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Southampton Biere De MarsSouthampton Biere De Mars

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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 capra12
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo, served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: poured as crystal clear straw golden wheat with 1 finger of head that dissipated slowly.

Smell: earthy spice with light malts.

Taste: Opens a subtle light and roasted malt profile. Spices come in right after the malty open and meld with the malts leaving a slightly malty and clean aftertaste, slightly warming.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with medium carbonation and slightly barely warming.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again. I recommend this to those seeking a solid and clean biere de mars with a solid spice and herbal profile.

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Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear, amber tinted golden color. It poured with a large frothy cap.

s: Mild overall and on the sweet side. Vanilla aromas with hints of fruit and some yeastiness.

t: Fairly bland unfortunately. I found musty yeast with a little vanilla and apricot.

m: I have to say they nailed the mouthfeel. Lush carbonation and a creamy body.

d: Not bad overall, just kind of lifeless.

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Photo of tigg924
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, 1 inch head, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: tea, grass, and pepper

Taste: peach and apricot jump out. traces of pepper, some funk

Mouthfeel: sweet with funkiness, medium/light bodied and carbonation

Drinkability: I like the peachy funky combination. A good beer I could have several of especially in hot weather. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with dinner at Liberty St. Tavern. I drank this with dinner and while it was a nice beer, it wasn't as outstanding as most Southampton beers I'm used too. In terms of Belgian beers, it was on par with Leffe. It was agreeable, but a little sweet and without much depth. It had a herbal sweetness liek gum or tea and a cleaner amber bread flavor than you usually have in a Belgian. Good beer, but not great.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The biere de garde style is one of those styles that is difficult to find, but the few I have tried, reminded me of saisons or farmhouse ales, but with less yeastiness. Curious to see what this one is all about.

A: Pours a transparent copper/gold color with a minimal head that disappears quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Is this ginger ale?

S: A honey-like sweetness with some adjuncts such as corn or rice. What is this?

T: Tastes better than it looks or smells; honey sweetness with some floral accents. Nothing overwhelming, but no aspects that make it remarkable or stand out.

M: Seems a bit watered down. Decent carbonation for the style.

D: This isn't a bad beer; it's not a brew that is difficult to drink or anything, just somewhat dull. I'd still take this over any macro like Corona or Bud. I'm sure that's not something a brewery wants to hear, but that's how I perceived this one. I have five more, so perhaps there will be something that I don't notice in the next few.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish golden with a finely beaded white head that fades to a thin cap. Slightly grainy aroma with orange notes and a touch of spice. Tastes very juicy and fruity with a nice orange peel bitterness that builds and some accents of coriander. Some bready notes round it out. Very refreshing and a wonderful thirst quencher on a hot Southern day- but with enough flavor to keep things interesting. A solid beer in a style that's hard to find. I'm reviewing a 12 oz bottle from a six-pack- a very nice thing to see given the rarity of the style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to trying this, first time having it. I noticed the bottled pictured is different (grand-er presentation) - any explanation for that?

Clear, yellow-orange hue with next to no head. Mild spice character, cloyingly smooth feel that gradually took precedence over the flavor. Sure didn't taste like 6.5%, but certainly felt it, especially in the after-aftertaste - my tongue felt remarkably astringent.

I was somewhat underwhelmed with this. Felt myself at times just trying to finish it to get rid of it. Southampton usually cranks out some quite flavorful, satisfying beers, but this didn't meet my expectations - which maybe weren't too high to begin with...

EDIT: (10/17/10) Heard a talk by Phil Markowski recently where he explained the differences between Saison, Biere de Garde, and Biere de Mars. Much subtle info I wasn't aware of - quite interesting. Hoping that I can approach this more aware next time.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got pretty excited about this one from the reviews, but it was fairly average overall, not a whole lot of enticing character.

Pours a light copper, with a very light, but big white heard that lingers nicely in the glass. Lacing lingers throughout the drink with significant action that doesn't quit. Nose is full of bitter hops, but nothing of any balance - quite earthy.

Very yeasty to start, with a tinge of hoppiness, without any of the balanced sweet malts you might expect from a Biere de Garde. Generally speaking this beer screams spring, and pairs very nicely with a salad or something of that sort. Only major disappointment was how light the mouthfeel was - it was nearly watery.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from ShogoKawada (thanks!) - 12oz bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Clear, glassy amber liquid with a delicate ivory head just barely sustained by a steady stream of tiny bubbles. Surface simmers gently, with average sandy lacing and faint legs.

