Southampton Grand Cru | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-08-2003

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Photo of Sammy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer 2003. Surprising grand cru with bold spice. Good carbonation, full mouthfeel. Must be consumed with food. Lots of spice: cloves, cinammon, licorice anise, corriander and hops and malt for balance. Also the orange and tropical fruit and candy sugar cream in yeast. Like an American over-the-top Fantome. And that's some compliment.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Best by 9/30/14.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spices, Belgian yeast, and some slight citrus aromas. Taste is pretty much the same with the spices lingering on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice set of aromas and an even better taste.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are strong bouquet of citrusy aromas in the nose (orange stands out in particular) along with smells of candi sugars and spices.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has complex flavors of candi sugars with some malty sweetness and notes of orange peel and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of bitterness and warming from the alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
O: The beer seems to be more malty compared to other beers in the style but hides its alcohol well and isn’t cloying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's always a privilage to drink a top rated beer, especially one from Southampton. This beer holds true to its Belgian Pale roots while giving a bright hoppy taste, fruity dominance, and spicy textures.

The beer sure dresses for the occation. A firm and steady pour proves difficult to get fit into the chalice. A huge, rocky head billows from the liquid in an expansive and lively fashion. Solid but deeply golden in color, the beer pushed into orange, rusty, and amber territories. Great formation of the off-white foam and it lingers for ever. Great lacing on the glass reaffirms the quality of the appearance.

Pear dominant in the aroma but with accompanying esters of pears, apples, white grapes, mangos, oranges, pineapple and figs. Caramel scents and bready malts provide complimentary notes from the malts. Spicy from phenolic character that carry white pepper, corriander, nutmeg, and allspice notes. Hops are really not detected in the nose.

Flavors of the beer hold much more caramel and true barley taste than expected from the Belgian Pales. However, those ripe and lighter fruits shine here very well (see those in the aroma). The sweetness of the beer keeps the spiciness balanced and keeps them in check. Light earthy hops give flavors of grasses, pine, and a slight mustiness that creates complexity.

The body is a bit sweeter and heavier than I expect- making it feel more like a Tripel or a Biere de Garde/Mars. Definately not the bone-dry spicy version that I find in Duvel, but pleasant to drink nonetheless. Fruits and earthy hop bitterness linger long into the finish; almost as deep as the spicy phenols allow.

A very, very nice beer. I cannot make up my mind whether I think the sweetness is an asset or a deterant to the beer- whichever, it is modest. There's also an 'it' quality in the earthy musty components of the beer that is clean and robust which helps to differentiate this beer from the herd. All beers that are rated this highly definately need an 'it' quality beyond just meeting the style.

Thanks JNN4V!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2015: 3.41
After the departure of Phil Markowski, something happened to this beer, and not something good.
Bland and flabby, heavy on wheat and clove-y phenolic yeast. Not as nuanced or multi-dimensional as it used to be.
Really a chore to drink, flabby and under-attenuated which was strange. It had dwindled in the local market, and i'm not really surprised since it's not good anymore.

2007: 4.3
Dragged this home from NYC a year ago, now is the time to finally indulge. I'm guessing it's at least a 2 year old bottle, considering the reputation of New Beer Distributors.

Small pop of the cork, and a foamy geyser suddenly builds momentum. Luckily the glass was nearby to catch it! Deep, hazy orange body. Tiny rivulets of carbonation. Overripe fruity aroma of persimmon, and cookie dough.

Taste is complex, some spice, clear notes of dried orange peel, bubblegum, herbal hops, and earthy coriander. Juicy and soft at first, with a moderate fullness. Well carbonated, but not too prickly. It seems to taper off halfway, letting some of the alcohol show through. A fresh bottle seemed drier than this one, with more zesty citrus. The spice is still there, just somewhat subdued.

Delicious and very smooth after 2 years in the bottle.
Made a nice pairing with some aged Gruyere.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/10/2015. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apple, grape, orange peel, lemon zest, light banana, wheat, pepper, clove, coriander, floral, herbal, grass, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of spice, malt, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big pear, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, grape, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, candi sugar, light honey, floral, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, orange peel, lemon zest, light banana, clove, coriander, pepper, wheat, herbal, floral, candi sugar, light honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (Courtesy of Hopdog): Poured an orangey color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of orange is quite intense with something sweet that didn’t mix very well with the beer. Taste is like a mix between an orange crush and an average Belgian ale and was not really what I expected from this beer. The flavour doesn’t really mix well and body was quite thin. I was expecting to be impressed by this beer based on previous rating but I am now wondering if I totally missed something or if this was a bad bottle. This was definitely one of the worst offerings that I had the chance to try form this usually fine brewery.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Waterfront Alehouse in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear amber color with a two finger tall white head. This beer had great head retention and very significant amounts of lacing.

S: Hints of clove, anise, orange peel, and candi sugar. There is a lot of fruit and alcohol present with some pale malts and spices.

T: Lots of spices, malts, candi sugar, and orange peel. Hints of cloves, pale malts, and some alcohol presence.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Enjoyable but not a real easy drinker - there is just too much alcohol presence to be an easy drinker. I think this is a more sipping over an hour or so kind of beer. Very nice beer.

