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Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Abbot 12Southampton Abbot 12

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very good

146 Reviews
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Reviews: 146
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2003

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Reviews: 146 | Hads: 249
Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear brown ale with a wonderfully dense, light-tan head. The aroma is moderately malty, with a dark fruit, bubble-gum, clove, and spices. It could be a little more intense, but is very complex. Wonderful flavor, lots of complex, layered malts. Very sweet...almost sugary in the fore-taste. The beer, however, dries out nicely in the finish. Appropriate. Full body but lots of carbonation. Small bubbles. Very, very drinkable.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Stamped with #3067 1/23/17 (which I assume is bottle # and best by date).
A: Pours a dark orange-amber with 1/2 inch light tan head. Good retention.
S: Dark dried fruit, spicy Belgian yeast, cinnamon, clove, and sweet dark caramel malt. Definitely a sweet aroma.
T: Dark dried fruit (raisins, figs, dates)...tends toward more fresh than overly ripe or aged notes. Cinnamon, bready yeast, vanilla, sweet caramel malt, and a hint of rum.
M: Medium body...drinks much lighter than ABV. Silky smooth and sweet. Indulgent feel. Lingers decently on the palate.
D: A well constructed quad. Drinks very fresh...which is a nice change from the usual per style. Easily drinkable...too easily for the ABV!

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Photo of rand
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired in a nice little trade with Manoftyr

750 mL bottle to tulip glass

A: Pours a dark brown with red hues, lots of suspended yeast. A huge, nearly 3-inch foamy head forms on a gentle pour, reluctant to recede. Big patches of lacing coat the glass.

S: The nose is fruity - dark ripened fruits with a tropical bend. Notes of fig and banana pop through, while bready, yeasty aspects provide the bouquet's backdrop. Alcohol is apparent, but fairly subdued for the ABV.

T: Notes of ripened fruit meet the palate first, with raisins and cherries dominant. Tropical tone in the nose is replaced with wood and tobacco. The beer is bready, chewy in texture, blending nicely with the rich cherry and wood flavors. Alcohol is strong, as expected for the ABV, but burnt sugar and caramel counter any alcohol bite and carry to a sweet finish.

M: Rich and oily. Bready and chewy, really needs to be savored. Frothier than a lot of Quads I've tried...really filling beer all around.

This is a sipper, but a good one. Flavors tend toward the sweet end of the spectrum, but well within expectations for a Quad. Would be a nice one to have around for the holidays.

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Photo of JayQue
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Quad. Not a style done well by many US Brewers (except Ommegang). Pours a clear brownish/amber color with a small bubbly and frothy white head. Lots of light comes through in the glass. Average head retention and little bits of spotty lacing.. Smell is not as prominent as some quads, but malt and dark fruit are noticeable.

Tastes very good. Dark fruit (plums and figs),malt, some candi sugar type sweetness and a little spice. There is an alcohol presence but it is warming rather than harsh. I have aged this beer a few years so I didn't expect it to be hot.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a warming alcohol presence. This quad is well worth trying.

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Photo of RandomBattle
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a at joint Southampton/Brooklyn event at Effin Gruven. Served in a Effin Gruven snifter (how appropriate).

Appearance - Dark, very dark, almost stout like. I will admit however the bar in which this was consumed is pretty much lit entirely with candles, and then the light off the TV's, anyway...this beer looks as flat as can be, it my have a dark sinister look to it, but it has a whooping zero head. Moving on...

Smell - Okay, starting to get better. Smells of dark, dark fruit, caramel, and burnt sugar. Not too shabby. You also get a some faint tropical fruit smells in there as well.

Taste - Again, getting a little better, but just a little. Dark fruits dominate the palate, raisins and plums, almost as if they were converted directly into an alcoholic beverage. After that you get some sugary caramel and a little bit of the tropicalness I described in the nose, interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel - Went down easy and slow, the alcohol is nearly undectectable and theres not a whole lot of carbonation going on in there. Would be a nice beer to pair with select desserts.

