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Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Peconic County Reserve AleSouthampton Peconic County Reserve Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 79
Reviews by CrellMoset:
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at the 2011 release. Poured in to a footed pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline straw gold, very bright and vibrant, and absolutely transparent, showcasing a remarkably active whirlwind of carbonation which at first creeps then accelerates, racing upwards towards a persistently half inch creamy, smooth, even alabaster head. Lacing along the sides of the glass is pleasant but not noteworthy, or at least not noteworthy until it gets warmer (when it forms streaky crystalline patterns along the sides of the glass) - the real plus here is the hue and the effervescence.

Aroma: Tart and earthy tannins on the nose, but with a stronger and spicier backbone than you'd otherwise get from a wine.

Taste: Precisely as described - a saison with strong tart, vinous overtones. The underlying beer is sweet, spicy, and very authentically saison - that is, it's biscuity, with a good amount but not an overpowering amount of unattenuated sugar, a good grassy underlying springiness, and some nice clove-esque notes.

Mouthfeel: Not as spritzy as I imagine it could have been. This one had just been bottled when it was distributed at the release party, and the neck came with a sticker that told you to sit on it for quite some time. I did, of course, but the climate control in my cellar isn't what it should be, so it's probable that the carbonation on this one was a little lower than intended.

Drinkability: More like a wine than a beer in many ways, and if you like wine (and I happen to), this one really hits the spot, especially at a mere 6.5%, about half of what your typical bottle of wine packs.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a foiled and capped 750ml bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

Pour yields a 1 finger foamy white head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear golden peach. Lacing is thick and patchy but sticks closely to the head. Decent.

Nose is spritzy. Clean white grape tartness with some sprinkled in yeast and soapy spice notes. Very subtle but enjoyable.

Opens slightly tart white grape skin. Clean straw and band-aid notes. More white grape tartness in the middle. Yeasty. Some sweet cane sugar and residual booziness towards the end with a spicy finish and a subtle tart aftertaste. Really impressive. Flavors are incredibly subtle but delicious!

Light bodied and highly carbonated. Bubbly and champagne-y in the mouth and goes down slightly dry and tart. Finish is clean with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Perfect for the style.

This beer is a real revelation in the style. The body of a saison but the taste is that of an incredibly well-balanced and subtle American Wild Ale. I'm gonna have to get a couple more bottles of this to age.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split among a few of us. Thanks go once again to Stakem for opening this rarity up for us.

Pours a hazed grapefruit color in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains at nearly the same width and just drenches the sides of the glass with heavy and thick swathes of lacing. The aroma is vinous and oaky in the nose, with some contributing funk as well. This is very tannic and a touch acidic at times, with a tough of vanilla and sugary sweetness on the edges.

The taste has a good bit of a tart and fresh grape character to it, with bitter skin and fruity dry wine notes really standing out to me. This definitely has a bit of a sour edge to it, but nothing too acidic feeling. The edges of the profile are dry and woody, while some sweet sugary character from the malts hangs in the background. The finish is dry and tart with just a touch of lingering acidity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a LOT of slick tannins giving this a slippery feel in the mouth. The alcohol is nicely hid here and combines with the soft creaminess of the carbonation to really keep this as drinkable as possible.

This was really nice. The grapes and wine barrel really worked off of each well and all of those fruit and oak flavors were well balanced and approachable considering all of the complexity and dryness that was present. Thanks again for sharing this one Adam. It’s too bad that they can’t release this every year.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MJR
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage 750ml corked and caged bottle

Clear, pale gold with a hint of orange. Tight, dense off white head with good retention and lacing. Sharp and refreshing aroma of tart wheat, white grapes, grass, lemony citrus, slightly musty yeast, medicinal phenols, and apple-like fruitiness.

