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Saison Deluxe - Southampton Publick House

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228 Reviews
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Reviews: 228
Hads: 349
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 113
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 228 | Hads: 349
Photo of SFLpunk
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. Purchased at Bruisin' Ales and the guy said it had been there for about 2 years. No freshness date, so no way to confirm.

Pours a beautifully bright amber yellow with moderate soapy white head. Nose is of freshly laundered cotton and linens, white flowers/blossoms and notes of woodsy spice. Palate is crisp but supple. Some yeast spice is there, prickly on the tongue, but things are mellow and chill will a frothy but soft carbonation level. Citrus basket and lavender come to mind. Clean and super easy to drink.

An awesome brew! Just wish I knew for sure how old it was.

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Photo of stimulus
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle, best by 12/10/2014, into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear with a two finger white head that eventually settles and leaves lacing throughout, although this cork was really on tight and nearly exploded.
S: Floral and lightly hoppy with a bit of Belgian funk mixed in.
T: Various floral spices, which I'm not that familiar with, but thoroughly enjoy, dominate the palate with a twinge of hop bitterness to complement them on the finish.
M: Very highly carbonated yet also very light bodied and no trace of alcohol.
D: Worth every penny and sip, and probably worth aging even longer. Southampton's 750 Series is certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Poured a mostly clear golden pale with a ton of head (a least 2 inches). This head has remained for at least two minutes now. Lots of carbonation still visible.

S: Has a strong belgian pale ale smell, permeated by the saison-style yeast. Has a spicy, peppery scent to it. Very good.

T: Dry, with hints of pepper, lemon and orange peels, and pale malts. Bitter on the finish with a real tightness. Great.

M: Fizzy and dry. There's a lot of head left on this one so that tends to float around in the mouth as well.

D: Pretty good, I would say. Definitely something for a warm day sitting in the shade. Highly drinkable, though at 7.5% it might catch up with you after a couple. As for me, I would drink it until I fell off my chair.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from Cuzco in the Blind Bombers BIF. Thanks to Nate for one of my wants.

Poured this into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of offwhite head that slowly disappears into a nice whisp of foam on the surface after a few minutes. Nice lacing.

Aromas of malt, hard candy, and lemon. I'm thinking it smells more like a triple.

First sip is hints of sweet malt, lemon, some drying bitterness, and a little funk. Very slight alcohol burn at the end of the sip. Not as dry, a little sweeter than I would expect from a saison.

Mouthfeel is medium, dry, some sweetness, but not sticky sweet. A little burn from the alcohol and a little bite from the carbonation. I would expect a little more dryness, less sweetness for a saison.

Drinkability is fantastic. A very good example, if not different than most saisons, but needs to be a little dryer for my liking. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.12/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a golden straw color with a bigger head than I would have expected. Very fluff white head. Strong aroma of belgian yeast and floral notes. Slight alcohol notes in the nose. Lots of lace with a lot of carbonation. Pretty smooth well balanced taste of belgian yeast flavors with some floral type tastes. Not bad but the abundance of carbonation really kills it for me.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear (before sediment at bottom of bottle, very high carbonation, light golden color, huge head, lots of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S - Sweet and spicy. Sweet malts come though with a good deal of spiciness from the hops and yeast

T - The sweetness from the malt hits me first, but quickly get a lot of spiciness and even some lemon flavor. There is nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Finishes very clean, the high carbonation helps clean it up even more, with a little alcohol warmth at the end.

D - This is one fine summer beer. Very refreshing, especially for a 7.4% ABV, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 this Saison pours a hazy, gold hue with an enormous, frothy head that towers over the glass when poured properly. Highly carbonated.

The aroma is of cakey, wheaty malts, lemongrass and a bit of barnyard funk.

A sturdy, earthy hop bitterness is countered by a bready base and sweet vanilla flavor. Pretty bitter and hoppy for a Saison. The funkiness is present, but not that pronounced, as the Saison trademarks of crisp and dry seem to prevail. Notes of citrus rind add to the complexity. Hugely effervescent and fluffy on the tongue. Not harsh in any way, just incredibly bubbly.

This is an excellent Saison, up there with the best American versions of the Belgian farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on this one, it came out with some force, almost making me tip the bottle. Shows quite carbonated in a goblet. I think I need the Duvel tulip for this, in fact I think I'm going to switch glasses midstream, I need the carrying capacity of a large tulip here. Sunny gold body.

