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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic - Southampton Publick House

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 475
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 55
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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 MasterSki
4.44/5  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.

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4.92/5  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!

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.

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4.27/5  rDev -7%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of starrdogg
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jon2465 for sending this my way.

Beer pours a very nice reddish-purple with a thin white head. It almost looks like a red wine. Beer smells awesome: sour raspberries really take over here - it smells a bit like a raspberry oude bruin. Flavor follows the nose, it's really quite fantastic. Raspberries stand out front, but it's very nicely sour with a bit of funk and oak lurking in the background. The flavors are pretty much perfectly balanced, not too sweet, not too sour, and fantastic. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and coats the mouth very nicely. This beer is absolutely fantastic, an absolute home run of a lambic. It puts something like Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus to shame. This is what a raspberry lambic should be.

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4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Southampton's Black Raspberry Lambic pours a dark ruby red, lightening a little bit only at the very edges of the glass. There's about a finger of lavender tinted foam that crowns the beer, before fading quickly and cleanly. The nose is absolutely bombastic, a pinpoint perfect blend of fresh raspberries and acidity. As with my recent experience with Fou' Foune, I'm impressed by how much fresh fruit taste is packed into the beer. The flavor profile preserves that perfect balance, and adds a little bit of character from the wine barrel aging. The acidity is attention grabbing, but not vinegar-y in any way and it doesn't linger, leaving plenty of room for the other aspects of the beer to get their moment in the spotlight. The subtle dark fruit flourish brought on by the barrel aging adds a layer of complexity and elevates this brew to rarefied air in terms of taste. The body is nice and light, and the carbonation is exquisitely lively and expansive... a simply stunning mouthfeel. The Black Raspberry Lambic was one of the "other" beers included at Southampton's RIS release party, but once the doors opened and the beer started flowing, this was all anyone could talk about, and with good reason. It's the best American brewed sour/wild ale I've ever had, and probably a top five all time beer for me. I can only pray that Southampton sees fit to release this one again at some point down the line.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear raspberry red with a red-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of tart and sour raspberry puree and fresh raspberries. Taste is also all about the raspberries with a nice balance of sweetness and sour/funky flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice natural raspberry aromas and flavors.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
100 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.