Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
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4.13/5 rDev +4%
Very nice, deep cola-colored brown. Nice, big tan head on top that fades all too quickly. Aroma of yeast and quite earthy. Solid malt flavor with a nice spiciness to it. Caramelized raisens and a bit of alcohol to it. Peppery and a somewhat cinnamon spice presence. Great sugary sweetness. The sweetness fades to a pleasant residual dryness. Good body. Extremely drinkable. As worthy an effort as any Belgian versions I have had. Top notch.
06-23-2007 23:28:59 | More by lackenhauser
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours cola brown, murky and muddy looking, with a very large root beer like head that slowly chunks up and recedes. Aroma is of cinnamon and spiced bread, yeasty, with some rich brown sugar, raisin, and toffee sweetness. Big belgian yeast taste up front, some nice breadiness and a rich malty sugariness of caramel and brown sugar sweetness in the finish that blends very nicely with a warming alcohol. Fairly rich and big bodied, the alcohol strength and slightly peppery effervescence help to balance the body. Outstanding beer, it became its best around room temp where the malts were in full effect and the alcohol was nice and warming. I'd ove to age one of these a little and see what some time does although this beer is near perfect now.
06-23-2007 03:02:02 | More by hoppymeal
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
It pours a hazy, dark tea mix of copper amber and brown. Three fingers of light beige, beaten egg-white head sustain almost eternally. Contrails of lacing fly across the inside of the glass.
The aroma is ubiquitous, wafting about potently, but it focuses on tangy sweet grain with vanilla and caramel. Banana and blueberry are astir in the esters, and clove and coriander abound. Green apple and alcohol grace the periphery.
Upon sipping, densely sweet toasted grain and absolutely cloying candy sugar envelop the tongue. Thus becomes the challenge, to detect any more than the merest hints of spice or fruit. Alcohol, though, is present, but mediated by a continuation of cough-syrup sweetness. The finish, almost surprisingly, carries crisp green apple and dries considerably. However, the finish has most of the discernible flavor, as the sweetness presents a struggle to note much else.
Full bodied, it's sugar laden napalm, syrupy and coating with a moderate creamy caress.
If the flavor was even close to as distinguishable as the aroma it would be a big winner. But instead it's dense sugar sweetness from dangling uvula to smacking lips. The ABV is big and well-incorporated, but drinking it is a fair, if not totally unenjoyable task. I had it, can say I did, and lived to tell about it, but the truth is there are plenty of Southampton beers I'll have again before this one. Unless I have to counteract an insulin overdose.
06-18-2007 20:23:11 | More by Foxman
4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
I snatched up this treasure when I saw it at a local store. It's my second Southampton offering and so far they are batting a thousand. On to the review...
A: Corked and caged 750mL. No date, but this would surely age well. It pours a very foamy two inch head that rests atop a murky brown viscous liquid. I had to pour this one carefully as it was very prone to over foaming. Solid lacing.
S: Sweet malts in the nose with a hint of raisin. Slightly understated.
T/M: Candy sugar is very evident, but it is a nicely balanced brew with hints of cherry. Finishes with a caramel/toffee and alcohol taste. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, but oh so silky smooth.
D/Notes: Very quaffable even at 10.5%. Great to split with a friend or enjoy alone. Highly recommended and absolutely lovely domestic quad. I can't wait to find more Southampton beers. A rich complex beer.
06-10-2007 04:57:11 | More by Jmamay22
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
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
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-13-2007 22:16:07 | More by cbl2
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
750mL bottle that i'd had in my basement since August and decided to bring to Dark Lord day. As Eric said below me there, this is one of only two beers i'll be reviewing from DLday because i had a lot of it and because i actually took notes on this one. Pored brown with a touch of orange and flecks of gray brown sediment floating around, nice white head, foamed up a lot after popping the cap off. Odor was of cloves, oranges, spices, and complex belgian malts. Taste was, like Eric (Turdfurgison) says, a lot like St. Bernardus...quite spicy and full bodied, lots of tasty maltiness, and caramel flavors. cloves, citrus, and tangy alcohol. finish is of capers and ethanol. full bodied and tasty beer. definitely a winner in my book.
