Southampton Biere De Mars | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Biere De MarsSouthampton Biere De Mars
396 Ratings
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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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a delicate mix of caramel malt sweetness, Victory malt nuttiness, and a wonderful yeast fruitiness. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, caramel flavor with a subtle yeast fruitiness. It's mellow with a faint nuttiness and silky finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good beer; true to style and quite delicious.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-06-12 and again on 2012-05-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost-clear gold with a very short white head that fades quickly with mild lace.

S - My favorite part of this beer. Fruit, grain and spice. Trying to narrow it down, I get a whiff of apple, the smell of the skin of a fresh grape, hay and light grain.

T - Surprised me since it wasn't what I expected based on the smell. There's orangelike citrus, grape skin, caramel malt, light touch of white pepper and the pallete is cleansed with a light green apple bitterness.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. A little oily but mostly crisp.

O - I quite liked it. No over-the-top flavors; just a solid, good tasting beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Café, Philly, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a clear golden orange with no head to speak of by the time it reached me. Thin aroma, bready, with hints of peach. Taste was fruity up front, peach and banana, yeasty in the background, followed by a distinct sour citrus zest, and a lingering bitterness. Medium body and smooth; fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper red color with a finger of frothy head atop. The head fades down slowly to a half-finger layer leaving behind some lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet caramel malts and just a touch of earthy malts. There is also a bit of sweet fruit esters and some yeast.

T - Starts off with some sweet toasted caramel malt and some earthy hops. There is a bit of yeast and fruity esters mixed in as well. Through the middle, some stronger yeast flavor and some spices come through. The finish is a mix of sweet malt and citrus fruits and some yeast character that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and crisp with only a bit of a syrupy feeling.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are all really nicely balanced. The toasted caramel malt flavor in particular is really nice that it avoids tasting coppery.

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Photo of wcintula
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz standard brown bottle, capped. Pours out a light caramel color with a very small white head that doesn't last. I actually poured this pretty hard but based on looks, it appears low in carbonation. Smell is very malty with toffee and slight chocolate notes come through. I am reaching here as I can't just find much.

Taste shows that it is plenty carbed. Very "spritzy" on the tongue. Mostly malt coming through with some solid earthy biscuit as well. Crystal clear. Spicing is very mild and no trace of alcohol that I can find. Lovely bitter-ish (think grassy) ending that gives this beer another dimension.

Overall, a very drinkable beer that I will try again soon.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bright amber/orange color with a short cap of whitish foam. A little bit of lacing, decent head retention. Crockery malt aroma, grassy and spicy hops, rich maltiness, hint of fruit. Medium/light bitterness, malty with a bready, sugary sweetness, biscuity, a little spicy in the finish. Lingering sweetness with faint herbal hops. Nice texture, medium bodied with lowish, nearly creamy carbonation. Semi-dry. I liked this quite a bit. It was highly drinkable and had a rich malty backbone.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Barrel, served in a tulip glass. I've only had a few biere de Garde's, and the best ones haven't been traditional so keep that in mind as you read this review.

Look: clear, orange body with a thick, frothy white head that retains quite nicely and leaves a good amount of lacing behind as I drink. Good looking beer.

Smell: spicy with some bread like maltiness, and a little fruit.

Taste: fruity with some citrus, grain, and spices like pepper. Its a little tangy in the finish and the result is that this tastes like not quite a saison. Good.

Feel: medium body, moderate carbonation, and fairly dry. This could be sessioned easily enough despite the 6.5% alcohol content.

Overall: quite a good offering from Southampton. Nice flavor, and I'm thinking that given my lack of experience with this style that its probably more or less to style, considering that brewmaster Phil Markowski wrote the book on farmhouse ales, literally. I would give this one a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour this aggressively and you'll be rewarded with a huge head and foam on the floor. Do the whole "prefect pour" thing and the head will be a little lacking. In both cases some nice lacing will be left behind as the amber beer goes down your gullet. And it goes down pretty easily for the taste follows the smell exactly, so no reason to speak of them as individual elements. Both have cardamom right up front and center, backed up by malts that are not quite to caramel, but more than biscuit and a bit toasty. There's an herbal, almost vegetal flavor beyond the cardamom and the mouthfeel is a bit grassy with a medium body.

It's not a beer that I'd drink a whole lot of once, even though the 6.5% ABV makes it possible for those who are used to the big beers. The beer is quite flavorful and it really fatigues the taste buds after a couple, but the taste complexities are worth the effort.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth crisp mildly fizzy off-white colored head... Slight retention at best gives way to a thick collar and minimalistic lacing... The color is a mix of warm orange and caramel... Some small bubbled sluggish carbonation climbs along the sides of the glass...

S - Toasted malts... Caramel... Some sweet fruits... Toffee... Simple, straight-forward, and inviting, but exceedingly timid...

T - Malty to start... Raisins... Assorted sweet fruits... Light colored caramel... Toffee... Toasted malts... Notes of cereal grains... A very remote spice presence... Some mild hop presence on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Rather smooth... Crisp carbonation... Slightly sticky... A bit of a dry finish...

D - A very nice unique spring seasonal offering from the fine folks at Southampton... Nothing remarkable and nothing off putting... Simple, straight forward, and most importantly rather tasty...

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: spicy and sweet is all you can say about the aroma.

Taste: caramel, pepper, grass, ripe apples, big honey flavors, and a moderate bitterness. There is a general earthy tone that arrives late. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Overall: a nice spring beer that is more of a slow drinking beer, but nicely flavorful and satisfying.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and lively orange color with a small white and bubbly head. Not much head retention. Smells of light hops in the background after some subtle estery fruity notes.

