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
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
JustinA1 got this in a trade with joerodiii and decided to share. Thanks homes.
Poured into a Cigar City snifter.
Appearance: Body looked dull at first, but it shows rich brown, red and orange in light; nice autumn-y colors. A thin, loose, off-white halo sits atop for the entire session. Wish I had put this in a different glass - preferably one with an etched bottom - but it still looks decent.
Smell: Caramel, plums, cinnamon and spices, and a green grape/white wine-like twang. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms, but also adds a somewhat pleasant floral ester note.
Taste: Very similar to the smell, but with added spices (specifically cinnamon) and semi-pleasant esters. Alcohol is a bit more apparent than it should be, but I dig the complexity and overall flavor profile.
Motuhfeel: Actively carbonated, full bodied, and a little sugary/gritty. Finishes dry and produces a slow, warming sensation in the tummy. Not at all harsh.
Drinkability: This was a very pleasant and polished quadrupel. Though not great in any category, Justin and I really enjoyed it all the way through.
10-19-2010 05:03:13 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours deep amber with off-white head. Smell of dried fruit and alcohol.
Sweet rum flavor with a hint of earth. Dried cherries, sugar and a touch of spice. A bit "hot," as the alcohol is evident upfront and in the finish. Taste is good, but drinking more than one could be a chore.
A fire-side sipper. Or would be great with grilled medium-rare lamb chops.
10-01-2010 22:53:02 | More by Zraly
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like wild yeast with spicy wheat and caramel malt, with a little raisin and cocoa and grassy hops.
T: It tasted like wild yeast and spicy wheat and light caramel, with some floral hops and earthy cocoa and a little bit of dark fruit and alcohol. It had a bitter aftertaste with a little lingering sweetness and alcohol.
M: It was slick and slightly thick with smooth carbonation.
D: This was a good beer, but surprisingly not malty. It had great body, but it was pretty hot fresh, so it was definitely a sipper. Age would probably really help improve this beer, as it was a little rough fresh.
09-27-2010 18:02:31 | More by Pencible
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
A: Mid brown color. Moderate haze. Some sediment.
S: Belgian yeast. Belgian candy sugar. Alcohol. Something a bit funky / tart.
T: Caramel. Dates. Rock candy. Hops. More bitter than I'd imagine. Slightly hot from the alcohol. Seems like it needs more time to integrate and smooth out.
M: Very good body. Nice, smooth texture.
D: Reasonably drinkable, but needs more age. It is hot and slightly harsh when cold, and it is slightly rough when warm. Cellar temp worked best for taste / drinkability.
09-18-2010 18:35:57 | More by jnn4v
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
09-07-2010 22:21:27 | More by JAXSON
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
poured into a tulip, nice light brown color with a persistent white head. slightly hazy.
not sure how old this bottle is, i would assume atleast a year or two. very mellow aroma, raisiny, rummy, with a hint of medicinal phenolics.
caramel sweetness up front, hints of fig, raisin, whole grain bread, cough syrup, bit of rum. finishes with a bit of warming alcohol.
mouthfeel is effervescent and fitting. this is a great beer, i wish i could get it all the time in ohio.
07-31-2010 02:41:16 | More by wyattshotmaker
British Columbia (Canada)
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-20-2010 22:41:04 | More by Derek
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
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-09-2010 05:08:34 | More by perrymarcus
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Marked 12/22/14, so I'm going to assume it was bottled in December of 2009.
Appearance: Careful pour yields a two and a half inch offwhite, fizzy head that crackles and pops audibly and visibly, but dissipates slowly, leaving swatches of lacing. Bottle wasn't exactly a gusher, but a bit of foam rose out of the top upon popping the cork. Pours a beautiful deep red, and decorates the glass with long lasting streaks of lacing.
Smell: At first there's a very strong aroma of Belgian yeast, as well as some clove and coriander. The smell develops a deep, musky note reminiscent of cologne, then a weird, almost chlorine-like aroma. This airy, indoor pool smell comes to (unfortunately) dominate the aroma. Deeper into the glass, some of the estery goodness from the taste pops up in the nose, and the (perhaps hoppy) pool character subsides a bit.
