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Southampton Biere De GardeSouthampton Biere De Garde

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Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Ego on 01-27-2007

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 98
Reviews by LilBeerDoctor:
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of freshly baked bread, grapes, cranberry. Flavor of light fruits (apple, grape, cranberry) and bready malts. Nice and flavorful. Easy drinking too. Very enjoyable.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have only had a handfull of this style of beer so I grabbed one today,poured into an oversized wine glass a russett color with a deep orange hue to it a thick foamy that left globs of lace behind head atop.Toastrd grain aromas along with hints of pear and vanilla and very slight clove,wow this has a prickly feel to it not a fan of that,flavors are nice with some wet grain element to it with lingering spice and caramelized pear.Its a pretty good beer but that mouthfeel takes away alot from the flavor aspect and takes away a bit from the drinkability

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

I poured this into a tulip glass. It was a really active and unruly beer, but once it settled down, it was an amber color with a thick off-white head that dissipated quickly. It had a fruity, sweet aroma. Alcohol was noticeable. It tasted fruity and yeasty. Quite bubbly in the mouth. Good example of its style.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large Belgian style bottle, caged and corked, w/o freshness/vintage/bottling info. Pours cloudy slightly orangey medium amber, seems to be fairly high carbonation, with an active head upon a moderate pour and bubbles continuing to rise pretty actively. Long lasting medium bubble head, dissolving to a ¼ inch fluffy film and leaving frothy gobs of thick blotchy bits of lacing. Clumps of yeasties noted on the bottom of the bottle. Nose is softly of honey and vanilla and perhaps a bit of soap. Aggressive brew with notes of more vanilla, light pepper, spicy honey and yeasty goodness. Complex and tasty, great with the salad and shrimps that I tried with it. Quality creation, nice job in brewing one of the more interesting and intriguing style out there. Go get some and enjoy it with all kinds of food.

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Photo of Kraken
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle. Best by date is 11/15/2012. I guess shes still a baby. Firm pour yields a massive off white head. Great lace, and head retention. Color is dark amber. This is my first experience with a Biere De Garde.

Nose- Hrmm not much going on, I get slight yeasti-ness. Some faint raisin, faint lemon and dough. Faint malt sweetness, some pepper.

Palate- Elements of a quad. Although much lighter. Some raisins, and dates. Loads of bitterness. Slight lemon zest. Large malt body, caramel and toffee. Some sweetness. Peppery. Elements of a saison and a dubbel. Mildly cloying. Very interesting. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, cloying, chewy and oily.

Drinkability- Moderate

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Photo of OStrungT
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, orangish yellow color, with some yeast in suspension. It boasts a thick, fluffy, and creamy light tan head with a slight yellow tint. The head fades very slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer has a spicy aroma, with hints of coriander, and cloves. It also has a slightly grainy aroma. Some citrusy hop aroma is present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Spicy and citrusy mostly. It has an earthy yeast flavor. It tastes slightly grainy as well. It has a mild, very subtle malty flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a coriander spice aftertaste. Carbonation is high, suiting the style.

This beer may make a decent session beer. It is just a little high in alcohol. Other than that, it is very easy to drink.

Overall: Thanks to HimerMan for another good one. I liked this beer. Southampton hasnt let me down yet.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Total Wine in Greenville, SC.

Pours an orange-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of musty, herbal hops with good amounts of sweet malt and light citrus aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are shortly joined by herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip a bit of citrus joins in - more lemon and orange than anything else. The ending is moderately dry.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have any problem finishing the glass and could have a couple more.

Overall this is a good biere de garde but no aspect stands out as exceptional. Worth a shot.

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Photo of pwoods
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased at The Vintage Cellar, poured into a Leffe goblet.

A: Pours a fire-y plum flesh amber, nearly opaque. 1 1/2 fingers of off white creamy heads forms and holds forever. Lots of lacing.

S: Loads of spices and a healthy dose of musty, dusty, farmy aromas... maybe some brett? There's a good, hearty malt base that lends a bit of sweetness but really more 'sustenance'. There's some decent alcohol in there as well even though the bottle says 7.2%.

T/M: More of the big spicy notes mixed with a bit more gentle alcohol flavor and warmth. Again, must, dusty, and farmy though I withdraw what I said about brett. Hearty malts that are very soothing. The spices get pretty peppery and maybe even a dirt flavor... that's not entirely off putting. Body is medium to full with controlled carbonation. Finish a bit too dry, I think.

D: Very tasty brew and interesting. 7.2% isn't too big but I think this bottle would be best split with another person.

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Photo of ipc2000
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split with the prince of darkness in raleighwoods

appearance: poured into a snifter much sturdier than one of my own...glowing amber-orange, healthy supply of soapy white foam. when everthing settles, its an attractive brew

smell: certain level of yeasty funk noticeable immediately, earthy, toasted malt, buttery...ok

taste: spicy yeast presence, moderately funky, peppery...buttery biscuit malt, light metallic traits, booze rather strong

mouthfeel: somewhat dry to me, funky and spicy

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $5/tulip. The beer appeared a clear amber with no head. The first thing that struck me was the lack of carbonation, that might have been more of the bar's fault, but it really hampered this brew. Otherwise the malt is a light and dry toffee and bread flavor. The hops and yeast pop up in the background with bitter orange peel and funky farmhouse lemon. Despite the mouthfeel literally falling flat, this is a very respectable beer and worth a try.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with a nice foamy head and lacing that lasts.

Nice floral smell with some light fruit and perfume.

The taste follows the nose with a little hay. Funkm and crisp apple in the finish. Nice.

