Saison Deluxe | Southampton Publick House

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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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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 354
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of spices in the nose along with notes of floral hops and lemons.
T: The taste has a good balance between flavors of earthy yeast and spices with notes of apples and lemons. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, crisp and smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of dryness, which particularly stands out in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing because the high amount of carbonation makes it feel lighter bodied and the dryness helps to intensify the flavors.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: spice, citrus, hay, malts

taste: crisp, refreshing, spicy yeast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice saison. glad I picked up a bottle.

the CPJ

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to t8000shx for this extra. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Cloudy golden yellow hue. Huge two fingers of white head nearly escape the glass. Thick sticky lace is left behind.

S: Full on Belgian yeast. Loads of Belgian influenced spices. Coriander, clove and anise. A good amount of citrus fruit, wet hop cones and some modest barn yard funk. This is a potent saison for sure.

T: The flavors are bit more on the bitter side than I'm used to in my saisons. The Belgian yeast is strong as is the spice profile. However this is over shadowed by a full on hoppy bitterness. It sort of takes away from the flavor profile. The hops settle down as it warms bit is still has a rather acrid finish.

M: Medium body with a strong carbonation level. Super dry finish.

O: Well it was interesting for sure. Not sure if they were going for a bitter hop profile or not. Might have to revisit this one someday to compare.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
12/10/14 on the back, 7.4% ABV.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing another one with me!

A - Slightly cloudy, this golden saison is topped by a fleeting white head that leaves thick lace coating the glass.

S - Spicy coriander and white pepper explode into the air followed by a nice lemon citrus and Saaz hop aroma. Authentic-smelling and inviting, it's nuanced and classic.

T - Initially this brew tastes fantastic but falls to distaste with me quickly. The spicy coriander, white pepper, and citrusy lemon notes get washed awayt by dry metallic notes through the fast finish.

M - Medium-light in body and spicy across the board, the dry finish gets better than it's initial entry.

O - This one gets better as it's imbibed but the flavor continues to have a lingering finish that's slightly off-putting. A good saison all-around though.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, the #6 saison on beeradvocate.

Beer is yellow to amber with a haze to it. Big head, nice retention, heavily carbonated, some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and floral, with a tea like character, lots of yeast in there.

Beer is medium to light in body, mildly dry on the finish, the whole thing is nice. Floral in the middle, nice backbone throughout, it is a good siason for sure.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow colour with a gigiantic size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Breads/grains, lemon zest and juice, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon juice and zest mixed with bananas and wheat. There is also some spice notes - cloves and or coriander. It finishes with a fruity slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall – Just a fantastic looking and tasting beer. The taste is complex yet well balanced. The alcohol was very well hidden too. I could drink this all night long without any issues and would be happy to have it again. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up a State Line in Maryland. Currently the #6 saison. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a mostly-clear golden color with a thick white head that lasts for a long, long time and leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light bread and a mild earthy presence. Some floral character as well. The flavor brings saison yeast to the forefront, though it isn't overpowering. Some light bready malt behind that. Mild bitterness and dryness in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Really nice overall.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in tall ale glass

A: slightly cloudy yellow, great carbonation, a frickin' four finger head!; astonishing lacing
S: lemony, malty, Belgian bottle conditioning evident
T: crisp, bright, not cloying; hint of apple, pear; very bright, very complex and engaging
M: silky, bouncy

This was the first of three beers in a weekend session, the other two being outstanding craft beers; I wish I had saved this one for last, it was so good

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Photo of fear025
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Smells like coriander, lemon zest, yeast, soap. Pretty much like I would expect a good saison to smell like.

Appearance:Clear golden colored beer with enormous head filled with white fluffy bubbles.

Taste:It's rather sweet for a saison. There's some coriander, clove, ginger, and soap. Tons of complexity, and no off flavors.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body. It tingles my tongue somewhat, more so than just the carbonation, which is also good.

Overall:This is a wonderful saison with lots of great flavors and complexity.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a big two fingers of super frothy white head. The head has excellent retention and leaves behind a lot of lace as it slowly fades.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon peel and other citrus smells and some yeast. There is some light spices and some pepper alongside some straw. Touch of slight tart fruits and some funk also.

T - Starts off with some tart and slightly sour lemon and some Belgian yeast flavors. There is a bit of wheat in the background. Through the middle, some spices and pepper come out with a touch of tart fruit. The finish is a mix of lemon and some light spices and a touch of funk that lingers.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp. Has a nice dry mouthfeel to it throughout.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of complex flavors mix together for a really great beer. The spices and the yeast are really nicely incorporated into the other flavors for a really pleasant flavor profile.

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Photo of BullDurham
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy, Orange in color, BIG head when poured, drops down to a thin cap with time

Smell: Yeast, peppery, fruits and alittle funky

Taste: A good amount of herbal hops, pepper, funky goodness, some lemon, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, feels light and airy. Would have been nice with less carbonation

Overall: A good brew, and very easy to drink. Fix the carb level and this would be great.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Spicy malt, some soft floralness, pils malt,soft breadiness, some clove, quite phenolic.

