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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

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 257
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2003)
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SourinQns

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

12-02-2012 23:47:49 | More by SourinQns
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BeerWorld

New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-04-2012 18:59:28 | More by BeerWorld
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

08-29-2012 19:12:50 | More by SpdKilz
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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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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

07-02-2012 00:48:53 | More by jsilva
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afksports

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

06-21-2012 15:48:21 | More by afksports
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

06-03-2012 16:33:00 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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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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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-06-2012 02:21:51 | More by hoppymcgee
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-19-2012 06:26:44 | More by acurtis
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pgaveau

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

02-18-2012 20:17:25 | More by pgaveau
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Paulydeets

New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%

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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-05-2012 18:54:39 | More by whartontallboy
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stevefinny

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-21-2012 13:04:05 | More by stevefinny
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SpillyBeers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-01-2012 20:26:20 | More by SpillyBeers
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

11-16-2011 14:12:48 | More by sideshowe
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 19:28:22 | More by HopStoopid120
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 03:34:09 | More by JAHMUR
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

11-14-2011 21:08:23 | More by djrn2
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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
Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale from Southampton Publick House
97 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.