Abbot 12
Southampton Publick House

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
89
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 11.22%
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
260
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Southampton Publick House
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  29
Gots
  26
SCORE
89
Very Good
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argock from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12/23/14 on back label - I think that is the bet by date. L5789.

Leather brown with short cap of beige head with no lacing.

Aroma with figs and dates and raisins with light phenols and even lighter tobacco and medium caramel.

Flavor far surpasses the aroma with sumptuous dark fruit with figs, dates, plum, and raisin with light phenolic spiciness to keep it from being cloying. Alcohol is faint.

Feel is light for the style with medium body and light carbonation.

It really weathered 9 years at room temp well - delicious dark fruit flavors with light spicing is right up my alley.

Mar 02, 2019
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Kendo from New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprised to see I've never reviewed this beer before; I remember really liking it back in the days when Southampton was new and I lived at my old house (moved out of there in 2011, so we're talking quite some time ago). Anyway, this one was in the cellar for awhile, then made it to my fridge in the garage God knows how long ago (I'm guessing at least a year). Bottle says BB 12/22/14, which - assuming 5 years from bottling to the "best by" date - I'm guessing makes this bottle about 9 years old as I pour it on March 10, 2018....

A: First: I had trouble with the cork, had to use a pair of pliars to try and get it uncorked, which served to break the cork, which led me to open it with a wine opener. . . . Poured it into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale chalice and my first impression was that it had retained its carbonation nicely. Body is reddish-amber with a half-finger of khaki-colored head which is refortified nicely with that carbonation.

S: I've got the remnants of a cold, with a stuffy nose, but even so, I can smell the fruit - mainly cherries - and sweeter malt (caramel) and sugars (brown, candied). Good nose. Doesn't seem to have oxidized over all these years.

T: First impression is the fine but active carbonation. Flavor-wise, it's following the nose, with a sweet, sugary malt foundation that's followed by stone fruit (dark cherries; think booze-soaked cherries) and then a good dose of alcohol on the finish. A little too much alcohol, I think, and so I've knocked the taste score down from 4.25 to 4.00.

M: As noted above, active but fine carbonation. Call it medium in heft. Feels nice.

O: Solid. I don't think the extra age has hurt this beer at all. A nice relatively easy-drinking Quad for a cold night in March. Glad I chose to open this one tonight.

Mar 11, 2018
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HalfFull from California

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a large wine glass from a cork and caged 750 ml bottle. Pour is a deep clear brown with some crimson highlights and offers a cap of tan foam with moderate retention. Hints of ethanol on the nose along with some sweet malt, cocoa, spice and yeast esters. Not much complexity for a Quad but I don't think that is the plan here. More BSDA to me. Well, until I read the back of the bottle so a Quad it is. I guess you can't argue with 'Abbot 12'. Carbonation is quick to return with a spin throughout the duration.

Taste follows the color, that being light for the 'style'. Carob like spices dominate but don't really linger. Not too sweet nor complex but pleasant and with no off flavors. Warming brings forth a fuller feel on the tongue and a spritzy finish with a good level of carbonation. Touch of chocolate and mint at times on the finish. Finish drys with warming yet never gets too chalky. Overall a decent though not too complex take on the style. Would try again.

Oct 29, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before December 6th 2017

A small pop when I pulled the cork out, it pours a clear reddish brown with a finger of off white foam. Lacing is impressive


Loads of caramel malt in the smell with some dark pitted fruit that's on the subtle side. The sweet seems likely to be influenced by candi sugar, I reckon.

Tastes of caramel malt and probably a bit of oxidation. Dark fruits are a mild presence. Candi sugar here but doesn't cause any over sweetness. Alcohol is definitely there and brings oodles of warming.

Close to a syrupy mouthfeel, I really do like this Quad.

Aug 18, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says 12/6/2017.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Trappist-like yeast quality with some fruity esters and sweet biscuity malt. Maybe some Belgian candi sugar too. Tiny trace of oxidation.

T- The sweetness continues with pleasant dark fruit, vanilla, caramel and even some almond-like nuttiness. Has great balance between the malt, alcohol and yeast making it so dangerously easy to drink. There is certainly some oxidation detected but luckily it's for the better and complements the rest of the flavor profile.

M- Slick and slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Been wanting to try this for a while and so glad I dropped the money on what is clearly a vintage bottle since it has aged quite nicely (from what I can tell) and the oxidative qualities found are of the positive variety.

Jun 09, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep amber toffee color with a thick toffee ring and gentle carbonation.

S - Dark Belgian candy sugar/toasted/burnt sugar, plumbs, prunes, mild Belgian spice. Aroma is very, very sweet.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel from start to finish with alcohol warming on the way down (though not detectable in the nose), the booziness that comes through is buried down under and a bit of an edginess to it. A little bit of bread/yeast, prunes, plumbs, figs and some coriander buried way down. After several sips the alcohol starts to diminish.

M - Thick, gentle carbonation, velvety. Coats the mouth with toasted candy sugar, plumb, and coriander.

O - A good Quad but not on par with the Belgians.

Oct 28, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. corked caged bottle with an expiration date of 12/6/2017. Sampled on September 6, 2015.

