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Saison Deluxe - Southampton Publick House

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92
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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 108
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Southampton Publick House visit their website
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 soupyman10
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Monk's in Philly the last time I was in town. My god this was outstanding. I'm a huge saison fan, and the day was perfect for it. This one poured a solid yellow with a nice head that dissolved down slowly, leaving no real lacing. Nose was incredible: citrus fruit, spices, earthiness, coriander. Taste is the same, and is incredibly complex. Huge malt sweetness, spiciness, lemons and other citrus, and that solid grassy earthiness again. One of the most delicious brews I've ever had. Feel is excellent, with tons of spicy carbonation to hold the whole thing together. This was just excellent, one of the best beers I've ever had.

Monk's/$16/750ml

Photo of Lothore
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful golden color with a gigantic pillowy white head... maybe a bit too large.

S- Smells sweet, floral, a bit perfumey, spicy.

T- Definitely spicy, very crisp, light fruits, small bit of hops on the back end. A bit of a metallic taste bugged me at the beginning but it ended up being hardly noticeable.

M- Medium viscosity, crisp, dry.

D- This is definitely a wonderful saison no question. Not my favorite style but it really impressed me. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of dill
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of robbyc1
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into my La Fin du Monde glass.

Huge egg whites whipped up, lasts long, beautiful yellow/orange look, cloudy, just as it should.

Nose of usual esters from a Saison, fruity and a bit funky very nice.

Taste follows the nose perfectly, just a beautiful Saison, fruity, peppery with a slight bit of bubblegum there, would love to be able to get this in Chicago, thanks to my NY trader, forget who it was.

Lovely full mouthfeel, dances in the mouth, may it rest easy, at the end a bit of yeast, very nice. A bit beyond a session beer, a 750 was a bit too much for me but a great sharer, what a great ale! I love this type, can't think of a better Saison, wow!

Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this, kryptic.

750 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Hazy bright gold color, huge three inch fluffy yellow-tinged head that melts into a sticky hill, painting the glass with chunky patches of lace.

Smells fruity and spicy, very nice. Peach, dried fruits, coriander, pungent black pepper, radish, cheese, grass, herbs.

Tastes like fruit, spice, herbs, grass, leaves, earth. Some balanced sweetness that persists even when medium bitterness comes in and the spices become more pungent. The fruit hangs on too. There's an impression of clean sweet spicy radish, and some aged cheese and chalky minerality. Long pungent earthy fruity finish. Complex and tasty.

Texture has some pleasant astringency. Quite drinkable.

Great characterful beer.

After reviewing, a glass went very well with room temperature mature cana de cabra.

Photo of guzzle211
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I am a huge fan of Southampton Publick House and all of its offerings, even the ones done by Slyfox. For that reason, perhaps I am sometimes biased towards them, and other times I find myself being hyper-critical.

A: Darker amber hues but nothing impressive. Pours clear with no haze, with a white foamy head that gets plenty of reinforcement from carbonation bubbles that just won't quit. The bubbles continuously explode from the bottom of the glass like a geyser.

S: very subtle belgian yeast and balanced malt. I do not detect the 'funk' that other reviewers did, but perhaps because this brew reminds me a lot of their Triple.

T: I am somewhat disappointed to be honest - however, that's not to say this isn't a great and well thought out brew. It reminds me too much of their triple, and not distinct enough in its own identity. Just like the smell, it has a very subtle belgian yeast presence, balanced by a solid malt profile. I am just not finding the funk and farmhouse aspects that other reviewers did. I am a funk junkie, so perhaps I am expecting too much.

M/D: One word: carbonation. I know that its a trait of bottle conditioned farmhouse ales, but I found this one over-carbonated. The carbonation levels contribute to the bite on the tongue.

Overall, this is yet another well-crafted brew from Southampton. I suspect, however, there are Saison reviews under Saison Deluxe, and vice versa. I have a hard time finding fault in anything Southampton does, but this farmhouse ale did not excite me the way its in-state rival, produced in Cooperstown, always does. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to venture into the Saison genre.

Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pair of these... one to cellar and one for tonight, with high hopes.

A: A honey hued amber, rocky and fizzly big head topping it, leaving smatterings of lacing all around the snifter.

S: Yeasty fruit aromas, a bit of a honey & spice smell. A bit of a warm candy sugar, and a suggestion of tartness.

T + M: A rich little indulgance, this is... a somewhat foamy sensation, somewhere between sparkling and sizzling. Some of the fruit - apple & pear like flavours swim around, both sweet and tart. A similar honey & spice flavour is hinted again - a little more on the spicy side, and it finishes with a little bit of an almost citrus peel bitterness. Quite a dry, clean finish.

D: Quite glad I picked up a couple, and will likely need to get more. I can happily sip this for a couple hours any time.

Photo of roan22
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly new style for me, this saison is the yummiest I have found, and it happens to be made by Americans. I enjoy the balance between the yeastiness, the belgian funk, the tart golden fruitiness, the hops, and the crazy belgian foam. Its unfiltered, farmhouse style. Really nice spices and black pepper which you can see in the foam and nice grittiness too. The alcohol level is a bit strong but I like it lol. This is a very satisfying saison for me whenever I have a taste for one. One goes a long way however, then back to my IPAs. :P

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged/corked bottle to a standard pint.

A: Golden sunshine yellow, eerie hazy transluscence. Plenty of rising carbonation varying in size; some tiny streams from the sides and larger and slower bubbles rise randomly from the bottom. Mammoth cloud of whiteness, rising a fizzy 4-fingers, before a slow, rocky fall to a 1/2" of meringue-like cream. Minimal lace.

S: Provocative 'farmhouse' nose: tart peaches and ripe apples, grassy clover and honey, sweet grain cereal, dash of pepper. The aroma is fairly strong, swaying toward sweetness and straying from 'wilder' rustic aromas.

T: Quite a wallop of grain, sweet/tart fruit, spice from the first sip. A little sugary in spots, but balanced by a grassy/floral hopping and a bready yeastiness . Really nice spices and black pepper finish.

M: Crisp and zippy carbonation at first. Medium mouthfeel that gets gummy and grainy quite abruptly - just as I was beginning to enjoy this it got thicker and a little syrupy on me. Weird from a saison...a bit of warmth from 7.4% abv comes through.

D: What a nice springtime sipper! My only complaint is that the alcohol seems a little forward and holds back the 'drinkability' just a bit. Also, the 'rougher' traditions of saison seem glossed over a bit...this one could be a Belgian Strong Pale Ale in my book (at times tasted remarkably like a Duvel...). Still it's one I'd love to get again...

I can't recall when I acquired this in trade but I'm estimating it was early last summer, meaning this was about a year old. Any fears I had about this being too old were unfounded. Thanks to the kind BA who sent this...

Photo of csmiley
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours medium gold in color with a head that is just too much. Retention is average while lacing is very good.

S - Starts off with a funky grass and yeast aroma. Fruitiness is high and is citric in nature. Pale malt and honey show up midway through with some alcohol and bitter hops on the end.

T - Good amounts of spice in the flavor that is sharp and balances well with the other flavors. The sour flavor is more subdued than expected. The fruit starts to mellow in the flavor and comes down to the level of the malt sweetness. Honey, sugar, and pale malt come together for the sweeter flavors in the beer. There is a hop bitterness towards the end that is earthy in flavor.

M - Medium bodied with too much carbonation. Finish is just a little sweeter than expected.

D - Drinkability is good. The abv is moderate which helps to make it go down quicker and easier. Even though I was expecting something different, this is still a pretty solid brew.

