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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Added by BeerBeing on 09-23-2006

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks playful elegant resting in an oversized wine glass. The head makes a brief appearance then disappears. Smells like paper plate and a hint of bitter peel. The carbonation is sharp, and I feel as if a wall of resistance comes with every sip, as if the ale was purposefully avoiding sliding into my deep, dark belly. Stale orange peel floats within a boozey, hard to ignore prison wine. High pitch bitter notes clash around noisily. Not an enjoyable experience. Not a Saison experience.

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Photo of JRed
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark orange color with diminishing head that lightly floats on the surface. A faint vanilla scent behind the alcoholic kick lingers around. Robust fizz, sour orange in the beginning, soft vanilla, a welcomed dry finish to end the drink. The carbonation stings the tongue and interferes with some of the flavor notes but this is still an amiable beer.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A hazy straw color with an enormous frothy head that lasts and lasts. I can't really imagine a better-looking saison.

Smell: Sweet, fruity and yeasty. Lots of estery goodness here; banana, peach and a bit of lemon. Pretty nice but sweeter than I like for the style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Full of fruit and spice, and decidedly sweet for the style. Banana, peach, coriander and clove come to mind. The finish contains a bit of zesty citrus flavor and a moderate dryness, though the sweetness still prevails in the end. Not much funkiness here to speak of, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, though it is something I appreciate in a saison. A few ounces in this one becomes extremely cloying and difficult to drink. Not impressive.

Notes: Southampton is a brewery that consistently makes me think, "meh, this is pretty good" and this beer is no exception. They seem to brew most styles uncharacteristically sweet, which is something I'm not too crazy about.

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Photo of Biggness
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber with a monstrous head, it took a couple pours before I got to taste. The smell is nice of apples belgian spices and citrus. The flavor is very pleasant, a nice mixtures of apple and citrus flavors with some other nice flavors from the yeast. This is a very comfortable beer in my mouth, I was worried about the carbonation level because of the huge head, but it was very pleasant. Mild, well balanced flavors makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. 08/09/08. Bottle corked & caged, cork came out with a loud pop.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw yellow color. Had to pour slowly due to the huge bubbly white head that formed. Though it quickly settled, the head didn't leave much lacing around the glass. Aroma is nice and spicy with citrus (lemon) and apple.

The taste is pretty amazing. Bread-like Belgian yeast, spices, pepper, lemon and other citrus, some apple. A hint of sourness with some orange and tangerine. A bit of banana and wheat flavor as well. Really nice mix of flavors that all work really well together.

Mouthfeel is very nice, if anything a bit over-carbonated. Feels fairly light and creamy. Not as crisp as I'd like. But still feels nice. Drinkability is very good. It's rather light and refreshing. Great for a hot summer day.

Very good saison, definitely recommended.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kplynch (I think) for the trade.

Pours a suprisingly clear yellow with a very large fizzy white head. Enourmous and glorious foam fluffiness. The nose is pure belgian yeast with some extremely apple peary smell. Great nose. Taste is quite excellent. Super belgian yeast, some subtle granny smith. Pepper and some slight wheatlike flavors. Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated for my taste, but still very good. Drinkability is fantastic, and the abv is exactly what I prefer for the style. A very very good beer, and defenitely one of the most impressive american made saisons I have yet had the pleasure of enjoying. Truly a great beer, excited to see how this does with a year or two on it. Strongly recommended. In the ranks of Allagash and Ommegang. great beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium Tremens tulip. Poured a translucent, gold-orange with a three-inch dense, fluffy white head. As the head gradually subsided, it left behind sticky clumps of cloud-like lacing. Nose was primarily citrus up-front, followed by yeast and a spicy quality (pepper and coriander). Taste consistent with nose; however, presence of sour green apple and candi sugar. Also detected a slightly metallic flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel is light- to medium-bodied and very effervescent, perhaps a little too carbonated. This is an excellent representation of the style and a great offering from Southampton. Unfortunately, the metallic quality had a minor impact on taste and drinkability for me.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received 750ml in a trade with ATPete. Thanks a ton Pete!

Poured into 10oz goblet. Large off-white head atop a yellowy base. Took a bit of time for the head to dissipate, leaving loads of sticky, cool lacing. Very highly carbonated, maybe almost too much so. Smells great, a bit of spice (peppery) and bananas. Very good mouthfeel with a bit of a slight hop and dry finish. The flavors are great, sweet citrus fruits and the belgian yeasts dominate with some hop crispness in the backend. A great brew that I could drink every day.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle at The Belgian Room in NYC

Pours a cloudy, orange-golden. Topped by a thick, egg-white head that fades to a film leaving thick layers of lace. The aroma is predominantly bananas, yeast and pepper.

Fruity upfront: bananas and citrus. The finish is peppery with a light bitterness. There's a nice balance between sweet and spicy. High carbonation, medium-bodied.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fishingnet for this nice summer treat.

A: Pours a light straw yellow hue with a big bold head. The retention is great and some spotty lace is noted.

