Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
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1.27/5 rDev -68%
I guess this is supposed to be along the lines of St. Bernardus Abt or Rochefort 10. If that's the case, it fails on every count. Even the colour isn't right, being a good bit too pale. The aroma is bland, but fortunately doesn't betray the horror of the taste. Way too sweet and lacking any complexity. Where are the dark fruit flavours? Where's the bitterness? Where's the balance?
A terrible attempt at one of my favourite types of beer.
01-23-2011 11:48:36 | More by patto1ro
2.33/5 rDev -41.3%
Poured a dark copper color with a nice white head. No carbonation problems here, but this bottle was consumed relatively fresh after purchasing from a reputable store. Strong aromas of caramel sugar, fruit, spicy yeast, alcohol, and perhaps a bit of finishing hops are present. The flavor is initially very sweet with an almost saccharine, diet cola taste. An alcoholic, slightly bitter, and strangely meaty/band-aid aftertaste is present.
Overall, a very strange brew, and definitely not a good representation of the style. The label indicates that it was brewed in Royersford, PA, which would mean that it's Sly Fox contract brewed, so I'm not sure how this compares to the original. However, SF did do a good job on the Brewer's Art bottles, so I'm not sure what went wrong here.
06-14-2008 01:13:54 | More by Beauregard
2.83/5 rDev -28.7%
Thanks pugman for this one.
Large corked and caged bottle, pured into a goblet. Deep red, but incredibly clear for the style, it is topped by a creamy, dense off-white head, with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is delicate, but pleasant, if not complex, mostly with dark fruits and a hint of yeast.
Full bodied, it is incredibly sweet and unidimensional; it is candy sweetness, then candy sweetness, and more sugar.
I like a lot of sweet and semi-sweet beers, but this one is excessively sweet. Extremely limited drinkability, and even with dessert it felt too sweet.
My first deception with southampton, which is otherwise an amazing brewery.
05-03-2008 00:42:55 | More by brdc
2.9/5 rDev -27%
Purchased at the brewpub, but surprised to note that it was contact bottled by Sly Fox - also a lot more expensive than at retail shops :-(
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a head that pancakes the liquid and leaves an interesting lace pattern
Smell: Very sweet, almost perfumy, with alcohol coming through; candi sugar, powdered cocoa and a hint of acetone
Taste: Opens with loads of sweetness, that becomes cloying by mid-palate; almost like brown sugar mixed with alcohol; the sweetness persists after the swallow, although there is a vague hoppiness that tries to intercede
Mouthfeel: Medium body, with very prickly carbonation; a cocoa powder mouthfeel, with lots of warmth as well
Drinkability: Pretty disappointing overall; not sure what happened with this batch but some quality control needs to be considered before releasing it; a real shame coming from an otherwise great brewery
07-28-2008 23:53:00 | More by brentk56
2.93/5 rDev -26.2%
The beer pours a hazy brownish umber, topped with a thin collar of head. Looking closely, you can see tiny clumps of yeast floating in suspension. Kind of like Sea Monkeys! I generally like hazy beers, so that's cool. I'd be interested in seeing this beer properly settled, though.
The aroma is hugely malty, a distinct toffee quality, gushing with sweet candi sugar. Very nice. The fruitiness is impressive as well. Really quite estery, with a nose burning thinner-like quality. Coupled with some alcohol, this is really intense. Lots of fig aroma, with some banana and apple. A bit of clove spiciness, as well.
Taking my first sip, I was a bit surprised with the near still carbonation. Some toffee maltiness peeks through, but a gigantic boozey fusel alcohol flavor dominates everything, finishing almost whiskey-like. Some fig flavor peeks through as well, with a touch of spicy yeast towards the end, but it's mostly incinerated under the alcohol. Full bodied, with a hard liquor feel, mainly because of the lack of carbonation and huge fusel flavor.
I've been assured that the alcohol subsides considerably with time, and it becomes quite a good beer. As for the still carbonation, perhaps I got a bad bottle, or the bottle conditioning didn't take off? I'm certainly going to wind up with another bottle at some point, and I'll re-review appropriately. I'm open to anyone who feels like sending me one!
02-02-2004 08:14:41 | More by UnionMade
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
3/5 rDev -24.4%
A corked and caged 750 mL bottle. I think I picked this up at Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville.
