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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 DIM
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a slightly murky, dull golden color. It was served to me with a small, airy looking white head.

s: A very appealing balance of sweet candi sugar and pale malt, and spicy aromas of ginger and nutmeg. Some pear aromas emerged as this warmed.

s: I loved the first sip, but towards the middle of the glass this spice was coming on too strong. The yeasty phenols, pale malt, and candi sugar all work beautifully together. The finish adds grassy hops and spice flavor that reminded most of nutmeg.

m: Big and creamy overall.

o: I fell in love with the first sip, but turns out it was just infatuation.

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Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour is copper colored with a bubbly white foam. Decent lacing, and slightly cloudy.

S - Smells spicy (nutmeg, ginger root, cinnamon) and with a yeasty lingering smell.

T - Tastes of candied fruit with a slight spicy bite on the back end.

M - Feels a bit heavy, but easily enjoyable. Raspy on the tongue.

O - One of the better offerings from Southampton. Glad to see one of the locals do a good take on a belgian style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10oz into a tulip on tap.

Southampton Grand Cru glides into the glass golden with a small tint of faded bronze within. a nice sheet of bright white up top, leaving a cap and small splotches. OK retention. Smell is fruity with a bready Belgian yeast with trace amounts of candi. No grassy scents, some hints of alcohol. Pretty bold in scent off the tap with a bit candi like scent than alot of American versions. Taste is up front with Belgian essence and a fruit. Apple, pear, small earthy hop bite in between with some candi sugar in the end that does not cloy. First sips give off some alcohol that warms the gullet. The 9.5% is not all the way hidden. Feel is a strong medium with a nice crisp carb. After half the glass this becomes all to easy to drink. A nice stab at the style and much better than alot of American versions out there. I just wish bottles were not so damn pricey, this would be a nice one to slide into 4 packs or so. Until then, I'll grab it on tap.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.50/8oz sample... J Ryan's I love you.

Rich golden honey in color with a super sticky white head and lacing. This looks really golden in the light, screams grand cru, but could use a little more carbonation... This problem possibly solved by bottle conditioning (vs on tap)?

Served way too cold, but there is still a strong sweetness mixed with fruity yestiness that cuts through like a knife. The alcohol is also quite pungent.

There is really fruity Belgian yeast and just enough sweetness and alcohol. Quite tasty, especially as it warms up. There is a bold grape-like crispness that follows each sip. I'm reminded of a sensation I get when drinking Nelson, single-hopped beers.

The beer is in fact quite fruity and juicy with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Definitely a delicious mouthfeel for a grand cru and more carbonation than expected!

Amazing price on this beer and it's well worth the money! Thanks again J ryan's for providing outstanding beer at reasonable prices.

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Photo of HopDr
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap on 3 occasions now, poured in a smallish chalice.

A- Nice golden/honey color, very little head but some good lacing. Almost opaque.

S- Beautiful! I am not a big fan of spiced beers, but I think they really nailed this one. Coriander and citrus (I think from additives, not hops), along with belgian yeast-type fruitiness all blended perfectly. All of the flavors are sublet with no one dominating, it is one of those beers that you get something new every time you take a sip.

T- I think they did a nice job here too of keeping it simple, letting the malt take a backseat and provide the backbone to let the yeast and other flavors do the talking. Spiciness comes though in the end.

M- On the thinner side with less carbonation than I usually expect from Belgian-style beers, but it works for me in this one.

O- This is the only beer I have had from Southampton, but it makes me want to try their others. It really is a nice beer, the first night I tried it I had a couple glasses with a meal and thought it was fantastic, so good that I wanted to go back just to try it again on its own to see if it was really as good as I remembered. It is nicely complex, subtle and balanced. This is definitely my favorite American Belgian-style beer I have tried so far.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle from '09. Split with some friends, the brew allears a clear golden orange with some spots of yeast in solution. A creamy yellow head has decent retention across the top throughout the entire duration.

The smell is string of sweet caramel malt or toffee. Orange zest and pulp are also included. Collectieky it comes together like an orange marmalade. Once warm, it almost smells like sweet tea.

The taste mimics the aroma with strong indications of orange marmalade with a bit of toffe to caramel malt sweetness. Herbal bitterness and some citrus breakup the sweetness a bit. Initially is sickenly sweet but gets herbal and balanced with more sips.

