Biere De Mars
Southampton Publick House

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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #76
Ranked #30,540
3.79 | pDev: 12.14%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
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HalfFull from California

2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. This Biere De Mars pours a hazy golden amber with a light cap of foam. Some toasted malt with a caramel background on the nose. Taste offers a similar malt delivery along with a firm spritzy carbonatiion and a touch of peppery hop spice. Yeast plays a secondary role here.

Pleasant overall and not too sweet. Lack of yeast a factor certainly, and more of a amber/pale hybrid than its name might suggest. Proceed with caution.

Oct 26, 2016
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rand from California

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A: Clear, deep copper-tan, brew. Pretty. A small head lingers for a few minutes and leaves tiny patches of lacing.

S: Malty nose, with sweet notes of crackery whole grain. Touches of berries and honey linger at the edge of the bouquet.

T/M: Sweet flavor profile, slightly fruity and grainy. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Subdued profile, a bit bland. Phenolic notes toward the back of the sip, almost no bittering hops. Kinda tastes like a light mead, sort of strange.

Not a bad tasting beer, but nothing remarkable either. Missing those delicious, yeasty Belgian esters, and has a watery aspect not desirable to the style.

May 19, 2016
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thepenguin from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed 5/20/12

L: Pours a pretty dark gold.

S: Very caramel-like with sweet breadiness. Malt-forward through and through with some alcohol.

T: Toffee-like, bready, very sweet. Also some perceptible alcohol. Not loving it; the sweetness is kind of cloying and the beer almost reads as a somewhat mellow barleywine; in this sense, it doesn’t come across as particularly “Belgian”.

F: Surprisingly little carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: This beer wasn’t great. I could see this being a decent desert beer, but I probably won’t seek this out again.

Sep 30, 2015
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hoppymcgee from Maine

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a yellow label.

L: Off-yellow, pretty clear.

S: Not much going on here. Some lightly roasted barley, slight cardamom aroma.

T: Lightly toasted malt. Alfalfa sprouts, surprisingly.

F: Proper amount of carbonation and body for the style and ABV.

O: A good beer to pair with food.

Sep 17, 2015
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden, orange hue with minimal head and lacing. The smell is fantastic. Lots of honey accented by orange and a slight apple. The back end is a pleasant array of spice and clove. Taste matches the smell. Honey predominates, and, in my opinion has a perfect amount of carbonation. A great representation of the style.

Aug 25, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $3.99
Purchased: July 18, 2015
Consumed: July 18, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, caramel, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white rocky head, which thinned out rather quickly. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom along the sides. Poor lacing on the sides. Below average-to-poor retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled honey, caramel, sour fruit, pear, apple and earthy notes, ending with sharp peppery cloves. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste pretty much follows the nose, although not as good. Got pear, apple peel, light apple juice, caramel, sour or slightly spoiled fruit, honey, pepper and candied cloves. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was only my third kind of this style, so I’m not going to compare. This beer had its moments, but something just didn’t work out as soon as it hit my lips. Great value for $3.99 a 6-pack though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.76 | 85 | B+

Jul 19, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is about a finger high and eggshell in shade. Retention is nothing special, though a little bit of lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: Sweet caramel malts dominate, with additional biscuity touches. Some lighter stone fruits appear when it opens up. I'm struggling to pick up any significant rustic notes aside from subtle touches of bread and black pepper, though.

Taste: Starts off with plenty of caramel and brown sugar qualities, maybe even some graham cracker. It finishes vaguely spicy, with some black pepper and a touch (I do mean a touch, too) of farmhouse yeast. Pleasant, but lacking depth. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Despite the powerful crystal malt sweetness, it finishes quite dry - dry enough to be easy to drink, in fact! Sweetness does accumulate after many sips, slowing things down. That's due to the fact that it doesn't feel very lively on the tongue. (3.25)

Overall: It is what it is, a nice springtime beer, no more or no less. Still, I can't help but wish for more of a rustic character - this tastes more like a typical amber ale to me. Worthy enough, but I like to think there are funkier biere de gardes out there... (3.25)

3.24/5: Not bad at all, too bad it lacks the proper farmhouse characteristics

Apr 30, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Solid and somewhat opaque rust colored brown, with perhaps an orange tinge to it. A good appearance of middle carbonation through a thick body, but also some very fine micro line rising on the sides. Head is tiny, barely a finter but manage a controlled and solid puck that keeps getting repopulate. Creamy top, off white, and a solid looking garde.

