Saison Deluxe - Southampton Publick House

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 345
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%
Wants: 112
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-23-2006

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Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -20%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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 (785 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,486 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (969 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (2,744 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (766 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (749 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,197 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/13/2014. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a big 3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with insane retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with tons of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Beautiful looking brew. Aromas of big lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, light funk, and earthy yeast spices. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with some light malt. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, clove, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast esters with a light-moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible saison style. Fantastic balance and compelxity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. One of the best Saisons I have had. (1,357 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged '10 bottle I picked up at the brewery last year. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear golden yellow with monsterous white froth. Solid retention to the cap that produces a full wall of lace as it slowly fades. A constant stream of bubbles maintains the cap.

The smell of this brew is peppery with hints of clove and other spicy elements. Hints of lemony zest and a bit of tartness is hinted in the nose. It is overall earthy with an inclusion of some unidentifiable herbal quality. As it warms up, some cheese and sulfur character evolve.

The taste initially is peppery with hints of clove. Quite spicy and herbal with almost a refreshing mint quality about it. Lemony and tart with earth and dry brett-like to farmhouse/wild quality that is well balanced. A bit of oily rinds hit in the aftertaste that initially was nowhere to be found. This brew goes through an awesome transformation from straight out the bottle to room temperature.

This is a light to medium bodied brew that is fully carbonated. Lots of flavor and light alcohol impact. This is a brew that I fully enjoyed. Had I not shared it, it probably would have displayed even more character if I had a chance to drink more of it. This is worth seeking out. It is very easily approachable. (1,289 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

03/30/07- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Bottling year on the cork. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Golden-orange pour with micro fine yeast interspersed throughout. The last huge yeast chunk made it in the sink rather than my glass. Huge 3 fingered almost 2 inch head. Needed three pours to fit the entire beer into the glass. Leaves behind smaller chunks and some decent streaks of lace.

Smell- A good amount of earthyness and dirt. Not really the horse urine I was hoping for though. Lemon rind goodness with some light sugary notes. White pepper finishes it off.

Taste- I've decided not to base all tastes off of Fantome (my all time favorite saison). Rather rate seperatly for american made saisons. This one is a flavorful as it gets. Lots of white pepper which is balanced out by a handful of confectioniers sugar. Lemony and orange flavors make the main tastes.

Mouthfeel- This one is super carbonated...the only real knock on this brew. But then again, maybe it's just me that doesn't dig highly carbonated beer. Leaves behind a nice sugar coating on the tongue though.

Drinkability- Overall a really good, top notch saison whether it's for Belgium or America. Great nose and wondeful flavors. Score one again for Southampton! (1,325 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.66/5  rDev +11%
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). (4,201 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (713 characters)

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Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
93 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.