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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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, but Southampton arrived in IL in late spring 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Southampton's Biere de Garde is a strange, lager-like interpretation of the style that loses much of the typical Belgian or French intricacies inherent in many of these beers. Mostly relying on a marzen-like blend of lightly toasted and crystal malts for toasted bread and light caramel flavor, it comes across as fairly average, missing much of the complexity or variation seen in many others of this style. One I'd probably not revisit if seeking out a Biere de Garde, but perhaps a go-to for a marzen fix?

Pours a 2cm head of medium-sized, off-white bubbles that give a sponge-like appearance, but have above average retention of about two minutes. The head fades to a thin film atop the body of the beer that resists breaking apart for the duration of the session; the foam is thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few small blotches and dots that cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a medium-dark copper orange color, with light bringing out bright orange hues with traces of copper. Carbnation readily visible through the transparent body, high in number and moderately active in movement. Overall, this is fairly average for the style.

Aroma is of biscuits, mild yeast, caramel, and minerals, with no clear phenolics from the saison yeast, and no real hop character. The scents speak of the cool fermentation and aging the brewery's website says they perform on this beer, which makes it more like a marzen or amber lager than a French or Belgian-styled ale. Not bad, but certainly a bit different than expectations for a classic biere de mars.

Flavor is, similar to smell, very similar to a marzen, fairly rich with biscuits, toasted bread, and light caramel, but lacking much in the way of any French or Belgian yeast character. Front of palate picks up minerals, toasted biscuits and some caramel, and slight fruity esters (baked apples, slight banana). Mid-palate of hearty toasted biscuits and bread, light caramel, lightly spicy phenolics, slight basement mustiness, and continued mild fruity esters (baked apples, slight banana). Back of palate finds increased presence of spicy phenols mingling with toasted biscuits, caramel, and bread crust flavors, with a mild hint of spiced apple cider as well. Aftertaste is of yeast, minerals, and biscuits, with slight hints of toasted bread and caramel.

Beer is medium in body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth, only slightly foamy, mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would probably help with aromatics, as well as assist the mouthfeel reaching the typical carbonation level for the style. Closes dry with slight astringency on the palate and stickiness around the lips, appropriate for the beer and the style in general.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer from trade with jrgratz (though the bottle looks more pedestrian than the picture here). Thanks! Pours clear copper with small white head. Aroma smells like a lager/marzen. Sweet malt with a hint of spice. Flavor has up front yeast funk with a bit of spice and bitterness. Lingering funk on the palate. Light mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Not bad.

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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 wedge
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange-gold hue under a tight, creamy head. Sweet, bready malt aromas upfront, with some pear, flowers, coriander, and lemon. Flavors are primarily bready and sweet, much like the nose, along with spiced apple, light cherry, and dried fruits. Medium-bodied, slick, and clingy on the palate. A little too sweet for my liking, but decent.

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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 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 nbaeteer
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: attractive light bronze color. visible bubbles/carbonation. pours a full one finger head that quickly dissolves to a thin film which lasts until the glass is empty.

Aroma: Orange, citrus with a light hoppiness and floral background.

Taste: Estery with a light maltiness

Mouthfeel: light astringency in the back of the mouth. Bitter citrus qualities are more noticeable in the taste than in the smell.

Overall: Really a restrained beer that shows it's strengths when you pay a little more attention to it. Definitely not a beer that makes a real strong first impression but has some Saison like qualities and also some Kolsch traits.

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Photo of vkv822
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Clear, golden orange with a thin, foamy white head.

Toasty, sweet malts predominately, with some faint grassy, and melon hop notes.

Medium-full body, with mild foamy carbonation.

Not unpleasant, but the flavor profile was fairly subdued and one dimensional.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by the publick house for a bite and to pick up some IRS bottles. Ordered a flight with bratwurst. Brew arrivedin a few ounce sample pour. Transparent yellow with thin fizzy head. Nose is fairly muted but has nice floral taste with Mellon and assorted fruitiness. Really nice. Very light and easy drinking. As i sipped the fruit came out on the nose. Pleasant beer.

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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 Jimmys
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. cant seem to make out the bottle coding, but I assume a recent bottling.

A: pretty hazy, orange and opaque. head is bubbly and resilient. slightly off white. some spotted lacing left behind.

S: super fruity. melon. mild black peppercorns. some yeasty esters. apples and bananas. smells a lot like a fruit basket.

D: there is a distinctive cider-like flavor here. apple cider for real. the dry, slightly vinous finish, reminds me of a champagne. cant tell if there is some oxidation in there or what.

M: carb is mild and bubbly. slightly effervescent at first but the carb definitely dissipates as it is consumed.

D: a pretty fruity brew and unfortunately in my opinion a bit one note. fruit is the main everything here and while pleasant I wouldn't hate for some more diversity in both flavor and aroma. there are better BDG out there and better brews from Southampton.

