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Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs - Southampton Publick House

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BA SCORE
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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 67
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
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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Photo of Popkas
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey colored amber with a massive head that recedes down to a ring with some nice lace. The flowers shine through along with a soft ginger spice. The taste is similar to the nose except that the spice takes the forefront with the floral taste a little more behind the scenes. Nice carbonation with a medium body. Drinkability is just ok. Certainly not a quick drink.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a gold label on the cage stating this is a 2005 vintage. Brewed with lavender, chrysanthemum, marigold, rose and hops. Pours from the bottle into my tulip glass a deep golden orange hue with a spectacular effervesence. A billowing white three finger head of foam develops and lingers for quite some time. Aromas begin with a lightly sweet pale grain along with a mellow fruitiness. An array of floral scents follow, like walking through a field of wildflowers on a breezy summer afternoon. The lavender and rose both seem to stand out to me. There's an earthy spiciness here as well as some herbal hops. Quite enchanting really.

First sip brings a light, somewhat fruity pale maltiness that has a touch of honey sweetness as well. Leafy, floral tones meld into the brew and add an interesting herbal twist, while not being overpowering. Midway through there's a nice bitterness. Flows down with a bit of herbal hops and citrus. Wonderfully floral, I get a lingering lavender after each sip. Earthy, spicy yeast tones poke through here and there. Wow, a brilliant, complex saison that's almost hard to put into words. One of a kind.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with plentiful carbonation. Quite a refreshing drink even while clocking in at 7.7%. My fiance enjoyed this unique brew with me as well. I just might have to hoarde a bottle all to myself, as it'd be great to sit out on the porch and just enjoy the hell out of this brew on a nice comfortable afternoon. Another stunningly beautiful saison from Southampton, between their regular saison and this, you cannot go wrong. Worth seeking out by all means. I hope to be able to revisit this one again in the future.

Photo of elinash
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to start by saying that Cuvee Des Fleures has been my favorite beer of the year, and I hope that the rumors are true and we'll see it as a regular brew by Phil Markowski in the near future.

First poured into an Ayinger glass, then into a Delirium Tremens glass. The DT glass was the best for aroma, but the head retention was better in the Ayinger glass.

A- Nice butterscotch color, cloudy, and plenty of head that dimples

A- Powerful flowers come through right away in the aroma, along with some lemon and hay/ grass aroma.

T- Herbal and bright, very lively, slightly tart, with a pretty bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, springy, and carbonation is light.

Like I said, it's my favorite innovation of the year- pretty cool, a brew with flowers!

Photo of Billolick
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another VSK selection at the BT ale house in NYC, this was the second saison I tried that night and the differences with the first were stunning. This is also a very tasty and well crafted brew, much lighter in color, and much more of a lighter and smaller flavor profile. Lemony, herbal, zesty, spicy. This high quality quafer sports an awesome puffy, pillowy head. Also quite complex. Fantastically smooth and drinkable. To be highly saught after.

Photo of jakester
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a cognac glass at UJ's.

With a very slow pour it showed a beautiful clear tangerine/gold with a huge 3 finger head of very tight foam. Looks highly effervescent, and there was great lacing on the glass. This beer is something to behold!

Aroma is like nothing I ever smelled in a beer. Flowers for real, but not overpowering in any way. Smells a wee sour, with notes of citrus, coriander, cloves, pepper, lavender, and other flowers I can't identify. Has that "Belgiany" smell, also. Can't wait!

Flavor is this wonderful wash of flowers and spices, tart, dry, citrusy and delicious. There's some hop bitterness there, and some phenolics. Such a great complexity of flavors, it's hard to describe them. These flavors last through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is highly effervescent prickiness, clean, dry, sharp and crisp.

