Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Black Raspberry LambicSouthampton Black Raspberry Lambic

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 479
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

Black Raspberry Lambic pours a hazy raspberry purple color with a bright cranberry color head that fizzes up before relaxing into a thin film over the top of the beer.

The aroma is bursting with bright, fresh raspberries. Just enough acidity enters my nose so I know that this will be sour, but it is not overpowering.

The flavor also has a robust raspberry presence. At first there is a gentle sweetness that turns sour, presenting the full range of raspberry flavors to the consumer. Toward the end there is a soft grape and tannic oak presence that blends into the finish.

For a lambic, this has the body that I would expect. The carbonation is a bit fuller than medium and is a bit undisciplined. The bubbles fizz and pop without providing a truly crisp or creamy presence. There is an obvious tartness associated with the fruit, but the beer is not overly acidic.

To compete with the other sour raspberry beers that are produced, Southampton has to have a strong confidence in their sour program, and I have to say I am impressed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of afksports
4.82/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Photo of mlhyatt
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of joel66
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of ehammond1
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of jegross2
4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the infamous Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from the Southampton Publick House out of Southampton, New York.

Score: 98

2012 vintage bottle served in a snifter and enjoyed on 04/25/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a murky, brownish dark raspberry color. Minimal head off the pour. Minimal lacing and retention. Nice color, however. 4.5/5

Smell: Lightly musty raspberry jam with a kiss of lacto. Simplistic, but effective and appetizing. 4.75/5

Taste: Tart and dry raspberry jam with a kiss of lacto, just like the nose. Has a high quality mineral water character to it a la Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen sours. Lasting raspberry finish. Really nice. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-plus bodied, great carbonation. Very dry finish. 5/5

Overall: A superior American wild ale on par with the likes of New Glarus R&D Very Sour Blackberry and Perennial Blueberry Flanders. Definitely a top three overall beer at our pre-Dark Lord Day 2014 whales tasting, which featured many heavy hitters. This beer is a perfect example of how sometimes less can be more.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, David.

Appearance: This pours a hazy, somewhat muddy purple. The head crackles away quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Initially rather metallic. Swirling brings out the fruit, which is very vibrant and tart. There's a suggestion of sweetness. Lactic notes appear as it warms, along with a touch of leathery funk. The metallic character put me off initially, but this does open up very nicely.

Taste & mouthfeel: Better than the nose suggests, and really quite delicious. There's a ton of tart berry flavor here, along with a medium-to-high level of acidity and earthy, leathery brett notes. The fruit flavor is robust and layered, bringing tart juicy notes along with tannic seed and skin. Very impressive. There's a touch of sweetness up front, but it quickly dries out in the finish.

Overall: I'm generally not much of a Southampton fan, but this is excellent. Seek it out.

Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Knifestyles in a trade.

A: Nice burgandy color. A small amount of head. Some lacing.

S: Lots of sweet fruitiness with some underlying vinegar tones.

T: Wonderful! The perfect balance of sweet black raspberries and sour lambic notes.

M: Light in body and refreshing.

O: One of the best fruit lambis I have tried. So glad Knifestyles was willing to trade this one with me.

Photo of iadler
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon2465 for sending a bottle my way. This was my top want for a long time.

A- Pours a gorgeous slightly hazy purple with no head.

S- A very inviting aroma with notes of ripe blackberries, yogurt, hint of cheese, musty funk, barnyard, red grapes and oak.

T- Extremely jammy with fresh blackberry jam standing out that is not overly sweet nor tart. The blackberry flavor is so authentic, I feel like there are seeds somewhere in this beer. Lemon yogurt, musty funk, oak, and red grapes at the end.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Really nice finish with the blackberry tartness and funk lingering .

O- Well damn, this is a fantastic beer. Certainly one of the best US fruit lambics and one of the most memorable beers I've had recently. Incredibly balanced and complex. I sipped on my pour for over an hour.

Photo of claspada
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the generous brystmar in a recent swap; shared with mrand01.

Pours a hazy dark pink, light magenta color with a small quickly dissipating white fizzy head. Minimal lacing or retention.

Aromas are quite off the charts to be honest. At first you get the obvious sweet, freshly squeezed raspberry/blackberry juice and fruit pectin. Then as it warms the musk and oak emerge more and more. Quite vinous overall but not overpowering at all. More typical funky and "wild" aromas emerge but are still playing second fiddle to the fruit.

The tastes directly follow the nose with initial sweet raspberry and blackberry juiciness and fruit pulp flavors. Then the oak and sourness pop in to balance out the initial sweetness. Solid lactic sourness and slightly acidity emerges more and more and blends harmoniously with the oak and fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Really allows the fruit and funk to meld. The finish is lightly dry and tannic but not overpoweringly so; just the right amount of sour and sweetness.

Overall, is this the best American made lambic I have ever had, probably. It's freaking stellar, there is not one negative thing I can say about this beer except it's kind of ugly looking, but it smells and tastes phenomenal so who cares what it looks like. I understand the hype around this; seek it out if you can, highly recommended.

Photo of alalvarez75
4.82/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had via bottle via gf that muled this sucka. Poured into my snifter from SH. Perfectly poured if I do say so myself. Wish I could have posted to YouTube.

A: Nice dark violet with a frothy head.

S: Lot of fruit, with a little tartness. Smells like a winner.

T: It's a chicken dinner. Perfect mix of sweet and sour. You normally can't fight the funk, but the fruit sure does. Not a nasty dunk...

M: A little more carbonated than I normally like, but I'll refrain from saying crisp.

O: If you have a buddy that does not like Lambic, this would change their mind.