Aroma doesn't seem to hint so much at big farmhouse notes, but a sense of almost faint lamic fruit acid quality, and sourdough bread comes off. Obvious biscuit and cookie like notes on the bouquet, which match with a slight sour twinge nicely on the beer. Seems subdued, but nice.

Palate seems on first sip quite neutral. Not much obvious until the final swallow seems to be complete. Decent malt depth, a good coating through the palate but manges to emphasize cookie caramel than farmhouse. Mild biscuity finish coupled with just a hinting bit of pepper, with a great aromatic almost smoke like aftertaste. Sweet caramel just a touch as well, but the sweetness definitely seems to standout above anything else.

A decent brew but seems to lack obvious large yeast and noticeable properties that seem to make the style so distinct. A very subtle garde but also real easy drinking because of that.

Mar 29, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. It's not too bad.

Smell: rather sweet and malty with a light note of toast. Nice enough, but it doesn't blow me away.

Taste: malty with a little toast and a light hint of funk. At first, the beer seems a little bit mild, but then the character begins to build. There is a good, slow-building bitterness, and the earthier elements start to come out more.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a great creaminess. This I like.

Overall: this is an interesting beer; it starts out a bit underwhelming but builds into something rather nice.

Feb 14, 2015
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I feel like I once tried this beer back in my NoVa days, but I can't be sure. Oh well, gonna haveta have it (potentially) again. Problems such as these... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear golden amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, light toffee, orange zest, a twinge of lemon peel, and a slight hint of what may or may not be apricot. The taste brings in more of the same, some spices tossed in for the sake of it, particularly black pepper and mild clove. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice beer, one I could see drinking again, though it's unlikely to find its way to the top of my prospective list.

Feb 03, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near opaque orange. It does not look like anything is suspended in the liquid, but an opaque hazed look. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second with light lace.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, caramel. Then a nice orange zest, maybe some apple skins as well.
T: Toasted malts, bread, caramel sweetness. Again, finishes with a fruity note. Orange, apple, and white pepper lingers.
M/D: A medium body. While not under carbonated at all, I was hoping for a more crisp bite. Plenty smooth though. Nice and simple to enjoy. Nothing wrong with that.

Nothing particularly pops, but still a simple malt and yeast character that works. If not particularly exceptional, still very enjoyable.

Dec 31, 2014
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JLSIV from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16oz tulip glass. Nice hazy orange-yellow color, short half finger head, dissipates to a constant foam film.

Aroma is mostly malt with some apple or pear in background.

Taste is a refreshingly sweet, somewhat cider like note. I detected some spice or dryness in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, yet refreshing, There is more crispness than expected.

Overall, I liked this and consider it an above average beer, First Bier de Mars, so I am far from being able to rate this against others in this type. I also think this is a style that should be drunk very fresh, and closer to season, which I unfortunately did not do. That being said, I would look for this again, and would look for the Brewer again as well.

Nov 30, 2014
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JayQue from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good slightly sweet malty beer. Nothing exceptional. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute. Hazy apple cider color with a medium size bubbly white head. Average retention and some scattered lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild, somewhat sweet malt, not so much caramel as a kind of apple cider aroma. Taste is similar, somewhat malty with a slight light fruit flavor. Very mild hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly sweet and nicely carbonated.

Overall pleasant enough but there is nothing memorable here,

Nov 21, 2014
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M_C_Hampton from Georgia

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper amber colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: slight spice and malt, lemon

T: sweet and malt up front with a little hint of lemon and cardamon

M: thinner with low carbonation

O: ok but nothing special

Nov 08, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of bready, mildy caramel malt, Belgian yeast, apple juice, light vinous mustiness. Flavor follows aroma with bready and caramel malt, light toffee, apple and grape juice, Belgian yeast; lightly buttery spicy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice domestic take on a Biere de garde, with a nice balanced variety of malt and fruit flavors, satisfying mouth feel. Nicely done.

Oct 16, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Pours clear amber with plenty of visible carbonation and a durable off-white head.

Aroma: more like a pilsner than expected, with earthy hops showing.

Flavor: certainly better than the aroma suggests. Moderate complexity. Mild bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Bready malts with faint fruity and spicy notes.

O: well seeking out.

Feel: excellent creamy but lively feel with medium+ body.

