Southampton Biere De Garde | Southampton Publick House

Southampton Biere De GardeSouthampton Biere De Garde
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Southampton Biere De GardeSouthampton Biere De Garde

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Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Ego on 01-27-2007

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very clean, spicy, and efforvescent. Perhaps a bit too clean. The beer gives a very dry, airy, crisp maltiness not to be outdone by the esters and phenols. Fruitiness of peaches, pears, and appricots give a welcome sweetness to the acidity. The phenolics play a bit like plastics and spicy cloves. Somewhat vineous. Not as funky or musty as I like in the style, but takes on a more Saison style with a hearty, toasted malt flavor. Very prickly on the toung and evaporates quickly. Light and refreshing throughout.

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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 superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip, no bottle dating. Cork was stuck and broke off, so I had to use a wine key to remove it haha. Pours slightly cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Small bits of lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, apple, biscuit, caramel, candi sugar, citrus peel, grass, and spiciness. Some nice and well balanced aromas; with good complexity. Taste of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, apple, citrus, candi sugar, pepper, and yeast spiciness. Taste and aromas almost mirror each other. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, candi sugar, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, nothing but a slight warming after the finish. Overall an excellent biere de garde. Great balance and complexity. I definitely would like to try out more from this style.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of sour apples and citrus, Belgian yeast, some spice, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out sour with tart flavors of apples and citrus but is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of caramel and spices. There are bready flavors of Belgian yeast and a light but hearty malt character. There's also a little bit of a metallic bite to it at times. The after-taste is slightly sour and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer but it's certainly not one of the first Belgian beers that I would look for.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, amber-orange body with a downright fizzy, tall, white head.

Smell: Honeyish, fruity nose with notes of light caramel, earthy spices, and just a tiny whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Honeyed maltiness with a candied sweetness and light taste of caramel. Fruity blend of ripe apricots, peaches, and pears. Herbal, spicy hops though with only a minor bitterness. A few peppery pops on the latter half. Very slight alcohol warmth on the spicy, positively spritzy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Generally recommended, provided you're a fan of the style. I would certainly appreciate a slackened carbonation, but, otherwise, it's a tasty Bière de Garde.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dried apricot with fresh apricot borders. Multiple streams of rapidly rising bubbles create an airy chunk of pastel orange-ecru foam that was four fingers (and a thumb) on the initial pour. Unfortunately, it isn't a lid that would impress most Belgian brewers. It isn't sticky in the least and isn't laying down much lace.

I'm not floored by the nose. It's fruity, herbal and a bit spicy, but it isn't what I expected from Mr. Markowski, author of the excellent 'Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in the European tradition'. Maybe the beer will make a big comeback on the palate.

Biere de Garde is a good biere de garde, not a great one. On the positive side of the ledger, it tastes like it might have come from a little boutique brewery on the Franco-Belgian border. On the negative side, the flavor profile is less than magical and less than complex. Depth and complexity is what beer of this style is supposed to do best.

The chosen malts give BDG a flavor that is midway between a Belgian pale ale and a Belgian dark ale. Belgian amber ale perhaps? The hops add a surprising amount of finishing bitterness and are herbal, spicy and earthy, in that order. The yeast strain tastes somewhat phenolic to me, but then I guess that characteristic could have other origins as well.

Additional flavors include dried golden fruits and what tastes like a unique potpourri of herbs and spices. I have no idea if any were added, but it sure does taste like it. Something similar to anise seed (but not anise seed) is uppermost. Even though I'm having a decent time with this one, I vote for a recipe overhaul.

The mouthfeel, like the appearance, isn't likely to be confused with a world-class Belgian biere de garde. I don't mind its light-medium heft, but the carbonation doesn't provide that ethereal, light as air creaminess that the best versions possess. Plenty of room for improvement here.

When I named the best American practitioners of Belgian-style ales in my review of The Lost Abbey's Red Barn Ale last month, I neglected to mention Phil Markowski. His Grand Cru and Saison Deluxe are some of the best I've had from this country. Biere de Garde, while good, isn't anywhere near that special. I'm willing to chalk it up to batch variation and will buy another '750' if I get the chance.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My localest trader, tone77, just wants me to have bottles and who would I be to to say "No"? I needs me some bottles just to keep me on the straight & narrow.

From the bottle: "Biere de Mars (French for 'March beer') is a special style of beer created at farmhouse breweries in northern France. Brewed in winter with a fresh crop of malt and hops, it was always the brewer's favorite. True to tradition, Southampton Biere de Mars is an artfully crafted amber ale with subtle complexity and a crisp finish."

I got a thick, tawny two fingers of head off of my initial pour, but they did not last long, disappearing in a wake of sticky lacing. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. More BUPGOO!! Nose was very malty/cereal/biscuity underlain with a good bit of must. It really smelled like old magazines in my Grummy's basement. Yow! Mouthfeel was was slightly viscous and I got a wild initial taste of childrens' cough medicine. That was not a negative, but instead a trip down memory lane. It was the slightly hot malt flavor that really sent me. Finish was a musty malty flavor that simply lingered well after the swallow. I cupped my hands and I could taste bliss. Come back, honey!

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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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle -

Pours slightly hazed amber with a rocky off-white head.