The mouthfeel is as light and crisp as the beer itself.

This one is nicely refreshing on a warm evening. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of kenito799
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glasses to share.

A rich deep yellow-amber, raises an impressive creamy head that leaves lots of lace.

Nose is nicely spicy, definitely caramel jumps out immediately. Fine bubbles convey an interesting take on a saison-style, deeply caramelized fruitiness domintaing over the herbal/spice notes. Pears, apricot, cloves. It is certainly delicious but different than I expected...I would liek to try more bieres de garde to compare.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark burnt orange, somewhat opaque but can see some clarity in it. Head builds up ridiculously big.

S/T- musty, sweet. Not caramel sweet but melanoidin sweet. Some lighter fruit aspects.

M- kinda thick and syrupy yet very highly carbonated. The sugary taste just adds to that perception.

D- The sweetness was a bit overwhelming. Didn't like the flavor combination a whole lot. Would enjoy more of a focus on the fruit and less on the sweetness, maybe with more of a lighter toasted malt.

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Photo of Gmann
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a corked and caged 750ml. Pours a nice orange copper color with a gigantic pillowy cream colored head, nice chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. The last pour out of the bottle had plenty of little yeast floaties, floating about. It has a sweet malty aroma with a slight hint of earthy spices. Has a toasted malt backbone, metallic twang, a bit buttery as it warms. Has some spicy characteristics to it but not enough to completely balance the beer. A slight dry hop taste in the end. Its a little overly carbonated, good use some cellaring, as do most Southampton brews. Another very nice brew from Southampton, most definitely worth a go. I need to start to cellar some of things to taste the difference.

Cellared this for well over a year. The buttery malt still kicks strong as well as the carbonation. Any hoppy presence is gone.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hemorhoidzz
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

A: A brilliant bright orange showcases a strong showering of effervesce. The head was modest in size, soft beige in color, but maintained quite nicely leaving a sticky band encircling the glass. Feverish micro bubbles continued their dominance well into the drink until the very end.

S: Freshly sliced orange peels over sweet grains and a touch of sweet fresh fruitiness (fruit salad, white grapes). Overall the strength was light, but had enough fruitiness to make it appreciable.

T: Surprised by the maltiness this had to offer. Nice powdery residual body, slightly sweet and dry, backed by a good fruitiness of cantelope, melons and grapes. The malty nature moves in on the finish with a supporting spiciness of curaco oranges balanced well against some Belgian candy sweetness. Musky tart oranges appear on the fade after the swallow. Overall a nice mixture of amber maltiness with some ale like fruitiness makes this solid by example.

M: Light playful carbonation remains constant through out the course of the drink. The mouthful turns creamy upon longer holds with a light tart lemony-orange fade. A powdery residual maltiness coats the tongue with a medium consistency.

D: Good drinkability. The abv seems perfectly manageable making this six pack worthy. Malty, sweet, dry and fruity makes for a very enjoyable downer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes, thanks to Chris for the sample...

Fluffy and billowing head of meringue-like foam. It deflates slowly, leaving concentric rings, and has a slight luster on it's surface. Initial pour had 3 fingers of foam, and still had 1+ after 10 minutes. Color was ruddy orange, hazy with micro-sediment. Musty sweet grain aroma, with a nice complimentary apple/pear sweetness. Flavor had familiar elements of both Belgian Pale & Tripel, woven into a somewhat sweet farmhouse character. Slight oxidation was present, buttery bread with honey, mineral, tart apple, Belgian yeast. Prickly carbonation, with a tart apple snap.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a big nice foamy head with some good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of spices which may come from the yeast strain that was used with some noticeable malt leaning toward more dry flavour then sweetness. Taste is also dominated by some peppery notes with a nice malt presence with some subtle sweet notes. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. Interesting and very good overall but it just seems that something is missing.

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

750ml into snifter.

Hazy burnt orange color with a very thick bubbly light tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Light toasy grains and a bit of tart yeasty fruit aromas.

Tartness in the flavor again. Pretty much a repeat of the aroma with the toasty grain and the light fruitiness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The light tart fruit flavors linger for a while.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my DT snifter. Back label had a brief story on beer. It was a copper color with tons of carb and a little bit of floating yeast. It had a massive off-white head that settled into a thick collar and film. A little lacing. The aroma was musty with dark fruits and sugary alcohol. Kinda smelled like a lighter Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Was expected it to be more like a saison so was disappointed. The taste was fruity, a little bready and a bit too much alcohol. A bit on the bland side. The mouthfeel was good but any more carb would have been bad. Overall, it's a good beer but not my style. (3.5, RB, Y, O)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light golden amber. Lots of sediment in the bottle with a nice amount of carbonation rising up through the glass. A nice two inch head of white foam gathered on the top and settled down lightly producing a nice amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was rich and malty. Lots of caramel and light bready notes coming through almost immediatly, with a light punch of grain tucked in behind them and a light nose of peach poking up beyond that. The flavor was more of the same, light touches of peaches and apricots, perhaps a touch of fresh grassy notes that were sitting on top a nice bit lo light grain. Intresting touch of caramel on the initial sip that quickly mellowed out behind the light fruit notes, which combined with a long dry finish really helped push the malt profile to the forefront. Nice carbonation kept this one feeling lively throughout the session, with a medium bodied feel that was just heavy enough to coat the tongue. Easily a sessionable ale

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Photo of techdiver
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing deep amber-orange with a massive off white head that dissipates slowly.

Very malty nose with faint hops.

Well balanced taste, sweet malt and mild hops. A slight metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability quite good, tasty and easy drinking.

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Southampton Biere De Garde from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 125 ratings