Abstrakt AB:01 | BrewDog

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Abstrakt AB:01Abstrakt AB:01

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vanilla bean infused belgian quad.

Added by FreshHawk on 04-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by thepeter:
Photo of thepeter
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to have three of these on draft at the White Horse.

A - Dark brown/amber with quite a small head and left a bit of lacing but not all that much.
edit: Realize that small head is probably due to bartender making sure I have a full 1/2 pint pour . . .Which I appreciate!

S - Good amount of vanilla but even more as it warms up, some dark fruit as well and a bit of yeast. The Vanilla is really pronounced as I finish the last sips.

T - Vanilla, burnt sugars, caramel (which I guess are the same things!) all up front. Some roasted malt and dark fruit in the middle but the flavors seem to fade on the back end and leaves you with little aftertaste. This is not a horrible thing but it kind of robs you of the fuller experience that you get with other beers.

M &D - Very smooth, medium bodied with great carbonation. Easy to drink, I had three of them I am sure I could have had more. Went down very nicely.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of spicelab
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/amber color with a large 4 finger head that leaves some lacing.

The aroma starts out with dark fruits and some grassy hoppiness. A tad bit of stinging booze and yeast float up underneath. Some clove and spice are present in very small doses. A bit muted, but there is a subtle complexity to it.

The flavor is raisin and booze up front. Not too impressive at first, but with each sip yields a new layer...which is causing me to continue to reach for the glass over and over and over. A bit of leather, spice, pepper, dusty cocoa, grassy hops, must, crayon wax, clove, and grain.

The body is medium and the carbonation is a normal levels. Overall, this one is solid but not mind-blowing. It drinks very easily and I think will improve with a little bit of time to let that yeast work some magic (assuming it is bottle conditioned???).

A tasty brew

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Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cheers to dschuster03 for this generously shared and unexpected surprise.

A - Kind of a reddish color with a little bit of a white head. Some floaties in there, guessing that will add flavor.

S - Kind of turpentine-esque, not particularly promising. There is a bit of booze and some sweetness, but not exactly quad-like.

T - Taste is kind of off, some fruits and a little booze, not a great quad by any means.

M - Full bodied, lower carbonation. For a quad, this seems right.

O - BrewDog kind of sucks, and this isn't a great beer, but it's passable. Fix the aroma and get some actual flavor in there and it might be a decent example of the style

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Bottle #2854/3200, bottled on 1/29/10. A vanilla bean-infused quad, eh? Right on. After a decent struggle with the cork, it pours a murky garnet-sienna topped by a nice finger of slightly wan ecru foam. The nose comprises sharp vanilla, rye bread, toffee, Belgian candi sugar, and some combination of mandarin orange syrup and candied orange peel. A pinch of cocoa powder comes through as well in passing. The taste brings in more of the same, with that vanilla really coming through powerfully, likely getting an assist from the sweet toffee and candi sugar. The orange also comes through more powerfully, more distinctly. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel. Overall, this thing is far from a traditional quad, but I think it works. Well done, BrewDog crew...

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark amber color which seems quite light to be a quad. Quite a bit of carbonation, though, and a light head.

S: I was surprised by the nose on this one. Very inviting with plenty of caramel maltiness, dark fruits, and vanilla.

T: Somehow, this beer tastes nothing like it smells. A strong citrus character without really any of the vanilla that showed up in the nose. A bit of caramel malts and alcohol.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation, which seems odd given how "fizzy" it looks.

D: Another disappointment from Brewdog, I must say. The flavors here just didn't really work out and the booze was apparent. I was expecting a lot more from the nose, as well.

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Photo of champ103
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A caged and corked bottle, that opens without a pop.

A: Pours a dark amber brown color. A thin bubbly white head forms at first though dissapears in a second. No lace, and looks dead and lifeless.
S: Sweet toffee malt and dark fruits. Raisins and plums are up front. Plenty of alcohol in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Really sweet. Almost cloying. Dark fruits, and hot alcohol.
M/D: A medium body that is under carbonated and a little thin. There is plenty of hot and warming alcohol. Though much easier to sip on that I was expecting.

