Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs

Decent pop on opening the corked & caged 750 mL bottle. No gun smoke and not much carbonation.
Pour is a mid-orange that lacks much head unless the pour is pretty agressive. Seems a touch under-carbonated to me. No lace.
Aroma is, errr….floral! No surprises there, then.
Tastes are floral yes, but ultimately it plays out as a floral based, sweetened grapefruit. It reminds me of a Dandelion & Burdock, which again is hardly a huge surprise BUT is an enormously nostalgic moment for the English amongst us. Simple, syrupy sweet mouthfeel and a satisfying alcholic taste. The alcohol is more of a taste rather than a presence, but it is noticeable.
As anticipated, although I really enjoyed the drinkability and the light nature of this beer, it DOES get a little tiring by the end of the bottle. I’m not sure that this is a criticism though, since I was anticipating the floral note to be a little grating at the end of the large bottle. Not an easy thing to consume a lot of, but it just about holds it together for the duration of the 750.
Enjoyable and tasty, definitely recommend some of this if you can get it, but one bottle may be enough.

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05/05/2009
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bottle
ABV: 8.2 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.95
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