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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle. Golden with big white head. Aroma: Yeast and citrus. Flavor: Spices and yeast.

3.9
Boutip (6547) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle (courtesy of Hopdog): Poured a light orangey color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of floral malt with a nice floral lightly hoppy finish. Taste of semi-sweet malt with nice floral undertone and some spicy yeast as well as some ester. Taste is well balance and very complex with a nice yeasty signature that leave a spicy finish. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden.

4
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy honey yellow with a massive white head. Difficult to pour actually, the head is so active. Very pleasant aromas included lemon, yeast, and a bit of spice. These qualities also come through in the flavor. The alcohol at 7.4% is very well hidden. Well crafted and quite good. A nice way to start off the new year!

3.6
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2007
I wasn’t really blown away by this beer. I didn’t get all of the complexity other reviewers wax poetic about. There’s some grassy/herbal character and a hint of citrus as well as a little funky yeast to it. Good and well-made, but not great.

2.1
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
A little on the bitter side for my taste and left a bit of a nasty aftertaste as well. Not the best Saison I’ve encountered and I’d consider it a bit overrated. Go for the Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux instead

3.9
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
I am not much of a fan of the saisons...at least not yet, but I thought this was really good. A vibrant yellow color with a vigorous carbonation. Lots of spicy yeast in the flavors with all sorts of zestyiness and lemons/cirtus. Very refreshing and even shows a little bit of the funk in the flavors. It was pretty good, highly recommended for a saison and it was very refreshing.

4
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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
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
3fourths (9358) - 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
CamdenD (1204) - 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.


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