Southampton Saison | Southampton Publick House

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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 callmemickey
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy Straw Yellow with a puffy white head.. lots of lacing..

S: Lots of fresh fruit, pepper, grassy floral notes... complex and delicate.

T: Following the nose perfectly.. lots of fruits, mostly apples and pears.. has a nice spicy finish.. a little yeast and malt to boot.

M: Moderate-full bodied for the style. smooth.. crisp.

D: This is a refreshing beer.. makes me wish summer was here now.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Malto for this sample.

Big huge head with a cloudy dark gold colour, this beer took a few sips to fully appreciate. It is yeasty, fruity with one of the freshest noses I have smelled in some time. This beer is big and rounded with few rough corners. Very food friendly I wish this brewery was in my back yard.

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

A 750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass. The beer was a clear golden color with a medium-sized white head. Some nice lacing was present also. It had a fruity aroma, sweet and candy-like. Fruit again in the taste, to me mostly pear, and some funky yeasty taste as well. I really enjoy that barnyard funkiness; it feels so good in the mouth. Wonder how this beer would cellar.

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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 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 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 Chinon01
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dense beautiful meringue head clinging to sides of the Burgundian wine glass consumed from. Somewhat murky pale-golden yellow appearance.

S - Great fruitiness, citrus, dried fruit.

T - More fruity esters from exotic (pineapple) to dried apricot, some flowers and a touch of medicinal and hoppiness to keep it tight. Very complex.

M - Soft and juicey full but not layered.

D - Low hops can make for good drinkability as it does in this one.

Best American Saison tasted.

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Photo of palma
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow color, decent white head. Can see a light layer of yeast sediment in the beer. Yeasty nose with a strong citrus zest. Taste is grassy, and very fruity, specifically grapes and apricot/peach. Bubbly mouthfeel. Nice and refreshing brew although there is some warming alcohol which warns you to pace yourself. I think this is a great example of the style. I did drink the entire 750 ml fairly quick so I can guarantee you that this beer is indeed easy to drink.

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Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber: This one pours a hazy, golden straw yellow color. There was a huge frothy white head on mine, so much that it was difficult to pour. The aroma is very nice. Floral, grassy, some citrus and faint spice. The taste is very good. slightly tart, with a faint bit of apple and citrus in there. Slight spice, wheat, grassiness. This is a very nice beer. Too bad I seem to have one of the last.

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Photo of kwkdmk
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 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 InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

750 bottle Corked/Caged

The Southampton Saison pours a nice hazy golden orange color and a medium sized puffy white head with some lacing. Some hay, wheat and lemon on the nose. This would confuse me for a blonde ale in a blind taste test. Its got some farm house funk, but dont expect the funkiness of say a Fantome or DuPont Saison, it is definitely an American brew, but with its roots planted deep into the authentic belgian style. It is extremely refreshing, the perfect level of carbonation makes this saison very drinkable. By far the best American Saison I've had to date.

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

Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices (cardamom, coriander), citrus, and yeast. Taste of more citrus, lots of spices, vanilla, lemongrass, yeast and finishing with some light pepper in the background.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

On tap at capones.

A- watery yellow orange in color with a small ring and a faint wisp of head on top.

S- sweet and floral with honey and hibicus. Mild spice and a hint of grassy herbs.

T- lavender honey and fresh cut flowers. Lots of sweet malts and fruits. Mild earthy hops adding just the right amount of bitter against the sweet.

M- medium to full in body with a light yet effervescent carb that cut the slightly syrupy brew. Semi dry finish.

D- very drinkable. Lots of sweetness and florals that make for a very different and interesting saison. I like it, I like it a lot.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden tangerine with a massive head of tiny carbonation.

Aroma is fresh fruit...tangerines, oranges, a touch of barnyard funk to speak of.

Taste is refreshing citrus...sweet tangerines and oranges with some light spices. I'm rating it a 4.5 on taste because I enjoy it a lot even though it may not be typical for the style.

Aftertaste is sort of cloying as it warms...mouthfeel is slick and thick but the massive carbonation keeps it crisp.

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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 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