Southampton Abbot 12 | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Abbot 12Southampton Abbot 12
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
256
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
12.06%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
26
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of Juice-O
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Rlhinson2104
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of aforbes10
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle that i'd had in my basement since August and decided to bring to Dark Lord day. As Eric said below me there, this is one of only two beers i'll be reviewing from DLday because i had a lot of it and because i actually took notes on this one. Pored brown with a touch of orange and flecks of gray brown sediment floating around, nice white head, foamed up a lot after popping the cap off. Odor was of cloves, oranges, spices, and complex belgian malts. Taste was, like Eric (Turdfurgison) says, a lot like St. Bernardus...quite spicy and full bodied, lots of tasty maltiness, and caramel flavors. cloves, citrus, and tangy alcohol. finish is of capers and ethanol. full bodied and tasty beer. definitely a winner in my book.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: 2003 edition: This is a dark ruby red brew with a small off-white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving no lacing. The aromas are of strong dark fruits, spices, belgian candy sugar, yeast, and deeply roasted malts. The taste is fruity, boozy, and quite complex, I can only imagine how this beer will change over the next few years...The mouthfeel is creamy and the drinkability is damn good as well. 12%? You've gotta be kidding me. I had fun polishing off this 750. Cheers!

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Andy in NY via a trade. After removing the cage and prying out the firmly seated cork, this poured a deep red to amber color with virtually no head. Nose of sweet caramel malts and ripe fruit. Very greasy mouthfeel more like port wine than beer. Flavor is quite sweet, with raisins. Finish is long, sweet and full of malts. Kind of a sipping beer, but was as good at the finish as at the end. Overall very nice.

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Photo of smithj4
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of adamdotson
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow. Thanks to Spence at Southampton for this treat. This was bottled at Southampton so it's probably a bit different thn most folks are tasting these days. We tasted this after it had been aging for about 20 months. The context was in a blind quad tasting featuring this beer, westy 12, rochefort 10, & St. Bernardus 60th Anniversary. The blind winner...Southampton. With Westvleteren coming in at second. Hard to believe?
At first glance there was nothing particularly special about it. Moderate head retention. Moderate clarity. Copperish brown with beige head that disapated fairly quickly.
My nose however felt differently. Beautifully rich, sweet maltiness, balanced by heavy apple esters. Complex array of smells including caramel, bananas, and pears, and general fruityness. Not as bready as some other quads i've enjoyed. Very distinctive, but subtle smoke aroma, which drew my nose deeper into the Westmalle glass I was sampling from.
Flava was mighty complex. Wow. This has some of the heaviest apple esters I've tasted in this style. Apple cinnamon oatmeal comes to mind. Some pears coming through again in the flavor. Balanced lingering finish, with alcohol well hidden. This beer is dangerously drinkable. Glad to say we have two more bottles of this aging!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with Plaid75. Thanks for the opportunity... 2006 vintage.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" light tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly fruity and spiced dark maltiness. Flavor is just what the nose portended, with little to no alcohol taste, but the warming throat and tingly lips tell you that, like those old pasta sauce commercials used to say "It's in there...". Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Unsurprisingly, another excellent offering for the 750 Series. Wish these were distro-ed just a little bit further out, but I'll trade and/or travel to find them.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown/crimson into my St. Bernardus chalice. Two finger cocoa head that sticks around quite a bit. Good carbonation and lacing on this one. The head is almost cloud-like in appearance.

S- Smell is that of figs, malt, yeast and raisin. Great smelling beer- smells very fresh. Big time aroma and goodness out of this quad. Hope it tastes as good as it smells!

T- Not as thick and meaty as some of it's Belgian counterparts, but this quad is delicious! Malty, w/ figs/dates/raisin/yeast/alcohol w/ a sugary taste as well. I imagine this beer would age really well, even though it's already really smooth. This might be the best American Quad that I've tried. A different taste profile than the smell, but still amazing.

M- Very smooth and silky, w/ sugar and alcohol in the mouthfeel. It feels rich, like you're induldging your mouth with every swallow. Makes me want to really savor it, although at 9.9% ABV, that's not a difficult task. Keeps getting better the warmer it gets. Very nice.

O- This is my first beer from Southampton, and wow... This is world class. Being a big Belgian Tripel and Quad fan, this ranks right up there w/ the best of them for me. The first American Quad I've tried that I can say that about. It might not be my favorite, but it's REAL close. Fantastic, and definitely worth a purchase. I know I'll be picking this one up whenever I see it. Cheers!

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber brown with off-white head. Pleasant aroma that is fruity and spicy with a nice touch of hops. Extremely quaffable great tasting beer! Spices with hints of apple, pear, berries, raisin, plum candi sugar, caramel and a nice balance of maltiness and hops. ABV very well masked. Excellent!

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Photo of Stingray5
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml pours mahogany with ruby highlights. Foamy white head. A lot of malt and dark fruit in the aroma, along with a touch of candied sugar. Super thick and creamy mouthful. Taste is heavily malted, with molasses, prunes, port, a touch of sweetness. Dark fruit and malt last forever in the finish, and just enough alcohol warmth to make me the happiest guy in town on this cold and windy night.

