Saison Deluxe - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by atigerlife:
3.85/5 rDev -6.8%
Been holding onto this bottle for a number of years. Finally decided to give it a try...
Cork pretty much exploded out of the bottle. Glad it was caged.
Pours a slightly dark golden with a big fluffy head. Lots of tiny carbonation rising.
Aroma of hay, sweetness, grass.
Taste is yeasty, grass, overally sweet, malts, some floral, light peach and hints of lemon.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flatter than expected.
Overall, a decent brew. Not a classic of the style, but definitely worth a try.
07-07-2012 17:37:04 | More by atigerlife
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4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Saison is a style Iam trying more and more to get into I just dont like the funk,luckily this one wasnt overly funky.Poured into a large tulip glass a clear medium golden with some real dark orange hue to it the head overflowed even with a somewhat gentle pour.Complex would be a good word to describe the aromas and the taste for that matter of this brew,,vanilla spiced pear and mango really stand out,clove comes thru as well as a bit of white pepper as it sits awhile.Flavors are also hit with a honey, spiced pear and mango start that lingers into a somewhat spicey pepper and clove finish.I liked this saison not alot of funk just alot of good complex flavors.
06-12-2008 22:15:34 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Many thanks to scthaden for the opportunity to try this exquisite creation.
Micro bubbles attack like champagne and the mild honey flavor combined with this reminds us of bee stings. The more I think about it, the more I am reminded of champagne.
Aroma is very authentic, Belgian. This reminds me a lot of Dupont and Hennepin. This is like a blend of the best aspects of both fine beers.
Body is a perfect saison yellow with a thin but everlasting white head. This head looks like it could last for hours.
Clean, defining of cleanliness. I guess this is godly then.
Grapefruit hops in the aroma.
Lace could be more clingy.
This would age well. I need to get more bottles.
Dry flavor. Lots of wheat and barnyardiness. Biscuits with lemon on them. Fresh, sticky, lively body.
Drinkability is supreme. Alcohol is felt through warmth and strength.
Spice coriander, lots of it. Pepper. Chamomile perhaps but my allergy is not reacting to it so Im guessing there isnt any in here. Some lemon zest.
Green raisons and lemon grass.
Absolutely outstanding. A must for fans of saisons and Belgian pales. Straight forward and fantastic.
05-05-2007 02:12:11 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
The cork in this bottle put up a good fight, thought I'd have to get a wine key to open it. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with two fingers of a long lasting rocky head of white bubbles that slow settles.
This is a nice balance of fruit, spice and flowers with medium levels of lemon, pepper and floral hops dominate the aroma. There is light malt aroma with a hint of that pilsner character.
This taste a lot like it smell with flavors of lemon and pepper with a moderately high bitterness. There seems to be additional spice characters with some orange peel and a malt sweetness adding a depth to the flavor in the middle. There is a nice little bit of an acidic sharpness in there as well. The bitterness lingers past the dry finish.
Moderately light bodied with an a whole lot of carbonation resulting in a light and fluffy feel on the palate. No astringency despite all the hops and CO2.
Overall this is avery refreshing fruity, spicy and bitter beer with a dry finish; it's everything I want out of a Saison. It got everything I want can't think of anything better to cool off with at the the end of long hot summers day.
07-03-2012 01:43:52 | More by MadScientist
4.13/5 rDev 0%
A - Clear (before sediment at bottom of bottle, very high carbonation, light golden color, huge head, lots of lacing. Beautiful beer.
S - Sweet and spicy. Sweet malts come though with a good deal of spiciness from the hops and yeast
T - The sweetness from the malt hits me first, but quickly get a lot of spiciness and even some lemon flavor. There is nice hop bitterness in the finish.
M - Finishes very clean, the high carbonation helps clean it up even more, with a little alcohol warmth at the end.
D - This is one fine summer beer. Very refreshing, especially for a 7.4% ABV, extremely drinkable.
09-13-2010 23:30:23 | More by steelerguy
3.8/5 rDev -8%
Poured into an oversized wine glass, this was a beautiful yellow beer with a thick, white, foamy head. From there it was your standard saison. Yeasty with a touch of that funk. Nothing to get too excited about, but I do enjoy the style every now and then and I'd happily try this again.