Oct 01, 2014
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - reddish golden color with white head

Smell - ? not picking up much at all with the nose, what I can detect is a hint of citrus

Taste - caramel, cherry, citrus

Mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing

Overall - my first time with this style, not a huge departure from a traditional amber ale. I'm glad to have tried this.

Jul 19, 2014
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden copper with a finger of head. The nose is yeasty and there is also some sweet note as well - syrup or perhaps molasses. The malt is quite forward considering the body is fairly light. There is the classic Belgian funky tartness but it is relatively mild. The finish is semi-dry.

Jul 06, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful sunshine yellow hue. Scant head of loose white foam that fell fast. Nose is forward with malt and it's a sweet cracker. Some earthy spice and a beautiful herbal that is sweet like the first grass. Floral but subtle. Orange citrus is in the background like it's just waiting to come out and show itself.

Tasste is lovely. It's a bit of dry biscuit and it's soft and delectable. It has a bit of sweetness to it and a lush earthy spice. Good carbonation keeps this dancing across the palate. The spice and the malty character are the foundation for a very delicate citrus. The orange is subtle and demure. It permeates the drink but never comes on too strong. It leaves you wanting more. There is a sweet grassy herbal that it tantalizing alongside the orange.

This beer is lovely.Malt forward in a way that is playful and with a fruit character that is as lovely as the thought of the fruit itself. I like this style very much and it's my first time with it. I would call it subtle and a bit savory with an elegant taste of fruit.

Jun 22, 2014
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No dating that I could find.

Nice pour, yellow with hints of red. 1/2 inch foamy head which sank to 1/4-1/8 inch fairly quickly. Interesting spidery lacing

very little aroma, some yeast, and a little fruit

enjoying the taste though, much stronger than anticipated. even a little alcohol burst toward the end. light to medium on the mouth. fairly dry finish.

Admit to not being that fond of Southampton beers, but this one is quite pleasant. certainly wouldn't pass it up again.

May 04, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southampton Biere De Mars has a thick, spongy, white head, and a hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, and a pretty substantial lace curtain left behind. The aroma is evocative of wheat, for sure, but one will pick up subtle spices, sweetness, and a wonderful toasted malt. Taste is of sweet, spiced bread and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Southampton Biere De Mars finishes semi-dry, a bit alcoholic, and quite drinkable.


Apr 10, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Oxidized orange with a glass consuming effervesce. A creamy 1 inch heather tinted head has longtivity while gracing the glass with a respectable snakeband laceing.

S: Nose of toasted sweet honey malt, toasted almond, fresh nobel flowers, with some sweet vienna accents. Finishes with a light earthy barnwood fade.

T: Flavor was sweet and toasty grains, vienna, dry caramel, immediatly followed by a musky scent. Sweet almond butter, honey, mixes with some fresh nobel flowery hops.

M: crisp, with a slick honey consistency, and sweet honey warmth on the inner cheeks.

O: Overall it feels like an octoberfest, sweetly malted with a bit of musky, yeasty saison quality. Nobel hop presence and a solid good making per style. Good drinkability.

Feb 19, 2014
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Givemebeer from Vermont

2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden with a surprisingly thin head and not much lacing

S: Light fruits and light grainy scents

T: Spicy and vague light fruit. Semi-dry finish

M: Light bodied

O: I really expected more out of this one. Could definitely say its refreshing, but thats about it. Scent and taste are weak and I would have liked a bit of a drier crisper finish. Definitely needs more to it if its going to be 6.5%

Feb 02, 2014
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curasowa from New York

3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, light brown color with a thin cap of head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Very bready, molasses, hints of ripe fruit.

Taste: Syrupy sweetness, bready malt, then a bit of funky yeast in the middle. Sourness builds on the back end, with some nutty and grain husk notes trailing in the finish which is fairly lingering.

The Rest: To be fair, this is a style I don't have a lot of expirence with. It reminds me somewhat of a dubble, but the malt and sweetness is just a bit too unbalanced.

Jan 12, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, pear, apple, grape, bread, clove, pepper, floral, herbal, light coriander, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, pear, apple, clove, pepper, light coriander, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, light fruits, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. A bit too dry on the flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good biere de garde style. Good complexity and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Needed a bit more malt in the flavors, but otherwise a nicely enjoyable offering.

Dec 15, 2013
Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 396 ratings