Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
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3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
750ml bottle that I picked up on Long Island about 2 months ago. There's no date, but since I got this at Shoreline Beverage, which is close to the source and has a pretty high turnover, I assume it's on the newer side. While I'm sure time would serve it well, how would I know if I didn't have one fresh? Note the label cites 9.9% ABV, not 10.5%.
Poured into my 75th anniversary Orval chalice, the quad is garnet colored with a small, long lasting head, with bigger bubbles in the middle of a tight foamy collar that leaves light foamy lace.
The aroma is pretty soft, sweet fruitiness, and maybe a touch of vinegar, reminiscent of a subdued Liefmans Goudenband, with alcohol and some spicy phenols.
The taste has a big smack of raisins and some other dark fruits, candi sugar, just a touch of phenols and booze, with a nice spicy backbone. It's weird because it starts off very sweet and fruity, and I'm thinking this is a lot more BSDA then quad..but then it really spices up towards the finish, although the aftertaste is still heavy on the candi sugar. And while the spices are nice, there is none of that roastiness that you get in the benchmarks like St. Bernadus or Rochefort.
This is really carbonated and creamy, more evidence that this is a younger bottle, and is made to really go the distance. Medium-light bodied for a quad.
A bit too sweet and rich to really be super drinkable, it gets a little cloying after awhile, but nevertheless quite good. I'll have to get my hands on another bottle and let it run. Lately Avery's The Reverend has become my new benchmark, at least for US versions, if not period, and this one was about twice the price and not as good.
08-11-2007 05:42:26 | More by ccrida
4.21/5 rDev +6%
Poured from corked & caged 750mL bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: rich ruby-amber hue with a largely haze-free body and a good effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy tan foam. Quite attractive.
Smell: rich, sweet malt with a lot of interesting character. There's caramel in here, along with a mild but pleasant fruitiness with notes of apricot and cherry. In with all of this is an alkaline, chalky aroma which I happen to quite like. Good stuff.
Taste: again, sweet, caramelly malt, but the fruity character is deeper and darker than in the aroma. There's cherry, plum and raisin in here; just what I look for in a quadrupel. There's also an alcoholic fruitiness which adds a little complexity to the flavor. I like it quite a lot indeed. A hint on the sweet side, but I'm finding I quite like it.
Mouthfeel: big body with a pretty huge carbonation and a massive, mouth-filling creaminess. Smooth and extremely satisfying. Wonderful!
Overall: I find I like this beer the more I drink it. Sure, it's sweet, but the flavor profile justifies that completely. Yum!
01-14-2013 21:40:32 | More by flagmantho
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Poured into a Chimay chalice a mostly clear reddish-brown color with a huge cumulonimbus-like tan head. The bottle gushed a bit, so obviously the head was 3+ fingers. Amazing retention and lacing.
Heavily sweet caramel maltiness and dark fruits - currants and raisins. Big nose, but pretty straightforward. Some hints of honey, alcohol and wheat bread...think raisin bran.
Sweet, residual sugary fruitiness (cherries and prunes), followed by a mild fine-carbonated tongue scrubbing and finishes off with a nice alcohol warming and mildly toasty bitterness. Pretty tasty quad, wish I had another to cellar for awhile.
01-31-2009 23:21:25 | More by twiggamortis420
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
A - Rusty brown beer with a light-brown head that left behind a bit of lacing.
S - Caramel, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, the things you want to smell in a quad.
T - Taste is pretty spot on with the nose. Raisins, figs, dates and the like make up the dark fruits, with a solid presence of caramel. Rochefort has a nice alcohol burn that cuts through the sweetness, this one is actually a little too well hidden for me. Still quite good.
M - Moderately carbonated, medium-full bodied. Slightly sticky, appropriate for this beer.
O - Pretty solid, I got it down easily, and the alcohol may just be too well hidden.
04-21-2011 04:45:13 | More by AgentZero
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
4.05/5 rDev +2%
Obtained via trade with Rodenbacher.
Poured into the trusty Westvleteren goblet. Presents very nicely with an inch of tan head and a murky dark brown body with reddish amber hues. The carbonation is a bit fizzy however, and the head collapses soon leaving minimal lace.
Fruity aroma, mostly cherry with other dark fruits in the background. Candi sugar also makes its presence known.
A sip evokes that classic quadrupel taste; dark fruits like fig and raisin, chewy malt, a faint yeastiness, candi sugar. This beer however has something I haven't picked up in other quads (except for 3 philosophers for obvious reasons): a nice subtle dark cherry flavor.
The mouthfeel would have been spot on if it wasn't for the overcarbonation here. It makes the quaffing rocky and belching frequent.
