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Unplugged Abt - New Glarus Brewing Company

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287 Ratings

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%

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 AdamBear


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GoldenVIKE for sending this one my way!

A-dark chocolatey brown with a thin cream head that thins except around the edges.

S-bananas, apples, and belgian caramelized sugars. quality ingredient but not too strong

T-comes in with apples and dark caramelized sugars with a touch of banana. its smoothly transitions in to an after-taste of dark belgian malts with caramel and harvest fruits. it has a burnt aspect to it. this is well balanced and impressive.

M-feels light in the mouth. medium to heavy carbonation with a watery finish

O-this is a great quad. this is an amazing example of a belgian brewed by an american. this will satisfy all belgian cravings. this is an extremely tasty beer. the flavors seems to change with every sip! i'm going to have to find a way to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 16:39:14 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Brabander


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle last sunday from Digita7693 (Don) when i met him in his home in Kassel, Germany.

Drank it tonight during the final soccergame between Barcelona and Manchester United. Barcelona won 3-1.

This beer won also, it is a good Quadrupel i must say. Poured in my struise glass this beer looks very good. Darkbrowm fluid with two finger head. In the beginning there is much carbonation in the mouth. The alcohol is pretty noticable but not overwhealming.

Sweet taste, roasted malts with some spices but not too much. Very enjoyable beer. Thanks Don!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:04:17 | More by Brabander
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a semi-clear dark brown color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random legs of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits (raisins, plums), spices, and yeast. Taste is very similar to the smell with dark fruits, rum raisin, spices, and yeast. A good level of carbonation makes for a bubbly and crisp feel on this beer. Slight alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Overall, this is a pretty good American quad from New Glarus. I am glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:42:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Actually looks like prune water, hazy, havent seen a beer with this hue before! Head was minimal, but the brownish purple tint was present.

S: Raisins, Prunes, sweet candi sugar.

T: A bit of woodyness in the nose but strongly fermented fruits with the raisin character. boozy.

M: The alcohol content struck me most, but it had a tartness on the tongue as well.

D: Its a nice beer that you would want to put away and have at special occasions. Not something you would go through back to back for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 21:40:38 | More by BasementBer
Photo of Mississipping


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a snifter:

A: Pours a clear but dark brown with an amber haze when held to light. A medium khaki colored head dissipates quickly to leave a couple patches and a thin ring. No lacing left behind.

S: Boozy fruit (plum, cherry, prune) and tobacco are the first to linger out of the glass. Yeasty and subtly peppery. Just a touch of an earthy/grassy aroma round it out.

T: Starts out somewhat sweet, with the dark fruit coming to t he fore. Bready yeast and slightly spicy and peppery, with a hint of grass. Finishes slightly spicy with a bit of a booze bite.

M: Body is on the thinner side of medium. Ample carbonation. Great transition from sweet to spicy, although it would be better without the booze on the back end.

D: Despite the fairly high alcohol content, it went down very easily. As it warmed, it became a little more complex and better suited to my taste, but still nothing stellar. I probably wouldn't pick up a 4-pack if I saw one on the shelves. Glad I got to try it, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:52:16 | More by Mississipping
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to GeezLynn (I think, forgot to label it) for this treat.

It pours a semi-clear but very dark cordovan, with a briefly appearing light beige, half finger head, finally a thin ring. Some nice oily resin bubbles on inside of my small snifter.

Smell is that wonderful fruity, quad aroma you hope for, raisin, cherry, blackberry, even some peach in there, along with light yeastiness (less tart smelling than many Belgians), caramel, hearty bread, and caramel. This beer's best feature. Nice.

It is a med. strength taste, starting with candi and caramel, picking up some nice cherry, fig, and raisin, some lightly tart yeast, and finally some earthy and herbal notes kick in. As it warms alcohol adds a bit of spicy zest to the finish.

