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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2004

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a true honey gold/orange with a white head that reduces to a white skim ring. The foam kinda sticks to the side of the glass. Nice clarity, no bubbles rising.

Honeyed malt and bread aromas, and some type of baking spice. I wanted more yeastiness and husk funk, but surprisingly, the sweet nose (some floral notes as well) is very pleasant for the style.

Honeyed malt up front. Smooth brew, but the 6.5% surprisingly asserts itself. Toasty notes and sweetness slowly and wonderfully turn to bitterness. This brew is a little soft, and might need a bit of a bite. Funny enough, this is not a beer that grow on you over time, but actually appeals to you less as you drink it. Too bad.

Medium bodied, some mouth-coating elements.

Many likable elements, but just misses on a few areas. A little mushy, a little soft. Not a great intro to the style, but not horrible either.

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Photo of LAND_MINE
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a hazy golden cider like color with a thin layer of head that is off white and dissipates almost immediately, leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: nice scent with notes of cereal grains and what id compare to a scent of rice crispies, also has an underlying white grape fruit juice notes
T: a very interesting taste, nice but overall interesting, its interesting because i get notes of dark fruits which i really hadnt expected given how light it is in appearance, i must admit im not familiar with the style
M: medium carbonation tingle, smooth and slightly thick, leaves the mouth feeling slightly tingley
O: it is enjoyable enough, i could drink a couple but i must be honest im not particularly fond of the style, that is, if this is a good representation of the style

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerGodz
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Bright golden color, clear, thin head with little retention and decent lacing

Smell: A mish mosh of spices, bready malt. After it warms up, it get some buttery tones

Taste: Up Front: Spices, sweet malt. Finish: Hops, bready malt

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body with a medium carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing & thirst quenching, finishes dry and fast

Overall Impression: This is a French style Farmhouse ale with some spices added. It is not aggressively spiced, and they do work with this style rather well. It is an interesting, inexpensive brew, so it's definitely work checking out!

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Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden with a dense white head that leaves plenty of fine lace on the glass. Toasted grain and caramely fruity sweetness and faint floral hop and spice aroma. Mild tasting with white fleshed fruit, some faint Belgian spice and mild toffee sweetness balanced with slightly dry yeast and a mild noble hop bitterness. Medium light bodied with seltzery carbonation. A tasty lighter beer that's good for cooling off on a hot day.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rustic amber with a short head. Slightly chill hazed with effervescent carbonation.

N: Caramel, lemon, grass and hay.

T: Immediately get hit with clean caramel along with notes of lemon and toffee. This is followed by candy sugars and a hint of earth. Finishes somewhat musty with some hay and grassy noble hops.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: Incredibly refreshing and easy drinking. Great for warmer weather.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of rustic malt with lightly sweet undertones. Taste is dominated by sweet notes upfront with some rustic malt and light fruity ester. This is probably a tad too sweet for my liking. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good though probably tad more sweet then some of its overseas cousin.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I will make this quick, but bottom line is I really like this cheap beer I found. A great deal at under $8 for a sixer. It is pretty looking with a great reddish hue, sweet and malty smelling and very refreshing and fruity notes of grapfruit and mango. I will be having many more of these. I am gaining more and more respect for Southampton. Gonna try their Grand Cru and Abt 12 soon. Mark my words.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Helter Skelter BIF from GFunk720.

Wow is this brilliantly clear. I could see for miles and miles through this thing. This is sorta coppery gold with a pinkish/orange accent and a nearly white head that rose up a finger and half. Lacing leaves a neat tight little ring, like concentric circles.

On first sip it is hard not to mention the champagne-like mouthfeel and crisp dry finish. This is very interesting in that regard... it is like a slightly thicker champagne. Lots and lots of very fine and dainty carbonation make this dance across your palate.

The nose is a little weak, but I smell some sweet malts and some earthy/dank musty vibe. The taste shows off the sweet malt but adds a nice bitter side that combines with the earthy dankness to provide a sweet, bitter, and funky collection of flavors.

This is my first from Southampton, and though I would not go out and buy this beer regularly, I am certainly now interested in trying more offerings by them.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see the Biere de Mars in 12 ounce bottles even though this one is being contracted at the old Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe, PA. Appears a nice copper amber hue with a bright white head fine delicate head soft carbonation forms intricate fine lacing going on. Aroma has mild spices with caramel malts going on with a mild funk character going on from the yeast used, also earthy citrus notes in the background with centennial hops utilized. Flavor has a spiced creamy caramel tone with sharp finishing bitterness herbal and mild citrus tones crazy brew. Mouthfeel has a medium body with sturdy carbonation going on, finishes dry with spice additions. Drinkability overall is tasty stuff, that I appreciate contract 12 ounce bottles of but would much rater see it in 750ml bottles brewed by Phil at Sly Fox Royersford.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a short dense head that dissipates into a sparse cap. The aroma seems to be strong on the coriander, sweet and floral. A nice sweet malt body that is pushed around by the coriander flavor, some pepper, honey, and a general fruity flavor. Not overly sweet seems to have good balance to the sweetness. The coriander is a bit too present for my liking. A nice moderate body with crisp carbonation, drinks very well. Finishes sweet for the most part with perhaps a slight earthy bitterness. An enjoyable brew but too heavy on the coriander. Most of the other flavors seems to be dominated by the coriander.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours a clear copper color with half a finger of head that quickly recedes to the collar.

