Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs | Southampton Publick House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
260
Reviews:
194
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
12.38%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
27
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 194
Photo of ficklenicholas
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dejrrma
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.99 for a 750 ml bottle. poured into an oversized wine glass. best before 6/18/14

a- pours a hazey hazey goldish orange with little head

s- rosemary and sweetness.and ginger and honey. there's a lot going on here.

t- strange. a mixture of pineapple, coyol wine. and cinnabons. and yeah, it tastes like beer with flowers in it. there's ginger present. really sweet. a little too sweet.

m- fizzy, very bubbly, light and creamy. warm alcohol presence but not boozy.

o- it's alright. i have tried other saisons and i think i'm just not a fan. this was interesting though. not something i'd buy again.

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Photo of ptshrdn
2/5  rDev -50.5%

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

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Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

had from 750 and poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy lighter orange color with a nice head

very complex with aromas of spices, citrus, fruitcake, hops, and some florals as well. Very good depth as well

extremely smooth medium feel. Polished with really good flavors of spices, coriander, citrus, and florals

A wonderful saison. Very complex and polished.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that we see all the time in DC and I pass over far too often, and it's a very good saison that is very unique.

The color is nice, a very hazy orange hue with just a small ring of head, not much lacing but a little bit of suds stream down the sides of the glass.

The smell is amazing, it has tons of floral esters and a nice dose of honey blossom/ honey suckle flower. Also some nice Belgian yeast character with a fresh bread kind of note. Maybe some caramel or almost a pulpy maple note? Lots going on in the nose, it's inviting and I keep going back trying to figure out exactly what I'm smelling, overall it's a very nice experience.

Taste follows the smell, lots of fresh honey and honey suckle flower, really reminds me of eating a honey suckle straight from the bush. It might be a little over sweet as this covers some of the malt and yeast character, but I don't mind it too much. Again, a nice flowery note, not at all in the flowery hop centennial way but literally a plant flower smell kind of way, kind of amazing.

The feel is nice and slick, sweet and light, very nice solid feel.

Overall this is nice and definitely worth checking out if you haven't yet.

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

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with very little head. Carbonation seems fine though. Smell is very interesting and unique, a little yeasty with a mix of spices and, unsurprisingly, flowers, pretty impressive. Flavor isn't quite as impressive as the smell, but still very nice, it's a little too sweet, but it's a minor complaint, the flowers and spice really take over and it has a bit of a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice, unique beer and certainly a pleasure to have tried.

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Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of UDbeernut
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up by my wife at State Line in Elkton, Md. Best by 4/26/2015 Golden hue capped by a large moon crater head with amazing retention. Lacing hangs to the glass, tons of visiible bubbles. Nose is of yeast and dull earthiness. Taste is well balanced cracker sweetness rounded with flower and earth. Alchohol is upfront on this concoction. Mouth is full bodied. Wish I had another to age and compate.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know what to expect with this beer...How could it be bad?

Appearance:
Classic saison appearance with a little darker complexion than normal. There is unfiltered cloudiness and an inch of a thick, fluffy white head. Lacing is abundant and there is a cake of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell:
Holy floral nose. This is quite interesting because it is fruity from the yeast as well as intensely floral. You are certain of both this beer's saison and flower characteristics by taking a whiff.

Taste:
There are definitely the characteristics of a good saison present, but there is also this gingery, floral characteristic that takes center stage. This is definitely not a flavor I'm used to and it absolutely lives up to how it's described on the bottle.

Mouthfeel:
The flowery saison is both sweet and spicy, but it's cut by a sharp alcohol. It's got a unique mouthfeel that is essentially sweetness upfront followed by a medium body and semi-dry finish.

Overall:
This was a reasonably priced, slightly hard to find belgain interpretation that really went above and beyond my expectations and highlighted both the flowers and classic saison goodness. I paired this beer with homemade caramel apples and would recommend the same for others. Honestly I've been intrigued by flower beers ever since hearing about the DFH-SA colab for Savor, and this one is absolutely divine.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of grownfool
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of spacecoyote
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of stevefinny
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of xenjoiii
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

Looks like a saison should, fluffy white head. Nose is sweet and floral. Honey, a touch of herbal tea, and champagne yeast. Flavor is very nice and floral, herbal, sweet, champagne, honey, lemon? light banana and hops bites the tongue at the end to clear the palate. Very nice, a little syrupy on the tongue. A bit more carbonation would fix this. If they took this recipe and added a lot more carbonation this would make a great biere de champagne. A very unique saison!

Additional, second bottle was cellar temperature, and it was really creamy in flavor, almost like a nitro tap. Very great.

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Photo of emdawg
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of htrae2014
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kmwilson76
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

Split a 750ml bottle; poured into two flutes.

A: Pours a medium amber-gold with two fingers of white head.

S: Very perfumey and floral. Its not a fresh floral, like you get with fresh hops. Its more of a potpourri aroma. Flowers, funk, sweet caramel. Very pleasant.

T: More floral theme. Its actually a little less tasty than I expected. Not bad tasting, there just isn't as much taste there. Still, very nice and smooth with layers of complexity and a nice rustic quality.

D: Very drinkable stuff. It has a nice refreshing quality and is great to rehydrate with during a meal.

Overall: I know this is a style that the brewmaster is passionate about, so I think I know what he was going with for this one. Its a crisp, tasty, and refreshing saison with a profile that I assume tastes more like ancient examples of the style (albeit with a heftier ABV). A real treat and a very unique brew.

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

A big thanks to Dan (DSlim71) for this fantastic extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a wonderfully hazy golden orange color. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a rather conservative pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight, spotty lacing.

Smell – As expected, quite floral in nature. Reminds me of lilacs and honey sprinkled in with some herbal qualities as well as a bit of lemon zest.

Taste – A bit sweeter than I was expecting and....bam...here comes the floral flavors. Not as much citrus as I was expecting. To try and put it into words, it tastes like a mixture of lilac, clove, and honey. Imagine those honey sticks you can buy at farmers markets. There is literally a lilac flavored one and also a clove flavored one. Mix those suckers together and I feel that this is the flavor. I know that lilac is not one of the flowers they used, however, that is what I personally am getting.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall – A very interesting “saison”. I am intrigued by this beer – I really wish that it was not so sweet...the honey I taste is a bit too much, and the flower/herbal qualities (while they mix somewhat well with it) create just an odd aftertaste. For what it was going for (after reading about the beer) I would say they achieved it. A beer I am glad to try but as stated with it were a bit dryer/tarter.

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