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Southampton Biere De Garde | Southampton Publick House

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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

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Added by Ego on 01-27-2007

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 series bottle which exploded with foam when I opened it, and continued gushing slowly for about 10 minutes. The beer was copper brown colored, slightly hazy, with thick and dry looking foam, clumps of which stuck to the glass. The aroma was mostly toasted malts, and honestly it grew on me over the course of a few glasses. Not really complex, but a nice study in malt flavoring. Medium mouthfeel, easy to drink, not incredibly challenging for the palate but nice anyway.

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Photo of BeerLover729
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored beer with nice two finger head that relents to a significant lacing. The beer smells intensely malty to an extent that overpowers anything else. The taste is also intensely malty with very pleasant caramelization, a mild hop bitterness and hop flavor is slightly detectable. This beer has a complex crisp toasty malt flavor. My first impression was that it seemed overpoweringly malty but my I recently gave it another try and I appreciated the complex nature of the caramelized malts much more. Perhaps the second bottle was better kept and/or served colder, which helped subdue the sweetness from the malt and help me appreciate the complex flavor profile. This beer has a crisp medium body and beer goes down well, presenting different characteristics with each sip. Good beer.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a textbook amber color with a righteous full finger foamy eggshell colored head that resists fading. The smell is incredible; malty, lightly toasted, sweet and fruity...now "do that"!!!! Well carbonated, the mouth feel is full and incredibly vibrant. Effervescent yet grounded in an earthy malt texture. WOW! The complexity is kicked-up 'notches'_seriously worth your consideration.. especially if you can find it over the holidays. Full flavored, the earthy amber malt over heavens of carbonated creaminess delivers the goods baby! Highly Recommended! Cheers.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML Bottle

cork was incredibly hard to get out, opened with out much of a crack at all
poured a clear amber with a big craggy foamy head with excellent retention some patchy lacing.

Caramel, brown sugar, with some tartness, a slight sourness like buttermilk as well

Sweet and nutty on the palate flavors of toffee, the toffee comes through big on the after taste mingling with some very slight smoky hints. Perhaps there is even a bit of super light and sweet coffee in the after taste. There is a slight earthiness to the flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

thin body that has a round feel in the mouth. very wet and juicy, good amount of fine bubbled carbonation. For how wet the mouthfeel is there is a very dry feeling that accompanies the after taste. Fantastic mouthfeel.

A really fantastic beer, one I'll be picking up again in the near future

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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 ikats
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, amber in color. Large slightly off-white head dissipates into tightly packed 1/4" cover. Wonderful aroma is full of biscuity and fruity notes. Sweetness is obvious in the aroma. Taste reminds me of slightly sweet biscuits. Warming effect of alcohol is evident. Medium body. Very drinkable. Pleasant mouthfeel.

750 ml bottle. No bottling date, but I've had it for about a year (maybe a little more).

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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 RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red orange body, with hints of yellow highlights. Tons of carbonation. Three fingers plus of airy lacey head.

Spicy, peppery aroma. also features a strong serving of juicy citrus fruits. Touch of candy perhaps at the back.

Taste begins with a soft touch of sweet, but not overly so, malt.
Gentle spicy, pepper notes. Fruity at the swallow. Clean, dry finish.

Light, tingly, bubbly mouthfeel. Exdellent drinkability.

Extraordinarily refreshing on a hot September afternoon.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from Southampton. I grabbed this one having never tried the style, but always enjoying what I've had from Southampton.

Pours a light brown, nearly orange from this corked and caged 750mL into my oversized wine glass. The head is huge on this one and remains at two fingers. Very impressive. The lacing is sticky and clumps in areas. Slightly chill hazed.

The nose on this is of sweet malts and a hint of roasting. Hops are somewhat hidden among the slightly musty scent. Fruity esters are there, but I'm having trouble picking out which fruit they are.

Taste is balanced, but leans slightly towards the sweeter and fruitier side of things. Hops finish things out nicely, but the fruity esters that were present in the nose have gone missing. Odd and disappointing. Slight yeasty taste instead.

Mouthfeel is a very light medium and airy in an enjoyable way. Seems more of a summer to late summer style to me and the mouthfeel drives that home. Very drinkable too. The balanced flavor and lighter mouthfeel helps.

The flavor seems a little nondescript, but maybe others are more inspiring. Not my favorite from Southampton. Would be easy to pair a meal with this as it would be unlikely to offend.