Another incredible treat from Southampton. Who said LI was a beer wasteland?

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Photo of jaluria
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque dark purple color with black and crimson hues and a soft tan colored head that dissipated quickly. The surface was covered in small and medium sized bubbles that retained their shape for quite awhile. Aromas of hard candy, roasted malt, toffee, and plums. This beer is filled with flavor; dried fruits, sweet malt, sweet candy, sublte hops, etc. Well balanced, considering the style, with just the right touch of carbonation and texture to make it easy to drink despite the high alcohol content. A mildly bitter finish seals the deal. Easy to sip and enjoy with a variety of foods. In my opinion, this beer is on par with some of the finest Belgian beers.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL brown Belgian bottle, cork-n-cage, best by 12/22/14 (bottled 12/22/09 perhaps?). Brewed and bottled in Royersford, PA; 9.9%. Pours a highly-carbonated deep crimson/plum, with good clarity and a huge, pillowy three finger head that leaves lots of nice, frothy lace. That's a pretty easy five for appearance. Smells sweet, with mature malt, fruity hops and yeast, plums/prunes, raisins, figs, and dates. Sweet, warming, and candy-like on the palate, with lots of dark fruits from dark sugars or malts (or both). There are notes of candied figs, dates, sweet raisins, a touch of roast, a few phenols, cola?, clove?, pecans?, and some floral/spicy hops which impart a moderate bitterness. The body is lightish, crisp and dry, with lots of carbonation and a bitter/roasty/fruity linger. This is an absolutely wonderful beer that is quite well-brewed and dangerously drinkable. My only quibble is that it is a touch sweet, but even with that, the beer remains well-balanced. Without question one of the best quadrupels brewed on this side of the Atlantic; highly recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off I love the cork and caged bottles I'm glad Phil and Brian are working together to get these beers out my way. Bottle of this brew was split with fellow BAs jasonm and jcdiflorio awhile back up at Bocktown. High ceilings beware as we uncaged this bottle the cork literally shot at least 15 feet into the air, I'm glad we missed the lights. That would have been an expensive quad. Appears a dark deep semi clouded mahogany with large fine bubbled head formed thick, it dwindles slowly and settles with a chunky texture with fine Belgian lacing gracing the sides of our chalices. Aromatics contain tart pungent fruit notes of vinous origin with raisin, plum, and sweet tart berry jam notes flowing with ease. All complemented by a touch of brash anise and decadent vanilla icing notes as well. Flavor is dessert sweet in the forefront of the palate with a flowing barrage honey and Belgian candi sugar. Balanced by tart trickling plum and a mild glaze of alcohol just searing the palate. Complex with multiple dimensions not sticky sweet with spice additions of clove and peppery notes coming out from the yeast utilized here. Mouthfeel is succulent with effervescent slightly prickly carbonation as it settles after the big pour a creamy effect takes over as it warms up a bit leaving just a touch of residual sugars bringing out some stickiness. Drinkability drink some more now but has so much promise to become amazing with some sleep in the cellar. A great complex quadrupel worthy of the hype and accolades Southampton is known for. Much better than some of the upstate NY bottled offerings we see in the Burgh.

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Photo of dnichols
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a caged and capped 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a hazy, dark. and mahagony body with a tall and dense light tan head. There was little lacing but there was a layer of bubble that gave the beer a nice tan cover long into the experience. It was a dang good lookin' beer in the glass.

S: It had a rich caramel sugar and dark ripe fruit aroma with hints of alcohol.

T: If it looks like a quad, smells like a quad and tastes like a quad...it must be a quad. The subdued rich and sweet caramel and plum flavor covered the front of my tongue. As the drink progressed I detected hints of tart dark fruits, black liquorish, pepper and coriander.

M: It is a full bodied beer with a warm and subtly sweet presence on the tongue. It has light carbonation and finishes warm and clean.

D: It is a fine and solid quad that stands tall among its style brewed in the new world. I like and intend to keep it in my stash for special times.

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Photo of bfer1
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcave
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, 750ml bottle received in trade with cooperrip, but I saved it for a special occasion. I’m drinking this to celebrate my two hundred and fiftieth-beer karma point. Chilled below room and poured rather passively into Watou goblet. Head rose to nice one finger thickness and now stands steady about a centimeter above the surface. The head is a creamy off white and the body is a dark/black cola color lightening up toward the bottom, which is a subtle rusty amber color, looks sort of like a plum as a whole. Smells of vanilla and hay (especially when its cold), wonderful dark fruit esters, raisins, rummed plums, dates, maybe some rock candy, slight sherry notes, the tiniest hints of anise, with no real hop presence. As with most quads this beer has to be allowed to warm up to grasp it’s full aromatic potential. Taste is slightly sweet with strong esters and malt character. I get strong date character seconded by raisins, hints of anise and earth plus a slightly boozy tinge toward the finish and an absolute alcohol warmth. The bitterness is just enough to balance the sweet malt and alcohol flavors. This is not a session beer it’s the sort of beer you drink slowly and if you drink the 750ml by your self its all you drink. Wonderful beer, great/interesting quad sad I can’t get it here in Chicago.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +9.3%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Southampton Abbot 12 from Southampton Publick House
3.98 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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