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Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 67
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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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 canucklehead
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Malto for this beer

Thank goodness for the Duvel glasses that dealt with the huge amount of head on this beer. The first thing you notice is the huge floral, spicy nose that positively wafts from the goblet. The colour is winter sunset orange with a hazy frame. Lots of saison citrus and fruit in the taste but tempered with a ginger beer like spiciness. The floral aspect was present especially in the finish which was delicate and a times temporal. I drank this in a company of winter warmers and stouts which made this beer seem like springtime in a glass; bright, warm and full of hidden delights.

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

Yep, split this between the two of us when we should have had one each.
Nice crisp clear golden color with high rocky head. That's the head I like to see in this style.
Very prevelant spicing of cardamom and coriander and flowery too - although suggestion may play a stronger role than true taste.
As GrassRoots pointed out a very good beer with no finish - may need time and I'd be willing to give it that. Much more enjoyable than Southampton's traditional saison. I would certainly give this another try.

Photo of grassrootsVT
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with NoLiberty last night. Was afraid that the cork wouldn't make it out of the bottle [appears oversized, doesn't it?]. Pours a traditional and expected rocky head - amazing retention and lacing - an enchanting golden hue. A prevalent aroma of spices, cardamom, coriander, flowery, and champagne like.
This one tastes much better to me than markowski's regular saison. a better beer, overall, but lacking a finish [no doubt from the use of the flowers]. A winey aftertaste [a little chalky?] with a bundle of subtle complexity [seems paradoxical, doesn't it?] could it use a bit more time to mellow? it has a nice finish, champagne like, with a proper white wine note. expected mouthfeel with trailing carbonation...where can i find this again???
A proper beverage, if there was one. had i had another bottle...
hell yeah.

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light and fruity aroma that boasts of yeast esters and pale malts; very nice. It has a spicey feel along with some floral aromatics. The taste is good. It starts out with pale malts and fruitiness. There are yeast hints as well as floral tastes. It goes down easy and finishes dry with an earthy aftertaste. It has some sourness to it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good beer. These guys keep putting out exceptional beers. This is no different.

Photo of scooter231
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminded me a lot of grapefruit juice in a lot of ways. Its appearance resembled it in color, exactly. Had a little head. Smell is very citrusy, fruit juicy- a bit earthy, but mostly citrus notes.

Taste was sour, a bit of honey flavors to be found. Taste seems to go in stages... it's floraly and okay at first, and then becomes progressively worse- more and more sour, and a really icky aftertaste, like old garbage. Mouthfeel is okay- nothing special though. Drinkability? Not so much. I don't see myself searching this one out again- just too much sour garbageyness.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a goblet.
Looks a lot like grapefuit juice. Not a whole lotta head, a dense, hazy, yellow/orange color.
Smells very fruity and floral... which makes sense seeing as how this is made with edible flowers. Enjoyabley fragrant.
Unfortunately for me, this tasted too much like grapefruit juice. It struck me as a sour fruit juice with a kick. Quite a bit of citrus zest. This is pretty tangy, which I usually enjoy from a brew but I didn't enjoy it here.
Those that enjoy tripels as a beer style may like this one.
I didn't particularly enjoy this one.
I will say that this way more enjoyable when paired with some spicy chinese food. It has enough backbone to stand up to stronger flavors.
Still, I won't be going to great lengths to find this one again.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to fellow BA Malto for the bottle! We finally cracked her open. Dense cloudy goldenrod in my glass, the frothy white head has died down to just a thin film in the glass. Some small particulates lie at the bottom of my glass. Aromawise, there's some sweetness, but also some pungent spicieness. Yeasty, but maybe some mustard seed/pepper or similar in there. Tastewise, extremly smooth, what alcohol(?) ;-) this is almost a session beer. I pick up some yeastiness, maybe even some wheatiness. Some floral hop finish. Very enjoyable.

