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

Brewed by:
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 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 nh2032
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of washburnkid
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Dark amber to light brown with a small white head that doesn't retain much. Aromas are lacking a little, but I get faint earth and barely sweetened maltiness. Flavors are earthy, with citrus rind fruitiness and bitterness at the back. Mouthfeel is relatively light and dry. I'd definitely try this one again.

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

Got this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern in West Caldwell, NJ.

A: This beer pours a fairly clear, slightly light amber body with a small, white head with nice retention and lacing. Lacing along the side of the glass was nice and evident until the finish.

S: A slightly earthy, grassy, malt smelling bee with subtle hits of vanilla and caramel notes that seemed appropriate for the style.

T: A nice, slightly sweet vanilla and caramel taste. Slight grassy backbone with some slight earthy honey notes. A fairly strong vanilla aftertaste with some slight, earthy bitterness in the back of the throat in order to balance. Overall, fairly well-balanced.

M: A pretty light and crisp mouthfeel. Nice on the tongue and even slightly refreshing despite the fairly high alcohol notes.

D: Overall, a nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes the beer pretty nice overall. A pretty, easy drinking beer and a nice one to open the spring with.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottles from 2008, Sly Fox offering. Enormous difference from the first and second pour, as the yeast from the bottom changes the beer's character significantly. First pour is a clear, dark amber. Big nose of caramel and butterscotch. Malty, faintly metallic flavor, a little spicy and grassy. Second pour is cloudy and the head has tiny little bubbles. Still alot of caramel on the nose, though more freshly-baked bread and yeast. Yeasty, spicy character, with a sweeping kick at the end, really earthy, pungent, and raw. Beautiful toward thre end of the bottle. I would almost like to shake up the whole bottle next time to get the yeast moving throughout.

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Photo of jampics2
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle I think I purchased in Pittsburgh a year ago. Split with friends before going out for my bachelor party.

Looks decent in the glass. Cloudy copper/orange with decent head. Looks nice, just a touch muddy.

Balsa wood and honey meet my nose, along with some spices and vanilla and caramel. It's a tad bit oxidized and cardboard isn't a stretch. But there's some nice herbs underneath - this seems like an artisan beer but is just missing the target. Yeasty esters play a minor role - I'd like more please.

Taste is a let-down for sure. I was hoping something magical would save the day, but this is just sweet and off. Tons of toffee and caramel, a bit of dried fruit, and a lot of oxidation. The herbs and yeast don't add anything distinguishing. It's a bad example of the french style, where I expect noble hops and fruit. This has just a bad basement thing going on that kills it's chances of scoring higher. Nonetheless, it's tolerable just a beer without a clear identity.

Mouthfeel felt rough. Good carb, medium body, but not creamy, more muddy. I wouldn't care to try this again unless it was a fresh bottle at the Publick House. Not my thing, and I love a good BdeG.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle with a BEST BY 11/15/12 date.

NOTE: Edit of review. The final pour of the bottle was sweeter and smoother. SWIRL UP THE SEDIMENT BEFORE POURING. I'm sure it may even be more balanced and I will defintely try this again in the near future.

A: Coludy, reddish-orange amber color with tons of carbonation. Two fingers plus of light tan head and minimal to no lacing.

S: Spicy, peppery aroma. Nice malty sweet background with citrus fruits and candy mixed in.

T&M: Medium bodied. Soft sweetness, almost like maple syrup.... and spicy. Tart fruity taste on the fade. Finishes semi-dry. The carbonation is almost too foamy, but not too distracting. Very good drinkability.

Excellent farmhouse ale.

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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 gford217
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired quite a while back.

Pours a murky brownish amber with a big bubbly head that recedes to a thick collar and has streams of bubbles feeding it throughout.

The aroma is very sweet with pears and green apples coupled with some light grassy notes and flowers. Also of note is the heavier malt sweetness than most beers of this style.

The taste is also sweet but I get more earthy character than the nose. There are sweet caramel malts in the background with a much bigger hay and grass element with a slightly fry finish. Not as dry as most biere de gardes, but not as massively sweet as I was expecting from the aroma. That said, still plenty of green apples and sugar in there.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, effervescent in fact.

This is a very sweet version of the style with lots of malts and fruit which forces the dry earthiness to the back. Very complex and tasty.

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

750ml bomber: This one pours a cloudy orange-dark golden color. There was a bit of an effervescent tan head on it that dropped away rather quickly. Nice aroma. Somewhat fruity, grassy and floral. A touch yeasty also. Very nice taste. A touch of tartness is up front. Not too heavy of a body. Caramel and fruit (apples and lemon) notes on the tongue. Just a touch of spices too. Very nice!

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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 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 mcallister
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

'05 vintage

Great looking beer. Deep copper with scarlet hues and an erupting head thick and puffy that extends 2 inches above the rim of my tulip.

Hmmm off the initial aroma curious if I may have aged this one to long. Buttery esters, with muted malt aromas. Some fruity aromatics and berry resemblances.

