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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:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
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 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 corby112
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber brown with off-white head. Pleasant aroma that is fruity and spicy with a nice touch of hops. Extremely quaffable great tasting beer! Spices with hints of apple, pear, berries, raisin, plum candi sugar, caramel and a nice balance of maltiness and hops. ABV very well masked. Excellent!

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Photo of hopdog
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

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

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Photo of t0rin0
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dnichols
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a caged and capped 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a hazy, dark. and mahagony body with a tall and dense light tan head. There was little lacing but there was a layer of bubble that gave the beer a nice tan cover long into the experience. It was a dang good lookin' beer in the glass.

S: It had a rich caramel sugar and dark ripe fruit aroma with hints of alcohol.

T: If it looks like a quad, smells like a quad and tastes like a quad...it must be a quad. The subdued rich and sweet caramel and plum flavor covered the front of my tongue. As the drink progressed I detected hints of tart dark fruits, black liquorish, pepper and coriander.

M: It is a full bodied beer with a warm and subtly sweet presence on the tongue. It has light carbonation and finishes warm and clean.

D: It is a fine and solid quad that stands tall among its style brewed in the new world. I like and intend to keep it in my stash for special times.

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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 treyrab
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a recent beer tasting and split it with jac5084. Poured it into a chalice...

A: Very surprised at the clarity of this beer. It was completely translucent with a nice dark amber red color. The head is a nice two finger head but does not last that long, nor does it lace.

S: Smells right up there with the best Quads around. Plums, raisins, figs, and sweet grapes. Bananas and clove also shoot out from the yeast.

T: Wow, incredibly sweet with almost no hop profile. Tastes as if there is some honey in there also. The dark fruits are more like puree and the clove profiles is amazing. The bottom line though, is this beer is incredibly sweet.

Overall, this was an absolutely amazing beer. It is a great representation of the style and one I would love to have again.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Andy in NY via a trade. After removing the cage and prying out the firmly seated cork, this poured a deep red to amber color with virtually no head. Nose of sweet caramel malts and ripe fruit. Very greasy mouthfeel more like port wine than beer. Flavor is quite sweet, with raisins. Finish is long, sweet and full of malts. Kind of a sipping beer, but was as good at the finish as at the end. Overall very nice.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoeCeez for sharing this one.

A - Auburn with nice highlights when held to the light and a strange fizzy, cola like light tan head that leaves a good amount of foam behind.

S - Sweet candi sugar, spicy yeast, dark fruits of plum and raisin that create a nice earthy aroma and remind me of a wonderful Mole sauce I had recently at Fronterra Grill. Brown sugar, caramel and maybe even a touch of banana.

T - Candy like sweetness of brown sugar mixed with candi sugar. Some spicy yeast follows and then mellows into an earthy, dark fruit treat of plums, figs and raisins.

M - Medium body with high carbonation but not fizzy in the mouth. Some alcohol warming and hotness.

D - On the sweet side but somehow it works in this beer. Not as complex as others I have had but there is something very tasty about this one.

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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 brentk56
2.91/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with copper hues. A half inch head of white quickly dissolved leaving behind a few dots of lacework and a ring around a placid surface.

Aromatics lead off with raisins, sweet toffee, juicy malt, grape jam, and caramel.
Hints of orange marmalade, dark rum, and vanilla follow through.

Medium bodied and quite sticky. A bit syrupy due to low carbonation.

Sweet malt and candi sugar lead off the pallet along with rum-soaked raisins, sugared caramel, and brown sugar. Some mild alcohol follows through on the throat.

Finishes with faint orangy notes, juicy malt, and more raisins.

This beer has a great nose, but the carbonation is way low for the style and the pallet is overly sweet.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked for $8.95 from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Impressive appearance - pours a dark burgundy, light-brown, purple hue with a gigantic foamy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Sweet, date, prune, and thick malty aroma - very sweet with hints of figs, and dark candied sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, laden with dehydrated dark, fruits, figs, prunes, rich malts, dates, currants, raisins, caramel and vanilla nuances... The only thing detracting from the flavor was the undeniable presence of alcohol on the tongue and the super-sweet taste that was borderline cloying...
Thick, creamy mouthfeel, however drinkability took a hit due to the overbearing sweetness and powerful alcohol...
Definitely a solid American sample of a Quad, but when compared to some European versions, nothing above and beyond...

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

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Rustic tea in color with notes of auburn and light maple. Carbonation-filled white head that casts a bit of foam as a result of the extremely active carbonation. Surprisingly impressive retention that barely budges.

Semi-sweet candied sugar, that is kept in check by a nutty, dry oak. Pleasant farmhouse mustiness with hints of corriander. Orange peel in a light bourbon whaft of alcohol.

Complex, flavorful sweetness up front: vanilla-laced Belgian candied-sugar amidst a range of raisin, plum, cherry, red apple. Light hints of mellow citrus: orange peel and rounded melon. Rum and curacao alcohol presence that blends very well with the vinous fruit and soft citrus flavor profile. Tough to knock a thing in terms of flavor.

Almost full bodied; smooth and lightly carbonated. Again, the mild carbonation is a bit of a pleasant surprise for the style.

One of the more drinkable Quadrupel's I've ever had; on account of the tamed alcohol character, reserved carbonation, and complex yet balanced flavor profile. Congrats to Southampton, this one's a success.

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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 irishkyle21
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to pour this one with a bit of vigour to create any head. What is there does not last, very little lacing and a dark ruby color.

Smells of sweet malts (almost sugar like sweet), fruits (raisins and other dark fruits). A yeasty spiciness is also noticeable.

Tastes rather sweet but nice, becomes fruitier after a few gulps and warming thanks to the 10.5% tag.

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Photo of Kraken
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split bottle with my brother. Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle, into fin du monde chalice. Three finger off white/tan head slight lacing at best. This quad poured a slightly light root-beer color, and was most likely too cold. Bouquet of raisins, dates, slight caramel and booze. Taste almost echoes smell. Raisins and dates are very prominent, followed by caramels, booze and a syrupy sweetness that verged on overpowering. Booze and sweetness become more and more of defining characteristic with warming. Somewhat dry and sticky finish due to high abv. This would benefit from cellaring. Mildly drinkable atm.

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Photo of brdc
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks pugman for this one.

Large corked and caged bottle, pured into a goblet. Deep red, but incredibly clear for the style, it is topped by a creamy, dense off-white head, with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is delicate, but pleasant, if not complex, mostly with dark fruits and a hint of yeast.
Full bodied, it is incredibly sweet and unidimensional; it is candy sweetness, then candy sweetness, and more sugar.
I like a lot of sweet and semi-sweet beers, but this one is excessively sweet. Extremely limited drinkability, and even with dessert it felt too sweet.
My first deception with southampton, which is otherwise an amazing brewery.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

05/01/08- Received via trade with ex-member Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 2006 Vintage as stated on the cork. Caged and corked and poured into my Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- Very cola like in appearance. Deep brown with a 1/2 inch head that evaporates like magic (or cola) before your very eyes. Leaves a flat and placid liquid in front of you. Negative lace if that is possible.

Smell- Smell is fine. Bready and mild caramel booze soaked malts. Dark and fruity with some plums and date notes.

Taste- Headed downhill. Caught if just as it's on it's last legs. Good initial flavor of dark fruits and light fusel alcohol with a bready feel, but seems to finish a touch sour and taste quickly fades.

Mouthfeel- Very low carbonation level, almost flat. Leaves no real aftertaste.

Drinkability- We drain poured this as we had a couple other beers we felt would better treat our palette. I'm sure this beer is good if not great when fresh. Not sure why two years of age would have harmed this beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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