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

Corked 750ml bottle. Appears a clear bubbly straw yellow with a tall fluffy white head. Decent lacing and head retention were observed. Aroma is fruity with both sweet and tart fruit scents. Some apples, pears and a bit of funkiness. Notes of yeast and pretty strong floral notes that were not hop related. Some fruit was upfront on the taste that was a bit tart. Doughy malt provided a nice backbone as did a slight sweetness. Earthy/floral tones in this as well. Ends with a bit of funky tartness. Very clean crisp mouthfeel with a lively carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing I went through this bottle faster than I expected to. Very tasty stuff that was quite impressive, which I have come to expect from Southampton’s products. Thanks for another great one Steve!

Photo of twilight
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I kept thinking this one was dark. Dark dark dark. The bottle is a brown 750 cork and caged, so maybe it was just looking at the dark bottle for what seemed like forever in the fridge. Acquired last summer at Shoreline and forgotten about in the fridge until this recent Saison binge.

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a hint of orange. Hardly any head, which is strange, because last night's vielle provision had a huge rocky head that just sat in the glass, minding its own business. The nose is fruity, with some bubblegum coming through. Taste is heaven with initial earthy spiciness, leading to oranges, slight peaches, and that bubbleyum belgian candi taste, but with the bubble YUM more pronounced. Is that coriander in there? Nevertheless, heavenly. Cleans the palate and clears it for the taste. Finishes grassy on the tongue. Bitter, but without being sharp. round and nice kind of like how food leaves a lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is perfect, slight carbonation on the tongue and the back of the throat until swallowed. No one is going to make this a session beer, but after one or two of these bottles, one would go to bed happy and satisfied. Another superlative offer from Phil "I wrote the book on Saison" Markowski.

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 marburg
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A breathtakingly ponderous drink, this Cuvee des Fleurs pours to a butternut orange topped with a frothy white head that swells to agrandize itself with only one or two quick swirls of the glass, eventually settling to a more temperate collar of bubbles.

Fresh flowers, orange, banana, cloves, and a smooth oaky vanilla admix themselves into a vibrant, glorious, majestic aroma. And I swear to you that a short, casual whiff reveals dill and cilantro mayo or some sort of herbal face cream. Astonishingly complex.

Lightly syrupy and not terribly lively on the tongue, there's a constant reminder of flowers with dried lavender and cinnamon-orange peel aggressively challenging the palate. Notes of sage and twigs lend a slightly raw feel. A light hop bitterness rounds it out, but the spiciness lingers.

I am humbled in its presence.

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

750ml corked. Cloudy and bright golden honey color with a sizable white head that settles to a thin layer of film covering the top. Nice mouthfeel, airy and light. Really floats in your mouth with a carbonation similar to a Tripel maybe a bit softer. Spicy, floral and Belgian like aroma. Some vinous notes. Really complex. Flavor has interesting sweet floral spicy finish. Again vinous in flavor as well. Lacking the barnyard flavors of other Saisons I like but this one is a winner. Thanks Em

Photo of granger10
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, that cork was a bitch! It damn near took all my strength to open this bottle. The pour is a very elegant golden bronze color with a somewhat foamy medium sized egg white head. Sparse amounts of bubbles go to the top. Smell is yeasty and floral, about what I'd expected but they are a little weak. Taste is really hard for me to pin down. Starts out almost tarty but I'll just say bitter with hops and flowers, lots of odd estery flavors. It's really a hard hit initially to my palate. A grainy, yeasty flavor helps sweeten up the rather thick for its style beer. Underneath there seems to be white grape tannins. Finish is yeasty with some fruity complements and lingers to the point of almost being annoying. This was one different tasting saison, not bad, but not my style either.

Still, lots of thanks to FeloniusPhil for such a great all around trade!

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

What a long champagne cork! Finally it ends in a curl of gunsmoke and a brief whiff of berry pie and peach pie. Hazy honey gold liquid is topped by a steamed-milk field of tan. The cells vary in size from a few microns to a millimeter. It looks like a galaxy forming out of yeast. Stamina can be observed in the steady, pillar-shaped migration of gas upward. More nose, more deeply inhaled, and I sense sharply doughy, yeasty impressions. And still, the pretty floral, fruit and pastry notes are dominant: ripe banana, nectarine, peach, butter, freshly milled spring wheat, vanilla, tangerine and whole clotted cream.
On the toungue it's velvety and bitter. The finish rises from the back palate, excited by the eruption of body-heated alcohol, to release an incense of bitter almonds, cakes, cinnamon, nutmeg, other astringent spices, tobacco, chalk and preserved fruits. This is an extraordinarily creamy, integrated sequence of flavors. The acidity is entirely in the background; it drives the subtle fruit, but leaves the structural duties to bitter botanical extracts.

