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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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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 125
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one I picked up a 750ml at Skibbo's in the Bronx on East Tremont before heading up to Copake NY for some camping. This was my first of this style and I was very excited to get down to business.

A: From an oversized wine glass, the pour was strong amber orange, two and half if not more finger off white head. Fair amount of chunks and small hills in the head, solid lacing and retention but less than I expected.

S: Spices hit my nose first, some sweetness but don't believe it was fruit based. Low key bread and wheat hanging around to intriuge the pallet as you hoist for the first quaf.

T: Understated toasted biscuits, sweetness of vanilla and honey after the sting of something astringent hit my pallet. I didn't get much out of this and I suspect either it was the temperature or the age(too young) but I wanted more flavor.

M: Quite dry, very light but high level of carbonation.

D: Now that I've down one of these right off the rack, it's time to pick up another and cellar to see if I can get more flavor out of Southampton.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade with gregc. Huge frothy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Lots of belgian lace. A light copper colored beer. Armoma of malt and belgian yeast. Aroma doesn't do a whole lot to the beer but the flavor was wonderful. Very malty with good sugar carmelazation and a toasted malt taste, mild hop bitterness, a very well balanced and drinkable beer. This beer has a complex crisp toasty malt flavor. My first taste of a Southampton beer, I'm looking forward to trying more in the future.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a really fascinating beer, rich, earthy and delicious. It is a beer to savor. But it is also not a beer for the faint of heart, or for the beer novice, so it's overall drinkability suffers.

Pours deep amber with a torrent of carbonation and a vast fluffy head. The aroma is sour and musty, with strong malt. The flavor is powerful, malty with sour and bitter character, suggesting leather and earth. There is a hint of spiced pear on the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and assertive. This is a delicious beer, but rather overwhelming.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle with a sizable load of sediment resting at the bottom, poured into a goblet yields a hazy copper-amber body with plenty of active carbonation supporting two strong fingers of pale ivory foam that retains great at a misshapen fluff and leaves sticky puffs of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty and yeasty with a zing of lime zest and a bit of caramel-covered red apple.

The drink tastes a touch dry and biscuity at first sip, but rolling the drink around and letting it warm a bit a bit brings out a flavor profile that is increasing pale malty, sweet and fruity with a toasty caramel note laced with pepper in the finish. A note of fresh peach and soft, sweet banana brings more sweetness , but plenty of carbonation and a bit of earthy dryness help clean up and balance the drink.

A nicely carbonated beer, Southampton's Biere de Garde is mild, mellow, very tasty and highly drinkable.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 JDV
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle generously shared by fly. Thanks Alan!
Pours a rich amber with a light white head. Smell is bright, fruity and sweet breadiness. Taste is sweet, aged, fruity and very bready again, without much spice coming through for me. Still, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Slynger
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed orange with a pale hay colored tint to it. The lid is exceptionally large and full of light sandy white bubbles that are a bit too large to be considered fine.

The nose lacks a bit of strength, but is pleasant enough. It has a lightly sweet flowery herbal quality which mingles with sweet apricots. A tart orchard fruit yeastiness balances the sweetness nicely and there are hints of spice hidden in there as well.

The flavor comes in a little stronger than the nose, which is good. It brings the same floral apricot sweetness mixed with lightly toasted biscuity malts and tartly fruity yeast. Again, a very light peppery spiciness peeks in. It is medium bodied with a lot of very soft carbonation.

I am somewhat disappointed as I was sort of hoping this Biere would blow me away since I have heard such good things about this brewery. It is still damn good and supremely drinkable, just not the masterpiece I had built up in my head. Expect a good Biere de Garde and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (thanks Dyan) with a best by date of 11/2012 which is still a ways off . I'd save it but I'm sure everyone will be drinking vertical epic all year in 2012 anyway. This beer gave a nice pop when the cork flew out and it began to foam immediately but I was able to subdue the unruly bastard with a snifter. Nice orange-brown haze with an off-white foamy pillow. The smell was real nice, malt, honey, caramel. The taste, hmmm... I'd say there is a slight caramel flavor, maybe some hops hiding out but this is very subtle, or my palate sucks). This is actually pretty enjoyable to drink. I'm really not qualified to say whether this is a good example of the style but it is a good beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky dark copper with an orange hue. A massive four-inch head of beige foam receded slowly to a solid skim-coat. Plenty of smeary lacework.

Aromatics lead off with an unexpected amount of caramel malt. Hints of citrus spice and phenols follow through.

Medium bodied and a bit chewy, with plenty of effervescence. Slightly coarse and grainy.

Malt-forward on the pallet, with traces of coriander, bannana, nuts, and cocoa.
Bitterness and alcohol are in check, and drinkability is high.

