Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
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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
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
This bottle comes to me courtesy of halfP1NT. I was saving this for a tasting but I was told last wednesday that someone was already bringing one of these. So here we go.
I knew something was going to happen when I saw how deformed the cork was. Sure enough it goes flying out at about half the speed of sound and up comes the foam. Pours a a beautiful red/brown, crystal clear, lots of tall offwhite head, amazing retention and lacing. Not quite a 5 because of the garbage at the bottom.
Very malty, yeasty, and slightly spicey aroma. A little boozy and thats the only reason it doesn't get a 5. Also, some dark cherry and plum aroma.
Alcohol is quite strong in the flavor. Despite that its still a great flavor. I could see how another year would do wonders for this beer. Sweet malt, more plum, a touch of fig, fair amount of booze, and some bitterness (don't know if thats hops or alcohol).
Medium/heavy body, lots of CO2 (slightly too much), very smooth but a sipper. Goes great with this tri tip that I've got.
I know what I'll be loading up on when I go to EBF 2009.
11-06-2008 05:03:42 | More by t0rin0
3.84/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for the style.
10-29-2013 04:21:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sweet, dark malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet and has flavors of candi sugar and dark malts.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
03-13-2012 03:23:20 | More by metter98
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
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
Bottle courtesy of Adrian910ss: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a big off-white foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some hints of dry fruits (figs and plums). Taste consisted of some sweet malt with some very subtle Belgian yeast and some very subtle dry fruits such as figs and plums. Body is slightly above average with no alcohol discernable. I dont know if my expectation were too high or if I got another so-so bottle of Southampton but I wasnt impressed at all and thought this was quite far from the staple of the style (Rochefort, Westy, St-Bernadus).
01-23-2007 17:18:56 | More by Phyl21ca
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
deep dark and thick reddish tinted brown with a large tan colored head of foam rising up from the bottom and cresting about three inches above the top giving it a very full refined look. Very nice retention
big rum soaked raisins that really let you know that you were in for it here. This was balanced by a nice touch of alcohol and thick walloping of yeast that gave off all sorts of fruity like esters. The hints of fig, and pear were big as was the nice amount of sweetness that was added in to try and pull it all together. nice spicy rum like flavor that was intermingled and laced with lots of dark fruits. Nice flavors of raisins, figs, and prunes were evident as was a decent amount of sweetness added to the mix.
12-15-2011 02:47:06 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
A: very thin head on a clear deep amber body.
S: candy sugar, caramel and generic dark fruit. Aroma is good, just not strong rough for me.
T: very malty with lots of lots of candy and brown sugar and dark fruit with mostly fig and plum. Molasses and caramel notes. Malts are bready.
M: medium chewy body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: nice quad. Not too sweet which is something that usually turns me off from other quads I have had. I would like more dark fruit from this one though.
04-19-2013 01:09:40 | More by kylehay2004
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a gigantic off-white head. Yessiree, a beer head large enough to gain sentience.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, candyish aroma of dark fruits, caramel, and spice. Soft hint of yeast.
Taste: Caramel maltiness with a heavy-handed dose of candi sugars. Nicely spiced. Reserved yeastiness. Plenty of figs and raisins. Fruity finish with a slight metallic twang to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: That metallic twang detracts somewhat, but still, it's pretty tasty.
09-10-2007 22:46:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Nice retention and some patchy lacing.
S - It smelled of sweet, bready malts with a strong dried fruit aroma - mostly cherry.
T - It tasted really, really sweet and malty. Tons of Belgian candy sugar!. There were some dried fruit flavors like black cherry.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
D - This is an interesting Quad. It was incredibly sweet and malty. Not my favorite quad.
11-12-2010 04:26:43 | More by zeff80
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a clear brown with a minimal tan head.
Nose is yeasty and bready. Perfume is there as well.
Flavor is sweet and it seems a bit too much so. Too much sugar in the mix that interferes with any other complexities making an appearance. Sure there is a touch of spice, but the level of sweetness is just dominating here and halting anything else from coming forward.
Feel is decent with a fairly full carbonation and the liquid is alright too.
Overall this was not as good as I would want it to be. Perhaps it needs about 3 years of aging to help it calm down a bit, but I won't be going back for another bottle to see if that's the case. I am grateful that I didn't have to pay for this bottle. A disappointment.
05-02-2008 05:20:38 | More by RblWthACoz
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves decent lace.
S - A complex aroma of molasses, brown sugar, plums, and a hint of chocolate.
T - Dark bread, burnt caramel, and molasses. Fruity notes of red apple, plum, and licorice come out in the middle, with a finish of burnt sugar, fruit, and a touch of chocolate.
M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - Really nice. Complex, fruity and dark, this is probably the best american brewed example of the style I have had.
04-19-2013 01:13:54 | More by nickfl
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
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
750ml from the brewery poured into a goblet.
A: Big airy head that fades quickly, darker brown color with a touch of red hue and somewhat opaque
N: Nose has a strong dark malts with raisin and caramel, a slight yeasty sourness, and candi sugar, very reminiscent of a real Belgian 12
T: Taste is very complex, rich, dark and many combined flavors, it starts very sweet with lots of molases, candi sugar, raisins and dark fruit, some dark malts, a little yeast, alcohol comes through slightly, its somewhat creamy, the more I drink the more the sweetness blends together and makes it smoother and tastier.
M: Tts got a thick syrupy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation as it coats the tongue
F: It finishes very sweet with lots of raisin and prunes, a little alcohol, but leaves a strong dark Belgian style ale
Final thoughts: Its delicious but a little too sweet, which takes away from its drinkability. If it was fermented a touch more it would be really good. I have a couple more bottles that I will leave to age for a couple years and see how they turn out.
07-31-2009 23:43:02 | More by jlindros
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a warm crystal and roasted malt scent along with a wondeful yeast aroma. It has some awesome dark fruit scents. The taste is good. It has a smooth crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with some excellent yeast esters. It's a well balanced beer with great yeast character and moderate warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very nice Belgian style ale. It highly drinkable and enjoyable.
08-31-2009 22:27:47 | More by WesWes
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
Cage-corked bottle poured into a tulip glass:
Pours orange/copper/amber - beautiful hues - a thick foamy head slowly descends. Trailing lace slides down the glass - would be perfect if some more of it stuck.
The smell is grassy/grainy with subtle vinuous, light caramel notes. Vague spiciness mixes in. Quite a bit, but seemingly in slightly different directions - also something a bit "dirty", not quite "musty" in the background.
The taste is very sweet - caramelish with dark plumb-like fruitiness and grassy/grainy notes that follow through from the nose. Peppery, slightly medicinal spiciness along with a hint of plastic and bready yeast come through in the sweet finish.
The body is full- almost syrupy.
Complex and a decent stab that, personally, doesn't quite stand up to form. Not a "let-down", just doesn't quite reach the level of some other Belgian Quads I've had - something about it is definately an American interpretation - not necessarily a bad thing (and, for that, better than some others I've had, , but....It's nice, but for the price I would choose some others if I had a choice...
09-01-2007 16:44:50 | More by jwc215
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
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.