The smell is of sweet cotton candy, spicy yeast.

The taste is not quite as full as the aroma, but delicious. Malty - sweet candy, suggestions of bubblegum, spiced bread. Balancing, drying hops show up in the long finish.

Light, almost airy feel, with quite a bit of substinance. Pleasant aftertaste.

Nicely done - sweet, but not overly so. Delicious "sipper". A good American-made Biere de Garde.

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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 WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and crystal malt scent along with a bit of bisquit malt and a fruity yeast aroma. It seems to have a nice toasted feel. The taste is good as well. It has a really smooth toasted flavor with a yeasty finish. It's a bit sweet and bisquity, which blends well and creates an excellent balance. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great drinking beer. It's loaded with malt flavor and has just enough fruit esters to round it out; a wondeful session beer even at 7.2%.

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

Pours a beautifuol glowing orange with a touch of haze and a very full white head that settles to a ring. Relatively sweet smell for the style and very fruity with pineapple, wildflower honey, and cream. Delicious, with some of those same fruit notes as well as some coconut notes, beeswax, and a touch of white pepper. I really like this even though it is still a touch sweet for the style. Mostly crisp and peppery in the mouth, but the finish is creamier. Just a delight to drink. Pretty much anything in abomber from these guys is great.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass

Semi Hazy dark gold in appearance. Good amount of head and ample lace.

Smell is just slightly sweet, maybe a bit sour.

Tastes of tart fruit on the tongue, that fades quickly to a slight belgian yeast/barnyard funk then nothing.

Mouthfeel is slick and it finishes rather abruptly.

This is a pretty drinkable, if forgettable, Biere De Garde. Certainly worth the try.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's for a Southampton event.

A- SH BDG has a deep copper look to it with some spots of amber interwoven. A nice white cap sits on top of the liquid and does not budge for a few, leaving a ring around the glass with moderate lacing.

S- A whole lot of yeast up front and also getting some spicy essence from this including more pepper than clove. Some fruits are abound with ripe apple and some caramel from the malts. This one has a lot of grains in it from the taste.

T- I'm getting a lot of bready action with biscuit flavors from the malts on top of some yeast backing. This was all I got for a while but this BDG opened up to a nice spicy base with the afformentioned additions. Some fruits in the middle focusing on apple along with some sweet malts.

M- One of the better aspects of this beer with a notch above medium body and a nice crisp carb felt on the tounge. On some sips the bready taste may be a bit much for some new to this style. A nice creamy feel.

D- Not sessionable but If I had a bottle I would probably share it as this one did not appeal to me all that great. This had a great feel off the tap with a decent flavor, just is not my style.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppered amber with a butterscotch smear. The tone is sparkling and its complexion crystal clear. Flurries of bubbles contribute animation. Its head balloons from the pour like a heated marshmallow. It floats easily a good sized finger above the surface. Despite a few minor collapses it remains prominent and leaves an ornate decor as it descends the glass. What a gorgeous looking creation.

The aroma is near identical to that of a fine European caramel. The smell of caramelized sugars and gooey, chewy, rich caramel is candy for the nose. The brew uses French Strisselsplat hops which are suppose to impart a sort of nuanced herbal flavour. I can't pin-point anything specific but it does smell quite savory.

The taste again reminds me of a finely crafted, delicatessen European caramel. It offers succulent sweet notes of butterscotch and brown sugar. The herbal nuance becomes more apparent with warming. Savory herbs, dried flower petals and a yeast derived peppery/clove type spice are noted. A combination of stone and orchard fruits, both dried and ripened, make appearance. The taste of oven-roasted grains grows and grows.

It's appropriate Southampton only offer this beer in 750ml bottles. It's an ideal drink to have at your side in all seasons. Today's warming, sunny spring weather feels ideal although I imagine this would compliment just about any mood or time of year. I'd also presume this to pair wonderfully alongside a number of dishes from any course; turkey and stuffing was first to come to my mind.

The spiciness is light and suggested, always present somewhere in the background but never too forward. What dominates the flavour is caramel and fire-roasted grains which together impart a collaboration of dry, grainy breadiness and chewy, sugary sweetness. The brewer suggests to "enjoy now or age it for later". This bottle, an estimated year-old or so, gives good reason to believe either approach should work just as well.

France hasn't contributed anywhere near as much to beer as it has to wine. Arguably its only contribution (overlooking the method Champagnoise) is the Biere de Garde, a sadly under-represented style that can offer complexity in subtlety like few others. Perhaps the reasons so few New Age brewers attempt the style is that very fact? It is terribly difficult to achieve complexity through subtlety. In any case, Southampton has succeeded.

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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 ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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

My pint was poured with minimal head, but was still covered by a fine, off-white layer of foam that showed good retention and produced some streaky lacing. The beer itself was a clear gold colour. Mild aroma overall, a combination of fruit and a bit of citrus plus grainy malt and grass. Mild bitterness, balanced towards malty sweetness with cereal notes and light fruit character. A bit grassy and citrusy, with peppery/spicy alcohol appearing towards the finish. Medium bodied with fine, nearly crisp carbonation. Good texture. I liked the balance of flavours and thought it made for a tasty pint.

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