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Southampton Biere De Mars | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Biere De MarsSouthampton Biere De Mars

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2004

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4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love the big classy bottle as it suits such a refined beer as this. Mid dark gold with a very fruity nose consisting of peaches and apples that are left on the orchard floor. The beer tastes very old but young at the same time. I loved the attention to detail and the fact that it tasted like straight from the farmhouse in France or Belgium. Food friendly yet able to stand alone as a sipper. Thanks to malto for exposing me to this wonderful brewer.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork is a bitch! Pours with three inches of head. Body is a clear copper. Smells really good. Toasted, caramel, biscuit malt with some cinnamon.

The smell does not prepare me for the taste. Tart, citric notes are prevalent, with the malt profile taking a back seat. Mouthfeel is great. Thick, yet it is still quite refreshing. Drinkable as hell.

This might be a good introduction to tart beers for someone who isn't acquainted with them. The malt can easily be perceived beneath the tartness. Big thanks to blitheringidiot for bringing this all the way from PA.

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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy peachy orange color with a nice active carbonation. The head is sparse over top, but I avoided the agressive pour to keep the wee beasties out of the beer this time. The nose is absolutely divine. It has the funkey barnyardy mustyness, but its not the dominant aroma. I get lemon soaked raisin and a light graineyness. Nothing too big, but working very well as a group. Flavor is very nice as as well. Initial swallow gives a slightly tart, musty feel, but it does not linger much after the initial swallow. I get lemony citrus and light grainey notes, but nothing really The aftertase is just slightly musty, lemoy and even a touch sweet. The feel is light to moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an incredily drinkable beer. I like the balance of all aspects. This is a style I often find to be a bit offensive, but this one is built very well.

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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. 2005 edition. Dark orange with a nice frothy head of eggshell white. Lacing ensues and is quite abundant in nature. Aromas are all about the cracked white and green pepper, fresh hay-like grass aromas jump out, and are rounded out by some nice sweet German/French maltiness. Taste is spicy and funky up front with some gueuze lambic notes, and some wild yeast/funk notes. The taste is rounded out by some nice German/French bready malts and some green awesome Northern French hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick, turning dry in the finish, which is spicy (pepper) and everlasting. Drinkability is intense and perfect for this most unique and staggering brew. wow, SPH is really coming back into the front of my mind these days, with brews like this masterpiece!

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4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Auburn in color with a billowy off-white head and even carbonation. Aroma is light, mildly spiced with a grape like sweetness to it. Light and invigorating are the keywords for the flavor as well. Starts off with a bit of lemon/orange crispness -- just a hint tart but not at all puckering. The beer develops a sweeter character in the mid-palate which strengthens as it warms. Finishes with a gentle, floral hop flavor, and just a delicate note of burnt/roasted malts lingers into the aftertaste. Somewhat creamy in mouthfeel from the head and even carbonation, but overall light-bodied and refreshing. Very, very easy to drink a whole bottle of this. Another winner from Southampton.

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4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far the best thing about this beer was it's incredible smell. A full-bodied aroma with strong strawberry characteristics. Southamton's Biere De Garde, now becoming a popular follow-up to the well accepted US Saisons - prove they take this seriosuly. Pours with a radiant orange hue and clean white head. Subtle and small carbonated bubbles remind us of handcrafted qualities. Sour fruit front followed by clean, dry, earthy finish.

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4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from gold foil wrapped caged cork 750ml bottle(room temp) a hazy medium gold with an ample head of foam that lasts right down to the very last drop.

The smell is really sweet...notes of candy caramel dominate.

The taste starts off caramel sweet in a big way but then there's an infusion of sour notes that turn this baby around and make for a very interesting balance of flavours. Sweet and sour? Yeah, you betchya and my taste buds are *not* complaining at all because the end result is a full flavoured brew that's giving me "hell yeah" moments every time I take a sip. My hat is off to Southampton for yet another highly drinkable brew that "deviates" from the norm.

Bottom line: You *have* to try this one if you get the chance...the uniqueness in flavours that I'm experiencing demand it. Highly recommended!

Another winner, thanks to Nutbrown!

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The rich, deep orange color of this biere is quite a sight, and the head is just as amazing. It was huge on an easy pour and pillowy soft showing a lot of retention.

Smell – The farmlike grassy notes are light but came out first. The malty backbone was very pleasant and reminded me of a good Abbey Trippel. The citrus hops were noticeable as well, but it was that big malty nose that took me back to the Blind Tiger where I first had this one on-tap.

Taste – This biere is just as big at the taste as it is in the nose. The orangy, syrupy malt base is a real mouthful. The hops are still able to make themselves known and come along with some very interesting spices. It’s hard to pin them down but they are very sharp and herbal.

Mouthfeel – The good, live carbonation is very important to this big guy. It isn’t full-bodied but is well past medium. The mouthfeel is very intense here. The plethora of sensations from the various flavors, mixed with the creamy nature of the biere and sparkling carbonation, make this a pleasure to consume.

Drinkability – This is an exciting biere that I really enjoyed. The boys at Southampton really nailed this style and showed great attention to every aspect of this ale.