Overall - I haven't had many Belgian style quads, and of the ones I have had (Westy 12), it seems unfair to rate this along with them. Decent beer, not bad for the style, glad I got to drink this at the event. After having it however there is no way I will ever pick up a bottle given the average retail price on this one, there are just better and cheaper options.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle served in st. bernardus oversized wineglass. bottle reads a 9.9 abv.

pours a deep, dark amber with a finger of white head. moderate retention, decent lacing.

nose is yeasty and sweet with a lot of dark fruits... malty with brown sugar notes. taste is a pleasant surprise - i was prepared to pan this as measured against its authentic belgian counterparts, but no. fair amount going on here: raisins, sweet malts, brown sugar, some booze but by no means overpowering, yeast and other dark fruits. straddles the line of being too sweet but doesn't cross it, at least not for me... not on the level of the trappistes of course, but it's pretty damn tasty in its own right.

mouthfeel is okay, full bodied, medium carbonation. scores high in drinkability; i can see myself coming back for more.

original review on: 07-09-2010

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Photo of socon67
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cbl2
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5/13/2007 $10.99 750 mL 9.90% No best by date.


Cork emerged after much strenuous negotiation with a sad little pop. Pours an odd soda-like color with loads of carbonation that lead to over 2 inches of frothy head that bursts like soap bubbles before settling with nary a lace left behind.


Muted fresh cherry juice with loads of belgian candy sugar.


Overly carbonated which detracts some points from the mouthfeel, which is otherwise chewy and slick. Flavors are bold ripe fig and cherry cordial with loads of belgian candied sugar in the finish. Alcohol is masked nicely throughout this delicious brew which only suffers from a CO2 issue.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JustinA1 got this in a trade with joerodiii and decided to share. Thanks homes.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Body looked dull at first, but it shows rich brown, red and orange in light; nice autumn-y colors. A thin, loose, off-white halo sits atop for the entire session. Wish I had put this in a different glass - preferably one with an etched bottom - but it still looks decent.

Smell: Caramel, plums, cinnamon and spices, and a green grape/white wine-like twang. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms, but also adds a somewhat pleasant floral ester note.

Taste: Very similar to the smell, but with added spices (specifically cinnamon) and semi-pleasant esters. Alcohol is a bit more apparent than it should be, but I dig the complexity and overall flavor profile.

Motuhfeel: Actively carbonated, full bodied, and a little sugary/gritty. Finishes dry and produces a slow, warming sensation in the tummy. Not at all harsh.

Drinkability: This was a very pleasant and polished quadrupel. Though not great in any category, Justin and I really enjoyed it all the way through.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear amber in color with a half finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to some patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of dark fruit sweetness along with some caramel and lightly roasted malts.

T: Full on sweetness but in a really good way - lots of dark fruit present and even some hints of candi sugar. There is also a really pleasant maltiness to the beer.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol in this beer is really well hidden which is great considering the ABV. I really enjoyed this beer and think it is a really good example of the style. A beer I would enjoy sipping all afternoon long.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark, muddled, ruby brown color and foamy, bubbly, white head with carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of apple, date, raisin, fig, and rich candi sugar. Flavors are richly sweet, heavy on the old world fruits of date, fig, and raisin, with notes of dark candi sugar, earthy tones, and apple. Very rich and full bodied, with a stone fruit and sugary aftertaste. Chewy through to the smooth, slow, sweet lingered finish. Good beer.

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Photo of kmeves
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazed brown body with a huge frothy off white head a plenty of lacing. Aroma is very sweet with raisin, candi sugar, caramel, grape and plum. Flavor is raisin, plum, caramel, light nutty, honey and some grass. Long sweet finish with just a slight alcohol burn. Full body, very sticky texture.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle care of wishuwerebeer. This particular bottling was listed as 9.9%. Poured into a matching Southampton fishbowl goblet, this brew appears a very dark brown color with a light tan head. As the cap fades, it leaves some leggy lacework on the glass. A light swirl revives 2 fingers worth of head back to the surface. When held to the light, a bit of ruby coloring is noted.

The smell of this brew is dark and sugary with some malt character like raisins and molasses. A bit of citrus and some mineral components are included. There is a faint almost oaky character present but overall the mineral aspect is a mixture of citrus hops and gravel.

The taste is malty sweet like molasses and dark Belgian candy sugar. A bit if raisins or plums mixes with some citrus hops and mineral components. Once the brew warms up, the alcohol starts to come forward with a bit of a bite to it. Overall not bad but the mineral aspect is a little unwelcomed and out of place compared to the rest of the flavors.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking with quite a bit of earthy tones theoughut the profile. Not a bad take on the style but a little forgettable. Perhaps this is my own fault for the sheer amount of dark Belgian beers I've been drinking lately, this one just didn't stand out at all.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap yet again at Capone's in a small serving.

A- This abbot 12 came with a fairly nice white head that faded with time. A deep dark red color with hints of brown and some activity within. Not anything in terms of lace.

S- This quad had all the familiar smells with raisins, dark toasted malt and brown sugar. Also getting dark fruits and a caramel sweetness as well leading to some toffee.

