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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

what's the fuss here? After having the spring dandelion from Brasserie Fantome, and several other saisons, I was disapointed in comparison. The taste was toned down, just above watered down. Purchased fresh at Beers of the World less than 3 months ago, so no aging situation. This brewery uses aggressive carbonation, again demonstrated here. And that's all it was.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle of this at the Bethlehem Speakeasy a while ago. This brew poured out as a nice hazy yellow color with some fizzy white head bubbles on top. The lacing on this brew wasn't too bad. The smell of the beer was much like some of the other Saison's I've had in the past but the added floral element that this one had made it a little more interesting to me. The taste of the beer was pretty good too I thought, it was very floral which I enjoyed. The mouthfeel of the beer was bubbly, it was also fairly light bodied also. Overall this brew was quite nice, it's a good beer to have in warmer weather I think.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving only lacing on the surface in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of rose water in the nose along with notes of flowers and herbs.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the floral and herbal flavors are stronger – hibiscus, rose and lavender seem to stand out in particular.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This smell and taste of this beer are very unique. It is rather drinkable and has some refreshing properties. No traces of alcohol are detectable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that rapidly declines to a ringlet; no lace

Smell: Floral aromatics, with chamomile and cardamom

Taste: Unusual slightly herbal taste, with a honey lemon element up front; after the swallow, a range of flavors including chamomile, licorice, coriander and, of course, brett, develop

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very low carbonation

Drinkability: What an unusual beer; very well crafted but not for everybody's palate; glad I tried it but not one I would seek out again

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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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous pour on this, glowing sunset orange, a little hazy. Constant streaming carbonation. Duvel-esque foam, remaining for half-hour at least.

Earthy, spicy aroma, phenolic clove and herbs. Somewhat sweet and reminiscent of the spice rack. Swirling brings out a bit of citrus and some minor tea notes. Fairly unique, but the phenolics are a little much for me.

Sweet and smooth, bitter herbs build in the back, a nice balance there. The floral and phenolic elements come off as slightly odd, but they are in the background. Feels like a Belgian saison or strong pale, fairly full bodied. Big caramelized sugars and herbal/floral character. Unique and interesting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of IMtheOptimator: Poured a slightly cloudy yellowish color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of ester yeast and light spices with some very nice floral notes was very much enjoyable. Taste is a well balance mix between light and floral spices and a nice ester yeast all backup by some Belgian style malt and a medium dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. If somebody at told me this beer was from Dupont or Fantome, I would have had not problem believing it (which by the way is a great compliment coming from me).

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Photo of zeff80
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left some nice rings of lace.

S - Amazing! Very floral aroma that actually smells like walking through a rose garden. There were bubble gum aromas, too.

T - The taste is very different from the aroma. It was funky and spicy with a bubblegum flavor. Nice caramel maltiness is present, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good beer. I loved the aroma with flowers and rose water.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice light golden color with a foamy white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light grain and wheat plus a nice floral character. Light spicing in the background. Flavor hits the floral notes as well plus a nice backing pilsner malt character. Light body and a nice dry finish with a bit of bitterness as well. Quite well done.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/25/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, rose water, lavender, mint, flowers, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, honey, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, flowers, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, rose water, lavender, mint, flowers, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, honey, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, rose water, lavender, mint, flowers, herbal, grass, pepper, clove, honey, biscuit, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, flowers, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible flower spiced saison style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, flowers, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. The flower spice flavors were incredibly well balanced and complimenting to the saison style character. Really impressed me. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head sticks around quite nicely and leaves sticky lace on the glass.

S - Spicy notes of wheat with lots of fruity yeast. Pear, pineapple, and sweet, honey malt.

T - Sweet malt up front with some peppery yeast and notes of clove. Some fruit appears in the middle, pear and pineapple. More black pepper and graham cracker malt notes in the finish with a hint of spicy hop flavor and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - An unusually well made beer. This seems to walk the line between being a saison and a very good tripel. Either way, it is a complex and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, light gold body with a slim, slender, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, lightly honey-hinted wafts mixed with a spritz of herbal and floral liqueurs and no-pulp orange juice as well as finely-ground spices.

Taste: A tangy taste of pils and wheat malts, a few well-placed crumbs of sugared sweetness, with a taste of yeasty bread marked with alligator pepper and a whisper of menthol. Very thin lemon shavings. A bit more pepper. Four drops of semi-dry mead. And plenty of varied floral tones throughout, as you'd may find in herbal teas. A bit of orange marmalade. Faintly grassy, rustically straw-like hops with some imparted bitterness. Ginger, menthol, and acidic juices on the warming, lowly carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Evocative at times at being more of a spiced tripel or strong golden. It's a fun, varied assortment of flavors kept my interest throughout the 750ml bottle. Pretty good, overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The earth laughs in flowers."