Tone down the alcohol a bit and this is a pretty good beer. It is still really sweet, but maybe some age will help mellow everything out.

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Photo of crnipeter
1.64/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Brewed with Westvleteren yeast and vanilla. Sounds promising.

Deep amber body with good clarity, topped by two fingers thick bubbly ivory head that sticks to the walls, with good retention.

Rather weak aroma is sweet with dominant esters of plum and dried cherries,followed by light peppery phenols and too evident alcohol, and no vanilla to speak of.

Taste is overpowering hot, throat-burning fusel alcohol that completely masks other flavors, if there are any. Finish is moderately dry with excessive alcohol warmth and phenolic bitterness. Again, where is the vanilla? I was given this one for free and yet I still feel cheated. I doubt this is how a supposed clone of Westvleteren with addition of vanilla beans should taste like.
Medium light with surprisingly flat carbonation (considering the well formed persistent head).

Overall: Do yourself a favor and avoid this if crosses your path or do as I did: consume the minimum quantity sufficient for rating and drainpour. The only good thing about this beer is that is a limited release.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of spycow
2/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed at 10:50AM on a Sunday morning.

Pours a murky red colour with odd chunks of sediment all the way through it. Head is sparsely webbed out, leaving a film of large bubbles and some tight, sticky lacing. Apart from the floaties, looks great.

Smells a little rancid, in all honesty. Fair malty aroma with a touch of paint stripper-level alcohol at the back, and a fair tart hit that smells rather like really overripe peaches. Slight lactic touch to it as well. Can't say I like it a whole lot.

Tastes quite strong as well, with a lot of bold characters bouncing around. Really quite different from moment to moment. Lots of treacly malt at first that gets a strong chemical boozey note that increases through the palate. Touch of herbal medicine on the mid with a strong bubblegum flavour coming through as well. Fusel alcohol sting on the back that is not all great. Overall, this is a strong bitch that doesn't really harmonise its flavours together well. Just tastes like throwing lots of fermentable malts together with a high flocculating yeast.

Quite thick body, but also slick enough. Surprisingly good, really.

Yeah, a bit strong for 10:50AM. Or, for that matter, any other time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Bottled 1/29/10. Bottle # 2907/3000.

Pours a murky orange-brown with no head. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down either. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but seems way past its prime.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a silty and sediment-riddled bright burnished red-orange, with a relatively aggressive head of off-white. Lacing is thick, owing at least partly to the insanely syrupy body. It leaves some of the best static carbonation I've seen - when tilting the glass, it looks as though huge clumps of white have just been left behind, but in fact, it's just the remaining carbonation struggling to get to the surface. Looks pretty damn good, I have to say.

Nose is fruity with banana esters coming out very prominently, along with a harsh fusel kind of character. Hint of cinnamon spice coming through along with a sweetness that could be the vanilla. Interesting and bold characters. I'm not sure they mesh that well together, though.

Taste is really disappointingly light for most of its length. Light and sharp for most of it, giving a little alcohol bite, before all the flavour comes in at the end. Here, there are some subtly sweet nut characters, and a light, pastry-vanilla note. Alcohol present throughout, giving a harshness like bad port throughout. Feel burns with the booze.

Pretty hard to drink, and without the complexity or the depth to make it worthwhile drinking either. Very poor characters for a Quad, and the vanilla seems only to accentuate the very prominent alcohol - like drinking artificial vanilla essence.

Not a great fan, although there are some interesting things to it, and I always appreciate BrewDog pushing the boundaries.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Dave! Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours a light brownish/red color, cream-colored head, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars. Very rich and sweet but still has an off-putting medicinal note.

T - Burnt sugars, malts, oak...not very exciting or inviting. There's an off-putting medicinal note to this one as well.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy oak finsih.

O - Not really into this one. The smell was way better the the taste. I had some hopes of this one being decent...but didn't happen. Another epic fail...

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Photo of bylerteck
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this at de Struise after a conversation with some people from Scotland about the Abstrakt series. One said the 01 and 05 were best so I went for the 01. Consumed back home with a friend. From notes.

A - Poured a dark red with one finger of soapy eggshell head. Hazy with tons of chunks. No lacing and a film of retention.

