Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
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5/5 rDev +25.9%
Explodes out of bottle and takes 25 minutes to pour a five+ finger very light tan head that stays forever leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Strong carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet caramel/raisin nose. Flavor is a balanced sweet fruity/raisin and hops. Caramel finish. High ABV is hidden but it is warming. One of the rare beers that I don't find anything wrong with it. Pricey (but worth it to try) at $13.00 for a 750ml corked bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME. Label puts the ABV at 8.9%.
08-19-2007 22:59:23 | More by jdhilt
4.83/5 rDev +21.7%
Picked up a bottle at Shoreline Beverage on Lawg-i-lan last week. 2006 bottle cap info.
Into a tulip with a dark auburn mahagony hue topped with a dense compact sandy beige head cap. Not much lace to speak of possibly due to the 12% ABV but there is some drippy ice hither and yon.
Deep aromatic caramelized sugar scents. Notes of pastry and rum torte dessert cake. Reminds me of Rochefort 10 or 12.
First swigs: Dense caramel candy and sugar daddy. A touch of liquer or almond extract. Doughy flavors are pronounced as well. Dry finish with a linger of toffee and Kaluha. Dark fruit has a field day her with date and fig all over the palate. A creamy butter pecan ice cream malt flavor balances out the brew.
Feel is frothy and will cascade off the tongue into a fluffy pillow. Quite airy and light bodied with the 12% kicker quality hanging in the background.
Last swigs: Liquid butter pecan ice cream. Perfect timing as I have been on quite the quad kick as of late. This is a kick ass quad that stands its ground against Westy 12 anyday. The first time that I had this beer I didn't know what a quad was. Now I do. Wow!
Beer is good. Happy domestic quad beering.
03-28-2005 04:40:36 | More by blitheringidiot
4.83/5 rDev +21.7%
Oh yes, this was very tasty. I was quite happy to be able to try this one, and I hope I have an opportunity to try it again sometime.
It was a dark reddish brown colour, pretty. It smelled great, belgian-y, sweet like brown sugar, very fruity/grapey and spicy. Tasted even better! Yep, you guessed it- it made me smile real big. It tasted sweet and fruity and spicy like it smelled, but with a nice alcoholic feel to it. It was kind of a flavor-burst, that's how I might describe it. Gosh, I could really go for some more right about now... or anytime for that matter. Mouthfeel was good, not quite syrupy, so that added to the drinkability. It felt nice and soft in my mouth and felt a little warming going down to my tummy... but it didnt taste like 12%, so if I had more I would've drank more and probably would've been late for work today. Good one!
01-09-2004 19:48:28 | More by erica
4.72/5 rDev +18.9%
2003 Bottling, Sampled May, 2004
Pours a hazy dark amber color. Rich aromas of dark fruit waft from my glass as I pour it. The carbonation is quite low, with only a wispy head, when roused it shows a brown color. Fig dominates the aroma, though it is joined by dark caramel notes, almost a coca-cola type quality, earth, wood, alcohol, brown sugar. Quite a rich aroma, it is super malty almost like a strong bock. The beer itself was some what lighter bodied than I was expecting, still rich though with an almost meaty quality to it. It is fairly sweet with an astringent finish that seems to be a combination of alcohol and yeast character. Tastes like it has just started to oxidize, perhaps, this adds to the rich maltiness of this brew. This beer is redolent of dark concentrated fruit; fig, raisin, prunes, and a hint of orange in the finish. There are some banana and clove notes here as well. As this beer warms up the concentrated fruit notes really picks up. All I can say is that this is deceptively good. Rich, complex, and hearty what more do you need.
05-16-2004 17:12:03 | More by Gueuzedude
4.65/5 rDev +17.1%
Legendary, complex, vinous nose of dates, cherries, plums, caramel and chocolate.
Tastes fruity and quite complex with nice woven caramel and chocolate flavors as well. Big body, which is typical of Belgian Trappist ales. Well hidden alcohol. In my opinion this is right up there with Rochefort, Westveteren, St. Bernardus and is one of the best darker Belgian styles that is brewed in the states.
03-10-2006 05:53:15 | More by Crosling
4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
I snatched up this treasure when I saw it at a local store. It's my second Southampton offering and so far they are batting a thousand. On to the review...
