Southampton Saison
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Belgian Saison
4.3 | pDev: 7.44%
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 118
Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle given as a gift, I don't know if this is worth the price or not.

Rated as a beer entirely on its own merit, I'd say this is quite good. Crisp and not overwhelming in any way, I'd say this is even better than most readily available saisons

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Azurelimits. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a mild white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down my glass. The nose brought some mild hay along with a bit of earth. Those were the strongest components, though there was also a bit of clove and banana in the background. SOme additional spicing as well. Flavor had a really nice earthy presence and amplified everything else from the nose. Good bit of light grain and hay as well. Body was medium with good carbonation and a slightly-dry finish.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Capone's for a saison event, this is from old notes.

A-Dark copper penny with a ring of suds around the glass, spots in the middle, no lace.

S- Getting barnyard hay and some fruit with pears and pineapple. Earthy hops, a str8 forward saison.

T- Hay, straw, light fruits, apple, pear, no banana thank god! yeasty, bready. This is a old keg, so the hops are not in the picture but do impart a nice earthy taste.

M- Medium bodied, lighty carbed, finishes dry. Long linger of barnyard afterwards.

D- I liked this saison and if I see it on tap again I'll probably go for it.

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Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber: This one pours a hazy, golden straw yellow color. There was a huge frothy white head on mine, so much that it was difficult to pour. The aroma is very nice. Floral, grassy, some citrus and faint spice. The taste is very good. slightly tart, with a faint bit of apple and citrus in there. Slight spice, wheat, grassiness. This is a very nice beer. Too bad I seem to have one of the last.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at capones.

A- watery yellow orange in color with a small ring and a faint wisp of head on top.

S- sweet and floral with honey and hibicus. Mild spice and a hint of grassy herbs.

T- lavender honey and fresh cut flowers. Lots of sweet malts and fruits. Mild earthy hops adding just the right amount of bitter against the sweet.

M- medium to full in body with a light yet effervescent carb that cut the slightly syrupy brew. Semi dry finish.

D- very drinkable. Lots of sweetness and florals that make for a very different and interesting saison. I like it, I like it a lot.

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Photo of cassanoj
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass. The head is small and white. Quickly fades. Beautiful honey color.

The smell is of pale hops, dry and bitter. Citrus, pear, mango, a bit of a farmhouse funk but real subtle. Hay, wheat, grass all undertones.

The taste is dominated in the front by citrus and pale malt. Then iI taste pear, grapefruit, mango, and some spice. In the back, it becomes bitter and dry, making way for the farm - hay, grass, wheat; they all linger on my tongue. Really nice, complex but subtly so. I love a humble beer.

Mouthfeel is smoooth. Not too bitter, nice and peppery. 5 minutes after taking a sip, I can still taste the hay on my tongue.

This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever come across. I think the subtlety of this beer is the key, what a quiet storm! I love Southampton for what they're doing for the Belgian style in the States.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale straw, bit of an orange glow, thin white creamy head on top.

Nose is orangey, some clove, bit of herbal hops, but peppery.

taste is orangey marmalade, herbal hops, peppery, just a bit tangy, with a light, tangy yeast presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bit slick, almost buttery, with a carbonation that's light, creamy, and not at all sharp.

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Photo of abfraser
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to waltonc for this one as well as part of our Thanksgiving extravaganza.

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow with thick white head.

S: Citrusy, orange and lemon in particular. Good spice. No funkiness at all.

T/M: Citrus and bread-like malt. Spicy (coriander) and herbal. Good carbonation and medium body.

D: Quite drinkable.

A well done representation of the style. I like saisons with a little more funk and less sweetness, but overall tasty brew.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dense beautiful meringue head clinging to sides of the Burgundian wine glass consumed from. Somewhat murky pale-golden yellow appearance.

S - Great fruitiness, citrus, dried fruit.

T - More fruity esters from exotic (pineapple) to dried apricot, some flowers and a touch of medicinal and hoppiness to keep it tight. Very complex.

M - Soft and juicey full but not layered.

D - Low hops can make for good drinkability as it does in this one.

Best American Saison tasted.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

Pours a slightly murky straw color with a slight orange hue. Mountainous cream colored head that expands well beyond the confines of the glass and is slow to recede. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroms ia bready and yeasty with a hint of hops and light spiciness.