Photo of Luk13
4.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Gonzohomebrewer for this one! Dark red pour with spotty white head. Lots of funky raspberries in the aroma, some grass maybe a little white wine. Taste is sharp acidity, raspberries again, some oak. Raspberries and funk took over the wine barrel, but it added some complexity. I thought it was well executed for an american lambic, it wasn't so far away from the Rosé de Gambrinus we had earlier. It has definitly more power than any of the Upland's.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to schlimenhaumer for sending this bottle out my way. Thanks to cosmicevan for getting me a Southampton Anniversary snifter to serve this beer in. Southampton, maybe a tulip for next year's release?

Pours a beautiful blackberry-purple color. The berries have really taken over the appearance on this one. Thin white head with a bit of a purple tint. Not too much retention of lacing.

The nose carries a strong note of black raspberry with some underlying acidity. Not too much in the way of earth or funk; this is almost all fruit, but it does that aspect incredibly well. The lack of depth and complexity catches up in the flavor, which sticks mostly just to the berry and following acidity.

Body is light with a nice dry, fruity finish. Good lactic acidity throughout. Nothing overpowering, but it does the job.

Overall, a really nice brew that I was really glad to try. Not quite up to the level of the berliners, but still a very solid wild.

Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this at DLD 2012 was one of the best raspberry lambic that i have every had, and since it was my bottle i took a bigger poor than i should of. barnyard, earthy, raisin, skunky, woody, red, hazy, cloudy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, heavily sour, lively, long finish, medium body,

Photo of GoGriz
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As good as I hoped it'd be! Dark purple in color with a wispy bright white head. A little muted color wise. Head disappeared quickly. Smells of berry and funk. Can tell it'll have some acidity. Flavor is fantastic. Perfect harmony struck between the dark raspberry fruit flavor and sour acidity. I've had sour-er lambic before and I've had fruit forward, sweeter lambics too. This beer is excellent in its balance of both of those components. Good lively carb. Great beer from Southampton!

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for sharing.

Deep red, almost purple, in color with a pinkish head. Heavy on the raspberry aroma and a nice blackberry character, too. Pleasant lactic acidity and tartness, a bit of red wine, and wood. Not too much in the way of funk. Excellent fruit flavor with the blackberry and rapsberry, a nice sourness to it, though not overly acidic. Fairly sweet from all the fruit, but a well done beer.

Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of axeman9182. Big thanks for this one Bill! Poured into my Tripel Karmeliet stemmed glass. Been holding on to this one for a couple months...can't wait any longer.

A - Pours a translucent and somewhat hazy, almost grape soda-like purple-y maroon color. A finger of fizzy pinkish/purple head forms briefly and falls to the surface leaving an off-white and maroon tinted collar and an island of bubbles on the surface.

S - Wow...very, very good on first whiff. Huge raspberry aroma, sweet, tart, rich in black raspberry fruitiness. Musty, old cob-webby cellar/attic like funk. Very slight hints of barnyard, a bit yeasty, and some solventy aroma too. I expected a much sweeter aroma, but this really has a great and mostly traditional lambic aroma covered up by tons of amazing fruit. Really good!

T - Hmm, not exactly what I expected from the aroma. Much more tart than the aroma would indicate - lots of lactic tartness with a touch of acetic/vinegar thrown in for good measure. Really quite sour overall, but not in a bad way. Fruit is pronounced with really rich raspberry flavors, fresh, fruity and juicy. High level of sourness diminishes the fruit a bit. Tart throughout, very slight barnyard, quite musty and damp cellar-like funk.

M - The pour was a bit deceptive, showing more carbonation than actually exists. Body is quite thin and although carbonation is evident - overall feels quite a bit towards the still side. Slick and solventy on the tongue. Dry and quite puckering with the high acidity/tartness. Fruity for sure, but feels natural as opposed to some of the intense raspberry lambics out there which are artificially sweet and overly juicy. This feels appropriate although I prefer a bit more carbonation with my lambics...very minor complaint though.

O - Excellent fruit lambic overall. One of the more sour beers I've come across recently. A bit refreshing! Fruit is displayed quite nicely and complements the tart (or vice versa) quite well. Glad to try this one...sought this one out for a while and didn't think I'd be able to try it. Thanks again to axeman9182 for the opportunity.

Photo of brystmar
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh for bringing this. Opened alongside an incorrectly labeled Southampton RIS (which is definitely BRL) for kicks.

Fantasticly tart, fruity aroma. Fresh fruit, finishes sharp and clean. Such a great balance here; easily one of my favorite American fruit sours.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

damico says "double first" - poured into release event glass. nice rich plum, damico says "forest black cherry, the color of amazingness." in the light an almost pink. wonderful raspberry smell and taste. bold but not in your face. somewhat watery in the mouth but a wonderfully easy drinker. raspberry wonder but in a digestable amount.

Photo of scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing Jeff!

A: Pours a cranberry juice red that's fairly flat looking. Very faint minimal head. Damn near flat.
S: Super fruity notes of raspberry puree and mild funk. Strong notes of raspberry jam dominates.
T: Very tart and dry notes of raspberries and biting acid. Extremely fruity and musty, slightly tannic, with flavors of smashed raspberries through and through. Solid tartness with a musty finish. Tart raspberry preserves linger in the aftertaste.
M: Drying and tannic mouthfeel, low carbonation, with a good dose of biting acid that is still fairly smooth and definitely drinkable. Works well.
O: Super flavorful and smooth. Not crazy complicated, but one of the best raspberry berry flavors out there. Very good, thanks again ipa247.

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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
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