Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs

Well I’m off to Brew Woo today. First stop is Peppercorns in Worcester for lunch with Norman the Beer Nut, Brandon, and some other folks. It’s been a busy day to this point with little down time. Thank God I have Silvio to cover the Saturday reviews! Silvio…

Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs

I’d like to start this week’s review with a big happy birthday wish for our host Josh. The reason we’re all here, LIBA’s founding father turns the big 3-2 this weekend. Best wishes, bud – welcome to the club.

Now let’s get down to business. This week I reviewed the Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs, which loosely translated means “wood tank/tub of flowers.” The label touts it as an ale brewed with flowers and rose water. Seven flowers are listed in the brew, but I only recognized lavender and chamomile, so I knew I was in for something different.

Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs

The beer is unique from the pour, with a high yellow, very cloudy hue with tons of sediment suspended in the beer and on the bottom of my glass, but only a moderate foam head. The aroma was quite floral, I definitely picked up the rose water, but I got some spicy notes in the background. Overall, it reminded me of a floral tripel.

Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs

Flavor-wise, the Cuvee de Fleur is unlike any other beer I’ve ever tasted. To start, the combination of flower tastes is really strong – a bit overwhelming and too perfumey at the start. I couldn’t make out any distinct flowers on my first few sips, but gradually the lavender becomes dominant though the middle, which is interesting because I couldn’t pick the lavender out from the aroma. After the perfume shock of the first taste, this beer gets sweet through the middle, but the floral taste ends on a flat and stale note.

Overall, the Cuvee is an interesting beer, great to try once or twice for the experience, but I couldn’t see having this more than once unless you really like floral, perfumey beers. It’s got an 8.2% ABV working for it, which I suppose is strong for an ale like this, but if getting hammered is your goal, look elsewhere.

-Silvio

Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs

Author: Silvio

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