T- Good stuff. Sweetness but not overbearing. Dark malts, a hand full of raisins along with some yeast to balance it out. Ripe fruit including apples and some berries. A good amount of spices not overdone again. Caramel backing.

M- Not quite thick but this coats the mouth, I would say it's a step above medium with lively carbonation. Alcohol only barely noticable with a sweet aftertaste. A good sipper.

D- A nice drinkable quad but if I had a bottle it would probably be best split among friends. I heard rumblings that this was a 07' version even though it was listed as 08'. Well, it sure drinks like an 07.

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Photo of Hex92
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from the rare beer club. Smells looks, and tastes great. Nice mouth feel. I can't wait to see how this develops over time. There is a hint of rawness to it that should smooth out over time.
It has the nice dried fruit flavor and alcohol warmness.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, dark brown pour with a big white head, light lacing. The aroma is full of sweet dark fruit(dates and plums), and alcohol. The flavors are very sweet, dark fruit, and hot alcohol. It finishes hot and sweet. The body is full, good carbonation. Even though it is very sweet I liked it. The combination of flavors really worked for me.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/17/15 notes. Big thanks to my buddy Dave for giving me a bottle of this as a wedding gift; thanks Dave, actually never had it. 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep, murky reddish brown color with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Dark fruits, figs, plums, raisins, breads malts, Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, brown sugar, and toasted malts. Light alcohol too. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation, light booze.

Overall pretty good, a little boozy which keeps it from being great. A lot of dark fruits and a pretty solid quad, but a strong one. Would have it again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber color that appeared almost mahogany. Off white/egg shell colored fizzy head that fades quite quickly. Splotchy lacing sticks in the glass.

Aroma is earthy, malty with some sweetness and the slightest yeast tones.

There is a bit of alcohol as the flavor burst in your mouth. Not hot, but perceptible. Nicely complex flavors. Dates, prunes, cherries and a hint of white pepper. Not much yeast character, but the layers of fruit and malt tones add nice depth.

Smooth, silky mouth feel. Almost syrup like.

Very enjoyable. I like this.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a darker, caramel brown color with a frothy, creamy head covering the beer and clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a big darker fruit presence to it with some notes of cherry, fig and plum mixing with some sweeter, malty, caramel flavors. Nice mix of flavors in the aroma for the style

The taste has some malty, caramel flavors mixing with a crisp, fruity, apple like flavor to it up front. In the finish it starts to show more of the cherry, fig and raisin flavors with a little bit of brown sugar as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a very nice beer of the style. It showcased the malts really nicely and was also very drinkable for the style and abv. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750mL, Sly Fox bottling.
Beautiful clear burnt orange colour topped by a thick, fluffy cap of beige foam. Chunky lacing that just won't go away, great head retention. Bready, yeasty nose with banana and brown sugar notes, raisin and plum. Lots of sugary sweetness, mild raisin and dried fruit, with just a bit of bready malt and banana. Toasted marshmallow, caramelized sugar. A bit peppery towards the end with a pleasant warmth in the finish. Medium to full bodied with a decent texture overall. Lots of carbonation and a bit sticky. Pretty good with some really nice character, but seems like it would benefit from slightly higher attenuation.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with mahogany hues and a gynormous ice cream float-like light tan head. Visibly effervescent, leaving impressive lacing patterns in its wake. The initial uncorked smell came across a little sour to me, not sure what that was about, but that soon subsided. The aroma is primarily an earthy Belgian yeast, vanilla and dark fruits. Not sure, but I imagine that vanilla characteristic is part of the 10.5% ABV; nicely done. Those bountiful tiny bubbles really lend a creaminess to the mouth feel. Full flavored and bubbly, the sweet dark fig fruit taste is complemented by a tangy almond kick. This one is coming across like one my favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ales instead of a Quad. I'm having a REALLY HARD TIME spanking it for being 'beyond' style. The last quad that i had was in your face alcohol...i hope that when i get to Westvleteren 12 that it presents me with a happy medium or I'll really be bumbed. This is on my Favorties list...regardless of how I scored it.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, nice light brown color with a persistent white head. slightly hazy.

not sure how old this bottle is, i would assume atleast a year or two. very mellow aroma, raisiny, rummy, with a hint of medicinal phenolics.

caramel sweetness up front, hints of fig, raisin, whole grain bread, cough syrup, bit of rum. finishes with a bit of warming alcohol.

mouthfeel is effervescent and fitting. this is a great beer, i wish i could get it all the time in ohio.

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Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.