Southampton Biere De Garde - Southampton Publick House
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2.45/5 rDev -36.7%
Great looking beer. Deep copper with scarlet hues and an erupting head thick and puffy that extends 2 inches above the rim of my tulip.
Hmmm off the initial aroma curious if I may have aged this one to long. Buttery esters, with muted malt aromas. Some fruity aromatics and berry resemblances.
Still good and drinkable but just not alot going on. Slight diacetyl flavors with again that same muted malt that was in the aroma. Lacking fruit qualities and no hints of hop. Just not that great.
01-10-2010 20:59:40 | More by mcallister
2.6/5 rDev -32.8%
Southampton is one of my favorite east coast breweries. I always consider it a real treat when I can find it, whether it's in bottles or served on tap. This is my first Southampton disappointment. It wasn't bad. It just was not their usual stellar brew. Surprising mediocrity compounded by me overpaying - $11 and change in a good beer store for a 750.
Darker than golden, but not quite brown. Quite clear for the initial pour. A little cloudy, as should be expected, for the second pour.
Smell, a touch of wheat, not very strong. A hint of moderate alcohol.
Taste - just okay, pretty bland, not malty, not hoppy, not zippy like a Castlelain or a JenLain (sp). Just okay.
Mouthfeel - smooth, not too malty, not too bubbly.
Drinkability - yes, I could have had another bottle, but why? I know, I know, I'm getting spoiled by too many excellent brews. Believe me, I'd have a couple of these over BMC, but is that the standard? I don't think so. Looking forward to more great Southampton brews in the future.
03-04-2007 02:25:56 | More by BusyNinja
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
Bottle generously shared by fly. Thanks Alan!
Pours a rich amber with a light white head. Smell is bright, fruity and sweet breadiness. Taste is sweet, aged, fruity and very bready again, without much spice coming through for me. Still, pretty tasty.
07-01-2008 18:27:10 | More by JDV
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
Corked n' caged 750ml brewed down the road in Rofo.
Pours with a lively 4F head of soapy bubbles, slightly opaque caramel-orange color, with light carbonation.
Aromas of sweet yellow raisins, plum, some alcohol, and sourdough bread-like quality.
The flavor brought out some definite sweetness - in particular, apricot, molasses and butterscotch - strange bedfellows indeed. Lightly bitter hop quality, and finishing with just a wee hint of sourness and earthy, dirty funk. The flavors seemed a bit at odds with each other, so I'd like to cellar one of these for a year or two to compare.
Mouthfeel was pretty thin and dry - again, seeming at odds with the smell and taste. Not bad, mind you, and ok for the style.
Overall drinkability is not bad - it doesn't constantly pull you back for another sip, but it's a pleasant, dry, and pretty complex beer.
My recommendation is to let this one sit for a year, and serve over 45 degrees ... it was more enjoyable as it warmed.
07-11-2009 22:04:29 | More by BeerImmediately
3.18/5 rDev -17.8%
A- pours a dark burnt orange, somewhat opaque but can see some clarity in it. Head builds up ridiculously big.
S/T- musty, sweet. Not caramel sweet but melanoidin sweet. Some lighter fruit aspects.
M- kinda thick and syrupy yet very highly carbonated. The sugary taste just adds to that perception.
D- The sweetness was a bit overwhelming. Didn't like the flavor combination a whole lot. Would enjoy more of a focus on the fruit and less on the sweetness, maybe with more of a lighter toasted malt.
12-01-2008 05:37:19 | More by MiScusi
3.25/5 rDev -16%
Pours a cloudy light orange color with a frothy one finger head. Smells of light fruits with plum fruits dominating nose. First sip is plums and other fruits mixing not well with the massive yeast favor. There is way too much carbonation here and too much yeast. I'm guessing it is bottle conditioned but too much sugar was used. I am not impressed.
03-14-2009 20:47:43 | More by ATLbeerDog
3.3/5 rDev -14.7%
Another one I picked up a 750ml at Skibbo's in the Bronx on East Tremont before heading up to Copake NY for some camping. This was my first of this style and I was very excited to get down to business.
A: From an oversized wine glass, the pour was strong amber orange, two and half if not more finger off white head. Fair amount of chunks and small hills in the head, solid lacing and retention but less than I expected.
