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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2004

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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 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 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 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 gskitt
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. The scent of this Saison is crazy. Flowers, flowers and more flowers. Anyway, Pours a pale yellow, lots of tiny bubbles, reminiscent of a sparking wine. Head is fluffy and sticks around. Did I mention the scent of flowers on the nose? Tasted yeasty, fruity, and had bread like qualities in the flavor. Mouthfeel was dry and left you wanting more. Flowers anyone?

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

Date of 04/28/15 on the label. Clear golden color with a short lived two finger head. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

I like how the saison yeast comes through in the aroma of this American Saison. That is something that is missing in a majority of domestic attempts at the style. Besides the yeast the malt gives a dry, biscuit aroma. Then comes the special ingredients of flowers and rose water. Man is this thing floral. Smells like a flower garden.

This is a unique flavor. I think it is the rose water I am tasting that is threatening to overpower the flavor. But enough of the base saison is detected, and it is excellant, that I did not lower the score. Very floral. The finish is moderately dry with no sign of alcohol.

Light body with a smooth texture. I would of liked a little more carbonation but it did not hurt this beer by much.

A unique and delicious beer. Southampton can compete with the best US brewers in the Belgian styles.

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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.


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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Carlos, thanks! This is a year and a half old.

A: Hazy yellow gold with a pillowy white head.

S: Powerful floral profile of lavender and rose. Candy apple with an expressive orange presence. Estery with bready malt.

S: Sweet apple with a candied sugar aspect. Lots of orange with a light bitterness. The flavor is heavily floral like the nose. There's a little alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

Overall: An enjoyable and very interesting beer.

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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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a huge frothy two-fingers of white head. The head fades very slowly down leaving behind lots of lace.

S - The aroma is big on the Belgian yeast and has a nice background of floral and herbal notes. There is also just a bit of herbal hop in there as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of yeast flavor and some lemon. This is backed up with a mix of floral and herbal flavors. Through the middle the yeast gets a bit stronger and a bit of spice and hop come through as well. The finish is a mix of yeast and floral notes that linger for quite a while.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth and quite lively. The beer is overall fairly dry and the finish lingers forever.

D - Very drinkable. Especially for 8.2% abv, this beer is super smooth. The floral flavors are at just the right level and everything seems to work for this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)
best by 4/26/15
A- This beer has a very slight hazy lemon yellow body that gets a bit more hazy with each pour. There is a several gentle strands of microbubbles trailing to the surface supporting a very thick creamy white head that sticks to the glass in sheets and last longer than the beer. It even holds a lip print on the first sip.

S- The full aroma of saison yeast character including brie rind takes on a perfumed aroma even during the pour. There is a floral aroma of camomile, roses and a touch of medicinal herbs underneath. The finish is a dry floral yeasty note with a touch of green hops. This beer is worth the sniff alone.

T- The soft herbal flavor has yeast characters in it and a slight bitter herb note in the finish. There is a wood and roses note to the hops and a soft floral cinnamon heat that comes through as the beer warms. The finish is crisp and dry.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little scrubbing fizz that compliments the green notes in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- I was very said to see this bottle empty. This beer had perfect saison qualities, great yeast character, crisp dry body and good hops character. However, the complex flower characters remained light but still full and they really compliment the beer and make it a better beer. Everything was balanced and harmonious making this a very elegant beer.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my snifter. Shared this one with my GF that had the Rose beer from SAVOR with me.

A - A cloudy golden yellow with some light orange hues. The head started medium in size and broke down to a slightly sticky and slightly thick white film.

S - Not as Rose water as I expected but very lovely. There is great yeast and spice and a ton of floral and slightly sweet fruit notes. I love the thick and complex notes of this nose. In my opinon you need to smell this one.

T & M - The funk comes out in this brew. It is calmed by the floral and slight fruity sweetness but the herbs are there and complex. The sweetness starts right from the front of the beer and it opens to the floral notes and smoothness of the beer. Then in the end this medium to light boddied beer finishes a little thinner with not that much astringent taste.

O - I really did enjoy this beer a lot. The complexity was theere at every turn as the slight honey sweetness mixes with the deep floral and airy flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth and easy but not as carbinated as I like my funkhouse. The mix of funky and floral rose mixed well and I take my hat off for Southampton for pulling it off.


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

750ml bottle poured into cervoise.

A - Pours a nice, deep yellow with brighter yellow edges. One finger fizzy white head dissipating quickly. Very little lacing.

S - Like a flower shop, for real. Lots of grassy meadow smell backed up with strong citric (lemons, lime zest, oranges).

T - Like a flower shop, for real. Haha! If you took a bouquet of wild flowers, put them in a blender and drank it, I would imagine it would taste like this beer. However, once you get over that initial surprise, it is actually quite pleasant. A minor caramel backbone for support but what really stood out to me was the intense grapefruit citric bitterness. Super strong, very good. The rose water is noticeable but integrated well with the lavender, yarrow and marigold. Seriously, when you hear these ingredients and then taste the beer, you're like "Ya, I can see that" (in reference to the beer tasting like flowers). In the end, I picked up some pepper and honey.

M - Crisp, surprising, light. ABV hidden very well.

