Southampton Saison - Southampton Publick House

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 117
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.99%
Wants: 35
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 12-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Leffe chalice. The color was a vibrant orange with a thing head. The aroma corriander and yeast sweetness was excellent. And the flavor earns a rare 5.0 from me. It is has notes of apple, citrus, and is almost trippel like in character. The malt profile is exquisite though I can't exactly describe it well. The carbonation balances the flavor well and makes it feel light and airy on the palate. It is smooth and very silky in the mouth. (494 characters)

Photo of
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

25oz. bottle

Hazy, glowing, light orange. Large, rocky, white colored head. Decent lacing, not much legs.

Smell was very fruity, pineapple, mango, other tropicals. Citrus and some spice, maybe clove. Hint of Belgian funkiness. Bit of banana.

Taste was alcohol and other phenols, with clove coming through. More bitter than sweet, mainly citrus. Some sweetness in the middle, bubblegum/candi sugar. Herbal bitterness at the finish and in the aftertaste. Pepper.

Medium body. Medium + carbonation, not overdone, makes it a bit creamy. Somewhat dry, but very refreshing.

An excellent saison, certainly worthy of it's place in the top 100! Probably one of the best I've ever had. (680 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn Kev, way to bust this one out! 750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy medium apricot color with four huge fingers of white foam. There is lots and lots of sticky lacing left all over the glass. The smell is citrusy and kinda funky. There's a good dose of lemon juice and some peppery spices. A great blend of aromas. The taste has a sweet start, with some orange and white grape. There's that bit of tart flavor in the middle that is far from offensive. Very spritzy and alive. One more flavor in there I just can't pick out, but it's flawless. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and heavy, yet smooth. The drinkability is fantastic. This beer is damn near flawless. Thanks again Kev. (701 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 corked and caged 750ml bottle

First off, the clean and understated label design adds a touch of class and elegance. The cork came out with such a strong pop that the backforce pulled the yeast dregs up from the bottom, lessening the chance of a clear first pour. Not so! After a minute or three, a careful and mostly clear pour reveals a pale gold body with a hint of orange down the center. The carbonation bubbles are so plentiful that there appears to be a tornado in the center of the glass. Massive, thick, creamy tan head is remarkable slow to fade. Wonderful lacing. Each fresh pour causes the head to erupt again.

Aroma is incredibly rustic and earthy, with fresh hay, grass, oranges, nectarines, lemons, black pepper spiciness, flowers, leafy hop, cotton candy, faint leather, and chalky yeast. Simply put, a barnyard in a glass. The flavor starts off with a small burst of hop bitterness, then turns farm-like with layer after layer of earthy complexity. Orange and nectarine cocktails…black pepper spiciness…fresh grass and hay…earthy, chalky yeast…medicinal phenols…a splash of sourness and tart acidity on the finish…Styrian hops and oh-so-faint pine needles in the aftertaste. There’s a hint of malt sweetness present the entire time, but it doesn’t ever fully develop. Yeast pour towards the end turns it a murky iced tea color and thickens it up some. Medium in body, with a hefty level of carbonation that lightens the body perhaps a bit too much. Finishes crisp and acidic, with a cleansing dryness.

Saisons are one of my favorite styles, and this one easily compares with the authentic Belgian examples. How does Phil do this? Southampton continues to impress… (1,705 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-tinted yellow -- slightly hazy -- and stubbornly foamy. I wait for the rocks of white on top to erode. Jazzy spiced citrus and roasted hops aromas nod in the direction of a 3 Monts Grande Reserve or Orval style ale. Sour, pungent, peppered apricots and nectarines and pinecones speckle the aromas. On the palate it is stern, presenting a chewy texture and flavors of brandied fruits and nuts -- only it is dry at every step. The iron-flavored close helps in this regard. It is low-acid and bready with an hypnotically pure, silky texture. The hops must be Poperings or something akin -- sordid, earthy and bitter with traces of smoldering pine and wet blankets flavor. Little surges of tart stone fruits are met with rocks and gravel bitterness. Anything sweet is suppressed by structure. A remarkable piece of beer art. (827 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being from the Great Lakes State, I'm a bit secluded from the hype surrounding some of these smaller, local, eastern breweries. So all I knew is that these guys were supposed to be good. And it's so so sad I can't get more by hopping over to the local store -- because this is simply amazing.

Glowing nuclear fuzzy, hazy, fleshy orange-peach with a pristine, virginal white head that doesn't quit, is quickly recalled, and really gives the drinker a perfect portrait of what a great beer can do visually.