Aroma is mostly wildflowers and honey. I got a whiff of banana when popping the cork, but that seems to have subsided.

I think clover honey is a good descriptor for the dominant taste up front here. It's a strong golden ale with a lot of body to it. Honeyed sweetness shows up hard, but gets a decent fight from the flowery hops. Lots of peppery character in the finish, the black pepper builds and builds on the palate. I was going to complain about this saison being too sweet, but that would have been premature, as the pepper does tend to cancel it out and then some.

As others have alluded, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a Belgian Strong Pale - it doesn't seem to quite have both its feet in the farmhouse barn, so to speak. A hybrid of sorts, it doesn't quite hit the mark for either style, but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh. If this were labeled a strong "Belgian Pale Ale," it might have made it to A territory with me. If that's what it was supposed to be, it would be an excellent example.

But it claims to be a saison, and it misses that mark by a wide margin. Saisons should be earthy and a bit funky. Farmhouse ales, people. Crazy ingredient and uncontrolled fermentation conditions in farmhouses along the Belgian/French countryside.

This is clean (by Belgian standards) and straightforward. Not at all what I want from a saison.

Also, crazy overcarbonated, which really dings mouthfeel and drinkability. Yes, the style should have high carbonation. But if you can't gently pour an inch of beer down a tilted glass without getting five inches of head, something's amiss. Makes it a pain in the ass to deal with.

I'd rather have a Duvel.

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Photo of sitarist
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow...Lots and lots of frothy white head that finally falls to an 1/8" cap that leaves some patches of lacing.

Spicy, funkafied, with hints of ripe fruit...almost like a candied apple...it is however a bit medicinal...I smell ripe red apples, lemon, asiago cheese, band-aids, orange syrup, and spice.

Like the nose it has an array of flavors...Funky and cider like with a bit of cloying medicinal flavor...Ripe red apples and honey start off, it gets funky, with some black pepper, then the medicinal flavors kick in...band-aids and salve.

Body and carbonation are really nice...It is sticky, and it is warm on my tongue.

Id drink this again!!!

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Photo of washburnkid
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 750mL bottle at the Publick House.

A: A big frothy head blows up out of the glass. The beer is hazy golden. Good retention and patches of lace.
S: Big aromas while opening and at the pour. Citrus-orange peel and hint of lemon. Spices include coriander. Very fresh wheat on the nose.
T: Somewhat dirty earthiness featured in flavor. An offering of bitter citrus peel that holds up to the more tantalizing flavors from the spice. Light and crisp mouthfeel brings out refreshment of yeast, and the bitterness really lingers. At the start of each sip, there's a huge sweetness. Wet grain mustiness with warmth and apples! Woah!
M: Light body, light carbonation, and drinkable to boot. I am a huge fan. This has exactly what I look for in a saison.

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Photo of drpimento
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer! Belgians have a brewery hot on the tail with this one. Poured with a great, foamy, frothy, cream colored, long lasting head and lots of lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is yeast, musty, lemon, malt, dried hay. Flavors much the same amplified. The complex bittersweetness is its most appealing characteristic. Body is mouthfilling and carbonation is perfect. Very satisfying and yet super easy to drink. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Definite session beer.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 750ml bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours cloudy pale yellow with a monster rocky white head. Nose of candy malt, light hops, yeast, and white flowers. The nose on this beer is super intense. The flavors are all hops and yeast (in a good way) with some candy and good bitterness. This is by far the most intense saison I have ever had. The body is fairly full with very lively carbonation and a long bitter hops finish.

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Photo of mmmmmbeeer
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - huge soapy head covering a nice golden hazy pour

S - very sweet floral with some citrus popping in. Maybe a hint of funk in the background but nearly what I would expect from this style.

T - the sweetness in the smell does not translate into the taste. this is a rather bitter beer with sour fruits.

M - nice carbonation and the taste quickly spreads over my palette. this is a good refreshing brew

D - while the mouthfeel is very refreshing, perhaps because I'm new to this style, I would call this a sipper.