A: Corked and caged 750mL. No date, but this would surely age well. It pours a very foamy two inch head that rests atop a murky brown viscous liquid. I had to pour this one carefully as it was very prone to over foaming. Solid lacing.
S: Sweet malts in the nose with a hint of raisin. Slightly understated.
T/M: Candy sugar is very evident, but it is a nicely balanced brew with hints of cherry. Finishes with a caramel/toffee and alcohol taste. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, but oh so silky smooth.
D/Notes: Very quaffable even at 10.5%. Great to split with a friend or enjoy alone. Highly recommended and absolutely lovely domestic quad. I can't wait to find more Southampton beers. A rich complex beer.
06-10-2007 04:57:11 | More by Jmamay22
4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
had a chance to break out the St. Bernardus chalice that I got free from Bierkraft for winning the Imbiber's caption contest. And what a beer to try in in. 2003 vintage Abbot 12.
Pours a deep barown/garnet read color with a 1/4" head that pretty much stays for the whole drink, very nice Belgian lace. The aroma is sweet malt, raisins, yeast, some roastyness. This is a beautiful drinking beer, full of sweet malt, alcohol, yeasty goodness, fruity, warming flavors. I'd imagine that if I went to Belgium, this is what beer tastes like, makes you forget that other abbey beer, you know the one that starts with a Ch.
10-03-2004 02:38:36 | More by kennyo
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
4.55/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into tall sniffer glass. Pours a deep brown solid/cloudy with a wonderful thick creamy head. Lacing is mild, but there. Aroma is wonderful. Very strong of raisins and over-ripe fruits. Malty and booze in scent too.
Wow! Impressed, very sweet and complex. Full bodied with tons of raisins and caramel notes. Heavy sweet malts and definite booze. Great beer!
12-20-2009 04:57:34 | More by ShadesOfGray
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
wow. Thanks to Spence at Southampton for this treat. This was bottled at Southampton so it's probably a bit different thn most folks are tasting these days. We tasted this after it had been aging for about 20 months. The context was in a blind quad tasting featuring this beer, westy 12, rochefort 10, & St. Bernardus 60th Anniversary. The blind winner...Southampton. With Westvleteren coming in at second. Hard to believe?
At first glance there was nothing particularly special about it. Moderate head retention. Moderate clarity. Copperish brown with beige head that disapated fairly quickly.
My nose however felt differently. Beautifully rich, sweet maltiness, balanced by heavy apple esters. Complex array of smells including caramel, bananas, and pears, and general fruityness. Not as bready as some other quads i've enjoyed. Very distinctive, but subtle smoke aroma, which drew my nose deeper into the Westmalle glass I was sampling from.
Flava was mighty complex. Wow. This has some of the heaviest apple esters I've tasted in this style. Apple cinnamon oatmeal comes to mind. Some pears coming through again in the flavor. Balanced lingering finish, with alcohol well hidden. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Glad to say we have two more bottles of this aging!
12-29-2007 19:14:34 | More by adamdotson
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
Thanks goes out to NutBrown for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a nice ruby red color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger creamy tan head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, kinda sweet, good touch of figs, raisins, plums, and some caramel. The taste is sweet up front then the yeast hit next, with malts, and the dark fruits. The alcohol is alittle present, this is a complex brew. Full body. Very drinkable, highly recommended, another great brew from Southampton.
12-21-2007 00:33:53 | More by Wasatch
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
750mL bottle that i'd had in my basement since August and decided to bring to Dark Lord day. As Eric said below me there, this is one of only two beers i'll be reviewing from DLday because i had a lot of it and because i actually took notes on this one. Pored brown with a touch of orange and flecks of gray brown sediment floating around, nice white head, foamed up a lot after popping the cap off. Odor was of cloves, oranges, spices, and complex belgian malts. Taste was, like Eric (Turdfurgison) says, a lot like St. Bernardus...quite spicy and full bodied, lots of tasty maltiness, and caramel flavors. cloves, citrus, and tangy alcohol. finish is of capers and ethanol. full bodied and tasty beer. definitely a winner in my book.
04-30-2007 14:23:25 | More by aforbes10
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
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