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Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Peconic County Reserve AleSouthampton Peconic County Reserve Ale

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BA SCORE
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.57%


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

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to whoever shared this bottle at Zwanze Day; was very cool to see this opened. 1996 vintage, poured into a taster.

a - Pours a golden-orange color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of old bread, biscuit malts, grapes, lemon, spice, light oak and funk, earthy notes, and some hay. Lightly funky which is nice and lightly tart.

t - Tastes of bready, grapes, wine, lemon, citrus, hay, earthy notes, funk, oak, nuts, dough, biscuit malts, and some light mustiness. Nice but kind of old-tasting.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall this was very cool to try, but seemed past its prime to me. It wasn't very funky or sour and was a bit old/musty; would love to get a newer bottled and try it again. Probably wouldn't seek out the 1996 version.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 18:33:20 | More by mdfb79
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xenjoiii

New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been searching for this bottle for quite sometime and I give many thanks to billyshears for hooking me up with one.

2011 Vintage poured into my Southampton snifter

A: Poured light golden color with about a two finger head that receded into a thick film around the walls of the glass.

S: Musty funk, white grapes and citrus all play into the beers pleasantly tart aroma.

T: Wow. Super juicy citrus character that is cut by the acidity from the grapes. By the middle of the mouth subtle spice character begin to surface. Excellent dry finish out the back.

M: medium carbonation pricks the tounge. The body of the beer is on the lighter side.

O: Seeking this out was worth every ounce of effort that I put in. Definitely my favorite beer that I have tried from the Publick House next to the Black Raspberry Lambic. Now I just need to find some Hommage.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:20:14 | More by xenjoiii
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brystmar

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. CosmicEvan, you da man!

Love the aroma: very juicy, tons of lemon and other citrus. Taste follows suit -- it's pleasantly tart and juicy as hell. How is this not a sour again?

Truly blurs the line between saison and lambic, leaning strongly towards the latter. Might be the best saison I've ever had; hope I can drink this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:59:20 | More by brystmar
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light golden orange with aright white head. The nose is sweet, lots of grapes, light mint note, hint of creamy lactic. The taste has a ton of white grapes, rather sour and sweet. faint mint and rather acidic. Medium body, a bit juicy and maybe a touch dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 13:52:00 | More by cpetrone84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:49:13 | More by Thorpe429
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Golden yellow body capped by a large, pillowy white head. Slowly recedes leaving a few stray strands of lacing.

S: Bright citric and white grape notes dominate while a nice, subtle earthy must lingers throughout. Its got a vibe that's quite like a hybrid between a Cantillon Vigneronne and a good batch of Fantome saison.

T: Vignerrone like white grape and citric notes play off a nice solid saison body (which is not a surprise from Southampton). Some grainy notes pop in and out of the picture as well.

M: Medium bodied. Assertive, but not overly aggressive, carbonation. Nice lingering finish that has a lightly acidic quality.

O: I have no idea if the first batch back in 2002 was anywhere near as good as this 2011 vintage is, but I have no doubt Southampton shouldn't have waited so long to churn this out. Hopefully this returns every few years.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 13:48:14 | More by callmemickey
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.22/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:13:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 12:03:48 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 22:03:16 | More by CrellMoset
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 19:33:54 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this also courtesy of Stakem 2011 bottling enjoyed with kegatron from a tulip in slightly chilled temperature.

The color is a shade of golden with slight rosy hues and moderately hazed with thin white cap after the pour with lace that has a wispy appearance. The smell of the saison is very vinous(expected) with the chardonnay grapes playing an important role in the aroma with a slight hint of creamy light yeast with subtle floral elements and overall juicy white grape fragrance with the mustiness low, sweet and tangy which is very aromatic. The feel has a nice level of juiciness with hint of acidity and honey-like sweet tinged with sour edge which is more tart and astringent than palate jolting, moderate level of puckering which is really inviting I was tempted to bump it up actually.