L: Cloudy golden yellow that clears as it warms. Carbonated white head that dissipates quickly, puffs of head. Good lacing.

T: Phenolic malt with a dash of pils sweetness. Medium high spicy bitterness leads to some vanilla or perhaps lavender notes. Finishes fairly dry and clean. Some honey notes as it warms.

M: Medium high carbonation, prickly. Medium bodied, alcohol slightly warming.

Solid saison, much better as it warms, spicy.

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Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I didn't even need to pour this one to see the chunks of yeast floating around in the bottle. Whoa! Apricot-peach is color, extremely cloudy, with a head so big that it took me a long time to drink, let alone to pour.

S: Farmhouse funk for sure, but with a pixie stick dust candy quality. Very yeasty and fruity.

T: Same as the nose only more intense. I could specifically pick out peach and orange... all of this was wrapped up inside sourdough goodness. That brings up something else: This also had a mild fruity sourness that didn't quite reach Brett extremes.

M: I could taste the booze, but it was in a "candy-coated alcohol" sort of way. The carbonation was perfect for the style, and the lacing was ridiculous.

O: I don't know if it's the water quality used at the brewery or what, but this was the second saison I've sampled from Southampton in the last month that was absolutely fantastic...

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Photo of AgentZero
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque golden color with a big, white head that left behind a little bit of lace.

S - Smells sweet, with some lemon and a little bit of apple in there. Grass and earth tones are present as well.

T - The beer tastes a bit oxidized, and it is too tart for my liking for this style. It's not as sour as I was expecting, but still sour. A little bit of spice, with yeast rounding out the taste.

M - Overly carbonated, lighter side of medium.

O - Some interesting things going on, but not my favorite. Worth trying, may appeal to some.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Huge rocky head holds up with great retention and leaves a great lace. Light, golden, opaque body.

S – Lemon, green grass, a lace of sour apple, Mary-Jane. Earthy notes. Pepper. There’s a distinct Flemish-like character in the nose, with earthy sour notes that aren’t overpowering, but definitely catch your attention. Overall the aroma is complex and fairly well balanced.

T – Tart apple, lemon, black pepper, ripe orange. Floral nectar. Sparkling cider. Rolling spice note with a touch of alcohol. There’s less sour than I expected from the nose, but the flavors that show are incredibly well integrated, flow in and out of each other seamlessly.

M – Pops with a high carbonation that works well with the flavor profile. Medium body with a great smoothness.

O – Refreshing and complex. One of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was pale amber in color, and the body underneath the four finger thick foamy head was very cloudy. The smell was biscuit like, citric, and floral, all characteristic of a rustic character. The taste was lemon juice, saltine cracker crust, and coriander. From the start to finish, this beer was extremely dry. This was basically summer sunshine liquefied, and packaged for consumption. The airy body was like a stiff sea breeze in my face. What a joyful expression of the art of brewing. Seemingly simple as you taste it, but that is because it is so meticulously crafted to hide artificiality.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - The beer has a luminous golden body, translucent from a careful pour, and is capped with a prodigious crown of white froth, depositing slippery boulders of lace upon the wall of the glass.

S - It smells bright and hoppy with notes of grass, green apple, apricot and pear. There is also bready and pale-pils maltiness immediately discernible, contributing an evident minerality. I was not expecting such a vibrant hop bouquet as this beer is about two years old at this point. The other requisite elements of a Saison nose are present

T - The taste delivers on the promise of the nose, as it is very bright with the same big green hoppy-floral bouquet found in the aroma, transposed into flavor dynamic. Somewhat sweet grain notes are underlying, but they are well-tempered. There is also a tart astringent yeastiness that seems to meld with the alcohol and off-gas with the abundant effervescence.

M - The feel is very bright, in keeping with the other aspects of this brew; it is near Champagne-level in effervescence but still manages to be quite soft in feel.

O - One of the better Saisons in memory; highly recommendable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle from Giant Eagle Market District I used to see these big Southampton bottles in quite a few stores/bars. This is the only place I've seen the Saison Deluxe, anyways it pours a glowing golden orange apricot hazed color with a big off white foaming head. Fine Belgian style laceing surrounds the sides of my glass. Bright citrus tones with hints of funky Belgian yeast. Smells great spicy citrus hints of orange marmalade. Flavor wise honey biscuit malts with hints of citrus, funky yeast notes, and spicy herbal notes. A bit of barnyard funk no brett going on this one isn't sour more of a traditional saison. Big sweetness balanced only by the dry yeast and semi bitter spices, I'm guessing this is moderately hopped maybe a bit of floral hop flavors come forth and that's it. Mouthfeel isn't as effervescent as it's Belgian brethren but Phil generally does fantastic Belgian styles this one is no different, a bit full on the palate medium bodied with a nice dryness in the finish. Overall was a well made American brewed saison, I'm glad I picked up this and Cuvee des Fleures. Refreshing citric spice equates to a really nice experience, leave the sediment in the bottle on this one.

