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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4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle purchased at the Foodery, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Best by date 11/13/14.
Hazy golden body, crowned with a creamy foam head. Very good head retention and lacing, eventually dissipates to a cap and ring.
Very pleasant aroma of light malt, green grassy hops, some tropical fruit notes, brett, and spice.
A very fine tasting saison, with bready malt, lemon and tropical fruit, and interesting yeast flavor, with a strong element of brettanomyces yeast with flavors of band-aid and a little copper penny. It is strongly hopped with notes of green grassy hops that linger in the long finish, and turns progressively bitter, finishing up like orange rind. There is a lot going on in this beer that is hard to describe, but it is definitely complex, interesting, very well balanced, and tasty.
Body is medium and the carbonation is moderate, giving this a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
A saison that is defined by a good yeast strain(s) that is interesting, complex, hoppy, and well balanced. Love getting all this flavor in a brew that is 7.5% ABV--could drink loads of this stuff, but this was my last bottle.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2013 05:39:42 | More by Beerenauslese
Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
92 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.