04-30-2007 14:23:25 | More by aforbes10
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
I tried this from a 750mL bottle on Dark Lord Day (thanks Andrew). This is one of only 2 beers I'll rate from that day (out of God knows how many others I tried "splashes" of), because it really stood out and I was able to get a nice pour (I reciprocated with Westvleteren 8). It was an awesome day.
The beer had the murky brown appearance (good thing) of St Bernardus 12 but not so much of a foam poof as I normally get from the latter. The aroma and flavor definitely compared with the St Bernardus (I assume this was what Southampton intended), but were less rich and overpowering. The nose in particular was beautiful, I kept sniffing the glass. The viscosity was up there enough to keep a thick feeling in my mouth, overall it was really well done.
I'm so glad I got a chance to try it, I've been searching for it part time for so long, it just never shows up anywhere I travel to in NY. Thanks again Andrew!
04-30-2007 12:29:37 | More by TurdFurgison
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
Purchased at New Beer Distributors in NYC, poured into a cervoise with a temperature of somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees.
The lack of pop in the removal of the cork had me a bit nervous but there were enough bubbles in the glass to put me at ease.
So far, lookin pretty good but not stunning. Has a nice color, but barely any head with a hard pour that goes away quickly and very little lacing is to be found.
Odors are pleasant, but anemic. Some sweetness is there and some malty nuttiness that you might find in a rich dark German beer.
Flavor is WAY sugary. Frangelico comes to mind from time to time but not quite so nutty. Brown sugar candy time. Store brand cola. I paired some of this with a flavorful spicy stew and this brew cut through all that and THEN some. Pretty one dimensional though I happen to enjoy that one dimension.
Mouthfeel is definitely thin for the style; has a slickness to it and is not cloying. Not very traditional as far as my experience tells me. Maybe something new is being attempted.
Southampton Abbot 12 reminds me of the one bottle of Kasteelbier Brune I've had, though the Southampton sample is probably less aged than the Kasteel. I've also had lots more beer since I had the Kasteel. As it stands now for me, Southampton Abbot 12 is a middle of the road quadrupel. This bottle might have needed some age to it in order to develop more flavors (no born on date to be found but I can tell from the label that this is from the new line of Southampton brews).
Right before this fellow I had a 12 ounce bottle of Three Philosophers, and I must say (no Ommegang bias intended) that Three Philosophers wins in every way.
04-27-2007 07:52:40 | More by ommegangpbr
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
2006 vintage, 750ml bottle received in trade with cooperrip, but I saved it for a special occasion. Im 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 its 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 its 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 cant get it here in Chicago.
03-27-2007 03:36:59 | More by mmcave
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
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
750ml bottle obtained via trade with Plaid75. Thanks for the opportunity... 2006 vintage.
Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" light tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly fruity and spiced dark maltiness. Flavor is just what the nose portended, with little to no alcohol taste, but the warming throat and tingly lips tell you that, like those old pasta sauce commercials used to say "It's in there...". Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Unsurprisingly, another excellent offering for the 750 Series. Wish these were distro-ed just a little bit further out, but I'll trade and/or travel to find them.
12-20-2006 01:24:37 | More by ppoitras
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Shared a large bottle of this stunning brew at the Hop Devil's Belgian room in NYC. Nose is of Rum, raisins and glowing alcohol and malt. Shining and glowing dark brown in color, murky with a dark tan head, warming and tasty, big flavors of more rum, raisins, ripe dark fruits. World class sipper, go get some, but it away for awhile or enjoy right now, fine, fine creation from SHampton.
10-04-2006 00:01:20 | More by Billolick
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured an opaque dark purple color with black and crimson hues and a soft tan colored head that dissipated quickly. The surface was covered in small and medium sized bubbles that retained their shape for quite awhile. Aromas of hard candy, roasted malt, toffee, and plums. This beer is filled with flavor; dried fruits, sweet malt, sweet candy, sublte hops, etc. Well balanced, considering the style, with just the right touch of carbonation and texture to make it easy to drink despite the high alcohol content. A mildly bitter finish seals the deal. Easy to sip and enjoy with a variety of foods. In my opinion, this beer is on par with some of the finest Belgian beers.
