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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Ratings: 396 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of JC333
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is about a finger high and eggshell in shade. Retention is nothing special, though a little bit of lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: Sweet caramel malts dominate, with additional biscuity touches. Some lighter stone fruits appear when it opens up. I'm struggling to pick up any significant rustic notes aside from subtle touches of bread and black pepper, though.

Taste: Starts off with plenty of caramel and brown sugar qualities, maybe even some graham cracker. It finishes vaguely spicy, with some black pepper and a touch (I do mean a touch, too) of farmhouse yeast. Pleasant, but lacking depth. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Despite the powerful crystal malt sweetness, it finishes quite dry - dry enough to be easy to drink, in fact! Sweetness does accumulate after many sips, slowing things down. That's due to the fact that it doesn't feel very lively on the tongue. (3.25)

Overall: It is what it is, a nice springtime beer, no more or no less. Still, I can't help but wish for more of a rustic character - this tastes more like a typical amber ale to me. Worthy enough, but I like to think there are funkier biere de gardes out there... (3.25)

3.24/5: Not bad at all, too bad it lacks the proper farmhouse characteristics

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of Bevilabirra
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Very smooth taste. Aroma doesn't justify the taste. Must try on tap not bottle

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Photo of BltByKrmn
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy white foam. It's not too bad.

Smell: rather sweet and malty with a light note of toast. Nice enough, but it doesn't blow me away.

Taste: malty with a little toast and a light hint of funk. At first, the beer seems a little bit mild, but then the character begins to build. There is a good, slow-building bitterness, and the earthier elements start to come out more.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a great creaminess. This I like.

Overall: this is an interesting beer; it starts out a bit underwhelming but builds into something rather nice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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 champ103
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near opaque orange. It does not look like anything is suspended in the liquid, but an opaque hazed look. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second with light lace.
S: Toasted malts, baked bread, caramel. Then a nice orange zest, maybe some apple skins as well.
T: Toasted malts, bread, caramel sweetness. Again, finishes with a fruity note. Orange, apple, and white pepper lingers.
M/D: A medium body. While not under carbonated at all, I was hoping for a more crisp bite. Plenty smooth though. Nice and simple to enjoy. Nothing wrong with that.

Nothing particularly pops, but still a simple malt and yeast character that works. If not particularly exceptional, still very enjoyable.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16oz tulip glass. Nice hazy orange-yellow color, short half finger head, dissipates to a constant foam film.

Aroma is mostly malt with some apple or pear in background.

Taste is a refreshingly sweet, somewhat cider like note. I detected some spice or dryness in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, yet refreshing, There is more crispness than expected.

Overall, I liked this and consider it an above average beer, First Bier de Mars, so I am far from being able to rate this against others in this type. I also think this is a style that should be drunk very fresh, and closer to season, which I unfortunately did not do. That being said, I would look for this again, and would look for the Brewer again as well.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly good slightly sweet malty beer. Nothing exceptional. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a flute. Hazy apple cider color with a medium size bubbly white head. Average retention and some scattered lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mild, somewhat sweet malt, not so much caramel as a kind of apple cider aroma. Taste is similar, somewhat malty with a slight light fruit flavor. Very mild hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly sweet and nicely carbonated.

Overall pleasant enough but there is nothing memorable here,

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper amber colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, hazy

S: slight spice and malt, lemon

T: sweet and malt up front with a little hint of lemon and cardamon

M: thinner with low carbonation

O: ok but nothing special

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Photo of Shnanign
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of bready, mildy caramel malt, Belgian yeast, apple juice, light vinous mustiness. Flavor follows aroma with bready and caramel malt, light toffee, apple and grape juice, Belgian yeast; lightly buttery spicy. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice domestic take on a Biere de garde, with a nice balanced variety of malt and fruit flavors, satisfying mouth feel. Nicely done.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Soterios
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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 NMFB
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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