's cut by a sharp alcohol. It's got a unique mouthfeel that is essentially sweetness upfront followed by a medium body and semi-dry finish.

Overall:
This was a reasonably priced, slightly hard to find belgain interpretation that really went above and beyond my expectations and highlighted both the flowers and classic saison goodness. I paired this beer with homemade caramel apples and would recommend the same for others. Honestly I've been intrigued by flower beers ever since hearing about the DFH-SA colab for Savor, and this one is absolutely divine.

Photo of redleaves
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a saison should, fluffy white head. Nose is sweet and floral. Honey, a touch of herbal tea, and champagne yeast. Flavor is very nice and floral, herbal, sweet, champagne, honey, lemon? light banana and hops bites the tongue at the end to clear the palate. Very nice, a little syrupy on the tongue. A bit more carbonation would fix this. If they took this recipe and added a lot more carbonation this would make a great biere de champagne. A very unique saison!

Additional, second bottle was cellar temperature, and it was really creamy in flavor, almost like a nitro tap. Very great.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml bottle; poured into two flutes.

A: Pours a medium amber-gold with two fingers of white head.

S: Very perfumey and floral. Its not a fresh floral, like you get with fresh hops. Its more of a potpourri aroma. Flowers, funk, sweet caramel. Very pleasant.

T: More floral theme. Its actually a little less tasty than I expected. Not bad tasting, there just isn't as much taste there. Still, very nice and smooth with layers of complexity and a nice rustic quality.

D: Very drinkable stuff. It has a nice refreshing quality and is great to rehydrate with during a meal.

Overall: I know this is a style that the brewmaster is passionate about, so I think I know what he was going with for this one. Its a crisp, tasty, and refreshing saison with a profile that I assume tastes more like ancient examples of the style (albeit with a heftier ABV). A real treat and a very unique brew.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Dan (DSlim71) for this fantastic extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a wonderfully hazy golden orange color. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a rather conservative pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight, spotty lacing.

Smell – As expected, quite floral in nature. Reminds me of lilacs and honey sprinkled in with some herbal qualities as well as a bit of lemon zest.

Taste – A bit sweeter than I was expecting and....bam...here comes the floral flavors. Not as much citrus as I was expecting. To try and put it into words, it tastes like a mixture of lilac, clove, and honey. Imagine those honey sticks you can buy at farmers markets. There is literally a lilac flavored one and also a clove flavored one. Mix those suckers together and I feel that this is the flavor. I know that lilac is not one of the flowers they used, however, that is what I personally am getting.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall – A very interesting “saison”. I am intrigued by this beer – I really wish that it was not so sweet...the honey I taste is a bit too much, and the flower/herbal qualities (while they mix somewhat well with it) create just an odd aftertaste. For what it was going for (after reading about the beer) I would say they achieved it. A beer I am glad to try but as stated with it were a bit dryer/tarter.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice light golden color with a foamy white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light grain and wheat plus a nice floral character. Light spicing in the background. Flavor hits the floral notes as well plus a nice backing pilsner malt character. Light body and a nice dry finish with a bit of bitterness as well. Quite well done.

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for giving me this one during our MASSIVE in-person trade while he was down to visit. Thanks Al! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured golden yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pepper, spices, earth, and subtle floral notes. The flavor was of sweet malt, pepper, spices, earth, floral, and very subtle clove. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For a saison this was a pretty nice offering from Southampton. However, I wasn't really sold the on floral character going on here. It was there, but definitely didn't stand out with all of the saison spices present. It was a good idea for sure, but I would have gone with a different style due to the spices present. Worth trying though if you find an opportunity to.

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

Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs is a delicious saison. Probably the best one I've ever had. Next time I find it I'll buy more bottles!

A: Clear orange colour and a 1 cm head that lasts pretty well. Good carbonation. 4.5

S: Pepper and sweet lemon rind. 4.5

T: Some malt, clove spices and sweet orange honey flavour. It's a complex flavour and it all goes so well together. 4.5

M: Reasonable level of carbonation. 4.5

O: 4.5

Photo of stakem
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle shared with some friends. Poured into a matching Southampton goblet, this brew appears a clear golden color. A white frothy head sits atop the brew and slowly fades leaving some strings and spots of lace all over the glass. Constantly rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin lacing atop the brew. A light swirl revives a yellowish stained finger back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is like an elderly woman's perfume, earthy but without the bite. Floral aspects mixed with garden herbs, cheese, funk, green peppers and some spices somewhat peppery. There is a touch of sweetness to the nose almost like honey or caramel malt.

The taste is very floral with an herbal aspect. A little bit of a perfume aspect resides in the mouth with a light amount of evaporative bite. Some cheese and funk are included with yeasty spices lik clove and peppercorn. Somewhat minty with a light astringent dryness like strong unsweetened tea. The aftertaste is a bit like clover honey mixed with garden herbs.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest to high level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion. A very interesting take on the style. It was peculiar at first but as the experience continued, it really grew on me. I would have this again.

Photo of fo5s
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served in an oversized COAST tumbler. Best by 4/28/15 (for what that's worth).

A- pours a dull gold. Slightly cloudy. Aggressive pour yields a solid 3 finger head - perfect. Impressive lacing as I put this one down.

S- floral, touch of honey, mild hops. Clean.

T- floral, still getting a lot of honey along with a hoppy bitterness. Delicious.

M- Full bodied. Smooth and sweet.

O- excellent. One of the best saisons of the month. Complex, yet an easy drinker. Very enjoyable.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful gold color w/ a perfect two finger white head. Very cloudy in appearance. Massive carbonation and lacing. Excellent looking brew... Could even pass for a Belgian. Nose is really complex. Yeast, pepper, floral notes, rose water, and a ton of spices. This is simply fantastic. A tiny bit of farmhouse smell, but not too much. Taste is really great. The floral notes and rose really come through in the taste, but not overly so. Also has a really sweet vibe to it as well- almost like sugar water. No alcohol noticed at all. Sugar and rose aftertaste. Feel is on the light side, and pretty syrup-like as well. This is probably the weak point to this beer, but it's still in the good category. Overall, this is another fantastic brew by a really great brewery. Highly recommended.

Photo of bonkers
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass, hazy gold pour with 2 inch sticky white head. The aroma is very floral, hints of orange, tropical fruit. It has a light lemony bite to it, lots of tropical flavors, light spiciness. The finish is dry with more hints of lemon. The body is light, good carbonation, easy quaffer. I liked it, lots of complex flavors going on.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle of this at the Bethlehem Speakeasy a while ago. This brew poured out as a nice hazy yellow color with some fizzy white head bubbles on top. The lacing on this brew wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer was much like some of the other Saison's I've had in the past but the added floral element that this one had made it a little more interesting to me. The taste of the beer was pretty good too I thought, it was very floral which I enjoyed. The mouthfeel of the beer was bubbly, it was also fairly light bodied also. Overall this brew was quite nice, it's a good beer to have in warmer weather I think.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy medium yellow color came gurgling out of the bottle, quickly coming to a head that reached a height of maybe two inches. There was then a rich coating of side glass lace that thoroughly coated the glass with some nice carbonation being visible throughout the session.

The aroma was highly charged on this one. Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening.

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Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs from Southampton Publick House
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.