06-23-2006 13:52:47 | More by jaluria
4.65/5 rDev +17.1%
Legendary, complex, vinous nose of dates, cherries, plums, caramel and chocolate.
Tastes fruity and quite complex with nice woven caramel and chocolate flavors as well. Big body, which is typical of Belgian Trappist ales. Well hidden alcohol. In my opinion this is right up there with Rochefort, Westveteren, St. Bernardus and is one of the best darker Belgian styles that is brewed in the states.
03-10-2006 05:53:15 | More by Crosling
4.83/5 rDev +21.7%
Picked up a bottle at Shoreline Beverage on Lawg-i-lan last week. 2006 bottle cap info.
Into a tulip with a dark auburn mahagony hue topped with a dense compact sandy beige head cap. Not much lace to speak of possibly due to the 12% ABV but there is some drippy ice hither and yon.
Deep aromatic caramelized sugar scents. Notes of pastry and rum torte dessert cake. Reminds me of Rochefort 10 or 12.
First swigs: Dense caramel candy and sugar daddy. A touch of liquer or almond extract. Doughy flavors are pronounced as well. Dry finish with a linger of toffee and Kaluha. Dark fruit has a field day her with date and fig all over the palate. A creamy butter pecan ice cream malt flavor balances out the brew.
Feel is frothy and will cascade off the tongue into a fluffy pillow. Quite airy and light bodied with the 12% kicker quality hanging in the background.
Last swigs: Liquid butter pecan ice cream. Perfect timing as I have been on quite the quad kick as of late. This is a kick ass quad that stands its ground against Westy 12 anyday. The first time that I had this beer I didn't know what a quad was. Now I do. Wow!
Beer is good. Happy domestic quad beering.
03-28-2005 04:40:36 | More by blitheringidiot
4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
10-03-2004 02:38:36 | More by kennyo
4.6/5 rDev +15.9%
2003 edition courtesy of a beer trade with Biruchan.
Pours a rich-looking deep brown in color with a thin layer of tannish-colored head. Aromas are impressive, with ETOH-soaked raisins dominating. I'm not a big fan of raisins in general, but this one wowed me. Other dark fruits are noted as well, as is bannana. Flavor is complex, but very well-done. Lots of dark fruit flavors drizzled in rum mix with an array of chocolate/toffee/roasted coffee beans. Aftertaste stays with you. Big and beefy mouthfeel on this one. A real palate-coater. How can this be 12% ABV? No warming, no burning from the alcohol in this beauty. Superbly balanced and very, very drinkable. I must find more of this.
Huge BA thanks to Biruchan for this gem.
10-01-2004 23:23:33 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Honeyed amber, light khaki head that was nice and fluffy but left so quickly... Sharply vineous with scents of alcohol, smells like a belgian. Warm and full of alcohol, it heats your tongue so nice! Bit of sweetness. This just feels soooo good in your mouth, wow... Just great flavors blended together so nicely.
09-18-2004 19:24:43 | More by shapudding
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Deep dark brown, light ruby hints. Small off-white head. Big, deep and juicy aromas of dark fruits (grapes, dates, banana, figs) and chocolatey malt (not as proeminent as rochefort 10). Sweet doughy yeast, cookie-ish in fact gets along well with the toffee or caramel ice cream reminiscent malt. Palate procures a light tartness which is not unpleasant. Very fruity from the beginning to the end, extremely malty leading even to a slight roasty bite. This may not be totally world-class, but it isnt too far, very well-built for sure, complex, but also very sweet and in need of a few years to reach its full potentials imo. This was a 2003 bottle. Mouthfeel is awesome though, creamy, smooth, well rounded big body with carpet soft carbonation. Again, 2 thumbs up for biruchan and schoolteacher!
09-06-2004 21:52:13 | More by Rastacouere
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
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
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
2003 - This is what I like. A deep, dark ruby beer with a fruity/spicy aroma. It is very malty and quite complex. It is warming from the alcohol, though I do not know what the ABV is. It finishes dry and slight tart. I wish I bought a second bottle to see what it was like in a few years.
02-27-2004 13:02:04 | More by ark57
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
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.