Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
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3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. Nice retention and some patchy lacing.
S - It smelled of sweet, bready malts with a strong dried fruit aroma - mostly cherry.
T - It tasted really, really sweet and malty. Tons of Belgian candy sugar!. There were some dried fruit flavors like black cherry.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
D - This is an interesting Quad. It was incredibly sweet and malty. Not my favorite quad.
11-12-2010 04:26:43 | More by zeff80
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
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
22oz bomber, brought this one home from ACBF. Poured into my Duvel tulip
The beer pours a very dark brown, with hints of plum around the edges if held up to light. A decent, but not overly impressive tan head rises and leaves a fair amount of lacing, though head retention is a little bit weak. The nose has the expected dark fruit flavors, but there's also much more of a spicy yeast presence, which is somewhat intriguing. The taste is a little bit of a letdown, as yeasty spiciness from the nose disappears and the remaining malt sweetness tastes a little watered down (though still far from bad). There's a brief flash of alcohol warmth at the very end of each sip. The carbonation level is fine, but as the taste hinted at, the body of the beer is a little thin. Overall it's a pretty drinkable beer though, it's got a good flavor and the alcohol presence serves to add to the taste and avoids being harsh in any way. Southampton Abbot 12 is a good beer, but for my money a well executed quad is one of the best beers on the planet and this just doesn't quite measure up to that lofty standard.
07-15-2010 04:26:07 | More by axeman9182
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
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance: clear reddish brown in color. 2" head lingers around awhile. Some spotty lacing develops.
Smell: malt and fruity sweetness and a hint of yeast.
Taste: malt, brown sugars, yeast, prunes, raisins, and a bit of breadiness. Alcohol is noticeable and warming, and there is a nice bitterness to level out the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is mild while the flavors are soft on the tongue after swallowing.
Drinkability: a slow sipping belgian-styled quad here. A bit sweeter than expected. The alcohol and sweetness levels knocks down the mark here, but it is a good beer.
09-21-2007 20:11:33 | More by Gavage
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
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
06-01-2009 17:42:03 | More by lehows
3.84/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors for the style.
10-29-2013 04:21:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
01-25-2011 01:45:57 | More by Ambiorix
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
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