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Southampton SaisonSouthampton Saison

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 12-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgium saison without the barnyard aroma. Hazy orange with some head and staying lace. Aggressive carbonation for full mouth feel. Refreshing orange grapefruit boldness. Bit of toothpaste afterastte from spices. Thank you for sharing Doug Shoemaker and Joey Capps.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems the perfect fit for my 1,200th review. Surrounding all the hype, I was guaranteed a quality brew. Of course the beer pours a stubborn head retention that followed me to the bottom of the glass, along with a light, off-white foamstand sprinkled with spices and yeast. A murky hue with a heavier look than normal. The bottle released a heavy amount of sediment that even tested my appreciation. Strong aromas of lemons, peaches, and pears accompany a firm, medium malt and yeast character. Flavors are as fruity, sweet, and characterful as those in the aromas, but quickly soaked up by a strong alcoholic presence. Very warm and sweet alcohols push the beer past dryness and crispness and hinge on fusals. Though it does not kill the beer's drinkability, it certainly pushes it out of style, into Belgian Strong Ale territory. Though I really liked the beer, it is not what I go for when wanting a Saison.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a small, but fluffy head; very low retention, however, and no lacing

Smell: Lemon fruity nose with coriander and Belgian yeast funkiness

Taste: Tastes like it smells; fruity with coriander and clove spice; crisp finish with slight bitter orange flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but highly carbonated

Drinkability: A very spicy Saison; good example of the style

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived with a light, white head that sadly, did not have much staying power. The beer itself was a bright sunshine-yellow in color with a peppery/spicy nose. The mouthfeel was medium, bordering on creamy. I experienced a nice hoppiness on the palate, but it was the dry finish that made this an especially tasty beer. As it warmed, it took on a yeast-driven aspect with an intersting mustiness on the tongue. Very good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at David Copperfields, NYC and what a treat it was to try out his fine product! Pours golden, with a puffy white head leaving moderate lacing. Nose of peppery spice and Belgian yeasty notes. Earthy, musty. Strong and bold flavors of yeasty phenolics, hint of bubblegum, more pepper and all things spicy. Large malty center and a crisp, spicy and snappy finish. Complex, flavorful, wonderful stuff. Seek out on tap.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/18/05- Received via trade with Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 750ml caged and corked bottle. Don't know from what year though. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy and bright golden color. Sheets of yeast coated one side of the bottle before the pour. Full one inch head on the pour with nice lacing.

Smell- Nice barnyard funk as expected. Lots of citrus scents as well. Tart smelling beer.

Taste- Has a nice sweet and sour mixture. Maybe a touch more tart than sweet. Herby and floral hops to go with a nice lemon kick and maybe even a tropical fruit flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly well carbonated, but goes down smooth with traces of powdered sugar sticking to the roof of my mouth.

Drinkability- Right up there with Fantome Saison. Wonderful beer that I will have to trade for again in the future. Thanks much Steven!

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: slightly hazy yellowish orange color with a 1" head. Some light lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: the aroma was earthy and somewhat musky, with some pepper and citrus notes.

Taste: first taste made me exclaim "wow !". The mild muskiness detected by the nose hit the tastebuds, along with a balance of mild candy sweetness and a nice dry hop bitterness. Lemon citrus and pepper spice round it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish, and is somewhat refreshing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: simply put - great. This was a very enjoyable beer across all categories. Must seek this one out if you haven't had it yet.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from caged and corked 2005 750ml bottle(room temp) a medium gold with a substantial head of foam...very billowy and lots of lacing. A great looker!

The smell has floral and earthy notes and some yeastiness as well.

The taste is earthy up front...with some malt sweetness but then, some sourness moves in with bitter notes right behind it and then taking over. The finish sees a return of sour notes mixed with some more malty tastes in this Saison keep on changing and
that is certainly working for me as this beer is anything but boring. Yum!

Bottom line: A very enjoyable Saison that I would not hesitate to try again...I recommend it!

Thanks to Nutbrown for this very impressive brew!

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent along with a dry earthy Saison yeast aroma. It's a bit peppery with some Belgian fruity notes. The taste is good as well. It's a light brew with some nice fruit esters in the finish as well as some earthy notes . It's full bodied with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Saison. It's true to style and wonderfully flavored. Another solid effort from Southampton.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750-ml bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones.

Corked and caged bottle, 2005 Vintage.

Pours a clear deep golden colored beer with a tall white head.

Smell is light floral and spicy with a pleasant lemon aroma. Clear scent of coriander and black pepper.

Taste is mildly sweet with a good herbal bittering in the first taste. Semi dry with mostly flower nectar sweetness. Good herbal flavor with lots of flower and coriander in the taste bit this is really a spice beer. Nice black pepper in the finish of this beer. A good example of the style far fresher than the average Duvel we get in the USA.

Mouthfeel is good.

Extremely easy to drink Saison beer. Mild and flavorful with a lower than average alcohol content this is like drinking the essence of a pleasant summer day. Outstanding brunch beer that pairs well with anything from fruit to salad to peach sorbet.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Gueuzedude
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2005 Bottle Date, Sampled December 2005
As I pours this beer I get a sharp, herbal grassy aromatic note that is quite pungent and nice. The beer pours with a fairly thick, frothy, light tan colored head that never completely dissapears, and even leaves a slight lacing pattern on the glass as I consume the beer.The beer itself is an orangish pale copper color. As I go in for a deeper smell I get notes of orange on top of the herbal notes as well as a hint of lemon, there is a nice mix between sharp herbal notes, a soft almost earthy grassiness and a simple lightly sweet grain note that make up the dominant aspects of the aroma. The aroma reminds me of summer, which is definitely what I want in a good Saison.

