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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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Reviews: 225 | Ratings: 397
Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grain, some earthy hop and a slight ester.

The taste consisted of a clean light malt, grassy and earthy hops and a yeast that lurks in the background.

The mouthfeel was average for the style with a subtle chewiness.

Overall a tasty ale, with good complexity.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber with a thin bright white head. Nice lacing throughout.

S-Herbal spiciness, lemon and sweet malt background. The aroma is not overpowering but present.

T-Sweet malts with accents of herbs, citrus and other fruitiness. For such a light beer the taste profile is very complex.

M-Medium-light bodied with a sharp crisp zip.

D-This is a nice light sessionable brew. I applaud SH for taking this style in another direction...the spicy/fruitiness is really nice.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange/yellow with a eggshell white thin head... good lacing throughout...

S: Lemons highlight a sweet grainy background... a blend of soft spices

T: Sweet malts and lemon citrus accents form the front of the flavor profile while the tart grainyness comes through towards the end... some peach/orange accents in there as well...

M: Medium bodied with a lot of character...

D: Good... not quite a saison... interesting feel and the balance of the spices make this a nice treat

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Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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 cbl2
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9/10/2006 $10.78 750 mL 6.20% No best by date.


After nearly stripping my hand of flesh to remove the cork, this pours a hazy orange brown, with roughly a half inch of tight white head that settles slowly, leaving behind a fringe of lace.


Tart and acidic, like sour cheese or curdled milk, but with a slight sweet aspect to it.


Possibly the smoothest beer I've ever sampled, it's almost imperceptible to the tongue it's so smooth. Instantly tart, but cut with a resounding sweetness of honey to balance things out. Granny smith apples spring to mind, as does an oaked Flanders ale. Earthy, basement like taste in the finish coupled with a long drawn out tartness that puckers the mouth, this is a classic.

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

Split the bottle with trbeer.
Pours light orange, yellow and amber hues with a a big off-white head that leaves a sheen of lace on the goblet.
Aroma of hay, grass, light fruits, real perfumey. Some earthy herbs and spices mulling in the background. Hint of coriander and allspice as well.
Flavor had a distinctly malty note which didn't really come throuhg in the nose. Light caramel and then some more musty, rustic flavors took over. Slightly spicy, but very subtle. Lots fo bready/doughy tones as well.
Mouthfeel was medium to a hair lighter, very effervescent and alive on the palate. Bittering served as a compliment to the malty and floral notes.
Drinkability was very high. SPH simply does not make a mediocre beer. Top notch brew, really enjoyable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from gold foil wrapped caged cork 750ml bottle(room temp) a hazy medium gold with an ample head of foam that lasts right down to the very last drop.

The smell is really sweet...notes of candy caramel dominate.

The taste starts off caramel sweet in a big way but then there's an infusion of sour notes that turn this baby around and make for a very interesting balance of flavours. Sweet and sour? Yeah, you betchya and my taste buds are *not* complaining at all because the end result is a full flavoured brew that's giving me "hell yeah" moments every time I take a sip. My hat is off to Southampton for yet another highly drinkable brew that "deviates" from the norm.

Bottom line: You *have* to try this one if you get the chance...the uniqueness in flavours that I'm experiencing demand it. Highly recommended!

Another winner, thanks to Nutbrown!

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

Pours out a cloudy golden orange with some sediment floating around. Pretty small white bubbly head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing on the glass. Light funkiness with some earthy notes in the aroma. Some tart fruit undertones with a bit of sweetness lulrks beneath. Fruit sweetness, with a bit of tart green apples start the flavor. A bit of earthy funky and yeast notes. Finishes a bit tart and funky. Bubbly carbonation and smooth going down makes this some easy drinking beer.

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Photo of tom444
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a redddish gold with about half an inch of thick off-white head. Moderate head retention, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet and a little spicy with some interesting notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with relatively light carbonation. Taste is sweet, with some fruity and tart flavors to it. Finishes cleanly with just a hint of hops and a refreshing dryness.