06-04-2008 15:09:26 | More by dill
4.75/5 rDev +15%
750 ml corked and caged bottle, courtesy of hopdog, enjoyed in a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a hazy hue, the color of ripe banana skins. Body is animated with small carbonation bubblies. Hefty vanilla white head rises tall and stays at a lofty peak. Eventually, the head diminishes into pits, rocks, and meringue. Lacing is of the island chain and satin bedsheet variety. Impressive!
Aroma is pastoral. Coriander, white pepper, citrusy lemon, and idyllic notes of sheep pastures. Grassy and earthy hop and yeast characteristics evoke thoughts of spring mountains teeming with freshly shorn sheep. Lovely!
Mouthfeel reveals a medium body respendent with a spritzy and velvety carbonation. Herbal feel is duly noted.
Taste is characterized by a dry and herbal bitterness, enlivened by a zesty lemony citrus. White pepper and a mild coriander and mint add depth. Hints of orangezest and tangerine really make this one special. Some dirty sheep notes of sunbaked dung and freshly shorn wool provide an appropriate finish.
Wow! Best American Saisson I've encountered. This masterpiece rivals the finer examples from Belgium. What a treat! I need to shear some sheep.
12-23-2006 02:22:36 | More by merlin48
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Purchased @ New Beer in NYC, $ 8.95. Belgian style bomber, caged and corked, freshness indication not to be found. A healthy yeast cake rests on the bottom of the bottle. Opens with a loud and forceful POP of the cork, carbonation seems near explosive. Pours initially with a wildly growing head, loose, lacy and with alot of personality. Hazy/cloudy light, tangerine amber. Head slowly settles down to a thick white film that leaves nice, stringy lacing. Bold, complex nose with sniffs of soap, yeast, pepper, Belgian like phenols. Saison on steroids. Complex, full flavor, super all American musclebound take on the Belgian original. Big chunky flavor notes of about a pound of pepper, soft, lemon rinds, nutty yeasties. more perfumy soapyness. heady, big, bold, complex and thoroughly exciting brew. Closes with more spice and spicy hops. Not for beginners, another evolutionary link in the development of American/Belgian brew. The Houblon Chouffe of Saisons. Should have bought a few more bottles...hopefully SHMPTN will see to it that this one stays in stock in the area.
10-07-2006 01:08:21 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Poured from a 750mp bottle into a standard pint glass. Massive, massive head with great retention and lacing. Smells of light hops and candy sugar. Very nice color, considerable sediment. Taste is light hops, notes of iron, candy sugars, sour apple. Long finish, hop bitters and sour notes. A nice saison, but I could not drink more then one. If you are into saisons give this one a shot.
06-16-2008 02:04:09 | More by Kraken
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Big bottle from Giant Eagle Market District I used to see these big Southampton bottles in quite a few stores/bars. This is the only place I've seen the Saison Deluxe, anyways it pours a glowing golden orange apricot hazed color with a big off white foaming head. Fine Belgian style laceing surrounds the sides of my glass. Bright citrus tones with hints of funky Belgian yeast. Smells great spicy citrus hints of orange marmalade. Flavor wise honey biscuit malts with hints of citrus, funky yeast notes, and spicy herbal notes. A bit of barnyard funk no brett going on this one isn't sour more of a traditional saison. Big sweetness balanced only by the dry yeast and semi bitter spices, I'm guessing this is moderately hopped maybe a bit of floral hop flavors come forth and that's it. Mouthfeel isn't as effervescent as it's Belgian brethren but Phil generally does fantastic Belgian styles this one is no different, a bit full on the palate medium bodied with a nice dryness in the finish. Overall was a well made American brewed saison, I'm glad I picked up this and Cuvee des Fleures. Refreshing citric spice equates to a really nice experience, leave the sediment in the bottle on this one.
03-23-2011 03:12:17 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
Appearance - Huge foamy white head. Cloudy orange copper body. Foamy lacing and retention surround the glass.
