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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 Sean9689
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southampton Mega Tasting!

A - Pours golden yellow, white head, thin ring.

S - Flowers, lots of 'em. Some yeast funk, some cloves, but mostly, it's like walking into a botanical garden.

T - Not quite as much floral as I was expecting. Orange peel, flowers, slight banana bread, yeast funk. Subtle notes of this and that, nothing overly off-putting.

M - Light, crisp and smooth, good carbonation.

O - Not really my kind of beer, but still, not like I couldn't drink it. Would I search for this again, probably not. That said, if someone brought it around, I'd have another glass. Decent.

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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 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 confer
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of our Botm choices for March.
It comes in 750 ml bottles corked and caged.
Pours a deep gold with a cottony pure white head that hangs and also leaves its mark on the glass.
The smell is almost like a tripel but you get a hint of the flowery smell also.
Taste starts out good but finishes with a a funky earthy aftertaste.
There is a very dry finish to this beer, it almost feels like it evaporates in you mouth.
Judging this beer just a Saison it is pretty good. There is so much variation within this style. I don't know if it would really do the job of thirst quenching on warm summer day.
I would drink it again.

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

Appears a meadish gold honey color with a thick white head, also alot of sediment. The smell is like honey and mint. The flavor starts out with a ginger taste and finishes with a mint type of flavor, there is a bit of warmth from the alcohol but nothing too heated. This beer is really really dribkable.

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Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Not only is this beer cloudy, consistently throughout, every inch of it is actually as murky as a swamp. The color is soft orange one, with about a half finger or so cloud white head that kept its retention throughout.

S: Well, the marketing speak on this one didn't say anything about coriander, but for some reason, I'm getting a lot of it. Spicy and floral for sure, with a "rose garden-like" flair.

T: Flowers and candy (pixie stick dust) meet for the first time! Pretty sweet, it a candy sort of way, with coriander playing at least third fiddle to the many flowers that were used to make this beer (all of which I had never even heard of). I got a tinge of the farmhouse quality on the late part of the brew.

M: Mild, yet tight prickly carbonation. A few bubble stuck to the glass as I siphoned off the brew, but not many. Sweet, but not sticky; floral but not manure-like.

D: The farmhouse saison style is definitely in my top 3 favs.... and this is one of the best of them. Fantastic achievement all around!

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

750 ml bottle into big red wine glass. Best estimate puts this one at more than a year since release.

Pours a beautiful clear golden-orange, with a one finger white cap. Creamy and a bit soapy, with sticky lacing left along the sides of the glass as the head settles. Beautiful bubble streams course up from the bottom of the glass. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is amazing - vibrant, orangey fruit notes, a bit tropical, sit alongside the floral presence underneath, bit of lavender, fairly restrained. Grassy pungency rounds things off. Lightest hint of barnyard, very restrained but adds a nice authenticity.

Taste is fantastic also. Orangey fruit and a light, fruity malt sweetness, lightly pungent, with the floral presence coming through to bring a nice balance. Lightly perfumey. Grassy bitterness lingers deftly on the palate, light but firm. A light barnyard pungency rounds things out; almost flawless in its execution.

Mouthfeel is good - light bodied, crisp carbonation, restrained bite. full, long finish.

Nicely drinkable - fantastic taste and well-rounded mouthfeel see nicely to that. Hard to fault the drinkability either, but the complexity make you at least stop and thing. Very refreshing, no flaws to be found really - very, very good saison.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam drinks this shit. Pours a light orange color with a good clarity with a great bit head and plenty of lace. The aroma is nicely floral and bready with some orange peel and lavender. The flavor is very spicy with plenty of floral bitterness and I would dare to say that the beer is mildly sweet. There is a good deal of orange rind bitterness in the beer as well. Complex and interesting without being overbearing.

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

75 CL

Pours a light lemon gold, hazy, with a very thick pillowy white head.

Smells of coriander, citrus, and fresh grassy malts.

Tastes lemony and zesty like orange peel, with yeasty malt flavors and the aforementioned coriander spice, also some grape and rose/floral sweetness.

Feel is moderate, perhaps on the thicker side, with a decent tingle of carbonation throughout.