S: I'm getting bready malts, a bit of rye perhaps?, more wet bread, and a touch of fruitiness.

T: And we have more wet bread, more rye, a bit of metallic flavoring, and some dark fruit notes in the background.

M: It's medium bodied and creamy.

D: This tastes like a sweeter and thicker version of Belhaven, believe it or not.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap at capones.

A- bright yellow with orange highlights. Small cap of loose head that dissipates into a ring.

S- tons of fresh cut grass and other lush vegitaion. Crisp hops and some honey.

T- green grass and spicy yeast,reminds me of zubrovka. A small honey hit.

M- medium to thin in body with a great refreshing amount of carb. Nice and light on the palate and a bone dry finish.

D- nice and easy drinking super refreshing and lots of flavor.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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

I had out of a 750 ml bottle. Expensive.
A- It's a very clear copper beer with a white bubbly head that doesn't leave much lace.
S- Yeasty and citrusy.
T- It's a very smooth and mild beer. There's a sweetness there, Caramel or citrus. Maybe both. Good relaxing beer even if nothing truly jumps out.

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

On tap at Capone's, served into a pint glass.

Smell, pretty spicy, hits of orange peel, nutmeg, and a grainy flavor I can't specifically identify.

Taste, very big notes of spices that are noticeably from the yeast. Bready flavors swim along with the heavy spices, with the malt body trying to keep everything in check. Very good Belgian-esque flavors, but the flavors from the yeast just seem to take everything else hostage with no ransom note.

Overall, A beer I've wanted to try for a while, and I'm glad I did. I was just hoping for more tart or sour flavors. I can think of better examples of the style, but this is a quality example. Its just not head of the class.

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Photo of bruachan
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber hue with a decent thin head that leaves some nice lacing

spicy and orangezesty aromas, with sweet farmhouseness. some dried apricot

quite malty for a farmhouse ale. prominent hop character. the spice lends a slightly funky character, which, i think, the hops are contributing to. toasty and nutty flavors from restrained kilning. actually it's quite toasty. but there's not much sign of farmhouse, to be honest

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wcintula
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll say what probably many who try this beer may think (and say) that it's a very interesting beer. It pours golden with a brown/orange hue with a thinner head. The smell upfront is a strong spice which I can't quite place, but I'd describe it as savory. This is a beer that may need some meat to back it up, definitely needs to be paired with a meal. The spice fades a bit as I drink on revealing a sweeter honey like flavor beneath. Lacking in hops I wanted something with an older mustier taste to it. The beer is a little sticky but not bad by any right.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer from trade with jrgratz (though the bottle looks more pedestrian than the picture here). Thanks! Pours clear copper with small white head. Aroma smells like a lager/marzen. Sweet malt with a hint of spice. Flavor has up front yeast funk with a bit of spice and bitterness. Lingering funk on the palate. Light mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for sharing this one. 750ml Publick House bottling from 2008. #141 of 250. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - These Southampton beers all look pretty similar, and that's a good thing. Nice fluffy multiple fingers of white foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, but with only mild lace. Hazed, dark golden straw body - perhaps a touch darker than the previous brews.

S - Some spicy esters, wheat, yeast, and toasted grains. Pale malt sweetness and light stone fruits. Somewhat dull, although it may be due to the age?

T - Pleasant blend of pale malt sweetness, light wheat and toasted grains, and spicy Belgian yeast. Hop character is long gone, if there was much to begin with.

M - Zesty soft carbonation, a slightly watery medium-light body. Finishes clean with only light residual stickiness.

D - I'm guessing this was better around March 2008. At this stage it's mostly bland and inoffensive. Not something I'd seek out again, but no major flaws either. I'm curious how it compares to a fresh bottle of the 12oz contract brewed version.

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Photo of dandp88
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing and good retention as well.

S- The aroma is fruity and a little bit bready as well with an almost honey-like sweetness

T- The taste starts out with sweet toasted malty flavors and a dose of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southampton Biere de Mars is a beer that is definitely worth a try. Don't know if I like it enough to purchase again but am glad I tried it.

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
3.78 out of 5 based on 396 ratings.
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