A fascinating brew, and one I'm going to have to revisit when I get a bit more familiar with the style.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The cork is a bitch! Pours with three inches of head. Body is a clear copper. Smells really good. Toasted, caramel, biscuit malt with some cinnamon.

The smell does not prepare me for the taste. Tart, citric notes are prevalent, with the malt profile taking a back seat. Mouthfeel is great. Thick, yet it is still quite refreshing. Drinkable as hell.

This might be a good introduction to tart beers for someone who isn't acquainted with them. The malt can easily be perceived beneath the tartness. Big thanks to blitheringidiot for bringing this all the way from PA.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold foil wrapped 750 mL caged & corked bottle. Rather benign label declares Typically brewed in Winter with the freshest malts and hops and aged cold until spring, these "March" beers were uncommonly smooth and considered to be the best beer tasting brews of the year. O.G. 15.5 Plato. 6.2% ABV. Lo and behold it's a 2005 bottle as per the cap.

After the cork was wrestled out of the bottle barrel, the tulip was filled with a hazy peachy well spritzed effervescent pour topped with a settled ivory thin ring leaving some lace coating dripping down the sides.

Bright aromatic nose of slight lemon, tart fresh plum and Sweet Tart. A grainy afterscent rounds out the nose.

First swigs: Soft sugary sweet and tart lemon peel delicate lemony fruit with a finish of grain. A delicate yet complex flavor. Diggin' the tartness and easy body.

Light to medium bodied with a superb soft shushy feel. Easy cushion carbonation. Well suited.

Last swigs: Initially I am reminded of the original Saison DuPont with more lemon. A slightly sweet but boldly tart brew. Maybe leans towards a sour lambic but pulls back.

Beer is good. Happy farmhouse beering.

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Photo of weeare138
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to NoLiberty for cracking this open! Had the opportunity to share this '05 brewery corked bottle with he and grassrootsVT...
Appears a glowing amber with an off white head that seems to stick around nicely. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the interior of the classic PBR goblet(what a gem).
Smell is of caramel, biscuit, yeasty dough, and spice. Caramunich in action, baby!
Taste is of the same aromas that are tantalizing me...what else is there to say?
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and slightly sticky.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

been sitting on this beer for 6 months, and at 6+%, seems like the right time to crack it.. after all, it's a rather warm, spring-like night. 750ml, all dressed up with gold foil. cork is a bitch to remove with an anti-climactic sigh/dull pop emerging. this is a southampton cork expectation though, so i continue..

golden orange in appearance, jubilant, fluffy head disappears quickly leaving not much more than a thin, even layer of sud. stray bubbles dance about and the body looks a bit dense and cloudy. almost clear, not quite. lacing is present and it rocks hard against the glass, staging a sit-in on the walls of the tulip.

nose.. doesn't exist too much. ok, let's be p.c. and say 'subtle'. there is a hint of fresh-baked donuts.. sweet & yeasty. maybe a lemon spritz and the quick whiff of a blossoming garden.

tastes kinda so-so too.. sticks with the whole nose profile. there is a brief sourness.. not quite brett, but funky nevertheless. more lemon than lactobacillus. quickly makes way for a light, crisp, nearly flavorless brew accented mildly by hops and light fruit tang- think wild raspberries. mouthfeel is both creamy and sharp, easy to drink and that is admirable. tastewise, this is a middle of the road belgian pale ale, or a wannabe saison. take your pick.

not impressed, won't try this one again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/29/05- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml green bottle, caged and corked, but no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden dark straw colored pour. Pleasant inch plus gleaming white head with patches of lace here and there.

Smell- This one wasn't really a smeller. Had to struggle to get anything. Maybe some herbal tea kinda smell, with a bit of sourness.

Taste- Didn't really no what to expect becasue I think this was the first of this style that I have tried. Had a nice sour bite at first sip, but after that it's like the taste just vanished. Barely any aftertaste. Dry and crisp with tea like flavors and maybe a hint of citrus. Interesting.

