Saison Deluxe | Southampton Publick House

Saison DeluxeSaison Deluxe
353 Ratings
Saison DeluxeSaison Deluxe

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerBeing on 09-23-2006

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of railman
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Foxman
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours a softly hazy and streamingly carbonated mandarin gold. Three fingers of white cumulus head ebbs glacially. Ripples of textured lacing lap the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a wonderfully paradoxical sweet and crisp melange of malt, tangy wheat, vanilla, caramel, banana, clove, licorice, orange and lime zest, green apple, melon, and berry. Oh, and just a dab of alcohol.

Upon tasing, the interlaced fabric begins with mildly sweet grain, tangy and rife with berry and caramel, and seamlessly integrated with the yeasty esters of dry, tart apple, honeydew, and banana. A crisply clean nip of clove spice and allusions to citrus zest and mint swing through. A sere strip of alcohol evaporates to a doughy duo of grain and yeast. The finish is crisp, dry, and lingers refreshingly, just right. It's engrossingly complex and, simply, delicious.

Medium bodied, it coats fetchingly, then leaves a fizzily clean slate across the palate.

Mr. Markowski shows that Long Island rivals Wallonia when it comes to saisons. It's enchanting on every level, ending nothing short of truly special. While the ABV is present, it's simply a warm hue on a splendidly broad palette.
In short, it drinks like a dream. The only downside to this craftily complex ambrosia is the fact that the bottle eventually shows its bottom.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 brown bottle, no date information, but it is from 2006. The cork releases with a firm pop.

Brassy sunlight gold. Majestic rocky head of tight bright white bubbles settles ever so slowly leaving angel hair strands of light foamy lace. The head, which has a wonderful spiciness to it, settles to a meringue-like consistency and never fully fades. Solid central core of furious fine bubbled carbonation. Wonderful aromas of orange peel, lemon pith, honey glazed pears, lime zest, and a bit of barnyard mustiness. Opening with orange peel and lime zest, there is a wonderfully crisp sweetness that transitions beautifully to a spicy cracked peppercorn finish. Crisp and tart, spicy and sweet, just a spectacular interplay of flavors, with lots of fruit sweetness and tartness filling out with ample spiciness long through the finish. Light and airy, the fine carbonation rushes across the tongue while the mouth tingles with the residual peppery spice. Spectacular and fabulous, I had to restrain myself from opening a second bottle. Phil is at the top of his game with this one.

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Photo of ccrida
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A light tug on the cork and it popped with authority. Poured into a tulip glass, it was impossible to get more then 1/3 beer before head raised to the top. Letting it sit, the head continued to group and overflow. The brew is a hazy pale golden yellow with tons of streamers on top of a white head, which subsides slowly, and is very rocky leaving lots of foamy lace.

The aroma is a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and spices, classic saison in every way. While a bit musty, there does not appear to be any Brett. funk however, although I don't consider this a requirement for the style. The bottom line is that the aroma's great.

Man does this taste good. Sweet but not sugary, a little grainy, floral with some citrus, some bitterness and a very clean, dry finish. Very complex, and so enjoyable, I'd rather not waste time trying to break it down, and just savor the experience!

The mouthfeel's very light, but it's so carbonated that it comes off too sharp. I'm not sure the age of this beer, but I've only had it for a week, after picking it up on Long Island, so I'm assuming it's fairly young. Since this is a beer made to go the distance, and I'm sure the cross-country flight agitated it, I'm not going to dock it too much for the excessive carbonation. And besides, look at the at that gorgeous head!

This was an exceptional Saison, the only reason you won't want to drink it to fast is to savor, and the fact that it's pricey and hard to find. But if I had a barrel of this, it would be the perfect thirst-quencher.

Ever since I read Farmhouse Ales a couple years ago, I've wanted to try some Southamton's. My first, their Double Wit, was a big disappointment, way to much spice. Here, you can barely perceive them. A deluxe Saison indeed!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I need to begin this review with a note of caution: My buddy and I both pulled, twisted and tugged at this cork for a good five minutes before we gave up and I took a corkscrew to it. When I did pop the thing off the bottle was a gusher. It had been sitting in my fridge upright for a couple of weeks and we didn't shake it, so be careful when (or IF you manage) to open this one.

A hazy yellow body with a few very solid looking yeasties floating around in it. A huge white head with some decent retention; not surprising considering the explosion of this bottle. I don't have a ton of lacing from this one.

