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Unplugged Abt - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

297 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian Dark Candi Sugar encourages the decadence of rum, raisin dark chocolate and sherry like fruit tones to conspire happily in almost 20° Plato.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 08-02-2010)
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Photo of gtn80
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance is a dark ruby to brown. Small head dissapears quickly.

Aroma is subdued. Some caramel malts, lots of dark fruit.

Taste is like a quad turned down, like a little dubbel. Same flavors of Candi sugar and dark fruit, but to a much lower degree.

Mouthfeel is great, very viscous.

Drinkability is very good, could definitely have a couple of these.

Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice looking red/brown/purple color with a good head for a strong beer.

Smell: Sweet candy, yeasty.

Taste: Dark cherries, sweetness like toffee, yeasty, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy stuff.

Drinkability: A nice sipper.

Picked up a 4 pack over in Wiscoland. A nice quad, kind of muted compared to some others I've had in that it tasted more earthy than big sweetness or fruitiness. Very good.

Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with lots of amber tones to it and some slight haze and yeast floccs floating.

S: Sweet candi sugar and dark fruits let you know this is a quad. Some hints of banana and brown sugar are there as well. Black cherries, prunes, and maybe a bit of a candied orange peel note, too.

T: Plenty of sweetness to this beer. Lots of fruit flavors such as cherries, bananas, plums, and candied oranges. There is a mild spice note to the beer, mostly clove, along with candi sugar, brown sugar, and caramel malts.

M: The body is medium and the beer isn't quite as effervescent as I would generally like from a quad, but it's sufficient.

D: Another winner from New Glarus. Good flavors and aromas and quite easy to drink despite a rather high ABV.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drhinehart for this beer. Poured from a 12oz. foiled+capped bottle into a Stone pint glass.

A: Brown with no head but some carbonation apparent.

S: A little boozy, some dark fruits, and Belgian yeast.

T: Fig newton, booze, and some tree nuts.

M: The best feature of this beer. Nicely carbonated with a dry finish to offset the rather sweet palate.

D: At first I thought it was a little sweet judging by the nose, but it ended up going down with not too much effort.

Overall, I think age would do this beer well.

Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a medium dark colored brown with some slight reddish color with a slight off white head that collars around the glass. No sediment present. Some very muted dark fruit type flavors and sweet malt. Some yeast type aromas as well. Medium/light mouthfeel with decent carbonation. The taste is rather subdued with not a whole lot jumping out. I get sweet upfront with some dark fruit and spice. Lingering bitterness in the end but ends rather cleanly. Pretty dry. I think this would be better with additional malt and less carbonation. Not the best quad I have had. I don't really pick up any of the alcohol notes so that's a plus I guess.

Photo of mothman
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Color is a dark copper brown with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: A fairly muted nose. Notes of Belgian candi sugar, plums, raisins, and other dried fruits. Maybe some red apples. Fairly malty with notes of caramel. Has a bit of licorice as well.

Taste: A bit more flavor here, but not what a quad normally tastes like. Fairly rich and sweet with Belgian candi sugar. Plums, raisins, and some molasses. Toffee and caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but very fizzy with a high amount of carbonation. Lighter bodied for a quad. Ends very dry.

Overall, not the biggest fan of this one. It has some decent flavors, but just doesn't click. A bit let down from this unplugged. Somewhat drinkable.

Photo of a74gent
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a rich dark beauty here.

The pour gives a nice half inch of head, but that goes away quickly. Leaving just remnants floating on top of the brew.

You can tell there is a fair amount of sugar here in the way that the beer sticks to the glass if you swirl and rock it around.

The smell clearly evokes the fig, raisiny sweetness of dried fruit, but I'm not getting much else.

The taste is rich with a touch of tartness on the front of the tongue and some sense of the ABV lingering.

It is nice in mouth having body without being thick. You know it is in your mouth and where it is without having a huge profile like a stout.

Drinkability is good if you remember to more or less sip it. It isn't something you want to quickly put back although you probably could. The ABV is in the taste, but not in the drinkability for me.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Leffe chalice.

Pours a dark, deep copper almost cola with a slight cloud. Two finger head s very effervescent and dies quickly to a thick cap which leaves light lacing.

