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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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 225
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1.75/5  rDev -53.7%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.11/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz Inflatablechair brought over tonight... Thanks Sammy!! Cool and a new to me brew.

Pours a light orange with a short lasting white head... little lacing or retention.

The nose is off-putting .... immediately makes me think of malt extract... a bit perfumy that could be hops or spices, but the thick maltiness is overpowering.... Sam says "oxidized" his palate/nose is miles ahead of mine.

Flavor is no better... tastes like an unfermented homebrew experiment... I can detect/identify nothing that comes across as hops or spice... just tons of malt (extract) ..

Palate seems thick and a light carbonation that does nothing to scrub the flavors off the tongue...

The first time in a looong time that Sam and I haven't finished even half a bottle.


I don't think this was a bad or old bottle... I just believe it wasn't done well. If I am wrong, somebody please approach me and I will happily trade for a different bottle. Cheers, Toby.

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2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz to pint glass. Sampled 4/7/11.

A: Small 1/2 finger foamy head, off-white in color and below average retention. The body is light golden orange and has brilliant clarity with a steady pace of bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Lacing is spare.

S & T: Malt dominant brew. No hops are detectable on the nose. Toast, must, wood, old sock. Mildly spicy. Touch of sweetness with a smooth boozy alcoholic note presented in cherry form.

M: Full body, thick and chewy. Lively carbonation. Good mouthfeel with points being deducted from the alcoholic texture and the finish, which should have been drier.

O: I thought this would be a style that Southampton would nail but this beer has an odd, very unpleasant aroma and flavor. Would like to try it on tap or (even better) the 750mL version some day for comparison.

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Photo of Herky21
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of steve8robin
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a BIF. 12oz bottle. Let's see..

A: Golden honey color with some nice orange tint. Small 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Sweet sugary malts with some nice strawberry blended in. Some hints of caramel and toffee. Not much else. Decent.

T: Kind of a strange tart bite to this one. Almost like a metallic bite. Kind of a dirty watery type taste. Hard to get past. Eh, not good.

M: Leaves a strange bite of aluminum in your mouth. Ok.

D: Hard to get past the strange metallic taste to this brew. Ok.

All in all, this brew was not good. The flavors it did have blended in a very unpleasant way. Don't bother hunting or trying if you have access.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. light copper color half inch head faded very quickly to just beer almost no lace. smells sweet and musty like old brewed tea. sweet malty taste hint of caramel, alcohol, oily feel to it after taste of old tea, poor carbonation overall very disappointed i have had southampton's double white which is excellent but i will not buy this beer again.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Givemebeer
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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%

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber gold in color with a thinner than expected head. The head eventually dies down to the point where it can't be swirled back up. Good clarity.

The aroma has some toasted malt, some caramel, some maple, and some spice. Not a ton of yeast character. A little bit of mustiness comes through, but came across as un-fresh and stale instead of earthy. The flavor follows with some toasty malt up front, a slight buttery flavor, and a bit of low quality caramel on the finish. Nothing to get excited about.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, and with medium carbonation. This beer isn't great, but I'll take another right now. I'm not in a picky mood tonight.

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2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Unibroue tulip.

A: Perfectly clear light amber body with an inch of creamy white foam. Pretty good retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Huh. Sharp lager-like sulfurous yeast, dry pilsner malt and some spicy phenols on the back end. Not what I was expecting, and not all that great.

T: Sweet fruits up front, then dry pilsner-like breadiness followed by a biting bit of chalky minerality on the finish. Complex, but slightly unpleasant, actually.

M: Active medium body; the carbonation starts sharp and finishes smooth. Nice.

D: Weird mix of malt sweetness and yeast dryness. I'm not really a fan.

Notes: While I'm normally a big fan of what Southampton does, this one left me cold. I have to admit I'm not terribly familiar with the Bière de Garde style, but this was by far the least enjoyable of the several examples I've had - although I have a sneaking suspicion that it might be the most closely representative one. I'll keep an open mind until I've had more opportunities to sample authentic European versions.


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Photo of avalon07
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was absolutely no head or lacing to speak of.

S: Aroma was very muted, but had traces of fruit, malt, and some phenols.

T: Tasted of malt, orange, some mild spices, but little else. This beer is just thin and watery without much character. Not at all what you expect from the style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does have a couple of decent qualities, but it fails in the flavor category.

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Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More like a golden bock beer, rather strong and even a little sweet. Very slight foam on the amber brew. A decent carbonation on the tongue. Beery and slightly perfumey aroma.

Fairly thick mouthfeel. Malty with a touch of butterscotch. I could not detect any of the Belgian flavors. I don't know how you would categorize this as a Biere de Garde or anything remotely in the style. Perfectly drinkable, but hard to rate it fairly. A scratchy finish with some winey bitterness.

From the 12 oz bottle, oddly enough available at the supermarket in DC.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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