What a privilege to drink this. Thanks to jenn...(etc.) for her generosity.

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

750ml bottle, sampled at the brew pub. Candy coloured apricot with a bit of a chill haze to it as well. Aromas are of, wait for it....flowers. Seriosuly though I also smell some very fresh herbal hops, grass, hay, and some sweet, candy-like malts. The taste is sweet up front with all of the interesting flowery flavors in the middle, and a dry, malty, toasty finish that begs you to take another sip, again, and again, and again. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but very carbonated and almost explosive on the tongue. The drinkability is very good, but this complex bouquet could get grating after a glass or two. Still an interesting and very satisfying beer from Mr. Markowski. I'm sitting on another 750 right now, and wondering when to pop the cork on it.

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 Rastacouere
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very cloudy golden hue. Thin white head consists of tiny well laced bubbles. Yeats particles ride the bottom of the glass. Huge clean yeast aroma smells pure fermentation accompanied by those very floral and herbal notes. There’s a slight creamy lactic component in there, but it makes for a nice marriage with thegrassy and slightly citrusy bite. Notes of rosewater, hops. Entering the mouth, I immediately take notice of the huge mouthfeel on this. This is fluffy, powdery, quaffable, and has this charming soft carbonation that is typical of great beers. Palate displays a superb spicy bitterness executed in incredible balance and harmony (this and the mouthfeel are the 2 attractions imo), gentle woodiness. It’s ultimately not very flavorful, never pungent anyway or flavors are just hard to pinpoint, but the flavor balance is part of the meeting. Let me tell you that I’m pleased to have 1 bottle left, I’d feel like drinking it now almost.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle. The color of the beer is a dark oragne with a stiff white head. The aroma has herbs in it and sweet pale malt offerings. The flavor is long. It rests on each note for a while but moves on consistently. You are tasting the beer long after you swallow but it is not in the sense of a leftover aftertaste. It is all of the complex flavors coming to pass. Notes of vanilla, lavender, and a bit of peppermint earthiness. it ends with a well balanced sweetness and a bit of tapioca flavor.

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight barnyard smell on the cork. Sweetish rusty nose. Effervecent active crystal pale yellow look in the goblet. Fluffy white head on the por leaves very quickly. Bitter upfront with a sharp grassy floral smoothing taste. The brew then sweetens slightly on the finish. The initial bitterness and carbonated feel (lively) are shocking. The finish is quite nice and the aftertaste is fruity. This is one of the most interesting beers (and unique) that I have tasted in a long time.

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

Brilliantly clear, pale orange with a creamy, light tan head that holds and laces well. Well carbonated and effervescent, with constant streams of bubbles fighting their way to the top.

Aroma is soft and rustic, with a lot of floral notes and orange peels. Hefty amount of tropical fruit esters, with pineapple coming in the strongest. Firm toasted malt base. Hints of medicinal phenolics and yeasty spiciness. Tiny suggestion of vanilla too.

Flavor begins a bit on the sweet side, with a fleshy fruitiness and chewy floral character. Full of pineapple, orange, pear, and apple. Midway, the toasted malt base shows itself, only to be overpowered by a late hit of earthy hop bitterness. Phenolics are present, but subdued. Fair amount of white peppery, yeasty spiciness is consistent the whole way, along with a bright orange peel flavor that lasts deep into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side of medium, but thankfully thickens up a bit with the considerable yeast pour at the end. Somewhat dry finish.

Not as mind blowingly good as their regular Saison, but extremely well done and tasty. Another winner from possibly the best small brewer in the country.

