Southampton Saison | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton SaisonSouthampton Saison

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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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Photo of frank4sail
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle caged and corked.

Golden color with lots of tiny bubbles and a big fluffy sticky white head. The brew sparkels and looks wonderful in the glass. Fruity slightly rich and regal smelling. The taste is of tropical fruits upfront with a smooth malty white pepper sharp hop finish. The look is unreal. The taste is very good as well. The brew is lighter in the mouth but still is coating and rich for such a drinkable beer. Very nice.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle. Hazy golden with high natural carbonation and a big, fluffy white head. Great aroma, earthy and a bit peaty with hints of spices. Good, malty, spicy flavour with notes of citrus; quite tart. Dry, spicy finish. An excellent brew that made me crave for more.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL corked and caged bottle served chilled in a Duvel tulip. The second beer of the Greer, PintOfAle, AragornUnplugged, and ManekiNeko "Release the Wisdom" beer tasting. This bottle was provided by yours truly.

Appearance: Hazy honey yellow topped by a healthy white head. The head dissipated to a thick layer of foam with a small upswelling of foam in the center of the glass (i.e. good carbonation). Small fingers of foam lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Delicate pale malts with mild herby/spicy aromas of coriander, white pepper, and cloves. Subtle fruity esters of orange and lemon citrus.

Taste: Spritely sweet with tons of herbal flavors and fruity esters. Peppery aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Very light, crisp, and refreshing. Tres incredible.

Drinkability: Yes! Yes! Yes! This would rawk with salmon, I'd bet. Smooooth and yummy. Can I get this via IV drip?

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Photo of marburg
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being from the Great Lakes State, I'm a bit secluded from the hype surrounding some of these smaller, local, eastern breweries. So all I knew is that these guys were supposed to be good. And it's so so sad I can't get more by hopping over to the local store -- because this is simply amazing.

Glowing nuclear fuzzy, hazy, fleshy orange-peach with a pristine, virginal white head that doesn't quit, is quickly recalled, and really gives the drinker a perfect portrait of what a great beer can do visually.

Slightly musty and yeasty feel to the nose, but it's nonetheless a shining example of powerful fruit and spice aromatics -- truly redolent of tropical fruits, nectarines, peaches, and fresh lemon zest straight from a pastry chef's kitchen as he crafts a zippy lemon tart. And somehow, it's not done. Another whiff. Tulips, open fields, the local florist. Good lord.

It's light bodied yet somehow retains some "meat" and some genuine depth of flavor. The same fruit-flavored punch fills every millimeter of the mouth, yet this is hardly a "fruity" beer. The flavors of these dried fruits just seems to live within the confines of an otherwise yeasty, mildly hopped brew. Reminds me a bit of Nora in that regard -- perfectly put together, well-crafted fruit flavors integrate beautifully with spiciness and form a truly amazing, quaffable, loveable beer. Earthy, yeasty, musty finish punctuated by a light hop acidic kick. Damn good.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 version.

Bright fiery orange appearance. The beer is topped off with a whipped white head of substantial size. And the retention is excellent. Carbonation streams at a steady pace from the bottom of my glass. It has a Big doughy and yeasty aroma, which I love. Also some damp earth, lemon zest, black pepper and peach tones noted on the nose. Awesome nose. The bitter hop and spicy peppery tones hit my palate first. This is followed by some bright fruity notes. It's got some acidity which is quite refreshing. The yeast and dough characteristics are a little more subtle on the palate than on the nose. The finish is dry and hoppy and snaps as quick as the crack of a whip. Great tasting beer. The carbonation is a little forceful, but definitely handled within the confines of this beer. The body is medium and rounded. Damn, this one's good. My first Southampton experience is very solid.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 Edition/750ml bottle: This is one hell of a saison from Phil (Mr. Markowski). It's a light to dark orange colour with the fluffiest white head of foam that leaves wonderful Belgian lacing. The aromas are earthy and very farmyard in character. I smeel freshly cut, grassy, herbal hops, and wonderfully light, crusty french baguette bready malts. The taste is a lovely melange of spicy herbal hops, and wonderful malts. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and all to excellent, and the drinkability is wonderful as well. Wow, Southampton beers, truly are exceptional pieces of work!

I sampled a fresh 2004 at the brewpub the other day, and it tasted exactly the same as the 2003.

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Photo of aracauna
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an excellent saison. I haven't had any other Southampton beers, but if they're all as good as this, this is an excellent brewery. Peach and madarin orange on the nose. Cloudy yellow tan. Very fruity, almost orange juice like. Really interesting. The only drawback is that it's a little thick.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Saison, I thought the Hampton's were in NY, not southern Belgium. Anyway, back to the beer, and what a beer this is- a gorgeous looking reddish/orange color topped with heavy, thick white/yellow foam. So far it looks like it came from Belgium, and the aroma, you just cannot get the traditional Saison aroma here in the USA, right? Well, there is peaches,tart lemons, and a slightly sweet smelling farmhouse smell that can only come from the saison source right? I am truely impressed so far.

Now lets check out the flavor, that should tell us something. Fruity and lightly acidic with a light carbonation and hop bitterness in the finish. Peaches and herbs, spicy yet refreshing and the flavors became more balanced as it reached room temp, with the bitter finish blending away into the fruity body, very nice. My wife and I had nice smiles on our faces drinking this beer. I can't believe it's not from Belgium, they really recreated this well.

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Photo of John
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light and hazy maize colored brew. Initial champagne-like head is reduced to a persistant layer of white foam. The aroma is quite fruity and consists primarily of white grapes, golden raisins and yeasty breadiness. Fine, effervescent carbonation. The fruitiness in the aroma is a good indicator of what's to come in the flavor department. Along with those white grapes and golden raisins are some pear and sour apple notes. The yeast imparts it's tartness at precisely calculated moments in order to exhibit the sweet/tart interplay. A fine offering from Southhampton.

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