Southampton Abbot 12 - Southampton Publick House
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3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Brown pour with a clear foam that bubbles with activity. No lacing of note. Has a slight red hue.
S - Scents of berries, dried apricots, and candy sugar. Gives off a dry sherry smell.
T - Initial sweetness of sugary fruit gives to an acidic bite at the end. There is a slight warming booziness that makes this beer inviting. While not as mellow as some of thebetter quads, I did enjoy the complexity.
M - Balance on this was nice and a very drinkable beer after a nice meal. If this were just ore mellow I'd give it a 5.
O - Southampton may have lost a step recently but beers like this make me look forward to trying them. A really good local belgian quad that could serve better with some age on it.
02-24-2013 00:54:09 | More by socon67
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
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours a deep amber color with one finger of khaki colored head with ok retention. Some lacing remains throughout the beer.
The scent is of dark fruit and some Belgian sugar.
The taste is kind of syrupy and flat. There are dark fruits, some roasted chocolate malt, some yeast notes.
Full body, syrupy and creamy, low to moderate carbonation.
There was some good flavor in this beer but it was very flat making it kind of unpleasant.
12-14-2012 19:11:36 | More by BeerCon5
3.13/5 rDev -21.2%
Served in a 10.5oz glass for $3.50 for some reason. Sampled 6/1/12.
A: Arrives with a 1.5 finger high head, extremely persistent. Creamy, foamy in texture, khaki in color. The body is dark brassy amber with noticeable clarity. Lacing in waves sticks with great proficiency, especially given the ABV.
S: Lots of Belgian yeast esters add a deeper complexity to the typical dark fruit notes. Prunes and plums. Belgian dark candi. Light new leather.
T: Follows the nose closely. Estery, dark fruity, cocoa, semi roasted. Overall flavor strays far from Quadrupel expectations.
M: Rich, malty body with a lasting, fine tingling effervescence, probably a touch too aggressive for my preference in the style. Slightly boozy on the finish.
O: Lousy Belgian Quad. Decent American Quad. The yeast was more of a player than I am used to - and there was an odd, semi roasted thing going on, but all of the above created a nice twist for an American interpretation.
06-23-2012 12:44:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
This was probably my favorite tap offering during two recent visits to the brewpub. It’s clear and amber with a fluffy white head that has good retention. Extensive lacing.
Lots of spicy, yeasty esters and fruit notes in the aroma. Fairly complex, with a hint of booziness emerging from underneath. Lots of sweet malt and Belgian candi sugar as well.
This is a sweet quad to be sure, with all that candi sugar and dark fruit dominating the taste, as well as prominent yeastiness and spices, most notably cloves and pepper. Again the astringent alcohol emerges in the swallow and as the beer warms. Not quite as complex as the nose lets on.
Medium-full bodied with solid carbonation. A little bit fizzy and less profound in feeling than the best of the style. Finish dries out a bit, which helps things along. Not a top notch quad but not bad either.
05-10-2012 14:06:18 | More by tobelerone
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
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 yeasty and sweet with a lot of 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. fair amount 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, at least not for me... not on the level of the trappistes of course, but it's pretty damn tasty in its own right.
mouthfeel is okay, full bodied, medium carbonation. scores high in drinkability; i can see myself coming back for more.
original review on: 07-09-2010
05-09-2012 17:32:45 | More by BostonHops
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.