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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic - Southampton Publick House

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 458
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-16-2012)
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
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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.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of joel66
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
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

joel66, Apr 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

dogfishandi, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

ehammond1, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Soonami
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Soonami, Jan 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

acurtis, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.13/5  rDev -10%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

leschkie, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Gonzoillini, May 03, 2014
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

GuisseppeFranco, Mar 08, 2012
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.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

chairmissing, Mar 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

brian23456, Jun 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

GRG1313, Sep 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

claaark13, Apr 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

SpdKilz, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

hoppymcgee, Jun 16, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

MaBamba, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of jegross2
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

jegross2, May 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

jmarsh123, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
100 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.