Saison Deluxe - Southampton Publick House
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3.4/5 rDev -17.7%
Smells and looks like a saison. Barnyard aroma is there, as if by custom. Significant head on lighter colour body. The surprise is the hoppiness moderated by fainter spice. Tasted closer to an ESB. And so not so true to style. A bit acidic in finish needed food as an antitode.
An entirely different saison than the regular saison, according to my notes.
07-22-2007 04:20:26 | More by Sammy
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks to Wowcoolman and wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.
Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, yeast, and slight spices. Taste is much the same with a grape juice flavor as well. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and easy to drink.
09-11-2012 01:30:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.8/5 rDev -8%
Bottle picked up a State Line in Maryland. Currently the #6 saison. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a mostly-clear golden color with a thick white head that lasts for a long, long time and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light bread and a mild earthy presence. Some floral character as well. The flavor brings saison yeast to the forefront, though it isn't overpowering. Some light bready malt behind that. Mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Really nice overall.
06-15-2011 01:04:06 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with notes of floral hops and lemons.
T: The taste has a good balance between flavors of earthy yeast and spices with notes of apples and lemons. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing because the high amount of carbonation makes it feel lighter bodied and the dryness helps to intensify the flavors.
08-13-2011 02:17:17 | More by metter98
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
Honey lemon with a Belgianesque amount of carbonation creating a Belgianesque crown of foam that is slightly darker than eggshell and slightly lighter than ecru. The gentlest possible pour still resulted in much more head than beer; a situation that hasn't reversed itself, even after several minutes. The cap is decently rocky, but is too soft to grace the glass with more than a few arcing streamers of lace.
The nose is more tripel than saison. That's okay, tripels are my favorite Belgian style. Each sniff delivers a glorious combination of sweet golden fruit and zesty spice. I'm sure that a world-class yeast strain is in use. I don't appreciate much, if any, farmhouse funk, but then my taste buds have always been more sensitive than my nose.
I'm amazed at how much Saison Deluxe tastes like a tripel, or even a BSPA. Since saison is such a wide-ranging style and since Phil Markowski wrote one of the classic books on the subject of farmhouse ales (called, strangely enough, 'Farmhouse Ales'), who am I to question the style accuracy of a beer with 'Farmhouse-style Ale' on the label?
This Southampton '750 Series' offering is a beautifully malted ale. I don't think I've ever had a sturdier saison. Sugar cookie-like pale malt lends a solidity (and a sneaky sweetness) to the proceedings that is needed, given the tremendous amount of hop bitterness and pungent spiciness. Deluxe is right! This sucker is a controlled explosion on the palate.
The flavor profile consists of ripe, buttery pears and tart apples swimming in Poire Williams and sprinkled with a copious amount of clove and white pepper. The white pepper (not actually present, I'm sure) is what gives the beer its pungent kick. This is anything but a 'training wheels' saison.
There's no question that farmhouse funk is a valued member of the flavor profile. It's so well-integrated, though, and there's so much else going on, that it isn't the first thing that leaps to mind when the list is being drawn up. Have I mentioned the lemongrassy hoppiness yet? The finish is as crisp as a February morning and as dry as the Sahara. Damn, this is good beer.
I'll be honest, the amount of carbonation is very close to being over the line. I've come to enjoy highly carbonated Belgian ales, so I'm okay with this one. The reason it works so well is that it matches the 'no holds barred' nature of the flavor profile so perfectly.
Saison Deluxe is a masterful creation from a masterful brewer. It'll give your taste buds a workout and will challenge you in ways that few saisons can manage. If it wasn't for a little brewery up in Maine called Allagash, Southampton would be my pick for the best brewer of Belgian-style ales on the North American continent.
07-15-2007 15:39:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.75/5 rDev +15%
Appearance: Perhaps the most authentically Belgianesque appearance I have seen from a domestic brew; a huge, billowy head sits atop the honey colored liquid; couldn't possibly leave a better appearance as it laces the chalice
Smell: Indecently complex aroma, with sweet tropical fruit, peppery spices, lemon and hay
Taste: First things first, with the tropical fruit flavors of mango, pear and peach followed by the prickly spices (white pepper, coriander and sage); by mid-palate, the tangy lemon and grassy flavors add a third dimension; after the swallow, all the flavors meld together to provide a nicely balanced finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation
Drinkability: As fine an example of they style as I have ever encountered; contract brewed, no less
08-13-2009 00:25:30 | More by brentk56
4.55/5 rDev +10.2%
Thanks to Steve and Bruisin' Ales for helping me get this beer to my house.
A fantastic looking beer that seems to leap out of the cork and caged bottle. A very effervescent pour brings out bright canary yellow colors, a loosely knit head formation that retains for ever, and lively bubbles that provided much entertainment. Think Duvel.
Fruity and spicy aromas take the lead while the simple malt backbone provides a light bready sweetness. Complexity from herbal hops to spicy currants and black pepper tickle the nose.
Sharp and spicy fruits, pepery phenols, and soft maltiness take the beer into super hero status. Fruits of berries, currants, pears, apples, white grapes, and appricots give the beer a big burst of flavor and sweetness. White pepper, cinamon, curraco, ginger brings out the lively fruits and offsets the softer malt taste. Crisp and clean malt flavors offer a little sweetness but doesn't interfere with the play of the spiciness and fruitiness. Extremely delicate and powerful.
The spiciness provides an interesting assault on the entire mouth with some prickling, numbing, and warmth. Soon after, the malt sweetness becomes soothing, while the carbonation lifts the liquids from the tongue. The beer seeming evaporates in the mouth like cotton candy confections. This leaves just a memory of fruit, spice, and alcohol behind.
