Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs | Southampton Publick House

194 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Southampton Cuvee Des FleursSouthampton Cuvee Des Fleurs

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Saison flavored with a blend of edible flowers including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis, R. canina and H. lupulus.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2004

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 260
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.33/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

"...ale with a variety of flowers, including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinallis and a generous amount of H. lupulus." After some googling that equals lavendar, yarrow, dandelion and hops.

Gold with a lumpy blanket of white foam on top. Clear to cloudy depending on first or last pour.

Smells like green bananas and must. Tastes very spicy with a burnt agave nectar sweetness which is really, really nasty.

This was a drainpour.

 443 characters

Photo of homebrew311
2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours slightly cloudy with zero head, orange/yellow color, some lacing

S: nose features herbal notes with some sourdough, ginger, and some floral/ rose rose character

T: this tastes like biting into a handful of potpourri, extremely floral, so much so that it over shadows the base. Some moderate tartness sneaks through at the end.

MF: the body is surprisingly thick with high carbonation

O: well in theory, this beer sounds quite intriguing, and based on some of the reviews, some really enjoyed it. Perhaps the batch I got was off or maybe it needed time to mellow out, but I just can't get past the intensely floral character

 636 characters

Photo of brandoneast
2.68/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this at '09 GABF and didn't particularly like it then and wanted to give it another chance.

The beer pours translucent copper with nice head. Aromas of mint, lime, rose petals, medicinal syrup, wet/damp field, clove, and somewhat barnyardy but not funky. The taste is weird like a mojito and that medicinal band-aid, phenolic problem - just hard to pull through and put down. Not going to search this one out ever again.

 432 characters

Photo of largadeer
2.76/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy but clear amber with a fluffy off-white head that retains well, leaving rings of lace as it dissipates.

Smell: They're not fucking around here, this is one intensely floral beer. Jasmin, honey and tea leaves come to mind with a plethora of floral undertones that I can't distinguish.

Taste & mouthfeel: Honey-like sweetness meets a distinct green tea-like flavor. Tons of floral complexity, but I couldn't begin to pick out any specific flavors. This is sweeter than I was expecting, to the point of being rather cloying. I'm glad I decided to share this bottle; the complexity and richness of it easily fatigues the palate after 1 glass.

 657 characters

Photo of jsanford
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip.

A - Pours a hazy glowing gold with a thick white head that settles to a patchy haze and thin ring.
S - VERY floral and herbal, with a strong aromas of honey, spicy yeast, and a touch of orange peel. Smells like a perfume, and I'm not sure if that's a good thing or bad...
T - Again, very floral (no surprise), I can really detect the rose water and lavender. More honey and spicy Saison yeast is in there too, but this is a straight-up flower bomb. A bit intense for me, it really get to feel like you're drinking a perfume.
M - Thin-bodied, with crisp carbonation and a lasting, bitter finish.
O - Whew, this was a bit much for me! Too floral for my tastes, but luckily this is right up my girlfriends alley!

 751 characters

Photo of dank203
2.82/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

this ones really strong on the aroma. the aromas are really like a garden of many different flowers, some sage. its really really floral, a bit herbal. the taste is a bit less intense thank fully, but its still hard to swallow. not sure about this one, for me anyway

 266 characters

Photo of thepenguin
2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed 8/7/12

L: Light golden color with very nice head retention.

S: Flowers are prominent in this beer’s smell and intermingle with strong saison-like spiciness and barnyard funk. A little more malt than most saisons.

T: Certainly more malty than other saisons I’ve had. Really not loving the taste. It’s somewhat boozy and rather sweet for the style, with not much spiciness shining through. It really seems closer to a BSPA than a saison. Finishes fairly sweet; really too syrupy. Orange-like flavors and substantial lingering bitterness.

F: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. The heaviness of the mouthfeel doesn’t seem appropriate for a saison.

O: Had way too high a finished gravity to be a saison in my opinion. Too sweet, too boozy, too heavy. Disappointing; I was expecting more from this beer.

 835 characters

Photo of effyeaAB
2.99/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ML format, wine goblet.

A: Deep bright-ish orange, gave it my usual "high pour" while billowy head that fade quickly but leaves nice lacing.

S: TANGERINE!! And flowers, which ones I can't say but very sweet and floral. I like the floral aroma but can't image this being a positive when it comes to the taste.

T/M: Very sweet upfront, some orange like flavors, more so clementine than tangerine on the tongue (as opposed to the aroma) and then the saison yeast finally rears it's head at the very end in the form of a dry finish. Otherwise far far too syrupy for my liking and for the style.