I can only compare this to the Victory Helios being that's the only other farmhouse I've had before but I would definitely give my nod to the helios. I felt it was funkier and a bit more citrusy in taste

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Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split and served in Duvel Tulips

A - pours with a HUGE amount of frothy and sudsy white foam, sticking to the glass and taking forever to give enough room for more pour. the beer is hazy, bright gold in color with active bubbling.

S - slightly fruity with some lemon zest and apples, grainy and slightly musty, yeast with some soap. just a bit of funk and a fresh grassy hop finish.

T - very flavorful, strong pale malts and a funky spiciness. fruity in the middle with some pear, gala apples, and lemon. large amount of earthy grassy hops...think this might get a bit better with some time. ABV is detectable.

M - surprisingly thick body for the style, carbonation cuts through nicely and is very lively. fair amount of alcohol burn near the end, this is a sipper.

D - a little different in that its not refreshing like most Saisons, yet its flavors are bold and intense. still quite good, probably the best SH I've had to date.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle picked up at Abe's a few weeks ago. Poured into a snifter after needing a corkscrew to get the cork out.

Pours a clear golden, slightly orange color with an initially massive foamy white head that settles into a finger thick, retentive layer of bubbles with lots of lacing. Aroma is very strong and Belgian sweet, with a surprising blend of apple, pear, honey, yeast, pale malt and clove. Not typical for the style, but very enjoyable. Full bodied with extremely active carbonation, almost to the point of distraction. Initially at cooler temperatures, this tastes like a more traditional, earthy and dry saison but as it warms up the sweet fruit and yeast, almost tripel like, takes over. Carbonation remains very fizzy in the finish and is distracting from the flavor. Mouthfeel aside, this is a great, unique, refreshing saison that should age nicely.

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Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to mikey711. I keep bringing Southampton beers to tastings, and while others keep telling poo-pooing this brewery, I think it is very legit.

Pours hazy golden with a nice lasting white head.

Aroma is good for the style - slightly funky with pale malt and floral hops.

Flavor is also great, with pale malt, barnyard, earth, and grassy hops. Tasty.

Nice palate - medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Pretty good beer overall. Drinkable.

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Photo of Matthoc116
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml caged bottle, immediately hit with the citrus-y, yeast aroma expected from a saison. As others have mentioned, pours with a good amount of thin head (dissipates quickly with some minimal lacing), and a cloudy, golden color.

Immediate taste is lemony and refreshing, very similar to the aroma. Lingering taste is sweet, with a pronounced alcoholic bite. Especially for a saison, it finishes pretty harsh. Impacts drinkabilty a fair amount. Maybe that's the "Deluxe" part...

Overall, a good beer. I was influenced by liking other offerings from the brewery, specifically the Double White and the Biere de Mars (which I think are better efforts on the whole). Would like to try this again after storing in a closet for at least 6 months to see if it improved over time.

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Photo of billab914
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked & caged 750ml bottle. Talk about a head! I had to pour a little bit at a time into my lost Abbey stemware just to keep the foam in the glass. The beer poured slightly cloudy and golden amber in color. The head settled a bit after some time and allowed me to finally get a glass full. After it settled down a bit it was a very nice looking beer with a full and lasting head.

The aroma has a moderate citrus, lemon peel flavor to it with a spicy, peppery, yeast smell to it as well. The citrus, spice and yeast flavors mix pretty well together and are pretty nicely balanced.

The taste is a lot like the nose suggests with a lemony citrus, peppery spice and a fruity yeast flavor. It has a little bit more of a fruity and dry finish to it which I liked.

The mouthfeel is in the lighter side and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice beer. I don't really have any complaints about the beer besides it was a little hard to pour with the overflowing head. Very delicious beer that I really enjoyed this afternoon.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a two-finger rocky white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of crisp and slightly mineral-like light malts. Also present are good amounts of musty, wet hay aromas and hints of green apples .

Tastes good. Sweet and light malt flavors kick things off. They're quickly joined by musty and very faintly funky flavors that segue into light peach and heavy green apple flavors. Right before the end of the sip slightly leafy hops make an appearance and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is way too active. I had to let this sit and give it some swirls to let it even out.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another without a problem.

Overall I was impressed with this beer and it could really be special if the carbonation issue were fixed. Still, it can be remedied with a bit of patience and is worth a shot.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison Deluxe pours a straw color. It's very hazy and has a slight orange tint with light behind it. The head is enormous. It's four fingers deep, even with a very light pour. The head's a little off-white. Retention is very good, to say the least. Lacing was thick. Now if I can just get the damn thing to calm down.

