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Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 71
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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:
A Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2004)
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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Monks Cafe in Center City Philadelphia.

Pours a cloudy golden color with thin white head. Floral aroma (duh) with hints of malt, spice and light fruit. Very quaffable with a nice floral flavor accompaned by a nice maltiness and hints of citrus fruit.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of sleazo
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

A_Pours a very hazy amber liquid with a two finger large head. The side has some rather large bubbles clinging to it while the middle looks pillowy soft.

S_The nose is greeted by a fairly strong dose of bread yeast and floral hoppiness. This is tied together by a light earthy mineral quality.

T_Lightly toasted bread hits the palate first. This is followed by a strong floral quality which reveals the various flowers used here. The finish is fairly dry, bitter and redolent of vegetal hops. There is also a nice degree of mustiness, damp earth and calcium.

M_Medium bodied with a very aggressive carbonation, a bit stinging.

D_A very nice American Saison. The farmhouse qualities are clearly evident much moreso than most not from the home country. The flowers play a nice background note but are not overpowering.

sleazo, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked, bottle.

Poured an initially clear golden color with a smaller sized white head. The pours became cloudier and cloudier towards the bottom with some big floaters. Aromas of 'Fleurs' (very floral), citrus, and spices. Tastes of spices, citrus, flowers, caramel, and just all around herbal.

Notes from 10/7/07

hopdog, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orangy amber, with a quickly fizzling quarter inch head of white.
No lacework and a placid surface remain for the duration.

Aromatics are pungently floral, spicy, and somewhat medicinal. Crushed mint, lavender, chamomile, rose water, peppermint, and white pepper. Light malt with Schezuan peppercorns, cloves, vaporub, and nutmeg follow through.

On the light side of medium bodied, and slightly crisp with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel.

Spice-forward and a bit sweet to lead off the palate. A blast of cloves, spearmint, and honey drizzled peppercorns followed by cardamon and bitter greens.

Finishes with lingering pungent spice, warming medicinal notes, and rounded sticky honey undertones.

A bit heavy on the spice now, but this one should be a great candidate for cellaring.

Another killer hook-up from RblWthACoz..Thanks!

brewandbbq, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy amber with a one fingered head and limited lacing. The smell is of a floral arrangement with a mixture of sugar. It tastes as it smells, I don't know how many of you out there have had them but this tastes like the liquid version of tthose flower flavored suckers that you get @ some restaurants. This beer also has a nice malt base to it. Absolutley no skimping on ingredients on this beer. The mouthfeel is nice and the carbonation level seems correct. I could finish this bottle but I double I would go for a second, especially @ 14$ a bottle.

Biggness, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt at Capone's for pulling this out of the back for me. I decided to share it with the local tasting group.

A: Pours a cloudy goldish orange hue with a rather wimpy head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Wow, very unique. This has a ton going on. The aroma consists of tons of light aromas making it very complex. It is slightly sweet with a vast array of spices and flowers.

T: Nice sweet and spicey. Tons of spices greet you as you taste this gem. Malt dances across the tongue and then the flowers kick in. There is a real boquet of tastes that overcome you.

M: The beer is actually sort of velvety if you beleive that. It is unique in every aspect, as you break it down.

D: Not the most drinkable beer as I think over time it would become too much. The one glass I had was sooo enjoyable though. I really took my time and savored it. One of the most enjoyable and unique brews I have had in quite sometime. This one gives a new meaning to "craft" brew.

tpd975, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99 poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy orange amber that clears up as it warms. The head is small but very bubbly and dissipates fairly quickly leaving no lacing. The smell is extremely unique and extremely floral with some definite spiciness thrown in there as well. The floral aroma was more than just hops - all kind of flowery smells. The taste is a sweeter version of the aroma with honey playing a major role alongside the floral tastes. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with decent carbonation with a lingering syrupy sweetness in the finish. This is my first Southampton brew and I'm impressed with both the uniqueness and the quality of this one. Big thanks to Steve for sharing this one.

gford217, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Damian
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a One Pint, 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle at the Southampton Publick House, Southampton, NY
2008 vintage
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my friend Matt for treating me to this!