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Photo of papat444
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jzeillinger for this one. Shared with a friend last night over some pappardelle and salad. Some notes are succinct due to having friends over.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, best before 12/10/14.

Appearance: A bright golden body that becomes progressively hazy as we near the end of the bottle. The first pour was almost all foam but my friend's glass was better. Fluffy clouds of head last quite a while.

Smell: Fruity, slight yeast and pepper.

Taste: Strong pepper though not overbearing and some lemon.

Mouthfeel: Zesty and lively with prickly carbonation and a very nice body all around.

Overall: Refreshing and tasty. I would have this again for sure.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a very thick but quickly dissipating off-white head - not too appealing, but appearance isn't everything. Aroma is strong and fruity, the latter being mainly pear and banana, with a hint of yeast. Refreshing flavor is mainly fruity, again pear and banana mostly, with tones of malt and yeast, a sweet citrus hint, and just a whisper of hops. Texture is fairly smooth yet strongly fizzy, leaving behind a tingly, fruity finish.

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Photo of danbar
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ML bottle

A: Pours a beautiful golden/orange color with a thick, inch-plus head that slowly recedes but laces the side of the glass.

S: Smell is of lemony citrus and bready malts.

T: Tastes is very crisp, almost like a strong Hefeweizen. Not really any funk or hops to speak of. Tinge of bready malts and finishes with a slight bitterness. Definitely taste what seems like Belgian yeast.

M: Lots of bubbly goodness and it goes down very smooth.

D: I think this is where the beer shines. Drank almost the whole 750 by myself (no I do not need help thank you very much). Alcohol is not detectable on the palate. And if this is drinkable when it is f-ing cold outside, I can only imagine how refreshing this would be on a nice, warm day.

A great beer by Southhampton that is best summarized by the wife, "I could drink this all day long." Too bad I got to most of it first...

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle marked best by 12/19/14 poured into a Town Hall stemware on 3/4/11.

Pours with tons of carbonated head and fizzy bubbling and 3 fingers of head or powdery white head. Color is a pretty golden honey yellow.

Smells crisp with fruit and spices. Reminds me of summer.

Tastes of spices, and citrus on top of a nice yeasty malt backbone and a wee bit of hop fruit and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and super crisp. Lots of tingling bite all over the tongue, mouth and lips. Finishes with a little resin smoothness.

Drinkability is good but not great. A little to crisp for my taste but I could really enjoy a bottle of this on the beach or on a sunny summer day up at the farm. I don't think I will actively seek this one out but if it falls in my lap I will enjoy it with a smile on my face.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Date on the label is 12/9/14, which I am guessing is a "Best By" date. After struggling a bit with the cork...

Look: despite a very conservative pour, a huge, white four finger head thats a bit much sits atop the small amount of beer in my glass, retaining for a very long time. When it settles and I can get all of the beer poured, its a slightly cloudy golden body with some sediment floating around. A very heavy amount of lacing is left behind.

Smell: golden fruit, some Belgian spiciness, pale malt, and a bit of farmhouse funk. Nice smelling beer.

Taste: there's a lot more flavor than in the aroma. Pale malt, hints of spicy hops, fruit like pear and apple, bits of pepper and clove, and a bit of farmhouse funk rounds it out. A very nice, complex taste without being overly fatiguing on the palate.

Feel: crisp, a bit tart and a bit dry, but the alcohol is hidden well, its a bit creamy at first and this lightens up as the beer sits in the glass.

Drink: very drinkable. I went through my glass without much problem.

Overall, a very solid saison. This is to be expected, since this was brewed by the guy who wrote the book on brewing the style. Its one of the more complex saisons I've had and I can really appreciate it. I would certainly recommend this, and this is so far my favorite off-the-shelf Southampton beers. Cheers!

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Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date of 12/9/14 on label.

Clear, pale golden color with a massive meringue type head that held on for a long time. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of pale fruit. Hints of pears and white grapes. Some spicing with elements of cloves and pepper. Not really picking up anything rustic or funky. No mistaking the Belgian qualities however.

Tastes more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale or even a Tripel than a Saison. Quite a lot of fruit esters are involved. Has a vinous quality. Just a slight hint of cloves. A little bready from the malt. Finishes dry and the alcohol is not detectable.

Feels light and airy. The body compliments the fruit flavors nicely. Nicely bottle conditioned. A pleasure to drink.

A very good beer that I would not neccesarry consider a Saison. Just have to forget about that and enjoy the aroma and flavor that this beer brings.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Waaay over carbonated. A beautiful cloudy yellow with lots of head. Smells like citruses and some spices. Tastes of a lot of great light fruity flavours with spices and great undertones of yeastiness. Very good mouthfeel other than the over carbonation. Very very drinkable!

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Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
4.15 out of 5 based on 354 ratings.
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