Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic - Southampton Publick House
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3.88/5 rDev -15.3%
A kind soul poured some of his bottle from the release over the weekend into a glass for me.
Appearance is a purple color with a short fizzy head with a pink hue, guess they really did use "black raspberries". The aroma of this lambic has blackberries, raspberries, some funk. Sipping this and I taste oak, sour rasberries, tannins, no lack of flavor here. MF is medium, acidity stays on your palate for a while. An interesting beer from Southampton and one that most sour fans would appreciate.
02-01-2012 01:53:48 | More by mltobin
4/5 rDev -12.7%
Pours a deep purple-black color with pink highlights. A very strong raspberry jam aroma devoid of the usual notes I associate with lambics. Interesting nonetheless and more importantly very appetizing. Taste is dominated by raspberries and tartness and is again low on funk. I did not taste any blackberries at all (was expecting to) but later found out that black stood for black raspberries. Finishes tart and dry but the palate has come sweetness making it an enjoyable drink. Then again, raspberry is one of my favorite fruits.
10-17-2012 08:25:38 | More by tewaris
4.08/5 rDev -10.9%
Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter. Beer is purple, looks like juice, moderate carbonation, nice pink head of small bubbles, decent retention, no lacing.
Aroma is berries and lactic acid.
Beer is light in body and pretty fruit forward wthi this mild tartness and a nice finsih. The beer is carbonated on the palate and has a mildly dry finish. It is a good lambic, some American breweries are getting close and Southampton is one of them. I'd have this again.
04-05-2012 17:14:04 | More by drabmuh
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
4.13/5 rDev -9.8%
A: Transparent magenta with a frothy white head. Great color.
S: Sweet black raspberry flesh and seed. Light cherry and plum with a touch of oak. Lightly horsey with musty notes and earth.
T: Candied black raspberry with a moderate tartness. Balancing oak with light tannins. Earthy and musty. Moderate lactic sourness with a moderate acetic acidity throughout.
M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation. Smooth, sticky, and lightly tannic.
Overall: A nice American sour. Great fruit profile and adequately complex.
05-27-2012 21:31:16 | More by HopHead84
4.15/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
09-24-2012 14:34:03 | More by Luk13
4.15/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
03-16-2012 20:52:51 | More by Thorpe429
4.2/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
08-05-2012 02:29:39 | More by womencantsail
4.23/5 rDev -7.6%
Thanks to Mike (oreo) for this one at DLD 2012!
A - Pours a reddish/purple color, crisp & fizzy pink head, bubbles on top.
S - Excellent fruit-forward nose, nice and tart/sour, oak, excellent lactic notes. This beer is simply well-done, to say the least. The nose is exactly what you'd see from Cantillon or 3F.
T - Sweet fruity berries, tart lactic notes, oak, some funk. Really nice blend of fruit & funk...damn this stuff is good. Finish is dry tart fruits with a nice sour funky kick.
M - Light body, good carbonation, dry finish.
O - This is an excellent beer, to say the least. After having the Uberliner (and being a bit disappointed), this is really raised the bar and was one of the highlights of DLD 2012 amongst some super-tough competition. I want more!
06-06-2012 16:44:14 | More by Sean9689
4.25/5 rDev -7.2%
The brew pours a semi-clear ruby color with a thin slim somewhat off-white head that is quick to dissolve. A light swirl releases some bubbles that form at the top with a pink hue. Faint bubbles of lacing effect stick to the glass.
The aroma of this brew is sharp and quite earthy. It isn't immediately identifiable but raspberry is there with an earthen aspect that blends into a sharp tangy note of wild bacteria. Some slight tannic edge is apparent towards the back. As the brew warms up, the raspberries really start to shine with a juicy note of freshness that is salivating.
The taste is sharp and acidic. Lots of funky bacterial notes blend with the juicy raspberry quality that creates a significant dryness in the mouth. Tannins are present mixed with a lactic edge that rips the moisture out of your mouth. There is some earthy aspects from the natural raspberry flavoring and bacteria. The aftertaste is mildly cheesy with a hint of yogurt. This is a solid brew.
This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and easily drinkable but it is one acidic offering. Southampton offerings to be are quite drastic when it comes to draft verse bottled offerings. However, in this case, the slight variance from draft to bottle is actually better in my opinion in the bottle. If you havent had this yet and are a fan of sours, you need to seek this one out.
04-29-2012 18:22:13 | More by stakem
4.28/5 rDev -6.6%
Bottle - shared with Bill and Elijah. Pours a serious dark purple with a two finger foamy head. Nice, big funky raspberry and dark fruits on the nose. Taste is all raspberries, with tart cherries and lactic acid. Nicely carbed with a sour puckering finish. Enjoyable stuff....
02-28-2013 05:09:22 | More by Doodler
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
Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
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