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:
#1,350
Reviews:
292
Ratings:
403
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 292
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

Photo of lochef81
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage courtesy of Nikki's vintage room. Served in my DT tulip. Pours the color of unpasteurized cider with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head. Clarity is slightly more translucent. Nose expresses figs and prunes, as well as a suggestion of band-aids and Belgian yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a honey sweetness, a kiss of something peppery and some faint metallic notes, although not at all displeasing, towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an easy, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. What a great beer - I can't believe it's a vintage 2009. So much complexity and flavor.

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Photo of ausonius
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice big creamy head. Settles leaving Belgian-lace down the entire glass.
Pure, medium palish malt, with creamy Belgian yeast. OK complexity. Lightly spicy.
Carries the alcohol very well.
Good balance, if little backbone. Creamy/malty backend/aftertaste/finish.
Good for the style. Aging fairly slowly (had this one in the cellar 2+ years - drink-by date 6/15 on label)

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Photo of AlexFields
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Poppellian
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of brureview
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured a reddish copper color in an Orval trappist glass with no head.

At first, the aroma was not strong- light fruit. As the beer warmed up, stone fruit was very prominent.

This is a light bodied beer with very little carbonation.

Taste: outstanding. Stone fruit, spice. A singular approach to the a Belgian strong ale.
The alcoholic finish is very light, and the light body is deceiving- this is 9.5% ABV.
It's a real sipper which takes time to drink and contemplate.

One of the best Belgian Strong ales I have tasted. Very different approach. I will buy a bottle to cellar.

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Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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