Smell is very nice. A slight tartness comes with some bready malts and light fruits. Peppery.

This is another great tasting beer from Southampton. One of the best saisons, if not the best, that I have encountered. Also, absolutely serve this one at cellar temperature or just a little colder, because that is where the flavor will really shine. Begins with a slight tartness that gives way to a spicy, grassy, earthy, hop profile that is paired with white pepper and coriander yeast flavors. Then comes a pale, very slightly bready malt that is accompanied by some light, sweet fruits like peach and pear. This flavors are perfectly balanced, coming together to make an extremely tasty saison.

Somewhat of a strange mouthfeel. Have you ever tried to catch smoke in the air with your hand? It's a little bit like that. As soon as this beer hits your tongue it fizzes up, seemingly becoming as much a gas as it is a liquid. Extremely highly carbonated and therefore very light feeling. I have to say I think it is a little bit too extreme and would be better with a little less carbonation, but it isn't terrible or anything. Certainly not bad enough to ruin this great beer.

One thing I'll say about the mouthfeel is that it really makes this a drinkable beer. Definitely not filling or heavy in any way. That combined with the awesome balanced flavors makes this a beer I could drink a few bottles of in a night.

This is the second fantastic Southampton beer I've had in about a month. Both this saison and the grand cru are tasty and complex. I need to grab some more Southampton stuff for sure.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle bought at Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured in a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Frothy head is rejuvenated from the bottom for quite some time, with reasonable lacing. Nose is spicy and doughy. Taste starts with the spicy pale maltiness, and seems to become lighter on the tongue as the hops take over for a bit, and then closes dryly, with the beer almost seeming to evaporate rather than be swallowed. Mouthfeel is tingly to start, skipping gaily over the tongue, and is smooth from start to finish. Drinkability is only limited by room in the tummy. Could revisit this one over and over.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded gold with the most ridiculous head I have seen since I can’t remember. Almost 5 fingers. Nose is like smelling an angels wings. Sweet and smooth with a great yeast presence. Flavor is good, but seems to be a bit too short on the initial punch. Earthy flavor with a yeast and slight sugar presence. Very earthy overall. Straw seems to be there as well. Very rustic overall. Feel is smooth, even though there seems to be a huge amount of carbonation in there. Extremely drinkable. Side by side with a saison from the other side of the pond, I seriously doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference in a blind test. It’s just damn good. Enough said.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Monk's in Philly the last time I was in town. My god this was outstanding. I'm a huge saison fan, and the day was perfect for it. This one poured a solid yellow with a nice head that dissolved down slowly, leaving no real lacing. Nose was incredible: citrus fruit, spices, earthiness, coriander. Taste is the same, and is incredibly complex. Huge malt sweetness, spiciness, lemons and other citrus, and that solid grassy earthiness again. One of the most delicious brews I've ever had. Feel is excellent, with tons of spicy carbonation to hold the whole thing together. This was just excellent, one of the best beers I've ever had.


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Photo of merlin48
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, courtesy of hopdog, enjoyed in a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a hazy hue, the color of ripe banana skins. Body is animated with small carbonation bubblies. Hefty vanilla white head rises tall and stays at a lofty peak. Eventually, the head diminishes into pits, rocks, and meringue. Lacing is of the island chain and satin bedsheet variety. Impressive!

Aroma is pastoral. Coriander, white pepper, citrusy lemon, and idyllic notes of sheep pastures. Grassy and earthy hop and yeast characteristics evoke thoughts of spring mountains teeming with freshly shorn sheep. Lovely!

Mouthfeel reveals a medium body respendent with a spritzy and velvety carbonation. Herbal feel is duly noted.

Taste is characterized by a dry and herbal bitterness, enlivened by a zesty lemony citrus. White pepper and a mild coriander and mint add depth. Hints of orangezest and tangerine really make this one special. Some dirty sheep notes of sunbaked dung and freshly shorn wool provide an appropriate finish.

Wow! Best American Saisson I've encountered. This masterpiece rivals the finer examples from Belgium. What a treat! I need to shear some sheep.