A truly fantastic Saison. This guy is a Belgian genius. It has everything you would want in a saison: tart, spicy, dry, prickly, Belgiany, and complex as hell. Very highly recommended.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only other rose water flower infused beer came from Philly Brewing and I'm not a fan. It's the beginning of Spring let's see how this one does. Looks like a rockin' saison with a cloudy amber/golden orange semi clouded body and a magnificent bright white fine bubbled head forming thick and high above the rim of my chalice. Aroma has lemon citrus brightness with an herbal echineca infused experience, definite rose water usage here as well. If you have allergies you better take your claritin before imbibing. Another layter of peppery/dry/chalky yeast notes with very well hidden booze. Flavor has some pretty sweet pineapple/tropical fruit tones going on with a touch of honey like sweetness as well. Finishes bitter with green/floral/earthiness. Comes of dry after the wave of malts and Belgian candi sugar leaves the palate. Lemon citrus/zestiness adds quite a sharp tartness on to the whole experience, the beer is so complex and hard to describe but I'm not sure how well it's meshing for me so far. Enjoyable especially with food, body it's medium bodied well hidden booze no really alcohol burn even though it's interwoven to add another dimension to an already complex beer. Every Southampton bottle I've come across has been very impressive and although I gave it second thoughts before trying a flower infused beer I'm glad I grabbed this one. This one nails the medium bodied effervescence of a Belgian brewed Saison, classic effort. As long as Southampton continues their Keller Pils all will be right in the universe. I will also never hesitate to try a new 750 ml bottle of something Phil Markowski and company puts out.

Photo of glid02
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of earthy and grassy hops with light floral notes. Also present are light fruit aromas.

Tastes very good. Sweet malt flavors up front are quickly overtaken by musty and earthy flavors with floral undertones. Midway through the sip light fruit flavors enter into things then sour just a bit before a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was what I like in a saison - very musty flavors with just a hint of tartness. The floral notes added an interesting dynamic. Well worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)
best by 4/26/15
A- This beer has a very slight hazy lemon yellow body that gets a bit more hazy with each pour. There is a several gentle strands of microbubbles trailing to the surface supporting a very thick creamy white head that sticks to the glass in sheets and last longer than the beer. It even holds a lip print on the first sip.

S- The full aroma of saison yeast character including brie rind takes on a perfumed aroma even during the pour. There is a floral aroma of camomile, roses and a touch of medicinal herbs underneath. The finish is a dry floral yeasty note with a touch of green hops. This beer is worth the sniff alone.

T- The soft herbal flavor has yeast characters in it and a slight bitter herb note in the finish. There is a wood and roses note to the hops and a soft floral cinnamon heat that comes through as the beer warms. The finish is crisp and dry.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little scrubbing fizz that compliments the green notes in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- I was very said to see this bottle empty. This beer had perfect saison qualities, great yeast character, crisp dry body and good hops character. However, the complex flower characters remained light but still full and they really compliment the beer and make it a better beer. Everything was balanced and harmonious making this a very elegant beer.

Photo of ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally obtained a bottle of this beer at a bottle shop in NYC after missing it from several beer bars near me. Beer poured a clear golden color with a really rich and thick bubbly white head. The nose was herbal, floral, maybe a touch of honey in there. The taste has some definite notes of honey, floral and citrus. There is a slight hop bit on the backend but the beer is well balanced and smooth.

Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served cold into a goblet glass, Cuvee de Fleurs has a hazy golden yellow-orange color with a thick white foam top. It settles slowly but doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

The aroma is floral and peppery.

Flavor is intense in spicey black pepper, lavendar floral, and light citrus. The floral
flavors are almost medicinal and very strong. Balance is good though where the sweet, spicey, floral qualities don't overwhelm eachother.

Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a strong Belgian - light in body with above average carbonation.

Overall I'm impressed but a little disappointed, if that makes any sense. Impressed because it's a pretty wildly different beer with very unique flavors. Disappointed that it seems almost too much to handle. So, interesting to try but it'll be difficult to finish the bottle.

On a side note, I asked my horticulturalist wife to identify the species on the back label. She said they can't be because the genus names are abreviated which can only be done if you're doing a list of species from the same genus. Anyway...

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

what's the fuss here? After having the spring dandelion from Brasserie Fantome, and several other saisons, I was disapointed in comparison. The taste was toned down, just above watered down. Purchased fresh at Beers of the World less than 3 months ago, so no aging situation. This brewery uses aggressive carbonation, again demonstrated here. And that's all it was.

Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). I started off by looking up what the differnet flowers are listed on the label, and basically they are: lavender, chamomile, marigold, rose, and hops.