Smell - Light orange and lemon smells. Some floral hops and yeast. Finished off with some light spice and mild pepper.
Taste - The citrus hits the tongue first. The spices trail closely but dont over power the citrus flavors. The yeast and hops finish up at the tail end and linger in the mouth.
Mouthfeel - This is light in the mouth but not on flavor or complexity. The carbonation is ample.
Drinkability - Excellent saison. Probably the best example of the style Ive had. Will definitely be picking more of this up.
07-04-2007 21:17:29 | More by stereosforgeeks
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.
Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a two-finger rocky white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.
Smells of crisp and slightly mineral-like light malts. Also present are good amounts of musty, wet hay aromas and hints of green apples .
Tastes good. Sweet and light malt flavors kick things off. They're quickly joined by musty and very faintly funky flavors that segue into light peach and heavy green apple flavors. Right before the end of the sip slightly leafy hops make an appearance and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is way too active. I had to let this sit and give it some swirls to let it even out.
Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another without a problem.
Overall I was impressed with this beer and it could really be special if the carbonation issue were fixed. Still, it can be remedied with a bit of patience and is worth a shot.
04-06-2010 03:47:04 | More by glid02
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The first class pours almost clear with each consecutive glass becoming a bit more hazy with the glowing apricot-yellow body and a snow-white head that is stays thick only turning rocky after a few sips. The head sticks to the glass in clouds that last until they are washed away by the next sip. Streams of microbubbles race to the surface to support the head .
S- The smooth faint yeasty notes has a mysterious but aluring aroma. Faint fresh rain and barnyard qualities lead to summer fruit trees in bloom and an orange zest not in the background. There is a fresh apricot aroma that grows as the beer warms also.
T- The well balanced flavor of warm wheat-berry notes and citrus zing lead to a soft green hop note as it warms. There is a pleasant tart hint that lingers with the hops and they compliment each other somehow.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz that enhances and cleans the finish of each sip. There is no alcohol heat noted.
D- This well blended beer has soft flavors but with a good mysterious depth to them. This is a great summer beer to sip with a nice bit of wild ale in the background. It would gladly by a farm hand again if I could drink this beer every day.
04-07-2009 21:24:14 | More by rhoadsrage
4.21/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-19-2014 23:28:25 | More by JamesStreet
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
Bomber poured into tulip
A- Clear orange-straw body (I left the yeast behind). Thick, frothy white head. Beautiful looking beer. A bit of lacing
S- Citrus, musty, bit of that farmhouse funk.
T- Fruity (banana?) and citrus, no malt. Mild tartness. Finishes with an earthy hop bitterness.
M- Light bodied, crisp and fantastic carbonation
D- Delicious, very drinkable despite the price tag.
12-19-2009 02:18:34 | More by BetterDarker
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute. Bottle is about a year old--can't remember when exactly I laid it down.
A--Honeyed orange body with a one finger fizzy white head. Retention was considerable, lacing was superb down the glass. Lots of seafoam.
S--Make it funky. Whew. Some grassy hops back there, but mainly hay and horse. Plenty of barnyard going on. On top of that are some muted citric notes, some lemon and something even peachy maybe?
T--Peach and lemon give way to apricot. Three layers to the flavor profile. First, initial wave is all horse blanket and general funk. You can almost taste the cobwebs in the rafters. Strongest point of this beer, I think. Next wave is juicy and fruity, though not like the gum. Apricot laced with honey, backed by cereal grain. Lovely. Last wave is a sharp bitterness on the tongue that pulls it all back to gather your senses in for another taste. Well structured, complex saison.
M&D--Both are great. Mouthfeel is an easy carbonation with bright, snappy notes to keep it from being too thin. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat, though it ain't cheap here in Brooklyn.
Highly recommended. A classic take on the style from an American brewer. Masters Belgian yeast, and makes me proud to say I share the home state of this excellent brewery.
10-05-2009 00:03:23 | More by TheycallmeTim
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
A- Golden orange with a slight of haziness. Small filmy head with no lacing.
S- Sweet and sour tartness. Citrusy fruits like orange and lemon with tart green grapes and a slight touch of buttery grainy caramel malt.
