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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 4 9 2009
750ml
Half Time Beverage

This beer has been sitting in the cellar for about a year and a half now. Southampton's Grand Cru pours a semi-translucent sunset orange that has some shimmer out of the bottle but glows when backlit. A standard pour brought about a fat two finger white head that fell rather quickly to one finger and left big chunky sheet lacing on its way down, even after every drink. The carbonation can be seen rushing up from every surface of the glass and keeps the head sticking around for the entirety.

The nose of this beer is absolutely laden with spiciness. It's tough for me to even put my finger on the complexities of this beer. There's a muddled mixture of spices right off the bat but they quickly start to separate and become more pronounced. Vanillin is quickly met by sweet orange peel, another citric aspect along the lines of coriander, and a mild touch of anise. Candi sugar and the pale maltiness add a sweetness that's welcomed and the hops add a bit of herbal earthiness. I'm torn between giving this a 4 or a 4.5. I have to go with the lower of the two because of some of the muddled aromas up front.

I wasn't all that crazy with this beer at first but as it warms more and more the flavors come together much better. A faint hint of vanilla passes by quickly before the sweet orange peel comes back into play. The most noticeable spice in the flavor is the coriander. The coriander is big, juicy and explosive with a great citric character. There's a touch of sweetness left behind from the candi sugar and pale maltiness that add a great depth to the already complex flavor. A sweet caramel and brown sugar maltiness coe through as well. The spices that were added in this beer make it a true treat. The hop additions, although I'm sure they have faded over time, are in the back and slightly herbal and earthy. This beer really is a treat.

The mouthfeel has a little more body than I would have liked to see. There is a little sugary sweetness that contributes to the body being on the heavy side of medium although it never gets in the way. The carbonation adds a nice soothing mouthfeel and the spices leave behind a bit of tingle.

This really is a treat to put away but it is without a doubt a sipper. The spice complexities keep this from going down too quickly but also make this beer what it is. This is something to sip and savor the night away.

This so far is the best beer I have had from Southampton. I wasn't that impressed at first but it continues to get better as it warms. The mouthfeel, spiciness, and warmth set this apart from others of a similar style but as I drink I keep wanting more and more. This is actually an excellent beer that I would love to pick up more of.

Reviewed: 7/6/08

Served In: Tulip

Review by k3n on 06/24/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 9 20 5 9 2009
750ml bottle from Tangfoot.

Holycow I've been waiting to try this one...

Reddish-amber colored, with plenty of egg-shell head...tightly packed tinytiny bubbles. Not much lacing on the glass, but the color is spectacular when held up to the light.

The nose is light fruit notes and some fresh herbal-ness.

The taste is outstanding. The orange peel is definitely there, along with other fruit notes: apricot, peach, raisin...sweet maltiness underlies the whole thing. There's a lot going on here, and all of it is really freaking good.

Mouthfeel is spot on perfect. Nice zing of crispy carbonation up front, into a rich, smooth and chewy middle. Finish is lingering, with a hint of bitterness at the very tail end, leaving you wanting more. Is there alcohol in here?

Need to find a way to get this more consistently in California!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/22/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 1-04-08. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to scthaden for sending this one through the 1,000 Miles (East/West) BIF.

Pours a golden color. A thick and active head forms almost instantly and settles to about a third of an inch. Tiny little bubbles race in single file lines to the top.

Great aroma of orange, spicy coriander, malt, caramel, and a nice addition of star anise. Very intense sweet orange aroma. Some earthy and yeast aromas as well. Then more tropical fruits like mango, and pineapple; also some apple, tangerine, and hints of dried coconut (crazy, I know).

Tastes very similar to the aroma with intense orange followed by the spices, a bit of lemon, yeast, malt, and a bit of alcohol. A little honey as well.

Well carbonated and fairly clean finish, a few lingering notes of tropical fruits. Fairly easy to drink but the orange peel and star anise do become a bit too much after half a bottle, that’s pretty much my only complaint.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
A - I was a little worried about carbonation when I popped the cork and there wasn't much of a pop, but that was no indication. Pours a monster beige head (more than half the tulip) that is soapy looking from the side and fluffy looking from the top. Clean golden body with loads of tight bubbles rising to the top. No carbonation issues here.

S - Yeasty and bready. Tons of spices. Coriander. Some barnyard funk in here. Citrusy, maybe orange?

T - Lots of spices up front and through the taste. Coriander, nutmeg, and light pepper being most noticable. Belgian yeast is obvious. Nice citrusy background, centered with orange peel. Nice array of flavors that I am finding hard to pin down.

M - Medium body with a slightly thick finish. Smooth, smooth, smooth.

D - Great beer that has a vast array of flavors. Very unique.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 11/22/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 10 20 5 10 0
Gorgeously dulled in tone in a pure shade of coppery orange jelly with a active core that keeps a lava lamp of activity along the sides of the goblet. A perfect, nearly gelantinous, thick, tall, creamy substance of a head sits with a firm, steady, lathering of yellowish foam that insists on not moving until touched by the lips. Lacing is big and drippy in large sheetings across the glass.

Nose is quite fair and round with a fine yeasty spice of white pepper and corriander. Perhaps a flinting of ginger. Moderately malty and kinda candyish with some soft pineapple and tangerine along with some bubblegum esters.

Taste is wonderfully rounded in malty richness of thick, deep, and dulled, tropical-like candy chewyness smacked with the perfect touch of fun spicy notes that really balance well. Actually, this is quite superbly balanced! A totally perfect melange of tamed, but huge malty goodness that reflects all that is thick and candy, toffee rich. Much like a fresh, and softly, slow baked bread and some bubblegum. And the spices that are added in are terrifically interwoven into the composition with a craft and care that endures wonderment and tasty awe. It\'s a bit hard to pin it down exactly; the spice is a tad peppery, yeasty of course, and a feathery tad citric as well. Especially as it trails off into the finish as there\'s a small little oompf of pithy bittering lemony/orange bite. Exacting the finish with length that\'s strong with malt and drying late with some yeast, citric hops, and a malty reign of candyied chewy leftovers. Awesomely Yummy!

Huge, chewy, malt body that brings a large and in charge candied impression of bubblegum ascented with tropical fruits. At first it didn\'t seem as full, but as it went along this got bigger and bigger, fuller and fuller. Is that even possible. Well, if not, than this just proved the impossible Cuz this just plain out was huge and chewy with a very favorable smoothness and a pleasingly dulled sense of commonality and balance that screamed \"Drink me you fool, drink me!\"

...And so I did, and then some. Wow, an amazing brew! Way better from what I remember from when I first had it a couple summers ago. Totally worth every penny and every sip you can get. Phenomenal stuff! And a pure gem by Southampton!

Served In: Goblet

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 9 19 5 9 0
Awesome. THat pretty much sums this up. The smell is the only thing SLIGHTLY lacking when compared to the rest of this brew. One of the most flavorful Belgians for me yet. Just a great brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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