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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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a clear amber copper color, near white fluffy head. Lots of carbonation and nice tight bubbles. Light thin layer of patchy lace remains. OK lace along the edges remain. Good looking color here. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of spice and grassy hops, sweet caramel malts as well. Pretty good nose here.

Brew is very balanced in the mouthfeel; some subtle spice up front and a mellow malty middle. Creamy sweet caramel, grassy floral hops and maybe even some orange. Finishes a little sticky and a tad bit dry. Great balance and flavors here. Good stuff.

Wow - balanced and really sessionable. Very good stuff that is a party pleaser for sure. Spot on stuff here, really digging this one.

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Photo of Sspeer1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ElGuapo
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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Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orangy/golden with a thinning white head.

Smell is a light biscuity with a sweet yeasty balance.

Taste is a delicious, biscuity, yeasty, slightly sharp delight.

Good mouthfeel, but great drinkability.

This is a really great beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautifully clear golden-amber, slightly tinged with copper, showing off a gorgeous two-fingered head of creamy off-white froth that latches onto the walls of the glass as it fades away, leaving behind fat, tight rings of lace. Stunning in the looks department.

Not a lot going on in the nose, though what's there is certainly appetizing: sweet, honeyed malt notes, a hint of caramel, a touch of bready, yeasty goodness. Clean and inviting.

The palate is equally clean and richly malty. Malt character is decidedly honey-like, leading me to wonder whether or not honey malt is employed in the brew. A touch of caramel is apparent, as are some faint toasty melanoidin-like characteristics; hop character is subdued and comes through in flavor only as a touch of grassiness that appears toward the back of the palate, with the bitterness nothing outstanding but just enough to provide a nice balance. Finishes with a lingering impression of biscuits with honey, very pleasant.

Extremely drinkable, very close in its clean, malt-accented nature to the German "March" beer, Märzen. Light-bodied, moderately carbonated, easy-drinking and wonderfully tasty, this is the perfect spring/summer brew. While the sweetness could become cloying after a while, and while the alcohol content is a tad high for sessionability, this brew is certainly poised for drinkability and refreshment.

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Photo of burnstar
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amberish gold with a medium sized head. Smell is weak. Malty with some fruit. Big malty flavor. Toffee. Just a little toasty. Hoppy bitterness throughout. Just a little sweetness underneath rounds things out. Phenolic and earthy in the finish. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Pretty drinkable and overall a good beer.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mwbrady12
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of JAXSON
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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Photo of gory4d
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #29 of 150 -- thanks to shaebs99 for the generous trade.

Pours a cloudy orange with a massive white head that lingers, not much lacing. The smell is potent: dried orange peel, something savory like the juices of a good steak, whole grain, sourdough, marigolds, mineral tang. The taste is similar, but not so heavy on the citrus; the malty qualities of grain, with sourdough and marigold tang, dominate, with an exceptionally rich malty aftertaste and a surprisingly bitter finish. This is one heck of a complex beer. It's highly carbonated but not fizzy, fills up the mouth very well. It's too interesting to be too drinkable: definitely one to savor slowly.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thick, rusted orange in coloration with no head (most likely due to a light pour).

Smell: Orange peal, lemon, and other things citrus along with some wheatiness that comes through.

Taste: The citrus really begins to shine, but it is balanced out of by the grain and wheat very well. I am really enjoying this even though it seems to shy away from what I understand as this style.

Mouthfeel: Actually a bit heavier than I expected. On the heavier side of medium bodied without much carbonation to lighten it up at all. It is actually a bit flat. It may be this bottle specifically because this is the only I have tried thus far, so I will have to give this one another try in the future to compare notes with.

Overall: I enjoyed this brew quite a bit. I enjoyed some of the unique aspects of it and the only negative thing I could say was just about the flatness of it.

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Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno's, State College, PA. Guess the guys were in town and they loaded up 3 beers on tap to enjoy before the Moe. concert right next door later that night. The one brewer (I'm terrible with names, sorry), bought me a pint of this fine beer (Thanks, man!). I could see right away why he was so excited about this beer. Such a beautiful looking, smelling and tasting beer. Belgian complexity about pilsner cleanness paired together in this wonderfully smooth beer. I love this style and don't get to try too many out here in the styx. This one is very good, and I'm leaving work a little early to see if there's still anymore on tap. Southampton beers only made their way out here maybe a year ago, and they continue to impress me. Fine job!

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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mzwolinski
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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Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Ineedabeerhere
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From one of the new 12oz bottling. Had this earlier tonight.

Surprisingly good clarity on the pour, a golden-ish color with small white cap, a dot of lace or two. Ring lasts.

The aroma.. well it's kind of leaving me disinterested. Yeast characters combine with the spice additions for equal parts of fruitiness (berries, mostly) and spice (some a floral-ish component as well). But there's this overture of butteryness that's just kind of off-putting. As it came up to room temp, this intensified.

The taste has a moderate spice presence... though they don't say what spices they add to this it warmed, this became pretty dominant and almost medicinal in nature... clearly not all coming from the yeast. Some dirt and bread. Dry finish, low-medium level of carbonation, the spiciness lasts on the tongue... not too appealing.

I guess it's an interesting stab at the style, but it could've used a lot more of a hop bite and a more interesting malt profile to balance out all the spiciness here.

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Photo of Greels
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Dark orange with a half-inch head. Retention was below average, but not terrible as it settled nicely into a thin cap covering most of the surface of the beer.

SMELL: This is a malt bomb in the nose. A lot of rich, sweet, malty, delicious aromas...there is actually a chocolate-like smell here. No, scratch that, it is a downright chocolatey aroma with some chalkiness with it as well.

TASTE: While the maltiness of the nose is not gone, there are enough hops in this brew to provide some balance. The malt is the star of the show, however - semi-sweet and tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy, smooth and very, very easy-drinking if full-bodied. Not much carbonation here, but it doesn't really need it.

OVERALL: Pretty solid, but a bit unusual. I would absolutely reach for this one again if I were in the Northeast.

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Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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 bucklemyshoe
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 396 ratings
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