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Saison Deluxe - Southampton Publick House

Saison DeluxeSaison Deluxe

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

308 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 308
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%


Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-23-2006)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:20:26 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:30:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 15:39:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:25:30 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 19:52:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 13:16:57 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:04:06 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:17:17 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:00:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 22:15:34 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 01:10:37 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 21:40:43 | More by emerge077
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 12:16:09 | More by drabmuh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As careful as I was to pour this brew, I still managed to get a billowing head that was over six-fingers thick. The head, while obviously voluminous, is an amber tinted, tan color, which starts to form a rockied surface as it slowly rises above the top of my glass. Even my second pour of this brew, after a good 20 minutes, produces a six-finger thick head. In fact the head never disappears on this brew, it becomes craggy, and pitted, but it never entirely loses a light mousse like consistency. The beer is an ever so lightly hazy, copper hued, dark gold color. The aroma is quite earthy as well as having a solid herbal hoppiness to it. Soft malt and grain aromatics intermingle as well. The spice notes play a large role in the aroma, though one single note is not noticeable (if fact I am pretty sure the spice character is all yeast derived). I get spicy notes of herbaceous lemon grass, nettle, clove, earthy coriander, grass, fresh cut hay, lots of sharp wild flower notes and even a soft vanilla. A really deep, vibrant grainy maltiness is here in the aroma as well; it is a mix of soda crackers, biscuits, and fresh ground malt. At times a nice fruitiness is found here as well; it is a bit ephemeral as it comes and goes, but I pull out notes of sweet / tart apples, and pears. This is one of those beers that has such an intriguing aroma that I could just smell it for minutes on end. The upside to this is I have given it time for the voluminous head to subside to a manageable level.

The beer is still quite well carbonated as it definitely effervesces quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. Quite malty up front, yet not that sweet; this reminds me a lot of fresh malted barley. It is quite nice how this has captured the fresh grain character of the malt, which is certainly apt for something labeled as a Farmhouse-style Ale. Sharp notes soften the malt character a bit and seemed to be comprised of both herbaceous hop notes as well as earthy, spice driven fermentation notes. A nice fruit character is here as well, but it seems to be a backdrop to the fore mentioned notes. The fruit notes most remind me of a freshly cut apple that has just started to oxidize and brown, there is a certain raisin, or even green grape note here as well (perhaps even something as specific as a fresh chardonnay grape flavor).

Getting a bit more specific, the earthy spice notes remind me of coriander, something like a soft chamomile, notes of orange zest (which becomes more noticeable as the beer warms), something almost tannic & certainly woody is here as well. The carbonation, in combination with the some of the other spice notes, contributes to the spiciness as well, almost producing a pepper-like, or even chile like character at times. The hop character in this beer makes me think of a grass-like note foremost, but also of a hint of lemon zest, almost even a grain husk-like character, . As the beer loses its carbonation it becomes a bit softer and a touch creamier, of course I have been drinking this beer for over an hour now. Despite that time spent with this beer, it has remained engaging and interesting throughout.

This is truly a world class enjoyable beer, and it makes me sad that I can't get any Southampton out this way. I will say this about this brew, there is nothing here that just jumps out at you, it is not necessarily a in your face flavorful brew. All of the soft elements in this brew (and there is a lot of complexity packed into this brew) add up to a crescendo of flavor that is just undeniably enjoyable, yet in no way overwhelming. I think in the end this just defines a concept of the farm for me; the Saison yeast strain provide plenty of complexity and a some farm like funkiness; plus it provides an earthy, spicy, grounded note to this brew that is just fresh; the hops supply that green, growing, raw note that one would expect from agriculture; and the grain provides that farmhouse character that begs you to think of wind swept fields of plump grain. A tribute to the farm, yet I can't help thinking, what would happen if this was bottle conditioned with some Brettanomyces Clausenii (though that would be another adventure entirely).

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 00:33:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden yellow with a huge white head that drops fairly quickly to a small-bubbled foamy head that leaves patches of foam on the glass.

The smell is earthy, grassy, hay-like with orange and strong bready yeast. Musty background.

