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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

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Added by Ego on 01-27-2007

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of necoadam
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle

Poured out a dark orange/bronze/amber color with a huge white head that left some lacing around the glass.

Wonderful nose. Plenty of musky, yeasty, and earthy aromas. Some spicy undertones with floral hints poke around.

Taste was malty, wheat sweetness with some floral notes and fruit coming in. Spiciness lingers in the background. Some alcohol can be felt at the very end, but seems pleasant.

Mouthfeel was medium with lots of carbonation.

A wonderful beer with lots of aromas and taste floating around. I could use just a little more funk in the taste, but that's just a minor item after finishing the beer.

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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 IBUnit63
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where did I pick this up...oh yeah...in a packy in New London. Mild muffled pop of the cork before pouring into Ommegang chalice.

Very solid chunky, light sourdough bready head - no glacier tops but some decent clingy staying power. Body is bourbon/honey color and exudes fair viscosity. Light to moderately visible carbonaticon slugs its way through the thick goodness.

A much sweeter candied ginger scent than expected - no deterrent. Definitely some dried figs and maybe golden raisins in there too. A little hop pine maybe - and a touch of honey. Light raw malt gives this a great backbone.

At first blush this needs some breathing time to evaporate the tinny aftertaste...but the candied ginger is prevalent, as are the crisp grains. This rolls very nice and dry. Slight pine tree texture with some fine yeast electricity in the background. It's a little cold admittedly so I'm revisiting at it evolves. More dried fruits replace the tininess - the expected figs and dates...maybe a bit of apricot as well. Tinny aftertaste dissipates but I still get a bit of a cold, clammy feeling layered onto the yeast electricity. Good elements but yearns for added synergy.

Slight sour tone to palate overall - creamy with a bit of a bite on the back end. Light leathery graininess of the dried, aged fruits persists through to the rustic finish.

This is an enjoyable offering to sip but perhaps not as enjoyable as intended. A little bit choppy in its sourness and if not disjointed a little heavy at times.

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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 0110x011
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours cherry red with copper highlights. Four finger, rocky tan head lasts a good while. Lacing is spotty. Pretty!

S - Pale fruits & carmelized sugars. Toffee and butterscotch. Some grassy noble hops.

T - Candy sweetness first, followed by pear and apricot. Spice in the middle. Well put together.

M - Medium-light body. Big, prickly carbonation. Quick, dry finish.

D - One is good for me. But the one is tasty and easy.

A very nice beer and one of the best I've had of the style. A great introduction to the Southampton line.

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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 ATLbeerDog
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light orange color with a frothy one finger head. Smells of light fruits with plum fruits dominating nose. First sip is plums and other fruits mixing not well with the massive yeast favor. There is way too much carbonation here and too much yeast. I'm guessing it is bottle conditioned but too much sugar was used. I am not impressed.

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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 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 Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a cloudy copper color with fluffy light tan head. It smelled like sweet fresh hay and bready yeast and earthy caramel, with some cream and oranges and oiled leather. It tasted like whole grain wheat and bready yeast, with some cashew and cream and leather, and a bit of citrus hops and sweet caramel. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a delicate sweet and sour aftertaste. Overall this was a great first impression for this style of beer! It smelled and tasted great, with very delicate and clean character. It was a little light in the body for my taste, but it still hid the alcohol well and was quite easy to drink. I loved this fresh, and the bottle suggests that it will improve with age. Wow!

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Photo of jnn4v
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Huge head. Bubbles. Lots of tiny bubbles. Rising continually from the bottom. I've never seen that other than in champagne before. Cloudy, moderately hazy amber honey color.

S: Lemon, clover and a late spring afternoon in a meadow. Honey as it warms and the head dies off.

T: Thistle? If there's such a thing as flowery bitterness, I just tasted it. I feel like there's probably a lot of complexity beneath the surface that I just can't define, but that I'm still able to enjoy with every sequential sip. Overall, I do definitely like it.

M: Good mouthfeel. Even though there seems to be a ton of carbonation in this beer (huge head when poured, constant bubbles, but still very smooth texture).

D: Surprisingly, as it continues, it becomes more and more drinkable. However, the head itself does keep you from pouring it and drinking it within 5 minutes of each other.

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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 CoolJosh
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw the bottle and couldn't pass it up. I had to share this one with my close friend and best tasting buddy treyrab.

Taking into account the origin of this style, this is a really well put together beer.

The body color is a hazy rustic orange. Almost pumpkin in color. On top is a creamy low carb white head.

As I dip my nose low I get a decent amount of pumpkin, tons of pie crust, very sweet, white grapes, lemon, lots of light citrus notes, a little bit light. Caramel is definitely present but slightly subdued. I had a really hard time with this scent, incredibly complex and a lot on the table.

The taste is very sour at the start, then sweet on finish. Very lemony and citrus, some orange as well. Then a backlash of light hops come and over the top hops and over the top malts that comes at you like a tsunami with tons of caramel flavors. Incredibly sweet champagne taste, really sprizty at the end.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first offering from Southampton. Pours a nice golden orange, with a pleasing creamy head. The head is brief, but is easily coaxed back up with a bit of swirling. No lacing. Not a bad looking beer, not remarkable either. Smell is very malty, sweet. Taste is similar, fairly close to a Tripel, and moreso as the beer warms. Sweet, little to no hop presence, slightly warming alcohol. Initially mouthfeel seems a bit sharp or highly carbonated, but this diminishes quickly. A bit thin, a bit watery, but lends itself well to sizable droughts. It did not take long at all to kill this bottle, and while drinkability is fine, there was nothing that left me with the yearning to have another bottle any time soon.

