Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale - Southampton Publick House
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3.68/5 rDev -18%
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.
12-11-2012 18:33:20 | More by mdfb79
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-18-2012 19:20:14 | More by xenjoiii
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-03-2012 02:59:20 | More by brystmar
3.63/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
04-10-2012 13:52:00 | More by cpetrone84
4.25/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-09-2012 23:49:13 | More by Thorpe429
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
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.
10-29-2011 13:48:14 | More by callmemickey
4.22/5 rDev -6%
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.
10-16-2011 02:13:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale from Southampton Publick House
97 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.