Bready and yeasty upfront leading into a slight malty flavor. A bit of herbal hops and some bitterness jump in. A bit of spices just before it finishes dry with a lingering aftertaste.

Medium body, creamy texture, full carbonation.

A competent saison, but just not as complex as I would like. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. The beer was a clear golden color with a medium-sized white head. Some nice lacing was present also. It had a fruity aroma, sweet and candy-like. Fruit again in the taste, to me mostly pear, and some funky yeasty taste as well. I really enjoy that barnyard funkiness; it feels so good in the mouth. Wonder how this beer would cellar.

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Photo of ATPete
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle Corked/Caged

The Southampton Saison pours a nice hazy golden orange color and a medium sized puffy white head with some lacing. Some hay, wheat and lemon on the nose. This would confuse me for a blonde ale in a blind taste test. Its got some farm house funk, but dont expect the funkiness of say a Fantome or DuPont Saison, it is definitely an American brew, but with its roots planted deep into the authentic belgian style. It is extremely refreshing, the perfect level of carbonation makes this saison very drinkable. By far the best American Saison I've had to date.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy Straw Yellow with a puffy white head.. lots of lacing..

S: Lots of fresh fruit, pepper, grassy floral notes... complex and delicate.

T: Following the nose perfectly.. lots of fruits, mostly apples and pears.. has a nice spicy finish.. a little yeast and malt to boot.

M: Moderate-full bodied for the style. smooth.. crisp.

D: This is a refreshing beer.. makes me wish summer was here now.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a hazed golden color with a very substantial loosely bubbled head.
the aroma is pretty yeast driven, with a lot of bready grainy smells. beneath them is some tropical fruit and grassy spicy qualities. nothing funky here but a touch of hay. the smell is a little vinous in a white wine kind of way.
the taste is again seems to be yeast driven. you get the same grainy dry breadiness. again some tropical fruit shows up beneath the the bread, a good amount of citrus, mostly orange. finishes spicy with a little bit of an herbal bitterness. there seems to a sweetened corriander type flavor. it's got a farily good balance to it.
it's medium body i think... it's hard to tell because the carbonation fizzes up in the mouth so much that it seems to artificially lighten the mouthfeel. needless to say the carbonation is very active. i think the carbonation gives it an exagerated sense of dryness as well. quite a bit of residual sugar though in reality.
good drinkability nothing getting in the way of putting it down pretty quickly. this beer is a little to sweet though in my opinion. it ventures a little to close to belgian pale ale territory for me. still a very respectable beer and worth a try, just don't expect a saison dupont-esque beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden tangerine with a massive head of tiny carbonation.

Aroma is fresh fruit...tangerines, oranges, a touch of barnyard funk to speak of.

Taste is refreshing citrus...sweet tangerines and oranges with some light spices. I'm rating it a 4.5 on taste because I enjoy it a lot even though it may not be typical for the style.

Aftertaste is sort of cloying as it warms...mouthfeel is slick and thick but the massive carbonation keeps it crisp.

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Photo of stimy
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a crisp mouthfeel. Bitter and fruity taste. It appeared to have a yeasty aftertaste.

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Photo of tyboxr
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear yellowish, very bubbly with significant head and good glass lag

S: crisp, clean, slightly fruity but not like a white wine...fresher then that

T: DAMN! this is a good one...well done, fresh, moderate linger that somehow maintains its freshness to the end, only to be renewed by the next taste. Would be great with a fruit/cheese plate

M: fizzy but not overwhelming

D: so very drinkable. Hunt this down! Covet it, love it...and send me some because I can't find it out here

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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from Southampton. Pours into my Unibroue glass and imediatley the head jumps to four fingers and almost over the rim of the glass. Head is rocky off white. Body is a hazy orange wheat color. Nose is fresh with raw wheat and soft citrus with almost a vanilla cream feel and a bit of zest. At first sip you are taken by the sharp boldness for this style. A strong mix of peppery spices, nice hops, and wheat laced alchol all balance well on the palate. For a saison this is quite bold, but nicely balanced. This balance leads to a very clean mouthfeel with a slight sour hop feel. Drinkability borders on refreshing and interesting.

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Photo of Vancer
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From johnnnniee in the 2007 Secret Halloween – many thanks!