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

705ml bottle that I picked up on Long Island about 2 months ago. There's no date, but since I got this at Shoreline Beverage, which is close to the source and has a pretty high turnover, I assume it's on the newer side.

Poured into my Saison de Silly tulip. Incidentally, I always thought that beer was a lot more like a bier de garde rather then saison, and in fact turns out to be rather similar to this offering from Southampton. The color is a hazy orangish amber with a huge (I couldn't get a pour with less then half the tulip head), eggshell head that is very long lasting and rocky, leaving huge chunks of foam on the side of the glass as it settles. Very impressive, it is only the rockiest heads like this one that garner a 5 from me.

The aroma is very malty, toffee, nuts and caramel, with a hint of allspice, and sweetens as it warms, reminiscent of flan, and is equally as appetizing.

The taste is also very malty and rich, but tempered by a nice bite of minerals and spice. A bitter noble hop backbone makes it only semi-sweet, less then the nose would leave one to expect, with maybe a touch of orange, and a hint of booze on the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, medium bodied but viscous.

This is a rich, complex ale that is made to be savored, not drunk with haste. Well done, enjoyable and worth seeking out if you are a fan of the style. Very authentic for US brewery, but then again, Phil wrote the book!

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Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halftime Beverage

Finally got my hands on a few of Southampton's offerings and this will be the first casuality. Cork releases with a loud pop. Pours a glowing golden-amber. A big loose frothy ivory head blew up on the pour and controlled 2/3 of the glass. Leaves sticky lacing as the head recedes.

Good aromas come forth right off the bat. Toasted and biscuity malts are the canvas of this ale. Fruity esters are mild but very well integrated. Hints of white grapes, pear skin, and even a little Granny Smith apple. Very inviting.

Flavor is right on par with the aromas. There's quite a large malt profile in the form of toasted and biscuity malts just like the smell. Just enough fruity esters round out the flavor perfectly. Again, the pear sking, mild tart green apples, and a touch of the white grapes. Great well rounded flavors coming from this beer.

Medium body that turns exceptionally creamy and frothy as it hits the tongue. Good carbonation massages the tongue.

A beer I can drink all night long without a problem. Refreshing balanced and unique.

This is my second Southampton beer and my first from the 750 series. I can't hardly wait to try the others I picked up. A very solid enjoyable Biere de Garde.

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

Thanks to fugazme for this 750ml bottle.

Pours a very bright copper with a thick, frothy three finger head that settles very slowly to a nice solid cap. The lacing is thick, leaving behind large patches of foam.

Smell; tons of sweet malts dominate up front with caramel and some brown sugar, but there's also an underlying dusty yeastiness. There's also just a hint of some hops in the background as well.

Taste; the malts are just as evident in the flavor as in the nose, and the combination of the brown sugar, caramel, a nice toasted presence and the spiciness from the yeasts give this a flavor reminiscent of gingerbread. The hops actually make a bit of an appearance, but are driven back again by the malts.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick, with the beer leaving a bit of a coating on my tongue. This actually helps to give this a bit of a long finish. Drinkability is really damn good. Give me a few more bottles of this and you'll make my day.

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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 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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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 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 RichThatchr
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I shared this with a friend while we were conducting a podcast about beer and we were using the unusual glassware for this great looking amber/brown ale that formed a decent head on top of our glasses. Raising the glass to the light, I could see through the amber-ish ale and the hundreds of streaming bubbles forming lines to the top of the head. That view is common with the great Champagnes of France, such as Veuve Cliquot and Krug, and to apply the same measure to an ale was another indicator of its greatness.

The fragrance of the ale was deeply malty with elements of hops and toast. The following taste was immense with malt, chocolate, black coffee bitterness, and a twist of hops. I really enjoyed this and regretted not having more to call my own. Yes, I played with it, and thought about what could make this even better or what cheese I could pair it with.

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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 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 northernbrews
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml "bonus" bottle from BeerBeing from a recent trade.
Thanks Alex!

This is my first Southampton beer. I'm glad I finally get to try one.

Appearance: Pours with a loose three finger head on top of a nice dark orange body. The head fades to a nice layer leaving a trail of lace.

Smell: Kind of a mild aroma. I guess it's expected for this style. Starts with a sweet malty aroma. There is a faint smell of strawberries and roasted malt. I wonder what a little "brett" influence might do to this.