S: Nice sweet malt aromas with hints of yeast, sweet fruit like apples and pears. Some floral hops play into this one as well.

T: Tastes of light citrus and the sweet fruit detected in the nose. There is some nice light spice here which plays well with some prefectly blended spice. The hops play in the finish they are light but add a subtle bitterness that is very nice.

M: Fairly light beer. Thin with good bubbly carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and drinkable. One of the best Saison's I have had.

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Photo of Cresant
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. No date on the bottle but I have cellared this over one year. After I popped the cork, this one started to develop a head inside the bottle. The white fizzy, sizzling head persisted. There was a very effervescent bead. The body was a rich, golden bright color.

Smell was earthy and citric. The Bordeaux glass really helped the aroma blossom. There was a dusty character to the smell. Alcohol became slightly present as it warmed.

Taste was of Belgian yeast and candied fruit. Minerally, like sucking on a rock. Characteristics like a Tripel. Tangy finish with grassy bitterness. Interesting and multifaceted.

Mouthfeel was very tingly. Medium/light in body.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge, almost runaway head. I had to pour 4 or 5 times and let the head settle before i could get it into the glass. Very slightly hazy golden with a tiny bit of orange. Some sloppy lacing as well. Hint of sourness in the nose and a touch of white pepper and some grain. Good, but the aromas didn't blow me away. The taste has some more depth and is quite nice. Slightly sour with some lemon cream, and some tangerine, some very light white pepper and some more graininess. I like this quite a bit, but I wouldn't quite call it world class. A bit more depth and spice would do it for me, as well as a bit more crispness. As it is, it tends to be a bit creamier than crisp, and with flavors reminiscent of lemon chiffon pie. Interesting, but I'll take Fantome for the same price.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an entirely hazy deep golden yellow color with a big foamy white head that fades like an ice cream float, leaving spotty patterns of lacing behind. The smell is full and aggressive, earthy yeast, with a rich spicy harvest fruit character. Well carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy and effervescent. Full flavored, the mouth really compliments the earthy malt and coriander spiced apple, pear, banana flavors. This is the best Saison / Farmhouse that i've considered. What sets it a part for me is the intensity. The flavor and smell are substantial and rich, while the mouth has an almost fizzy texture. I'm impressed. Highly recommend you consider this one.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bountiful off-white latte head with lots of tunnels and lacing. Thick, hazy honey color with decent carbonation.

Electricity of yeast and malt abounds with slight coriander spice. Full and enticing nose.

Effervescent and perky from carbonation, this provides a clean yet powerful example of the style. Well-structured and complex with nice balance of citrus, yeast and spice.

Silky Saison mouthfeel - a little electric yeast with beautiful understated citrus tang. Very clean and classy.

Hearty flavor profile that is extremely clean - almost perfect example of style. I don't think I've enjoyed a first sample of a beer more than this one in several months. Awesome for late spring/early summer!

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Photo of soupyman10
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
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 Lothore
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful golden color with a gigantic pillowy white head... maybe a bit too large.

S- Smells sweet, floral, a bit perfumey, spicy.

T- Definitely spicy, very crisp, light fruits, small bit of hops on the back end. A bit of a metallic taste bugged me at the beginning but it ended up being hardly noticeable.

M- Medium viscosity, crisp, dry.

D- This is definitely a wonderful saison no question. Not my favorite style but it really impressed me. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mp bottle into a standard pint glass. Massive, massive head with great retention and lacing. Smells of light hops and candy sugar. Very nice color, considerable sediment. Taste is light hops, notes of iron, candy sugars, sour apple. Long finish, hop bitters and sour notes. A nice saison, but I could not drink more then one. If you are into saisons give this one a shot.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison is a style Iam trying more and more to get into I just dont like the funk,luckily this one wasnt overly funky.Poured into a large tulip glass a clear medium golden with some real dark orange hue to it the head overflowed even with a somewhat gentle pour.Complex would be a good word to describe the aromas and the taste for that matter of this brew,,vanilla spiced pear and mango really stand out,clove comes thru as well as a bit of white pepper as it sits awhile.Flavors are also hit with a honey, spiced pear and mango start that lingers into a somewhat spicey pepper and clove finish.I liked this saison not alot of funk just alot of good complex flavors.

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Photo of dill
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass, this was a beautiful yellow beer with a thick, white, foamy head. From there it was your standard saison. Yeasty with a touch of that funk. Nothing to get too excited about, but I do enjoy the style every now and then and I'd happily try this again.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into my La Fin du Monde glass.

Huge egg whites whipped up, lasts long, beautiful yellow/orange look, cloudy, just as it should.

Nose of usual esters from a Saison, fruity and a bit funky very nice.

Taste follows the nose perfectly, just a beautiful Saison, fruity, peppery with a slight bit of bubblegum there, would love to be able to get this in Chicago, thanks to my NY trader, forget who it was.

Lovely full mouthfeel, dances in the mouth, may it rest easy, at the end a bit of yeast, very nice. A bit beyond a session beer, a 750 was a bit too much for me but a great sharer, what a great ale! I love this type, can't think of a better Saison, wow!

