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Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House

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BA SCORE
89
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 27
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2003)
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Reviews by mmmbeer:
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

750 mL brown Belgian bottle, cork-n-cage, best by 12/22/14 (bottled 12/22/09 perhaps?). Brewed and bottled in Royersford, PA; 9.9%. Pours a highly-carbonated deep crimson/plum, with good clarity and a huge, pillowy three finger head that leaves lots of nice, frothy lace. That's a pretty easy five for appearance. Smells sweet, with mature malt, fruity hops and yeast, plums/prunes, raisins, figs, and dates. Sweet, warming, and candy-like on the palate, with lots of dark fruits from dark sugars or malts (or both). There are notes of candied figs, dates, sweet raisins, a touch of roast, a few phenols, cola?, clove?, pecans?, and some floral/spicy hops which impart a moderate bitterness. The body is lightish, crisp and dry, with lots of carbonation and a bitter/roasty/fruity linger. This is an absolutely wonderful beer that is quite well-brewed and dangerously drinkable. My only quibble is that it is a touch sweet, but even with that, the beer remains well-balanced. Without question one of the best quadrupels brewed on this side of the Atlantic; highly recommended.

08-21-2011 21:10:50 | More by mmmbeer
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-16-2014 04:49:50 | More by Ben7773
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

2006 vintage bottle.

Deep cola brown pour with red highlights. Bone white bubbly head that falls quickly. Deep maltiness with raisins, dark fruits, caramel and toffee. Earthy, spicy yeast is lively and bright. Brown sugar and candi sugar accents. Great depth, incredibly enticing.

First sip brings smooth rich malts with warm caramel, brown sugar, raisins and a myriad of dark fruits. Bright Belgian yeast brings spiciness and earthy esters into the mix. Flows down incredibly rich, flavorful and malty. Never becomes over sweet, just a tasty brew.

Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation and goes down easy. A real tasty American Quad and a bit sad I don't have any more bottles of this as I think it would last a few more years in the cellar without issue. Another winner from Southampton.

02-07-2010 16:41:59 | More by orbitalr0x
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3/5  rDev -24.4%

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Red/brown in color, with a small head. Sweet, dark fruit aroma. Very sweet, fruity taste. The alcohol is noticeable, and intrusive. I thought this beer was also way too sweet. I don't think I'll try this beer again.

07-18-2007 22:02:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Honeyed amber, light khaki head that was nice and fluffy but left so quickly... Sharply vineous with scents of alcohol, smells like a belgian. Warm and full of alcohol, it heats your tongue so nice! Bit of sweetness. This just feels soooo good in your mouth, wow... Just great flavors blended together so nicely.

09-18-2004 19:24:43 | More by shapudding
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-01-2014 13:43:43 | More by Doomcifer
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Shared a large bottle of this stunning brew at the Hop Devil's Belgian room in NYC. Nose is of Rum, raisins and glowing alcohol and malt. Shining and glowing dark brown in color, murky with a dark tan head, warming and tasty, big flavors of more rum, raisins, ripe dark fruits. World class sipper, go get some, but it away for awhile or enjoy right now, fine, fine creation from SHampton.

10-04-2006 00:01:20 | More by Billolick
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

2003 edition courtesy of a beer trade with Biruchan.

Pours a rich-looking deep brown in color with a thin layer of tannish-colored head. Aromas are impressive, with ETOH-soaked raisins dominating. I'm not a big fan of raisins in general, but this one wowed me. Other dark fruits are noted as well, as is bannana. Flavor is complex, but very well-done. Lots of dark fruit flavors drizzled in rum mix with an array of chocolate/toffee/roasted coffee beans. Aftertaste stays with you. Big and beefy mouthfeel on this one. A real palate-coater. How can this be 12% ABV? No warming, no burning from the alcohol in this beauty. Superbly balanced and very, very drinkable. I must find more of this.

Huge BA thanks to Biruchan for this gem.

10-01-2004 23:23:33 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Had this at Bocktown with WVbeergeek and Jasonm, came in a 750ml caged and corked the corked banged out of sight as soon as the cage was undone. Seved into a tulip glass between the 3 of us.

Hazy,deep copper,mahagony,hard to get a really good look at the color at Bocktown. Off white head hard to pour without a glass full of fluffy everlasting head. Left lot of thick webbing all over the inside of the glass,sticky looking.

Great aroma can't seem to keep it away from the nose. Sweet,dark,tart fruit notes,some sour cherry,earthy,spicy, with hints of currants,clove,allspice also nutty, with some Belgium yeast.

Lots of sweet booziness from the start,vinious,dark fruityness with plum notes. The fruittyness was remisent of dried fruit.Lots of spicyness lots of clove.Also nutty and earthy. Finished clean,spicy and very sugary. Syrupy,big full mouthfeel,smooth and very creamy with lots of juicyness.

A beer to sip,but very enjoyable, wish I had the whole bottle to drink would be no problem. A must try beer if you like this style. Seems like a beer that would age very well.

08-07-2007 01:25:41 | More by jcdiflorio
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Kraken

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Split bottle with my brother. Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle, into fin du monde chalice. Three finger off white/tan head slight lacing at best. This quad poured a slightly light root-beer color, and was most likely too cold. Bouquet of raisins, dates, slight caramel and booze. Taste almost echoes smell. Raisins and dates are very prominent, followed by caramels, booze and a syrupy sweetness that verged on overpowering. Booze and sweetness become more and more of defining characteristic with warming. Somewhat dry and sticky finish due to high abv. This would benefit from cellaring. Mildly drinkable atm.

