Peconic County Reserve Ale
Southampton Publick House

Peconic County Reserve AlePeconic County Reserve Ale
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 7.33%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
79
From:
Southampton Publick House
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  258
Gots
  5
SCORE
97
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Peconic County Reserve AlePeconic County Reserve Ale
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Reviews by axeman9182:
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the 2011 batch, allowed to warm slightly before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Peconic County Reserve pours a slightly hazy tangerine at first, but after the second pour it's almost entirely opaque. The pure white head only rises to only about two fingers in height, and while retention is alright, there's no real lacing to speak of. The nose is strongly of chardonnay, with a strong background note of earthy brett funk in there as well. It's a combination that works incredibly well. At first the chardonnay doesn't come through so well, it's more of a vinous acidity that blends with the funk. As the beer warms though, the particulars of the chardonnay grape varietal shine through a bit more. There's still tartness to the beer, but it's a bit more of a complementary flavor. The body is just a tad heavy for my personal taste, but certainly well within the parameters for the style. The carbonation though is a bit dull, and lets the mouthfeel get a little too slick for the beer's own good. This beer may have been in some part a victim of high expectations (brewed with grapes and barrel aged from the guy who wrote the book on saisons), but I'd like to think that didn't diminish my enjoyment of what was a good (but not great) brew.

Apr 12, 2011
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inebrius from Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beer made for a 750ml bottle. Mired golden under cottony white summer clouds. Produce market aromas of fresh pear, peach, melon, and grapes with notes of woodpiles and serape rugs. Dry, rusty, tannic like a black water stream tempered by a grape, grapefruit and oak smoothie. Dreamy, yet grounded, like a Spring stroll through a field of corn stubble edged in grey wood. Bitter-sweetly drainable. I'm enamored, completely! Thanks Loren.

Apr 12, 2003
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MJR from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage 750ml corked and caged bottle

Clear, pale gold with a hint of orange. Tight, dense off white head with good retention and lacing. Sharp and refreshing aroma of tart wheat, white grapes, grass, lemony citrus, slightly musty yeast, medicinal phenols, and apple-like fruitiness.

Flavor begins with a small splash of medicinal sourness. Then the wheat malt and grapes take over, with a smooth tartness and dryness. Some musty and chalky yeast. A fair amount of subtle apple fruitiness rounds things out. There’s a bit of coriander flavor, even though I find no evidence of that spice being used here. Pretty much zero noticeable hop flavor or bitterness. Finish is mildly phenolic, with some leather, woody, and vanilla notes. The barrel aging has imparted a touch of woodiness, which combines with the tannins in the grapes for a fairly dry finish. Crisp and clean in the mouth, with a fairly light body highlighted by a slightly prickly carbonation. Yeast pour towards the end of the bottle adds some creaminess, along with a touch of peppery spiciness.

Overall, a unique and relaxing brew that I wish I could have around in the summer.

May 22, 2004
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.87/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 1996
750 ml bottle with gold foil over a capped, wet cork.
Stored on it's side since 1997.

Pours clear gold with orange hues, moderate white porous head.
Crackling effervesense diminishes quickly, leaving behind a placid surface with but a few whisps of white.
Musty and dry nose. Fruity with lemon zest, juniper berries, and grape must. Hints of tonic water, apple skin, and stale gum wrapper.
Nose finishes with light pepper notes and dried mint.
Light to medium bodied, subdued carbonation and tart.
Dry, fruity, and tannic on the pallet.
Lemon pith, spent white grapeskins, and warming spices.
Heavily laced with a vineous white-wine type character, with a subdued funk.
Finishes with a tart yeast bite and additional pepper-spiked lemon zest.

Apparently past prime, with subdued carbonation and a bit tame.
The vineous profile is in the forefront, with saison qualities in the shadows.