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 bultrey
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm... another winner from SH. Picked up a caged, corked champagne bottle at Thrifty in Brooklyn. Bottle describes the beer as "a special Saison-style brew lightly flavored with a blend of edible flowers including [in italics] L. augustifola, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R.canina, and of course, H. lupulus." Now, I'm not a botanist, so whatever, sounds good. (Actually, I didn't even know that H. lupulus is hops until I looked it up. Of course, as they say on the bottle).

Cork was a struggle, but finally came free with more of a whoosh than a pop. Poured into a Bourdeaux-style wine glass, and the beer glimmered with a golden sheen and boasted a nice quarter-inch sudsy head that lingered on and on. There is some funky barnyard and leather smell here, intermingled with clove. The smell reminds me quite a bit of Hennepin. This baby is an exceptional drinker. It has those same yeast-related attributes that many of the Southampton Belgian-styles do, but this one starts with the taste of clover honey, then moves into a little banana and clove, which then transforms into a slightly cidery and vinegary, and incredibly dry, wine-like flavor, and yes, a floral afterstaste. There is also an intense bitter hopiness in the aftertaste that lingers long into the evening. This puppy is like a hoppy Belgian triple combined with honey mead. Drinkability is astounding for an 8.5 ABV. I'm gassed. Oh how I love Southampton.

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

Sampled at the Pre-GABF Babblefest.


Quite fragrant in its bouquet, sweet with hints of spice, various flowers, grass and orange.

Dry, zesty, odd and very hard to describe. Grassy, somewhat herbal but not really with a divine light fruitiness of orange and apples. Dry, buttery malt flavor. A wierd one but I liked it.

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

Thanks to djgonzalez and Rokotgirl, myself and fellow BA Rapopoda managed to hit the Southampton Publick House on Saturday 5th September, during a busy Labor Day weekend on the NY roads, but we still made it, and boy was it worth it.

Presentation: I managed to pick up this bottled beauty just before we left. At $12 it wasn’t cheap, but it was a 750ml (I Pint 9.4 fl.oz), cork and caged, yet this was a flat bottomed brown glass affair, slightly different to its green dimpled Belgium counterparts. One main label, a yellow affair with black text, the quality of the label is cheap and nasty, it soon gets damps and tears, but whilst dry it offers a glimpse into the contents. “Southampton – Cuvèe [is it me or is the accent the wrong way on the first “e”?] des Fleurs”. Described as “A Saison-style Ale Flavored With A Variety of Edible Flowers”. The description of the ingredients hints at the Edible Fauna, “L. augustifolia, A.nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and of course H.Lupulus.” O.G. 17.5° Plato 7,7% abv. So where does the 8.5% come from?? Schoolteacher was probably drunk again when he listed this one I reckon!!! LOL

Appearance: Hazed Fou’ Foune candy sweet barley-sugar body. Furry peachy body with funky fuzzy carpet-like apricot skins on the glass edges. Off-white head that looks très cool at first, but soon rescinds to a thinnish broken bubbled covering that is thickest at the Glass edges nearest the lacing.

Nose: Spicy hops, funky yeasts, some Brett at time I have to say, sweet yet sour. Orange spices and some dark funky spontaneously fermented orange peel laden marmalade Jam. Sharp yet sour, but always orange citric.

Taste: Sweetish start, funky beginnings fight through a very spicy hoppy middle, boy this is good. Spicy Marmalade start, funky fruit yeasts mixed with a thick zesty fruitiness that supports a dark inherent spicy old fruit behavior. Old sun dried zesty bodies litter the back end. Lick that fruity clitoris, this is a good one!!

Mouthfeel: Decent body with a gelatinous feel. It sets in your mouth. Immensely smooth carbonation that impresses me to the point that I feel this to be an importee brew.

Drinkability: More and more and more I wanted to empty the bottle and fill my Glass. I just wish I could save the label, but it is so thin and cheap, not reflective of the contents that’s for sure, that it dissociates and breaks up. Bugger.

Overall: Think Fantôme Saison D’Erezée – Été on speed..…and you’re there……..well nearly.

Cheap nasty overpriced crap….
– Oh I’m sorry Davo; I meant to say that this is just as good as you said it was.

Seriously good shit!!! Highly Recommended! Get some if you can! I did.

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Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs from Southampton Publick House
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