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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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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 118
Photo of gpcollen1
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -6.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -1.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +6.1%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.8%
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 -0.5%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.3%
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 -16.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden wtih a white head which lasted well enough to lace the glass. (The cork was almost freakin impossible to remove from the bottle.)

The aroma was apple as the beer was being poured. After the beer sat in the chalice for a few moments and the head retreated a bit the aroma became earthy with a nice peppery spice component. A subtle sweetness existed, but not like that of caramel, more of a candy aromatic coupled with a very light citrus.

The flavor was immediately dry with a peppery spice character and an earthy hop flavor and bittering. The flavor had some low fruity characteristics, but mostly was a very light citrus and a few esters. The predominant lingering taste was apple and perhaps pear. The warmer the beer became, the more the flavors began to exhibit complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting apple and pear impression and a light peppery spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. The more the beer warmed, the more the warming after consumption from alcohol became apparent. Quite a bit going on in the flavor, but not as complex as I had anticipated at first and while still chilled, however still a quite nice Saison, but better at warmer temps.

750 ml corked and caged bottle. 2005 on bail. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005. Pours straw to peach in color, quite effervescent with a large white head that sticks around a while. Perfumy smell with tart green apples and lemon, spices, some bitter straw and grassiness and a little light honey sweetness. Nice complex flavors of spiced biscuits, lemon tartness, apple cider. A pleasing light honey sweetness lingers and finished with a pleasant, mildly dry grassy bitterness. Light to medium in body, starts tart goes peppery and finishes dry. Complex and flavorful beer, very nicely done.

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Photo of JMD71
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light gold to yellow. Very transparent with huge head when poured. Very carbonated, Almost looks like champagne...

Aroma: Funky, straw, fram-like aroma typical of the style. Slightly musty character. Definite Belgian-style smell.

Taste: Very light & sharp, Slightly more bitter than I was expecting. Some fruitness detected, but faint. Although only 6.5% ABV, the alcohol is evident although not in a bad or harsh way.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean & dry on the palette. Finishes very smooth. Light bodied...

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially on a sunny, warm day. I easily drank a 750ml & could easily have had more.

Comments: I enjoyed this thoroughly. It was my first experience with a Saison but I think this would stand out in the style. I look forward to trying others by Southampton.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuzzy orange golden beer with a shy white head that let itself dies slowly on the glass.

Smell is fruity, spicy, yeasty, grain and farmlike smells (barn)

Taste is reffreshing, the fruity notes come out and hit you followed by hops note that comes end with a fresh shy malty flavors. Spices come and take the whole around to bring a nice bouquet of aromas.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 bottling. This is my first Southampton beer.

Pours a hazy orange with a nice 1 finger white head that fades within 15 minutes or so. The smell is of herbs and lemon. A fresh seawater aroma is there too.

The taste - where to begin. This is one complicated beast. The juicy fruitiness is what you notice first. It's very bright and citrusy. Some apple too. Then you catch on to the herbal, earthy flavors underneath. There are definitely a few spices in there, though I can't identify them. As the beer slides down, the bitter hops come through more and more, thoroughly drying out the palate and making you reach for the glass again. It's almost addictive, it's that drinkable. The only thing dropping this from a 5.0 is the slightly apparent alcohol. Mouthfeel is great for the style. Medium-bodied and creamy, it complements the taste perfectly. I'm definitely looking forward to trying more of Southampton's lineup.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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 sweetness...man...the 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 Sephiroth
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with good foam and lace, body is cloudy and light golden. Lemon and spices in the nose.

Taste is well balanced between the spices and the farmhouse. The yeast mingles nicely as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated, the drinkability is good too.

This paired well with sushi tonight.

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Photo of nomad
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shining gold with eighteen karat shimmer and a stiff head of wheat proteins and pils silk. Legs and stain to spare with great sustain. As thick and varied as beer appearance can display.

Smells of spices stinging with a raggedy sharp tartness and almost clovey phenolic herb tingle. A lot of textural metaphors but the hops truly created a surface with tempo and true complexity. Opens to small tropical fruit esters, more pineapple and sweet orange than else.

Taste is a confluence of cottony full grain flavors of Continental base malt, citric yeast acid-fruit, and a mix of spice and hop flavor of bitter greens and hay. Attenuation is high and every corner is stuffed full of action yet, somehow, is never busy or blitzing. The key seems to be a malt backing that is not a blank canvas but a wall of warm harmony to elevate natural sweetness to the myriad yeast and hop flavors.

Mr. Markowski is really flexing the saison yeast to its full display of complexities with a deft malty backing that is both light and full. Just enough hop touch for refreshment on an already dry finish. Pounding with verve, true verve.

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Photo of Gavage
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Southampton Saison from Southampton Publick House
4.27 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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