Poured a cloudy, dark caramel-amber color with absolutely no head. Very atypical for the style. The beer appeared to be "turned" due to improper aging conditions.

The aroma was breathtaking. Simply calling it "floral" would be a huge understatement. Jasmine, lavender, chamomile and various other wild flowers jumped from the bottle as soon as the cork was popped. These smells intensified greatly as the beer was swirled in my snifter. Sweet, citrusy notes came out as well. Amazingly smooth overall.

The taste was outstanding. Highly flavorful and floral. Quite similar to the aroma in many ways. Beyond the intense floral quality was a spicy, semi-sweet maltiness and notes of honey. The longer the beer sat, the sweeter it became. The semi-hoppy, dry-ish finish however helped keep things in check. A touch of alcohol also came out in the finish as the beer warmed. Sweet, floral notes once again appeared in the lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was syrupy and rather thick for the style with a very mild carbonation. Near the end of the glass, the beer felt completely flat. Once again, this aspect of the brew was very uncharacteristic for the style.

Although this saison lacked the crisp snappiness and the bubbly effervescence that often make this style of beer one of the most drinkable, this example more than made up for these shortcomings with its amazing aroma and flavor. Furthermore, at 7.7% ABV, this brew masked its alcohol prowess quite well.

Cuvee Des Fleurs is definitely an experimental-type beer that really pushes the boundaries. Although I would love to get my hands on another bottle of this stuff, I am glad it is not a part of Southampton's regular lineup. Frankly, there is no place one should enjoy this brew other than with friends on the front porch of the hedge-lined Southampton Publick House.

Damian, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy but clear amber with a fluffy off-white head that retains well, leaving rings of lace as it dissipates.

Smell: They're not fucking around here, this is one intensely floral beer. Jasmin, honey and tea leaves come to mind with a plethora of floral undertones that I can't distinguish.

Taste & mouthfeel: Honey-like sweetness meets a distinct green tea-like flavor. Tons of floral complexity, but I couldn't begin to pick out any specific flavors. This is sweeter than I was expecting, to the point of being rather cloying. I'm glad I decided to share this bottle; the complexity and richness of it easily fatigues the palate after 1 glass.

largadeer, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that rapidly declines to a ringlet; no lace

Smell: Floral aromatics, with chamomile and cardamom

Taste: Unusual slightly herbal taste, with a honey lemon element up front; after the swallow, a range of flavors including chamomile, licorice, coriander and, of course, brett, develop

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very low carbonation

Drinkability: What an unusual beer; very well crafted but not for everybody's palate; glad I tried it but not one I would seek out again

brentk56, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a fair bit of haze and a thin, fine, whitish head. Just a bit of spotty lace clung to the glass until it was half gone. The aroma was intensely floral, lots of perfume character. It had a spicy edge though and notes of grain and lemon. Bitterness was light. The flavour was lemony and spicy up front with a bit of grain and fruit coming later. Spice lingered, along with mild alcohol warmth. Full bodied with carbonation on the light side. The texture was right at the edge of being syrupy, but stayed quite smooth. Very unique with an incredible aroma and it ended up being quite tasty. Not sure I'd have this on a regular basis, but it was definitely an experience.

DrJay, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's

A: Hazy orange pour with a little haze. Thin white head.

S: Incredibly floral with honey, jasmine, rose and some complex spice with pepper and nutmeg. Interesting

T: Medium bodied with an interesting combination of floral and spicy notes. Dry finish.

M: Carb is a tad low bit the dry finish is great

D: Delcious stuff. Not my favorite style but i'm glad i got to try this.

DefenCorps, May 23, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's during American Craft Brew week.

The beer pours a fairly dark gold color with fair head retention and lacing. It doesn't look all that impressive... but looks can be deceiving.

The nose is very impressive with an aroma of figs, orange, honey and spice. On the palate this beer is every bit as spicey and complex, with moderate sweetness. There is some interesting underlying hoppiness too to this beer. The beer has almost a cinnamon and brown sugar flavor as well. Very intriguing. The mouthfeel is rich and full, and the beer has a long spicey finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so.

An exceptional beer from Southampton. Just excellent.