A: The ale is dark but not opaque, a bold red that could pass for a glass of wine, save for the white head atop it. That white head left small patches of lace.
S: The nose is very sweet and strong, led by raisins and brown sugar and plenty of booze. A chalky powder aroma, perhaps more yeast byproduct, leaves an aroma that can't overpower the sweetness.
T: Man, this beer is sweet. Candi sugars, darker and fuller in flavor, lead the way, along with a raisin taste thanks to the yeast. Sugars are burnt, amplifying the sweetness, so much so that the ale borders on cloying.
M: The bottle is approximately 2 years old, so I can't tell if it needs more or less aging. The sweetness is overpowering, bold and strong.
D: I am not a fan; too darn sweet to really get into. I'm glad that janlud was here to share it with me.
07-08-2009 23:44:16 | More by akorsak
3.13/5 rDev -21.2%
Served in a 10.5oz glass for $3.50 for some reason. Sampled 6/1/12.
A: Arrives with a 1.5 finger high head, extremely persistent. Creamy, foamy in texture, khaki in color. The body is dark brassy amber with noticeable clarity. Lacing in waves sticks with great proficiency, especially given the ABV.
S: Lots of Belgian yeast esters add a deeper complexity to the typical dark fruit notes. Prunes and plums. Belgian dark candi. Light new leather.
T: Follows the nose closely. Estery, dark fruity, cocoa, semi roasted. Overall flavor strays far from Quadrupel expectations.
M: Rich, malty body with a lasting, fine tingling effervescence, probably a touch too aggressive for my preference in the style. Slightly boozy on the finish.
O: Lousy Belgian Quad. Decent American Quad. The yeast was more of a player than I am used to - and there was an odd, semi roasted thing going on, but all of the above created a nice twist for an American interpretation.
06-23-2012 12:44:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.13/5 rDev -21.2%
750 ml corked and caged bottle, split with my dad, poured into my Chimay goblet, consumed 12/12/08, reviewed from notes, color was a mix between a dark amber and medium brown, big 1 1/4 inch tan bubbly head that does not last longer than two minutes, some lacing at first, aroma is made up of sweet dark fruits, malts, alcohol, mild spices, and sugary apples, flavor was too strong for me, way too much booze and sugar, malt dominates at first and mixes in big fruity tastes as it warms, needed something to mellow it out a little bit, this could probably use some age to chill, mouthfeel was aggressive and quite sweet, too hot overall, medium body on the verge of being thick, taste did not go away, could drink more than six to eight ounces, heavy on the stomach, ABV is high and not hidden well either, glad I did not waste a ticket on it at the festival a week before, might be worth trying but do not expect much
12-20-2008 04:22:48 | More by Floydster
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
05/01/08- Received via trade with ex-member Jetsbeer.
Presentation- 2006 Vintage as stated on the cork. Caged and corked and poured into my Rochefort chalice.
Appearance- Very cola like in appearance. Deep brown with a 1/2 inch head that evaporates like magic (or cola) before your very eyes. Leaves a flat and placid liquid in front of you. Negative lace if that is possible.
Smell- Smell is fine. Bready and mild caramel booze soaked malts. Dark and fruity with some plums and date notes.
Taste- Headed downhill. Caught if just as it's on it's last legs. Good initial flavor of dark fruits and light fusel alcohol with a bready feel, but seems to finish a touch sour and taste quickly fades.
Mouthfeel- Very low carbonation level, almost flat. Leaves no real aftertaste.
Drinkability- We drain poured this as we had a couple other beers we felt would better treat our palette. I'm sure this beer is good if not great when fresh. Not sure why two years of age would have harmed this beer.
05-02-2008 23:54:17 | More by GClarkage
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
Reviewed on 8/10/08. Bottle. Gusher! The cork popped out as I was untwisting the cage. Pours a dark murky brown with a huge, thick creamy tan head. Aroma of apple, pear, dark fruits, squash and other vegetables, and light spices. Flavor is extremely sweet with a lot of squash, almost soda-like. This definitely needs some age on it because it is super super sweet. Hard to enjoy with all the sugar.
12-23-2008 16:50:12 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5 rDev -19.4%
750ml bottle, courtesy of fugazme.
Pours a dark and hazy rusty brown with a dense two finger head that fades very slowly to a quarter inch cap that never fades. The foam leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.