Mouthfeel- As stated above, dry and crisp with no aftertaste. Medium effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- I'm liking this one. Different for sure. Kinda like a really laid back saison. I'd have another for sure.

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Photo of OldSock
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – 750 ml bottle, gold foil, cage and cork, bought at American Beer in Brooklyn. The cork took about a minute to wrestle free from the neck. In my oversized wine glass, it is a deep orange/amber with a single stream of bubbles. The half finger off-white head quickly fell to a thin covering. Patchy lacing.

Smell – An earthy (mostly yeast and cork) aroma is the main player, a mild fruitiness is also apparent.

Taste – An interesting flavor that has a good deal going on. It is towards to the malt end with almost no hop flavor and only a bit of hop bitterness, as a Biere de Garde should be. Great earthy, yeast character, as good if not better than the European versions I have had. There is also a surprising amount of fruitiness that complements the malt well.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body with slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – This is a tasty beer from an often overlooked style. Southampton has once again delivered a Biere de Garde that, while not as refined, has more flavor complexity than the finest French/Belgian examples available in this country.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street.
From a bomber poured into a goblet.
Ultimately a bit disappointing and not worth the money.
Reminds me a lot of their 2005 Grand Cru, but milder.
A rather flat feeling carbonation with an apple cider mouthfeel/grittyness to it... also in the flavors.
A bit like Maudite and Lunacy? It's that sort of drinking experience which really does not resonate with me.

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Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty copper color with frothy white head that leaves a thin film on the top and a rim of bubbles around the edges. Nose attacks you with citrus- orange, lemon- and an attack of tangerine. A hint of peppery spicyness.

Tastes fruity and sweet with a sour edge. Drying. Peppery and spicy. More orange. Cidery. Mouthfeel is kind of gritty and oily, but not terribly offensive. Dry finish. Fairly drinkable- a complex and interesting flavor all around.

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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 francisweizen
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. 2005 edition. Dark orange with a nice frothy head of eggshell white. Lacing ensues and is quite abundant in nature. Aromas are all about the cracked white and green pepper, fresh hay-like grass aromas jump out, and are rounded out by some nice sweet German/French maltiness. Taste is spicy and funky up front with some gueuze lambic notes, and some wild yeast/funk notes. The taste is rounded out by some nice German/French bready malts and some green awesome Northern French hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slick, turning dry in the finish, which is spicy (pepper) and everlasting. Drinkability is intense and perfect for this most unique and staggering brew. wow, SPH is really coming back into the front of my mind these days, with brews like this masterpiece!

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Photo of EPseja
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle served in a tulip glass at just above fridge temperature, and allowed to warm to cellar temperature over the course of the tasting. Shared this one with my friend Yelterdow.

A - Immediately reminded me of Libby's peach nectar right out of the can. Opaque, medium brown color with orange and gold highlights. Very cool, active rising action form a nice 1.5'' head that dimishes and maintains at 1/2''. Super fine bubbles and a marshmallow fluff-y texture. Beautiful!

S - Dryly sweet hoppiness and fresh, farmhouse type organics Subtle sweetness along with some rosy floral notes. Well blended.

T - Tart, sour appley citric and acidic blast right up front with notes of spicy noble hops and winelike alcohol. Any malts revealed in the middle are quickly replaced by a bready yeastiness and a dry finish laced with citric acid. Whew!

M - Thick entering the mouth where it expands rapidly to become frothy. Not subdued at all... Alcohol and/or carbonation gets a bit tongue-numbing and aggressively tingly just before the swallow. Interesting sensation, but not that great for overall mouthfeel. As the beer warms, the mouthfeel becomes much smoother, and the tartness grows.

D - This is a very interesting and complex beer that possesses many qualities of a fine apertif, if it weren't for its tongue-numbing qualities. Drinkable in its own right like a glass of wine, however this beer would be best suited when paired with food.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at just over fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip. EPseja joined me in this hard-to-find and expensive ($10.79) adventure.