Light malt and very faint esters in the nose along with a touch of nutmeg (?) and diacetyl (or MAYBE caramel)...not much else going on.

Zesty pale malt, some light toast, green apple and a little bitterness on the palate. Finishes mild and dry - lager-ish profile all in all. Refreshing, but a little one-dimensional.

Medium-light feel, zippy carbonation.

I had higher expectations for this one - glad to try it none the less.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very welcome spring seasonal.

Very thick lacing that just wouldn't quit. The lacing on the side of the glass was thick. I poured my 12 oz bottle into my Hennepin glass. Nice amber color.

Good sweetness and slight farmhouse funk. Not as sweet as many other biere de gardes I've had.

Where this beer truly excels is in the mouthfeel. Light and crisp on the palate.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see the Biere de Mars in 12 ounce bottles even though this one is being contracted at the old Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe, PA. Appears a nice copper amber hue with a bright white head fine delicate head soft carbonation forms intricate fine lacing going on. Aroma has mild spices with caramel malts going on with a mild funk character going on from the yeast used, also earthy citrus notes in the background with centennial hops utilized. Flavor has a spiced creamy caramel tone with sharp finishing bitterness herbal and mild citrus tones crazy brew. Mouthfeel has a medium body with sturdy carbonation going on, finishes dry with spice additions. Drinkability overall is tasty stuff, that I appreciate contract 12 ounce bottles of but would much rater see it in 750ml bottles brewed by Phil at Sly Fox Royersford.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear, light golden amber with a moderate sized white and foamy head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible.
S: Caramel malts really dominate the aroma; there are also some hints of hops and vanilla.
T: There are moderate flavors of caramel, biscuity malts and other spices, which are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is some sweetness in the overall taste and the finish is slightly bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and crisp on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and would be great to sit outside with on a nice spring day.

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Photo of Thur123
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy slightly orange golden color with one finger of white head. Slow to moderate carbonation slips to the top. The smell is banana, spices, a bit of green apple skin in addition to a larger malt presence than expected. Less wheat like than expected.

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The flavor is sweet grain malt with the bananas and spices both showing up. There is a nice and moderate hop edge in the center of the profile that goes nicely with the fruit flavor. The green apple shows up with the hops by way of a slight and dry fermented fruit taste. A little musky. Overall a good and somewhat different spring beer. Maybe one of my new go to's this summer. The mouth feel is medium with a light and crisp finish, only a slight aftertaste.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Helter Skelter BIF from GFunk720.

Wow is this brilliantly clear. I could see for miles and miles through this thing. This is sorta coppery gold with a pinkish/orange accent and a nearly white head that rose up a finger and half. Lacing leaves a neat tight little ring, like concentric circles.

On first sip it is hard not to mention the champagne-like mouthfeel and crisp dry finish. This is very interesting in that regard... it is like a slightly thicker champagne. Lots and lots of very fine and dainty carbonation make this dance across your palate.

The nose is a little weak, but I smell some sweet malts and some earthy/dank musty vibe. The taste shows off the sweet malt but adds a nice bitter side that combines with the earthy dankness to provide a sweet, bitter, and funky collection of flavors.

This is my first from Southampton, and though I would not go out and buy this beer regularly, I am certainly now interested in trying more offerings by them.

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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 BeckyFreesTibet
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived at my table with a frothy white head that stuck around forever and left impressive lacing. It was a warm, golden coppery color.

The nose was bready and funky with malty undertones and hints of sweet, summery fruits, spice (especially clove) and honey.

The taste was true to the aroma as it had a funky, yeasty warmth. It was also quite buttery and mildly sweet. The only down side was a very slight metallic hint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was pleasant as it has a medium body and medium carbination. Finishes dry.

Very drinkable and an excellent accompaniment to the cheese plate I enjoyed that evening.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a light, coppery golden color with aggressive carbonation and a huge, frothy head of white foam which etched a wonderful, lasting lace on the walls of my glass.

S: Smells quite bready, with a bit of funky, tangy wheat malts. A little bit of cabinet spices creep in the nose along with some apricot and banana.