S: Spices hit my nose first, some sweetness but don't believe it was fruit based. Low key bread and wheat hanging around to intriuge the pallet as you hoist for the first quaf.
T: Understated toasted biscuits, sweetness of vanilla and honey after the sting of something astringent hit my pallet. I didn't get much out of this and I suspect either it was the temperature or the age(too young) but I wanted more flavor.
M: Quite dry, very light but high level of carbonation.
D: Now that I've down one of these right off the rack, it's time to pick up another and cellar to see if I can get more flavor out of Southampton.
08-13-2008 19:57:24 | More by Brianmerrilyn
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of sour apples and citrus, Belgian yeast, some spice, light malts and some hops.
T: The taste likewise starts out sour with tart flavors of apples and citrus but is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of caramel and spices. There are bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a light but hearty malt character. There's also a little bit of a metallic bite to it at times. The after-taste is slightly sour and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer but it's certainly not one of the first Belgian beers that I would look for.
10-29-2008 02:44:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
Poured a dark brown into my Chimay glass. Wounderful thick foamy head that hangs around.
Smells of malt and alcohol.
Tastes as it smells malty mixed with warming alcohol.
Feels fantatstic in the mouth like i am drinking velvet.
Maybe with age this beer will improve but I did not find anything unique about the brew. I was expecting some more funk from a farmhouse ale.
11-13-2008 02:14:44 | More by LennyV
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
First pour is brilliantly clear amber orange color, with a three finger thin head. Little retention leaves nothing behind. Second pour is chunky, cloudy, and looks pretty nasty.
Aroma is slightly wheaty, with some bread aromas, as well as some light spice and fruits. Vanilla also seems to be present. Mild, but enjoyable.
Flavor is very mild, with lightly toasted grains, biscuits, honey, and vanilla being prevalent. Finish is relatively dry, and the mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Drinkability is pretty good.
Overall, I'm pretty disappointed with this one. It's not poorly made, but it's just lacking in any wow factor. It is very well balanced, and would be a pretty good food beer, but by itself, it's a little lackluster. The bottle says to "Enjoy now or age it for later".... I can't imagine this possibly getting better with age. Probably the most disappointing Southampton beer I've had. Not bad, just not that great.
A side note.... I have had a few bottles of Southampton's corked beers that were infected/corked/not stored correctly. Perhaps this is another one of those bottles. I'll have to revisit this if my next bottle it different.
02-26-2007 01:03:41 | More by phisig137
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
Part of NEPA BC split #19.
Pours a deep, burnt orange amber color, somewhat hazy with a billowing ivory colored head. Keeps a very full lace and leaves a bit of stick.
Smell seems quite sweet for the style, with aromas of honey and even a bit of caramel. Bit of a grainy note, too, which is slightly toasty. There's a bit of a buttery note, too with some yeast and floral characteristics, as well. Also a bit of fruit. This is definitely one of the sweeter aromas for the style that I have experienced.
Taste is not as sweet as the smell, with only a little bit of caramel sweetness. There is some buttery diacetyl like there was in the smell, too, and some apples and pears show up now and again. Dominant flavor is grain, however, which is toasty but also very raw and husk-like. There is a pretty substantial hop bitterness that goes with it, and both flavors linger into the finish. This is also a bit odd, but for different reasons than the smell was. Unfortunatley it doesn't all meld together quite as well as the smell, and the grain flavor is a bit too much.
Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, almost a little chewy, and is a bit heftier than a typical medium body. For this style though I'd like it to be a bit crisper and more refreshing.
This is a decent beer but it just seems a bit off to me. The smell is quite sweet, the taste is quite grainy. I'm not wild about the diacetyl that shows up here and there, either. It's ok, but I doubt I'd come back to it.
11-02-2008 19:56:35 | More by number1bum
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
Thanks to Dyan for this one.
Best by 11/15/12 on the bottle.
A - Copper with orange highlights and a big, bubbly 3 finger head that disappears quickly.
S - Sweet malt with a bit of caramel and some herbal fruity notes.
T - Sweet caramel malt mixed with a touch of fruit followed by a spicy kick and some herbal, spicy hops ending with a belgian yeasty flavor.
M - Not sure if the beer is on the heavier side or if the high carbonation makes it feel that way but it is not as light and airy as other BDG's I have had.