The taste doesn't completely follow smell, but is nice in a different way. The taste has the same underlying characteristics that were in the nose, but with a candy and malty sweetness balancing it out. Dryish finish.

Quite a bit of carbonation makes the feel airy.

A nice interpretation of the style. It has a good balance and complexity, though a bit prickly to give the feel and drinkability a higher score, IMO. Recommended for those looking for a beer that is on-target for farmhouse-style aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 15:56:44 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded gold with the most ridiculous head I have seen since I can’t 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. It’s just damn good. Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:42:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:12:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a thick and chewy 3" head that looks like merangue. The head lasts a long time too.

Smell: yeast, spices, and a touch of earthiness are easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: big malt profile with caramel, ripe red fruits, tart grapefruits, hay, a bit of farmhouse funk, pronounced yeast flavors, hint of alcohol, and a nice bitterness makes for a well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. The finish is a bit dry too. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors seem to glue themselves to your tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: a great tasting beer that is worth finding. I'd put this up against any Belgian saison in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 16:17:53 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What am I missing here? This doesn't seem like an outstanding saison to me. I don't want to disparage it too much, it's a fine, fine saison. But the level of competition for saisons is high and this is just not that special.

The funk and flavor profile was a bit low, and seemed to draw more similarities with a strong Belgian pale ale like Duvel than the great saisons of Dupont or Fantome. The malt is a bit sweet, like candi sugar was used (though it may not have been), then there's a mellow Saaz-like hop bite tagged with a slight barnyard taste. Thoroughly smooth and drinkable, but there are better saisons for your money.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 12:27:18 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 750 mL C&C bottle.

A: The ale is a hazy dark yellow color, closer to goldenrod. The head is a cm or so thick and leaves a thin blanket on top of the glass.

S: The aroma is a heavy, ramped up coriander, honey and subtle tartness.

T: The most significant change in this beer from the regular saison is an increased tartness. The flavor is a concentrated lemony flavor that seems to turn peppery as it fades away. There is a light honey flavor that hits up front on the tongue but it is soon overtaken by the tartness.

M: The mouthfeel takes a decent saison and pushes it far, almost too far. The increased peppery finish is a change of pace that I do like.

D: The drinkability is, like most saisons I've encountered, good. The mixture of spices, sweetness and tartness makes for an appealing beverage. The ale is way too hot right now and needs several years to age out.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 00:32:21 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 01:08:21 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 21:24:14 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange golden colour, with a maassively crackly and frothy head of white foam. It's like great chunky clouds rising in sculpted pinnacles in the glass. Lacing is really excellent, and sits on the edges of the glass in clumps of beautiful webbing. Some sediment in the body but otherwise looks really nice. Really wild, hearty and boisterous.

Huge funky notes on the nose - lilts of green apple, blue-veined cheese, and odd herbal notes of basil and capsicum. Some musty cellar characters as well. It's really nice - a suitable funk like some of the best Belgian examples - minimal acidity, but good barnyard. In fact, it's a rather different sort of aroma to what you usually get in a Saison, but I like the uniqueness.

Taste is clear, but a little too phenolic. Sharp notes of acetone come through the centre of the palate, which is otherwise quite round and smooth. Again, little acidity, and the funkiness besides the musty phenols in quite absent. Marzipan. Finish is quite round - a little acidity would have finessed the whole into something greater. Mouthfeel is very crisp and enjoyable.

I'm afraid I didn't like this as much as I feel I should have. I fear the slightly higher ABV may have harmed it - a saison feels like it should be a lighter style, not something that needs to be upped. Not bad, but I've had far, far better Saisons.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 04:13:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Wasatch

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Caged/Corked 750ml

Nice loud pop, poured a nice cloudy darker golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge foamy white head which lasts quite awhile, ton's of nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, spicy (cloves, pepper), yeasty, and fruits (lemon, bannana). The taste is malty, spicy, nice touch of lemon. Slightly chewy, and a slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Southampton.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 19:39:46 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Belgian Cafe.

Pours a clear golden color with thin white head. Spicy aroma with hints of citrus and other crisp fruit. Another very quaffable beer from this excellent brewery. Nice malt presence balances out the spice and fruit (orange, lemon, apple, pear, berries) flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

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