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 Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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 tbrown4
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. -> Hop Ruiter glass. Bought a single from Shawann Liquors on recommendation from my buddy Greg.

A - Crystal clear light gold, thin scant head, no lacing

S - Bright tart and spice, corn bread

T - Very sweet, very light funky sour, not a hint of hop notes or bitterness.

M - Thin to medium thin bodied.

D - Nice palate cleanser after a day of stouts and DIPAs. Very easy and satisfying. I'd imagine this would be excellent after a day of drinking light craft hefes and wheats.

I'd buy this again without question.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into an over sized wine glass.

A: This beer is clear amber with a thin white head and little lacing.

S: Dried fruit with a slight bready nose, and there is the faint aroma of hops.

T: Dry and bready, this beer has some orange and bitterness from the hops. It also has spice and some gritty earth. There is slight syrup quality to this beer.

M: Complex and medium to heavy bodied, this beer has a gritty, pleasing dryness to it.

D: The alcohol is present, but it is not overpowering. It is complex with a nice musty earth, mild dry fruit sweetness, and some bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; nice clear copper. A white head quickly dissipates, leaving little lace.

smell; intense sugary dried fruits upfront but bready malts come out with the slightest herbal hops and alcohol spice. Funky aromas mixed with sweet tea come to mind.

taste; not overly sweet, as the smell might suggest. A really solid and spicy malt backbone dominates with raw bread dough. A bit of caramel and butterscotch melt into a grassy hop bitterness in the finish, then even some brazil nut flavors come out. Pretty complex and delicious.

mouthfeel; medium bodied with a dusty finish. Some alcohol burn but low carbonation. A little chunky and complex, really nice. Smooth finish.

drinkability; alcohol is well hidden and overall a tasty brew, quite easy to drink a 6 pack in one sitting.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into an Unibroue tulip.

A: Perfectly clear light amber body with an inch of creamy white foam. Pretty good retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Huh. Sharp lager-like sulfurous yeast, dry pilsner malt and some spicy phenols on the back end. Not what I was expecting, and not all that great.

T: Sweet fruits up front, then dry pilsner-like breadiness followed by a biting bit of chalky minerality on the finish. Complex, but slightly unpleasant, actually.

M: Active medium body; the carbonation starts sharp and finishes smooth. Nice.

D: Weird mix of malt sweetness and yeast dryness. I'm not really a fan.

Notes: While I'm normally a big fan of what Southampton does, this one left me cold. I have to admit I'm not terribly familiar with the Bière de Garde style, but this was by far the least enjoyable of the several examples I've had - although I have a sneaking suspicion that it might be the most closely representative one. I'll keep an open mind until I've had more opportunities to sample authentic European versions.


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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info.

Pours dull copper, clear, minor off white head, nothing special looks wise.

Coriander and Belgian yeasty spice in the nose.

More coriander, smoke, Belgian spicing, a medicinal note, and quite dry with agressive hops in the finish.
Well done, moderatly complex take on a pleasing style.

Would work well with my favorite summertime lunch of salads, grilled meats, cheese and breads.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Copper, gold and orange. Clear with a tiny band of loyal bubbles rising to the surface throughout. Almost white head, lighter than I'd expect in color. Not much lacing.

S: Grainy with plenty of malt up front. Citrus hops in there. A fruity note; something of an apple. Undetectable to the untrained nose.

T: Nice and hoppy, so the beer snob will appreciate it. However, within the style, it exceeds expectations still. Malt is trained and pure. Bready, doughy and crackery all at once. A treat.

D: Not sure if I'd go more than a sixer.

Value: Made by PABST. Great!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

could be my first Bière de Garde. I picked this up since i thought it was a basic farmhouse style ale.

Appearance is very nice. I got no debris in the glass yet no head due to the being being a spring release. Color is a dirty orange. Smell is of mild grass and caramel. Taste is on the sweet side with quite a bit of bread and rye. Maybe some citrus? Sweet bready finish makes this beer a treat. Mouth feel is pretty nice with a very light to medium body. For the drinkability I would really have to have this fresh since it really could use more carbonation but overall it was a very interesting farmhouse ale.

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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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Photo of steve8robin
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a BIF. 12oz bottle. Let's see..

A: Golden honey color with some nice orange tint. Small 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Sweet sugary malts with some nice strawberry blended in. Some hints of caramel and toffee. Not much else. Decent.

T: Kind of a strange tart bite to this one. Almost like a metallic bite. Kind of a dirty watery type taste. Hard to get past. Eh, not good.

M: Leaves a strange bite of aluminum in your mouth. Ok.

D: Hard to get past the strange metallic taste to this brew. Ok.

All in all, this brew was not good. The flavors it did have blended in a very unpleasant way. Don't bother hunting or trying if you have access.

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

A nice thick head with decent retention and lacing. amber color with no real carbonation evident.

Smell is quite malty. A bit of funk and earth.

Taste is more of the same with a bit of a sharp metallic twang blending into a sourness that seemed to be less pronounced the last bottle I had a month or so ago. Malt body is deep and rich with a bit of roasted caramel. Hops are firm with light grapefruit skin and earth. Feel is crisply carbonated and tingly with a medium weight that is just this side of heavy. Drying finish with a bit of a pucker leaves you're taste buds scraping your palate.

Very easy to drink this one and it pairs nicely with all kinds of foods.

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

Poured into a snifter, I forced out a moderate bubbly off-white head, that sat atop a brilliant amber color. The clarity was excellent, and the head retention was decent, with remaining clumps of bubbles.