This is medium bodied with a smooth feel and modest to lower levtl of carbobation that gives fhe impression of a thicker feeling brew. Yet somehow it is fizzy in the feel when swirled around. The alcohol is well masked behind the bold sweetness. Overall not a bad offering but much, much more sweet than I was expecting.

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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 afksports
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southampton's Grand Cru was on my original "Top 100" list to try. I tried it before I could learn about the way to appreciate beers of its style.

Fortunately, after football at Prospect Park today, I tried it on tap at Double Windsor in Brooklyn.

This beer is red, with a solid head retention and decent lacing on the Chimay goblet. It smells of spice- coriander and citrus zest. A little lemon, but a lot of malt and Belgian yeast. It's a true mix, but not one that I necessarily want to write home about.

It wound up being a highly spiced sipper. Spiced not in the hot pepper way, just in the way that one spice can take over a dish. Everything else was right about it: mouthfeel was creamy, it had a clean finish, it looked great. But there was just something about the taste where even within its balance, it just seemed too spicy.

For that reason alone, it's not a completely high rated beer to me, but I'll be blown away if it stops being highly rated, because it is damn well crafted. And perfect for after football. Cheers to Double Windsor for pouring it on tap!

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

I picked up a 750mL bottle of this at Anocona`s wines and spirits. The appearance is a nice honey color with nearly two fingers of bright white head to it; served in a wide wine glass. The nose of this "grand cru" has coriander, citrus and some funk. Its` taste comes through with orange, anise, candied goodness, mmm. The body is fairly lean for the abv, but with a sharp carbonation. It is a remarkably good beer and its one that I waited longer than I should have to pick up.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Dan – thanks!

Pours an almost opaque golden-copper color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of syrupy pilsner malts with large amounts of breadiness. Joining in shortly thereafter are sugar-coated pear and apricots and moderate amounts of leafy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Heavy light malts up front are joined quickly by large amounts of syrupy pear and apricot flavors. Midway through slight hints of spiciness come into play before moderate amounts of leafy hops come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent carbonation.

Overall the bottle was 1.5-2 years old and age wasn’t very kind to it. The sweetness was too much and the flavors seem too muddled. I’d like to try this fresh for comparison, but the aged version was something I’d not seek again.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Copper colored beer, a little bit hazy. Nice white head that left some lacing behind.

S - A bit too sweet, reminds me too much of artificial sweetener. A little bit of fruit and a dose of spice. Spice is a little overdone, kind of off-putting.

T - This is just a touch yucky. Overly spiced, particularly with the coriander. It's sweet, kind of like corn syrup and caramel, but the spice sticks around so long it gives me the need to wash my mouth out with something.

M - Very dry, lighter side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O - Spice is often used to cover things up, they should have tried to cover up the spice with this one. Not a fan.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a CC 750mL bottle with a best by 10/16/14 into a Duvel tulip on 5/19/11.

Pours a honey yellow with a big huge fluffy off white carbonated head that dissipates slowly and leaves little lacing on the glass. Good head retention but lacks on the lacing. Final pour yielded a some sediment that that added some pretty haziness.

Smells intoxicating... Wow. Lots of fruit and honey up front then spices and and a slight citrus are noticeable. This beer only gets better as the aromas become more volatile, it really comes out to play with the nostrils.

Taste is just as impressive. Carmel and malts with fruit, vanilla, and candy! A sight booze taste is present but the wonderful malt taste really covers it up well even after it warms slightly.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in weight. No burn at all at 9.8ABV is very impressive. This goes down smooth even after it warms up, little change to the mouth feel. Lots of very enjoyable after taste, vanilla and candies. Again great brew.

Drinkability is high on this brew. It takes a hit on the appearance, and it can get a little sweet after a couple of glasses. Other then that this a great beer and I am ISO-ing this ASAP. I want more! Great brew.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml caged/corked bottle, popped and split with my wife at dinner to a pair of 'La Chouffe' tulips. Back label shows '092' and the date '10/16/14'. Wish I could recall who sent this... thank you, kind mystery trader; cellared for 12-18 months.

'Brewed with spices (dried orange peel, ground coriander seed, star anise)'

A: A warm honey/butterscotch, crowned with two-fingers of brilliant white cream. It's a fairly sturdy dollop that recedes slowly, crawling down the glass' neck and leaving modest lace in breaking sheets. Mild fogginess is cut by steady carbonation, a faint dusting of yeasty bits (bottle-conditioned).

