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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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of tyboxr
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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%
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 -12.6%
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 +3.5%
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 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 marksto
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of gpcollen1
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coudy yellow with hints of rusty orange into my Blanch De Chambly (flute-like but with a wider mouth) glass. Hide rises loft two inches in a fluffy chunky kind of way. Carbonation never stops rising from the center of the glass.

Aromas light citric with a Belgian Pale Ale nose and some hints of hops to add a slight bitterness. To the mouth and this is fresh and sharp to the tongue - waking it right up. Lightly tart and citric gives way quite easily to an bubbly, spicy dryness - moves to a light hoppy finish.

This is pretty damn good. I have had this a few times before but never as the first of the day with a nice clean palate. I am going to add a few more to the cellar. Always impressed with these brews but this one blew me away today.

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

This is an exceptional saison style beer. i picked up on a whim at a good package store in Guilford, Connecticut. while i consider Dupont to be the gold standard of saisons, this one comes close. not quite as complex as Dupont but more complex than most American craft attempts at a saison. it holds up well to strong food. Maybe a slight bit sweet but that is to my liking. strong malty flavor that might not be as good on it's own but was a great complement to a bowl of chili. i had never had a Southampton beer but i was quite impressed.

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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 BillyB
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this with a nice big turkey dinner. Stuffing, mashed potato's, cranberry sauce. The works!

Appearance is a cloudy straw yellow color with massive amounts of thick, fluffy white head.

Aromas are earthy, spicey, slightly peppery with some flowery, slightly citrussy hop notes. Sherbety, grassy, fruity.

Taste is complex and wonderful. Hop bitterness blends with some fruity(apples/pears) sherbety character. Grassy, spicy, peppery.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with a slight alcohol warmth.

There is so much going on in this beer between the aroma and the taste. An excellent pairing with a big turkey dinner!

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass. This beer could not look better, it was hazy orange (thin layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle too) with a big poofy head that lasted for as long as there was beer in the glass. The foam had good adhesive properties too, big clumps of it stuck to the sides of the glass as the glass emptied.

The smell was spot on as well, kind of like Oerbier mixed with Saison Dupont (not as much bubblegum) or Hennepin. A little grassy or horsehair or whatever, nicely funky. The taste was nicely spicy too, a little bitter in the after-taste, with a lasting flavor and buzz.

If you like saisons get this beer. It's really good.

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Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very hazy yellow color and formed a huge, airy foamy white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of banana, citrus, bread and yeast and a hint of pepper. The flavor was of citrus, yeast, herbal elements and spices. The body is medium light and creamy with a sprite peppery finish. A fine beer that I am glad we finally are starting to get in Ohio.

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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 Dewey0603
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden honey with a giant white head. This beer has a ton of carbonation that lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is very pungent with cloves,lemon,floral,and citrus scents.
The taste is like the smell,full of lemon,citrus,candy sugar,clove,banana,and floral flavors and spices. Mix the flavors with very heavy carbonation and you have this beer. The m/f is light and all flavors mix very well.
A damn good beer and one of America's better Saison's.

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

Poured from bomber into Ommegang Hennepin glass.

A: Cloudy and creamy-looking straw yellow. Head is copious, fluffy, and long-lasting. This was a fizzy mess out of the bottle, though: my first pour was Duvel-slow and I still wound up with 99% head. After I let it breathe for a while, it calmed down and I got a glassful.

S: Earthy, spicy, flowery. Doesn't have the funk of a Saison Dupont, but it's still a rustic beer to the nose. Freshly cut herbs, citrus zest.

T/M: Bit of grass, bit of green, leafy herb, and a bit of spice and bitterness to the finish. There's some dry apple/crisp pear that I normally get from drier tripels (like Westmalle, for example), so that was a nice find here.There's a warming bit of alcohol in the tail. Dry, crisp, peppery.

D: Oh yeah. Cheers to Phil Markowski (whose book on Farmhouse Ales is well worth reading), because this is really well done. This seems to be a hoppier interpretation of a true Belgian, but it still has all the qualities you'd want from a saison: crisp, rustic, herbal.

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Photo of Gmann
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750ml caged and corked bottle. The ale poured a straw color with orange highlights, nice white head that left minimal lacing. The smell is citrus, pepper, corriander, nice and distinct. The taste starts off citrus sweet but finishes with an earthy bitterness, but not too bitter to slow down the drinkability. Very nice range of flavors. Well carbonated with a light mouthfeel. Very good saison, I'm very impressed.

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Photo of dherling
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out yellow, golden with rapid streams of carbonation. The head pours creamy white but falls quickly to a thin covering. Nice lacing. Smells of coriander and pepper spice, fruity peach, strong grassy hops, yeasty barnyard, and some tropical notes as well. Tastes similar to the nose, there is a lot going on in this beer. Spiciness is pronounced, but the flavors from the nose are well represented. Huge hopiness for a saison, solid bitterness, but still not over the top. Light body with brisk carbonation. The carbonation is a bit too strong, but it calms down.

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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 cbl2
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9/10/2006 $10.79 750 mL 6.50% Bottled in 2005 according to the wire cage around the cork.


After wrestling with the cork, this pours a slightly hazy dark gold with over an inch of doughy white foam that settles quickly, lacing as it goes.


Mildly hoppy with a burst of citrus tang and some muted floral aroma.


Highly carbonated, with a nice acidic burst as it greets the tongue. Tartness dissipates into a bone dry sensation by midsip that dominates the rest of the way, only yielding to a metallic aftertaste that lingers. I was so excited after tasting their Cuvee des Fleurs saison to get my hands on their regular offering, and I'm fairly disappointed. Sweetness is lacking entirely, as is the intense fruitiness promised on the label. This only illustrates one facet of the saison: the barnyard funk, which is not my favorite component of a saison.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bwyker for this bottle. Hazy light orange color, nice fluffy white head over 1/2 inch that sinks a bit, then holds on nicely thereafter. Nice aroma of citrus spice and yeast, moderately strong. The taste is very dry, with hints of vinous, melon, and citrus fruits. Very unsweetened, with a light earthy spice. The flavor is somewhat mild, and the alcohol is not strong either. The mouthfeel has a light creaminess with a dash of sparkly carbonation.

This beer was very easy to drink, and I thought it fit the style perfectly. Nothing special or unique, just a damn good Saison...

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received this beer from a good friend in NYC.
Pours a dark golden color with a nominal head (this beer was poured very slowly). The smell is delicious, much like bananas and spices. The taste is almost the exact same, with a homogeneous mixture of sweet fruits and light spices. The carbonation is dominant as the first taste, which adds to the slight citric flavor. The first taste is a bit off-putting, simply because I’m not used to Saisons, but after a few sips this becomes an easy beer to drink.

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Southampton Saison from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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