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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 brystmar
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh for bringing this. Opened alongside an incorrectly labeled Southampton RIS (which is definitely BRL) for kicks.

Fantasticly tart, fruity aroma. Fresh fruit, finishes sharp and clean. Such a great balance here; easily one of my favorite American fruit sours.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Transparent magenta with a frothy white head. Great color.

S: Sweet black raspberry flesh and seed. Light cherry and plum with a touch of oak. Lightly horsey with musty notes and earth.

T: Candied black raspberry with a moderate tartness. Balancing oak with light tannins. Earthy and musty. Moderate lactic sourness with a moderate acetic acidity throughout.

M: Medium body with lower medium carbonation. Smooth, sticky, and lightly tannic.

Overall: A nice American sour. Great fruit profile and adequately complex.

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Photo of claspada
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the generous brystmar in a recent swap; shared with mrand01.

Pours a hazy dark pink, light magenta color with a small quickly dissipating white fizzy head. Minimal lacing or retention.

Aromas are quite off the charts to be honest. At first you get the obvious sweet, freshly squeezed raspberry/blackberry juice and fruit pectin. Then as it warms the musk and oak emerge more and more. Quite vinous overall but not overpowering at all. More typical funky and "wild" aromas emerge but are still playing second fiddle to the fruit.

The tastes directly follow the nose with initial sweet raspberry and blackberry juiciness and fruit pulp flavors. Then the oak and sourness pop in to balance out the initial sweetness. Solid lactic sourness and slightly acidity emerges more and more and blends harmoniously with the oak and fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Really allows the fruit and funk to meld. The finish is lightly dry and tannic but not overpoweringly so; just the right amount of sour and sweetness.

Overall, is this the best American made lambic I have ever had, probably. It's freaking stellar, there is not one negative thing I can say about this beer except it's kind of ugly looking, but it smells and tastes phenomenal so who cares what it looks like. I understand the hype around this; seek it out if you can, highly recommended.

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Photo of alalvarez75
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had via bottle via gf that muled this sucka. Poured into my snifter from SH. Perfectly poured if I do say so myself. Wish I could have posted to YouTube.

A: Nice dark violet with a frothy head.

S: Lot of fruit, with a little tartness. Smells like a winner.

T: It's a chicken dinner. Perfect mix of sweet and sour. You normally can't fight the funk, but the fruit sure does. Not a nasty dunk...

M: A little more carbonated than I normally like, but I'll refrain from saying crisp.

O: If you have a buddy that does not like Lambic, this would change their mind.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to bauermj for sharing this one! Served in a Närke snifter.

A - Thin off-white foam settles to a solid collar, a few wisps, and minimal lace. Mostly opaque dark cherry body.

S - Smells like raspberries! Some nice musky, sweaty funk, vinous oak, mild acetic notes, and more raspberry. Nice balance of fruit character and varying wild flavors.

T - Taste is sweeter, with more dark raspberry and oaky vanilla flavors. The sourness is more lactic, with tangy yogurt flavors and less overt acidity. Finish is mildly tart.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a super dry, tannic, and oaky finish. Mild pucker, no alcohol, and little residual acidity.

D - Really enjoyable stuff. Seems more Belgian than American in balance and construction. I really hope they make this again, and perhaps in large volumes. Highly recommended.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge ups to Starrdogg for sharing this one. Poured into a snifter.

A - Beautiful reddish-pinkish color with almost Champagne like carbonation.

S - Fresh pureed raspberries with lactic funk. Just an absolutely beautiful nose.

T - Incredible. Fresh raspberries, nice sourness and acidity, and some of the oak from the wood. So drinkable.

M - The sourness really hits you right in the back of your jaws, but it is still ridiculously drinkable.

O - Home run. Southampton really nailed this one. The only raspberry lambic that I have had that comes close are older vintages of Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise. And those two would be incredibly close. Well done!

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, David.

Appearance: This pours a hazy, somewhat muddy purple. The head crackles away quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Initially rather metallic. Swirling brings out the fruit, which is very vibrant and tart. There's a suggestion of sweetness. Lactic notes appear as it warms, along with a touch of leathery funk. The metallic character put me off initially, but this does open up very nicely.