S: A wafting fruit scent, somewhat springy, like pear or apple blossoms. Spices and sweet grains accent/conceal a veiled booziness ~ coriander shines the most.

T: The instant liquid touches taste buds, sweet fruits and perky spices erupt! Orange comes across with 'creamsicle' hints; spices are zesty, dusty pepper and shaved ginger. Other interesting fruit and floral notes, too: applesauce, maraschino cherry, sugary blueberry, honeysuckle. A complex mouthful that never gets old.

M: Just about perfect with the carbonation - lively and effervescent without being overly crisp - then with the calmer mellowing warmth that follows. Medium body, nothing too heavy or sticky. 9.5% abv catches up after a while, but in the gentlest of ways.

O: 'Grand Cru' typically denotes the 'best' a brewery has to offer; while this may not be my outright favorite of the Southamptons I've enjoyed, it's definitely among them. A superb accompaniment with dinner (soba noodles and braised vegetables, hanger steak on the side) and for sipping, after much warming, a bit later. My second time trying this terrific beer - looking forward to the third and beyond...

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Photo of rand
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to Duvel tulip glass

Acquired in a trade with Manoftyr. Thanks dude, let's trade another round!

Pours a beautiful apricot color, opaque, with a sudsy, 1 1/2-inch head. It's frothy and cavernous leaving a thick layer of lacing as it slowly recedes. Big spicy aromas jump out of the glass, carried by alcohol volatiles which warm the nose. The bouquet is founded in a yeasty scent of freshly baked pastries, which is accented by notes toffee and myriad of spices including nutmeg, orange zest and coriander.

Notes of toffee and sweetbread hit the palate first and make for a really chewy complexion. This is very full-bodied and creamy. Wow, you could eat this with a spoon. All of the spices noted in the nose bounce around the palate along with some new flavors - licorice (anise was added), touch of peppercorn and paprika. The beer is sweet, but hops come into play midway, and have a raw, leafy quality suggesting tea. alcohol warms at the finish and acts like another spice. Finishes balanced and sweet.

This beer quaffs way too easily. Just had some Pliny the Younger last night, so this is two nights in a row of high ABV brews that go down easy and delicious. Southampton nailed this, outstanding.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to bmwfan1987 for this one. Pours a lightly hazed, dark gold - nearly copper - color with a fluffed, off-white head. Awesome lacing.

Nose is very sweet and full of light colored fruit flesh - honeydew melon foremost with some pears soaked in corn syrup.

Very fruity with grainy malts and high alcohol. This could pass for a triple were it not for the coriander. Maple syrup comes out as it warms and the yeast esters are all over the map - fruit, bread dough, herbal. Very Belgian-y beer, quite complex and spices are fairly low-key. For some reason though, I find it to be a bit sweet and the esters really never come together well. Seems like others like it, so maybe this ones just not for me.

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Photo of Buebie
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle a few years ago in a trade, unknown age.
Poured from the corked and caged bottle into an oversized snifter.
A generous 3'' or so head of off white froth forms. Settling slowly to leave a thin cap and decent collar. Color is a glowing orange marmalade, hazy, bu no to bad, most of the yeast stayed in the bottle.
Aroma of light orange peel, banana and coriander. Some sourdough bready funk. somewhat sweet with a bit of malt and faint floral hops.
Taste is pretty damn outstanding, sweeter then expected. I thought this would come off dry and it definatly is not.
malty with orange peel coming forward through the swallow. its not skunky but that orange peel citric acidity is present.
Bready sourdough funk, sweets, orange peel, hemp. drying a tad after the swallow.

Happy New Year!

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Photo of Khazadum
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, billowy, willow, frothy, cottonball-like, wedding lace head. I mean, this sucker is the fluffiest beer I have had the encounter to pour. Awesome carbonation with tons of streams bubbling up from its rusty-brown body. Lacing is interesting. It is sticky enough to generate some rolling hills and valleys, but it evaporates away as I enjoy its presence. I feel like I could take face paint off with this cap.

Strong fruity notes. Caramels, candied Belgian sugars ( is that even an accurate descriptor? ), tangerines, grapefruits, malts that remind me of biscuits and simple syrups, and faint wildflower tangents.