05-14-2008 00:23:50 | More by Kraken
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

First off I love the cork and caged bottles I'm glad Phil and Brian are working together to get these beers out my way. Bottle of this brew was split with fellow BAs jasonm and jcdiflorio awhile back up at Bocktown. High ceilings beware as we uncaged this bottle the cork literally shot at least 15 feet into the air, I'm glad we missed the lights. That would have been an expensive quad. Appears a dark deep semi clouded mahogany with large fine bubbled head formed thick, it dwindles slowly and settles with a chunky texture with fine Belgian lacing gracing the sides of our chalices. Aromatics contain tart pungent fruit notes of vinous origin with raisin, plum, and sweet tart berry jam notes flowing with ease. All complemented by a touch of brash anise and decadent vanilla icing notes as well. Flavor is dessert sweet in the forefront of the palate with a flowing barrage honey and Belgian candi sugar. Balanced by tart trickling plum and a mild glaze of alcohol just searing the palate. Complex with multiple dimensions not sticky sweet with spice additions of clove and peppery notes coming out from the yeast utilized here. Mouthfeel is succulent with effervescent slightly prickly carbonation as it settles after the big pour a creamy effect takes over as it warms up a bit leaving just a touch of residual sugars bringing out some stickiness. Drinkability drink some more now but has so much promise to become amazing with some sleep in the cellar. A great complex quadrupel worthy of the hype and accolades Southampton is known for. Much better than some of the upstate NY bottled offerings we see in the Burgh.

01-24-2008 15:48:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-02-2013 19:23:20 | More by valkyre65
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-21-2014 00:21:36 | More by Beer21
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TheLevi4000

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-09-2013 02:33:24 | More by TheLevi4000
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ste5venla

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-03-2013 17:01:21 | More by ste5venla
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.4%

06-04-2013 02:23:15 | More by JMS1512
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CloudStrife

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

750ml corked and caged, poured into a goblet. 12/23/14 on the bottle.

A: Pours a real hazy brownish dark ruby with a 1.5 finger white head with lots of tiny bubbles. Some chunks floating even in the first glass. Cant see any carbonation in the misty body.

S: Great belgian yeast with a roasty complexion. Dark fruits and a molasses like sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

T: A sweet malty belgian taste with a fruity alcohol finish. A hint of chocolate. Dark fruits like fig and raisin.

M: Thick and creamy mouth. Low carbonation. Certainly a sipping beer. Goes down pretty smooth for the ABV.

Overall a tasty quad. On the heavy side and could use some more pep to it. Dont think I would ever mind sipping on it through.

05-03-2012 00:30:39 | More by CloudStrife
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Soft drinking tasty yeast, vanilla ice milk in taste and consistency. Nice white head and aroma. There is a peppery spiciness below the surface, rum finish. Nicely drinkable. Some sugar yet not too sweet.
I certainly would like to try this in a few years again.

09-30-2007 03:21:56 | More by Sammy
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socon67

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Brown pour with a clear foam that bubbles with activity. No lacing of note. Has a slight red hue.

S - Scents of berries, dried apricots, and candy sugar. Gives off a dry sherry smell.

T - Initial sweetness of sugary fruit gives to an acidic bite at the end. There is a slight warming booziness that makes this beer inviting. While not as mellow as some of thebetter quads, I did enjoy the complexity.

M - Balance on this was nice and a very drinkable beer after a nice meal. If this were just ore mellow I'd give it a 5.

O - Southampton may have lost a step recently but beers like this make me look forward to trying them. A really good local belgian quad that could serve better with some age on it.

02-24-2013 00:54:09 | More by socon67
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-16-2012 02:22:04 | More by fiedler84
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-17-2011 01:44:50 | More by Photekut
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Sampled from a bottle contract brewed at Sly Fox. This one's a little odd/off. It tastes a good deal like wort straight from a lauer tun. There is a nice spicy hops note that finishes the beer, but the flavor, while not unpleasant, isn't very quad-like. Considering the high-cost on this beer, I'd say avoid.

UPDATE: Had this again and it's much better. Big, big juicy prun and raisins with complimenting cocoa and caramel. Like an authentic quad, but a little richer.

11-01-2007 15:05:16 | More by tempest
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Stingray5

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

750ml pours mahogany with ruby highlights. Foamy white head. A lot of malt and dark fruit in the aroma, along with a touch of candied sugar. Super thick and creamy mouthful. Taste is heavily malted, with molasses, prunes, port, a touch of sweetness. Dark fruit and malt last forever in the finish, and just enough alcohol warmth to make me the happiest guy in town on this cold and windy night.

Another incredible treat from Southampton. Who said LI was a beer wasteland?

12-15-2003 02:26:05 | More by Stingray5
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MiScusi

California

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a rich opaque brown with a big creamy head, only if poured very vigorously though. Smell is sweet, has bits of alcohol, and light chocolate. The taste is very rich, again sweet with caramelized sugars and a very slight toast or roast. There is perhaps a light fruitiness wayyyy in the background. Mouthfeel is a nice medium, about what I would expect in a Belgian quadrupel. This is a good beer to be drank in small quantities.

06-09-2009 16:57:26 | More by MiScusi
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despond

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-20-2011 04:02:16 | More by despond
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Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.