Taste is interesting when diagnosed. Its subtly fruity, just like the smell, but not cloyingly. A sweet honey taste wins out over that taste, however, and is followed by a hoppy and sort of abrupt finish. There's a bitterness to the finish. The beer becomes further complex with an alcohol zest that lingers after the swallow. It's a really interesting beer and complex but fairly refreshing and easy to drink. One criticism, however, is a slight wateriness to the mouthfeel that may be overlooked if your not looking for it, but it is noticeable. Otherwise, its a pretty good beer, and one that will have your taste buds working hard.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Southampton Mega Tasting beer, thanks to beerworld for this original 2008 bottling, #141 of #250.

A - This looks a lot like the last couple Southampton beers we had. Big white head, little bit of lace, golden looking brew with slight haze.

S - I get some very strange notes on this one, menthol, eucalyptus, honey, mint, camomile tea, as well as some yeast and sweet malts. Not really doing it for me, also not sure that this is what it is suppose to smell like, but the bottle is somewhat older.

T - Taste is a little better than the smell, with some of the weird herbal notes more muted. I still get some mint and tea along with some honey. Truth is, the taste on this whole thing is quite mild. It is a little champagney, and reminds me of drinking some type of champagne-water.

M - Decent carbonation, lighter, dry finish.

O - Not a huge fan, some of the tastes a re just a little too off for me. Glad to have tried the original bottling, but either it hasn't held up well or it was just off to begin with.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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 Sean9689
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Southampton Mega Tasting! Bottle #141/250...original batch brewed at the Publik House.

A - Pours yellow, clear, white head, thin ring.

S - Yeasty funk, cloves, wheat, slight sweetness, orange peel.

T - Similar to the nose. Yeast, wheat, some sweetness, citrus.

M - Light, crisp, dry finish.

O - Meh, not my kinda beer. Not really digging this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, orange-esque body with a thin head, white in color, a bit scant due to the generous pour you can get in these places.

Smell: Sweetish, faintly bready, with a note of caramel squares and sparsely tart juiced orchard fruits.

Taste: Sweetish at the start, then, a bit more sweet, with a sip of caramel-flavored water growing into a fuller caramel taste. A bit of bread as well as some yeast-laden dough. Fruity traces of apple and peach. No more than a hint of herb with a light bitterness imparted from the hops. Small hint of the alcohol on the drying, growingly tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tasty beer and fairly refreshing, making it an ideal Springtime brew. Though, in this instance, I had it on-tap, it is nice to see it available in 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber color with one finger of fluffy white head.

The scent is of citrus and floral hops.

The taste is pretty sweet, citrus peel, moderate floral hop presence and notes of spice.

Light bodied, clean and crisp, high carbonation.

This is definitely a good warm weather beer, very refreshing and it has good flavor also.

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Photo of HoganRJ
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clean amber color with a nice pale head

The nose is treated with a clean citrus floral aroma

The taste is predominately tangy orange peel and spice. It has a very mild hop finish to it to round it out.

In the mouth it is dry with a fine carbonation.

This is a very good spring beer to start changing your pallet over from the great darker beers of winter. I was so impressed With it on tap that I had to bring a growler home. If you are in Southampton I highly recommend trying it. Enjoy!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange gold. White head settles quickly into low foam and a light dusting.

S - Honey, apple butter, malt, white bread, green apple.

T - Soft malt and caramel are the primary flavors. Mild apple with herbal notes of tarragon and sage play a supporting role.

M - Surprisingly full body. Finish is lightly sweet and leaves you with a nice bready aftertaste.

O - Great flavor, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Maybe the best SH I've had to date.

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Photo of drtth
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a fairly clear copper/orange color with a ¼" white head that soon recedes leaving little lacing. For most of the beer sipping leaves only the occasional tiny speck of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is biscuity and fruity with some peach and apple.

Taste: The flavors are partly predicted from the nose but there is also a touch of honey-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with some lightly prickly moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and fruity with a moderately long tail off into a pleasant spicy dry ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a nicely drinkable beer that I could see having again one day. I'll not go out of my way to get it but I'll certainly not pass it by if I've another chance to have one. My overall impression is that this is a very good beer that has several virtues and few weaknesses.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Biere De Mars
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

Appearance: Hazy as appropriate for style. Deep golden/orange body beneath a frothy head of white. Very good head retention. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Malty and spicy. Sugary bread. Fruity (apple, apricot).

Taste: Spicy upfront over a bready, biscuity malt base. Spice actually increases across the middle. Grassy and spicy towards the swallow. Somewhat herbal. Fruitiness includes some orange. Finishes with some lingering malt but still dry due to the spice, herbal notes, and perhaps some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full in body. The fine-bubbled median carbonation gently bristles the tongue. Creamy.

Overall: Impressive structure. Very nicely put together. It's big, but not to big; and the spicing is full but not overdone. Well balanced. Flavorful. Still refreshing. Quite nice!

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Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
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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Photo of medic25
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ommegang goblet. Nice amber-orange color with a thick white head. Spicy aroma. Sweet flavor at first taste, with a nice peppery compliment and a little bit of bitterness. The tail end drys up nicely. A little hint of alcohol, but overall very refreshing beer. Nice to taste a good American made version of this style.

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Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber/copper with a golden hue and a thin white head that settles to a decent film and leaves great lacing.

decent amount of cellar must and lemony citrus with a soft maltiness that works to make a decent aroma.

maltiness hits first provided a light toast and caramel sweetness, followed by some lemon pepper and a touch of the funky must on the finish. a touch of booze after the swallow.

fluffy, a bit light bodied, with prickly carbonation and a boozy heat.

overall, pretty good. not terribly familiar with the style, but this is a tasty brew I wouldn't mind on a temperate spring day.

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 396 ratings
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