Drinkability is solid. Easy to polish off a 750.
05-21-2007 03:31:27 | More by illidurit
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
750ml bottle: 2003 edition: This is a dark ruby red brew with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing. The aromas are of strong dark fruits, spices, belgian candy sugar, yeast, and deeply roasted malts. The taste is fruity, boozy, and quite complex, I can only imagine how this beer will change over the next few years...The mouthfeel is creamy and the drinkability is damn good as well. 12%? You've gotta be kidding me. I had fun polishing off this 750. Cheers!
01-09-2004 07:40:39 | More by francisweizen
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
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured out of a 750 corked and caged bottle. The color was a dark ruby red with a puffy off-white head that was slow to disippate and left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of candi sugar, not much else, no fruity esters that I could pick up. The taste is sweet from the candi sugar, has a very light chocolate malt taste, a bit of honey, not much in the way of dark fruit. The feel is well bodied and moderately carbonated, finishes slick with a kind of rum/vanilla sweetness. Overly sweet with not enough roasted malt backbone to it, not picking much fruit taste to it. I have mixed feeling with this, it has an initial good taste but tends to get cloying as you finish.
06-03-2007 03:10:59 | More by Gmann
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast with spicy wheat and caramel malt, with a little raisin and cocoa and grassy hops.
T: It tasted like wild yeast and spicy wheat and light caramel, with some floral hops and earthy cocoa and a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol. It had a bitter aftertaste with a little lingering sweetness and alcohol.
M: It was slick and slightly thick with smooth carbonation.
D: This was a good beer, but surprisingly not malty. It had great body, but it was pretty hot fresh, so it was definitely a sipper. Age would probably really help improve this beer, as it was a little rough fresh.
09-27-2010 18:02:31 | More by Pencible
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured a deeper orange / copper color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, light yeast, and just all around fruity. Tastes of raisins, plums, and caramel. Light ot medium alcohol in the finish. Sweet.
Notes from 6/13/08
11-18-2008 00:36:34 | More by hopdog
4/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-08-2009 02:19:50 | More by Reagan1984
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
3.93/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-30-2011 01:06:31 | More by Suds
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
This big-ass (750ml) bottle, 2002 vintage, pours a deep, dark molasses-brown color, with little, if any, light penetrating the liquid, save for the very edges of the glass. Head is an extremely fine, creamy layer of bubbles, light tan in color. It sticks around all day, albeit in that thin mode. Around the edges of the goblet it remains thicker, and looks creamy like the head on a Stout. Lacing is a-ok as well. Nose is understated, with fruity/candy notes. Wish it were more robust. Lovely mouthfeel! It has a more than medium yet not quite full body, and it is ever-so-smooth and silky on the tongue! Flavor abounds with fruit and sweetness! Mmmm! Starts up-front big on the dark fruit, then sweetness, like brown sugar, hits the palate and lingers and lingers. And it doesn't go dry on you like some biers until the very end, and then only briefly. Lovely bier! Anywhere, anytime!! Zum Wohl!!
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5
07-12-2004 16:32:25 | More by Bierman9
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
Saturday 2/14, opened this bottle with my valentine at our favorite getaway place on the Oregon Coast. 750 ml brown bottle, caged and corked; split to a couple small tasting glasses and paired with a few aged cheeses and cured meats.
This bottle was cellared for 18-24 months (something the label recommends); thanks to the nice East Coast BA who sent this a long time ago.
A: Notably clear and bright orange, reminiscent of copper or hazelnut shell. Fizzy light tan head, lots of rising carbonation. A finger-worth of foam quickly disappears, settling to almost nothing - no lace either.
S: Very sweet, malty grain steeped in sugar; almost wort-like. Plenty of juicy fruit, syrupy raisins with a slight spice. A little tea-like.
T: Sweetness upfront, sugar-laden ripe fruit. Cinnamon apples, glazed raisins, overripe berries. A soda-like caramel flavoring, spice cake, gumdrops. Spices and a slinky bitterness, give just enough balance - but this is (or has become) an almost-too-sweet quadrupel.
M: Fizzy in the mouth, but smooth-bodied. Medium build, finishes with more sugars, but relatively clean. Alcohol well-concealed. Plenty of burps induced, carbonation a punch in the gut.
D: Alone I'd have scored a little lower...more sugary than I prefer. Paired with food, however, this quad did well. Aged gouda, Colston Bassett stilton, cured salamis and ripe pear: all performed well with this. The gouda was especially good - we actually cut it into long strips (swizzle sticks) to dredge through this beer. Wouldn't mind having another bottle for Round 2.
02-17-2009 01:51:58 | More by msubulldog25
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.