Slightly musty and yeasty feel to the nose, but it's nonetheless a shining example of powerful fruit and spice aromatics -- truly redolent of tropical fruits, nectarines, peaches, and fresh lemon zest straight from a pastry chef's kitchen as he crafts a zippy lemon tart. And somehow, it's not done. Another whiff. Tulips, open fields, the local florist. Good lord.

It's light bodied yet somehow retains some "meat" and some genuine depth of flavor. The same fruit-flavored punch fills every millimeter of the mouth, yet this is hardly a "fruity" beer. The flavors of these dried fruits just seems to live within the confines of an otherwise yeasty, mildly hopped brew. Reminds me a bit of Nora in that regard -- perfectly put together, well-crafted fruit flavors integrate beautifully with spiciness and form a truly amazing, quaffable, loveable beer. Earthy, yeasty, musty finish punctuated by a light hop acidic kick. Damn good. (1,445 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tasting tulip at just over fridge temperature. 2005 bottling, purchased for $10.63 at Cable Beverage, Bardonia NY.

Appearance- Crystal clear very pale orange, with a tight condensed crown. Nice activity inside the glass, a steady stream of tiny bubbles keep the head alive. Two fingers thick... settling to a fine mat. Good lacing with some decent cling.

Smell- Damp hay and earth, followed closely by grassy, spicy hops. Totally classic Saison character, all notes are fully pronounced and bold.

Taste- Earthy, bitter hops twang away in the beginning, opening up to a full and more complex dance of farmhouse characteristics... the finish is dry and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Creamy, soft, foaming. Elegant and subdued, this drinks way too nicely for words... I'm drinking this by itself, but I can't wait to see how this pairs with food come Springtime.

A classic Saison by all measures. (931 characters)

Photo of cassanoj
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass. The head is small and white. Quickly fades. Beautiful honey color.

The smell is of pale hops, dry and bitter. Citrus, pear, mango, a bit of a farmhouse funk but real subtle. Hay, wheat, grass all undertones.

The taste is dominated in the front by citrus and pale malt. Then iI taste pear, grapefruit, mango, and some spice. In the back, it becomes bitter and dry, making way for the farm - hay, grass, wheat; they all linger on my tongue. Really nice, complex but subtly so. I love a humble beer.

Mouthfeel is smoooth. Not too bitter, nice and peppery. 5 minutes after taking a sip, I can still taste the hay on my tongue.

This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever come across. I think the subtlety of this beer is the key, what a quiet storm! I love Southampton for what they're doing for the Belgian style in the States. (861 characters)

Photo of jakester
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was bought at the brewery by a friend and brought back for my pleasure. Thanks, Dorothy!
This took an honest ten minutes to open! First, the cork broke at the bottle line, then I tried a bladed cork puller. No good. Then a cork screw. All that did was pulverize the goddam cork. Eventually I got it with the screw, but Jeez! It was so friggin' tight!
I had this in a Kasteel glass.

Pours a cloudy gold/orange with a two finger head of white foam. The head drops fairly quickly to a coating and a ring. Minimal lacing. Looks highly effervescent.

Smell is barnyard citrusy-funky, musty oranges, black pepper, moldy pineapples, yeast and wheat. Just like a saison!

Taste is tart, dry, musty, horsey, not much residual sweetness at all. A whole lotta flavors working in unison to give you one hell of a saison experience. Lemons and oranges, yeast, and wheat. Black pepper, coriander, they're all in there! Aftertaste is very long and pronounced. Awesome beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth but dry, like brut, highly effervescent. Finish is a strong grab at the back of the throat, but not like hop bitterness. Big burps!

As saisons go, this has to be a great one. It's got it all. Tart/sour, barnyard, prickly, moldy, spicy...What more do you want? (1,259 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with Loki. Corked and caged. Thanks for the opportunity...

Carefully poured in an imperial pint glass, still forms a 3" white, dense, extremely resilient head, with extreme effervescence visible in the glass for long after pouring. A ruddy straw brew, with a touch of orange, and as the head recedes it leaves a solid layer of foamy entrails along the sides of the glass, from top to bottom. Awesome.