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Photo of RickS95
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It pours a rich looking dark amber brown. It's neither clear nor opaque, just something in between. The head never really forms. There's a slight ring of little bubbles around the edge up top, but it's pretty weak.

I don't have a lot of experience with this type, but it seems to match the style fairly well with a slight malt base along with some Noble hop, savory scent. Not something I'd pick and the smell is well hidden, but like I said, it's what the type calls for.

You can pick out the savory hops fairly easily, with a crackerlike, bready taste. Again, not something I'd pick, but it is what it is...which explains why I have little experience with this style.

Has an earthy feel. Pretty malty, only somewhat bitter. Medium bodied. There's a tartness to it, just beyond mid-sip and into the finish. Fairly spicy. The bitterness kicks in even stronger as the beer warms.

It's not my favorite style. The beer is only just slightly better than average. It's not difficult to drink, it's just lacking some character.

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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 ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep amber/brown. Mild haze. Cream-colored head retains well. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of malt character on the nose. Caramel and toast are most prominent. Maybe some nuances of cocoa and a nice nuttiness folded into the mix. Slightly estery with aromas of golden raisins and dates. Light spiciness.

T: Caramel, bread crust, toast, woody. Golden raisin and dates. Very slight spicy herbal hop presence, and a ghostlike hint of spicy alcohol. Restrained yeasty pepper and spice throughout. Drying finish showcases cocoa powder, toast, and dried figs.

M: Medium bodied. Full and firm in the mouth with a sturdy malt backbone. Moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: American brewers latched on to the saison style fairly quickly, and are now pushing the boundaries of the style with black saisons and the like. I'm surprised that the Biere de Mars/Biere de Garde styles remain relatively unexplored. It seems to me that there would be a market for it, with all the saison experimentation that's going on. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer.

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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 StoneTSR
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 mountdew1
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Color was a dark amber with a 1 finger dirty white creamy head. Head only lasted a few minutes despite a fair amount of carbonation rising from the sides. Aroma was roasted grains with a small bit of fruit sweetness that almost hid a bit of alcohol smell. Flavor as a malty sweet. Small hint of peppery spice. Alcohol was detectable and came on pretty fast. Felt good in the mouth, coated well and had a tad of carbonation. Overall not bad. Well balanced, and sippable, but not outstanding.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 finger white head. Lots of carbonation breaks up the head quickly. A nice clarity.

S: A mild yeast and some dark fruits on the nose. Not the focus of the beer.

T: A slightly bitter forefront, malt makes an attempt to balance it out but are slapped away. I can see how it would be good pairing with food.

M: Light body, mild carbonation. A little sticky going down.

Overall a pleasant beer from a good brewery. Wouldnt mind giving this a go on draft.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper with orange tint with a small layer of white foam. Slight orange fruity smell. Some funkiness too.

Creamy taste, orange citrus overtones. Somewhat gritty mouthfeel, like too much of the rind got in the mix.

This one didn't work as much for me.

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

A: Nice deeper amber coloring that pours to a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very nice thick lacy veil of foam.

S: Nice caramel and malt flavors coming thru with some green apple and pear. Very light floral hops coming thru as well.

T: Nice spicyness on the front, white pepper coming thru in a Mack truck. Some light maltyness in there as well and some spicy hops notes at the end leading to the bitter after taste.

M: Light carbonation, creamyness on the palette from the flavors. Not very dry here despite the ABV.

O: Interesting spice notes coming thru with just a hint of maltyness fighting its way onto the palette before the hops bitterness rushes it away.

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Photo of samie85
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangish copper color with two fingers of white head.

Green apple with sweet caramel with hints of spice... white pepper and clove.

Yeasty upfront with the clove and pepper followed by a bit of malt and finishes with a bit of bitterness.

Light and effervescent with fruity, spicy finish.

Pretty drinkable but I like a Biere de Garde to be a little less spiced.

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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 Johnnyfacelift
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper colored and hazy with little to no head and some lacing. The aroma is apple cidar with savory notes and fruity undertones. The taste is right in line with the aroma and the mouthfeel is rich but not sweet. I am drinking this beer at the end of May and I think it would be better enjoyed in its intended month of March with the cold weather still in the air. Good beer but bad timing.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Much improved from the bottle version, with a lower carbonation, smoother mouthfeel, fuller body. Still a little one dimensional, quite malty, with caramel and honey sweetness and very restrained floral hops. Hints of black pepper and other spices (cloves and coriander, mostly). Not yeasty enough for my tastes; mostly just doughy, bready malt flavor. Lightly hazed orange color with a small white head, decent retention and lacing. A bit unexciting overall.

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
3.78 out of 5 based on 397 ratings.
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