Jul 08, 2006
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy straw-copper color. It is topped by a big-bubbled white head that is of a quite decent size. There is a great fruity grape aroma that is mixed with a musty herbal spiciness. This has an intriguing, absolutely wonderful aroma to it. The taste is mellow up front, which leads to a prickly sensation in the middle from the ample carbonation, to a finish that is austere and wine-like in its acidic character. The finish is quite sharp, it grabs you at first, but mellows a bit with time. This beer really mellows quite a bit as my palate gets used to it. The acidity does remain, it just becomes a bit rounder.

There is a nice wine-grape character in the second half of each sip. The combination of the carbonation and the grape character really give this a noticeable acidity. There is quite a bit of herbal character here, that is contributed by the chardonnay grapes. As a beer this is not nearly as good as it is when looked at as a marriage between grape and grain. The marriage wins out, perhaps, and gives this beer an added boost.

Jul 28, 2004
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Rastacouere from Canada (QC)

3.65/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow to amber color. Gently diminishing off-white head. Aroma is rather juicy, floral with various hints of leather, pear, grapes, juniper, heather, flowers. Rasin bread flavour from the well blended yeast and malt. Very vinous, very dry white wine like. Leather aftertaste. This leaves a nice juicy saliva though. Okay, so I absolutely love Southampton and the best of the fruit beers are up there with my favourite beers, but I felt a bit let down with this one. I guess it was just a bit too comparable with white wine which I usually don’t enjoy that much. I sure was taken aback by such dryness in a fruit beer and while I’ll be the first one to rant about the fake-tasting synthetic syrupy sweet ones, I don’t doubt that Southampton could have done an amazing sweet grapes concoction to get 4.5+ while I don’t see a very dry one getting much more than 4.0 from me. Don’t bother for me though since everyone seems to moderately enjoy this.

Nov 09, 2004
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jh1982 from Nevada

4.5/5  rDev 0%

Jan 08, 2013
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whartontallboy from New York

5/5  rDev +11.1%

Feb 05, 2012
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, thanks to Jim. Poured a clear medium gold with a large sticky head. Nose is heavy on white grapes, quite a bit of oak, seems like some earthy brett in there also. Brett is surprisingly heavy and expresses itself as sweaty socks. Similar to Castleton in the nose. Some acidity in the front palate, lots of grapes mid palate, finish is long and all brett. Interesting to see Southampton doing something like this. Some residual sweetness on the finish. Feel is a bit light and thin. Not extraordinarily complex but well executed. As good as the recent batches of Castleton and oddly similar, though not as tight and integrated as the first batches were.

Mar 17, 2011
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this also courtesy of Stakem 2011 bottling enjoyed with kegatron from a tulip in slightly chilled temperature.

The color is a shade of golden with slight rosy hues and moderately hazed with thin white cap after the pour with lace that has a wispy appearance. The smell of the saison is very vinous(expected) with the chardonnay grapes playing an important role in the aroma with a slight hint of creamy light yeast with subtle floral elements and overall juicy white grape fragrance with the mustiness low, sweet and tangy which is very aromatic. The feel has a nice level of juiciness with hint of acidity and honey-like sweet tinged with sour edge which is more tart and astringent than palate jolting, moderate level of puckering which is really inviting I was tempted to bump it up actually.

Taste of Peconic county is fruity and slightly earthy with a mild white grape element that gives a slightly tangy edge to the malt and yeast which is slightly spiced and malt gives a hint of sweetness while the chardonnay barrel gives that flavor of wood with a subtle bitter fruit tannin and the toasted edge which contrasts the yeast in a way that is at times contrasting and complimentary with mild golden raisin tinges and a hint of malt which seems more dry on the palate than sweet. Overall this is a beer that comes at you from many angles simultaneously, not really all over the map,it is well composed but the wine barrel really adds dimension to the saison that you might not find in other barrel aged beers or saisons in general. I really found this to be stellar and by that I mean the grapes take it to another level. The beer straddles the line between white wine and belgian ale, a very complex and heavenly beer.

Jul 25, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split among a few of us. Thanks go once again to Stakem for opening this rarity up for us.