Taste: Follows the initial smell; healthy dose of Belgian yeast, lots of spice, but additionally there's a deep caramel flavor and some nice dark fruit (closest to raisin i think) esters right off the bat. It's apparent early on that this is a reasonably successful American attempt at a quad. There's lots of development of flavor, transitioning through nice, rich toffee and caramel notes and deep, musty, intriguing dark fruit notes. Boozy finish, but not so much that it hides or intrudes on any of the delicious flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Not particularly good... a bit too carbonated, yet not at all creamy. Kind of boring, but on the upside, not much to complain about (e.g. it's not too sugary or sticky, despite the decadent flavors, nor is it overwhelmingly hot despite the high ABV and noticeable alcohol flavor).
Drinkability: This beer doesn't hide its 10.5% ABV, but it delivers enough flavor to justify it. A good sipper, and decent representation of the style.
After the one-note, borderline disaster of Southampton Grand Cru, I was afraid to try this beer... I expected it would either be too simple, or taste like cola. I was pleasantly surprised to find an American quad that rivals Allagash 4. In terms of feel, taste, and aroma, Southampton's quad is not in the same league as Saint Bernardus or Trappistes Rochefort, but it's a good beer. I'll be happy to have this one again, and might throw one in the cellar to see what happens.
05-24-2010 04:40:41 | More by Pahn
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured a cloudy brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus and brown sugar aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and fizzy carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew.
05-17-2010 23:02:36 | More by tmoneyba
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
2006 vintage bottle.
Deep cola brown pour with red highlights. Bone white bubbly head that falls quickly. Deep maltiness with raisins, dark fruits, caramel and toffee. Earthy, spicy yeast is lively and bright. Brown sugar and candi sugar accents. Great depth, incredibly enticing.
First sip brings smooth rich malts with warm caramel, brown sugar, raisins and a myriad of dark fruits. Bright Belgian yeast brings spiciness and earthy esters into the mix. Flows down incredibly rich, flavorful and malty. Never becomes over sweet, just a tasty brew.
Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation and goes down easy. A real tasty American Quad and a bit sad I don't have any more bottles of this as I think it would last a few more years in the cellar without issue. Another winner from Southampton.
02-07-2010 16:41:59 | More by orbitalr0x
4.55/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into tall sniffer glass. Pours a deep brown solid/cloudy with a wonderful thick creamy head. Lacing is mild, but there. Aroma is wonderful. Very strong of raisins and over-ripe fruits. Malty and booze in scent too.
Wow! Impressed, very sweet and complex. Full bodied with tons of raisins and caramel notes. Heavy sweet malts and definite booze. Great beer!
12-20-2009 04:57:34 | More by ShadesOfGray
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
750ml bomber, corked and caged, poured into chalice glass
Looks soda like, near opaque dark redish brown with a small head which quickly becomes a thin sticky lacin smell is deep with sweet dark fruits, grapes, cherry vanilla soda taste is super sweet syrupy, and sugary; thick molasses, again, heavy on the dark fruits, coats the tongue with heavy sugary grape/raisin/etc flavors 9.9abv it's an enjoyable slow sipper, a bit too sweet in my opinion but no complaints as I enjoy the rest of the bottle. Carbonation is good, not too much not too little, slightly warming alcohol. Probably will wait a while before I get this again, but it's certainly a great brew. Cheers
11-18-2009 01:29:13 | More by JVEyck309
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-31-2009 22:27:47 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Clear, deep amber color that appeared almost mahogany. Off white/egg shell colored fizzy head that fades quite quickly. Splotchy lacing sticks in the glass.
Aroma is earthy, malty with some sweetness and the slightest yeast tones.
There is a bit of alcohol as the flavor burst in your mouth. Not hot, but perceptible. Nicely complex flavors. Dates, prunes, cherries and a hint of white pepper. Not much yeast character, but the layers of fruit and malt tones add nice depth.
Smooth, silky mouth feel. Almost syrup like.
Very enjoyable. I like this.
