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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Black Raspberry LambicSouthampton Black Raspberry Lambic

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 185
Avg: 4.53
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 486
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 185
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer smells of an earthy red wine and berries

The flavor follows of cranberries, blackberries, cherries. It's a medium plus tart quality without too much to back it up. There's apple cider vinegar tart. A light clean finish.

An earthy and reasonably complex beer, but I really could have used more aggressive fruit qualities.

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Photo of afksports
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have multiple bottles of this, and I am not adding it as a got.

My favorite release at Southampton this past weekend, and the surprise of the day. This thing is blushing monk dark, but traditional lambic mouthfeel-balanced. It's like raspberry tart blended with an incredibly acidic gueuze and then darkened & sweetened to the point where you forget you drank anything else. There's funk in the nose, complexity in the taste. Nothing about this feels particularly "American" in that way that American sours don't stand up to Belgians. I took one sip and knew this brew is legit. Phil is a legend for a reason.

I had it on tap on Saturday, I drank other beers, went home for a nap, woke up and went out, drank more beer, slept the night, had some cereal in the morning, looked at the bottle and felt the taste on my tongue.

Sorry for the lack of descriptors. These other reviews can handle that. This is a badass beer. Let it be known.

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Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%

This is a tricky beer to rate.

It came out a few years ago and I never had it fresh. I has been a personal whale of mine since I got into the trading world and was lucky enough to randomly try some because of circumstance.

The beer is all about the nose. It reminds me of raspberry pie. Jammy is the most used term and it's on point. There is something else there, like a pepper or something towards the backend of the smell, but it blends perfectly with the brilliant black raspberry.

Taste was basically a stellar but clear aged fruited american wild. It has the same issues that older RR bottles have, but I think this has aged a much more gracefully.

In short, I have a habit of hating on beers that people want because they rarely live up to the hype. This beer is clearly past its prime, but one of the few beers that I've been more interested in seeking out after I've actually tried it.

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red/black with a slight pinkish hue on the head. Head is not think but gives a decent half inch head.

S- super tart. Sharp fruit with a good dry finish.

T- tons of black berry. Super sweet and sour. Lots of dry wood and oak. A slight bitter ness on the back end that makes the sourness a little tamed. It literally tastes like those blackberry warheads that I used to eat as a kid, so it is slightly nostalgic.

M- medium body with a mid level carbonation. The sour ness of this beer is tamed a little bit by the woody finish.

O- an amazing lambic. As far as a blackberry beer goes I can't imagine this getting any better. The taste is definitely the highlight of this beer. Still seek out in the future.

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Photo of joel66
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big thanks to Dan, (Totoropanda) for opening this

A- dark purple with no head at all, looks almost flat like red wine

N- raspberry jam, moldy raspberry and sour yeast notes

T- sweet raspberry jam, carmelized berry chutney with light wine notes. more funk in the nose, but can taste a suttle tartness and brett

M- very smooth and enjoyable

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ehammond1
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 9 months)

A near-clear dark ruby with some rich purple highlights and a moderately-sized off-white, big bubbled head, eventually leaving messy spiderwebs and dots of lace down the glass.

A very fruit-forward aroma; the black raspberries dominate and present as big, juicy, ripe, and delicious. There's only a very mild earthy funk character with just a touch of grass. Good thing the dominating fruit smells so incredible. What this lacks in depth and complexity, it makes up for in authentic, ripe fruit character.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with fantastic black raspberry character combining with moderate acidic sourness, defined oak, and a very minor funk component. Everything blends together nicely, and I don't miss the funk I usually love in beers of this style, because the fruit is simply so darn delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Fantastically drinkable; juicy.

Superb stuff. This is in the top echelon of American wilds.

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Photo of Soonami
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of acurtis
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml foiled, corked and caged bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear dark purple. Pink head with low retention but thick, clingy legs. Spot on.

Nose is tart raspberry, plastic, sharp funk. Moderately aromatic and again, very appropriate.

Tart raspberry with good acidity. Fruit sweetness is full and very present to balance the sour. Plastic, cobwebs, and straw. Sour aftertaste. Really solid and one of the top American lambics for sure.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy in the mouth with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Really enhances the taste.

A definite winner and one of the few American lambics worthy of being mentioned in the same vein as the classic Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen offerings.

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Photo of leschkie
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of blabaer
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a 3F tumbler.

Appearance - Pours with no head, just a few bubbles. Murky dark red. Almost purple, but more deep red.

Smell - Wow, it actually smells like a lambic. Tons of raspberry. Deep raspberry, not necessarily a bright aroma. Jammy is a good descriptor. A nice dose of funk. Lemony acidity behind the raspberry acidity. A bit of oak, too.

Taste - Again, very authentic flavor. Dark raspberry flavor. Jammy again. Funky again. Oaky and nice sourness in the back. Great balance to the fruit while allowing the complexity of the lambic to come through.

Mouthfeel - Nicely sour. A bit lower than medium carbonation. Lingering sourness and raspberry flavor. Very dry.

Overall - As good as Rose de Gambrinus. I never expected it to be this good. Incredible that an American brewery produced this.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #1700!!! Big thanks goes out to my boy beeruser for sharing this one during our Labor Day tasting! Thanks brother! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep red-purple with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, blackberry, funk, tart, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberry, blackberry, fruit, tart, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This beer really had a lot to offer for just about any beer lover out there. A nice touch of various fruits, funk, and a nice tart note. All of this on their own would keep your palate interested without any problem, but once you combine them all into one well-balanced brew, you are playing in a whole new ballpark. The flavors in this one were bold, but on-point. I could have easily killed this entire bottle, but I thought it best to let MSquared2 drink more of this than I, otherwise she might have killed me.

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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of sfr26
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
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