Southampton Biere De Mars | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Biere De MarsSouthampton Biere De Mars
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
224
Ratings:
396
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A toned down saison, and that's a good thing. Primarily a sour at palate, intense flavour not for everyone. I liked it but was not expecting this. Citrus in aroma. A wild take on the actual style from the rudimentary few I have had of the style so far.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just found this at a small grocery in central new york. was in a 6er and the bottles were dusty. i knew it couldnt be the freshest, as this is traditionally a springtime release, but i picked it up because id never had anything from southampton and didnt feel like a becks, which was my next best choice unfortunately. was happily delighted by this beer, which pours a toasted orange color, more clear than i am used to in the style, with effervescent carbonation and a short off white head. the nose is fruity like orange rind, with some mild sweetness and belgian style yeast spice tones. flavor matches up, with a really bright feel attatched to the fruit and spice, there is nothing heavy about this brew at all. crackery crisp in the finish, with the zesty orange lasting all the way through the flavor matrix. this is a beautiful beer, balanced and clean, i could only imagine how nice it might be fresh. light body, down easy. if i wasnt sharing the 6er i would have put it down alone easily. this makes me want to drink more beers from this place, nice brew!

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear, light golden amber with a moderate sized white and foamy head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: Caramel malts really dominate the aroma; there are also some hints of hops and vanilla.
T: There are moderate flavors of caramel, biscuity malts and other spices, which are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is some sweetness in the overall taste and the finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and crisp on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and would be great to sit outside with on a nice spring day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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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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 kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired today in a trade with the gracious michaellcoates - thanks again, man! Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery; this is me first Southampton beer. I like the label art for what it is. 6.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with orange label and copper branded pry-off cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served cold, straight from me freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour. Slight cream. Decent thickness. Good (~4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a somewhat understated copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is okay.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for the style. No overt flaws are obvious, but it's far from unique or special.

Sm: Honey, floral hops, flowers, nice caramalt and vienna malt, light nectary character (but not in a hop-derived sense), red/amber malts, and pollen. The red malts are dominant; there's a definite Irish Red character to it. Light yeasty notes elude distinct identification. Very pleasant and approachable all around; I can't wait to try this. Great for the style. Certainly one of the better aromas for a Biere de Mars I've ever come across. I wouldn't call it farmhouse; there's not much in the way of funkiness or brettanomyces yeast. But damn is it lighthearted, balanced, and inviting. Fresh and luxurious. Moderately strong.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Flowers and red malts are the first thing that hit me. Complementary pale malts, light caramalt, and crisp vienna malt follow. Floral hops are well integrated, working well with the malty body. Hints of pollen and nectar. Not getting any funkiness, brettanomyces, or alcohol. Lightly grainy and bready. Excellent balance. Good build, though it could bring more to the table in terms of complexity and subtlety. Somewhat doughy. Not really fruity at all except for a hint of cherry on the climax. On the sweeter end of the sweet/bitter scale, but never too sweet. Honey. Decent depth of flavour. Good flavour intensity and duration for the style. Really liking this one.

Mf: A biteen crisp. Smooth and wet. Refreshing and enjoyable without compromising in terms of body. Good thickness. Not oily, harsh, or biting. Pleasant and approachable. Facilitates flavour delivery well and feels tailored to the flavour profile; it certainly enhances the flavours. Impressive execution. Unburdened by the vienna malts - which I'd normally think would be difficult to control in a biere de mars. Good carbonation.

Dr: Drinkable as hell, hiding its ABV quite well. I'd kill this brew by the 6er. It'd be a definite mainstay in me fridge if I lived in its distribution area. As my first Southampton beer, it instantly convinces me the hype surrounding the brewery is likely justified. Solid execution for the style. Very impressive stuff. I'd definitely get it again and would recommend it to friends. Anyone who feels like biere de mars as a style is simply an inferior cousin of the saison needs to try this. A solid brew in the style from Southampton; this may well be my point of reference for the style going forward.

High B-

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Southampton mixed 12 pack. Pours a somewhat dark golden color. Smallish head to it.. very strong aroma, wine like almost. Medium to full bodied... very sweet beer. Good mouthfeel, quite carbonated. Reminds me a lot of champagne tastewise.. even a bite of alcohol in there. Not totally into this style but this one isn't bad... give me an IPA or Amber over this one for sure but definitely drinkable and a good change of pace beer for a unique style.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a lighter amber shade with one finger sticky slight off white head atop.Aromas a lightly spiced with some breadiness and mild citrus fruits.flavors are also lightly spiced with yeasty tones along with some pear and more citrus.A pretty basic but pleasant Biere de Garde,I imagine it would be very food friendly,I would have liked a little more pilsner malt flavor to come through.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at cobblestones, York PA on 3/16/11.