T: Flavor holds a nice, sweet and malty wheat bread flavor at first. This turns a bit fruity and spicy around mid palate, giving off hints of apple, pear and apricot. The finish is dry, bitter and semisweet.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly creamy feel. drying in the finish and rather clean.

D: For a beer that creeps up the mid 6% ABV mark, its a very drinkable, clean and satisfying ale. Perfect for pairing with pork and sharp cheese. The cleansing, bready effect of the malt profile used makes for a super-drinkable brew. More French farmhouse ales will be in this guy's future.

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

Pours a nice clear orangy amber with an average off-white head. Aroma is malty, yeasty and slightly fruity. Flavor is strongly malty and somewhat fruity, and has a slightly sweet undertone and a hint of hop bitterness. Smooth and rather fizzy texture completes this beer.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap at capones.

A- bright yellow with orange highlights. Small cap of loose head that dissipates into a ring.

S- tons of fresh cut grass and other lush vegitaion. Crisp hops and some honey.

T- green grass and spicy yeast,reminds me of zubrovka. A small honey hit.

M- medium to thin in body with a great refreshing amount of carb. Nice and light on the palate and a bone dry finish.

D- nice and easy drinking super refreshing and lots of flavor.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber gold in color with a thinner than expected head. The head eventually dies down to the point where it can't be swirled back up. Good clarity.

The aroma has some toasted malt, some caramel, some maple, and some spice. Not a ton of yeast character. A little bit of mustiness comes through, but came across as un-fresh and stale instead of earthy. The flavor follows with some toasty malt up front, a slight buttery flavor, and a bit of low quality caramel on the finish. Nothing to get excited about.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, and with medium carbonation. This beer isn't great, but I'll take another right now. I'm not in a picky mood tonight.

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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 specifically...as 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 cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing and good retention as well.

S- The aroma is fruity and a little bit bready as well with an almost honey-like sweetness

T- The taste starts out with sweet toasted malty flavors and a dose of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southampton Biere de Mars is a beer that is definitely worth a try. Don't know if I like it enough to purchase again but am glad I tried it.

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Photo of jmhart
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber/honey color with a firm head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Honey/apricoty arouma with a mild hint of yeast and herbs.

Taste: Tangerine zest and lavender opening following by an earthy finish. Hints of pepper throughout, but mild.

Mouthfeel: More acid than some, with a mild bite on the tongue. Smooth without creaminess.

Drinkability: Remarkably interesting. Smooth with impressive flavoirs.

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Photo of portia99
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Southampton Biere de Mars

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale tumbler.

A - Pours a crystal clear pale amber/rich golden color. A full finger plus of creamy white head forms and lingers briefly before falling to a substantial layer on the surface of the beer and leaving behind some light lacing on the glass.

S - Filled with plenty of floral and perfumey hops, a bit of earthiness and maybe a bit of skunk in there too. Under the hops is a bit of buttery diacetyl and some soft biscuity and breadlike malt and a some sulfur. Bottle says it is brewed with spices but I'm really not picking up anything in the nose of this beer.

T - Fruity and flowery in flavor up front, a touch of cherry on the tip of my tongue that disappears almost immediately. Mildly bitter, but the malt is more of a factor - provides a nice backbone. Some unusual flavors going on here that detract, maybe a bit of metallic flavor and a bit of dirt too. Just OK for me.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. A bit over-carbonated if you ask me, but not a major detractor. Nothing special here.

D - Not bad...it's definitely drinkable, but not anywhere near the best of the best in this style. I'm happy to have picked this up and been able to try it, but I think it's a one and done for me. The somewhat "off" aromas and tastes kinda turn me off a bit here. Had high expectations for this and was a bit let down.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our latest trade!

Bottle dated 061110

A: Pours a clear, apple cider gold with the tinyest suggestion of head on top. Really. It barely reached 1/8 of a finger thick before it completely disappeared. Not one speck of lace was left behind.

S: Vaguely grapey and toasty with huge amounts of butter. Also picked up a hint of green apple.

T: Pretty much as above with more toasted grains and a flavor I can only describe as woody butter.

M: Pretty much covers the toasty, dry, and bitter side of the spectrum. Actually, I found this to be the best thing about this beer.

D: This was kind of a "meh" beer for me. Not bad, just sort of blah. I'd really like to have tried the version of it shown in the picture above.

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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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