O: Not bad, I've had it multiple times but I just started reviewing on here and can't remember much of how the beer was the first couple of times I'd had it. And although I understand the beer, I'm just not the greatest fan of it.

 828 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a golden color with no head and no carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, floral hops, and a hint of fruit, but not much.

t - Tastes of spices, some light fruit, apples, and floral hops. I thought it taste kind of weird and was not a big fan.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I didn't really enjoy this saison. I thought the taste was an odd mix that didn't work very well. Would not want to have again.

 469 characters

Photo of AgentZero
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy yellow beer with a white head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Smells like lavender and puke. Honestly this smells pretty bad to me. Interesting floral aroma, and by interesting I mean bad.

T - Little bit of yeast, banana, and funk. The floral notes are definately present, but a bit muted from the taste. Thankfully it does not taste as bad as it smells.

M - Light bodied, with crisp carbonation.

O - It's okay, but the smell really turned me off. Not going to seek this one out.

 510 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs has a soft-golden colored body with a slight haze from yeast. The head is white and full, with nice retention and pretty decent lacing.

There is a big flowery aroma, with some fruit and spice behind it.

The added flavors in this one are too powerful to me. There is a large, flowery taste. It tastes a little bit like potpourri. There are a ton of edible flowers added into this one, and the chamomile, lavender and especially the rosewater really stand out. A little bit of a hop bitterness is in there also, which is the only flowery taste that I am used to in beers, even if it isn't in every saison. Underneath all of the flowers is what tastes like a pretty good saison. A hint of tartness comes in the form of green apple and light fruit, and then a little bit of peppery flavor comes after that. The malt is lightly sweet and bready.

The mouthfeel is nice. It explodes on the tongue in the way that a good saison should.

In a lot of ways, Cuvee des Fleurs reminds me of the the Saison Deluxe, which I think is fantastic. The flavor, however, relies too much upon the added flowers. I guess considering the name this isn't much of a surprise, but I'm not a huge fan. It reminds me of a lot of American saisons that use heavy doses of spices instead of letting the yeast shine. It tastes a little bit like potpourri or perfume.

 1,365 characters

Photo of scooter231
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer reminded me a lot of grapefruit juice in a lot of ways. Its appearance resembled it in color, exactly. Had a little head. Smell is very citrusy, fruit juicy- a bit earthy, but mostly citrus notes.

Taste was sour, a bit of honey flavors to be found. Taste seems to go in stages... it's floraly and okay at first, and then becomes progressively worse- more and more sour, and a really icky aftertaste, like old garbage. Mouthfeel is okay- nothing special though. Drinkability? Not so much. I don't see myself searching this one out again- just too much sour garbageyness.

 582 characters

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enormous fluffy white head on top of a hazy sun burnt yellow. Lively carbonation and a sticky lacing.

Scents from a summer meadow, fresh flowers, roses, a little bit lemon, barnyard yeast, and slight band-aid.

Taste is bready, raw floral quality and hoppy. Almost a little over powering. Lightly sweet malt. Taste is not as bright and clean as I expected. Moderate to high bitterness in the finish. A lasting bitterness and rose coats the tongue.

Belgian yeast flavor is overpowered by the hops. I would like to see some more balance here and let that shine through. Unless there is something they are trying to cover up. I will have no problem finishing this 750 though.

 675 characters

Photo of ccrida
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review #300. I've been saving this one since my visit to Long Island at the beginning of this summer, and it's been killing me! Saison is my favorite style, and I've been intrigued by Southampton ever since reading Farmhouse Ales a few years back back.

Poured into my Fantôme tulip, Cuvée des Fleurs is a hazy gold, with a nice sized tight off-white head that's rocky and long lasting, leaving fairly heavy foamy lace, with lots of active effervescence. Perfect for the style, or pretty much any other for that matter.

Aroma is pretty strong on the citrus spices, immediately reminding me of their double wit, which i thought was cloying and over-spiced...uh oh! After having the Saison Deluxe, I had super high expectations, but now I'm not so sure...with a name like Cuvée des Fleurs, I knew it would be floral, but this is awfully heavy-handed...mainly lots of orange, but also a nice bit honey. In spite of the hint of quinine like dryness that I expect for the style, the spices are too thick for my taste.

The taste, disappointingly is also way to heavy on the spices, very floral, with some citrus, which gives it an interesting depth, but it's just to much. As my pallet adjusts, I get flashes of the brilliance of the Saison Deluxe, but this on is just so sugary and washed out in spices, I can't really savor it. I'm not sure of the FG, but I think if they dropped this another .010 it would be spot on - as it is, it's just to under-attenuated for my taste. In spite of all the criticism, the floral honey taste is growing on me, and starting to hit the spot, although it's still awfully rich. While the taste certainly isn't average, it's not too good either! I keep waffling on the score, but in the end, I'll give it a 3....but without my comments, it's closer to a 2, e.g. (I'm) Not Impressed!