Taste: Starts again with a slight taste of strawberries and slightly roasted malts. There is a touch of malts in the finish. Slightly fruity. This is quite good for the style, and it gets even better as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and smooth as it goes down. Just about par for the style.

Drinkability: This 750 is going down too good. This is a nice sessionable beer, especially since it's 7.2%. I could easily put back a few 750's with no trouble.

Overall: This is probably my favorite "true to style" biere de garde I have had. It gets better as the bottle warms. Gets some more fruity notes as it warms up. I can't wait to try the other offerings from Southampton, especially the Saison.

Thanks again to Alex for this excellent "bonus".

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Photo of BusyNinja
2.61/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Southampton is one of my favorite east coast breweries. I always consider it a real treat when I can find it, whether it's in bottles or served on tap. This is my first Southampton disappointment. It wasn't bad. It just was not their usual stellar brew. Surprising mediocrity compounded by me overpaying - $11 and change in a good beer store for a 750.

Darker than golden, but not quite brown. Quite clear for the initial pour. A little cloudy, as should be expected, for the second pour.

Smell, a touch of wheat, not very strong. A hint of moderate alcohol.

Taste - just okay, pretty bland, not malty, not hoppy, not zippy like a Castlelain or a JenLain (sp). Just okay.

Mouthfeel - smooth, not too malty, not too bubbly.

Drinkability - yes, I could have had another bottle, but why? I know, I know, I'm getting spoiled by too many excellent brews. Believe me, I'd have a couple of these over BMC, but is that the standard? I don't think so. Looking forward to more great Southampton brews in the future.

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Photo of phisig137
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First pour is brilliantly clear amber orange color, with a three finger thin head. Little retention leaves nothing behind. Second pour is chunky, cloudy, and looks pretty nasty.

Aroma is slightly wheaty, with some bread aromas, as well as some light spice and fruits. Vanilla also seems to be present. Mild, but enjoyable.

Flavor is very mild, with lightly toasted grains, biscuits, honey, and vanilla being prevalent. Finish is relatively dry, and the mouthfeel is thin and overcarbonated. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, I'm pretty disappointed with this one. It's not poorly made, but it's just lacking in any wow factor. It is very well balanced, and would be a pretty good food beer, but by itself, it's a little lackluster. The bottle says to "Enjoy now or age it for later".... I can't imagine this possibly getting better with age. Probably the most disappointing Southampton beer I've had. Not bad, just not that great.

A side note.... I have had a few bottles of Southampton's corked beers that were infected/corked/not stored correctly. Perhaps this is another one of those bottles. I'll have to revisit this if my next bottle it different.

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

Pours a surprisingly clear amber, with a fluffy, sticky, voluminous, lace-leaving head of slightly off-white. On the nose there's some slight funk, along with a huge buttery note that dominates the proceedings. In the background there are some bits that remind me of some kind toasty, caramelized baked treat. On the palate, very sharp carbonation and bitterness off the bat, with some herbal, fennellish notes and citric acidity at the mid-palate. Full, rounded flavors and huge carbonation make this quite true to style. Excellent.

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Photo of Ego
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

always anxious to try one of phil's belgian concoctions... 750 ml caged and corked presentation.

huge fluffy head with audible sizzle, 4 full fingers of head gurgle about in front of you, obviously tons of carbonation abound and begin to construct the head with microbubbles while the towering crown of foam starts to subside, burnt orange hue, I poured this one carefully so this particular glass is not cloudy at all, head retention is almost so good it's annoying, and thins thing has some cling, this is looking damn good...

this ale takes you right to funkytown (insert music here), notes of honey, grass, spice (pepper), a couple of citric notes, dry and musty, farmhouse goodness here I am.

taste etc...
sweet bread, sugars, prickly carbonation keeps it alive in the mouth, the aftertaste has hints of bitterness and the alcohol is slightly warming in the gullet, the smell somehow enhances the flavor, I don't always find this with many beers. This one leaves your mouth just parched enough from it's yeasty nature to want more... very easy to drink. In fact it just gets easier and easier to drink as you go, smooth and silky. If you slow it down and savor each little sip you grasp the depth but it goes down so easy you almost forget. This has that soft doughy nature of a well brewed farmhouse style.

go get some if you like phil's saisons, you will not be disappointed.

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