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Gorgeous amber-tinged gamboge liquid, uniformly cloudy, shot through with thin tendrils of yeast and crowned by four fingers of rocky magnolia merengue. Heavy sticky lacing, superior retention, and very lightly viscous legs.

All the flowers on the label are in the nose - and the blend is impressively well integrated. Just when you think the primary scent is chamomile, the lavender kicks in, or the roses; just when you think that's all there is you get a touch of marigold; just when you think the whole affair might be a tad too perfume-like, the hops throw in a touch of citrus which counteracts that impression, reminding you that this is indeed a very fine ale. A touch of pepper and honey come through as well.

Sweet, floral, and lightly tart on the palate. The yeast adds a bit of spice to the boquet of floral flavors and quietly unites all the elements of the flavor profile. The roses are a little more prominent than the other flower flavors, most likely due to the rosewater, and most likely intentional. The hops are generous as well, and contribute a nice burst of lemon and orange not to mention a healthy bitterness which reminds you that this is an honest saison, not a mere gimmick. Finish is just dry enough and there is a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste.

Medium-light, yet lush body - with excellent carbonation and just a touch of warmth.

Some might say the beer attempts too much, that the flavors are excessive - but I think the brewer has succeeded on every level and created a harmonious, uplifting, yet reverent update of the style.

I wasn't too impressed with the biere de garde from Southampton Publick House, but this ale surpassed all expectations.

Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazed orangish amber color with an off-white head that possesses great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is absolutely fantastic! The nose is very floral with a hint of mint and spices. Very complex.

T- The taste like the aroma is floral with some spices and the alcohol really doesn't stand out very much at all in this one. Like with the aroma, I love the complexity of the taste. Every sip is an adventure.

M- This beer is very highly carbonated creating a prickly mouthfeel.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this brew. It is something different which is nice and I really enjoy the mix of flavors. Definitely worth a try. Highly Recommended.

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a meadish gold honey color with a thick white head, also alot of sediment. The smell is like honey and mint. The flavor starts out with a ginger taste and finishes with a mint type of flavor, there is a bit of warmth from the alcohol but nothing too heated. This beer is really really dribkable.

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 Gmann
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The color is pale copper with a nice fluffy white head, not much in the way of lacing. The smell is distinct, honeysuckle, rose, some sweet spices, unique. The taste is earthy, some toasted malt, bitter hop, and all of the floral features which tilt towards the sweet side. The feel is moderate and perhaps a bit fizzy. Quite a unique take on the Saison but one the fits perfectly. It's earthy but with a sweet floral tone. It could probably use some cellaring. This is a very interesting saison and one I must recommend.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sent my way as an extra from Pabs311. Thanks a bunch Dave. My wife and I split the cork and caged 750ml bottle into our matching Duvel tulips and paired it up with some homemade white chicken chili. Review time:

A: Slightly murky meyer-lemon gold. Very little head for a saison even after a hard pour. About an inch of tight white foam sits on top and quickly recedes to a wisp ring. Moderate lacing has this looking alright. 4/5

S: Oh my... I do love a bright smelling saison and this fits the bill. So fresh and so clean lemon zest, young rosemary, and some funky dried generic herbs. Quaffable to borderline perfection. 4.5/5

T: Very low on the banana ester just like I prefer. I'm looking for the floral here and I find it as a nice subtlety. My palate is not refined enough to pull it out blind so its nice to know its there in advance. Some lightly sweet candied orange peel, parsley, and a strong showing of noble hops are some of the highlights. The 8.2% ABV shows up on the finish toward the bottom of my glass and as it warms. A little less sweetness and this would be flawless. 4.5/5

M: Fuller bodied than the saisons I'm more used to from Upright and lower on the carbonation as well. Its nice in its own way though. I like it as a nice changeup. 4/5

D: I could drink a whole lot of this if it was available locally. Typically I enjoy saisons for their ability to stand up to food as a nice accompaniment. Cuvee Des Fleurs does well to stand up all by itself with no support. Its among the best I have had and highly recommended. Well done Southampton. 5/5

Photo of morimech
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of 04/28/15 on the label. Clear golden color with a short lived two finger head. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

I like how the saison yeast comes through in the aroma of this American Saison. That is something that is missing in a majority of domestic attempts at the style. Besides the yeast the malt gives a dry, biscuit aroma. Then comes the special ingredients of flowers and rose water. Man is this thing floral. Smells like a flower garden.

