Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Peconic County Reserve AleSouthampton Peconic County Reserve Ale

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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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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Photo of MJR
4.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of inebrius
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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