Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 241
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 25 | 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: 142 | Hads: 241
Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 5

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red with hints of orange body. Much carbonation. Topped by a dense two fingers of just-off-white foam. Good lacing.

Aroma is rich with ripe dark fruits, particularly plum. Hints of nuts. Bits of bread and candy.

Taste begins with a moment of candy sweetness. Followed by a burst of spice and yeast. Fruit abounds. Pleasant warming alcohol.

Lively but smooth and full mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy drinkability.

If you like big belgians, put this on your shopping list. (477 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (745 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber pour with touches of royal purple; great head

Smell: Sweet caramel-malts, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, spices and dark fruits. Great for the style

Taste: Spot-on for the style again, nice caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits (dates & raisins), and faint spices. My only compliant is that it is a bit too sweet

Mouthfeel: Rich, perhaps a bit syrupy

Overall: Probably one of the best american quads, really well done. High sweetness pulls down the drinkability slightly. I'd like to try this one again. (549 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (589 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (388 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark autumn brown into my St Bernardus glass. Head rises mightily on each our, slowly settling over time. Aromas are rich and dark, with lots of sweetness and dark roasted malts on the nose. Taste follows this quite a bit. Very sweet on the tongue and on the palate afterwards. Tastes of half dried raisins and thick warmed molasses. The carbonation on this one is crisp on the tongue but not too much overall. A very thick and creamy brew.

Not what I remember this being like at all for some reason. This one is very sweet, yet somehow I like it. It appears to lever against the alcohol b/c that is masked to an extent. Interested to see what will happen to this over time... (686 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened a 750ml bottle that is 2 years old and served in Weyerbacher tulip glass.

A-deep mahogany color with a tan bubbly head that sticks around for nice lacing.

S-Raisins!! Dried fruit, molasses, and even a slight oaky note too. I would classify this morre of a high abv dubbel due to the smells.

T-I am in heaven. Taste is awesome, candi sugar, molasses, raisins, and a hint of bourbon. Vanilla and leather coming from the latter. No heat from alcohol and perfectly balanced with sweetness to bitterness. Not dry but not sweet. A perfect beer.

M-medium to high body with a nice bubbly feel on the tongue to keep it not a heavy beer.

I would say my favorite in this category. (681 characters)

Photo of ejquin
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of irishkyle21
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of LennyV
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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... (305 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice light brown color. It is cloudy with all kinds of suspended things. There is a lot of carbonation that creates a HUGE tan head that dissipates very slowly.
Smell is slightly more subdued than I was thinking. There is a nice sugary sweetness and a solid malt base. The main smell is the strong malts.
Taste blows the smell away. There is a nice malty base. There are a lot of malts dominating this beer and they all get dominated by a really sugary sweet taste. Very nice sugars working in this one.
Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. There is a really good thickness to this beer and it glides down the tongue.
Drinkability is awesome in this beer. For something with such a large ABV, there is little to no taste of alcohol at all. This beer has some really awesome tastes and they all go down very nice. (823 characters)

Photo of shapudding
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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. (312 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (584 characters)

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Bocktown with WVbeergeek and Jasonm, came in a 750ml caged and corked the corked banged out of sight as soon as the cage was undone. Seved into a tulip glass between the 3 of us.

Hazy,deep copper,mahagony,hard to get a really good look at the color at Bocktown. Off white head hard to pour without a glass full of fluffy everlasting head. Left lot of thick webbing all over the inside of the glass,sticky looking.

Great aroma can't seem to keep it away from the nose. Sweet,dark,tart fruit notes,some sour cherry,earthy,spicy, with hints of currants,clove,allspice also nutty, with some Belgium yeast.

Lots of sweet booziness from the start,vinious,dark fruityness with plum notes. The fruittyness was remisent of dried fruit.Lots of spicyness lots of clove.Also nutty and earthy. Finished clean,spicy and very sugary. Syrupy,big full mouthfeel,smooth and very creamy with lots of juicyness.

A beer to sip,but very enjoyable, wish I had the whole bottle to drink would be no problem. A must try beer if you like this style. Seems like a beer that would age very well. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've cellared this for a while (2 yrs?), and it has mellowed nicely.

A: Clear, amber-chestnut, light tan head, thin ring of retention, light leg.

S: Sherry, raisins, cider, figs... plenty of alcohol in the nose.

T: Caramel, raisins, figs, prunes, dark bread, sponge toffee, candied pineapple, marmalade, vanilla, modest bitterness, slight alcohol warmth. This one's right up there with the big Belgians.

M: Moderately full body is smooth with a light residual sweetness.

D: Great for its strength. (502 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet again, ole Phil will not be confined to a few style of making beer at Southampton. Skibbo's has a library from the brewery and this was the latest beer "that I never had."

A: Caged and corked, poured into an oversized wine glass. The color was a murky amber with burnt orange accents on the side. I didn't expect the lace to remain and within seconds the small cap disolved quickly. Quads have become my new favorite style and I knew Southampton would not let me down.

S: The nose is at first a large collection of earthen soaked dried ripe dark fruit, then candied malts with caramel and strong alcohol presence, perhaps too much for me.

T: Stinging malts and yeast, the dates and figs from the fruit section, and cloves for the spice tough. Very rich quad that can get medicinal on you at times.

M: Viscous slipperyness and stingy carbonation that was lurking in the background.

D: A farily good quad that has a rich fruity complexity. I had a hard time finishing because of the ABV and the growing tartness towards the end. More on the bitterside but something I will pull for again. (1,098 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is a quad?! a little off base, but so tasty!

this has "abbey ale" all over it. but with their own twist, I suppose.

dark caramel malts - center stage.... but ridiculously (and deliciously) dry. toasted on the edges, balanced out remarkably by the alcohol, which fails to burn and warm. how did they do that?!

apparently I had this before and gave it high marks... it's really fantastic....one of Southampton's best - of the half dozen or more I've had

still not sure why this brewery doesn't get the (gleaming) notoriety it deserves (541 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 1/23/2017. Pours lightly cloudy pale ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, cherry, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, apricot, apple, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/fruity/spicy flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, lightly slick/bready, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome quadruple style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,480 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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! (1,079 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Numerous 750ml bottles. Each bottle changes in character, in particular the 'sweetness' variable. First pour is dark mahogany with coca cola cherry red highlighst and a really big head. Hard to get a grasp of all the flavor components, but there's alot of rich, sweet mal, and dark fruits -- raisins, prunes, sweet figs, and caramel butterscotch candy. A bit of rum creeps in. The second pour is much cloudier -- as with all 750 Southamptons, thick and chewy, an elegant abbey-style quadruple. There's a faint sense of oak and hickory in there, but the swetness takes that over. The mouthfeel could be creamier, especially near the top of the bottle. (650 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle served in st. bernardus oversized wineglass. bottle reads a 9.9 abv.

pours a deep, dark amber with a finger of white head. moderate retention, decent lacing.

nose is of yeast, dark fruits... malty with brown sugar notes. taste is a pleasant surprise - i was prepared to pan this as measured against its authentic belgian counterparts, but no. a lot going on here: raisins, sweet malts, brown sugar, some booze but by no means overpowering, yeast and other dark fruits. straddles the line of being too sweet but doesn't cross it. not on the level of the trappistes, but it's pretty damn tasty in its own right.

mouthfeel is okay, full bodied, medium carbonation. scores high in drinkability, i will be coming back for more. (738 characters)

Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.