Flavor begins with a small splash of medicinal sourness. Then the wheat malt and grapes take over, with a smooth tartness and dryness. Some musty and chalky yeast. A fair amount of subtle apple fruitiness rounds things out. There’s a bit of coriander flavor, even though I find no evidence of that spice being used here. Pretty much zero noticeable hop flavor or bitterness. Finish is mildly phenolic, with some leather, woody, and vanilla notes. The barrel aging has imparted a touch of woodiness, which combines with the tannins in the grapes for a fairly dry finish. Crisp and clean in the mouth, with a fairly light body highlighted by a slightly prickly carbonation. Yeast pour towards the end of the bottle adds some creaminess, along with a touch of peppery spiciness.

Overall, a unique and relaxing brew that I wish I could have around in the summer.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
5/5  rDev +14.2%

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle to stemless wine glass. To finish conditioning, I stored the bottle next to my water heater to keep it within the temperature range indicated on the label. Sampled shortly after the recommended date on 4/3/11. It was not easy to wait.

A: Pours with a small bright white head that fades quickly to a collar, and lasts for some time after that. The body is a murky soft orange color with yellow tints and light brownish-grey flakes of sediment at the bottom. Lacing between good and fair.

S: Very impressive aroma. Slightly toasted straw, a little grainy, with a beautiful blend of fruit mixed in with the perfect amount of musty funk. Grape first, then lemon, then orange.

T: Lightly sour and funky, moderately tart and acidic. Perfectly tangy. The barrel provides the right amount of drying oakiness and vinous notes. The white grape flavor smacks of Chardonnay yet uplifts the sweet notes on the palate, keeping unwanted bitterness in check.

M: The mouthfeel is the perfect compliment to the flavors mentioned above. Medium-full body with expansive effervescence. Minerally texture. Finishes chalky.

D: The description on the label alone was salivating. The aroma nearly emptied my salivary glands. Even still, Peconic County managed to somehow elevate itself in the short amount of time from my first smell to my first sip. I wouldn't change a thing about the mouthfeel. This beer is nearly perfect.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow to amber color. Gently diminishing off-white head. Aroma is rather juicy, floral with various hints of leather, pear, grapes, juniper, heather, flowers. Rasin bread flavour from the well blended yeast and malt. Very vinous, very dry white wine like. Leather aftertaste. This leaves a nice juicy saliva though. Okay, so I absolutely love Southampton and the best of the fruit beers are up there with my favourite beers, but I felt a bit let down with this one. I guess it was just a bit too comparable with white wine which I usually don’t enjoy that much. I sure was taken aback by such dryness in a fruit beer and while I’ll be the first one to rant about the fake-tasting synthetic syrupy sweet ones, I don’t doubt that Southampton could have done an amazing sweet grapes concoction to get 4.5+ while I don’t see a very dry one getting much more than 4.0 from me. Don’t bother for me though since everyone seems to moderately enjoy this.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to callmemickey for opening a 2011 bottle of this. Served in a mini tulip.

Pours a clear light golden color with a short, fizzy white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries plenty of white grapes and a short burst of lactic acid. There's some tropical fruit lingering in the background along with a bit of earth and oak.

The flavor falls back off a bit, losing some of the subtleties of the nose, but the grape and saison components blend quite well. There's a bit of spice in the background to go with the white grape and acidity. Light to medium body with good carbonation and a nice lactic presence through the finish. Quite dry.

Really great stuff. Big thanks again to Ryan for enabling me to finally try this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden body, a little bit hazy, with a white head that only left a little bit of lace behind.

S - A very vinous quality to this one, particularly as it relates to a grape aroma. There was a lot of wood in there as well, with some small notes of yeast.

T - Sweet, with some grape notes and lots more wine qualities. A lot of oak and some funk notes that don't damage some of the lighter flavors in the profile.

M - Exceptionally dry, a little too much for my liking. Reminds me a bit of drinking champagne as far as the body and carbonation goes.

O - Nice beer. The nose is really nice and the taste is good as well, although the dryness to the finish is just a bit much for me. I think this is a beer that a lot of people will like.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale from Southampton Publick House
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