Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic - Southampton Publick House
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4.74/5 rDev +3.5%
Thanks to Jon2465 for sending a bottle my way. This was my top want for a long time.
A- Pours a gorgeous slightly hazy purple with no head.
S- A very inviting aroma with notes of ripe blackberries, yogurt, hint of cheese, musty funk, barnyard, red grapes and oak.
T- Extremely jammy with fresh blackberry jam standing out that is not overly sweet nor tart. The blackberry flavor is so authentic, I feel like there are seeds somewhere in this beer. Lemon yogurt, musty funk, oak, and red grapes at the end.
M- Medium mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Really nice finish with the blackberry tartness and funk lingering .
O- Well damn, this is a fantastic beer. Certainly one of the best US fruit lambics and one of the most memorable beers I've had recently. Incredibly balanced and complex. I sipped on my pour for over an hour.
09-21-2013 20:05:48 | More by iadler
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
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
District of Columbia
4.51/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks a lot to Mike T. For sharing. What a treat.
The beer is a deep ruby-purple hue with virtually no head. The aroma brings berries, raspberries, funk. It smells exactly as advertised. Black raspberry lambic. Awesome flavor, even a step up from the nose. Like a funky black cherry soda minus any sugary sweetness. Beautifully executed. An elegant beer, and certainly a stand out among American lambics.
05-06-2013 01:33:21 | More by Huhzubendah
4.7/5 rDev +2.6%
Huge thanks to metalgdog for sharing this bottle...
A: Pours an amazing red/purple. There is very little head, but what does exist clings to glass.
S: The nose is straight up raspberries. It's like they just good a couple of bushels and pressed them into the bottle. My goodness. It's sweet, fruity, and smells tart like the berries themselves. Incredible aroma.
T: Yup. This is delicious. Sweet and fruity with raspberries bursting all over the place. There is also a great tart/sourness to this lambic, but it doesn't ever overpower the fruit.
M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and light to start. The sour comes on in the middle, and it finishes with great balance.
O: This beer is outstanding. If you are a fan of raspberries... you need to try this beer. I had high expectations for this beer, and it totally lived up to the hype. Super drinkable.
04-29-2013 17:12:06 | More by trxxpaxxs
Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
100 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.