D - Not bad, just not as complex or enjoyable as the other belgian/farmhouse styles I have tried by Southhampton.
06-05-2008 23:38:14 | More by brewcrew76
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
750ml bottle, split with the prince of darkness in raleighwoods
appearance: poured into a snifter much sturdier than one of my own...glowing amber-orange, healthy supply of soapy white foam. when everthing settles, its an attractive brew
smell: certain level of yeasty funk noticeable immediately, earthy, toasted malt, buttery...ok
taste: spicy yeast presence, moderately funky, peppery...buttery biscuit malt, light metallic traits, booze rather strong
mouthfeel: somewhat dry to me, funky and spicy
drinkability: pretty good
05-31-2007 20:29:10 | More by dirtylou
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
750 ml bottle I think I purchased in Pittsburgh a year ago. Split with friends before going out for my bachelor party.
Looks decent in the glass. Cloudy copper/orange with decent head. Looks nice, just a touch muddy.
Balsa wood and honey meet my nose, along with some spices and vanilla and caramel. It's a tad bit oxidized and cardboard isn't a stretch. But there's some nice herbs underneath - this seems like an artisan beer but is just missing the target. Yeasty esters play a minor role - I'd like more please.
Taste is a let-down for sure. I was hoping something magical would save the day, but this is just sweet and off. Tons of toffee and caramel, a bit of dried fruit, and a lot of oxidation. The herbs and yeast don't add anything distinguishing. It's a bad example of the french style, where I expect noble hops and fruit. This has just a bad basement thing going on that kills it's chances of scoring higher. Nonetheless, it's tolerable just a beer without a clear identity.
Mouthfeel felt rough. Good carb, medium body, but not creamy, more muddy. I wouldn't care to try this again unless it was a fresh bottle at the Publick House. Not my thing, and I love a good BdeG.
08-31-2010 22:02:57 | More by jampics2
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
I have only had a handfull of this style of beer so I grabbed one today,poured into an oversized wine glass a russett color with a deep orange hue to it a thick foamy that left globs of lace behind head atop.Toastrd grain aromas along with hints of pear and vanilla and very slight clove,wow this has a prickly feel to it not a fan of that,flavors are nice with some wet grain element to it with lingering spice and caramelized pear.Its a pretty good beer but that mouthfeel takes away alot from the flavor aspect and takes away a bit from the drinkability
04-17-2008 21:12:52 | More by oberon
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my DT snifter. Back label had a brief story on beer. It was a copper color with tons of carb and a little bit of floating yeast. It had a massive off-white head that settled into a thick collar and film. A little lacing. The aroma was musty with dark fruits and sugary alcohol. Kinda smelled like a lighter Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Was expected it to be more like a saison so was disappointed. The taste was fruity, a little bready and a bit too much alcohol. A bit on the bland side. The mouthfeel was good but any more carb would have been bad. Overall, it's a good beer but not my style. (3.5, RB, Y, O)
08-16-2007 01:29:37 | More by TexIndy
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
Got this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.
A: This beer pours a fairly clear, slightly light amber body with a small, white head with nice retention and lacing. Lacing along the side of the glass was nice and evident until the finish.
S: A slightly earthy, grassy, malt smelling bee with subtle hits of vanilla and caramel notes that seemed appropriate for the style.
T: A nice, slightly sweet vanilla and caramel taste. Slight grassy backbone with some slight earthy honey notes. A fairly strong vanilla aftertaste with some slight, earthy bitterness in the back of the throat in order to balance. Overall, fairly well-balanced.
M: A pretty light and crisp mouthfeel. Nice on the tongue and even slightly refreshing despite the fairly high alcohol notes.
D: Overall, a nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes the beer pretty nice overall. A pretty, easy drinking beer and a nice one to open the spring with.
12-27-2010 18:43:50 | More by maddogruss
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
Poured on tap into a pint glass
Semi Hazy dark gold in appearance. Good amount of head and ample lace.
Smell is just slightly sweet, maybe a bit sour.
Tastes of tart fruit on the tongue, that fades quickly to a slight belgian yeast/barnyard funk then nothing.
Mouthfeel is slick and it finishes rather abruptly.
This is a pretty drinkable, if forgettable, Biere De Garde. Certainly worth the try.
03-02-2009 20:22:21 | More by Stinkypuss
Southampton Biere De Garde from Southampton Publick House
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