Comments – I’ll toss out a big, huge thanks to Davo for sending me this gem in the mail after first introducing me to it at the Blind Tiger.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 750 ml corked bottle shared with 2 friends. The color is an amber/orange blend with a thin head that goes readily to laciness. The beer is spicy with a pale malt aroma. The flavor is a sweet citrus combination of orange, tangerine, and a clean malt flavor. The beer taste rather crisp because of its carbonation. The citrus flavors leave a lingering sweetness on the palate as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark orange colored brew topped in a nice covering of white foam that stands its gound pretty well. The aroma is complex with nice hop bitterness as well as a nice sweet backround of malts and fruits. Herb and spice hints come in to play followed by some citrus.

The body is pretty big, but not huge. The flavor is absolutely wonderful. Dark sweet fruits and balance well with spices. There is a big malt presence, but the spices and herbs really make for an interesting experience. It is very smooth and rich. As the temperature starts to rise, it becomes even more deliteful. This is yet another winner from Southampton.

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4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Very smooth taste. Aroma doesn't justify the taste. Must try on tap not bottle

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4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate from a Publick House 750ml bottle.

Big thanks to Ryan. Pours a really pretty hazy light orange with a thin soapy head. Attractive, delicate aroma full of pears, peaches, bread, and hops. Very pleasant in the mouth, full and smooth. Love Southampton. So rustic and fresh, unique always. Very saison-like, but a bit softer and more contemplative than most, and less of a hop presence. The only points off really come from a slightly hot bittering finish, which doesn’t meld quite right. A beautiful beer.

I've had this from the more recent 12oz bottles as well, and a bunch of times on tap. it never compared to that first 750ml Publick House bottle, which was just lovely in its fine nuance and subtlety.

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4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer extricates itself from the 750ml green bottle an obfuscated copper color, the head Brontosauric in size, creamy in texture and after dissolving the lace forms a thick and clinging blanket upon the glass. The nose has a the aroma of over ripe apples with a nice yeast presence, citrus crisp, also notice a hint of mustiness, a fine sniffer this one, start is lightly sweet, pleasing malt presence with the top light to middling in feel. Finish is ferine in its acidity, the hops dynamic in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a very fine representative to the style, quite pleasing to the palate and a great beer to share on “Fathers Day” with all the fathers past, present and future, also my thanks goes to the “Evil One” his own self, Master Davo, Great BA, Great person, and best of all a “Great Friend”!

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4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NoLiberty for cracking this open! Had the opportunity to share this '05 brewery corked bottle with he and grassrootsVT...
Appears a glowing amber with an off white head that seems to stick around nicely. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the interior of the classic PBR goblet(what a gem).
Smell is of caramel, biscuit, yeasty dough, and spice. Caramunich in action, baby!
Taste is of the same aromas that are tantalizing me...what else is there to say?
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and slightly sticky.

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4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale golden liquid with mild haziness and a small but persistent head.

S: Upfront hop plantyness that is crisp and almost minty without some of the other hop aroma's being present. There is also a round malty smell with distinctive farmhouse astringent character.

T: Some fruity esters I am accustomed to tasting in tripels are present. The hop flavor is noticeable, yummy, but still subtle. The maltyness is present but there is a dry crispness that may be due to the use of Brettanomyces yeast. The dry crispness along with astringent tastes is a vague description of what I have now come to classify as a "rustic" taste. This "rustic" character is present and interesting in this beer.

M: Medium body with moderate to high attenuation and light but crisp carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Mild cloyingness.

Notes: Awesome beer! Mine's 2008 bottle 163 of 250. Phil Markowski and Southampton come through again.

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4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a rocky head the webs the glass

Smell: A friuty/bready aroma, with hints of peach and floral herbs

Taste: Fruity opening, with a building orange peel-influenced herbal aspect that adds a bit of pepper and rustic funk, too; more of the same, after the swallow, with a lingering grainy/peppery/medicinal herb flavor profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; prickly

Drinkability: Interesting and complex; the funk, fruit and medicinal herb qualities are very impressive

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4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is subtle, but has some sweetness and some citrus - very little funk. The flavor caught me off guard. It's got a tart kick that I wasn't expecting. The tartness dies off quickly leaving a well-blended citrus and sweetness mixture that does good things for the palate. The body is on the low end of medium, but fitting, and the drinkability is very good.

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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split the bottle with trbeer.
Pours light orange, yellow and amber hues with a a big off-white head that leaves a sheen of lace on the goblet.
Aroma of hay, grass, light fruits, real perfumey. Some earthy herbs and spices mulling in the background. Hint of coriander and allspice as well.
Flavor had a distinctly malty note which didn't really come throuhg in the nose. Light caramel and then some more musty, rustic flavors took over. Slightly spicy, but very subtle. Lots fo bready/doughy tones as well.
Mouthfeel was medium to a hair lighter, very effervescent and alive on the palate. Bittering served as a compliment to the malty and floral notes.
Drinkability was very high. SPH simply does not make a mediocre beer. Top notch brew, really enjoyable.

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