Photo of dsa7783
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Gary's in Madison for $9.99...
What a beautiful pour - the appearance is everything a good Saison should show: a honey-colored, light-yellow appearance with heavy carbonation rising and a huge, fluffy head that left a copious amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Sweet farmhouse aroma of fresh florals, honey, straw, and candied sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the smell with a burst of florals, fresh, ripe fruit, pears, apples, canteloupe, melon, candied sugars, and vanilla flavoring...
Great creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel and an excellent level of drinkability to match, where the 7.4% ABV was hardly detectable behind a rich conglomeration of flavors...
Great stuff...
Definitely recommended...

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to kryptic for sending this my way!

Wow, this beer has one intense head. Poured into a Gulden Draak goblet, there is a 1/2 inch of beer and 4 inches of head. So... after waiting a few minutes, I can finally try this beer!

Smells of very fruity yeast, in a good way. Very refreshing smelling. So far, I am liking this.

First taste. Nice. Tons of fruity yeast here. Think tropical fruits. Spice character is low in this, but makes itself known on the front of the tongue just enough. No real mustiness or sourness here, as you find in some of the traditional examples (wonder what some Brett would do to this...). Slight grassy quality with a nice toffee malt backbone. While complex in the yeast qualities, not hugely complex overall (Edit: After drinking more, I realize there is quite a bit of subtle complexity in this beer). With that said, this is still one of the better saisons without a doubt. If this were local, I would buy it again without question. As it warms and loses a touch of carbonation, I get some more nice malt on the forefront here. Wonderfully soft malt actually. Very fresh and vibrant. Loving this.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Carbonation is at a nice level where the beer is light on the tongue, but still gives you some richness in flavor. Minimal sharpness from the carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability is very good. Very good.

Highly recommended. While the yeast seems to carry this alone at first, you realize there is more to it. The complexity is there, just in a soft, supporting role. Actually, this has many soft elements that all contribute very nicely. I would love to get a few more bottles of this - some for drinking now and some for aging - just to see. Try it!

Photo of MMAJYK
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright golden yellow and transparent. Head is thick and fluffy and sticks around for a long time. Lacing is thick too.

S- Grassy, musty, and citrusy.

T- Zingy and lemony with nice sugary tastes too.

M- Thin to medium and high carbonation.

D- Not overly high for a saison to me. It had something weird going on that turned me off a little that I cannot pinpoint.

Thanks to hurleymanvw for sharing this one with me.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

hazy but bright yellowish orange, overflowing head that piles on high. rocky yet pillowy, and fades very slowly. decent lacing too.

sweet fruity nose, pear-like but also orange zest, with yeast and hint of funk. some seedy spice.

strong sweet taste up front, then starts to dry out and let the bitterness play a role. semi-sweet bitter finish with notes of orange peel. some phenolic complexities i can't pick out.

pretty smooth, fluffy with carbonation, some silkiness on finish.

perhaps the almost over-exuberant fruitiness and some of the phenols cut down on drinkability very slightly. otherwise quite complex, very enjoyable and refreshing.

Photo of francisweizen
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle from spacecoyote. Sampled with friends at the city beer store in sf yesterday.

A: Glowing orange with a nice big and bubbly head of white foam. Head settles down and leaves nice legs and lacing with a steady stream of bubbles going up and down the glass.

S: Very herbal and floral with some bitter hop notes in the nose as well. Spices like coriander and orange zest come to mind. Very spring like and it goes along oh so well with the beautiful weather that we have been having in the bay area this past weekend.

T: Sharp and refreshing with a lovely carbonation, front palate is all spices and fruit with a nice wheat twang and a bit of earthen funk, back palate is coriander and bittering spices, almost a hint of anise and clove in there as well. Dry hop finish which is bitter and herbal almost leaving an absinthe like tinge to the back of the palate.

M: Sharp and refreshing. Beautiful carbonation that really pops and snaps. A sipper or a guzzler, a wonderful mouth feel

D: Superbly drinkable, dry, yet fruity, crisp and refreshing with an excellent finish and lovely hopping.