Popped the cork, and just like Champaign, she pours a golden yellow with this small bubbles, but still an inch of ‘er, white head. Lots of carbonation in this one, a real burpy beer.

Aroma was a light malt with candied sugar apples, no farmhouse funk in the smell or the taste. Actually, the taste could’ve used some more fruity goodness, fairly plain jane for such a highly rated brew.

No problem working through the 750, wife and daughter both said the same thing about this one – OK but it doesn’t stand out.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So another one off the BA top 100 bites the dust for me! I had been waiting to try this one for a while and had it hiding out in the fridge waiting foe me. Last night went to grab something else but this came out, took it as a sign and went with it. Poured a very nice hazy yellow amber with lots of suspension and a good amount of carbonation visible through it. A really nice size three inch head of fizzy and foamy white lace formed on top and just ever so gradually settled down leaving just about a half inch on the top and a good amount of side lace. Smell was full of yeast, very light with a peach or apricot tone to it. Mixed in were several light spices, maybe some nutmeg, coriander and such which added some depth. The flavor was great. Nothing overpowering and I can see why it would get such high marks. Great spiced and fruity yeast mixed in with some earthy fresh grass flavor and a touch of some grain. Really great depth to it actually. Very nice medium body was more then amply carbonated and gave a rich texture. Superb drinkability, not a touch of alcohol in this one and just a great overall flavor profile. I really enjoyed this one, and I am not normally one for the Saison style, but this was great. I could have had another if I had it. One of the best crafted beers in terms of complexity without being overbearing that I have seen in quite a while. I would highly recommend getting your hands on this one if you haven’t already!

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

Nice loud pop, poured a nice cloudy darker golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge foamy white head which lasts quite awhile, ton's of nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, spicy (cloves, pepper), yeasty, and fruits (lemon, bannana). The taste is malty, spicy, nice touch of lemon. Slightly chewy, and a slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Southampton.

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Photo of marksto
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sought out, sampled, and reviewed at GABF due to good reviews here at BA. Glad I had the opportunity to try the excellent Belgian ales made by Southampton.

Pours a bright yellow with a hazy pale hue. Aroma is big - fruit, spice, earthy notes, all classic saison elements. Flavor is fruity and sweet up front, with apples and peaches and then a zippy spiciness follows in the finish. Both elements complement each other nicely, and there's a slight funky essence in the middle. The body is rather full compared to many other saisons I've had, but not enough to detract.

Overall, an excellent saison; worthy of the high scores on BA and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of kenito799
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Cloudy peachy-amber colored brew with foamy white head, good retention.

Aroma is fresh and lemony, just a hint of band-aid, really no funk, just fresh and softly fruity. Extremely lively effervescence on the tongue. Just a hint of sourness, a nice balance of sweetness with fairly forceful hoppy bitterness which carries through in the long finish. A nice fresh example of a well-made saison, if a bit clean and tame for the style. Neverthess an excellently drinkable beer.

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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

25oz. bottle

Hazy, glowing, light orange. Large, rocky, white colored head. Decent lacing, not much legs.

Smell was very fruity, pineapple, mango, other tropicals. Citrus and some spice, maybe clove. Hint of Belgian funkiness. Bit of banana.

Taste was alcohol and other phenols, with clove coming through. More bitter than sweet, mainly citrus. Some sweetness in the middle, bubblegum/candi sugar. Herbal bitterness at the finish and in the aftertaste. Pepper.

Medium body. Medium + carbonation, not overdone, makes it a bit creamy. Somewhat dry, but very refreshing.

An excellent saison, certainly worthy of it's place in the top 100! Probably one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, sampled while watching the 2nd to last episode of the Sopranos. Sad night but very good beer. Beer poured into a Duvel tulip glass with a clear, darkish golden color and an almost 2 finger thickness fluffy white head. Nice big bubbles. The nose was earthy, funky and had definite citrus notes. The taste was complex and pleasing to the palate. Smooth citrus character and more of the earthy funkiness that i got in the aroma. There were some pronounced peppery spice notes in there as well. As my glass sat a bit and I re-tasted I got more pronounced notes of banana, clove, maybe some pineapple and lemon. Very smooth and somewhat light body makes this a very easy to drink beer. I paired it with some grilled shrimp and asparagus and it was great.

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