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Photo of joeack
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looking forward to trying this one after having Southampton's regular saison which i enjoy very much. This one did not disappoint! The head on this beer is like no other, huge with fantastic carbonation. The taste is not quite as funky as Saison Dupont but all the fruity characteristics and musty scent are very noticable. This is a great beer which lovers of the Saison style shold seek out.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” white foam collar that recedes to a thick film that leaves intricate lace. S: Earthy, herbal, fruit, slightly over ripe fruit. T: A well rounded yeast driven palate with an earthy fruitiness, apricot to plum flavors, light malts. F: They nail the saison texture and body with medium to medium light body and above average, very soft carbonation. O: An excellent, well prepared saison.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip glass, pours a hazy orange gold, lots of effervescent carbonation. The head was, and still is, enormous, a three inch, somewhat creamy, somewhat frothy off-white mountain of fluff that sticks to the glass, leaving chunks of stuff behind. And after each successive pour, another thick 2" head forms, sticking around for several more minutes.

The aroma is all kinds of saison, earthy, spicy, musty hops, corriander, lemon slight zest, more grassy though, complex, cohesive, brilliant. Only problem here is that all the head makes for tough sniffing.

The taste is equally delectable, equally as complex as the aroma, and awfully ballsy for a saison. Again, lots of earthy hops, spicy, a good bite to it yet also refreshing it its own way. Starts out with lots of carbonation, a pale malt just barely creeping in before the spices take over in numerous fashion. This is where most of the action happens, most of the taste, the nice bittering, a light smattering of grainy malt, before fading and drying to a pleasantly bittering finish. The effect in the finish isn't to simply dry, but seems to just disappear, as if it bypasses swallowing and goes straight to the belly.

This is an exceptional beer. Saison is already becoming one of my favorite styles, and this one is up near the top. Big huge tons of thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this late addition to our last trade, very much worth it.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


tumultuous gold with burning orange embers inside. stationary egg white froth atop, evenly silked with the random orb of gaseousness. small dots and two lone lace arcs decorate the snifter from which i imbibe on this, a delicately humid evening.

one sniff from my vessel allows heaven to blossom before my eyes. am i in belgium? the most savoury contents of my saison spice rack assert their character in my nostrils. clove and cardamom, lavender, ginger and noble hops combine to create a spicy yet balanced floral aroma.. almost too perfumey to dare dash across human taste buds for fear of poisoning. a mild belgian pale malt profile and zesty white pepper yeast remind me that this is in fact beer and ok to drink. so i do.

zang! boom! pow! this beer certainly caves in my cheeks and assaults my taste buds... in a positive way. first off, it's bone dry. dry with hints of the driest champagne. earthy root and dirt initially, with pollenated pistil dust lingering in the mid-sip. a juicy explosion of vinous fruit and jasmine tea, followed by the bitter tannins of white grapes and styrian oils. still, the beer develops slowly on the palate even after it's descended into the gullet.. licking my cheeks brings forth the muted flavors of a young tripel. this beer is enjoyed on too many levels for my brain to comprehend..

despite 7-8% of alcohol, the intense flavor both makes the abv a non-issue, and keeps me drinking this beer in copious sips of belgian refreshment. i could tear through two bottles of this without getting sick of the intensity, although it would take me some time feeling the need to analyze every last sip.

but aren't all good saisons? every fantome beer is just as complex. i think i am absolutely full-staff over this beer because it's crafted mere miles from my humble, northeastern abode. one man's mastery of brewing history has produced something so sincere and spot-on, and without the interference of a man in a cloth robe or the need for a multi-pointed trappist logo on the bottle.

expensive? yes. overwhelmingly experimental? no. the best damned saison this side of the atlantic ocean? you betcha.

ps: check the bottom of your bottles, ladies and germs.. chunks ahoy! (if you're not careful with your pours!)

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Photo of brentk56
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perhaps the most authentically Belgianesque appearance I have seen from a domestic brew; a huge, billowy head sits atop the honey colored liquid; couldn't possibly leave a better appearance as it laces the chalice

Smell: Indecently complex aroma, with sweet tropical fruit, peppery spices, lemon and hay

Taste: First things first, with the tropical fruit flavors of mango, pear and peach followed by the prickly spices (white pepper, coriander and sage); by mid-palate, the tangy lemon and grassy flavors add a third dimension; after the swallow, all the flavors meld together to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: As fine an example of they style as I have ever encountered; contract brewed, no less

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Photo of jmalex
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this bottle for awhile. Consider this an experiment in determining the effects of aging on a saison.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip a bright golden orange with a massive, loose-bubbled head. I'm talking half the glass here. It eventually settles out at a full, one-finger cap and goes no lower.

