Beer #178 Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs

Southampton Cuvée des Fleurs

Name: Cuvée des Fleurs

Style:  Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Brewery:  Southampton Publick House website

Country: USA

Region:   Southampton, New York

ABV: 8.2%% abv

How served:  750ml caged and corked bottle poured into Ommegang glass.     

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good

I paired this beer with:   Salmon filets with fennel and leeks wrapped with foil and then placed on the grill to be steamed in its own juices.   Yummy!!!!

Tasted on:  Thursday July 21, 2011  

Notes:  This beer pours a hazy yellowish gold with a fluffy almost 3 finger white head which lingered until I was about halfway done with my glass leaving a sticky lacing on my glass.    

The nose was like whiffing a flowery perfume with some sweet citrus and bubblegum.   

The taste starts off slightly sweet and like you’re drinking a bouquet of flowers. A very nice bouquet of flowers that is.  I also picked up some citrus and honey.  Near the finish this beer ending on a dry note.

This beer had a medium to light body with a low to medium carbonation level.       

The drinkability was good, but just a little bit too sweet for my idea of a perfect saison.  The 8.2% abv was undetectable.  

On the Label97678 by 6/12 14.  Ale Brewed With Flowers and Rose Water.

Cuvée des Fleurs is a unique brew of our own imagination.  We flavor this distinguished ale with a variety of flowers, including L. augustifolia, A. nobilis, C. officinalis and a generous amount of H. lupus.

From their website:    Cuvèe des Fleurs roughly translates to “batch of the flowers”. This most distinctive ale is flavored with a variety of edible flowers. Aromatic and medicinal flowers such as Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Rose Hips and Hops (they’re flowers too!) are added to this special brew to impart a distinct aroma and flavor.

Beer #92 Southampton Biere De Mars

Southampton Biere De Mars

Name: Biere De Mars

Style: Bière de Garde

Brewery: Southampton Publick House website

Country: USA

Region: Southampton, New York

ABV: 6.5% Abv

How served: 12oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.        

My Overall Opinion: Good.

I paired this beer with: Grilled turkey burgers topped with grilled portabella mushrooms.

Tasted on: Tuesday March 30th, 2010. 

Note: This is a very drinkable beer.  I didn’t find much wrong with it, but nothing stood out to make me give it more than a good rating, as I have had many Bière de Garde’s which I’ve liked better.   I believe this beer would be a great cross over beer for craft beer novices or for you to offer to someone that you would like to introduce to the craft beer scene.   

On the Label:  Biere de Mars (French for “March beer”) is a special style of beer created at farmhouse breweries in northern France.  Brewed in winter with a fresh crop of malt and hops.  It was always the brewer’s favorite.  True to tradition, Southampton Biere de Mars is an artfully crafted amber ale with subtle complexity and a crisp finish..

From their website: Southampton’s Biere de Mars is brewmaster Phil Markowski’s classic interpretation of an authentic French farmhouse-style Biere de Mars. Our version is brewed with a blend of wheat and barley malts and a generous amount of continental hops. It is cool fermented and aged to give it a clean, smooth, lager-like character.

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