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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Southampton Saison Deluxe is a special version of this Belgian Farmhouse classic. This unusually complex and refreshing ale is brewed to stand the test of time. Its fresh, vibrant flavors will change gracefully with time.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2006
750 ml bottle shared with some Quebecois and Ontrarians at the Montreal YeHa 2006 tasting, from a McAuslan glass. Small but stable head provides a bit of lace atop the solid amber-gold body....acerbic, earthy, dry herbal nose, hints of lime and damp clay alongside wild grasses and faint touches of thyme & rosemary.....dry, mineralic and chalky body, strangely and interestingly salty and redolent of the sea; more typical orangepeel and other spices are present but quite muted.....granitic and limey and a bit difficult to drink at the end, this is certainly not the most "sessionable" saison to me, but really quite beautiful and with barely any sweetness, a refreshing change from most American versions....moderate to strong carbonation. Another winner from one of the better American brewers of Belgian styles; I suspect that a few months will soften this a bit and may create a more drinkable, open and rounded drink, though it may lose complexity and spiciness? We’ll see....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle from Styles. Clear medium golden colored with a massive white head that doesn’t look like it’s ever going to die down. Funky yeast, touches of wheat. Amazingly dry, earthy bitterness kicks in at the middle and finish to wash away some initial sweetness. Very well done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Amazingly rich, sweet, tart, acidic, smooth - I’m pulling out every word for this beer but they all fit. Light oily sugar nose, spicy wheat and yeast full in the nose. Creamy, tart, light, active, lively on the tongue. Simply amazing. What I always wanted Hennepin to be.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1078) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2006
A nice, nice saison. Another fantastic beer from Southampton; I would like to try this one when it’s not December, perhaps sitting outside in the July sun. Crisp wheatish tinge to this beer too, 7.4% is nowhere to be found.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy bright yellow-amber color with a generous rocky white head, one of the best looking beers around. Aroma is wheat, yeast, lemon, clove. Flavor is bread, clove, grass, acidic. Palate is medium-full, highly carbonated, friuty, dry finish. Outsatnding, one of my favorites of this year.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a large airy head. Aroma of fruit - pears, peppery/clove spices, and cereal. Dusty palate with faint alcohol presence. Quite dry and bready with yeast characteristic fruitiness. Sparkling carbonation. Solid, though not outstanding.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2006
12/25/06: Bottle.
Thick gia-normous, white, pillow top head accompanied by a hazy, dirty-golden-yellow body. Nose is full of yeast, wheat, barnyard, lemon and clove. Flavors include bread, grass, nutmeg and spice. Chewy mouth-feel and quite earthy. Merry C-mas to me from my hunies.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle as pictured, thanks to a trade with hopdog(you’re the man!). Served into a Duvel goblet, we have a hazy body the hue of ripe banana skins. Body is animated with tiny bubblies. Hefty vanilla head is very sturdy, eventually stabilizng at 2 cm, and becoming rocky and pitted. Lacing is of the island chain and satin bedsheet variety. Aroma is coriander, white pepper, cirtusy lemon, with a cornucopia of idyllic pasture notes. Earhty and herbal hop and yeast characteristics roll you around in the grass, evoking thoughts of a mountain pasture in springtime, teeming with sheep. Some are freshly shorn. Lovely! Medium body has a spritzy and velvety feel. Taste is intense and relaxing. Dry herbal bitterness benefits from the subtle hop and yeast profile. Mild spicing seems to be coriander, white pepper, and mint. Citrusy lemon is enhanced by a note of tangerine. Orangepeel bitterness joins for the finish, as does a dirty note of baked sheep dung and recently shorn wool. Exceptional in all respects. Rivals the better Belgians of the style. Whee!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5662) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
Bouteille, de 750 ml avec bouchon de liège, partagée dans le cadre du "Montréal YeHA! Party 2006" chez Goldorak. Arôme: Odeur de zeste de citron, de romarin et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et d’agrumes avec une pointe de poire. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Arrière goût légèrement astringent. (Rating #799)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (2871) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: med. straw, sl. cloudy, fluffy white head. Aroma: a bit of honey, spice and cat pee, tangy, a little malt, herbal and leathery. Palate: very effervescent, somewhat thin and a little astringent. Flav.: immediate tartness, bracingly bitter finish, herbal, mineral, sl. sweetness. This is too complicated for my amateur palate and I think I need more experience to rate it properly...


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