Aroma is of dark fruit and fusel alcohol. Dark fruit dominates the aroma of candi sugar and yeast. Spiced rum on the finish with a tiny amount of vanilla and spice.

Flavor is crisp dark fruit. I know that is weird to say, bit the strong sweet candi sugar and dark fruit flavors are muted by the carbonation. Middle brings brown sugar and spice with a scant touch of vanilla. Finishes with a fusel alcohol and warming bite. Even though there is a huge deal of sweetness in the malt and the alcohol, the crispness of the carbonation balances this.

Mouthfeel is aggressively bubbly, but slightly soft. The carbonation of this brew is what makes it. Without the carbonation this would be a sickly sweet abomination

A good beer if you can handle the ABV, otherwise there are much more easily digestible trips and dubs.

Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark brown accented by ruby edges. The brew is hugely sediment laden, big black chunks lay across the bottom of my pint glass. All of this topped by a slightly darker than off white one finger head. Very nice head retention with a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Not highly aromatic, what I do get from the nose are aromas of dark fruit and just the slightest bit of caramel malt. The dark fruit comes through more and more as the brew warms.

T & M - That dark fruit comes through first and foremost but is accentuated by the sweet malt and a touch of spice, clove perhaps? The alcohol is very well hidden, I'm very impressed by that considering this is 9.75% ABV. Medium bodied and creamy. Finishes with a nice crisp and clean ending.

D - A very nice Quadrupel. The ABV makes it not so much sessionable, but this one could trick you into thinking it's not as big as it really is. I could sit down with friends and easily down a 4 pack of this...I would probably not drive so straight afterwards though. Another very well crafted brew from New Glarus!

Photo of samie85
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 9/25.

A-Pours a ruby color with a one finger head.

S-Deep malt and dark fruit notes with some alcohol presence.

T-Mild spicy clove aspects of the yeast with dark fruit and some hot alcohol notes on the finish

M-Prickly, and well carbonated with a medium body and a warming mouthfeel.

D-Not very high as it's pretty rich but also hot and a little too carbonated for my taste.

Photo of scaliasux
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nearly black. Appears to be more or less clear. Tannish head very quickly dissipates.

Smell - Rich sweet hops. Caramel and raisin. No hops or alcohol apparent.

Taste - Comes across as a bit lighter than one would expect from the smell. Malt is appropriately rich and sweet, but seems to lack depth. Taste is somewhat of roasted hops, with only hints of the caramel and raisin in the nose, maybe a little clove or something spicy. Alcohol is very apparent in the mouth, both taste and warmth. Sadly, this drink isn't entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Pretty smooth feeling.

Drinkability - I love a nice dark, malty, sippin' high-alcohol beer. This one doesn't do it for me, though. New Glarus is a fine company with many great beers, but this, for me, ranks among their disappointments.

Photo of dogger6253
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown color. There is a little bit of head, but it dies right away. A thin ring of film stays behind. Bits of amber color swirl through at times, very interesting look.

A very rich aroma, filled with spices. Cloves, corriander, cinnamon, brown sugar bring light to dark fruit scents. A little bit of a boozy scent and an oaky, earthy background scent.

A lot of flavors going on here; sort of a concoction of rum, oak--aged sherry, plums, raisiens, corriander, and cinnamon. Even though there is a lot going on, it isn't overwhelming in any way. The flavors all compliment each other and know when to come in powerfully and back off and let the others shine.

The body is sort of light-medium with not any carbonation. There is a crispness in the finish despite the lack of carbonation to really finish the sip off.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a clear, dark brown. not a lot of head, but some lacing. little bit of carbonation
S: slightly roasted, sweet nose
T: roasted chocolate up front. followed by a little bit of spice, maybe brown sugar and caramel. very sweet mixture, in a good way
m: slightly heavy, but not over powering. there is a little bit of syrupy quality,
D: for a dubble, pretty high

Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, nearly opaque, but slips some light in and has a muted low glow of mahogany tinted brown. Dark beige crown of thick firm sudsy foam grows to just over a finger high to flow down to a heavy skim and collar. Snow globe patchy lacing coats the goblet very well.