A very good beer that avoids too much sweetness and dryness. Great balance and power. This has to be among the best of all Saisons.
05-02-2009 13:16:57 | More by BEERchitect
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
Bottle (courtesy of Hopdog): Poured a light orangey color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of floral malt with a nice floral lightly hoppy finish. Taste of semi-sweet malt with nice floral undertone and some spicy yeast as well as some ester. Taste is well balance and very complex with a nice yeasty signature that leave a spicy finish. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden.
01-02-2007 19:52:38 | More by Phyl21ca
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with an encouragingly large, voluminous, white head.
Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling malts enlivened with fine notes of pepper, dried herbs, mealy apples, flower petals, yeast, and fresh burst of lemon. Mm-mmm!
Taste: Delicate pale and pilsner maltiness with a lightly sweet, surprising taste of caramel cookies. Pinch of freshly-grated lemon zest. Tiny splash of quality apple cider. There's a zippy herbal, floral hoppiness. Peppery spiciness. Slight, sour yeastiness and no more than a minimal level of farmhouse funk. Bone dry, very crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Rather well carbonated.
Drinkability: Keenly drinkable. After a run of lackluster American-born saisons, this was a surprising and delightful treat. Very good work, Southampton.
01-04-2009 23:00:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4.13/5 rDev 0%
Opens with a loud pop, gunsmoke emerges from the bottle. Racing carbonation builds to the mouth, and threatens to overflow. The pour is hazy orange, with a pillowy head of ecru foam. Rivulets of tiny, racing carbonation rocket to the surface. Sediment is left in the bottle as the bottle is carefully decanted.
Smell of mineral water, wet stone, herbs, and Belgian yeast. Fairly subdued.
Tastes lemony, with dry earthy coriander, and lingering honey aftertaste. Starts out very spritzy and carbonated, but settles down with a few swirls. Extremely refreshing and a strong example of the style.
This bottle was cellared for 8 months, and seemed quite resilient.
07-21-2007 21:40:43 | More by emerge077
2.48/5 rDev -40%
Appearance: A hazy straw color with an enormous frothy head that lasts and lasts. I can't really imagine a better-looking saison.
Smell: Sweet, fruity and yeasty. Lots of estery goodness here; banana, peach and a bit of lemon. Pretty nice but sweeter than I like for the style.
Taste & mouthfeel: Full of fruit and spice, and decidedly sweet for the style. Banana, peach, coriander and clove come to mind. The finish contains a bit of zesty citrus flavor and a moderate dryness, though the sweetness still prevails in the end. Not much funkiness here to speak of, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though it is something I appreciate in a saison. A few ounces in this one becomes extremely cloying and difficult to drink. Not impressive.
Notes: Southampton is a brewery that consistently makes me think, "meh, this is pretty good" and this beer is no exception. They seem to brew most styles uncharacteristically sweet, which is something I'm not too crazy about.
08-13-2008 00:29:42 | More by largadeer
4.83/5 rDev +16.9%
Pours a clouded gold with the most ridiculous head I have seen since I cant remember. Almost 5 fingers. Nose is like smelling an angels wings. Sweet and smooth with a great yeast presence. Flavor is good, but seems to be a bit too short on the initial punch. Earthy flavor with a yeast and slight sugar presence. Very earthy overall. Straw seems to be there as well. Very rustic overall. Feel is smooth, even though there seems to be a huge amount of carbonation in there. Extremely drinkable. Side by side with a saison from the other side of the pond, I seriously doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference in a blind test. Its just damn good. Enough said.
12-30-2007 21:42:41 | More by RblWthACoz
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of bone white foam. The head slowly settles and leaves dense lace clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is a deep golden color with excellent clarity. An unusually good looking brew.
S - Sweet malt and tangy wheat. Some pepper and a hint of vanilla from the yeast.
T - Lots of malt up front with a good note of tangy wheat. Yeast comes in next with pepper and a hint of pineapple, followed by earthy hops and some nice strong bitterness to balance out the finish.
M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a very dry finish.
D - Easily drinkable and appropriately refreshing, this fits the classic saison profile. Everything is well balanced and the hop notes are particularly nice, though the aroma is a bit weak.
01-09-2009 06:01:41 | More by nickfl
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
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
fairly clear, straw yellow coloration...huge white head.
Spice and lemon zest in the nose. Ginger, coriander....fresh, lively, lovely...herbal/vegetal, and arousing...nice.
Taste: the classic saison style. Vibrant yeast and malt...funky, fresh, and barnyardy...yup, has that rustic feel. Full of flavor, and feeling....bursting with taste.
10-10-2008 01:10:37 | More by feloniousmonk
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
At the time of this review, the #6 saison on beeradvocate.
Beer is yellow to amber with a haze to it. Big head, nice retention, heavily carbonated, some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet and floral, with a tea like character, lots of yeast in there.
Beer is medium to light in body, mildly dry on the finish, the whole thing is nice. Floral in the middle, nice backbone throughout, it is a good siason for sure.
06-20-2011 12:16:09 | More by drabmuh
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue. There is a half finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.
Smell: Light, sweet, and a bit fruity. I'm getting some grape notes, maybe even some white wine. A bit sweeter than I would have hoped.
Taste: A lot sweeter than I would have wanted. The malt and yeast profiles remind me of a tripel. I am getting lots of fruit notes, mainly grape. There is a hint of tartness along with a mild herbal note. The finish is sweet and light.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with very fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Not nearly delicate enough if you ask me. I enjoyed the beer, but I wouldn't call it a great saison.
06-29-2012 00:32:55 | More by oline73
Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
92 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.