08-08-2009 02:19:50 | More by Reagan1984
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
07-31-2009 23:43:02 | More by jlindros
3/5 rDev -24.4%
A corked and caged 750 mL bottle. I think I picked this up at Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville.
A: The ale is dark but not opaque, a bold red that could pass for a glass of wine, save for the white head atop it. That white head left small patches of lace.
S: The nose is very sweet and strong, led by raisins and brown sugar and plenty of booze. A chalky powder aroma, perhaps more yeast byproduct, leaves an aroma that can't overpower the sweetness.
T: Man, this beer is sweet. Candi sugars, darker and fuller in flavor, lead the way, along with a raisin taste thanks to the yeast. Sugars are burnt, amplifying the sweetness, so much so that the ale borders on cloying.
M: The bottle is approximately 2 years old, so I can't tell if it needs more or less aging. The sweetness is overpowering, bold and strong.
D: I am not a fan; too darn sweet to really get into. I'm glad that janlud was here to share it with me.
07-08-2009 23:44:16 | More by akorsak
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a rich opaque brown with a big creamy head, only if poured very vigorously though. Smell is sweet, has bits of alcohol, and light chocolate. The taste is very rich, again sweet with caramelized sugars and a very slight toast or roast. There is perhaps a light fruitiness wayyyy in the background. Mouthfeel is a nice medium, about what I would expect in a Belgian quadrupel. This is a good beer to be drank in small quantities.
06-09-2009 16:57:26 | More by MiScusi
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
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured from a 750 in to a goblet; a dark brown with a wonderful creamy head that quickly deflated. Nice stickage down the glass.
Smelled of dark fruits, a little alcohol, and malts. Very rich aroma.
Taste was really smooth with dark fruits, complex malts and hops, etc. Delicious, as good as any Qud I've had.
Mouthfeel was great; nice and creamy and full.
Drinkability was good; so tasty you want to drink this forever; but watch the ABV!
This was every bit as good for me as St. Bernardus and Rochefort. A winner.
06-01-2009 16:57:01 | More by BeTheBall
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-08-2009 02:40:51 | More by BDIMike
3.23/5 rDev -18.6%
750mL bottle courtesy of shaebs99 labeled 9.9% ABV on the bottle, poured into a snifter.
When I "popped" the cork, I was a little suspicious things might be off as there was nary a sound. The cork just slid right out. An aggressive pour yielded only a few big bubbles that recedes immediately leaving no ring and no lacing. The color was a deep, clear brownish amber. Not much life to this one.
Despite being a dead bottle, the aroma and taste were still good. The aroma is very sweet with tons of candi sugar, fruity esters and dark fruits, especially raisins. The alcohol burns the nostrils a little bit after a couple whiffs.
The taste is also very sweet with lots of raisins and brown sugar. The dark malts really come out in the taste and a bit of spices in the finish, but nothing too over-the-top.
The mouthfeel is where my bottle has clearly suffered. It's almost completely still with no carbonation whatsoever. This makes for a slick and very thin mouthfeel that is subpar for the style, or any style.
This was clearly a bad bottle, but I'll stick with my review until I can find a good one to try. The aroma and taste were clear indications of a very good quad underneath, but this one had completely lost it's carbonation.
04-14-2009 01:15:51 | More by gford217
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Served on tap yet again at Capone's in a small serving.
A- This abbot 12 came with a fairly nice white head that faded with time. A deep dark red color with hints of brown and some activity within. Not anything in terms of lace.
S- This quad had all the familiar smells with raisins, dark toasted malt and brown sugar. Also getting dark fruits and a caramel sweetness as well leading to some toffee.
T- Good stuff. Sweetness but not overbearing. Dark malts, a hand full of raisins along with some yeast to balance it out. Ripe fruit including apples and some berries. A good amount of spices not overdone again. Caramel backing.
M- Not quite thick but this coats the mouth, I would say it's a step above medium with lively carbonation. Alcohol only barely noticable with a sweet aftertaste. A good sipper.
D- A nice drinkable quad but if I had a bottle it would probably be best split among friends. I heard rumblings that this was a 07' version even though it was listed as 08'. Well, it sure drinks like an 07.
03-10-2009 04:00:28 | More by BARFLYB
Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.