Delicious and enticing. The label advertises the use of rose water which doesn't come through for me in the nose but is evident in the taste profile. I was concerned that element would be overpowering but it is appropriately subtle. Not a sessionable beer due to strength, but a fantastic sipper that stands on its own merits as a great farmhouse/saison experience. Recommended.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sent my way as an extra from Pabs311. Thanks a bunch Dave. My wife and I split the cork and caged 750ml bottle into our matching Duvel tulips and paired it up with some homemade white chicken chili. Review time:

A: Slightly murky meyer-lemon gold. Very little head for a saison even after a hard pour. About an inch of tight white foam sits on top and quickly recedes to a wisp ring. Moderate lacing has this looking alright. 4/5

S: Oh my... I do love a bright smelling saison and this fits the bill. So fresh and so clean lemon zest, young rosemary, and some funky dried generic herbs. Quaffable to borderline perfection. 4.5/5

T: Very low on the banana ester just like I prefer. I'm looking for the floral here and I find it as a nice subtlety. My palate is not refined enough to pull it out blind so its nice to know its there in advance. Some lightly sweet candied orange peel, parsley, and a strong showing of noble hops are some of the highlights. The 8.2% ABV shows up on the finish toward the bottom of my glass and as it warms. A little less sweetness and this would be flawless. 4.5/5

M: Fuller bodied than the saisons I'm more used to from Upright and lower on the carbonation as well. Its nice in its own way though. I like it as a nice changeup. 4/5

D: I could drink a whole lot of this if it was available locally. Typically I enjoy saisons for their ability to stand up to food as a nice accompaniment. Cuvee Des Fleurs does well to stand up all by itself with no support. Its among the best I have had and highly recommended. Well done Southampton. 5/5

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Photo of sitarist
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Lots of bubbles rise up to half a glass of a loose, egg white head. The head is taking its time receding, leaving lots of lacing.

The aroma is complex, and very pleasant. I smell sweet fruits, spice, flowers, and some nice funk. I was afraid the the flowers, and rose water would be overpowering, but that's not the case. I can smell rose, and lavender but those notes are coming in under the other scents.

Its flavor is herbal, minty, and floral, with faint hints of sweet fruits. Reminds me of chamomile / sleepy-time tea. Not as balanced as the nose.

It is light to medium bodied. I dont feel much of the carbonation. It coats my tongue nicely without being sticky. Its cool, but a just a little bit cloying.

This beer is unique, but very drinkable. Im glad had a chance to try it. I would drink this again.

Thanks to richbrew for sending me this treat.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Lukas Liquors due solely to the $3.99/750 ml price tag. Shared with a couple people last night, and we were all pleasantly surprised. Poured a nice, hazy golden color with a huge, rocky white head. Very floral nose, rose petals. On the palate, light bodied and carbonated, with flowers, yeast and a little pepper.

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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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a bronze and sunshine color with a little mediocre bubbling and head for the style. No residual foam either. I like the color though.

The aroma has a nice dry, lightly toasted malt, and soft, earthy hops that go well with the delicate floral aroma.

The taste just a soft tartness with dry pilsner malts that give a cracker flavor. The earthy hop and flowers go toegther quite well in this delicate sipper. There is not a lot of visible carbonation, but you can feel the bubbles on this beers dry and flowery palate.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

reviewed on 1/12/2011

A: super hazy, rich gold with a mammoth off-white frothy head. some faint carbonation bubbles running up the side of the glass, but overall it is much too hazy to see any additional bubbles.

S: baked bread, yeast spiciness, & sweet berries. little bit of cinnamon on the back-end with a touch of roses.

T: starts sweet with blueberries & raspberries followed by some alcohol warmth. hints of dandelion intertwined throughout and definitely makes itself present in the finish. some chalky yeast complexity throughout as well.

M: carbonation is spot on for the style with a great feel.

D: great, great beer. saison with a twist. the flower water brings a great complexity to an already interesting, distinguished style.

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

Poured into a red wine glass.

A: Cloudy apricot with a small and fizzy bone tinted head. The head falls quickly to a thin film and leaves no lace.

S: Hyper floral in the nose. Rose, hibiscus, lavender, mint and honey interplay nicely. Alcohol adds a light rush to the nostrils.

T: Tastes very much like it smells. A honey sweetness is followed by a heavy dose of fresh flowers. Bitterness is moderate and adds some pepper and clove. Finishes with an alcohol warmth and lingering herbal flavors.

M: The body is quite light and slippery on the tongue. The carbonation feels about right.

D: This beer is a very creative creation. It's a most excelent pickup and worth a revisit down the road.

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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...

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received from Cuzco in the Blind Beers #3 BIF. Thanks Nate!

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a hazy gold with a big fluffy white head. Good mix of bubbles and the head drops after a few minutes. Leaves a ton of lace on the glass.

Aromas of lemon, pepper spice, yeasty must, flowery, with some chaulk. hmmm, very saison-like, but heavier.

First sip is of lemon, and pepper, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Faintly like licorise and a hint of tobacco. Very interesting. Flowery with a hint of honey. A slight alcohol bite to it. Some tart fruit, green apple, and a plumminess. A hint of vanilla. Some bitterness around the edges, but no hop aroma or flavor that I can specifically pick out. Very complex, very nice brew.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Some prickly carbonation, but it's very well balanced, not overcarbonated or gassy.