Taste of Peconic county is fruity and slightly earthy with a mild white grape element that gives a slightly tangy edge to the malt and yeast which is slightly spiced and malt gives a hint of sweetness while the chardonnay barrel gives that flavor of wood with a subtle bitter fruit tannin and the toasted edge which contrasts the yeast in a way that is at times contrasting and complimentary with mild golden raisin tinges and a hint of malt which seems more dry on the palate than sweet. Overall this is a beer that comes at you from many angles simultaneously, not really all over the map,it is well composed but the wine barrel really adds dimension to the saison that you might not find in other barrel aged beers or saisons in general. I really found this to be stellar and by that I mean the grapes take it to another level. The beer straddles the line between white wine and belgian ale, a very complex and heavenly beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 15:38:34 | More by Slatetank
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle I picked up at the '11 Southampton IRS release. Shared with Slatetank and Kegatron last evening. Bottle opens up and slightly gushes into my awaiting cervoise. It appears a lightly hazed golden orange color. A white head less than a finger strong fizzes away quickly. A swirl revives the cap with some larger than normal bubbles that quickly fade as well.

The smell of this brew is lightly yeasty in nature with an underlying sweetness that is fruity. It takes awhile before the white grape character comes forward and is more evident. There is a light cheese aspect mixed with some soft vanilla sweetness from the oak aging which mixes to a light tannic and raw wood character across the back. As the brew gets warm, it becomes more sharp and lactic with cheese and some funk mingled with a light grassy to herbal contrasting hop character.

The taste is surprisingly sour and acidic. White grape flavors and sweetness are accented by a smooth vanilla note from the barrel aging. A light sweetness of grain is also present which really blends well with the smooth vanilla notes. The sweetness and the smoothness quickly gives way to sharp almost lemony sourness which is quite enjoyable and very different when mixed with the vinous touch of this brew. As the brew gets warmer, it gets increasingly more dry to the finish with almost a creamy yogurt tangy aspect.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable saison. It is medium to light in the feel with a modest, fizzy amount of carbonation. For 6.5%, it packs a heartier punch with warmth down the back of the throat. I need more of this beer. It is not at all what I was expecting but it was a welcomed surprise. Very solid and worth checking out if you dig wild and sour brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 12:41:25 | More by stakem
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cosmicevan

New York

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Southampton peconic – pours a yellow copper with a little bit of bubbly head. smell is awesome – fruit, green grapes, really just solid. Sweet deliscious candy, smells fantastic, grapes. Mmmm… OH WOW, taste follows the nose, taste is sour and grapes, what a flavor! Mouth has good carbonation and leaves a nice tingle. World class beer. Overall, I wouldn't be surprised to see peconic turn into the next whale…great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:06:27 | More by cosmicevan
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle, thanks Greg...Light murky honey gold, not much head... Smells great, white wine grapes funkyness, grape skins, oak, pear juice, awesomeness... Taste is more awesomeness, white wine grape juice, some oak adds depth, perfectly sour, reminds me of a berliner weiss, a better Temptation... Get this

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 02:43:57 | More by jrallen34
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SkunkWorks

New York

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the 2011 Southampton IRS release, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Look: hazy, straw colored gold with half a finger of foamy, white head that doesn't have much in the way of retention. The head ends up being a few speckles of foam here and there and some bubbles hugging the side of the glass. Leaves patches of lacing and the lacing disappears somewhat quickly as well.

Smell: vinous, grape filled nose with some acidic aromas as well.

Taste: follows the nose and is incredibly vinous, tasting almost like a carbonated wine (unfortunately, I very rarely drink wine and so I can't comment in any detail as to what wine tastes I'm getting). A little funky with some brett and a heavy grape flavor and a lot of tangy, tartness and fairly sour. There's a bit of citrus and bready malt, but for the most part this tastes very unlike a beer. Some character from the wine barrel also comes out as well. The level of funk and sourness lead me to believe this isn't really a saison at all, and that it might be better categorized as an American wild ale. This is a complex beer for sure.