T- Sweet sugary tart fruits; grapes, orange, lemon, and apricot with a mild creamy caramel malt. Dry grassy hay/ straw hops with a musky funkiness finish this 1 off.
M- A blend of sweet, sour, and tart fruitiness with creamy malt and dry funky hops.
Overall- Good balanced tartness with the malt and hops. I enjoyed my pint but it soured my stomach later that day.
02-04-2010 21:00:42 | More by NJpadreFan
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Caged and corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Huge white billowy head literally erupts as I pour the first bit into the glass. Body is a peachy yellow color at first, and then when I pour more in after a few minutes it turns to a more hazy golden yellow, I suppose after everything was allowed to settle. The billowy head turns to pretty much indomitable as the middle forms a thicker, ice cream-like lustre, while the edge is thinner and more bubbly, leaving interesting, sprawling rings around the edges of the glass. Fantastic stuff.
Smell: Lots of things going on here, with a complexity that I imagine could rival many Saisons, domestic or otherwise. An initial burst of both spice and citrus hits the nose first, with pepper and lemon zest balanced with evident and welcoming phenolic earthiness and mustiness, and a slight earthy hop presence also, if I'm not confusing that with the other end of the citrus notes. As it warms some sweetness enters along with spice, some cinnamon and hints of vanilla.
Taste: A welcoming initial charge of citrus, mild hops, spice, and phenolic earthiness--not much to my surprise--is what happens when I first dive in. The hop presence seems to come through than others of the style I've had before, but it never is at the expense of other flavors coming through. The earthiness is musty, though mild, and balanced nicely with spicy nature of the beer, which is also not overpowering, thankfully. The finish is long, and somewhat dry, bringout out the fruity nature of cherry, pineapple rind, orange peel, and some strawberry.
Mouthfeel: Lots of creamy carbonation without feeling too full or too champagne-like in the least. A burst of bubbles tingles the back of the tongue at the swallow, which seems easy enough to get right, but the meld of everything here is simply a pleasure.
Drinkability: Around $10 for the bottle, which is pretty high end, but for me, as a treat, this was worth it. Recently I've noticed some breweries getting to the point where they can do some amazing stuff with the style, and this is one of them. Certainly worth the extra cash in your pocket if you're looking for a nice, complex brew for a night, especially if, like me, you're partial to the style.
12-13-2006 05:03:03 | More by asabreed
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
750ml bottle, split and served in Duvel Tulips
A - pours with a HUGE amount of frothy and sudsy white foam, sticking to the glass and taking forever to give enough room for more pour. the beer is hazy, bright gold in color with active bubbling.
S - slightly fruity with some lemon zest and apples, grainy and slightly musty, yeast with some soap. just a bit of funk and a fresh grassy hop finish.
T - very flavorful, strong pale malts and a funky spiciness. fruity in the middle with some pear, gala apples, and lemon. large amount of earthy grassy hops...think this might get a bit better with some time. ABV is detectable.
M - surprisingly thick body for the style, carbonation cuts through nicely and is very lively. fair amount of alcohol burn near the end, this is a sipper.
D - a little different in that its not refreshing like most Saisons, yet its flavors are bold and intense. still quite good, probably the best SH I've had to date.
06-06-2010 00:33:55 | More by Stigs
4.53/5 rDev +9.7%
Thanks to kplynch (I think) for the trade.
Pours a suprisingly clear yellow with a very large fizzy white head. Enourmous and glorious foam fluffiness. The nose is pure belgian yeast with some extremely apple peary smell. Great nose. Taste is quite excellent. Super belgian yeast, some subtle granny smith. Pepper and some slight wheatlike flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated for my taste, but still very good. Drinkability is fantastic, and the abv is exactly what I prefer for the style. A very very good beer, and defenitely one of the most impressive american made saisons I have yet had the pleasure of enjoying. Truly a great beer, excited to see how this does with a year or two on it. Strongly recommended. In the ranks of Allagash and Ommegang. great beer.
08-07-2008 05:15:10 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
92 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.