The mouthfeel is to cloying for a saison, in spite of the spritz from the carbonation. Otherwise, it's pretty light and creamy.

Well, I really wanted to love this one. But it's just not that good by my palate, and this 750ml bottle took some time. Way to spicy, I'm glad I sat on it for a few months at least, as I'm sure it was only worse fresh. Still, I really love their Saison Deluxe, in spite of this and that double wit. The funny thing is that I just had my first taste of Founder's Breakfast Stout with BA JohnMichaelson this afternoon, an extremely special treat that would surely earn a higher score then my #300...nevertheless, I'm glad I brought this one home!

 2,494 characters

Photo of granger10
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, that cork was a bitch! It damn near took all my strength to open this bottle. The pour is a very elegant golden bronze color with a somewhat foamy medium sized egg white head. Sparse amounts of bubbles go to the top. Smell is yeasty and floral, about what I'd expected but they are a little weak. Taste is really hard for me to pin down. Starts out almost tarty but I'll just say bitter with hops and flowers, lots of odd estery flavors. It's really a hard hit initially to my palate. A grainy, yeasty flavor helps sweeten up the rather thick for its style beer. Underneath there seems to be white grape tannins. Finish is yeasty with some fruity complements and lingers to the point of almost being annoying. This was one different tasting saison, not bad, but not my style either.

Still, lots of thanks to FeloniusPhil for such a great all around trade!

 869 characters

Photo of DmanGTR
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes from November '09. Thanks to an awesome BA for sharing!

A - Coppery amber, somewhat cloudy with tiny particulates. Large white head that diminished quickly. 3.5

S - This is very interesting. I can actually pick out the different flowers in the aroma, all light and delicately mixed, very faint funkiness. Quite complex and I'm actually not sure what to make of it besides it being "very interesting and floral." 4.0

T - Unfortunately, the nose was probably the best aspect so far. The taste is spicy with a hint of anise and pepper, sweet maltiness and ripe pears, then a frickin bouquet of flowers. An herbal bitterness that seems somewhat out of place to me. 3.0

M - Pretty good, although the carbonation seemed a little high initially, then kind of just died. 3.5

D - Altogether an ok drinker. Very interesting... seems to be the theme of this beer. 3.0

 879 characters

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a goblet.
Looks a lot like grapefuit juice. Not a whole lotta head, a dense, hazy, yellow/orange color.
Smells very fruity and floral... which makes sense seeing as how this is made with edible flowers. Enjoyabley fragrant.
Unfortunately for me, this tasted too much like grapefruit juice. It struck me as a sour fruit juice with a kick. Quite a bit of citrus zest. This is pretty tangy, which I usually enjoy from a brew but I didn't enjoy it here.
Those that enjoy tripels as a beer style may like this one.
I didn't particularly enjoy this one.
I will say that this way more enjoyable when paired with some spicy chinese food. It has enough backbone to stand up to stronger flavors.
Still, I won't be going to great lengths to find this one again.

 806 characters

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber-orange color with an island of an off white head.

The flowers this is brewed with dominate the nose, leading to a strong, overpowering herbal aroma. It reminded me of oregeno, or other herbs you would find in a pizza sauce. The yeast is overshadowed by the "fleurs" aspect, and comes through with very little to remind me of a Saison.

The flavor is also strongly based on the flowers, which causes the same problem on the nose. It has too much herbal flavor, with a strong bitterness on the finish. As it warms, it seems overly sweet. Again, it doesn't remind me of a Sasion.

I found the carbonation to be too high for this beer, but the mouthfeel was otherwise good. It had a moderate body with a very dry finish. I didn't find this very drinkable and I'm not sure I would get it again.

 811 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well I haven't tasted it, but its one gorgeous beer. In the brown bottle you can see it's crystal clear and bright. The head is like whipped egg whites and has insane retention. The beer is a dramatically bright brass color with some lively carbonation. Clumps of lacing.

Aroma is wild. Overrun by perfume like aromas that remind me of herbs. Sage, Juniper, a light mint, white pepper, and light yeast notes.

Flavor is definitely sweeter than I expected. The perfume, herbaceous aromas all are present in the flavor. A light menthol type flavor seems to be the most dominant. These flavors seem to overpower most traditional saison flavors. Some bitterness towards the end that lingers nicely. What's interesting is that the flavor of the flowers stays with you for quite some time. Certainly a complex beer, but I wish it was less sweet. It finally hit me that this reminds me a little of a high quality honey.

