Southampton Saison | Southampton Publick House

Southampton SaisonSouthampton Saison
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 12-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of RedDiamond
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came in a brown 750 ml flayed-cork magnum that issued an absolutely explosive rupture upon release of the cork. Four inches of head pour for every inch of beer though the head is highly aerated and collapses without delay. The aroma is light and grassy with a touch of heather.

The immediate taste of this “Belgian-style farmhouse ale” caught me off guard. I was at first disappointed. A sharp, grainy bitterness made for an unexpected harshness. The taste is dry, somewhat acidic, and with modest bitterness.

It took me a few unhurried moments to warm up to this. The big puffy head, chunky lace, and pale gold color were appealing. The carbonation was persistent, small bubbled, and furious when poured. After awhile I began to appreciate the rustic simplicity of the recipe though the aftertaste was still a bit tired.

The saison style is open to varied interpretations and I must admit I found this beer difficult to review. This is far from Southampton’s best but I wouldn’t mind having another go at it to see if I overlooked something.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml just like the BA avatar, except that mine has $8-25 written in red in a small white circle sticker because I picked this one up at New Beer Distributors in NYC at the end of May. Relaxed presentation, the label states that this is a Silver Medal Winner at the 1998 GABF, and 6.5%. No freshness date, which is good as Saison’s shouldn’t have one but it means I have no way of knowing what year this was bottled.

Appearance: Apricot torso with a hazed fuzzy peach like body. Satsuma orange middle that looks like it needs to be licked into submission. Awesome carbonation produces a thick silky uniform head. In the Duvel Glass it has a perfect presentation.

Nose: Funky yeasts, slightly cleaned up farmy-feel, with some yeasts and a dirty alcohol grain soaked finish. Saison underwear tinges that is reassuring.

Taste: Spicy herbal hops, biscuit malts, peppery bitterness in the start. Salty start in the first third. Mouthfeel: Finely attenuated carbonation punctuates the cheeks with a finely tipped nodal finish.

Drinkability: More, more, more, geezus, this one is a monster liver waster.

Overall: Quite excellent, stupendously marvelous, blindfolded and strapped naked to a wooden chair I would have a hard time dissociating this from a Belgian product…send more Davo….must get more Southampton Saison….this is a CLASS product….I have say that this is by far one of the very best US Saisons that I have ever had.

Shockingly Brilliant, Breathtakingly Original, Fastidiously Traditional and simply……F**KING Superb!!

**HIGHLY** Recommended. Don’t miss this one…

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Photo of ngandhi
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Estery alcohol nose. Great coriander with bright orange, tangerine, and lemon. Sweet and brillant. Confectionary at time. Dry finish with lots of unique spice and a backdrop of tropicalia. When I first started trying saisons, this is what I'd expected them to taste like and not one but Southampton has met those expectations. At times the fruit is cloying, going toward the witbier style which saisons can often resemble. Full-flavored and dynamic. Alluring.

Relax, relax.

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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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Photo of Lupe
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, golden peach color with a cramy white head that leaves behind good lacing.
Fruity aroma with citrus along with light floral notes.
Malty flavor with a nice fruitness, peach, apple, and citrus. Spice and hops are also in the profile, adding some zing to the beer and making it a bit tart. Floral and earthy flavors lay in the backround, peeking out a little more as it warms. A touch of yeast rounds things out. Finishes dry with a pleasant aftertaste. Nice play between the fruit and spice flavors, well balanced.
Light-medium in body, not as light as other saisons I've had, and smooth.
Highly drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I visited SPH a week ago with a gang of BAs, and the owner, Don, gave each of us a bottle (2003 version, I believe) of the Saison to take with us. Way cool, eh?
Poured it into a goblet, and it produced a voluminous head. Bier itself was a deep golden color, akin to apricot jam, with a slight haziness to it, and plentiful tiny bubbles journeying topside. The head was easily over 2" thick, and a bit off-white. It had a sort of honey-combed or pock-marked look to it. Lasted quite well, and lacing in the glass was top-shelf. Aroma was of ripening fruit with some mustiness thrown in. Had a feel of prickly carbonation on the tongue, like a hefeweizen, and the body was just enough to get to the medium level. Nice fruity taste, somewhat like mango, pear, a hint of apple, and a smidge of lemon which gives it a refreshing tartness. Seems to have a subtle crackery malt lying underneath the fruit flavors. Finish is bone-dry, but the flavors linger well. Pleasant bier to enjoy on a sunny Spring afternoon, though not a style I'd normally seek out. Cheers!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Stopper
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a big white head of tiny bubbles on a body of slightly transparent bold yellow. The aroma is slightly of wheat and yeast with lots of musty esters. A very fruity malt flavor greets the tongue with a definite sweetness that's smooth, not sticky. A small alcohol tingle and warmth leads to a finish a clear round spicy hop quality that's slightly resinous and woody.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled sample in a small fest glass.
The brew pours a rich, gold color with some haziness present. A fluffy white head foams up easily, some losse latticework is present as this recedes. Aroma is a little sour with green apple scents mixed with a rather earthy overall nose.
First sip reveals a rather light body with small prickly carbonation, reminds me of champagne. The flavor is very tart up front with yeasty hits throughout. Some hits of fruit,mostly apple and a little pear too. I feel that the flavor has a certain "musty" quality to it. This is a good beer but doesnt "wow!" me.

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Photo of MJR
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 corked and caged 750ml bottle

First off, the clean and understated label design adds a touch of class and elegance. The cork came out with such a strong pop that the backforce pulled the yeast dregs up from the bottom, lessening the chance of a clear first pour. Not so! After a minute or three, a careful and mostly clear pour reveals a pale gold body with a hint of orange down the center. The carbonation bubbles are so plentiful that there appears to be a tornado in the center of the glass. Massive, thick, creamy tan head is remarkable slow to fade. Wonderful lacing. Each fresh pour causes the head to erupt again.

Aroma is incredibly rustic and earthy, with fresh hay, grass, oranges, nectarines, lemons, black pepper spiciness, flowers, leafy hop, cotton candy, faint leather, and chalky yeast. Simply put, a barnyard in a glass. The flavor starts off with a small burst of hop bitterness, then turns farm-like with layer after layer of earthy complexity. Orange and nectarine cocktails…black pepper spiciness…fresh grass and hay…earthy, chalky yeast…medicinal phenols…a splash of sourness and tart acidity on the finish…Styrian hops and oh-so-faint pine needles in the aftertaste. There’s a hint of malt sweetness present the entire time, but it doesn’t ever fully develop. Yeast pour towards the end turns it a murky iced tea color and thickens it up some. Medium in body, with a hefty level of carbonation that lightens the body perhaps a bit too much. Finishes crisp and acidic, with a cleansing dryness.

Saisons are one of my favorite styles, and this one easily compares with the authentic Belgian examples. How does Phil do this? Southampton continues to impress…

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Photo of frank4sail
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +9.1%
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 +6.8%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 +8.2%
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 -6.1%
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 +4.7%
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 +5.1%
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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Southampton Saison from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 93.2% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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