Quite light in mouth, very low carb., less viscous than many in this style, with a finish somewhere between good and really good, well shy of excellent. Rated against its peers it gets dinged for being over thin and under carb'ed.

Overall this is a fine American attempt at a beer style whose best brewers all live in Europe. Recommended for a buy if you see it, but not for a trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 17:04:03 | More by cavedave
Photo of LaCoursiere


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time reviewing a quad style.

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a dark yet clear reddish amber with a half-finger khaki head. It dissipated to a thin head and collar in several minutes. Swirling produces a little bit of lacing that slides back down.

S - Fruity esters from the yeast are the dominant characteristic. It smells like blackberry jam spread on top of buttered wheat toast. Mmmm.

T - It has a lot of complexity yet it is still has a relatively mild (for ~10% ABV) flavor overall. Lots of fruits up front; cherry, blackberry and dates. Slight Tartness. There is nice malt character through the middle with some buttery flavors fading to a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Not boozy at all.

M - Medium-heavy body with carbonation that becomes very lively on the tongue when you take a sip. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I enjoyed the fruity aroma and flavor of this beer. You don't notice any alcohol until the buzz you have when you're finished. I would drink again but would not drink them back-to-back.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:50:13 | More by LaCoursiere
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3.25.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Medium brown with a tan bubbly head.

S- Smells of roasted malts - ceral - grains.

T- Tastes sweet and tangy, like a sugary bread or cake. very interesting.

D- Drinks very smooth, medium carbonation, sweeter.

O- I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:37:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. Had a thin white head at first but reduced to almost nothing in a short bit. Nice dark brown color typical of style.

Aroma isn't too strong. Slight dark fruits and Belgian candy. Bit of yeast.

Taste is similar. Could use a bit of a boost in flavor. Some dark fruits and a bit of Belgian candy. Little bit of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is drier like it should be. Good carb.

Overall it's a tasty brew but not top of it's class in style. Would drink it more if I could get it but I can't and I don't think it's worth it to trade for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 08:03:06 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of soze47


4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this guy up in Wisconsin in December. I think that makes this brew about 7 months old. This is a big beer, but it doesn't really need to age much to be very tasty. I enjoyed this one over an hour and drank it in a Hennepin glass.

Appearance: Surprisingly clear, yet very viscous looking. I didn't get a good head on this beer and not a lot of lacing. Some starts sticking more as it warms. Color is light brown/orange, amber-like.

Aroma: I'm never good at picking up the nose in this style. I get some caramel, but mostly a fruity mix of tart sweetness. Apples, green grapes, and cherries all seem to be in the mix of smells. The malt comes through much more as it warms.

Taste: Hmm, a lot more tart than I expected. I read that this was a Flemmish variation, so the almost cherry and apple sour/tart qualities aren't that surprising. I do get some candy sweetness that takes on brown bread qualities as it warms. Quite complex, yet muddled. There is an amalgam of fruit flavors that blend quite well against a malty, caramel, bready sweetness. The balance fluctuates throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is really where this beer stands out. It is a heavy bodied beer that is beautifully carbonated. The flavors can dance on the palette. The great balance of flavors is maintained and it never becomes overwhelming.

Overall: A really great beer. I'm not a huge drinker of this style, so take that for what its worth. I just enjoy the fruit flavors that are sour, tart, and sweet in an almost simaltaneous fashion. Unique brew that I'd pick up again, if I could.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:02:25 | More by soze47
Photo of muttyd


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/near black with a big off-white head that quickly (and loudly) fizzles into nothing. Not even a ring. As I agitate the beer in the glass, it shows signs of something resembling a head and does slightly stick to the edge of glass, but this beer almost resembles flat cola. Aroma is much better than the appearance. Figs, plums, caramel, dark chocolate and warming alcohol. The spicy yeast character is not too pronounced, but is there in the background. Flavor is filled with dark fruits, burnt sugar, caramel, and more chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. Bubbly carbonation, creamy/silky mouthfeel. Finishes rather sweet with a warming alcoholic presence. Very good American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:23:14 | More by muttyd
Photo of zeledonia


3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, slightly reddish, amber, and quite clear, with a short layer or light-tan head.