Flavor Profile
Opens with a gentle sweetness... carmelized sugar on top of a home made biscuit. Middle has a fruity upstroke and crisp nature that reminds me of a light citrus. Perhaps a piece of pulp stuck in the dough that I randomly bit into by a stroke of luck. The malts begin to fade and falter leaving only the sweetness to dominate the finish. It is like eating the top of creme brulee. Burnt sugars and chunky nature all in one.

Oral Sensations
As I just alluded to... chunky. Nice medium body that has a very crisp feeling to it, thank you carbonation! Very sticky to a level that I am almost disgusted with. I feel like it is liquid candy, a syrup if you will. Nonetheless, I am happy that it lingers around delightfully with the burnt sugars.

Solid belgian style beverage...Tripel? I've had many beers that taste similar to this and fit along that profile. The malts are enough to warrant that classification.

It drinks easy, no alcohol issues as expected, has a stronger malt profile than I'm used to, and never becomes sickeningly sweet. Even if it feels like a sticky, sweet, syrup at times, it shines through as a delicious beverage. I figure anything outside of a tripel would have a more spicy alcohol profile.

What have we got in our tulip tonight? Why its... Another want!! Hot damn! Southampton Grand Cru!

Let us dissect out this beverage. An ale brewed with dried orange peel, ground coriander seed, and star anise!

This is interesting. The dried orange peel I understand. It does have some citrus notes, and the drying of the rind may be what has caused it to be so minimal. The coriander, eh.. I've gone back to it again and again and I really can only find that a bit in the nose, possibly the finish with the back end around the sides of my tongue. It truly does not add too much to the flavor.

The star anise... no. Nope, nope, nope. I hate... HATE... HATE star anise flavors. I can stand them and appreciate it. However, I despise it. Thankfully it is not here at all, thought. I mean, I think I should be able to pick it out since it causes a gag reflex at too high of a concentration.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Troublette glass. Beer is yellow with a soft white head of small and medium bubbles. Big bottle, corked and caged, mild haze, almost an amberish color, on the dark yellow side, moderate carbonation, it looks good.

Beer is mildly spicy and pretty bready with some nice esters. Smells good.

Beer finishes really dry, that's the first thing I notice. Sweet up front with some interesting esters in the midpalate, minimal spice for an ale that is advertised as a spice ale, but I actually like that the spices are kind of hidden. There is some bitterness that I am picking up now with the finish of the beer, the yeast character is coming through more now. The ester levels are growing and it's a great feeling beer. I'd have it again for sure, very nice. I need to drink more South Hampton beers.

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Photo of morimech
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage is unknown but there is a best by date of 10/16/14. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Plenty of yeast sediment can be seened at the bottom of the bottle.

A little darker in color than BSPAs from Belgium. Dark amber color with a brilliant clarity. Two plus fingers of dense head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

It might be unfair to compare this beer to Duvel and its properties. Afterall BSPAs come in many different forms. While the aroma of Duvel is estery and vinous, this is phenolic and spicy. I get hints of pepper, cloves, and the added spices of coriander, orange peel, and star of anise. A little grass and pale malt comes through as well. Just the slightest sweetness is detected. Aroma of some old world dessert before sugar became common?

As I make my way through the bottle, the flavor constantly grows on me. One thing this beer is not, is sweet and cloying. Just slight bitterness as well. What you end up with is a baker's spice nook. Not a kiddies menu type of flavor but an adult treat worth contemplating over. The spices compliment the yeast phenols and combine into a complex flavor. The orange peel comes through more as the beer warms. No sign of alcohol. Finishes slightly dry.

The mouthfeel may be as good as the greats in the style. Dances a fine line with body and carbonation. Not heavy but also not overly carbonated. Keeps things lively and still maintains a soft, smooth texture.

One of the great strong pale ales. Hard to slow down and take all the flavor in. With the high ABV, slowing down is necessary.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerisheaven for a bottle of this brew rec'd in a recent trade. Always a pleasure! Split with my wife, & de-virginizing my brand spankin' new Troegs glass just rec'd in the Secret Santa BIF.

Pours with a gigantic, stubborn head of sheer white. Light, amber/copper body boasts revving carbonation. Brimming with scent; the orange peel is coming on strong, along with the pale malts, & some general sweetness & other spices.