Attractive chestnut-reddish poiur under a lingering tan head. Eventually settles back but it leaves lacing as it does.

Big nose of roasted Belgian malt, Belgian candied sugar, licorice, and coriander. No alcohol for 9.9% ABV.

The body is medium and better.

The taste is a slight letdown because it is way too sweet and way too bready. Those are the characteristics that you might expect for the style but this is a bit over the top. The booze is buried and I drank the entire thing.

Sep 06, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark, muddled, ruby brown color and foamy, bubbly, white head with carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of apple, date, raisin, fig, and rich candi sugar. Flavors are richly sweet, heavy on the old world fruits of date, fig, and raisin, with notes of dark candi sugar, earthy tones, and apple. Very rich and full bodied, with a stone fruit and sugary aftertaste. Chewy through to the smooth, slow, sweet lingered finish. Good beer.

Sep 06, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut pour in a tulip glass crowned by a clingy cream colored foam collar. S: fruit, anise, cola – dark fruits, hint of honey and chocolate, banana. T: Starts molassey with traces of sweet caramel, some dark bread, and then it dries out on the finish. Anise, cola, dark fruit, honey and a hint of chocolate complete the palate. F: Above average carbonation, medium body. O: A big meaty Belgian dark ale.

Aug 08, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/17/15 notes. Big thanks to my buddy Dave for giving me a bottle of this as a wedding gift; thanks Dave, actually never had it. 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep, murky reddish brown color with two fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Dark fruits, figs, plums, raisins, breads malts, Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, brown sugar, and toasted malts. Light alcohol too. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation, light booze.

Overall pretty good, a little boozy which keeps it from being great. A lot of dark fruits and a pretty solid quad, but a strong one. Would have it again.

Jun 18, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Quad. Not a style done well by many US Brewers (except Ommegang). Pours a clear brownish/amber color with a small bubbly and frothy white head. Lots of light comes through in the glass. Average head retention and little bits of spotty lacing.. Smell is not as prominent as some quads, but malt and dark fruit are noticeable.

Tastes very good. Dark fruit (plums and figs),malt, some candi sugar type sweetness and a little spice. There is an alcohol presence but it is warming rather than harsh. I have aged this beer a few years so I didn't expect it to be hot.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a warming alcohol presence. This quad is well worth trying.

Nov 18, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Apr 15, 2014
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dank203 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more mellow quad , pours dark, khaki head. aromas are strong even through nasal congestion I get booze, rum, ton of licorice, olive, dark fruits. flavor is very well balanced and good bitey feel. definitely not a bad one especially for fans of the style, because it is a solid example

Apr 02, 2014
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Stamped with #3067 1/23/17 (which I assume is bottle # and best by date).
A: Pours a dark orange-amber with 1/2 inch light tan head. Good retention.
S: Dark dried fruit, spicy Belgian yeast, cinnamon, clove, and sweet dark caramel malt. Definitely a sweet aroma.
T: Dark dried fruit (raisins, figs, dates)...tends toward more fresh than overly ripe or aged notes. Cinnamon, bready yeast, vanilla, sweet caramel malt, and a hint of rum.
M: Medium body...drinks much lighter than ABV. Silky smooth and sweet. Indulgent feel. Lingers decently on the palate.
D: A well constructed quad. Drinks very fresh...which is a nice change from the usual per style. Easily drinkable...too easily for the ABV!

Nov 12, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Oct 29, 2013
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Hex92 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer from the rare beer club. Smells looks, and tastes great. Nice mouth feel. I can't wait to see how this develops over time. There is a hint of rawness to it that should smooth out over time.
It has the nice dried fruit flavor and alcohol warmness.

Sep 08, 2013
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nickfl from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Apr 19, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: very thin head on a clear deep amber body.

S: candy sugar, caramel and generic dark fruit. Aroma is good, just not strong rough for me.

T: very malty with lots of lots of candy and brown sugar and dark fruit with mostly fig and plum. Molasses and caramel notes. Malts are bready.

M: medium chewy body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice quad. Not too sweet which is something that usually turns me off from other quads I have had. I would like more dark fruit from this one though.

Apr 19, 2013
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socon67 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Feb 24, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Jan 14, 2013
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Dec 14, 2012
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FeDUBBELFIST from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Jun 23, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

May 10, 2012
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 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

May 09, 2012
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CloudStrife from New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, poured into a goblet. 12/23/14 on the bottle.

A: Pours a real hazy brownish dark ruby with a 1.5 finger white head with lots of tiny bubbles. Some chunks floating even in the first glass. Cant see any carbonation in the misty body.

S: Great belgian yeast with a roasty complexion. Dark fruits and a molasses like sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

T: A sweet malty belgian taste with a fruity alcohol finish. A hint of chocolate. Dark fruits like fig and raisin.

M: Thick and creamy mouth. Low carbonation. Certainly a sipping beer. Goes down pretty smooth for the ABV.

Overall a tasty quad. On the heavy side and could use some more pep to it. Dont think I would ever mind sipping on it through.

May 03, 2012
Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 260 ratings