Exceptionally drinkable beer. From the alcohol bite, I can tell that this isn't a session beer, but I am going to enjoy every drop of it.

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Photo of stimulus
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a goblet glass.
Best by 6/14. (I believe this was brewed five years before its best by date, so this vintage is near a year and a half old)

A: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white one finger head.
S: Smells like flowers. A hint of saison spicyness on the finish.
T: Spicy and sweet and then some floral notes, and a bit of alcohol on the finish.
M: Light bodied and refreshing with great, but not excessive, carbonation.
D: Wow, I sort of wish that I saved this until the weather was warmer again, but with such a long out best by date, I'm sure I can grab another for proper cellaring.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass from 750ml bottle

A - cloudy golden pour, one finger head - clean and white, moderate carbonation in the glass

S - similar to other saisons but definitely picking up the floral notes most prominently. citrus notes are also well defined, as are boozy undertones

T - robust flavor, especially in the floral department, lemon/orange after taste, very smooth flavor all around, finishes with a bit of hoppy bite

M - quite smooth and accompanied by appropriate carbonation, the taste of alcohol is a bit more forward than i had expected

D - liked the cuvee more than the saison deluxe from southampton, the addition of the flowers to the brew really adds to the complexities of the saison taste, all around the flavor was great and paired extremely well with my meal (vietnamese)

will be stopping by the publick house much more in the future!

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

hazy dark liquid gold looking majestic in our glasses..
floral and yeasty. roses, esters, apples, very complex, many more subtle flavors here.
an incredibly unique experience, it reminds me of drinking tea concoctions from the myriad of ingredients that i hold in my drawer, always with hibiscus, mixing up the other flavors to suit the delights of the evening. the yeast is pushing a lot of flavors through, although i'm unfamiliar with some of the scents from the flowers used.
mouthfeel is a wonderland, smooth.
this is the 2nd bottle of this that i've had. the first time i didn't feel confident to review, thinking i needed to try it again to ascertain all these beautiful subtle flavors. the 2nd bottle makes me realize i need to try it again, to break this beer down just a little further, and see how its insides work.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a large, rocky head that dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing. Looks quite nice.

Smell: Has a strong citrusy and flowery notes backed by yeasty and hoppy flavors. Very complex.

Taste: Wow. One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Hoppy, yeasty, fruity, and flowery. This is definitely a unique saison with loads of flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little light on body but still very good.

Drinkability: A excellent saison and certainly one of the best I've had. I'll certainly look for this one in the future.

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

Had this one at McK's Tavern in Daytona Beach, Fl. Poured this into my tulip and noticed the "saison" trademark rocky foam head about an inch high. Cuvee des Fleurs has a distinct medicinal smell from the rose water, faint honey and spice. Taste is of crisp fresh rose water with hints of fruit and spice. It has a cooling effect on the tongue almost like that of wintergreen. So crisp and fresh! Mouthfeel is a smack in the face, almost champagne like carbonation. Delivers the flavors right up front. Drinkability is like water, I could drink this all day!

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Photo of rudzud
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new Duvel tulip

A - Pours a cloudy straw haze with a fluffy two finger head. Did not leave much side lacing, however, left a nice thick blanket along the saison. Just a great, great appearance.

S - Typical saison notes with just a light floral hint. Relatively surprised at the lack of floral notes being picked up on the notes. Was really expecting and hoping for some sort of rose smell.

T - Like the smell, typical saison flavours. There is, however, some wonderful complexness presumably from all the various herbal additions. Picking up the faintest of clove and some spicey pepper notes. There is just the lightest floral aftertaste that is quite pleasant.

M - Good carbonation for a saison. Nothing out of the ordinary here, just what one expects from this style.

D - Definately something different here in terms of saison style and presentation. Really felt all the additions worked and the end result was a nice change of pace. Some unique flavors with this brew from Southampton. Something I would definately consider purchasing again in the future.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the Publick House version that they don't make anymore, but the score is kind of a hybrid of the two.

Pours medium hazy amber with a creamy, eggshell-white head. Surprisingly malty aroma of oranges, spices. I want to say there is alot of lavender in the nose but I'm not sure if I'm just inferring that from the description. Sweet, malty flavor, once again candied oranges, cinnamon, grass, and I guess flowers. Come to think of it, it really does taste like flowers, it's no joke, it's just sweeter than I thought it would be. Delicious and refreshing. Flavor lingers on for awhile, and really leaves me craving more of this wonderful, unique brew. I wish they would bottle and distribute more of this.

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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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