Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Peconic County Reserve AleSouthampton Peconic County Reserve Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
7.76%
 
 
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Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Special thanks to Davehack for sharing his personal White Whale with me a couple other friends. The beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is bright with some yeasty notes and white wine grape as well. The taste gives off a bit of tartness, sort of champagne-like in a way. The feel is lighter bodied and finished dry. Overall it was a nice experience having this beer because I'm pretty sure I'll never have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to whoever shared this bottle at Zwanze Day; was very cool to see this opened. 1996 vintage, poured into a taster.

a - Pours a golden-orange color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of old bread, biscuit malts, grapes, lemon, spice, light oak and funk, earthy notes, and some hay. Lightly funky which is nice and lightly tart.

t - Tastes of bready, grapes, wine, lemon, citrus, hay, earthy notes, funk, oak, nuts, dough, biscuit malts, and some light mustiness. Nice but kind of old-tasting.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall this was very cool to try, but seemed past its prime to me. It wasn't very funky or sour and was a bit old/musty; would love to get a newer bottled and try it again. Probably wouldn't seek out the 1996 version.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of stakem
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle I picked up at the '11 Southampton IRS release. Shared with Slatetank and Kegatron last evening. Bottle opens up and slightly gushes into my awaiting cervoise. It appears a lightly hazed golden orange color. A white head less than a finger strong fizzes away quickly. A swirl revives the cap with some larger than normal bubbles that quickly fade as well.

The smell of this brew is lightly yeasty in nature with an underlying sweetness that is fruity. It takes awhile before the white grape character comes forward and is more evident. There is a light cheese aspect mixed with some soft vanilla sweetness from the oak aging which mixes to a light tannic and raw wood character across the back. As the brew gets warm, it becomes more sharp and lactic with cheese and some funk mingled with a light grassy to herbal contrasting hop character.

The taste is surprisingly sour and acidic. White grape flavors and sweetness are accented by a smooth vanilla note from the barrel aging. A light sweetness of grain is also present which really blends well with the smooth vanilla notes. The sweetness and the smoothness quickly gives way to sharp almost lemony sourness which is quite enjoyable and very different when mixed with the vinous touch of this brew. As the brew gets warmer, it gets increasingly more dry to the finish with almost a creamy yogurt tangy aspect.

This is a very interesting and enjoyable saison. It is medium to light in the feel with a modest, fizzy amount of carbonation. For 6.5%, it packs a heartier punch with warmth down the back of the throat. I need more of this beer. It is not at all what I was expecting but it was a welcomed surprise. Very solid and worth checking out if you dig wild and sour brews.

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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Southampton peconic – pours a yellow copper with a little bit of bubbly head. smell is awesome – fruit, green grapes, really just solid. Sweet deliscious candy, smells fantastic, grapes. Mmmm… OH WOW, taste follows the nose, taste is sour and grapes, what a flavor! Mouth has good carbonation and leaves a nice tingle. World class beer. Overall, I wouldn't be surprised to see peconic turn into the next whale…great beer.

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4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle, thanks Greg...Light murky honey gold, not much head... Smells great, white wine grapes funkyness, grape skins, oak, pear juice, awesomeness... Taste is more awesomeness, white wine grape juice, some oak adds depth, perfectly sour, reminds me of a berliner weiss, a better Temptation... Get this

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light golden orange with aright white head. The nose is sweet, lots of grapes, light mint note, hint of creamy lactic. The taste has a ton of white grapes, rather sour and sweet. faint mint and rather acidic. Medium body, a bit juicy and maybe a touch dry.

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Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale from Southampton Publick House
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