Aroma is soft and a bit light but seemingly complex in a favorable thick fruit breadyness with black cherry, brown sugar, banana, and a bit of dull orange laced with gingerbread spice, vanilla, and clove.

Nice tone of dark dulled tangy fruits and bready candyishness. Raisin, black cherry, vanilla, toffee, then some lofty caramel seeps in lightly underneath as lightly, well placed nuances to clove spice, banana, and yeast pull into the finish with a coating of dryish pep and a layer of dark candied yeast.

Firm, smooth medium body, with a semi creamy tang of dark fruityness pulling most of the weight while a smaller tone of yeasty spice, candy, and dryness take the remainder of the chcaracter over into the finish. Quite balanced and the overall tang is very well controlled and easy on the palate.

This will age nicely. A keeper in the Unplugged series from New Glarus.

Photo of brow1901
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very dark maroon with just a wisp of off white foam. It's not exactly the prettiest color, somewhere between black and reddish brown.

S- I honesty can't pick much smell here minus a very very small hint of sweetness. Quite disappointing for an unplugged beer.

T- The taste too is unimpressive. Nothing that jumps out at me or strikes me as original or unique. No hints of sherry, not even a feint hint of booze. There is a nice taste of malty sweetness, actually it kinda reminds me of some home brews that didn't fully attenuate.

M- Good mouthfeel especially for a beer at almost 10%. Real nice carbonation.

D- Not terribly drinkable simply because it does not have great taste and it is rather high in abv.

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single - had a few but first notes

appearance: split and served in my great lakes chalice - cola body, some garnet hues, light cream head that dissipates quickly

smell: subtle but gains in strength as it warms -figs, dates, brown sugar, fruitcake, clove

taste; leather, wood, figs, fruitcake, clove, somewhat heavy booze. This dubbel doesnt really leave a lasting impression in my opinion - it's strong and has some decent flavors but in the end is a little pedestrian for the "unplugged" label.

mouthfeel: medium body, slight alcohol burn

drinkability: just ok

Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up from the woodmans in kenosha in mid augest. drank from my chimay chalice.

A-this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind decent lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing that i notice in here. sweet brown sugar and molasses. a little bit of caramel and bready malts. raisin and fig also.

T- the taste is pretty sweet with brown sugar and caramel leading the way. a little bit of raisin and fig come through. the yeast is more subdued than i would have expected.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. just what i was expecting given the style. the alcohol is pretty well hidden also.

D- an overall decent beer, but given what new glarus has done (even more so with the unplugged series" i kinda found this beer to be a let down. not nearly as good as the true belgian brewers take on the style, and not as good as many of the american ones either.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: dark cinnamon brown, cascade shower looks great as it sets up, about one finger of light beige head, modest lace ring

S: Sweet bready malts, light spiciness, plenty of caramel and dark fruit, maybe even a hint of chocolate. It has an almost brown ale thing going on.

T: the flavor is not really what I expect out of a dubbel. It almost tastes like a dopple bock. Malty with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. The spice is rather light and almost no belgian yeast profile at all.

M: medium to ful body with plenty of carbonation.

D: overall drinkable but not really what I would call a dubbel. I expect much better from NG. This one sort of fell short for me.

Photo of Phelps
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle received in a trade from Florida9 into a tulip.

Looks: pours a deep maroon, nearly opaque, with a frothy two-finger head of rosy tan that becomes a foamy layer about half a finger in thickness and entrenches itself at the top of the glass. Some sticky webbed tracts are left on the sides of the glass as the beer abates.

Smells: from the moment I pop the bottle and get a whiff of the smoke that exudes, I notice the myriad of aromas in this guy: weird lager yeast character, akin to a light lager that's been left out overnight. Also getting some sherry and grape juice, along with a bit of alcohol.

Tastes: like a dubbel made without Belgian yeast. I'd be very interested to know what kind of yeast was used here, because the beer's almost lager-like in yeast flavors and dry finish, and missing a lot of the fruity/spicy esters I enjoy in Belgian ales. There are flavors of grape juice, figs, acai and a light caramel character. The fruitiness emerges more as the beer warms up a bit, but never really reaches the point I'd like.