Pours a hazed grapefruit color in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains at nearly the same width and just drenches the sides of the glass with heavy and thick swathes of lacing. The aroma is vinous and oaky in the nose, with some contributing funk as well. This is very tannic and a touch acidic at times, with a tough of vanilla and sugary sweetness on the edges.

The taste has a good bit of a tart and fresh grape character to it, with bitter skin and fruity dry wine notes really standing out to me. This definitely has a bit of a sour edge to it, but nothing too acidic feeling. The edges of the profile are dry and woody, while some sweet sugary character from the malts hangs in the background. The finish is dry and tart with just a touch of lingering acidity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a LOT of slick tannins giving this a slippery feel in the mouth. The alcohol is nicely hid here and combines with the soft creaminess of the carbonation to really keep this as drinkable as possible.

This was really nice. The grapes and wine barrel really worked off of each well and all of those fruit and oak flavors were well balanced and approachable considering all of the complexity and dryness that was present. Thanks again for sharing this one Adam. It’s too bad that they can’t release this every year.

Aug 04, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Beerloco for hooking me up with this one. 2011 vintage. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Looks nearly identical to the Saison Faucille we just had, but with a bit less head volume (although there is still plenty). Minimal lace, thin cap and collar, and a lightly dark golden straw body.

S - Huge white grape aroma that imparts a musky character. Perhaps some light funk as well. Plenty of oak and vinous notes as well. Some spicy and estery yeast in the periphery, but this is all about grapes and wine barrels. Just an awesome aroma, and one I kept returning to before my glass emptied.

T - Taste is a little more heavy on spicy yeast and oak, with less of the awesome grape flavor. There's some light sour vinous acidity, a hint of funk, along with some of the pale malt from the base beer. Pretty good, but a step back from the smell. Closer to a 4.25 in my book, but I was generous elsewhere.

M - Very dry, spritzy champagne carbonation that is pleasant and avoids being harsh. Medium body, with a lightly tannic finish.

D - I liked this almost as much as the Berliner Weiss and may just have to seek out another bottle. I'd also like to see what age does for this one, as I can imagine it getting more sour over time. Highly recommended, and a definite highlight from the Southampton mega-tasting.

Apr 14, 2011
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 25, 2015
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gory4d from Texas

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to koko2315 for this fantastic beer.

Pours into my Liefmans cervoise glass golden and very bubbly -- almost like Champagne. There's a loose but high white head, that fades quickly to a white cap that leaves lots of lacing. The smell is dandelion, rust, straw, clover honey. The taste is very complex, hard to pin down: wood sorrel, maybe, some sweet grass, grape-skin tannins, clover, faint notes of malt. It's very fizzy, exceedingly dry -- substantial but light. This is a unique beer, quite drinkable. Not sure it's a saison, but I'll buy that it's a farmhouse ale. I'm going to have to try and get another bottle.

May 09, 2011
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: Golden yellow body capped by a large, pillowy white head. Slowly recedes leaving a few stray strands of lacing.

S: Bright citric and white grape notes dominate while a nice, subtle earthy must lingers throughout. Its got a vibe that's quite like a hybrid between a Cantillon Vigneronne and a good batch of Fantome saison.

T: Vignerrone like white grape and citric notes play off a nice solid saison body (which is not a surprise from Southampton). Some grainy notes pop in and out of the picture as well.

M: Medium bodied. Assertive, but not overly aggressive, carbonation. Nice lingering finish that has a lightly acidic quality.

O: I have no idea if the first batch back in 2002 was anywhere near as good as this 2011 vintage is, but I have no doubt Southampton shouldn't have waited so long to churn this out. Hopefully this returns every few years.

