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Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 2010
750ml
Halftime Beverage

Southampton's Saison Deluxe pours a slightly hazed straw yellow. Extremely light colored body. A massive white bubbly head formed on the pour. I had to quit pouring after half a glass because of the rapidly rising head. Carbonation bubbles stream to the head that eventually lays down to a thick cap. Definately looks good but the lacing just doesn't want to stick.

Aroma starts off with very pale malts, mostly biscuity. Over the top of the biscuity malts comes the aroma of a summer field and then a good sprinkling of spice. There is a drop or two of sweet orchard fruits (juicy ripe pear and peach) that run along the lines of a tripel. Mild alcohol spice toward the backend.

Flavor is hand in hand with the aroma. This is walking the line between a tripel and saison. There's an awful lot of ripe fruits in the flavor but there is some of that saison field grassiness. Ends with grassy hop character that flashes by. Very good.

Body is on the light side of medium with a tongue prickling carbonation. The strong carbonation turns this beer frothy mid-palate. Not as dry as other styles but with all the fruitiness that's not a problem.

I'm having no problem at all finishing off this bottle. As a matter of fact it's disappearing far too fast. Thirst quenching yet leaving you want another sip immediately.

This is an interesting beer from Southampton and one I would without a doubt pick up again. Unique saison with the tripel characteristics make this a wonderful beer.

Reviewed: 8/19/07

Served In: Tulip