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this, kryptic.

750 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.

Hazy bright gold color, huge three inch fluffy yellow-tinged head that melts into a sticky hill, painting the glass with chunky patches of lace.

Smells fruity and spicy, very nice. Peach, dried fruits, coriander, pungent black pepper, radish, cheese, grass, herbs.

Tastes like fruit, spice, herbs, grass, leaves, earth. Some balanced sweetness that persists even when medium bitterness comes in and the spices become more pungent. The fruit hangs on too. There's an impression of clean sweet spicy radish, and some aged cheese and chalky minerality. Long pungent earthy fruity finish. Complex and tasty.

Texture has some pleasant astringency. Quite drinkable.

Great characterful beer.

After reviewing, a glass went very well with room temperature mature cana de cabra.

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Photo of guzzle211
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I am a huge fan of Southampton Publick House and all of its offerings, even the ones done by Slyfox. For that reason, perhaps I am sometimes biased towards them, and other times I find myself being hyper-critical.

A: Darker amber hues but nothing impressive. Pours clear with no haze, with a white foamy head that gets plenty of reinforcement from carbonation bubbles that just won't quit. The bubbles continuously explode from the bottom of the glass like a geyser.

S: very subtle belgian yeast and balanced malt. I do not detect the 'funk' that other reviewers did, but perhaps because this brew reminds me a lot of their Triple.

T: I am somewhat disappointed to be honest - however, that's not to say this isn't a great and well thought out brew. It reminds me too much of their triple, and not distinct enough in its own identity. Just like the smell, it has a very subtle belgian yeast presence, balanced by a solid malt profile. I am just not finding the funk and farmhouse aspects that other reviewers did. I am a funk junkie, so perhaps I am expecting too much.

M/D: One word: carbonation. I know that its a trait of bottle conditioned farmhouse ales, but I found this one over-carbonated. The carbonation levels contribute to the bite on the tongue.

Overall, this is yet another well-crafted brew from Southampton. I suspect, however, there are Saison reviews under Saison Deluxe, and vice versa. I have a hard time finding fault in anything Southampton does, but this farmhouse ale did not excite me the way its in-state rival, produced in Cooperstown, always does. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to venture into the Saison genre.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pair of these... one to cellar and one for tonight, with high hopes.

A: A honey hued amber, rocky and fizzly big head topping it, leaving smatterings of lacing all around the snifter.

S: Yeasty fruit aromas, a bit of a honey & spice smell. A bit of a warm candy sugar, and a suggestion of tartness.

T + M: A rich little indulgance, this is... a somewhat foamy sensation, somewhere between sparkling and sizzling. Some of the fruit - apple & pear like flavours swim around, both sweet and tart. A similar honey & spice flavour is hinted again - a little more on the spicy side, and it finishes with a little bit of an almost citrus peel bitterness. Quite a dry, clean finish.

D: Quite glad I picked up a couple, and will likely need to get more. I can happily sip this for a couple hours any time.

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Photo of roan22
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A fairly new style for me, this saison is the yummiest I have found, and it happens to be made by Americans. I enjoy the balance between the yeastiness, the belgian funk, the tart golden fruitiness, the hops, and the crazy belgian foam. Its unfiltered, farmhouse style. Really nice spices and black pepper which you can see in the foam and nice grittiness too. The alcohol level is a bit strong but I like it lol. This is a very satisfying saison for me whenever I have a taste for one. One goes a long way however, then back to my IPAs. :P

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged/corked bottle to a standard pint.

A: Golden sunshine yellow, eerie hazy transluscence. Plenty of rising carbonation varying in size; some tiny streams from the sides and larger and slower bubbles rise randomly from the bottom. Mammoth cloud of whiteness, rising a fizzy 4-fingers, before a slow, rocky fall to a 1/2" of meringue-like cream. Minimal lace.

S: Provocative 'farmhouse' nose: tart peaches and ripe apples, grassy clover and honey, sweet grain cereal, dash of pepper. The aroma is fairly strong, swaying toward sweetness and straying from 'wilder' rustic aromas.

T: Quite a wallop of grain, sweet/tart fruit, spice from the first sip. A little sugary in spots, but balanced by a grassy/floral hopping and a bready yeastiness . Really nice spices and black pepper finish.

M: Crisp and zippy carbonation at first. Medium mouthfeel that gets gummy and grainy quite abruptly - just as I was beginning to enjoy this it got thicker and a little syrupy on me. Weird from a saison...a bit of warmth from 7.4% abv comes through.

D: What a nice springtime sipper! My only complaint is that the alcohol seems a little forward and holds back the 'drinkability' just a bit. Also, the 'rougher' traditions of saison seem glossed over a bit...this one could be a Belgian Strong Pale Ale in my book (at times tasted remarkably like a Duvel...). Still it's one I'd love to get again...

I can't recall when I acquired this in trade but I'm estimating it was early last summer, meaning this was about a year old. Any fears I had about this being too old were unfounded. Thanks to the kind BA who sent this...

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Saison Deluxe from Southampton Publick House
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