Southampton Christmas Ale | Southampton Publick House

very good
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Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by dsa7783 on 12-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by ryantaussig:
Photo of ryantaussig
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good color and thin head with moderate lacing. Smell is not as funky as I expect from the style, but sits very well with me. A good overall aroma with plenty of malt. On the sweeter side of the spectrum, but excellent overall balance. There's a bit of bitterness, but it is muted. Feel is above average, as is drinkability.

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Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale reddish copper that is very clear on the first pour. Good head, retention, and lacing. Light amount of bubbles streaming up.

Smell is light sweet malt with yeasty fruit esters. Overripe banana, apple skin, pear and cookie dough.

A big smooth malty core. Fruits from the nose are represented well. Holiday spices are mixed in nicely. A dry powdery yeast in the finish brings in a shortbread and holiday cookie spice blend.

Medium mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Clean.

Drinkability is very good. Not to filling and a good one for meals and holiday socializing.

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

Recieved as part of the Growlin at the moon BIF, this was one of two 32oz growlers I recieved. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/05/2009.

The pour was nice with a medium amber color that had a light haze and cloudiness to it. Nice foamy head of white coming up over the top and settling down nicely into a thin film

The aroma was highly charged with spices. Cinnamon and anise, hints of nutmeg and a light fruit like vibe coming off of it. Decent feel here at first, but as you get down into it it thickened up a bit. The flavor was all over, but I have to say very nice. At first lots of spice, but as soon as it warmed, a semi sour like fruit note took over. Even bitter at times in the finish. Lots of pears and spiced apples here as well. Smooth, easy drinkable, this was a very nice little warmer.

Overall not bad. I would never have had gone for this one, but I am very glad that I did. Very solid and a very intresting little beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber with a creamy white foamy head. The head clung well to the sides. Aroma was slightly sweet, a bit of yeast. Picked up hints of clove and orange. Taste was a bit like oaty banana bread with some caramalized sugar flavoring. Felt good in the mouth. Not overly watery, and not excessively carbonated. Drank very well, but the alcohol kicked in a little faster than expected.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ginger Man in NYC...
Appearance: Dark, mahogany brown... Decent-sized head, minimal carbonation, minor lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Rich nuances of chewy malts, nutmeg, cloves...
Taste: The overall taste strongly complemented the aroma... Bursting with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, candied sugars, rich malts...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Great level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap at the grey lodge.

A light amber color with a small white cap, Southampton's christmas is a light smelling biere de garde that does not have a lot of holiday cheer. Smells of very light spice with light fruits such as apples and banana. Small pale malt. Taste is light with all the above coming out but the fruits seem to be winning, this could use more spice to make this a good christmas offering. Feel is on the low side with some faint carbonation felt. Goes down smooth and easywith apples in the aftertaste. I would not go back for this one, just not that exciting.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, amber body. One finger off white head. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Slightly fruity hints come through a soft, mellow malt body. Banana, apples, and oranges are what i picked up.

T: Slightly amped up version of the nose. Strong malt base. Good fruit presence. Typical belgian yeasty notes. Some spice (allspice/nutmeg?)

M: Smooth. Crisp finish. Not much bite to it. Lightly carbonated.

D: A solid beer all around. Tastes slightly better than it smells. Could have a few of these at a bar without a problem.

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Photo of eyeamthewind
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with some off white foam.
Some spices in the nose, nutmeg, allspice, a little yeast but not much else there. It was tasty but I had just finished an Anderson Winter Solstice and the Southampton was lighter and less sweet. It is somewhat crisp for a Christmas but theres a little bit of a bready yeastiness. Very slight offtaste, less than other SH brews. Overall a a light winter warmer without much to weigh it down. Anderson Valley won the competition in my opinion.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red amber color with a finger of tan head. Very nice retention on the head with some solid lacing left behind.

S - Aroma is full of fruity esters from apple/pear elements. There is also some sweet carmel malt aroma that blends and keeps the aroma from getting too sweet.

T - Starts off sweet and fruity wit ha bit of carmel malts present. Through the middle, some citrus/darker fruits come through with just a little bit of spice. The finish is a mix of the lighter fruits and the sweet malts which lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with light but fairly assertive carbonation. Very tingly on the tongue. The dry finish of the beer gives it a very crisp mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable beer. Very smooth and crisp flavors with a nice balanced mouthfeel.

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Photo of rasta16ry
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a chalice with my friend, and it was a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch white head. There was some yeast floating around, which subsequently sank to the bottom.

Right off the bat the smell is very mild, malty and fruity, not very crisp but smells like it would go good with a nice winter meal. Some yeast in there too, from what I can smell and see. Also spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg especially. There was way more to the smell than I thought there would be: nothing overwhelming or complex, but lots of different things going on.

The taste is very good, also mild, malty and fruity, with some yeast presence and Belgian-style sugary elements. I really like the mouthfeel and the drinkability too. Nothing crazy going on with this beer, but I really like drinking it. If I could find it again I would buy it, but I doubt that will happen!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

like some others on here, have to check proper identification. this was on tap at j. ryans in syracuse, ny, just listed as southampton christmas ale. i see that a retired beer by that name, also a biere de garde is listed, but j. ryans has been known to abbreviate stuff and even mess up listings in the past, so since the abv is the same, ill assume i am reviewing under the correct title. the pour was a clear amber as others have indicated, with a small off white h, and uve ead. the nose is tons of spice, just tons, which i like in this context. yeasty and bright, malt driven. taste agrees with the smell, and this is one clearly overspiced brew. combine a spicy yeast with that and uve got winter spice mayhem. still though, the finish is quick, and the caramely red body stands up to the spice well enough. not a classic biere de garde, thats for sure. less carbonation than i want here, medium to full bodied. overall a decent beer, if this is indeed the correct listing. if not, the retired version is back and happening. worth a try just for its distinctive spice profile.

edit: just moved this over from the french to this. the amount of reviewers not noting how intensely spiced this is makes me think this here xmas ale is back, and that that french one is another animal entirely. the few people who have written this one up seem to concur that its a spice bomb. looks like its unretired...

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JxExM
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Southampton Christmas Ale from Southampton Publick House
3.85 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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