Still good and drinkable but just not alot going on. Slight diacetyl flavors with again that same muted malt that was in the aroma. Lacking fruit qualities and no hints of hop. Just not that great.

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Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brownish with a copper core in the middle. Sports a big fluffy light tan head that falls slow leaving some nice sticky goodness on my glass.

Aroma is malty and fruity light fruits apple like with hints of musty odors wet hay but not as strong as that, maybe more like fall leaves after a rain.

Taste is like the smell malty yeasty bready malt with some earthy note. Lightly fruity more like caramel apples maybe malty with hints of green apples lightly tart. Hops are herbal grassy playing on the earthy yeasts mingled with light musty funk. Very tasty and interesting no real alcohol notes but u can sort of tell its there.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonation is on higher side tingles the tongue and is usually a turn off for me but seems to add to this beer in some strange way for me.

Drinkability is great find my self enjoying this one more as the bottle goes buy. Complex interesting malty treat with a little musty funk what more could you ask for.

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Photo of csmiley
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours a nice copper to orange color and is not quite completely clear. Head looks to be off white and pushing a light tan. It tops out at a little over one inch and takes it's time as it fades away into a resulting solid cap across the top of the brew. The active carbonation just keeps that cap around forever. Lacing is minimal.

S - Heavy malt aromas come to the forefront. Caramel and buttered bread come to mind. Some yeast pops in around midway. Very light citrus (read lemon) finishes it off. Complexity and balance is just not here. Actually the aroma could use some tweaking.

T - Starts out a little sweet with caramel and butterscotch. It has a honey flavor going on in the background as well. Fruitiness is more pronounced in the flavor. A sharp lemon / citrus is there but seems to be backed up by the occasional note of a smoother citrus flavor that is hard to put my finger on. Alcohol is complimentary to the other flavors that are going on. Just a touch of funkiness on the very tail end. Or is it? I do believe that is some grass and hay buried in there.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy dose of active carbonation that tickles the throat all the way back. Finish is odd. It mostly sweet with a little sour. Odd, but not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

D - Drinkability is good overall. This brew is not quite what I had in mind going into it. First, like the aroma, the flavor is a little underwhelming for the style. Having gotten over the "Is it to style?" hurdle, this is still a solid beer at face value. The flavors work well together. The alcohol works wonderfully to keep it warm and inviting sip after sip. Don't let the final score on this one fool you. It's good enough that I could see myself having this again and am actually pretty stoked I got try this one out for a first time.

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Photo of bruachan
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

liquid pours a decent orangyamber color, with a superfluous head reigning above.

fermented warm so plenty of fruit going on, though that's not to say the grain doesn't creep through: plenty of biscuit/bready notes. hop does shine--in moderation--for balance, really

the fruit façade belies a fairly malty flavor. quite biscuity in this realm, with a wholesome carmelly graininess. quite sweet, really. i am surpised not to taste the fruitiness that i smelled previously, @ least the heavier dried fruit characteristics the aroma evinces. i do get a little apricot, but it's quite subdued and late on. this is not to say that i am disappointed, by any means

a little watery, to be honest. the thick aroma and subsequently hearty flavor deserve a tactile sensation with slightly more backbone. a fine brew...just give it a little more structure

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

750ml bottle, cork and cage. no date found anywhere. tasted in early may 2009. poured into tulip.

orangey amber w brown honey hue. clear if decanted well. enormous 5-finger, rocky, off-white head, forming a duvel-esque iceberg, surrounded by big bubbles. very good lacing, with solid rings, one after another.

aroma: malty caramel and apple fruitiness, meeting herbal notes from both yeast and hops. hay, grass and faint farmhouse. mild anise note and trace phenols in back.

taste: similar flavors, but more tart than expected, and more spicy phenols than in the aroma. fruit and caramel balanced by mild to moderate bitterness, with that unexpected mild acidity persisting throughout. with the acidity, the maltiness never gets cloying, and in fact the beer just seems "hearty". interesting indeed.

medium body, smooth with crisp acidity and phenolic astringency cutting through, with moderate carbonation that does the very same while being prickly upfront and then creamy onwards.

pleasantly surpassed my expectations.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corked n' caged 750ml brewed down the road in Rofo.

Pours with a lively 4F head of soapy bubbles, slightly opaque caramel-orange color, with light carbonation.

Aromas of sweet yellow raisins, plum, some alcohol, and sourdough bread-like quality.

The flavor brought out some definite sweetness - in particular, apricot, molasses and butterscotch - strange bedfellows indeed. Lightly bitter hop quality, and finishing with just a wee hint of sourness and earthy, dirty funk. The flavors seemed a bit at odds with each other, so I'd like to cellar one of these for a year or two to compare.

Mouthfeel was pretty thin and dry - again, seeming at odds with the smell and taste. Not bad, mind you, and ok for the style.

Overall drinkability is not bad - it doesn't constantly pull you back for another sip, but it's a pleasant, dry, and pretty complex beer.

My recommendation is to let this one sit for a year, and serve over 45 degrees ... it was more enjoyable as it warmed.

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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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Southampton Biere De Garde from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 69.6% out of 100 with 125 ratings
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