Oct 29, 2011
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pgaveau from New York

4.5/5  rDev 0%

Feb 18, 2012
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CrellMoset from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at the 2011 release. Poured in to a footed pilsener glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline straw gold, very bright and vibrant, and absolutely transparent, showcasing a remarkably active whirlwind of carbonation which at first creeps then accelerates, racing upwards towards a persistently half inch creamy, smooth, even alabaster head. Lacing along the sides of the glass is pleasant but not noteworthy, or at least not noteworthy until it gets warmer (when it forms streaky crystalline patterns along the sides of the glass) - the real plus here is the hue and the effervescence.

Aroma: Tart and earthy tannins on the nose, but with a stronger and spicier backbone than you'd otherwise get from a wine.

Taste: Precisely as described - a saison with strong tart, vinous overtones. The underlying beer is sweet, spicy, and very authentically saison - that is, it's biscuity, with a good amount but not an overpowering amount of unattenuated sugar, a good grassy underlying springiness, and some nice clove-esque notes.

Mouthfeel: Not as spritzy as I imagine it could have been. This one had just been bottled when it was distributed at the release party, and the neck came with a sticker that told you to sit on it for quite some time. I did, of course, but the climate control in my cellar isn't what it should be, so it's probable that the carbonation on this one was a little lower than intended.

Drinkability: More like a wine than a beer in many ways, and if you like wine (and I happen to), this one really hits the spot, especially at a mere 6.5%, about half of what your typical bottle of wine packs.

Aug 11, 2011
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 15, 2011
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BeerWorld from New York

5/5  rDev +11.1%

Nov 04, 2012
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spycow from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%

Jan 12, 2013
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sideshowe from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%

Nov 16, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to callmemickey for opening a 2011 bottle of this. Served in a mini tulip.

Pours a clear light golden color with a short, fizzy white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries plenty of white grapes and a short burst of lactic acid. There's some tropical fruit lingering in the background along with a bit of earth and oak.

The flavor falls back off a bit, losing some of the subtleties of the nose, but the grape and saison components blend quite well. There's a bit of spice in the background to go with the white grape and acidity. Light to medium body with good carbonation and a nice lactic presence through the finish. Quite dry.

Really great stuff. Big thanks again to Ryan for enabling me to finally try this one.

Apr 10, 2012
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Verecund from Texas

4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle courtesy of phattysbox. Shared with Mrs. Verecund on Friday, (May) the 13th. I'd been looking forward to this one.

Golden straw bodied with a half finger of head. Little lacing, but decent clarity.

Wonderful, white grape forward nose (despite the use of concord grapes). Some nice tartness and acidity; vinous. Some must and vague cat pee peeking through.

Taste is a step down from the nose. There's a little more mustiness and oak and a little less of the vibrant white grape vinousness. Still, some citrus and vinous acidity is present, bready malts, slightly spicy yeast, and a bretty finish. Pleasantly different from most saisons.

Soft, medium-light body, dry finish.

A really pleasant saison/sour hybrid. Refreshing, with a light sourness and tartness, a wonderful use of grape. I found the heavy yeast notes mid-to-late palate distracting, but this was well done for the most part. Seek it out.

May 23, 2011
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Paulydeets from New York

5/5  rDev +11.1%

Feb 15, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 vintage. Thanks a lot to sideshowe for the hookup. Shared with PALMEJ1, daknole and a few others at the 2011 Hunahpu's release.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting ring that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Tart, funky, earthy aroma with lots of light grape, dry brett effervescence and other light fruit. Vinous with prominent concord grapes and raisins. It also has a nice earthy character with hints of zesty, peppery spice.

Fuller bodied than expected with some nice earthy, tart fruit sweetness up front that lingers into a sweet, dry lingering finish. Tart and puckering without being acidic or acetic at all. Very refreshing and extremely quaffable. Lots of vinous light fruit with a prominent grape flavor. They used concord grapes for this beer and they really shine through. There's also a nice bread/yeast character that adds complexity and fullness to the palate. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer and am very happy that I had a chance to try it. Everyone else that sampled it thought that it was incredible. Thanks again Eric!

Mar 24, 2011
Peconic County Reserve Ale from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 79 ratings