I first had this beer last summer at The Alemonger’s, and I remember enjoying it immensely. This was my first Farmhouse Ale and I liked it so much that it inspired me to try several other Farmhouse Ales over the past year. When I saw that The Foodery had it in stock, I immediately picked up a bottle to take home. Here is what Southampton Publick House has to say about this beer:
“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”
- Appearance: Pale orange color. Made a whole lot of fizzy noises when first poured, but sadly, all that commotion amounted to nothing, i.e. zero head. Virtually no lacing.
- Aroma: Mild citrus, spice, and yeast notes. I wish I could tell you more about the aromas, but I either have a cold, or my seasonal allergies are kicking in, so I’m having a hard time picking out much else.
- Taste: Light carbonation. This is a very mild tasting beer. Very little malt sweetness. Little to no hop bitterness. Has that dry white wine finish that I’ve come to expect from a Farmhouse Ale.
- ABV: 6.5%
What a difference a year makes! I was very underwhelmed by the Southampton Biere de Mars this time around. The Beer Advocate reviews speak of fluffy heads, caramel maltiness, herbal notes, and many more interesting smells and flavors. Sadly, I experienced none of these things. Maybe I picked up a subpar bottle, or perhaps my cold/allergies have temporarily numbed my taste buds. All I can say is that it left me uninspired.