--E.E. Cummings

Golden Delicious apple yellow with a massive crown of whipped cream that is lemon-tinted ivory in hue. The head is Belgianesque, something that is true of very few American ales. Since it looks even better with melting, and during subsequent pours, the big score is an easy call.

The aroma is a wonderful saison-like combination of fruit and spice that is both complex and interesting. Oddly enough, however, it isn't that floral, despite an ingredients list that includes lavender, chamomile, calendula, rose hips and rose water. And let's not forget humulus lupulus, which aren't that prominent either.

Cuvee des Fleurs delivers a whole host of interesting flavors to the farmhouse ale table. Its most fascinating feature is that it tastes more like a potpourri of spices were added than a varied bouquet of flowers. Cardamom, clove and white pepper seem especially prominent... and must be the result of a robust Belgian yeast. Golden orchard fruit (apples and pears) calls to mind a finely crafted BSPA.

The malt tastes exclusively pale/pilsner/wheat, and provides just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness in check. Tanginess is minimal and barnyard funkiness is absent. This is a difficult ale to describe... and an easy ale to love. This saison is tremendous solo and should complement most foods with ridiculous ease. In fact, it might be the perfect picnic beer.

Body/mouthfeel is the only attribute that can't stand toe-toe with Belgium's finest. It's much better in the bottom half of the bottle, however. That's when it becomes slightly bigger, slightly more expansive, and slightly smoother. All due to carbonation that is starting to find its groove, no doubt.

Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs can't touch the magnificence of Southampton Grand Cru (very little else can either). Having said that, this masterful creation might be my second favorite ale from the incomparable Phil Markowski. A million thanks to the generous jwc215 for one of the most amazing extras ever.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy medium yellow color came gurgling out of the bottle, quickly coming to a head that reached a height of maybe two inches. There was then a rich coating of side glass lace that thoroughly coated the glass with some nice carbonation being visible throughout the session.

The aroma was highly charged on this one. Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. The initial taste was peppery, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening.

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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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only other rose water flower infused beer came from Philly Brewing and I'm not a fan. It's the beginning of Spring let's see how this one does. Looks like a rockin' saison with a cloudy amber/golden orange semi clouded body and a magnificent bright white fine bubbled head forming thick and high above the rim of my chalice. Aroma has lemon citrus brightness with an herbal echineca infused experience, definite rose water usage here as well. If you have allergies you better take your claritin before imbibing. Another layter of peppery/dry/chalky yeast notes with very well hidden booze. Flavor has some pretty sweet pineapple/tropical fruit tones going on with a touch of honey like sweetness as well. Finishes bitter with green/floral/earthiness. Comes of dry after the wave of malts and Belgian candi sugar leaves the palate. Lemon citrus/zestiness adds quite a sharp tartness on to the whole experience, the beer is so complex and hard to describe but I'm not sure how well it's meshing for me so far. Enjoyable especially with food, body it's medium bodied well hidden booze no really alcohol burn even though it's interwoven to add another dimension to an already complex beer. Every Southampton bottle I've come across has been very impressive and although I gave it second thoughts before trying a flower infused beer I'm glad I grabbed this one. This one nails the medium bodied effervescence of a Belgian brewed Saison, classic effort. As long as Southampton continues their Keller Pils all will be right in the universe. I will also never hesitate to try a new 750 ml bottle of something Phil Markowski and company puts out.

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Photo of stakem
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle shared with some friends. Poured into a matching Southampton goblet, this brew appears a clear golden color. A white frothy head sits atop the brew and slowly fades leaving some strings and spots of lace all over the glass. Constantly rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin lacing atop the brew. A light swirl revives a yellowish stained finger back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is like an elderly woman's perfume, earthy but without the bite. Floral aspects mixed with garden herbs, cheese, funk, green peppers and some spices somewhat peppery. There is a touch of sweetness to the nose almost like honey or caramel malt.

The taste is very floral with an herbal aspect. A little bit of a perfume aspect resides in the mouth with a light amount of evaporative bite. Some cheese and funk are included with yeasty spices lik clove and peppercorn. Somewhat minty with a light astringent dryness like strong unsweetened tea. The aftertaste is a bit like clover honey mixed with garden herbs.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest to high level of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion. A very interesting take on the style. It was peculiar at first but as the experience continued, it really grew on me. I would have this again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have wanted to try this one for a long time, and I finally dropped the $10 at New Beer and went for it.