Feel: medium to light in body, dry, tart, and sour. Moderate carbonation. I found it to be a sipper.

Overall: this was certainly an interesting beer. I'm not so into the sour scene, truthfully, but I still enjoyed it. The grapes made it a little too much like wine for my taste, but everything else about this beer was pleasing and this beer should be something you look for if you can, especially if you're a fan of Southampton. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 15:58:33 | More by SkunkWorks
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Verecund

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle courtesy of phattysbox. Shared with Mrs. Verecund on Friday, (May) the 13th. I'd been looking forward to this one.

Golden straw bodied with a half finger of head. Little lacing, but decent clarity.

Wonderful, white grape forward nose (despite the use of concord grapes). Some nice tartness and acidity; vinous. Some must and vague cat pee peeking through.

Taste is a step down from the nose. There's a little more mustiness and oak and a little less of the vibrant white grape vinousness. Still, some citrus and vinous acidity is present, bready malts, slightly spicy yeast, and a bretty finish. Pleasantly different from most saisons.

Soft, medium-light body, dry finish.

A really pleasant saison/sour hybrid. Refreshing, with a light sourness and tartness, a wonderful use of grape. I found the heavy yeast notes mid-to-late palate distracting, but this was well done for the most part. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:26:44 | More by Verecund
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gory4d

New York

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to koko2315 for this fantastic beer.

Pours into my Liefmans cervoise glass golden and very bubbly -- almost like Champagne. There's a loose but high white head, that fades quickly to a white cap that leaves lots of lacing. The smell is dandelion, rust, straw, clover honey. The taste is very complex, hard to pin down: wood sorrel, maybe, some sweet grass, grape-skin tannins, clover, faint notes of malt. It's very fizzy, exceedingly dry -- substantial but light. This is a unique beer, quite drinkable. Not sure it's a saison, but I'll buy that it's a farmhouse ale. I'm going to have to try and get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 03:24:47 | More by gory4d
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:22:28 | More by AgentZero
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Beerloco for hooking me up with this one. 2011 vintage. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Looks nearly identical to the Saison Faucille we just had, but with a bit less head volume (although there is still plenty). Minimal lace, thin cap and collar, and a lightly dark golden straw body.

S - Huge white grape aroma that imparts a musky character. Perhaps some light funk as well. Plenty of oak and vinous notes as well. Some spicy and estery yeast in the periphery, but this is all about grapes and wine barrels. Just an awesome aroma, and one I kept returning to before my glass emptied.

T - Taste is a little more heavy on spicy yeast and oak, with less of the awesome grape flavor. There's some light sour vinous acidity, a hint of funk, along with some of the pale malt from the base beer. Pretty good, but a step back from the smell. Closer to a 4.25 in my book, but I was generous elsewhere.

M - Very dry, spritzy champagne carbonation that is pleasant and avoids being harsh. Medium body, with a lightly tannic finish.

D - I liked this almost as much as the Berliner Weiss and may just have to seek out another bottle. I'd also like to see what age does for this one, as I can imagine it getting more sour over time. Highly recommended, and a definite highlight from the Southampton mega-tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 19:26:56 | More by MasterSki
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the 2011 batch, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Peconic County Reserve pours a slightly hazy tangerine at first, but after the second pour it's almost entirely opaque. The pure white head only rises to only about two fingers in height, and while retention is alright, there's no real lacing to speak of. The nose is strongly of chardonnay, with a strong background note of earthy brett funk in there as well. It's a combination that works incredibly well. At first the chardonnay doesn't come through so well, it's more of a vinous acidity that blends with the funk. As the beer warms though, the particulars of the chardonnay grape varietal shine through a bit more. There's still tartness to the beer, but it's a bit more of a complementary flavor. The body is just a tad heavy for my personal taste, but certainly well within the parameters for the style. The carbonation though is a bit dull, and lets the mouthfeel get a little too slick for the beer's own good. This beer may have been in some part a victim of high expectations (brewed with grapes and barrel aged from the guy who wrote the book on saisons), but I'd like to think that didn't diminish my enjoyment of what was a good (but not great) brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 03:57:22 | More by axeman9182
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Mega Tasting!