The nose is good. It's very earthy and musky throughout. Fruit is likewise apparent. Apple, pear, and a little peach are noted. As expected, it's nice and spicy. Pepper leads the charge, but clove isn't far behind. Belgian yeast is in the mix. It isn't exactly strong, but there's plenty enough to work its magic. Alcohol isn't noticeable. More good news...it doesn't smell vegetal at all.

The flavor is actually a notch better. It's good. It's fruity and a little sweet up front. Apple, peach, and pear are all present. Spices follow. Pepper is the strongest. There's a healthy amount of clove, but not as much as the nose suggested. I'm sure there are others that this palate isn't identifying. Belgian yeast is noted and complements the other flavors very well. It is earthy and musky. I don't know if there's any Brett here or not. There are hints of funkiness, but they're subtle. Alcohol is blended well. Again, there are no vegetal flavors. This is really good stuff.

Saison Deluxe has a light-medium body. It's not far from smooth, but carbonation is a little too active for it to be smooth. That aspect needs a little work. Drinkability is good. This is a very tasty, easy drinking Saison. A 750 should be no problem.

Saison Deluxe is an impressive Saison/Farmhouse Ale. There isn't much to talk about in terms of weak points. Carbonation is about the only thing that needs to be addressed. It's too high. It performs very strong in all other aspects. I've had this bottle nearly two years and it's held up well. I don't know how common these bottles are, but if you see one, pick it up. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of jtrem14
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that jumps out at you is the nice orangeish color. The head poured pretty nicely to about 2 inches thick, and retained itself pretty well.

The orange color is almost perfectly complimented by the orange citrus smell as soon as you lift the glass to your nose.

The flavor of the been is nice and fruity, but also has hearty bread flavor that you would expect from a Saison.

Good mouthfeel with a light amount of cabonation backed up with a slightly heavy body.

Really good Saison. I've had it a number of times now.

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Photo of browncrayon
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It literally took me about 5 minutes to get the cork out of this bottle. Maybe I was being too tentative in opening it, but I didn't want to lose a drop should it explode everywhere. After that five minutes, it poured a cloudy amber with a very large white and soapy head.

It smells very sweet, almost candied with the malts. There's a bit of lemon and earthy spice in there as well.

The taste is comparable in sweetness with the smell. It's got caramel notes, and is certainly much more malty than I was expecting. It's fruity as well, and the Belgian yeast adds a nice flavor.

It's medium-bodied and a bit sticky, though the carbonation is bright and prickly. Easy to drink, just short of refreshing.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-tinged yellow colour with voluminous beige head, sinking slowly but steadily, forming fairly sparse bubbling around the glass, and not leaving a lot of lace. Specks here and there but little more. Nice haze in the body with some floaties. Looks alright.

Nose is fairly pungent. A fair sour character with some fresh fruit and some notes of soil, lemon zest, some egg character even, like notes of cake batter. Kind of savoury, with sourness around the edge. Doesn't really wow me, but it does intrigue me. It's simple but enigmatic, and smells fairly refreshing.

Taste is really very sweet for the most part. Lots of cakey malt on there, plus some spicy notes of nutmeg and white pepper. A fair amount of fruit, I'd say orange juice and zest primary amongst them, with a nice tang peak on the mid-palate leading into a finish which has a nice hint of alcohol and some woody hints, pine resin and some herbs, like parsley and rosemary, and God, I don't know, the flavours here are quite unusual. There's a lot of complexity but no flavours really leap out. I guess orange is predominant, with some spice and maybe Benedictine liqueur. Probably the most liqueury beer I've had, quite heavy on the finish. Basically it's an interesting one but doesn't have a classic saison profile, it's too heavy, a little too sweet and not nearly enough funk. Maybe more accessible but I don't really care that much for it.

Fairly thick feel, with a nice foamy texture, a distinct alcohol warmth throughout, well-suited to the flavour but again not what I'd really expect from a saison.

The more I drink, the more I like this, but the alcohol is quite prominent for just 7.4%. I hate to repeat myself, but it just doesn't wow me as a saison. I hate to repeat myself, but it just doesn't wow me as a saison.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
92 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.