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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
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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 thequeen711
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of dickieb
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange brown in color with a big fizzy white head. The head works down slowly and leaves good lacing. The smell is sweet with plums raisins and some other dark fruits. Some candied sugar is rather apparent. The flavor is big and belgian with some almost overly sweet malts, raisins Belgian spices and yeast. The alcohol is apparent but not overly so. The mouthfell is thick and sticky, and this was an easy bomber to finish on my own. A good quad, the best I can remember that dosent come from Belgium.

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Photo of pvsob
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

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Photo of mmcave
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle received in trade with cooperrip, but I saved it for a special occasion. I’m drinking this to celebrate my two hundred and fiftieth-beer karma point. Chilled below room and poured rather passively into Watou goblet. Head rose to nice one finger thickness and now stands steady about a centimeter above the surface. The head is a creamy off white and the body is a dark/black cola color lightening up toward the bottom, which is a subtle rusty amber color, looks sort of like a plum as a whole. Smells of vanilla and hay (especially when its cold), wonderful dark fruit esters, raisins, rummed plums, dates, maybe some rock candy, slight sherry notes, the tiniest hints of anise, with no real hop presence. As with most quads this beer has to be allowed to warm up to grasp it’s full aromatic potential. Taste is slightly sweet with strong esters and malt character. I get strong date character seconded by raisins, hints of anise and earth plus a slightly boozy tinge toward the finish and an absolute alcohol warmth. The bitterness is just enough to balance the sweet malt and alcohol flavors. This is not a session beer it’s the sort of beer you drink slowly and if you drink the 750ml by your self its all you drink. Wonderful beer, great/interesting quad sad I can’t get it here in Chicago.

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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 kennyo
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter on 4/3/11.

Pours a very nice dark brown with very bubbly head that dissipates shortly with low to moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, carmel raison, candied sugar. Very nice.

Taste of lots of carmel and malts with some hop bitterness. Has some other tastes on the back end like raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium weight and crisp. Goes down smooth and leaves a nice resin that lets a lot of carmel taste and a little raisin in the mouth.

Drinkability is high on this one. It is a really good quad and I would love to get my hands on some more so I can cellar it for awhile. Solid beer all around.

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Photo of lehows
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opened a 2006 vintage I have been keeping in the cellar for over 3 years now. As soon as I twisted the wire off, the cork went flying with little more than a touch and a loud champagne-esque pop. Poured a beautiful dark brown color with a dense but small off-white head. Big aromas of malt and sugary fruit. Flavor was much of the same with very rich alcohol soaked fruit, raisins and figs being the dominate notes. The beer has aged very well but because of the richness I found the drinkability to be somewhat low. An excellent after dinner drink or one to enjoy on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of ejquin
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice adrk brown with really thick head. Head actually continues to grow as beer sits, eventually settling and leaving a nice lacing.

S: Lots of brown sugar and phenols with some acaramel and vanilla. Lot of clove as well with hints of banana. Slight alcohol perception.

T/M: This was all brown sugar sweentness with hints of clove, fades to a sharp bite with some spice and chewiness before finishing with some alcohol burn.

D: Good.

Ovr: Very nice quad. Lots of sugary sweentess balanced with some banana and clove.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 in to a goblet; a dark brown with a wonderful creamy head that quickly deflated. Nice stickage down the glass.
Smelled of dark fruits, a little alcohol, and malts. Very rich aroma.
Taste was really smooth with dark fruits, complex malts and hops, etc. Delicious, as good as any Qud I've had.
Mouthfeel was great; nice and creamy and full.
Drinkability was good; so tasty you want to drink this forever; but watch the ABV!
This was every bit as good for me as St. Bernardus and Rochefort. A winner.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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?

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Photo of erica
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful dark reddish brown brew with huge frothy head that crackles and pops till it settles down staying huge but becoming a soft rocky cap.

S: Smells of caramel and cloves with a dry lemony astringent finish (this seems to be apparent in many Southampton beers).

T: Sweet over ripened fruit; banana, raspberry; dominate the flavor profile. There is a lot of sugar left over in this beer.

M: Medium body with syrupy characteristics although it is not necessarily thick. Soft foamy carbonation that persists but stands no chance against the sweet flavor.

D: Too sweet for me to drink quickly. Perhaps if paired with the right food, maybe a cheese, this beer would go down easier but by itself on a Monday evening it becomes an event.

Notes: The strange lemon astringent aroma I smelled that I noted seems to be found in a lot of Southampton's beers. It could be due to a common yeast used in many of there beers. Anyone have any thoughts? Overall this is a good beer from a great brewery. However, I am not really into beers that could be put in the dessert category unless they are drank in the right context. I think I would like it better if it were more highly attenuated. I'd give it more than just one more try though.

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Photo of LennyV
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany into my maudite snifter from a corked and caged bottle. Small head with minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and alcohol.

Taste of sweet caramel with some mild alcohol after tatse.

Feels almost full bodies with little carbonantion.

Nice smooth sipper to spend an evening with...

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Photo of Ambiorix
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, coppery pour, with a dense, tan head. Decent lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, raisins, sweet malt.

T: Raisins, toffee, sweet caramel malt, fruity esters, Belgian yeast, alcohol. A little sweet. Cherry notes in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel. A little sticky.

D: Almost like a really strong dubbel. Tasty, a little woody. Nice.

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Photo of JVEyck309
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bomber, corked and caged, poured into chalice glass

Looks soda like, near opaque dark redish brown with a small head which quickly becomes a thin sticky lacin smell is deep with sweet dark fruits, grapes, cherry vanilla soda taste is super sweet syrupy, and sugary; thick molasses, again, heavy on the dark fruits, coats the tongue with heavy sugary grape/raisin/etc flavors 9.9abv it's an enjoyable slow sipper, a bit too sweet in my opinion but no complaints as I enjoy the rest of the bottle. Carbonation is good, not too much not too little, slightly warming alcohol. Probably will wait a while before I get this again, but it's certainly a great brew. Cheers

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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 patto1ro
1.32/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of Beauregard
2.41/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of adamdotson
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of lenin
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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