Finishes with lingering caramel malt.

I was really underwhelmed with this one. Tasting alot like a Dubble, and the spicing is almost non-existant.
Lacking complexity and heavy on the malt.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dyan for this one.
Best by 11/15/12 on the bottle.

A - Copper with orange highlights and a big, bubbly 3 finger head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet malt with a bit of caramel and some herbal fruity notes.

T - Sweet caramel malt mixed with a touch of fruit followed by a spicy kick and some herbal, spicy hops ending with a belgian yeasty flavor.

M - Not sure if the beer is on the heavier side or if the high carbonation makes it feel that way but it is not as light and airy as other BDG's I have had.

D - Not bad, just not as complex or enjoyable as the other belgian/farmhouse styles I have tried by Southhampton.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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 errantnight
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Every time I try a Southampton brew I'm impressed... this was no exception.

Truly exemplifies the Biere de Garde style as I've come to know it... an unruly and dramatic handful of head plopped atop a slightly hazy brownish hay colored brew in my tulip has my eyes a-glowin'.

Aroma is big toasted malt with plummy sweetness and some earthy roundness with maybe a touch of vanilla and warm spice coming through.

Taste is a rich, toasted malt mouthful that has a juicy, sweet middle that rounds out perfectly dry. Yeasty esters are present but subdued, some vanilla, almost oak-y notes are implied by the layers of bready, toasted malts.

Smooth but bright on the tongue. Medium to full bodied. Reminds me a lot of Heavyweight's Biere d'Art, which sadly I purchased shortly after that brewery became defunct.

Works well as an introduction to the style, and as something to search out if you like the style. Definitely in the upper range on malt, which is really what I nick the drinkability score for, and the aroma, while nice, is kinda restrained. Give it a shot.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of dsa7783
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $10.99...
A slow and steady pour resulted in an amazing, dark-copper, appearance with an amazing full, foamy, and frothy head that lingered for a bit before slowly receding and leaving a copious amount of lacing...
Very intricate and complex aroma bursting with fresh florals, cotton candy, licorice, sugars, yeast, and slight phenols...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a nice suggestion of cinnamon, vanilla, spices, and honey...
Good mouthfeel, sweet and tasty, with complex, bold flavors...
Pretty easy level of drinkability despite the 7% alcohol percentage...
Good stuff...

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Photo of kenito799
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Marty's Liquors in Allston, MA.

A: Clear amber hue. Reddish. Pours with a gigantic head that drops to 1/2 inch - light and fluffy. Belgian lace.

S: Toasty and clean. Sweet. A touch spicy. Pils malt aromas. Light.

T: Full toasted malt flavor. Caramel sweet. Grainy and toasty. Some herby spice flavor but I was hoping for more. No real hop character.

MF: Medium body. Highly carbonated. Dry finsih.

D, notes: A good sessionable bier de garde - one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into my big SA mug

A: cloudy, reddish orange. apple cider-like in color. 2+ finger off white head. great retention

S: citrus zest. lemon, orange and floral. nice looking

T: earthy, green apples, pepper and spice. hints of malt

M: medium body. a little heavier than many saisons. spot on carbonation

D: very drinkable

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Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle, caged and corked. The beer pours a transparent reddish brown colour into my Delirium Tremens glass. A very tall orange/tan head stands strong now after the pour with some lacing. The nose is nice, not outstanding, it has a lot of citrus fruits mainly oranges and some yeast like spice. Once the dense foam opens up the nose is accented a little more. It tastes rather refreshing with the malts out weighing the hops almost like an amber ale would. Upon breaking the taste down more it has a very earthy and antique feel to it. The fruit notes are that of mature fruits such as apricot. The thin but generous carbonation allow the beer to burst upon entry but slowly fade away leaving a semi-sweet and thick finish.

Im pretty satisfied with Southampton's Beire de Garde. I wish it wasn't so 'upfront' about everything, it's very punchy upon deliverance and because of which limits its drinkability. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in trying the beire de garde style ale. I'll buy one more and cellar that sucker till...hmm, the bottle says best before 2012...ok, then works!

(original date of review- 3/2/08)

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Photo of psinderson
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

720ml bottle poured into snifter-type glass.

Appearance: Medium red in color, very clear. Thick and coarse head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Initial aroma was metal, like aluminum. That faded to reveal a yeasty, sour aroma.

Taste: Surprise! Sweeter than expected up front. Floral & spicy notes thanks to the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation...nothing too special.

Drinkability: Good drinkability if you can forget the metallic aroma!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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 TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +3.4%
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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Southampton Biere De Garde from Southampton Publick House
3.88 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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