A - Pours a mirky yellow, white head, no lacing or retention.

S - Funky grapes, slight yeast, oak. The grapes smell wonderful and really overpower everything else. Hard to guess this is a saison if tasted blind.

T - Straight up grapes, funk, and oak. The grapes make this beer, so good. There's some funk in there too the plays with the oak really well.

M - Light body, crisp and smooth, good carbonation, dry finish.

D - I must get more of this...so good. Really enjoyed the grapes, outstanding, and def recommend. Get this.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:11:57 | More by Sean9689
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 vintage. Thanks a lot to sideshowe for the hookup. Shared with PALMEJ1, daknole and a few others at the 2011 Hunahpu's release.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting ring that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Tart, funky, earthy aroma with lots of light grape, dry brett effervescence and other light fruit. Vinous with prominent concord grapes and raisins. It also has a nice earthy character with hints of zesty, peppery spice.

Fuller bodied than expected with some nice earthy, tart fruit sweetness up front that lingers into a sweet, dry lingering finish. Tart and puckering without being acidic or acetic at all. Very refreshing and extremely quaffable. Lots of vinous light fruit with a prominent grape flavor. They used concord grapes for this beer and they really shine through. There's also a nice bread/yeast character that adds complexity and fullness to the palate. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer and am very happy that I had a chance to try it. Everyone else that sampled it thought that it was incredible. Thanks again Eric!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:19:00 | More by corby112
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from the 2011 release into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Tremendous thanks to Hopstoopid120 for sharing this super-limited beauty.

A: Lightly hazy pale orange body with a 1/2" head of coarse white foam. Nice.

S: Holy shite! I did not see this coming. Super sour + sharp, with some light funk and rich citric tartness. Almost like a lambic, but with more pronounced malt and floral notes in addition to the sour fruit and earthiness. Lovely.

T: Lemony sourness at first, with some honey and malt sweetness following the acidity on the way to a supremely dry, tart, clean finish. Awesome.

M: Smooth, soft medium body. Nice.

O: This tasted like a 50/50 blend between a terrifically simple saison (honey sweetness, floral hops, light fruitiness) and a terrifically simple gueuze (light funk and intense fruity sourness). The result is a terrifically complex and delicious beer. Refreshing and exciting, intense and drinkable. Beautiful, beautiful beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:22:05 | More by woosterbill
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, thanks to Jim. Poured a clear medium gold with a large sticky head. Nose is heavy on white grapes, quite a bit of oak, seems like some earthy brett in there also. Brett is surprisingly heavy and expresses itself as sweaty socks. Similar to Castleton in the nose. Some acidity in the front palate, lots of grapes mid palate, finish is long and all brett. Interesting to see Southampton doing something like this. Some residual sweetness on the finish. Feel is a bit light and thin. Not extraordinarily complex but well executed. As good as the recent batches of Castleton and oddly similar, though not as tight and integrated as the first batches were.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:57:04 | More by JAXSON
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joefuzz

New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have been waiting to try this one for a little while now, mostly due to the fact that it had a sticker that says "cellar until march 1st 2011".

The bottle opens with a small pop and poured into my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - pours a brilliant golden orange with a sizable white head that fades quickly.

S - Smells heavily of tart white grapes with some nice funkiness

T - First sip brings a huge kick of sour grape whit a nice funky saison aftertaste. It almost tastes like champagne but a little more sour.

M - Very light feeling if anything it seems a little over carbonated.

D - Very high I wish I had more of this.

Serving type: bottle

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