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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Traditional, French-style, Spring beer. Fruity and smooth.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewscruiser (2) - Decatur, USA - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
I donít have the opportunity to try Southampton beers that often, in my market, but I have been consistently impressed whenever I do. Straight away, this beer is beautiful to look at, presenting a brilliant gold/light copper color with great clarity and moderate head retention. The enticing nose offers aromas of spiced orange peel and sweet bread. Medium bodied, this delightfully drinkable ale offers well-balanced flavors of sweet, spicy malt and light hop bitterness, riding on a slightly sticky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. At 6.5 % ABV, this is rather dangerously drinkable!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (1047) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle, aroma is light spice and mild caramel. Taste is similar, a pretty nice blend of lager and saison.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2014
Aroma of orange peel and lemon grass and sweet spices. Hazy orange. Mainly a dry sweetness, tart fruit, and very bready - an element reflected in the body, which is crispy and heavy. This beer feels like any number of Americanized wheat ales released in summer, only with some farmhouse aspects mixed in for kicks.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1334) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Southampton Biere De Mars has a thick, spongy, white head, and a hazy, bubbly, amber appearance, and a pretty substantial lace curtain left behind. The aroma is evocative of wheat, for sure, but one will pick up subtle spices, sweetness, and a wonderful toasted malt. Taste is of sweet, spiced bread and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Southampton Biere De Mars finishes semi-dry, a bit alcoholic, and quite drinkable. RJT

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4076) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Yeasty barley aroma. Shimmering amber, thick head, good retention. Medium body, chewy, alcohol noticeable. Malty with only subtle apple highlights. Finishes with grass and apple core.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Beer Crazy. This beerís 351st rating.
Pours pretty enough, a nice deep golden, bordering on a light orange... or rust... but solidly in the richer end of "golden" Itís got a big head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is spicy & bready with some light fruitiness... like pear & pineapple but these are faint. Itís mostly like a hearty bread with some cooking spice, decently pleasant.

The fruitiness comes out much more strongly in the flavor, itís got a good bit of pineapple flavor and the sort of sweet on tart character that goes along with that. The beer is spicy, enjoyably so & in a way that does a decent job balancing the fruit character. The bitterness is light but well integrated. Itís got some yeasty & bready notes, but pulls those off without giving a terribly muddled character.

The palate is sharp, prickly, and a touch heavy.
Overall I think this is very enjoyable & it works pretty well as my last rating for the month of March.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. This beerís 350th rating. Pours a slighly hazy copper with a large foamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of canned pineapple, spice, toasted malt, faint marzipan. The taste is toasted malt, stone fruits, green apple, spice, yeast, mild nutty notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Not what I was expecting at all, but solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2014
hazy gold to peach pour with a 1 finger, creamy off white head. Aroma is toast, cereal, light and tart Belgian fruity esters and a little citrus. Flavor is grainy pale malt, a little toast, doughy yeast, light spice, light tree and stone fruit and some earthy, planty hops tot the finish. Medium body with a light to medium, blanketing and somewhat sharp carbonation, oily entry and oily, but somewhat dry and lightly chalky finish. Good stuff overall, simple but satisfying.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Draught at Redbones, 3/14/14
I was pretty excited to see this on tap, not having huge expectations, as itís obviously the contract brewed (Susquehenna Brewing, I believe) version. But despite having mostly awful experiences with their drafts, you do occasionally get a good one (Keller Pils, Left Coast IPA).
This was not to be the case.
Clear amber body topped by a white head showing moderate retention.
Sweet, simple, crystal malts in the nose followed by...more crystal malts and ending in...crystal malt. The slightest brush of Belgian yeast with a touch of fruitiness and light vanilla. Seemingly unhopped....
In the mouth, we have the crystal malt from the nose and a similar lack of hops. Sure, biere de gardes arent hoppy styles, but I dont even taste bittering hops here. Itís just all hard candy-like sweetness, buttercream, light raisins and a touch of red fruits. Absolutely unwaveringly simplistic, underattenuated and terribly cloying.
Amazing that they were able to make a Belgian/French style this bad without any infections or technical flaws.
Should have named it Southampton Single Malt Unhopped Series - Crystal 120.
Maybe some day Iíll get to try the real version (pictured). Itís really a shame these garbage contract versions get lumped in with the actual (good) bottled versions.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK (3546) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours orange with a thin white head. Doesnít have a lot of lacing. Has a slight fruitiness on the nose. Definitely get the fruitiness on the tongue. Thereís like an apple thing on the finish. Itís another solid beer from these guys.


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