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

A light orangish body, something that looks a little but like copper or rust. Plenty of lively carbonation in the body. A big off-white head pops up with the pour, but only to die down fairly quickly, without leaving any lacing behind.

Very herbal nose. Not sure what kind of herbs, but the word that comes to mind is definitely herbal. Some fruitiness is noticeable. Slightly malty.

This beer isn't bad, but there is nothing too exciting about it either. There is just something off for me. Up front there is a slight musty tartness that is nice, but it is rather muted. The malt profile is a little bit like caramel malts and a little bit like other malts, I can't make up my mind. Some light fruit notes come through too, apricot and peach. The herbal notes in the nose are once again strong here. The hops add to it, earthy and spicy, but I really believe there is something else in there contributing also. Not sure what.

Mouthfeel is pretty good I must say. Light to medium bodied with a ton of carbonation, the beer explodes on the tongue. Reminds me a little bit of saison deluxe, but to a slightly lesser extent.

Drinkability is ok, just like most of the beer. After drinking the saison deluxe and the grand cru, I was pretty pumped to try this one. Those two beers amazed me, some of the best beers I've gotten to try in a good while. This one disappoints. It isn't a bad beer, it just does not wow.

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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 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 hopdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one from bottle.

Poured a medium copper color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of some breadiness, caramel, lightly fruity, and some spiciness. Tastes of toasted bread, caramel, and lightly spicy. Malty sweet.

Notes from 2/28/05

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Photo of LennyV
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown into my Chimay glass. Wounderful thick foamy head that hangs around.

Smells of malt and alcohol.

Tastes as it smells malty mixed with warming alcohol.

Feels fantatstic in the mouth like i am drinking velvet.

Maybe with age this beer will improve but I did not find anything unique about the brew. I was expecting some more funk from a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of number1bum
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #19.

Pours a deep, burnt orange amber color, somewhat hazy with a billowing ivory colored head. Keeps a very full lace and leaves a bit of stick.

Smell seems quite sweet for the style, with aromas of honey and even a bit of caramel. Bit of a grainy note, too, which is slightly toasty. There's a bit of a buttery note, too with some yeast and floral characteristics, as well. Also a bit of fruit. This is definitely one of the sweeter aromas for the style that I have experienced.

Taste is not as sweet as the smell, with only a little bit of caramel sweetness. There is some buttery diacetyl like there was in the smell, too, and some apples and pears show up now and again. Dominant flavor is grain, however, which is toasty but also very raw and husk-like. There is a pretty substantial hop bitterness that goes with it, and both flavors linger into the finish. This is also a bit odd, but for different reasons than the smell was. Unfortunatley it doesn't all meld together quite as well as the smell, and the grain flavor is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, almost a little chewy, and is a bit heftier than a typical medium body. For this style though I'd like it to be a bit crisper and more refreshing.

This is a decent beer but it just seems a bit off to me. The smell is quite sweet, the taste is quite grainy. I'm not wild about the diacetyl that shows up here and there, either. It's ok, but I doubt I'd come back to it.

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Photo of dnichols
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was poured from a caged and corked 750 ml bottle.

A: It poured a rich amber to copper body with a modest white head that had decent retention. It had leggy lacing that fell swiftly back into the liquid.

S: It had a complex aroma profile that exhibited toasted malts, brown bread yeast and fruity esters. There were hints of spicy and citrusy hops.

T: It was sweet and sugary with a sweet-tart flavor profile. The tart flavors were well balanced with the sweet and were largely driven by fruity citrusy flavors and white biting spices.

M: It had a smooth medium body with moderate and enjoyable levels of carbonation. It finished warm, clean and dry.

D: It is a complex and tasty brew that was a joy to drink, however, it is more of a sipper than a session beer.

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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 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 PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- body is a semi-translucent ruby-amber that pours with a giant frothy, foamy off-white colored head. Head eventually settles to 1/2 finger and leaves behind traces of lacing all the way down. Yeast sediment can be seen floating in the glass.

S- Not much to the smell. Mild floral hops, a hint of funky yeast, and a hint of exotic fruit.

T-Mild flavor upfront with a minimal dry, exotic fruity flavor and a somewhat metallic background. A burst of floral hop flavor comes through for the finish as well as some bitterness. The slightest alcohol burn rises at the finish.

M-Medium weight body with low to medium tingly carbonation. Body is smooth and creamy.

D- Decent beer overall but not as awesome as I thought it would be. Its a nice chance to try another biere de garde though. 7% is barely detectable. Wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CigarCity for this one.

A: Pours a nice orangish hue with a gushing head. Get them glasses ready! The head builds but falls just as fast as it rushes from the bottle. Lots of bubbles rush to the top though indicating this one is well carbonated.

S: Nice malt aromas with hints of yeast. A touch of spice can be detected along with light citrus hops and flowers.

T: 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 nice spiced bread. The hops actually make a bit of an appearance, but are overtaken the malts.

M: Very bold carbonation, almost to a fault.

D: Not bad. Another tasty treat from the boys in NY.

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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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