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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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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 461
Gots: 28 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

millerbuffoon, Aug 11, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Rempo, Aug 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

slvrmon82, Jul 30, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.3%

MaBamba, Jul 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JebediahScooter, Jul 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

vissai, Jul 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

VAbdoyan, Jul 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Urbancaver, Jun 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

beeruser, Jun 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

hoppymcgee, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.33/5  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.

portia99, Jun 16, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Sean9689, Jun 06, 2012
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4.45/5  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.

brystmar, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

phingdong, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mroberts1204, May 28, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/26/2012

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.

HopHead84, May 27, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

claspada, May 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +8.7%

imperialking, May 11, 2012
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4.83/5  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.

alalvarez75, May 08, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bauermj for sharing this one! Served in a Närke snifter.

A - Thin off-white foam settles to a solid collar, a few wisps, and minimal lace. Mostly opaque dark cherry body.

S - Smells like raspberries! Some nice musky, sweaty funk, vinous oak, mild acetic notes, and more raspberry. Nice balance of fruit character and varying wild flavors.

T - Taste is sweeter, with more dark raspberry and oaky vanilla flavors. The sourness is more lactic, with tangy yogurt flavors and less overt acidity. Finish is mildly tart.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a super dry, tannic, and oaky finish. Mild pucker, no alcohol, and little residual acidity.

D - Really enjoyable stuff. Seems more Belgian than American in balance and construction. I really hope they make this again, and perhaps in large volumes. Highly recommended.

MasterSki, May 08, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge ups to Starrdogg for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter.

A - Beautiful reddish-pinkish color with almost Champagne like carbonation.

S - Fresh pureed raspberries with lactic funk. Just an absolutely beautiful nose.

T - Incredible. Fresh raspberries, nice sourness and acidity, and some of the oak from the wood. So drinkable.

M - The sourness really hits you right in the back of your jaws, but it is still ridiculously drinkable.

O - Home run. Southampton really nailed this one. The only raspberry lambic that I have had that comes close are older vintages of Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise. And those two would be incredibly close. Well done!

raveskdr, May 04, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

largadeer, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

stakem, Apr 29, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark purple with a loose pink head that fades quickly. Smell is sweet berry, meyer lemon, wood sorrel, some sugar cookie graininess. The taste starts off sweet, lots of berry juice, then moves into a puckering sour-fruit tang; there's not much maltiness here, but it's present in some rich grainy notes. Very fizzy, thin in body. A very nice sour, all in all, one I'd happily drink again.

gory4d, Apr 28, 2012
Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
100 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.