Appearance- Pours a pale honey with a solid inch-thick head. Foamy, sudsy bone white crown that sits like shaving cream in a full bathroom sink. A good amount of lacing trails behind. Very, very nice.

Smell- Saaz-like hops strike the nasal passages immediately, almost too hard. Some sour, yeasty, lemony, wheat notes follow with a hint of perfume and flowers. As time unfurls, a sourdough bread character becomes evident along with a trace of phenols. The nose opens up and becomes sweeter over a half-hour or so.

Taste- Characteristic of an old beer, with its acidic and citric bitterness. Some astringency comes forth which makes me wince slightly... lemon and bread remain on the lips after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A bit sharp and aggressive in the mouth with resulting big ass burps... almost to a detriment. The beer mellows a little after several minutes, but this intensifies the punchy sourness that now has taken over almost completely. Not an easy beer to get through to the end... next time I will pair this one with food, as I believe there is some balance that needs to be achieved.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a long fight with the cork it comes out with a small pop. Pours from the bottle a nice deep amber orange like a beautiful autumn day with a bubbly off white head covering the top of the brew. Spotty lacing adorns the glass as the head begins to fall. Aromas of crisp citrusy, lemony grains. Subtle spiciness and fresh yeast tones emerge from the glass. Notes of apple, pear and lemon abound. A fresh, bountiful aroma that's crisp and clean. Quite inviting.

First sip begins with crisp, fruity light malts upfront with noticable notes of apple, pear, orange and lemon. Fresh yeast notes abound. Incredibly clean and nuanced with a tart, slight sourness on the back of the palate. Mellow spices weave their way throughout each sip and envelope the entire mouth. Superbly balanced and just downright tasty with lingering husky grains.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with healthy carbonation. Quite refreshing and easy to drink. This 750ml is a treat and I wouldn't mind having another. A tasty, well made brew that does a good job of not going over the top. Many thanks to dmeadows and goodbyeohio for the bottles. I'm glad I have another in the cellar!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy peachy orange color with a nice active carbonation. The head is sparse over top, but I avoided the agressive pour to keep the wee beasties out of the beer this time. The nose is absolutely divine. It has the funkey barnyardy mustyness, but its not the dominant aroma. I get lemon soaked raisin and a light graineyness. Nothing too big, but working very well as a group. Flavor is very nice as as well. Initial swallow gives a slightly tart, musty feel, but it does not linger much after the initial swallow. I get lemony citrus and light grainey notes, but nothing really The aftertase is just slightly musty, lemoy and even a touch sweet. The feel is light to moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an incredily drinkable beer. I like the balance of all aspects. This is a style I often find to be a bit offensive, but this one is built very well.

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Photo of clvand0
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is subtle, but has some sweetness and some citrus - very little funk. The flavor caught me off guard. It's got a tart kick that I wasn't expecting. The tartness dies off quickly leaving a well-blended citrus and sweetness mixture that does good things for the palate. The body is on the low end of medium, but fitting, and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle.
Pours an orange amber color with a fluffy white head that soon gives way to a delicate and loosely bubbled lacing. Pretty good looking actually
Smell is sweet malts, wheat funk, potent yeastiness, and pepper. Loads of pepper actually, which is kinda strange, but I'll bite and go alongi with it.
Flavor is tart wheat, citrus, some caramel and toffee sweetness, and just a bit of lactic funkiness which is quite nice. Hops are there but don't really make themselves known until the very end of the flavors. Pepper, however, dominates the middle to back pallate. Wow, I didn't know I would like so much pepper in my beer, but it definitely gives a neat character to this one. It makes the finish very dry...bringing us to.
Mouthfeel is good, very dry as I said, coats the tongue, but doesn't stay longer than you want it to. No bad aftertaste, no alcohol presence.
Overall, an interesting and quite enjoyable beer. I could have this one all night long, even with all the pepper flavors, I don't thik that it is out of balance or anything. Another superb beer from a superb brewery!

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
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