Nose is spicy, with sweet pale malts supporting everything. Taste continues where the aroma left off, with a sweet malt start, fading into spicy notes and a dry finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. I always have trouble rating Saisons, not sure what they should be. However, that's not a problem here, this one's a great beer, regardless of the style. (805 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange color with a cloud-like 3 finger head that retreats leaving chasms amongst big chunks of foam. Nose is orange and lenon citrus, musty/funky and light coriander spice. Very nice. Flavor is right on for a saison, and right on with the nose. The initial flavor is slightly sour, moving to a musty, barnyardy flavor, followed by a lemony crispness, finishing with another blast of mustyness. The spiceyness runs through the whole taste experience. The feel is solid moderate with a moderate bubble. Man. I do enjoy. This is a pretty darn good beer. I would never have known this is an American made beer. May be the best saison I have had to date. (663 characters)

Photo of Imbiber
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. Hazy golden with high natural carbonation and a big, fluffy white head. Great aroma, earthy and a bit peaty with hints of spices. Good, malty, spicy flavour with notes of citrus; quite tart. Dry, spicy finish. An excellent brew that made me crave for more. (287 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly hazy yellowish orange color with a 1" head. Some light lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: the aroma was earthy and somewhat musky, with some pepper and citrus notes.

Taste: first taste made me exclaim "wow !". The mild muskiness detected by the nose hit the tastebuds, along with a balance of mild candy sweetness and a nice dry hop bitterness. Lemon citrus and pepper spice round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish, and is somewhat refreshing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: simply put - great. This was a very enjoyable beer across all categories. Must seek this one out if you haven't had it yet. (662 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2005, 750mL bottle into a goblet.
This is the first 750mL bottle of a Southampton brew that really came through for me. Cuvee des Fleurs and Grand Cru were both too... something, perhaps too harsh; I found them unbalanced and disappointing.
With this brew I detect many similarities between those two, perhaps many of the same ingredients, but:
Reminds me quite a lot of Westmalle's tripel and Cave Aged Hennepin in flavor.
This doesn't have as much alcohol as the afforementioned so the fragrance isn't as striking; it looks at it should for the style. Yeast, wheat and citrus are found in the smell.
Wonderfully well balanced. Definately on the dry side of the spectrum. Very crisp. Tasty yeastyness with a solid citrus (mostly lemon) tang. Just the right amount of bitterness in here.
Light enough, coupled with a razor blade balance make this supremely drinkable.
For the price I could get twice as much Hennepin... and would generally make that choice... but this is an excellent saison and I would definately revisit it. (1,044 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage 750ml bottle. Pours from the bottle into my SN tulip a beautiful, vibrant golden orange hue with a big fluffly two finger head. Spotty lacing adorns the glass...awesome! Aromas of pale, crystal malts touched with grain husks and lemon zest along with a myriad of fruit scents. Green apple, peach, pineapple, orange with a mellow peppery spiciness underneath. Fresh yeast imparts a slight earthen funkiness. A treat for sure.

First sip brings a pale grainy maltiness with a deluge of fruity flavors. Hints of green apple, orange, lemon and pineapple roll over the palate with a wonderful sour tartness accompanying them. Earthy yeast notes impart a mellow barnyard flavor and some peppery spiciness. Exceptionally balanced..this saison is truly a treat for the palate. I get a touch of green hops on the way down along with a snap of spicy bitterness. Lovely, lovely brew.

Mouthfeel is light and arid with a subtle creaminess and good carbonation. Incredibly refreshing...with each sip I get something new. Easily one of the best U.S. saisons I've yet to try. Cheers to Phil and the Southampton crew. If I had easier access to this brew I would drink it on a regular basis. The 750ml bottle is almost too small...how about a 1.5l bottle next time?? Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample this one. (1,325 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 Edition/750ml bottle: This is one hell of a saison from Phil (Mr. Markowski). It's a light to dark orange colour with the fluffiest white head of foam that leaves wonderful Belgian lacing. The aromas are earthy and very farmyard in character. I smeel freshly cut, grassy, herbal hops, and wonderfully light, crusty french baguette bready malts. The taste is a lovely melange of spicy herbal hops, and wonderful malts. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and all to excellent, and the drinkability is wonderful as well. Wow, Southampton beers, truly are exceptional pieces of work!

I sampled a fresh 2004 at the brewpub the other day, and it tasted exactly the same as the 2003. (682 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 version.

