Saison Deluxe - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
4.85/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I need to begin this review with a note of caution: My buddy and I both pulled, twisted and tugged at this cork for a good five minutes before we gave up and I took a corkscrew to it. When I did pop the thing off the bottle was a gusher. It had been sitting in my fridge upright for a couple of weeks and we didn't shake it, so be careful when (or IF you manage) to open this one.
A hazy yellow body with a few very solid looking yeasties floating around in it. A huge white head with some decent retention; not surprising considering the explosion of this bottle. I don't have a ton of lacing from this one.
Smell is very nice. A slight tartness comes with some bready malts and light fruits. Peppery.
This is another great tasting beer from Southampton. One of the best saisons, if not the best, that I have encountered. Also, absolutely serve this one at cellar temperature or just a little colder, because that is where the flavor will really shine. Begins with a slight tartness that gives way to a spicy, grassy, earthy, hop profile that is paired with white pepper and coriander yeast flavors. Then comes a pale, very slightly bready malt that is accompanied by some light, sweet fruits like peach and pear. This flavors are perfectly balanced, coming together to make an extremely tasty saison.
Somewhat of a strange mouthfeel. Have you ever tried to catch smoke in the air with your hand? It's a little bit like that. As soon as this beer hits your tongue it fizzes up, seemingly becoming as much a gas as it is a liquid. Extremely highly carbonated and therefore very light feeling. I have to say I think it is a little bit too extreme and would be better with a little less carbonation, but it isn't terrible or anything. Certainly not bad enough to ruin this great beer.
One thing I'll say about the mouthfeel is that it really makes this a drinkable beer. Definitely not filling or heavy in any way. That combined with the awesome balanced flavors makes this a beer I could drink a few bottles of in a night.
This is the second fantastic Southampton beer I've had in about a month. Both this saison and the grand cru are tasty and complex. I need to grab some more Southampton stuff for sure.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2008 17:02:11 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.21/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a chalice from 750
A- pours a golden, translucent color with an enormous white bubbly head that dissipates before a couple blinks. Nice looking beer.
S- Belgian farmhouse yeast, white grapes, a hint of citrus, maybe orange zest. Some bready yeast flavor as well with light floral hoppiness.
T- the white grape is persistent, followed by a little peppery spice and some pear. A nice amount of earth, barnyard funk (Maybe Brett) and a grassy note as well.
M- this beer is super-carbed. Mouthfeel is medium with a snappy finish. Alcohol is hidden well, so be careful.
O- this is a fantastic saison that I'm glad I picked up. Will seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 23:28:25 | More by JamesStreet
4.01/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising pretty quickly from the bottom of the glass as well as some straw yellow + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three to four finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of pale malts, spices, lemon citrus, and floral hops.
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with slightly stronger flavors of lemon citrus and spicy yeast. There is a light to moderate flavor of floral hops that impart a light amount of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.
M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp, almost prickly upfront and finishes smooth. Hints of dryness.
O: A very nice saison but one that feels a little bigger than some of the others - alcohol is hidden but slightly present just under the surface which makes it more of a sipping saison than a truly refreshing one. Definitely worth grabbing.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 00:12:41 | More by dbrauneis
Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
92 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.