SMELL: Bright and vibrant even after a year plus. The malt is clean with a nice sweet biscuit quality. It's accented by a light alcohol twinge, some funky and almost tart yeast esters, and a significant peppery spiciness. This really has it all and in fantastic proportion.

TASTE: Light and crisp with a drying alcohol that is only an asset to this beer. It has a fluffy sweetness with some really fruity esters (apricot, citrus) and the same formidable spiciness from the aroma. The funkiness is not overbearing but instead sneaks up on you before only really coming out to play on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Pretty darn dry but with the slightest hint of residual sweetness and body to make sure you know you've got something full-flavored and substantial. Carbonation is on the higher end an appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: There's nothing that isn't awesome about this beer, so logically the drinkability is no exception. It goes quick, and that'll make the 7.4% a little dangerous.

Well if all saisons age this gracefully, I'm gonna hide some more away to forget about. It's hard to crack the Fantome/Dupont standard, but this is surely the best American-brewed example.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to thank Malto for telling me about this as it is just stunning for its particular style. Yes, right now. Just before the Jets/Indy game today, I made my way to Shoreline to find this one in the back of the store and picked it up with a couple of turkey and swiss heros on the way.

The Saison poured to an unusually big head with a spicy fumes coming forward to meet me as I raised my 50cl glass.

I was knocked back by the exploding taste of coriander spices, lemons, cream, and bitter hops. With all the flavors taking the front of the taste, I found the body to be heavier than most of the other Saisons I have had recently.

I noticed as the Saison warmed up, it actually became less concentrated in its spicy flavors and was easy to access in terms of its mouthfeel.

I consider this to be a great find and probably one of the best Saisons I have ever had. Fantome would be proud we made something this good.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden with an off-white and frothy tall moussy head which fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a light citrusy component and an earthy hop presence. The spice presence was a nice pepper compliment to the fruit. Also notable were peaches and a light bit of a corn note. As it warmed a bit of cinnamon spice aroma came forth.

The flavor was nicely bittered with an earthy presence. The flavor was never sweet but seemed a bit so on the palate through the substantial bittering. The flavor contained a nice spice character of mainly pepper. Some of the hop flavor was lightly citrusy and a bit grassy. The flavors all worked well together to form and interesting and complex meld. The citrus and spice were excellent.

The finish was dry with a lasting bittering, spice and light bit of corn pleasantly into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and with a fairly high carbonation level and a creamy mouthfeel. Farmhouse character was just beginning to form, but this beer is still one to seek out. Awesome job!

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Thanks Brian!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Really big white head on a darker copper golden body. Great head retention and leaves a thick lacing.
S- Sweet juices and floral hops blended together. A kind of citrus hop is in there too. Light yeast and breadish aromas, a nice balance of spices. Nothing to over powering and all just blended together making a very complex aroma.
T- Light citrus and fruit notes blended in with some yeast. Fruit juices also come out a bit too. Spices come out and make a nice grouping with rest of the flavors. Hops are very present here. Some grass/leafy hops with a handful of citrus ones to give it a nice complex hop flavor. The bitterness is pretty big and lingers in the mouth for a very long time with a VERY light calm warming for the alcohol.
M- As someone else said it is almost like it evaporates when you swallow it. Thin body with a tingly champagne-like carbonation to it.
D- This is very good. Really easy to drink and would keep drinking this for awhile. I think there are a few better saisons out there but this one I will remember being an amazing saison.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 750mL bottle at the Publick House.

A: A big frothy head blows up out of the glass. The beer is hazy golden. Good retention and patches of lace.
S: Big aromas while opening and at the pour. Citrus-orange peel and hint of lemon. Spices include coriander. Very fresh wheat on the nose.
T: Somewhat dirty earthiness featured in flavor. An offering of bitter citrus peel that holds up to the more tantalizing flavors from the spice. Light and crisp mouthfeel brings out refreshment of yeast, and the bitterness really lingers. At the start of each sip, there's a huge sweetness. Wet grain mustiness with warmth and apples! Woah!
M: Light body, light carbonation, and drinkable to boot. I am a huge fan. This has exactly what I look for in a saison.

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Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
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