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Southampton Peconic County Reserve Ale

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Cloudy gold color with nice lasting white head. Aroma of fresh grapes, yeast, peaches and phenols. Taste is tart sour grapes, funky yeastiness and apple. Finish is clean with lemons and a certain dankness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Fruit beer..don’t know, taste like a very good Saison to me. Hazy, orange color with a moderate white head. Aroma is moderately sour, with chardonnay type under tones. Flavor is fairly bitter. Mouthfeel is bubbly almost like Champainge. Finish is moderately dry. Very good beer. Thanks TAR.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2004
Bottle (2002): Pours with a moderate sized head, with good retention and not much lacing. Body is a hazy yell-brown color. Sharp aromas that are tart, yeasty and smell like grass, grapes, hint of sweet fruit, and wine. Flavors starts with a moderately sour/acidic yeast-sour grape taste that is quite dry. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma. Finishes slightly sweet and tangy, like sour white grape. Leaves a reserved sweet aftertaste in your mouth, much like you get after eating rhubarb pie. I can't decided whether or not I like this beer, but I can certainly say that I've never tried anything exactly like it before. Plan on getting some more and then re-rating. If you're up for something unclassifiable try this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (7376) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2004
2002 bottle. 2002 bottle. Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately yeasty (barnyard, cobwebs), lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs, grass), with notes of pear, honey, peach, clove, licorice, white wine, etc. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. This is a Belgian saison from start to finish, and very Fantome-ish (so much that I drank it from my Fantome glass)...similar to the Printemps from that brewer. A little more restrained and rough around the edges, yes, but remarkably stylish, funky, and enjoyable. Thumbs up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Cloudy orange. Full creamy head. Orangey caramel malt aroma, coriander hanging around the sides, but not an actual ingredient? Grapes present but not in a vinous fashion in the nose, but definitely vinous flavor. Surprisingly light palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5800) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
This 2002 bottled brew brought to the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 by the BigBadBear63 poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized white colored bubbles that left behind a transparent light yellow brown colored body. The mouthfeel was tinlgy from start to finish while the aroma was that of a simple mild malt hop. It has a mild fruity malty flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Thanks Jeremy for the hookup, shared with a 12/27 FFF group. Hazy amber hue with small white head and some lace. The aroma is very Belgian, dusty and earthy yeast esters, floral hops, very fruity (apple, berry, grape) nose. The taste is tart and twangy. The grape component is very noticeable upfront. There is a minor hop bitterness and some spice on the finish. The mouthfeel is very dry and lively, crisp, and fresh. Nice effort to brew "outside the box". It would have been even better with more malt backbone however. Worth a one-time taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Peconic reserve - Belgianish and fairly sour. Very tart. Head faded fast, leaving a winey, dryish beer with too much sourness. Medium malt backbone with no hops to be found. It's as if you dumped a dry chablis into your beer. Tartish aroma that's pleasing, but the taste is too much flemish sour ale, without the balancing sweetness. Moderately complex. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2003
I noted grape, alcohol and apple in the aroma. The color was a muted gold with a thin white head. I tasted the grape and some apple, it was a little bit cider-like to me. The aftertaste was slightly tart and the mouthfeel was a little bit thick. This was different, but enjoyable.

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