The nose had excellent clarity, as every sniff yielded different characters. Clean at first, the aroma molded itself, revealing flavors of ripe fruit, diacetyl, and spicy pumpkin. Toasty malt was at the forefront, with fleeting dashes of citrus zest and earthiness. As it warmed, more wood aged character and ripe peach began to emerge. A joy to whiff.

The flavor didn't quite carry on the complex dimensions of the nose, yet it was still interesting. Initially, the buttery malt tones and ripe fruit gave it a tart flavor. The finish is where the hops began to emerge, leaving a grassy bitter aftertaste.

The body was very creamy, and the carbonation crisp, but not to distract from the excellent smoothness. The finish was slick yet dry.

Drinkable: for sure.
Flavorful: no doubt.

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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 russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 StaveHooks
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.
A - Pours a burnt orange. 1 finger head that gently lowers into a thin ceiling.

S - Aromas consist of citrusy yeast, sugary caramel, hints of cinnamon, sour/tart strawberries, hints of rose petals, spice.

T - Flavors start off peppery then a sweet creamy malt shows up. Slightly funky & bready yeast along side a constant sour citrus that balances nicely. At one point I almost got a slight sensation of saccharin on my tongue. Aftertaste is of funky muted hops. Very complex flavors going on.

A smooth and creamy beer with nice carbonation. The smells and flavors were all there and blended nicely. A pretty solid beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fluffy thick tan head sits atop a reddish-golden brew. Decent retention with a thin sheet of lace leftover. Complex and super sweet to the nose with some sour fruits, fresh beer bread, a bit of citrus and Tastes spicy with sweet caramel middle and a piquant ending. Medium bodied and goes down creamy in the middle with some toasted edges. A syrupy sweetness is left on the lips. After it warms a faint alcohol heat is noticed, but otherwise this beer is all sweet and innocent, just as it should be.

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Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 750 ml bottle. Expensive.
A- It's a very clear copper beer with a white bubbly head that doesn't leave much lace.
S- Yeasty and citrusy.
T- It's a very smooth and mild beer. There's a sweetness there, Caramel or citrus. Maybe both. Good relaxing beer even if nothing truly jumps out.

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Photo of JMD
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear light copper color with small off white head that fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Very light aroma. Some yeasty funk and sweet carmel. Light hops as well.

T: Light carmel malt, funky yeast and herbal spice. Finishes with some light citrus hops.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

D: This is a decent brew, but a little disappointing. Aroma is too faint and flavor a bit too subdued. I'm glad I tried it, but doubt I'll buy it again.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color is burnt yellow with one finger of foam that dissipates relatively quickly. Aroma is citrusy, with clove and cinnamon spice flavors poking through.

Interesting. Sweeter than I expected, with the spices asserting themselves. Bready sweetness as well. Finishes pretty crisp considering the level of sweetness. Spices need to be toned down a bit.

Very interesting beer. I haven't had many Beire de Gardes, so I don't really have much to compare this against. Overall it is enjoyable.

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Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden with a dense white head that leaves plenty of fine lace on the glass. Toasted grain and caramely fruity sweetness and faint floral hop and spice aroma. Mild tasting with white fleshed fruit, some faint Belgian spice and mild toffee sweetness balanced with slightly dry yeast and a mild noble hop bitterness. Medium light bodied with seltzery carbonation. A tasty lighter beer that's good for cooling off on a hot day.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow to orange-ish color with a nice white head. In the aroma, a sweet malltiness and somewhat lager like. In the taste, a nice maltiness and a nice balance hop. A smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel, and a clean, small hop aftertaste. A nice hop presence and nice balance.

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Photo of bump8628
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant, glowing light copper with a pad of pure white head and lots of lace.

Subtle, delicate, yet complex with gentle breadiness and hints of black pepper, grass, and honey.

A very nice and quite drinkable ale that's remarkably refined and smooth. In fact, what this one may be missing is the very slightly rustic and unfiltered character that the artisanal Belgo-French examples often exhibit. It's certainly apparent that the author of "Farmhouse Ales" truly knows his farmhouse ales.

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Photo of bruachan
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice amber hue with a decent thin head that leaves some nice lacing

spicy and orangezesty aromas, with sweet farmhouseness. some dried apricot

quite malty for a farmhouse ale. prominent hop character. the spice lends a slightly funky character, which, i think, the hops are contributing to. toasty and nutty flavors from restrained kilning. actually it's quite toasty. but there's not much sign of farmhouse, to be honest

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a lighter amber color with a nice eggshell colored heading.Watch the bubbles drift slowly upward towards the surface. Left some decent retention behind,a slight ring around the edge of the glass at all times.

Smell is more of a skunky hoppiness and followed up by nice bubblegum aroma. Nice pepperiness and spice to end on to the end of the aroma.

Taste is all over the place. Starts of with a decent sour kiss quickly followed up by a herby earthiness. Finishes with a yeasty spicy kick that lingers.

Mouth has decent carbonation. As I said before does linger a little much with spicey-pepperiness.

All and all a good beer. An aquired taste but I wouldn't mind having another one.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served at 48 degrees in my Allagash chalice. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a one inch, loose, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles clung to edges of the glass and effervesced from the base to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a broken skim with a few random strands of lacing present during the tasting. Subtle nose - some light malt (perhaps a trace of caramel), some citrus and a grassy quality. Taste follows nose - very tasty and lacking some of the bitterness I've come to associate with beers of this style. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat crisp finish. A pretty nice beer I have to say. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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Southampton Biere De Mars from Southampton Publick House
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