Taste & mouthfeel: Better than the nose suggests, and really quite delicious. There's a ton of tart berry flavor here, along with a medium-to-high level of acidity and earthy, leathery brett notes. The fruit flavor is robust and layered, bringing tart juicy notes along with tannic seed and skin. Very impressive. There's a touch of sweetness up front, but it quickly dries out in the finish.

Overall: I'm generally not much of a Southampton fan, but this is excellent. Seek it out.

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Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours a semi-clear ruby color with a thin slim somewhat off-white head that is quick to dissolve. A light swirl releases some bubbles that form at the top with a pink hue. Faint bubbles of lacing effect stick to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is sharp and quite earthy. It isn't immediately identifiable but raspberry is there with an earthen aspect that blends into a sharp tangy note of wild bacteria. Some slight tannic edge is apparent towards the back. As the brew warms up, the raspberries really start to shine with a juicy note of freshness that is salivating.

The taste is sharp and acidic. Lots of funky bacterial notes blend with the juicy raspberry quality that creates a significant dryness in the mouth. Tannins are present mixed with a lactic edge that rips the moisture out of your mouth. There is some earthy aspects from the natural raspberry flavoring and bacteria. The aftertaste is mildly cheesy with a hint of yogurt. This is a solid brew.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is light and easily drinkable but it is one acidic offering. Southampton offerings to be are quite drastic when it comes to draft verse bottled offerings. However, in this case, the slight variance from draft to bottle is actually better in my opinion in the bottle. If you havent had this yet and are a fan of sours, you need to seek this one out.

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Photo of gory4d
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark purple with a loose pink head that fades quickly. Smell is sweet berry, meyer lemon, wood sorrel, some sugar cookie graininess. The taste starts off sweet, lots of berry juice, then moves into a puckering sour-fruit tang; there's not much maltiness here, but it's present in some rich grainy notes. Very fizzy, thin in body. A very nice sour, all in all, one I'd happily drink again.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to jon2465 for sending this my way.

Beer pours a very nice reddish-purple with a thin white head. It almost looks like a red wine. Beer smells awesome: sour raspberries really take over here - it smells a bit like a raspberry oude bruin. Flavor follows the nose, it's really quite fantastic. Raspberries stand out front, but it's very nicely sour with a bit of funk and oak lurking in the background. The flavors are pretty much perfectly balanced, not too sweet, not too sour, and fantastic. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and coats the mouth very nicely. This beer is absolutely fantastic, an absolute home run of a lambic. It puts something like Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus to shame. This is what a raspberry lambic should be.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Southampton's Black Raspberry Lambic pours a dark ruby red, lightening a little bit only at the very edges of the glass. There's about a finger of lavender tinted foam that crowns the beer, before fading quickly and cleanly. The nose is absolutely bombastic, a pinpoint perfect blend of fresh raspberries and acidity. As with my recent experience with Fou' Foune, I'm impressed by how much fresh fruit taste is packed into the beer. The flavor profile preserves that perfect balance, and adds a little bit of character from the wine barrel aging. The acidity is attention grabbing, but not vinegar-y in any way and it doesn't linger, leaving plenty of room for the other aspects of the beer to get their moment in the spotlight. The subtle dark fruit flourish brought on by the barrel aging adds a layer of complexity and elevates this brew to rarefied air in terms of taste. The body is nice and light, and the carbonation is exquisitely lively and expansive... a simply stunning mouthfeel. The Black Raspberry Lambic was one of the "other" beers included at Southampton's RIS release party, but once the doors opened and the beer started flowing, this was all anyone could talk about, and with good reason. It's the best American brewed sour/wild ale I've ever had, and probably a top five all time beer for me. I can only pray that Southampton sees fit to release this one again at some point down the line.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter. Beer is purple, looks like juice, moderate carbonation, nice pink head of small bubbles, decent retention, no lacing.

Aroma is berries and lactic acid.