Smell; mildly chalky yeast up front, then a bunch of dark fruits come through with raisins, dates and figs. Some sweetness and alcohol are present in the aroma as well.
Taste; as with the aroma, a chalky yeastiness comes through initially and I actually had a bit of a hard time picking out any other flavors until it started to warm up. Once it did though, raisins, dates and surprisingly a little orange. Molasses and toffee give this a fairly strong sweetness that's almost a little to much for me, but the alcohol is never noticeable aside from the warming sensation that it gives.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation that comes of as little biting, and due to that and the sweetness the drinkability is only ok for me.
12-05-2007 01:56:15 | More by RedHaze
3.23/5 rDev -18.6%
750mL bottle courtesy of shaebs99 labeled 9.9% ABV on the bottle, poured into a snifter.
When I "popped" the cork, I was a little suspicious things might be off as there was nary a sound. The cork just slid right out. An aggressive pour yielded only a few big bubbles that recedes immediately leaving no ring and no lacing. The color was a deep, clear brownish amber. Not much life to this one.
Despite being a dead bottle, the aroma and taste were still good. The aroma is very sweet with tons of candi sugar, fruity esters and dark fruits, especially raisins. The alcohol burns the nostrils a little bit after a couple whiffs.
The taste is also very sweet with lots of raisins and brown sugar. The dark malts really come out in the taste and a bit of spices in the finish, but nothing too over-the-top.
The mouthfeel is where my bottle has clearly suffered. It's almost completely still with no carbonation whatsoever. This makes for a slick and very thin mouthfeel that is subpar for the style, or any style.
This was clearly a bad bottle, but I'll stick with my review until I can find a good one to try. The aroma and taste were clear indications of a very good quad underneath, but this one had completely lost it's carbonation.
04-14-2009 01:15:51 | More by gford217
3.25/5 rDev -18.1%
This is a crisp dark brown beer. Taste is interesting, hints of walnuts and brown sugar...roasty characteristics. Very sweet nose, due to the hints of brown sugar. Surprisingly clean finish! Would do this beer again. Just the fact that the taste is roasty is fulfilling, and Southampton has quite a few good brews in its lineup, please add this one!
08-04-2008 22:55:21 | More by thequeen711
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
See weare138's review. I believe I'm also drinking a Sly Fox contract bottle that I've had in my cellar for a while. A somewhat unpleasant drink, cloyingly sweet. Figs, raisins, sugar. Not the sort of skilled brew I used to enjoy from Southampton. Not worth the calories.
04-06-2008 21:42:22 | More by lenin
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours a deep amber color with one finger of khaki colored head with ok retention. Some lacing remains throughout the beer.
The scent is of dark fruit and some Belgian sugar.
The taste is kind of syrupy and flat. There are dark fruits, some roasted chocolate malt, some yeast notes.
Full body, syrupy and creamy, low to moderate carbonation.
There was some good flavor in this beer but it was very flat making it kind of unpleasant.
12-14-2012 19:11:36 | More by BeerCon5
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
750 ML bottle best by 7/2013.
Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Dark amber with a decent wheat flour colored head. Ok clarity some hazy compounds. Bronze highlights.
Big dark fruit nose. Figs, cherry, dates, raisins and tobacco leaf. Alcohol well masked in the nose.
Tremendous amount of alcohol flavor especially in the finish. Lots of raisin, dark sweet cherry, rum, some oaky wood tones. Alcohol in the mid palate and finish is both floral and fusel the latter being a bummer. Molasses and artificial syrup, apple juice.
Sticky just before the finish, ending dryness is almost all alcohol. Minimal bitterness moderate carbonation. A bit messy.
Overall not what I look for in a Belgian dark. Too sweet with combined higher alcohol.
03-25-2011 02:08:15 | More by PBoegel
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
A- Pours a light brown/cola color with a two inch off-white head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing.
S- Sweet, sugary malts and some dark fruits. Personally, I'm picking up more apple and grape aromas than anything else. Some spicy yeast, alcohol, and a faint musty smell are present as well.
T- Lots of malt and spice is what I'm mainly picking up. A somewhat cloying sweetness and noticeable alcohol flavor also show up.
M- Medium to full; very sticky with little carbonation.
D- A decent interpretation of a Belgian Quad, but a little too sweet for me. The taste and mouthfeel of this beer takes the drinkability down some. Cheers!
10-19-2008 02:18:45 | More by pvsob
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.