Feels: just a touch runny. Medium, active carbonation and a medium-light body. Not too heavy, with an almost crisp finish and a well-hidden alcohol content.

Drinks: easily, but I'd appreciate more flavor. Not my favorite from New Glarus.

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Alex, into a Bells tulip...Poursr a dark brown with some magenta highlights, good retention and lacing on a light tan head...Most American beers trying to copy Belgian quads or dubbels are monumental failures that come across very generic. This is not anywhere close to the excellence of a Belgian but for an American try its pretty good...Aroma is a little light but has lots of common notes of caramel, figs, dark fruits, a little cocoa, bread...The taste is pretty good, bready, sweet, alcohol shows through, light in texture. Lacking depth of flavor of a great dubbel, not as sweet either.

An unplugged worth giving a shot.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a very slim head that leaves a few squiggles here and there

Smell: Spice cake, banana and figs

Taste: Opens with a bit of spice cake and fig flavor amid undertones of butterscotch and a vague hint of candi sugar; by mid-palate, a tart fruit element (currants) irons out the sweetness; after the swallow, there is a bit of a balsa wood flavor that leads to a rather dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nicely drinkable beer but more like a Weizenbock masquerading as a Dubbel; I like that it is not too sweet, but it just doesn't approach the better Belgians in terms of mouthfeel or complexity

Thanks, DP34, for the opportunity

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a couple of bottles of this from asmokingoat. Thank you, Joel. A new New Glarus beer is always welcome.

Pouring a very dark brown, this beer has a dense, dark brown cap that has great retention and good lacing too. Deep red highlights are observed too. This seems to be unfiltered, and hence, the clarity is great.

Not as fruity as some other dubbels I've had, the most prominent note I pick up is unsweetened cocoa, along with a very dark brown sugar character. A slight cola character is present, and as it warms up, the fruitiness grows, with a blend of raisins, cherries, pears and alcohol. A touch bready as well, this smells great. The palate opens with a blend of fruity sweetness, fruitier than the nose would suggest, with a rich, rummy, fruitcake character with an excellent brown sugar flavor, one that combines sweetness, caramel and burnt sugar very well. The fruit, as on the nose, is a blend of raisins and cherries, and the little alcohol does bring some lighter fruit to mind. The yeast character is not terribly assertive, I do get a little bit of banana and clove as well. In some ways, this is like a blend of a regular dubbel and a mellower weizenbock. There's a mild boozy heat present, and that actually does work very well with the spices and the fruit. Fresh, this beer is rather delicate and vibrant, and I'm not entirely sure age will be kind to it. A little bread is present as well. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, there's a long lasting finish that has some spice character (mildly clove-like), a little fruit and a little cocoa-like bitterness. This is quite the excellent beer.

**Edit 19 June 2011**

Drinking my only other bottle of this beer, and it seems like time wasn't all that helpful here. While the flavors and aroma are as good as they were fresh, the mouthfeel has taken a hit, feeling a little watery and tannic. I'd drop the MF score to 3-3.5, but otherwise, this is good stuff.

Photo of Strix
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut color, decent initial head that left lacing.

Smells of malt, yeast, and spices.

Sweet malt, apples, yeast, bread, and spices. Very pleasant, and got better as it warmed. Alcohol present when cold but disappeared when warm.

Medium body with full carbonation.

I enjoyed this - a solid brew that could pass for one from Belgium. Not the best Belgian beer I've had, but the unpluggeds rarely disappoint.

Photo of newk340
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a deep dark mahogany, no evident head or lacing and little visible carbonation.

S: faint hints of dark fruits, spices, and ginger.

T: subtle tastes of plums and figs, with a sweet malt and yeast finish.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth with a nice lingering heat, certainly can't taste the 9%... very nice the warmer it got.

Photo of brdc
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is dark brown, slightly hazy, with a rather small off-white head that does not hold very long.
The aroma, just like flavor, is not very complex or remarkable, but the beer itself is pleasant and easy to drink.
Caramel, bread, candy, raisins compose the aroma. Medium bodied, quite malty on the flavor, with a load of candy and caramel, some raisins again. Faint spiciness, not much alcohol is noticeable.
Pleasant.

Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.