Bright fiery orange appearance. The beer is topped off with a whipped white head of substantial size. And the retention is excellent. Carbonation streams at a steady pace from the bottom of my glass. It has a Big doughy and yeasty aroma, which I love. Also some damp earth, lemon zest, black pepper and peach tones noted on the nose. Awesome nose. The bitter hop and spicy peppery tones hit my palate first. This is followed by some bright fruity notes. It's got some acidity which is quite refreshing. The yeast and dough characteristics are a little more subtle on the palate than on the nose. The finish is dry and hoppy and snaps as quick as the crack of a whip. Great tasting beer. The carbonation is a little forceful, but definitely handled within the confines of this beer. The body is medium and rounded. Damn, this one's good. My first Southampton experience is very solid. (900 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

music: Sounds From The Ground - Kin

been seeking this for some time, sure, I am lazy, I could have driven to the damn brewpub...
this is available at DeCiccio's Market in Pelham NY for $9.99 (where I got this one...)

view...
caged corks are so sexy, I mean it is like some wierd BDSM beer ritual thing.. well, maybe I need to get out more..
cloudy clear, half a finger of translucent head, the cloudiness retains itself, I would say straw color except the haze darkens it a bit, the lace is a tide, a sheet that rises and falls in unison when you tilt the glass. 5 minutes later the beer looks the same.. solid.

nose...
this one surprised me about how upfront it was, it is like sticking your nose in a flower garden, wow. definite big honey notes, this really makes me think of warmer weather.. it reminds me of allergies.. it smells like.. dare I say it.. pollen ? but yet there is a biting hop inviting my glands to let a bit of drool commence. if willy wonka could make late summer into a candy bar it would smell like this. Letting all this digest I now detect some funk buried in there, a geuze like quality is definitely poking it's head out now! Some peach/apricot has also nudged it's way into the passages of my schnozz. Amazing nose on this one. I am really surprised I am smelling an american brew right now, if it was put in front of me blind I might cry geuze...

taste etc...
one sip is overwhelming, there is a ton going on here. first I will start with mouthfeel which is medium with ample carbonation and carried across the pallette with excellence. the flavor seems to start with bannanas, then you get the prickly sensation of the carbonation and hops.. and then more prickly sensation with the yeast aftertaste... and I can't even tell if I am being accurate.. It is alot to take in so fast even when leaving it in the mouth. The sensations are quick and leave you wanting more. This has more bitterness in the back end than most belgians (except maybe some Fantome beers)... This is great.

verdict?
no contest. great beer. sure, totally out of season right now but I don't care. This is one american that stands up to the belgian, which to me is quite rare. I would put this up against Saisson dupont any day, and I love that beer..

addendum:
I have enjoyed numerous bottles of this fine brew by this point (4/2006), and alas the stock of the 2005 seem to be gone. I can't wait for this to be released again, absolutely one of my favorite american beers, in almost any style. bottle to bottle it is just fantastic. (2,561 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle courtesy of goodbyeohio. Thanks Jim.
Pours a hazy golden color with a modest and delicate 1 finger pure white head. Lacing and collar are superb but retention is a bit lacking.
Smell is wheat, some citrus, and a whole lot of yeasty goodness. Some spicy hops are detectable in the nose as well. Very bready, and very inviting.
Taste is straight up what I would expect from the style. Delicate flavors of wheat, a bit of tarness, and just a hint of citrus. An innitial sweetness is met soon after by bitter hops that are both well balanced and very very refreshing. Bready, yeasty and just damn good.
Mouthfeel is good. Fairly light, which is what I want from the style, and definitely something that goes down easily.
Drinkability on this one is insane. I could easily drink this one all night with no complaints at all.
Overall, an excellent beer from a great brewery. My sample was poured a bit too cold and was still impressive. Yet, as this one warms, the flavors open up and this one just becomes so damn enjoyable it's hard to put down. (1,060 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coudy yellow with hints of rusty orange into my Blanch De Chambly (flute-like but with a wider mouth) glass. Hide rises loft two inches in a fluffy chunky kind of way. Carbonation never stops rising from the center of the glass.

Aromas light citric with a Belgian Pale Ale nose and some hints of hops to add a slight bitterness. To the mouth and this is fresh and sharp to the tongue - waking it right up. Lightly tart and citric gives way quite easily to an bubbly, spicy dryness - moves to a light hoppy finish.

This is pretty damn good. I have had this a few times before but never as the first of the day with a nice clean palate. I am going to add a few more to the cellar. Always impressed with these brews but this one blew me away today. (759 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL corked and caged bottle served chilled in a Duvel tulip. The second beer of the Greer, PintOfAle, AragornUnplugged, and ManekiNeko "Release the Wisdom" beer tasting. This bottle was provided by yours truly.

Appearance: Hazy honey yellow topped by a healthy white head. The head dissipated to a thick layer of foam with a small upswelling of foam in the center of the glass (i.e. good carbonation). Small fingers of foam lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Delicate pale malts with mild herby/spicy aromas of coriander, white pepper, and cloves. Subtle fruity esters of orange and lemon citrus.