Beer is light in body and pretty fruit forward wthi this mild tartness and a nice finsih. The beer is carbonated on the palate and has a mildly dry finish. It is a good lambic, some American breweries are getting close and Southampton is one of them. I'd have this again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery for sharing this one at the post Bruery Reserve Society party bottle share!

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear raspberry red with a red-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of tart and sour raspberry puree and fresh raspberries. Taste is also all about the raspberries with a nice balance of sweetness and sour/funky flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice natural raspberry aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to schlimenhaumer for sending this bottle out my way. Thanks to cosmicevan for getting me a Southampton Anniversary snifter to serve this beer in. Southampton, maybe a tulip for next year's release?

Pours a beautiful blackberry-purple color. The berries have really taken over the appearance on this one. Thin white head with a bit of a purple tint. Not too much retention of lacing.

The nose carries a strong note of black raspberry with some underlying acidity. Not too much in the way of earth or funk; this is almost all fruit, but it does that aspect incredibly well. The lack of depth and complexity catches up in the flavor, which sticks mostly just to the berry and following acidity.

Body is light with a nice dry, fruity finish. Good lactic acidity throughout. Nothing overpowering, but it does the job.

Overall, a really nice brew that I was really glad to try. Not quite up to the level of the berliners, but still a very solid wild.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml foiled, corked and caged bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear dark purple. Pink head with low retention but thick, clingy legs. Spot on.

Nose is tart raspberry, plastic, sharp funk. Moderately aromatic and again, very appropriate.

Tart raspberry with good acidity. Fruit sweetness is full and very present to balance the sour. Plastic, cobwebs, and straw. Sour aftertaste. Really solid and one of the top American lambics for sure.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy in the mouth with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Really enhances the taste.

A definite winner and one of the few American lambics worthy of being mentioned in the same vein as the classic Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen offerings.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from Knifestyles in a trade.

A: Nice burgandy color. A small amount of head. Some lacing.

S: Lots of sweet fruitiness with some underlying vinegar tones.

T: Wonderful! The perfect balance of sweet black raspberries and sour lambic notes.

M: Light in body and refreshing.

O: One of the best fruit lambis I have tried. So glad Knifestyles was willing to trade this one with me.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at southampton publick house

Pours a deep purply color with some reddish hues shining through the light. Faint head with a raspberry haze dissolves into a fruit colored collar. Spots of lacing are left behind as the slick retention fades away.

Effervescent and inviting in the nose with a nice balance between sour and fruit. Dark raspberries with a jammy hint mix with wood and biting sour notes. Alcohol is nonexistent.

Begins tart and dry right up front as the raspberries start to kick in. There’s some red wine notes, but the fruit is really towards the forefront with a pleasant lactic sourness riding the wave of raspberry. It’s darker and more robust than a regular framboise might be, as some red grape skin tones creep in. Finishes tart and dry on the tongue.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly and dry on the tongue. This was probably the stand out of the Southampton IRS release party – people went pretty crazy over it and the lambic was the first keg to kick of the day.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork-and-cage bottle into a Southampton snifter at low altitude. Didn't get to try this one on tap at the release, so I'm very excited to try it now.

A: Pours a hazy ruby color with a two-finger creamy pink head of decent retention that fades to almost nothing after waiting a bit. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Tons of raspberries, nice sour yeast character and a bit of oak in the background. Just what I'd expect from a beer called "Black Raspberry Lambic."

T: Sour yeast notes up front with plenty of raspberry in the body that carries through all the way to the finish. While the yeast is complex, the rest of the flavor profile is fairly straightforward, but still very tasty. It has exactly what I expect from a lambic, but doesn't greatly surpass my expectations.

M: Light- to medium-bodied and well-carbonated with a drying finish. Suits the flavors well, but it's not revolutionary.

D: This is an enjoyable lambic that stays true to the style with a new fruit interpretation. A pleasure to drink, and I'd certainly buy this again at the next release if it were offered.

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the tap into the awesomely huge Southampton snifter. The beer pours a nice deep purple color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving nothing but a ring around the inside of the glass.

S: Up front I get sweet raspberries followed by a nice acidic tartness and what seems to be a slight french oak character. Definitely fruit forward with everything else falling into the background.