John_M, May 17, 2008
Photo of
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Solomon420.

Slightly cloudy, orange gold. Medium, off white, creamy head. Not much legs, decent lacing.

Aroma was spicy, citrusy and floral. Perfume comes to mind. Very tiny bit of funk.

Taste was sweeter than expected, bubblegum just a bit. Herbal there as well, like biting on a stem of grass. Good balance, finish is bitter, but aftertaste is sweet, caramel?

Light in body. Medium to high carbonation. Fairly dry.

An excellent saison!

, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into tulip glass at Monk's, Philly.

A: Orange hue with some floating yeast flakes. Head is very thick and fluffy, even for a saison like this. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma reminiscent of a ginseng tea, definitely different. Minty and peppery with some floral notes.

T: Tea flavors, sharp flower taste in every single sip. Never really had a farmhouse or anything that tasted quite like this. Some citrus but mostly sweetness. Different, not really my cup of tea though which is more what it tasted like.

M: Bubbly carbonation. A bit dry and fizzy through the aftertaste.

D: A little too intense on fruits and florals but drinkable, could see a fan of the style being keen on this beer. No abv recognized whatsoever which was a nice quality.

marcpal, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, which left a nice island in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, yeasty, cinimmon, nutmeg, flowery, slight caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, very nice touch of spices and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, never had a Saison like this before very very nice, highly recommended. Another awesome brew from Southampton, Thanks Steve.

Wasatch, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of BeerLover729
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange golden beer with thick foamy white head that fizzles down but looks real good at first.

S: This beer smells crazy. Its reeks of lavender mintyness and night time tea chamomile and a whole crap load of other planty smells that I cannot specifically pick out.

T: The taste is also relatively crazy. Sweet maltyness is present but overpowered by the planty blend. Lavender again particularly sticks out to me (probably because it's the only smell/taste i could recognize before i looked up the Latin names of the plants used). Very subtle but joyfully familiar hop floral character with unique bite, different from the typical hop bitterness. Mild saison astringent taste. Very complex and interesting but obviously quite different then your regular hops/malted barley beverage.

M: Medium to heavy light body with crisp carbonation and mild sweet finish on the tongue.

D: Well disguised alcohol with little to no cloyingness and a short lived sweetness. This beer is very drinkable but I don't think I would drink it all night long. Definitely to start or end it though.

Notes: Very interesting beer. The herbs used, if your interested like I was, are known regularly as: English lavender, a type of chamomile, something known as scurvy grass, and Dog rose a type of rose and hops. Lavender has been used to relieve stress as has chamomile which is commonly used in teas for such reasons. That scurvy grass stuff is some kind of stimulant that was used, obviously, to avoid scurvy. Most interestingly I read that the dog rose plant was used during the Vietnam war and mixed with tobacco and smoked to produce mild hallucinogenic effects. Very nice. All that being said this is very good and I will definitely need to become better acquainted with it in the future.

BeerLover729, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this one for a long time, and I finally dropped the $10 at New Beer and went for it.

Pours a fogged golden amber with a good bit of crème head. Nose is that grassy orange funk. Seems almost like a bit of mint is there. Hmmm. The flavor...there is that mint again. That is a new one for me in a saison. Definite fruit character there as well. Big sweet edge. I really get a mass of mint on this one. Seems very vibrant, possibly a bit too much so for a saison. But either way, this is a good saison. Feel is of course laden with bubble from a huge amount of carbonation. Liquid is pretty typical. Overall it is very drinkable. A bit too tangy IMO, but still a good saison.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like fresh squeezed peach juice. Has the same opacity as peach juice with stray yeast streams drifting around the glass. Head is full and pillowing, almost totally snow white.

S: Orange blossom, floral delights, nutmeg, coriander and black pepper.

T: Explosive jasmine flavor right out of the boat. Really does taste like flowers; rose pedals, daisies and dandelions. Tangerine and cream flavors mix in but the floral characteristics dominate. Boy, this beer is sweet and getting borderline cloying. The sweetness in the high notes is a bizarre mixture of apricots, apples, honey and jasmine. Finishes with a lot of yellow apple and pear, some honey and other basic and rounded flavors.