Taste: Spritely sweet with tons of herbal flavors and fruity esters. Peppery aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Tres incredible.

Drinkability: Yes! Yes! Yes! This would rawk with salmon, I'd bet. Smooooth and yummy. Can I get this via IV drip? (880 characters)

Photo of marksto
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sought out, sampled, and reviewed at GABF due to good reviews here at BA. Glad I had the opportunity to try the excellent Belgian ales made by Southampton.

Pours a bright yellow with a hazy pale hue. Aroma is big - fruit, spice, earthy notes, all classic saison elements. Flavor is fruity and sweet up front, with apples and peaches and then a zippy spiciness follows in the finish. Both elements complement each other nicely, and there's a slight funky essence in the middle. The body is rather full compared to many other saisons I've had, but not enough to detract.

Overall, an excellent saison; worthy of the high scores on BA and well worth seeking out. (661 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this beer as part of the Tria Fermentation School's "The Dude on the Farm" with Scott Morrison.

App: Light sunshine color. Clear but not as much color complexity as Saison Dupont. Looks like it could be filtered. Nice HUGE head that lasts as a creamy, chunky white cap the whole beer.

Aroma: Very nice smell. Spicy with some phenolics, fruitiness, barnyard and pepper.

Taste: Very similar to Saison Dupont but with more fruit flavors. Spice of clove and coriander, some banana and nice finish of hops and pepper. Lemon end.

Mouth: Clean, light and liquid. Tingles with nice carbonation.

Drink: Beautiful style, really well done. Could definitely drink much more. Obviously the Dupont yeast but with slightly warmer and sweeter. (740 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Bottle Date, Sampled December 2005
As I pours this beer I get a sharp, herbal grassy aromatic note that is quite pungent and nice. The beer pours with a fairly thick, frothy, light tan colored head that never completely dissapears, and even leaves a slight lacing pattern on the glass as I consume the beer.The beer itself is an orangish pale copper color. As I go in for a deeper smell I get notes of orange on top of the herbal notes as well as a hint of lemon, there is a nice mix between sharp herbal notes, a soft almost earthy grassiness and a simple lightly sweet grain note that make up the dominant aspects of the aroma. The aroma reminds me of summer, which is definitely what I want in a good Saison.

The beer has a sharp spiciness to it up front that is a combination of carbonation, spicy ginger, and hot pepper notes. The beer finishes with an astringent, bitter herbal grassy character which is quite nice. This astringency really lingers in the mouth, and makes me want to take another sip, but it is not so evident that it is in any way off-putting; there is just a solid hop character in this beer. Actually, I can't believe how fresh and pungent the hop character is in this beer, it is really quite refreshing, it helps to dry out the malt character considerably, yet still remains light and quaffable. The beer has some real spicy notes to it as well, in fact it is almost hot in a ginger / pepper sort of way; during some sips it is actually a bit too spicy (perhaps a hint of hot, higher alcohols contribute to this), but in the end it is predominantly just perfect.

As I hinted at, the malt character is pretty restrained here by the spiciness and hop notes. There is a solid underlying malt character though; at times a sweet grain character peeks through. The malt is simple to be sure (meaning darker malts were not used), but it is a perfect vehicle for the yeast character and hops to shine. Speaking of yeast character, this beer has that characteristic character that is a mix of mouth coating earthiness and spice notes that I like in Saisons. I can't quite decide if it plays second fiddle to the hop character or not; it is definitely here and quite appreciatively noticed, but the hops seem to one up it in the end. This is a really nice example of a hoppy Saison, and I feel very fortunate to have sampled this beer so far from its birthplace. (2,391 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review was from a 750ml corked and caged bottled sampled on 12/15/2004. This poured out a clear straw yellow with a big fluffy white head over the bubble body. Thick rings of lace were left all around the glass as it was consumed and the head seemed like it would stay as long as you didn’t drink it. Aroma has a bit of fruitiness to it that is both tart and sweet. There are notes of spices and some of the funky smells associated with the style but not as much as expected. Taste started a bit fruity tart with a strong biscuit malt presence. A bit of funk to the flavor as well as spiciness. The after taste was a spicy and funky on that lasted for quite a bit. Mouthfeel was about medium with a very bubbly feel on the tongue. This went down pretty easy and I would definitely love to have this again if given the chance. Great beer, thanks to slander for the opportunity to try this gem. (898 characters)

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Southampton Saison from Southampton Publick House
94 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.