Smell is sweet well-rounded malts. Dark fruits. A bit of smokiness, some yeast that's Belgian-like but not quite Belgian.

Taste is also mostly sweet, fairly rich caramel malts (and lots of them), again with dark fruit (dates). It's a bit overdone, though, giving it a cough-medicine syrupyness that I don't really like. The finish brings out the unpleasant elements of that, an odd combination of sweet and bitter that lingers for too long in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, chewy, with a syrupy stickiness. Ample (above average) carbonation lightens the load.

I'm happy I tried this, but I doubt I'll pick it again when there are much better quads out there. The flavors start out well, but it's overly sweet and has an unpleasant cough syrup bitter/sweet combo that really turns me off.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 03:27:02 | More by zeledonia
Photo of THECPJ


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: dried dark fruits, caramel,

taste: dried dark fruits, cherry, raisons, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: Not a bad version of a Quad, it just wasn't over the top.


Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 16:14:59 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Lukafer


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a dark ruby with minimal tan head.  Smells like yeast, plums, brown sugar and a little alcohol.  I taste some raisins, slight apple, dark fruits and a slightly boozy finish.  I had this one at least 4 months ago, maybe longer, and it seems it's mellowed out a bit.  Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, drinkability is one or two, and if two slowly, it's a sipper.  Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:50:58 | More by Lukafer
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from zimmerbloke in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Matt!

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a deep garnet with a thin, light tan head that disappears quickly. Some lacing.

Aromas of malt, dark fruits, figs, raisins. Sherry notes.

Flavors of dark fruits, Juicyfruit, sherry, a bit of a carbonic bite, dark cherries, light cocoa. A little alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is light for such a big beer, mouthcoating alcohol warmth, like drinking a glass of sherry.

Overall a great quad. Big, bold, gets better as it warms, the dark fruits come forward, and becomes a very warming drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:37:47 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of richkrull


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with quite a bit of beige head on it. Smell is quite a bit of fruit - cherry maybe. Taste is pretty decent caramel malt with a bit of alcohol coming through. Medium bodied beer. It's pretty easy to drink though. This ia a pretty good beer overall. I'm not sure what abt is so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 23:12:26 | More by richkrull
Photo of pweis909


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cola-colored with thin head that dissipates more quickly than I expect from Belgian styles. Perhaps this is a consequence of the standard bottling package rather than the thick walled glass that is common among many Belgian-styled brews.

Aroma suggests caramel and dried fruit with a trace of chocolate and possibly vanilla.

Sweetness dominates the flavor, but the sweetness is coupled with the complexity suggested by the aroma, and the finish is quite dry. Alcohol flavor is not dominant. Quite a feat to hide it in such a strong beer.

The beer is well attenuated, so it does not have the heavy mouth feel that can sometimes accompant a high gravity brew. The mouthfeel is thin in the "digestable" Belgian way, ideal for style.

The play of sweetness and aroma with the dry finish keeps my elbow bending towards my mouth. This, with the lightness of body, helps make for a highly drinkable beer, no, dangerously big and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:15:22 | More by pweis909
Photo of TCMike


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a light tan, one finger head, which dissipates quickly.
The aroma is of sweets, roasted malts, and dark fruit.
The taste is smooth. A sweet raisin, and malts start, with a light alcohol finish. It is 9.75% after all, hard to hide that much. Very little noticeable hops.
Mouth-feel was an upper medium body.
A very good quad IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 19:00:30 | More by TCMike
Photo of Vonerichs


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark mohagany color, letting little light pass through. There's a light coat of lacing around the edges.

This smells like being at a bakery. I pick up raisin bread, brown sugar, and even pumpernickel.