The beer has a sharp spiciness to it up front that is a combination of carbonation, spicy ginger, and hot pepper notes. The beer finishes with an astringent, bitter herbal grassy character which is quite nice. This astringency really lingers in the mouth, and makes me want to take another sip, but it is not so evident that it is in any way off-putting; there is just a solid hop character in this beer. Actually, I can't believe how fresh and pungent the hop character is in this beer, it is really quite refreshing, it helps to dry out the malt character considerably, yet still remains light and quaffable. The beer has some real spicy notes to it as well, in fact it is almost hot in a ginger / pepper sort of way; during some sips it is actually a bit too spicy (perhaps a hint of hot, higher alcohols contribute to this), but in the end it is predominantly just perfect.

As I hinted at, the malt character is pretty restrained here by the spiciness and hop notes. There is a solid underlying malt character though; at times a sweet grain character peeks through. The malt is simple to be sure (meaning darker malts were not used), but it is a perfect vehicle for the yeast character and hops to shine. Speaking of yeast character, this beer has that characteristic character that is a mix of mouth coating earthiness and spice notes that I like in Saisons. I can't quite decide if it plays second fiddle to the hop character or not; it is definitely here and quite appreciatively noticed, but the hops seem to one up it in the end. This is a really nice example of a hoppy Saison, and I feel very fortunate to have sampled this beer so far from its birthplace.

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Photo of weeare138
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a case of this with sckressler...
Pours a hazy gold with a lush 2 finger white head that lasts for several minutes. Tons and tons of carbonation race to the top with excitement. Lots of sticky lacing is left behind on the inside of the glass.
Smell is of orange rinde/peel, lemons, floral bouquets, along with some of the tart farmhouse aromas resonating from the glass.
Taste is exellent. It's slightly tart but enjoyable with some fruity tones and light lemon and old orange musk and apple skins that blends nicely with some coriander and pepper. Seriously one of the best saisons ever sampled.
Mouthfeel is smooth with fine carbonation despite the heavy amount of traffic in the glass. They really got the dryness down right in this one too.
Drinkability is very enjoyable. I shared some with non fans of the saison style and they even enjoyed it.

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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing to note about this brew is its monstrous white head. Standing three inches atop a hazy yellow-golden liquid, it’s an impressive sight. The brew smells of earth and must, yeast, lots of citrus, and sweet grains. It’s a wonderful, complex and funky smell…light and airy, but very expressive. The taste is equally impressive. There’s a lot of spice, pepper, and lemon in the first sips. It’s also quite sweet, but a mild tartness in the finish balances the brew. It’s got a solid malt undertone as well. Lots of spritzy effervescence in the brew makes it quite refreshing. This is a heck of a fun beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A-This beer pours a golden mustard yellow with a clear body and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The big rocky head is pure white and keeps its shape above the rim. Nice lacing with each sip.

S- Nice soft citrus flavors with some floral notes and a faint hop note that really gives it depth. In the background there is a hint of sourness and a hint of peppery spice. The overall smell has a soft wheat or pale malt quality to it that is wonderful.

T- Nice fruity spice in the malt flavors followed by a slightly sour finish. The fruit notes are more orange and a faint lemon rather than grapefruit. The finish has a nice noble hop taste but the pepper notes and sour notes give it much more depth and balance. This beer has a nice dry finish but the note of green hops lingers.

M- Medium light mouthfeel with a slight tartness but no astringency. A bit of a watery mouthfeel and the carbonation is not noticed as much in the mouthfeel.

D- It looks like a yellow fizzy beer but it has so much depth and character in such a smooth refreshing beer it is mind boggling. The great flavors and nose are fruity and spicy but very thirst-quenching. This is a great style and a great beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle purchased at Half Time this past July. The cage has 2005 emblazoned on it.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color with a thick 1.5 finger head. The head slowly dissipates but is thick while it lasts.

S: The ale has a softy, fruity aroma that betrays citrus and yeast and a mere hint of brettanomyces sourness.

T: The ale has a funky taste that is punctuated by a dry, tart finish. The hint of brett that gives that flavor is very well-balanced, not going overboard like one or two other saisons that I have tried. The flavors that pop up before the tartness include some mint, berries and grapes.

M: The tartness is well-controlled, allowing the floral tastes to shine before they are cut off.

D: I generally find the tartness to be a negative quality, but here it adds a very nice finish. The dryness instinctively makes you go for another sip.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with Loki. Corked and caged. Thanks for the opportunity...

Carefully poured in an imperial pint glass, still forms a 3" white, dense, extremely resilient head, with extreme effervescence visible in the glass for long after pouring. A ruddy straw brew, with a touch of orange, and as the head recedes it leaves a solid layer of foamy entrails along the sides of the glass, from top to bottom. Awesome.

Nose is spicy, with sweet pale malts supporting everything. Taste continues where the aroma left off, with a sweet malt start, fading into spicy notes and a dry finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. I always have trouble rating Saisons, not sure what they should be. However, that's not a problem here, this one's a great beer, regardless of the style.

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