A very clear golden tea color with some honey-like amber hues with a thick ecru cap w/ microbead and lace clings in a film. The smell is strong apple and spice in aroma with subtle tinge of toasted malt, but a hair away from bready with mild malt odors and light hops which are slightly fruity but an aroma of apple muffins comes to mind. The feel has a mild sweet and fruity texture with moderate yeast tanginess and mild spice with gentle malt toatiness. The beer is moderately carbonated with semi-dry finish w/ light tannic element.

The taste is good w/ a nice blend of malt tinges and yeast flavor which gives a nice apple and spice flavor w/ light appleskin tannin in the finish. Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer, not really one I would order repeatedly because it comes off as slightly sweet after the first few sips and lacks some malt of a more traditional example IMO.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at mid-town in Tulsa

Pours a fairly bubbly bronze with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Sheets & sheets of lacing, fairly average head retention

S: Green apples & peach, fades as it warms

T: Follows the nose, along with a touch of leafy hops & rich breadyness & a touch of honey up front. Dryness & fruittyness prevail as this warms. Finishes crisp, fruitty & with a slight bit of pear sweetness& apple tartness, plus a touch of candi sugar

MF: Firm carbonation to go a with a fairly impressive body. Thickens up as it warms, but still maintains great carbonation level

Drinks really easy, a good take on the style. Hopefully some fresh bottles will be around next spring, when I'm more into this style. Still holds up nicely on a hot Summer night..

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear light golden amber in color with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a three quarter finger tall creamy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel and biscuit malts with lighter notes of light fruit sweetness (apple) as well as some light hints of citrus/orange hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and biscuit malts with some light fruit sweetness (apples). There are some light hints of spices as well as some very light amounts of citrus/orange hops. Overall the beer is slightly sweet upfront with only hints of bitterness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly crisp.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable though fairly malty - pairs really nicely with some spicy foods.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger head that settles to nothing. No lace. The broth is a dark golden color and nearly clear.

Mildly sour nose.

This has the sourness that one expects from a Farmhouse styled beer. Mostly malty but there is a touch of light spice from the hop. Smooth body with a long peppery aftertaste. Lowly carbonated.

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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 RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a pretty thick cream head. Nose is malty sweet and smooth. Flavor brings the same. Smooth sweet tone with a minor earthy bitter backside. Nice. Good carbonation and a nice liquid body. Quite tasty. Very good. A real pleasure to drink. Only 250 bottles a year? Well that's a shame.

Bottle 106 compliments of BeerWorld. A damn fine trader.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at House of Brews. Served in a CCB snifter.

Appearance - Deep golden body. Served with a huge white head. Surface foam lasts forever but thins out. Lacing clings inside the glass.

Smell - Really estery. Apples and a strong malt presence. Simple but pleasant farmhouse aroma.

Taste - Extremely malty. Pale malts and esters give off of a sweet apple and caramel flavor. Bitter finish. I get a slightly oaky flavor at the very end that is a little unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Seems heavy because of all the malt flavor. Well carbonated and fairly bitter.

Overall - Not what I expected when I ordered it. Not interesting enough to overcome its flaws.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I may be drinking this beer six months too late, in September, but you won't tell anyone, will you?
Lovely, lovely beer in the glass, a nice, hazy amber hue, a million tiny particles at play around and about, while a solid, 1/4" head of creamy beige foam rests proudly on top.
Aroma is a beautiful mess, a musty citric mix of yeast and spice, a sweet and sour symphony, tickling the nose, urging on the tongue.
...and there, only nice things can happen, only happiness may occur. A warm wave washes over me when the brew slides down, it cheers up my every cell, and brightens each and every pore. Tastes good, too!
A lemony, bready, citric cakey quality reigns in the flavor, sparks the tongue, and pleases the palate. Little bit of green apples, cherries, honey, and certain spices, as well, and, in fact, there's much more happening here than I can authoritatively claim. Spicy kick on the 'buds only further enhances my enjoyment through this brew. Malt is thick, rich and sure, and hops provide treats aplenty.
Long, long, fruity, quirky, utterly characterful finish, medium body, brilliant flavor...an excellent creation, by any standard.
I can see many uses for this beer, cheif among them: drinking.

What can I say, Davo?
Didn't suck.

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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 smakawhat
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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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
85 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.
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