Though not advertised as such, Southampton Grand Cru is a holiday beer through and through. A slew of spices hold court; orange, pepper, allspice, splashes & splishes of other, less identifiable additions. Belgian sweetness balances out the rush of spice. Cut flowers, gentle hopping, quarters of cut green apples. Then the spices return with a vengeance to obliterate everything else.

This is a beer with all kinds of complexity, a light, easy-to-drink body, & a nice shot of spices that don't go over the top. Very good brew.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Look: pours cloudy gold, which makes this probably the darkest Belgian Strong Pale Ale I've seen so far. The cloudiness has some sediment that floats to the bottom of the glass after the beer sits for awhile. Huge, three finger head forms. The head is fluffy and retains exceptionally well. Its slightly off white and leaves behind an epic amount of lacing. Heavy amounts of carbonation are visible in the glass. Great looking beer.

Smell: smells great. There's some orange peel, coriander and star anise. Vanilla flavors are here as well with some other spices I can't really identify. Smells exceptionally sweet. As it warms, the alcohol smell becomes more identifiable along with some fruity flavors.

Taste: very sweet. There's a lot of malt in this one and it shows. There's also the spices that you pick up in the nose and fruit, like apple, plum and raisin. As it warms it becomes a bit like a port wine and the alcohol comes out a bit.

Feel: medium in body. Its fairly creamy. Crisp carbonation. Despite the high alcohol, its not very present except when the beer has reached room temperature and then there's a slight alcohol bite. There's also some tartness to this one.

Drink: despite the high alcohol, this certainly isn't something you will want to sip. I thought this was closer to 7-8% ABV than 9.5%. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very solid Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Complex but very quaffable at the same time and it packs a serious punch. I recommend trying this one wholeheartedly. This is clearly the best thing I've had from Southampton Publick House. Well done!

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only thing American made belgians cannot seem to duplicate is the head of the brew. This one is no different. A bit of a soapy head and it goes down quickly. That is the only negative as it pours a cool, bright, caramel color. Scents of Belgian candy, sweet coriander, pepper. Taste is unique. A bunch of describable flavors hit the palate immediately followed by a sweet appley aftertaste. Almost like a cream soda. It is sweet, which I do not usually care for, but this has a different taste to it. Very warming alcohol and a real treat. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Chunky rotten apricot color with a creamy fine-bubble head that builds with decent retention. Big creamy cloud and ring leave fine, spotty Belgian-esque lace.

S- Smells like it has some age on it, can't find a date. Coriander citrus peel and some kind of earthy pumpkin like note (maybe just association with the spice). Some caramel old malt and slight fruit notes. Strong for sure. Some licorice.

T- Very dry. Good yeast spice and general yeast influence. Citrus peel and coriander are definitely strong here. Lemon. Caramel malt feels a bit aged.

MF- Light end body with some cream. Low end carbonation, fair warmth and very dry. Some bitterness.

DB- Citrus and spice are huge but do not bother me as much as some other Belgians. Maybe the caramel malt is balancing it. Alcohol adds some harshness. Lots of fruit as well. Split the bottle for sure.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up in NYC, split with cbutova. Not sure of the age on this one but we both had a feeling it was a little old (maybe 1-2 years, but we'll never know for sure.)

Hazy rusty orange chock full of sediment. Very nice creamy off-white head looks like a whirlpool. A good looking swirly cap is left and leaves some lacing.

Good smell, orange and alcohol hits kinda hard, almost like a screwdriver, but in a good way mostly. Definitely can get the anise as well. A little musty.

Big ripe citrus flavor, the orange peel and coriander definitely stand out. Lots of yeast, candi sugar. Some vanilla and more juicy fruits like grapeferuit. Tastes like a creamsicle almost (just noticed someone said that a few reviews down!) Pretty high on the sweetness scale.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and malty, notes of alcohol through but pretty hot as it warms. Seriously hot last couple ounces.

Hope you like oranges! Malty fruit bomb this is. I didn't expect a 'Grand Cru' to be so fruity and sweet. That being said, I liked it, could use some more complexities. Definitely a sipper. Good price for a 750 for nowadays standards.

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Southampton Grand Cru from Southampton Publick House
4.21 out of 5 based on 403 ratings.
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