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Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Peconic County Reserve Ale is the result of a marriage of grape and grain. Local Chardonnay grapes from Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards combine with barley malt, wheat and hops to create this unique ale. Barrel aging and refermentation in the bottle add an additional depth of character to this one-of-a-kind brew.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2011
750 ml bottle. Light orangish color with a light white head. Grapes and tart come through very nice. Funky, very good!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2753) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2011
The aroma is funk, sour, grapes. Hazy yellow orange color, white head. Flavor is funk, vinegar, chardonnay, grapes. The finish is sour, sweet grapes. Medium in body. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2011 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of Brettanomyces, lemon, oak barrel, wild yeasts. Flavor definitely tart with some light oaky notes, sour fruits reminiscent of a Flanders ale, and plenty of wheat malt. Interesting saison with a dominant Brett character (good or bad I dunno but I think it makes the saison slightly less complex). 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtclockwork (8044) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2011 20111 Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours cloudy gold. White head. Nose of yeast, grape, apple skin and bread. Taste is grape, lemon tartness, yeast and apple skin. Incredibly well balanced. Almost like a berliner weisse/sour/saison hybrid. Well done.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
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... Get this

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8946) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
One of the last beers I had at hunahpus day. Poured a nice cloudy copperish color. Aroma was tart, lemony, grapey, light wine barrel, dusty, yeasty, earthy. Nice and tart, dry and fruity, love the white wine note and wild grapeyness. Cool as hell beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle shared by Slander at the Southampton booth at BCTC. Thanks Steve. Paul told me about this beer on the way in to Cooperstown and told me it was his most wanted beer on the site so I was easily intrigued. Yes, it was a bit past its prime but still very cool to try a beer that hasn’t been rated by anyone in 4 years (as Andy noted below). Didn’t taste or notice a specific chard or grape flavor or aroma, but it was pretty nice for a 7 year old saison. Thanks Steve!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
750 ml bottle- 2002 vintage. Huge thanks to Slander for sharing at BCTC2009 this year! One of those beers you think you may never get to try. Pours a dully slightly hazed copper - moderate carbonation with a somewhat sticky foamy off white head. Aroma is oxidized obviously- paper cardboard, old stale grapeskin, dull phenolic saison yeast, some old cracker, cobwebby and musty almost hints of mildew- and still some wierd spice and flower. Flavor is actually a bit nicer- slight sweetness, dull light oxidation- paper and some cardboard, grittiness, old toast, cobwebby, but the grapes come through a bit more in mineral and grapeskin tannic mouthfeel mostly, a bit tart, but not sour, crackery, and more mineral in the end- fairly dry. Still interesting, but probably a far cry from what this was fresh. Still cool to try.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle shared by Slander at BCTC 2009: Hazy orange with a wispy off white head. Old fruity papery aroma- a touch sherryish with spicy pear skin notes. Crisp mouthfeel with a fruity flavor. Dry with some apple skin, a bit papery and old tasting. Quite oxidized. Past it’s prime, but I can tell it had nice yeast character.


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