T: Up front there is a slight sweet black raspberry taste followed by a fantastic smack of acidity and then finishes nice and clean with some more fruit. fantastic

M: Beer is medium bodied and is mildly carbed but I suspect the bottles will be a bit different.

O: This was my favorite beer at the release and was fantastic. I am so glad I got a few bottles of this and is definitely something every sour fan will want to get their hands on.

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Photo of XSoftXNXElegantX
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the RIS release. Had to try it on tap to see what I was going to do with my 2 bottles.

This beer is a beautiful rich ruby red. Very small and quick to disappear white head.

When I first tasted it it was poured into a short pint glass, we we waiting in line still and didn't have our Southampton snifter yet. When in the small pint it was very very acidic, some smell of tart raspberries, some oak and some tannins. When I got my snifter I poured it into the snifter and wow did the flavors pop more. The raspberry smell exploded, so did the oak and tannins, and the acidic smell died down.

As for the taste, just wow. In the small pint it was overly acidic and drying, some tart raspberry. Once I poured it into the snifter again, the raspberry flavor exploded, and I picked up much more oak and tannins as it warmed.

Overall I loved this beer(but I love sours). I managed to grab two bottles, I'm hoping to age one for another year(because 21 months wasn't enough) and if that turns out great I think I might just give it a shot at 5 years.

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Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A kind soul poured some of his bottle from the release over the weekend into a glass for me.

Appearance is a purple color with a short fizzy head with a pink hue, guess they really did use "black raspberries". The aroma of this lambic has blackberries, raspberries, some funk. Sipping this and I taste oak, sour rasberries, tannins, no lack of flavor here. MF is medium, acidity stays on your palate for a while. An interesting beer from Southampton and one that most sour fans would appreciate.

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Photo of afksports
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have multiple bottles of this, and I am not adding it as a got.

My favorite release at Southampton this past weekend, and the surprise of the day. This thing is blushing monk dark, but traditional lambic mouthfeel-balanced. It's like raspberry tart blended with an incredibly acidic gueuze and then darkened & sweetened to the point where you forget you drank anything else. There's funk in the nose, complexity in the taste. Nothing about this feels particularly "American" in that way that American sours don't stand up to Belgians. I took one sip and knew this brew is legit. Phil is a legend for a reason.

I had it on tap on Saturday, I drank other beers, went home for a nap, woke up and went out, drank more beer, slept the night, had some cereal in the morning, looked at the bottle and felt the taste on my tongue.

Sorry for the lack of descriptors. These other reviews can handle that. This is a badass beer. Let it be known.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the pleasure of trying this one on tap at the release on saturday. served in the southampton snifter

This beer pours a vibrant violet to ruby color with a thin pinkish head the recedes quickly. the smell is huge ripe berries up front with a little funk and a definite tartness present in the aroma. the flavor is sour up front with a nice blackberry flavor in the finish. this beer is puckering and very drinkable, my only regret was that i was sick the day of the release, and had to leave at a reasonable hour to get home so i tried to limit my consumption, otherwise i would have been drinking this one all day long.

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Photo of ixodus
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at 2012 South Hampton Publick House RIS release.

A: Deep purple in color with a small white film like head and nice lacing.

S: Sweet and tart raspberries, balanced more towards the sweet side, a touch of a oak, and a little bit of wet hay funkiness. Quite aromatic.

T: The taste is definitely more toward the sour side of the beer, yet still pretty balanced. It has a nice tart acidity upfront while the sweet raspberries end up more towards the background with the oak.

M: Smooth and refreshing. Low carbonation with a light body leaning more towards medium.

O: Overall my favorite beer of the recent release. I had high hopes for this one and it went above and beyond. Definitely one to seek out.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep purple body. Thin skim of a pinkish-purplish head.

S: Jammy raspberries, mild funky notes that conjure up a damp cellar.

T: Bold tart, semi-sweet raspberries, other notes of cherries and blackberries, funk, and leather like-red-wine tannins.

M: Juicy and refreshing. Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Nice tartness and acidity. Perhaps a little thin in the finish.

O: An impressive offering from Southampton. Would love to see this made again.

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