M: Medium body, nice mouthfeel

D: This beer is absolutely jam packed with flavor. Could use some balance though as the sweetness dominates the brew and really limits the drinkability. Share this beer with someone.

Westsidethreat, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #300. I've been saving this one since my visit to Long Island at the beginning of this summer, and it's been killing me! Saison is my favorite style, and I've been intrigued by Southampton ever since reading Farmhouse Ales a few years back back.

Poured into my Fantôme tulip, Cuvée des Fleurs is a hazy gold, with a nice sized tight off-white head that's rocky and long lasting, leaving fairly heavy foamy lace, with lots of active effervescence. Perfect for the style, or pretty much any other for that matter.

Aroma is pretty strong on the citrus spices, immediately reminding me of their double wit, which i thought was cloying and over-spiced...uh oh! After having the Saison Deluxe, I had super high expectations, but now I'm not so sure...with a name like Cuvée des Fleurs, I knew it would be floral, but this is awfully heavy-handed...mainly lots of orange, but also a nice bit honey. In spite of the hint of quinine like dryness that I expect for the style, the spices are too thick for my taste.

The taste, disappointingly is also way to heavy on the spices, very floral, with some citrus, which gives it an interesting depth, but it's just to much. As my pallet adjusts, I get flashes of the brilliance of the Saison Deluxe, but this on is just so sugary and washed out in spices, I can't really savor it. I'm not sure of the FG, but I think if they dropped this another .010 it would be spot on - as it is, it's just to under-attenuated for my taste. In spite of all the criticism, the floral honey taste is growing on me, and starting to hit the spot, although it's still awfully rich. While the taste certainly isn't average, it's not too good either! I keep waffling on the score, but in the end, I'll give it a 3....but without my comments, it's closer to a 2, e.g. (I'm) Not Impressed!

The mouthfeel is to cloying for a saison, in spite of the spritz from the carbonation. Otherwise, it's pretty light and creamy.

Well, I really wanted to love this one. But it's just not that good by my palate, and this 750ml bottle took some time. Way to spicy, I'm glad I sat on it for a few months at least, as I'm sure it was only worse fresh. Still, I really love their Saison Deluxe, in spite of this and that double wit. The funny thing is that I just had my first taste of Founder's Breakfast Stout with BA JohnMichaelson this afternoon, an extremely special treat that would surely earn a higher score then my #300...nevertheless, I'm glad I brought this one home!

ccrida, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

ggaughan, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged. I have not had many SPH beers but I have loved the ones I have. Pours out an amber-gold with a good, solid white head that grows. Tons of bubbles constantly make their way to the top.

Classic yeasty, soapy smell that I get from Saisons. Some citrus, apple and pine notes as well. Taste is more intense than I expected and with a bigger mouth feel. This is not light on it's feet. Yeasty notes are still there but some dough and caramel sweetness comes through at the end. I do get some toasty notes as well. Does have a drier finish, which I like, with some chalk coming out.

Over all, a solid beer. The sweetness is a little more than I like in my Saison but that is just personal preference. One last note, the flavors stay with you in the end for a good 35-45 seconds. Well made and enjoyable.

CharlesRiver, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of elinash
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

elinash, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Fugazme
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very loud "pop" when opening... cork nearly shot out.

One inch, thick white head. Beer is a very bright copper color. Clarity is great with traces of gold where light passes through on the edges.

Aroma: Spicy honey. Quite floral and "perfumey". Musky with a nice hop character to balance.

Taste: Sweet honey upfront with a touch of peppery spice. Bits of citrus. Finishes dry. Awesome.

A wonderful beer for sure.

Fugazme, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a slightly cloudy yellowish color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of ester yeast and light spices with some very nice floral notes was very much enjoyable. Taste is a well balance mix between light and floral spices and a nice ester yeast all backup by some Belgian style malt and a medium dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. If somebody at told me this beer was from Dupont or Fantome, I would have had not problem believing it (which by the way is a great compliment coming from me).

Phyl21ca, Apr 17, 2007
Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs from Southampton Publick House
90 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.