S - Smells like a juicebox of fruit punch. Alcohol and intense fruitiness. After a while it opens up with alot of raisin, plum, and other dark, pitted fruits.

T - Yeast, fruit punch, and grapes are about all I can get with fruit punch really dominating.

M - Medium carbonation and a medium body with a sweet finish.

O/D - This is a beer filled with 'need mores.' It needs more body, more dark fruit, and more adult notes. I don't wanna feel like I'm in elementary school at lunch time with my juice box. Lacked complexity and was weak for they style IMO.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.26/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper-orange with a finger of off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Dark caramel malts, raisins, figs, other dark fruits, vanilla, Belgian yeast, clove, other spices, some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, dates, other dark fruits, vanilla, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, and other spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, lightly spicy finish.

D - Great Quad. The vanilla is a nice touch, great balance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much anticipated, but at today's tasting it turned out to be a non-factor....with pretty much unanimous agreement.

Poured light for a quad, with a good deal of carbonation. Per the innocuous amber color, it barely even touched doppelbock territory.

Aroma was pretty nice. I could definitely note the vanilla beans here, and I'm inexorably drawn to vanilla-anything. So yeah, high score here.

In the taste, vanilla...and not much else. To be brutally honest, this doesn't have the malt bill I expect from a quad, nor does it possess any of the dark fruit flavors. In its young state, one-note, like a surprisingly boring beer....that one note being vanilla. I'm still surprised at how flimsy the malts were.

The mouthfeel was lively without being overcarbonated.

I can drink it...in fact it's almost too simplistic and easy. Drinkable it may be, but it doesn't live up to my expectations. At all. I'm noticing a pattern...any BrewDog beer I rate highly has spent time in kick-ass Scotch whiskey barrels, or in the case of Atlantic IPA, barrels of some sort. Beers of theirs that haven't spent time in barrels just haven't cut it for me. Live and learn.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave (dschuster03) for bringing this rarity all the way to Chicago. Served in a Russian River tulip. Bottle # was somewhere in the 3000s.

A - Another Abstrakt, another infuriating synthetic cork that required a corkscrew. When we finally got this open it yielded a thin white foam that settled to a thick ring, wisps, and spotty lacework. Hazy amber body, with some obvious suspended sediment.

S - Hmm...definite alcohol, with a vague paint thinner note present. Surprisingly mild flavors for a quad, with very low amounts of sweetness present. Where are the dark fruits? Where is the vanilla?

T - Again, this is somewhat understated, with mostly bready malts and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is better hidden, but this just has a nebulous fruity quality to it.

M - Smooth full body, lower carbonation, and no alcohol heat, which was a serious surprise after the boozy aroma. Quite pleasant feel actually.

D - A fairly bland and inoffensive offering from Brewdog. It's definitely the worst Abstrakt I've had, but it's still a step up from many of their other offerings. Perhaps this was better fresh? Or perhaps Westvleteren's bottle conditioning yeast isn't very interesting? Who knows?

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Photo of Wowcoolman
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark amber with a medium (for the style) sized off-white head. Some lacings.

S: Dark dried fruits and some yeasty notes. Spices. Rich vanilla smell.

T: Vanilla again, and dark dried fruits and molasses. Some roasted malt (caramell?) and yeast. Spicy!

M: Smooth liquid. Body is medium and carbonation is low. Aftertaste is medium-long and holds a dry bitterness.

D: A nice beer, but not as good as the Trappist ones.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375mL bottle courtesy of Baggio. Bottle 1159/3200, bottled 1/29/2010. The black plastic cap comes out with a light pop. It pours a clear dark reddish copper with lots of floating yeastie bits and a thin wet-looking tan foam.

It smells like a high ABV quad, the ethanol is really apparent. Still the other flavors are OK, light fruit and Belgian yeast character. The alcohol is sorta defining in the taste too, it feels a little poorly put together for me. I'd prefer the alcohol to be more background but that hasn't been BrewDog's principle for some that I've tried, including this one.

Glad for the chance to have tried it, but I think I'm going to shy away from BrewDog from now on.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +13%

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