The taste is like a loaf of sweet bread with raisins and brown sugar. There's a touch of vanilla and dark cherries in the finish.

Heavy yet crisp body, slightly dry. The alchohol is noticable, but pleasant and warming. Very drinkable for 9.5%.

A fun beer, indeed. New Glarus really knocks it out of the park with the Unplugged series.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:28:42 | More by Vonerichs
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark amber color, with very little head. The smell is sweet, but very weak. The taste is very full, sweet, there are carmel flavors that can be picked up, and alot of spices. There is proabially too much carbonation. Overall its a very good beer, a nice twist of the Belgan Quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:15:22 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of tewaris


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a 3 Philosophers glass.

Poured caramel brown, fairly bright and clear, with a dull colored medium sized head that dissipated fast with a soda like fizzing sound. None of the glorious looks that come with the style. No lacing either. Smells of caramel, candy with some vinously tart notes. Aroma is certainly not this ale's strength.

One suggestion: the warmer the better. The taste of Unplugged Abt went from being thoroughly unimpressive to good over the course of the hour. Bitter caramel dominated the taste, with chocolaty, yeasty, and vinous notes complementing it.Medium bodied, bursting with carbonation, with a crisp, tannic, and dry finish that left a slightly bitter aftertaste and plenty of warmth. The alcohol is well concealed. Not the best of the style by any means but certainly not bad.

Scores: Appearance 3/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Drinkability 4/5

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:09:36 | More by tewaris
Photo of krazyboi


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Very dark ruby/brown. Small foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: Sweet, caramel, raisin, malty, slightly alcoholic.
T: Caramel, malty, and alcohol in the beginning. Dark chocolate bitterness comes in at the end, with some more alcohol kick.
M: Very smooth, sticky, and thick. Light to medium carbonation.
D: The alcohol is fairly well hidden for such a big, strong beer, but it does tend to come through with each sip. This beer seems a bit uncomplex and I would consider it to be nothing too special for this style. I did somewhat enjoy this, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 18:26:40 | More by krazyboi
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mega thanks to Shango42 for the super thoughtful extra.

a - cracked the bottle and poured into my la trappe chalice. Nice purple brown color with a very thin bubbly head that didn't hang around long. I like the head to be a bit creamy on a quad, but this has the nice murkly purple I look for.

s - Plums, grapes. Grape jelly. Grape candy. Grape soda...did I mention grape?

t - Very nice. Again, dominant in the grape realm.

m/d - Nice lively carbonation and leaves a cooling tingle. Somewhat sweet aftertaste. Would be more than happy to have a few in an evening. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:07:36 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Marty30


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Baconsausage for the bottle! Poured at celler temp, about 55 degrees into a pint glass.

A. Nice very dark amber with a good amount of yeast sediment,2 finger off white fluffy head. Small amounts of lacing stuck to the glass.

S. Bready yeast over powers on this one. sugar and cherries.

T. Begins with tart cherries and some raisons. I'm getting a sour taste in the end.

M. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation stings the tounge and cleans the pallet.

D. Drink is ok I could only have no more than 2 of these in a sitting. Also not my favorite style.

Not a bad brew worth picking up. My first New Glarus,did not dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:52:51 | More by Marty30
Photo of chicagobeerriot


3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear, dark ruby with a thin cream colored head that settles to a thin gauze. What can I say? It looks the part.

Put your schnoz over the glass and you'll get some light bready malt, some brown sugar, a little bit of banana and a very slight copper-metallic note that's just a bit off.

The mouthfeel is a solid representation of the style: medium bodied with a level of carbonation that keeps things smooth rather than sprightly.

The flavors are solid but they don't bring this into the upper tier of the style. It has all the flavors of a well-crafted quad: wheat bread, banana, caramel and an earthy sweet-potato note. But the flavors are too light and don't come together to a coherent whole. Worth a try, but it won't make you forget its cousins across the pond...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 02:00:59 | More by chicagobeerriot
Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
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