O - As odd as this beer may sound, I think it was very well done and quite enjoyable and refreshing. A very easy drinker with great carbonation levels and easy on the palate. Would definitely like to have this again. Who knew I liked how flowers taste? Humph.

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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!

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Photo of mwilbur
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a hazy and slightly dark yellow with almost no head (slight white whiff that is quickly gone and you wonder if you had imagined it in the first place).
S: Very pleasant fresh floral aroma with some citrus and caramel malt. Honey and roses. Definitely sweet.
T: Definite rose water and honey influences up front. Bitter citrus hops. Mild, but sweet caramel malt. Herbal (especially chamomile and lavender) and floral. Mild earthy funk. Moderately spicy and peppery.
M: Light and crisp at first, then turns toward acidic and bitter, with a sweet oily finish. With warming, an alcohol burn emerges in the finish. Interesting.
D: Certainly an interesting brew and worth a try. A nice twist on one of my favorite styles. A nicely complex sipper at the end of a warm day.

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Photo of rdickey
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw-like gold into a tulip. Fine white one-finger head dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: It’s full of flowers, but the first thing that hits me is a more herbal scent. After that, though, the flowers take over. I can pick out the lavender pretty easily, and the rose hips as well. I feel a little like I’m in a candle shop, but it’s definitely interesting.

Taste: Wow, this is different. And good. The flowers team up nicely with the malt in the sweetness category, but they’re nicely balanced out by an unusual but very tasty spiciness and the herbal notes that came through in the nose. Hops are lurking in the background, but don’t really assert themselves. Overall, a complex beer that is very well executed; hats off to the brewer for fitting these pieces together in a way that works so well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a surprisingly light finish.

Drinkability: This is definitely not a quaffer, and the complexity of the taste should discourage that. Still, the relatively high ABV sneaks up on you, so watch out.

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Photo of RossLaird
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky golden beer with about 2 inches of foamy white head that doesn't linger.

Nose is spicy, floral, and wet hay.

Taste is floral and pungent, but that is counterbalanced by a citrusy sweetness and green cardamom notes. Nice boozy warm finish. Leaves a spicy, somewhat smokey flavor on the palette. Not much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and silky smooth. Alcohol level leaves a nice warm feeling.

It's a good saison. Crisp, smooth, and tasty. Probably not something I'd want to drink all night, but I could definitely put a few back. The smell is a little off-putting at first, but as soon as you taste it, everything blends together to form a very good beer.

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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.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass, revealing four fingers of tall creamy head over bright golden clear body. This beer presents itself very well. Smells floral and like sweet dried hay. Good smells for a saison. Traces of rose on the nose, but the lively and spiced bouquet of saison yeast overtake it easily.

Tastes very sweet for a saison, possibly as sweet as or sweeter than Hennepin (which I happen to like, but is not the usual way I've encountered this style) with a fresh juicy corn presence. Lots of sweet floral character on the tongue as well, evocative of concentrated pre-honey nectar. Slight pollen presence as well surrounding a very lightly spiced center. Mouthfeel is almost medium-bodied and on the thicker, more syrupy side with a lively but rounded carbonation that adds some creaminess. For the abundance of flavors, it's decently drinkable but less so if you're not trying to abate a sweet tooth.

Overall a very interesting rendition of the style. I enjoyed it, but not as frequently as I would enjoy other staple saisons.

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

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like rose and sharp floral hops, with clove and a little sweet honey and tart wild yeast.
T: It tasted like sweet orange and honey and tart floral hops (mostly rose), with some clove and sour yeast. It had a crisp and tart aftertaste.
M: It was thick and viscous, with smooth natural carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a really interesting and well executed beer. Not necessarily delicious, but still and enjoyable and intriguing scent and taste. Very nice slick body, along with well hidden alcohol made it easy to drink. But this lent itself more toward sipping. Not sure how age would affect it, but it's a solid and unique saison fresh.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange and cloudy. Minor to moderate amount of white foamy head. Small amounts of fine sediment. Semi-opaque.

S: Belgian yeast, tart/funk, lots of floral scents. Vaguely reminiscent of the old ladies' section of the perfume counter at the mall. Cleaning solvents meet flowers with a touch of honey.

T: Floral, clean bitterness, some moderate tartness, and nice sweet malts. The floral flavors and the bitterness may be intended to go together with the funkiness, but to my palate, it started to get too bitter and herbal over time. Then as it warmed, it turned the corner and was the opposite - almost cloyingly floral and sweet.

M: Moderate density and viscosity. Carbonation seems to match the body pretty well and also is appropriate for the style.

O: Very well balanced. Nice and clean and refreshing while also offering good complexity. Very odd, interesting and both impressive and disappointing all at the same time.

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Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, picked up in New Milford.

Appearance is a cloudy copper with a fairly small white head.
Its` smell has pear, lemon, candy and some spice, inviting. Des Fleurs tastes of citrus, some of the candy and sugar continues, along with malt and other notes. MF is medium, sweet, earthy, and some bitterness in the end. Overall, this is a very good saison from Southampton.

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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.

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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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Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs from Southampton Publick House
4.04 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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