Southampton Grand Cru | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru
BA SCORE
4.2/5
403 Ratings
Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-08-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,347
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
403
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 292
Photo of argock
3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cellared 750 ml brown bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. Purchased in 2008, best by 2012 smudged date on back label.

A: Murky amber with tons of floaters despite a careful pour. Fleeting white foamy head weigh no lacing.

S: Mostly sweet pilsner malt and bubble gum with a light pear yeast ester and dash of coriander

T: Seems like it's probably a shadow of its former self with a washed out pilsner malt sweetness, some oxidation paper, with low bitterness and light orange and coriander notes in the finish.

M: Also thin and a bit lifeless with moderate carbonation and light, light body

O: WOuld love to find this again and try fresher.

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Photo of tedho21
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of CharlesK
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My rating and review of this Grand Cru suffers from unfair comparison; having just previously shared an absolutely splendid Ambree from La Choulette.

This also was my only Had from Southhampton, which is highly regarded. So my Had had bad timing.
Looks and smells like a fine strong Belgian pale, but that promise was not met in the taste; which seemed to lack complexity, possibly from needing a fuller yeast. The mouth was better. Better yet, there was no sign of alcohol; given its strength.

Recommended, but have by itself; just to be fair.

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robc3366
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.37/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unfortunately this bottle was very old as I accidentally left it in my cellar for wayyyy too long! I'd be interested in trying this fresh since I'm sure it would be a much better beer!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork and cage bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, vibrant, copper-orange coloring with a halo of white head. Aromas of apple, orange rind, apricot, brown sugar, coriander, licorice, subtle woody and earthy highlights, and boozy highlights. Flavors are bold and sweet forward, with a blend of apricot, orange rind, pineapple, and honey, all on a bready and chewy backbone. Highlights of coriander and nutmeg keep the sweetness in balance. The body is rich and full, staying smooth throughout. The aftertaste is more of the fruit and spice blend, with a good solid dose of booze warmth building as you go. The finish is extremely smooth, rich, and layered, with a boozy and fruity linger. Really good beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL into a snifter.

Creamy oatmeal head. Lots of protein floaties. Orange/copper cloudy color. 4

Smells like agave or tequila, peaches, oversweetened orange and coriander. 4

Candi syrup/like sweetness. Stone fruit... Apricot and peach, sweet malt like a tripel, and a hard to pin down array of spices. Finish lingers with peach flavor. I like this but find the candy-like sweetness a bit overboard. 3.75

Thick and syrupy with a spicy radiance and corresponding carbonation. A bit of a tequila feel here too, definitely feel a solvent quality. 3.75

Not bad but a bit too sweet and a bit too boozy.

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Photo of grover37
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very little carb. Smooth for the ABV but not that impressive. Kind of like a mix between a Wit and a Strong Gden.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeMans
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bushbeer75
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. - caged and corked brown bottle - label dated 6/10/2015

poured into a snifter

Southampton Grand Cru is a light-hazy peach color that looks a lot like apple cider. The head, if you can call it that was made up of clear bubbles that dissipated to a collar of thin bubbles with no lacing. The aroma is made up of light fruit; apples oranges, and light spices were noted. The taste is sweet from the candy sugar, light fruit (sweet oranges and apples) , spicy and even the flavor of black licorice (from the anise) is present. The mouth feel is medium with a light carbonation and alcohol warming at the back of the palate.

Overall, despite the disappointing appearance Grand Cru is a nice drinking American made Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 403 ratings
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