Big in the mouth, yet body is fairly light. Again the sweetness has in impact here.

This is a beer that you slowly enjoy... It's ok, but I would not seek it out again.

 1,086 characters

Photo of Jredner
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spicy and mildly sweet honey-tinged floral aroma. Has a wheat beer look to it. Cloudy golden color with a huge biscuit head that compresses to cracker thickness as it settles.

Very complex flavors that cover every range from bitter, sweet, sour and tart. I have to say this is one of those beers I appreciate for the skill it takes to make it, but just don’t personally like. My wife, pragmatist that she is just plopped an orange in her share and pretended it was another wheat beer.

 488 characters

Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with a 1 finger head

smell: roses, floral, little spice,

taste: rose water, floral,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: an interesting take on the style. think the wife enjoyed it more then I.


 284 characters

Photo of hawks10
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown corked & caged bottle -

Pours a hazy golden orange with a ton of fluffy off white head which takes forever to recede, leaving chunks of lacing behind...

Tons of spice, pepper, floral aromas with some yeast and a tiny citrus twist...too much spice...

Starts out a bit sweet, honey and a little bit citrus. Floral and yeasty, then the pepper kicks in...

Heavier than expected, thick and somewhat creamy. Lingering spice and bitterness...

 452 characters

Photo of sisuspeed
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Spycow for the bottle!
Best by 4/28/15

Pours a pale, golden-yellow with three fingers of fluffy white head on top. Lots of lively carbonation racing to the top to sustain the head. The head eventually reduces and leaves some nice lacing.

Lots of Belgian style yeast notes in the aroma. Floral and earthy with dry hay. Touch of citrus and light rose/flower fragrance. Light spice.

Sweet, perfume, flower taste with yeasty, spicy malt. Hmmm... I kind of like this, but 750 ml is way too much for me, even splitting a bottle is too much. Very floral with an odd perfume-like sweetness. Slightly earthy. A bit tough to get down.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is almost spritzy. Could be toned down a little bit. Light alcohol warmth as you swallow. The vegetal/floral sweetness gets to me a bit.

Overall, this is an interesting brew. The first sip definitely made me go 'woah'. I was expecting some floral presence, but not to this degree. A bit sweet and over carbonated for me, but otherwise not too bad. Jolly Pumpkin's IO saison is a much better floral saison if that's what you're looking for.

 1,117 characters

Photo of hwwty4
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to jwc215 for the chance to try this one.

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a slightly hazy, golden straw with a massive 5 inch, white head that leaves some seriously sticky lacing as the beer recedes from my glass. Judging by the two examples of Saisons that I've been able to procure from Southampton, they really know how to make a beautiful Saison. Its an absolutely stunning beer. The aroma is exactly what I thought a beer brewed with flowers and rose water would smell like. The rose water really comes through in the nose. Also white pepper, a bit of floral hops and a grassy component that I just cant place. It kind of smells like un-mown field. Also there is a rather sweet aroma, almost candy sugar sweet, that doesn't have any floral component at all. The flavor is an amalgamation of a bunch of flavors that don't quite fit together as an overall package. Up front is the massive floral qualities that this beer has. Aromatic rose petals, floral hops, white pepper, a bit of spicy clove, all mixed with Belgian candy sugar. The sweetness of this beer is really overwhelming for me. Once you get past the floral component its just sweet. Every part of the flavor profile just adds to the sweetness of the beer. Not my type of Saison. The mouthfeel is the most distressing part of the beer. It takes my favorite part of a traditional Saison and throws it out the window. That's the dry finish. I want my Saisons to make my mouth scream for another sip. I want my mouth to feel like I just ate a dozen cake doughnuts. This is not it. While I can see some people loving this beer, its just not my cup of tea. I'll take a Saison Deluxe.

 1,702 characters

Photo of crusian
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Awesome girlfriend from whole foods in Vinna, VA.

pours a cloudy mustard with about half a finger of head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass with some lacing drawing downward toward it.
on the nose there is a hint of spice, orange, and flower petals. when swirled it brings forth a strong odor of a solvent... odd... and not what I would want in my beer. Hope this tastes better.
taste is... well, there is a bit of a solvent taste, but there are so any other things going on here that I dont care about it... Kinda tastes like a field of wild flowers with a hint of mustard seed. I was hoping it would be more like the melange secht, but it is nothing like it. It is a different blend of flavors, thats for sure. A nice break from your average flavors in a beer. Very nice smooth finish. This one is interesting and thoroughly worth a try.

 878 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs from Southampton Publick House
4.04 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.