Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Black Raspberry LambicSouthampton Black Raspberry Lambic

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks metaldog

rich looking, slightly hazy raspberry reddish with no head. the nose is a potent blackberry with a touch of funk. the taste is a tart blackberry, slightly sweet, amazingly spot on and tasty. it's definitely true to fruit with a semi-dry finish and some yeast. outstanding lambic with crazy balanced sourness. what a good effing beer, completely worth the hype.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of joel66
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big thanks to Dan, (Totoropanda) for opening this

A- dark purple with no head at all, looks almost flat like red wine

N- raspberry jam, moldy raspberry and sour yeast notes

T- sweet raspberry jam, carmelized berry chutney with light wine notes. more funk in the nose, but can taste a suttle tartness and brett

M- very smooth and enjoyable

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of AlexFields
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. Thanks to UncleJedi for sharing this.

Pours a wonderful dark ruby red, not much of a head but the body itself is stunning.

Smell is super tart and super raspberry, a bit of funk and brett, smells excellent.

Taste is very sour/acidic, super fruity raspberry, hints of funk, again excellent.

Mouthfeel is not very well carbonated but it's pretty thick, but really this is sour enough that the mouthfeel doesn't distract, have no problem drinking this.

Excellent sour.


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Photo of Doodler
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - shared with Bill and Elijah. Pours a serious dark purple with a two finger foamy head. Nice, big funky raspberry and dark fruits on the nose. Taste is all raspberries, with tart cherries and lactic acid. Nicely carbed with a sour puckering finish. Enjoyable stuff....

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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.82/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 6,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date, but I think there was only one batch of this.

Thanks to JAXSON for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic pours a beautiful shade of deep red, with deep pink and even purple streaks when back lit. A rough pour yields a small pink tinted head that lasts well for a sour and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: I drank Blåbær yesterday and the first sniff there was almost entirely composed of funky lambic notes. Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic goes in the exact opposite direction, with the first sniff yielding a massive blast of raspberries. After a few minutes, the beer begins to open up and a fantastic interplay between fresh (lightly tart) raspberries and a sweeter, darker, raspberry jam character is revealed. A distinct lambic acidity, as well as a woody character and a light mustiness are also noted.
As the beer approaches room temperature, it really opens up and displays complexities that could rival its Belgian counterparts. Additional notes include: Dark cherries, a vinous character, oak, a touch of cheese, some mustiness, mildewy notes and a note that is reminiscent of walking into a dusty cobweb.

Taste: Wow, the flavour might just be more delicious than the smell indicated! As in the nose, the fruit take center stage with a wonderful combination of fresh (tart) raspberries, a little cherry and a sweeter, almost jammy berry character. There is a big tartness (this is a proper lambic, not a fruit beer) underlying the fruits and a funky character that grows with warming. Notes include: A distinct vinous character, tart lemon, grape skins, some mustiness, old dusty sacks, old hay and a mildewy character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (on the fuller side for a sour), with a medium level of carbonation that has a lightly spritzy feel to it.

Overall: Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic is a phenomenal fruit lambic and in my opinion right up there with the likes of Cantillon. It does however take a while to open up and display the funkier lambic character.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you!

Pours a deep purple-black color with pink highlights. A very strong raspberry jam aroma devoid of the usual notes I associate with lambics. Interesting nonetheless and more importantly very appetizing. Taste is dominated by raspberries and tartness and is again low on funk. I did not taste any blackberries at all (was expecting to) but later found out that black stood for black raspberries. Finishes tart and dry but the palate has come sweetness making it an enjoyable drink. Then again, raspberry is one of my favorite fruits.

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Photo of Luk13
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Gonzohomebrewer for this one! Dark red pour with spotty white head. Lots of funky raspberries in the aroma, some grass maybe a little white wine. Taste is sharp acidity, raspberries again, some oak. Raspberries and funk took over the wine barrel, but it added some complexity. I thought it was well executed for an american lambic, it wasn't so far away from the Rosé de Gambrinus we had earlier. It has definitly more power than any of the Upland's.

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Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this at DLD 2012 was one of the best raspberry lambic that i have every had, and since it was my bottle i took a bigger poor than i should of. barnyard, earthy, raisin, skunky, woody, red, hazy, cloudy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, heavily sour, lively, long finish, medium body,

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Photo of ehammond1
4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 9 months)

A near-clear dark ruby with some rich purple highlights and a moderately-sized off-white, big bubbled head, eventually leaving messy spiderwebs and dots of lace down the glass.

A very fruit-forward aroma; the black raspberries dominate and present as big, juicy, ripe, and delicious. There's only a very mild earthy funk character with just a touch of grass. Good thing the dominating fruit smells so incredible. What this lacks in depth and complexity, it makes up for in authentic, ripe fruit character.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma, with fantastic black raspberry character combining with moderate acidic sourness, defined oak, and a very minor funk component. Everything blends together nicely, and I don't miss the funk I usually love in beers of this style, because the fruit is simply so darn delicious.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Fantastically drinkable; juicy.

Superb stuff. This is in the top echelon of American wilds.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic from Southampton Publick House
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