Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
4.41/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-03-2013 06:34:44 | More by KickInTheChalice
More User Reviews:
4.89/5 rDev +6.8%
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
04-25-2013 15:03:51 | More by joel66
4.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-17-2012 21:22:49 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
03-13-2012 21:50:04 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.31/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
06-01-2013 19:17:53 | More by Alieniloquium
4.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-04-2012 11:11:30 | More by thagr81us
4.93/5 rDev +7.6%
Reviewing the infamous Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from the Southampton Publick House out of Southampton, New York.
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.
05-21-2014 18:27:58 | More by jegross2
4.35/5 rDev -5%
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.
05-01-2012 20:35:06 | More by largadeer
Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
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