Pours a fogged golden amber with a good bit of crème head. Nose is that grassy orange funk. Seems almost like a bit of mint is there. Hmmm. The flavor...there is that mint again. That is a new one for me in a saison. Definite fruit character there as well. Big sweet edge. I really get a mass of mint on this one. Seems very vibrant, possibly a bit too much so for a saison. But either way, this is a good saison. Feel is of course laden with bubble from a huge amount of carbonation. Liquid is pretty typical. Overall it is very drinkable. A bit too tangy IMO, but still a good saison.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle - poured into tulip glass:

Pours golden with a fluffy, becoming foamy, white head. Its slow descent leaves lacing.

The smell is very floral at first - like a flower garden - but, minty spicy hops and some malty sweetness come in in the background.

The taste is floral - roses and a general floral character - with a sweet maltiness balanced by a minty, perfumy dryness in the finish. The taste is almost overly floral at first, but orange, then mint come through. Some alcohol shows.

It has an effervescent, creamy, heftier side of light body.

An "interesting" brew. At first, I had mixed feelings - a bit too perfumy, floral, but then it improved/grew on me. It did slow down, and took me quite some time to finish. Mixed on drinkability, as this bottle was more than enough, with lingering floral/perfumy dryness. "Mission accomplished" when it comes to the use of flowers, with a hop backing. Different and creative. Would not have mind sharing, but able to enjoy the bottle after sipping it to the end. "Different" for sure...

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Photo of Billolick
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another VSK selection at the BT ale house in NYC, this was the second saison I tried that night and the differences with the first were stunning. This is also a very tasty and well crafted brew, much lighter in color, and much more of a lighter and smaller flavor profile. Lemony, herbal, zesty, spicy. This high quality quafer sports an awesome puffy, pillowy head. Also quite complex. Fantastically smooth and drinkable. To be highly saught after.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a contract-brewed bottle that Chris provided. We had a chance to acquire the Publick House version, but didn't pull the trigger. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Small white foam that settles to a thin collar, some wisps, and spotty lace. Hazy straw yellow body.

S - Floral notes, perfume, rose water, cardamom-esque aroma. Very intense and "spiced", but from yeast and flower additions.

T - Taste is more bitter, leafy, and herbal in character, with less of the floral and perfume character found in the nose. There's a faint honey and pale malt backdrop. Maybe a touch of peppery yeast. Bitter finish, either from hops or some other plants.

M - Medium-light body, medium-low carbonation, a hint of alcohol warmth. Finishes with light residual stickiness. Seems lighter than the listed ABV.

D - Goes down quite easily for 8.2% - I was quite surprised that this was one of the higher alcohol brews from Southampton. Not a beer of which I could consume a lot, but a lot better than many of the spiced/herbed abominations I've had in the past. May have to seek out the Publick House version at some point.

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Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky, rich golden orange in color with no head or bubbles. It smells of pine cones, honey, yeast, and spices. It's definitely different. I don't know what I expected but I guess it included flowers. This smells more like a belgian-mead hybrid. The flavors include honey, yeast, tripel/saison spice, and light booze. It tastes more of a strong Belgian pale than a saison. It's still good, just not what I expected. This beer drinks very light and has virtually no carbonation. It's flavorful and tastes good, but just isn't what I expected.

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Photo of Gavage
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange color with a 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: very flowery and full of a floral bitterness. Outstanding aroma.

Taste: caramel, light fruitiness, floral bitterness, a bit of spiciness, and a load of flowery flavors. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Dryness arrives late. Aftertaste is flowery and lasts a while.

Drinkability: this beer has a great flavor and goes down quickly. Nicely refreshing. Great beer everyone should try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tough one to rate. For a farmhouse it's a bit light, but knowing that is has rose water and flowers. Who doesn't like flowers?

Pours a light golden, light and fluffy. Dense, rich white foamy head. This looks like a summer deee light.

Aroma is light. Floral..go figure. Semi sweet.

Flavors are light but tangy. Like a glazed doughnut that someone has scraped away most of the glaze to fight caloric intake. Spice. Cardamon, zest. Some light lemon zest.

Zippy finish for the most part. Thin but the bite make is feel heavier. Alcohol is present and warming.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to shaebs99 for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, which left a nice island in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, yeasty, cinimmon, nutmeg, flowery, slight caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, very nice touch of spices and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, never had a Saison like this before very very nice, highly recommended. Another awesome brew from Southampton, Thanks Steve.

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