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RATINGS: 419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2007
Bottled. An unclear orange beer with a lazing orange head. The aroma is sweet wheaty with strong notes of spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, spices among those coriander, and grass, leading to a dry grassy end. A interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2007
Bottle. Hazy yellow beer with a huge white head. Fresh, spicy, yeast, fruity aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet grassy, light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2007
(750ml bottle) Large, fluffy white head that gradually diminishes to reveal a lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, rose, orange, some coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, coriander, perfume, orange peel, some herbal/grassy, peach. Dry finish. Medium body, light some acidity. But for the sweetness, I would think this excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bridgetek (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007 does not count
Looked great. Nice fruit aroma. Taste is complex with cloves and coriander among the citrus. Nice carboination, but somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Not worth the premium over other saisons in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5798) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Batch 1 bottle (8/06) consumed on 6/26/07, about 10 months old
Well it was tough to hang on to this one (not really), but I finally opened it to still quite the bang and mountains of beige-specked white head that stubbornly yielded over time, though remained bountiful and laced particularly well. Tiny bubbles rising furious in the deep golden-brass liquid, with no haziness (well-settled after its rest and a careful pour).
I’ll just get this out of the way and say that I was disappointed. I like MartinT’s comment that it is "austere and lacking in personality or raw flavor." Couldnt agree more. SHPH’s first new saison in a LONG time and what’s really going on here? Even at 10 months, the malt is a little on the heavy side, very chewy, bready and nutty. What’s up with that? Not exactly a crisply attenuated, delicate honey-malt-based saison. Granted this is a "Deluxe" version, but no matter, it still needs better attenuation and less specialty malting.
The nose is probably my favorite part (aside from the appearance) with some vanilla, lemon and bits of toasted malt lingering and creating a fairly unique profile. Hoppiness, as expected, is low at this point, and that’s fine. But then the yeast. Definitely not crude/sloppy/dirty or anything like that, but neither is it particularly dainty/elegant or flavorful. Alcohol presence is minimal and there are no flaws. Aroma strength is medium to medium-high.
Very bready/doughy/chewy malts are accenuated by lemon cake-icing like sweetness and dry, nutty/floral hoppiness that dosent stand up to the malt. Some typical yeast phenols of pepper and licorice, but nothing jumps out and grabs me. Like I said, it needs much better attenuation and more clarity on the malts (which just seem to be too doughy/sticky/bready, as I keep mentioning). Carbonation is incredibly high, though fairly tight, leading to, possibly, a fuller-than-intended body. No alcohol, flaws noted. I’ve had Sly Fox Saison Vos bottles older than this that have simply blown this out of the water, so it definitely wasnt their problem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2008
Pale yellow, a bit hazy color, floating yeast particles. Fruity, a bit sticky, glueish aroma, Belgian ale like, but perhaps not very Saison-like. Very American style Saison: fruity yeasty, peppery and a bit papery. Not bad, but lacking something .. depth?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 16, 2007
750 ml corked and caged bottle received from my Secret Santa Summer 06. Poured in to am Achouffe tulip glass. A pour direct down the middle produced a glass of pure snow white head. Very dense. The resulting beer is crystal clear golden yellow. The aroma is lemon scented Pledge, dusty, barnyard notes, and a bit of an alcohol presents. Big, almost acidic flavor. I think I can actually taste the Pledge also. Sort of a citrusy, spicy, alcoholic burning flavor. Some peppery notes in the finish. The more I try, the harder I find this brew to drink. The tongue scowering carbonation and acidic hashness is quite overwhelming. Oh well. Maybe I let it sit around too long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 22 fl oz bomber, thanks to Storm. Pours clear and golden orange. With a white collapsing head. Light fruity and light acidic aroma. Flavour is light malty with a solid caramel note. Nice yeast note. Smooth spiced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle. Golden clear colour with a huge fluffy head. Aroma of spices and dried fruit. Flavour of German hops, spices and a little caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2008
750ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Pale gold, tiny froth of a head once the initial pile had subsided. Corny, sweet aroma. Toffee-like sweet taste, sticky on the lips. Becomes a bit more treacly after a while. Not an amazing saison - not crisp or fresh, but a tempting succulent body and soft malty finish. Spoilt only by too much sticky sweetness.

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