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Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (3039) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3542) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2011
750ml bottle. 2011 Vintage. Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate bright white head. Very pleasant aroma of grape, oak, lemon, mild vinegar, malt. The flavor is excellent with grape, mild oak, lightly tart lemon, granny smith apple, light malt, mild vinegar. There is just the right amount of tartness to be bright on the palate without being puckering. Effervescent and bright. A delightful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11233) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2011
‘11-750ml bottle-thanks to hbmason for trading–pours a foamy tight white head and hazy yellow/gold color. Aroma is yeast, light malt/grain-bready, grape/apple skin. Taste is tart/sour/vinegar-apple/lemon, light malt. OK effervescence.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - 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 (2901) - 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 (3505) - 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 (8965) - , 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 (3485) - 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 (9484) - 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.


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