This is a unique flavor. I think it is the rose water I am tasting that is threatening to overpower the flavor. But enough of the base saison is detected, and it is excellant, that I did not lower the score. Very floral. The finish is moderately dry with no sign of alcohol.

Light body with a smooth texture. I would of liked a little more carbonation but it did not hurt this beer by much.

A unique and delicious beer. Southampton can compete with the best US brewers in the Belgian styles.

Photo of BigBlacke
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at McK's Tavern in Daytona Beach, Fl. Poured this into my tulip and noticed the "saison" trademark rocky foam head about an inch high. Cuvee des Fleurs has a distinct medicinal smell from the rose water, faint honey and spice. Taste is of crisp fresh rose water with hints of fruit and spice. It has a cooling effect on the tongue almost like that of wintergreen. So crisp and fresh! Mouthfeel is a smack in the face, almost champagne like carbonation. Delivers the flavors right up front. Drinkability is like water, I could drink this all day!

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

Many thanks to Rastacouere and friends, this was the second course in a fabulous sunday afternoon session.

Appreance: Opaque, and mango orange colored, with nice fluffy head. I had something on the bottom of my glass, we weren't able to pinpoint if it was yeast, cork or maybe a tiny piece of edible flowers.

Smell: Fresh grapefruit, then yeast, then a mild flowery aroma that was too hard for me to pin down.

Taste: Had a impressive balance of sour, tart and sweet, the taste reminded me of cape gooseberries, those little cherry tomatoes encased in a papery beige husk, like miniature Chinese lanterns. Surprising that such delicate flavours have such a great coating mouthfeel to it. This Beer is complex yet delicate, and proves that you can make a great Beer without smacking your tastebuds silly.

Photo of brandoneast
2.68/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this at '09 GABF and didn't particularly like it then and wanted to give it another chance.

The beer pours translucent copper with nice head. Aromas of mint, lime, rose petals, medicinal syrup, wet/damp field, clove, and somewhat barnyardy but not funky. The taste is weird like a mojito and that medicinal band-aid, phenolic problem - just hard to pull through and put down. Not going to search this one out ever again.

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 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 akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The saison is a light golden straw color, darned-near transparent. No sedimient, no haze, nothing obscures the beauty of the ale in my glass. A finger of white head, dense and compact, laced as it receded. The high levels of carbonation are noticeable to the eye.

S: The nose is complex beyond description, layered and full of floral sweetness that it is difficult to fully appreciate. On one pass, cardamom and anise stand out, on another, wildflowers and dandelions. Anise is a recurring theme at the end of each sip.

T: The excessive carbonation levels give the ale a spritzy, light taste that initially hides its complexity. As the bubbles pass, cardamom and ginger, licorice, coriander, rose water and several bouquets of freshly-cut flowers greet me. There is a touch of Belgian yeast near the end, a little funky but nothing to get fired up over. The saison has a wall of flavor that I can best describe as Spector-esque (that's Phil, not Arlen for all you PA residents). Confoundingly deep.

M: The mouthfeel is lively, crowded even with activity. The overcarbonation is welcome; it leaves an almost-clean slate behind.

D: As much as I enjoyed it, I think that drinking an entire bottle would be difficult. It is just to wild and floral; I'd suffer from palate fatigue.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous pour on this, glowing sunset orange, a little hazy. Constant streaming carbonation. Duvel-esque foam, remaining for half-hour at least.

Earthy, spicy aroma, phenolic clove and herbs. Somewhat sweet and reminiscent of the spice rack. Swirling brings out a bit of citrus and some minor tea notes. Fairly unique, but the phenolics are a little much for me.

Sweet and smooth, bitter herbs build in the back, a nice balance there. The floral and phenolic elements come off as slightly odd, but they are in the background. Feels like a Belgian saison or strong pale, fairly full bodied. Big caramelized sugars and herbal/floral character. Unique and interesting.

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