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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazy marmalade body lies beneath a huge head of pillowy off-white foam. Fine bubbles stream steadily upwards - continually adding to the head - and it holds a solid 1/2" or more throughout the entire glass. If that alone made up its appearance it would still be beautiful, but the almost solid sheets of Brussels lace are quite mesmerizing!

Delicate orange and vanilla cream candy (think creamsicle) reside in the nose with just a smattering of brilliant, fresh spice to jazz it up. It's quite alluring, and could almost be enjoyed on its own.

The mouthfeel reveals a meium/light body that's accentuated by a gently effervescent carbonation. It initally tingles the tongue, but then warms to become quite creamy!

The flavor is quite rich without being overwhelming; and it initially accentuates its cookie dough and candyish malt. Midway, however, a supple spiciness and orange flavor appear as it warms. Flashes of alcohol act to enliven its character, rather than detracting; and it finishes soft and sweet with a thin wash of drying alcohol and some residual cookie dough sweetness.

A most impressive brew! Its lush flavors are delivered within a perfect mouthfeel. Extremely well done. and absolutely worth seeking out! This beer rivals some of the top Belgain ales!

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Photo of largadeer
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Bright, clear amber with a fluffy blanket of white froth.

Smell: Sweet, spicy and estery. Banana and melon, coriander, a bit of white pepper.

Taste & mouthfeel: This stuff is absolutely packed with complex fruit flavors; orange, banana, mango, melon and pear all come to mind. Spices are present underneath, with anise and coriander shining through quite strongly. Syrupy, almost cloying sweetness sticks to the tongue in the finish - this one is a bit too sweet for my taste. A hint of drying alcohol appears in the finish after the sweetness subsides.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thebouch01 and dfclav for this one.

Light fizzy almost 1 finger head fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing over hazy super yeast chunked golden toasty maple orange color.

Nose is loaded with fruit, Belgian yeast, apple, pear, light candi sugar and touch of sweet syrups, light booze, lots if complex lighter malts, white raisin, light nutty contain like spices

Taste starts with a creamy but complex light Belgian like malts, plenty of sweet additions, light candi sugar, sweet mapleish syrup, fairly sweet overall, perhaps too sweet could use some more aging, tons of fruit with apple, pear, white raisin, light nutty spices, little booze warmth and touch of tingle. Finishes semi sweet, a long Belgian yeast and malt finish, more candi sugar and raisin, slightly sticky, touch of bitterness on the finish.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied with decent carb and some warming booze.

Overall very good, a decent version of an Americanized Belgian grand cru, similar to their abt12 but lighter and more fruit, complex and good, hides the booze decently well, great flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/9/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, Belgian yeast, light malts, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and tart up front with flavors of apples & caramel. Then the breadiness of Belgian yeast follows along with a heart malt character. There's a mild hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is nice high-gravity Belgian beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured amber in color with a huge two inch fluffy white head to it. The head had some very nice retention to it and left good lacing as well. Very nice looking beer in the glass I chose for it.

The aroma shows off the orange peel and coriander citrus pretty well without being overpowering. A little peppery flavor comes through a bit as well. A nice strong malty flavor is present as well, and sets a nice base for the flavor additions.

The taste shows a nice mix of flavors to it. It has a peppery spice, a orange peel citrus, and a slightly dry bitter finish. The citrus really comes through in the finish as well. A decent malt backbone provides a nice base for all of the flavors. Overall all of the flavors mix very well together and are very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and was very nicely balanced. Very well made and flavorful beer overall.

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

Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SpeedWayJim for hooking me up with this one.

A: Pours a somewhat-hazy light copper color with an off-white head. Very nice carbonation along with a massive head as it was poured into my tulip.

S: Coriander, spice, sweet malt, a bit alcohol creaminess (hard to describe; reminiscent of Rochefort 10).

T: Quite a few spices, not as much as in the nose however. A bit of caramel and sweetness as well.

M: Medium bodied and quite creamy. Not too much of an alcohol presence.

D: Not as complex as some of the better BSPA's, but very nice. Glad I got to try this one.

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

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from either unholy2 or beeronthebrain, I'll toast them both! Decanted into my Duvel tulip:

Pours an effervescent orange/peach with 1 finger of tan colored head. Also has Fred Eckhart Noisiness! Hazes a bit a the bottom of the bottle. minimal head retention & lacing. plus very viscous in appearance

S: Some apricot & honey

T: Intense passion fruit, much dryness, honey malt, pineapple & lemony hops up front. Loads of toffee & much tropical fruit as this warms, plus honey dryness & some coriander & peppery hops once warm. Fruittyness really picks up the more this warms, along with oaky dryness. Finishes very dry; with slight smokeyness. This almost pulled a 5.0, not quite perfect

MF: Syrupy with a modicum of carbonation. Pretty warming with just a bit of boozy hotness. but within style, almost makes me think mead, very thick!

Complexity & dryness hurts the drinkability, but only a bit. This would right at home in Belgium. Well done SouthHampton!!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep golden amber. Small white collar. Consistently wispy surface.

Smell - A ton of coriander. Big spicy Belgian pale ale. Sweet and a little yeasty. Distinct Belgian sugar aroma.

Taste - Heavy spice again. Coriander and cinnamon. Strong maltiness, mostly pale malt. Light vanilla and a spicy, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Looking for something a bit spritzier to combine with the spices.

Overall - It's good, but too heavy. I enjoy the spice combination, as strong as it is.

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Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 403 ratings