Southampton Grand Cru | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Grand CruSouthampton Grand Cru
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-08-2003

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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 292
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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4.2/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of allenson21
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 403 ratings
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