Overall: One of the nicest saisons for the spring/summer season. Probably one of the best contract brewed bottles of SPH that I have ever had. I've been away from them for too long and this beer just reminds me of how awesome they were, and are. A great brewery that is holding it down for the Hamptons. Booyakasha.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle

A: Bubbly clear golden under a huge 2+ fingers worth of white bubbly head. This one looks a champagne, but with the head of a beer. Good retention, some lacing.

S: Fruity and earthy tones all in one. A big spice character gives an oomph in the throat (yeah throat), a slight hint of tartness boardering on sour (maybe something that pops up more with age?). Fruitiness borders on tropical to green apple and pear with a certain funk thrown in as well.

T: Fruity, spicy, a good amount of bitterness in the finish. Semi-dry, but the bitterness does stick around a little, seems to have a rather unique finish. Some yeasty notes, fruit again goes from slightly tropical to more apple/pear character. No hints of the alcohol save maybe the slightest bit of warmth. Very good.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation is high, as expected, but not as high as expected (make sense?). Drinkability is entirely too high on this one as it is easy to quaff or to sip. Not as familiar with Saisons, but this is definitly excellent example of the style.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a hazy golden beer that with a huge puffy pour into my wide tapered glass fades to a thick creamy two finger head.

S: The smell is strongly phenolic with subdued esters mostly of tart fruits, maybe even citrus.

T: The taste is robustly phenolic. Distinguishable presence of brettanomyces yeast (although doubtfully the only yeast), my idea of a traditionally Belgium beer taste. This beer is tart, dry, sour, sweetish toward the end, astringenty, crisp, and overall pretty awesome.

M: Medium to soft carbonation. Light medium body.

D: This beer has a mild cloyingness from the phenols of the crazy yeasts, but it goes down well and keeps you thirsty for more.

Notes: Damn good beer. On of my favorites from Southampton.

Photo of letsgopens
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Saison pours a very cloudy and dim opaque gold with a rocky effervescent white head that holds well but doesn't leave much more than a couple small spots of lace.

Citrus and a hint of spice come through initially in the nose. Malt and some buttery bread comes through later. A distinct starchiness and a hint of booze are detectable as well.

Milder in flavor but still complex. Citrus apple and some spice round out a somewhat fruity start. More fruit and malt also comes through with some acidic warmth and cereal graininess. A bit of Belgian, yeasty wheat character lingers in the finish.

Bright and refreshing with high carbonation. A minimal amount of warmth is noticeable from the relatively low abv. Smooth an refreshing throughout. Well crafted with lots of subtle complexities. Quality that we've learned to expect from SPH.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a head that was huge and rocky and took forever to die down. Smell is very yeasty and estery. The taste is sweet, then drying and medicinal with some citrus and pepper. Hmm, not bad and the aspirin flavor is less detectable as it warms up. I'm not sure why this is a top 100 beer however.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a beer mug.

I should've waited a bit after uncorking this beast before pouring: the head was enormous, even though I poured as gently as possible. A straw-gold, clear body filled the mug, and specks of white yeast floated throughout. Carbonation was fervent, fueling a bubbly, white head that left good lacing. The aroma was a blend of vanilla, citrus, yeasty fruit notes, spice, and a great balance of soft hops.

The taste was delicious as well: vanilla coated the palate immediately, slowly giving way to spicy notes, orange peel, and a touch of bittering hops. The mouthfeel was good, with a crisp, refreshing body. My only complaint was that this beer, super-carbonated at first, became almost flat within fifteen minutes. This was a very drinkable Saison: complex, tasty, and smooth. The limiting factors are the price and the somewhat hefty ABV. Other than that, however, it's definately solid.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light straw color with a big frothy white head that leaves rocky patches of foam behind.

S - Spicy with pale and bready malts and some earthy yeasty aromas. Some tripel like sweetness also.

T - Very spicy with more of a clove like spicyness than a pepper spice. Some grassy hops and fruit with a touch of bready yeast.

M - On the light side of medium and creamy with prickly carbonation.

D - A nice saison that is slightly different from the many others I tasted. I would definitely like to try this one again.

Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
92 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.