Abtsolution | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Belgium
proefbrouwerij.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Carey of New Glarus Brewing Company as our 11th annual partner in this series. A long-time student of classic Belgian ales and early practitioner of Belgian-style brewing among American brewers, Daniel brings a rich and diverse background to this collaboration.

In the true spirit of this project, we have created a beer based on the classic Belgian Abt style, with unique Wisconsin contributions including Santiam and Chinook hops. To further highlight the Dairy State we've added lactose for extra mouthfeel and richness. The result is a dark ale with fruity esters, a velvety smooth palate and balancing wood notes from our use of French and American oak along with spicy hop notes. This ale is designed to drink now, but we believe will evolve beautifully over the next 1-2 years.

Enjoy Abtsolution with roasted meats, rich cheese and of course, friends. Cheers!

Added by jakea on 06-11-2017

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#5,011
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
72
pDev:
6.6%
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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nose is almost overwhelming. A Flemish touch to go with the fruit. Sandalwood and blackstrap coats the palate.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown amber hue with hints of yellow amber at the edges with backlighting. Thin skim of dark tan head quickly settles to a thin skim.
S: Yeasty raisin bread, cinnamon, sweet molasses, brown sugar, and toffee.
T: The yeasty raisin bread and cinnamon hit first, but then the hop notes emerge as secondary notes to the strong malt notes. Pine and tart citrus...but softened by the stronger malt notes. Cream, toffee, and brown sugar. Hints of oaky vanilla, cherry, and figs.
M: Soft (lactose) and supple (malts!) feel. Medium body. Layers of sweet malt with subtle hints of hop bitterness. Love the balance there. Spicy and fruity yeast characteristics. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate too.
D: This one really grew on me the further I got into it. Really enjoyed the multiple malt layers and the subtle secondary hop notes. I would recommend drinking this one fresh to fully enjoy this balance. I expect a lot from De Proef and Daniel Carey...and they delivered!

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Photo of WynnO
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luiz0930
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Growler Guys-Meridian. Dark pour, small bubbly head, fades quick. Smooth, slick, nice textures. Mild sweetness, nutty. Plums. Goes down easy and super tasty.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body with good head and lace ring that sticks around for awhile. Aroma has notes of dark fruits like raisins and plums with some spicy yeast notes as well. Smooth, slightly creamy thanks to lactic addition, there is an oaky "red wine" sharpness in beer that covers a raisin/plum sweetness and has a clean finish. Interesting notes and good balance for a good beer that is interesting take on a Belgian quad.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a goblet. Had 7/29/17.

Pours a dark ruby/amber, mostly opaque, with a half inch head and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of yeast, malt, lactose, grapes, plums, dates, light vanilla, some toffee, light cherries, spices. The taste is malt, grapes, dates, raisins, lighter plums, some figs and caramel, light wine, a light hop bitterness. Not picking up the lactose here. Smooth, a good medium body, carbonated a little on the high side.

Kind of a different twist on a BSDA, lots of grapes, the hops are a nice touch. I’m obviously writing this from notes, and I have a positive memory of this. But, it seems like it could have been much better. Had a pretty high price point, too. I think those last two thoughts stopped me from getting another bottle.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chico1985
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. As others have said, getting the “plastic” cork out took some extra effort. No pop though when I finally got it out and this surprised me. Then foam started going everywhere.

I really enjoyed the flavor. Not too strong and very little alcohol taste, despite the 9% ABV. Rich dark color, but not black. A lot of retention I the head. Good to the last pour from a 750ml bottle. The $2 off price made it even better.

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Photo of KEH
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great brew! I picked up a bomber from a party store in Marquette, MI for about $17. It took some effort to get the cork removed, and much to my surprise, it didn't gush foam all over my kitchen. But, seeing it pour, this made some sense, as it came out a nice deep copper color with a very small, dense tan head (I expect beers of this style to have a bit more action when poured.) It has a nice sweet, malty and kind of floral aroma. The flavor was rich, as well. There was a brown sugar-like sweetness, along with some notes of clover and fruit. At 9%, you'll definitely feel it after a couple glasses, but the beer wasn't overly boozy. I'd recommend giving it a whack!

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluecrow
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-hazy rouge-brown tap pour with a thin , tan foam cap. Aroma is sweet and figgy. The flavors include plum and wood with a sharper grape note. The mouthfeel is full and round. There is a molasses sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of Giggy
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great brewer to invite to help make this year's vintage. New Glarus' Thumbprint series has made some wonderful Belgians (especially their dubbel) and even has gotten a rare rave from me for Belgian sours. While New Glarus makes their money in the German tradition, they are among one of the best well-rounded brewers... and distribute only in Wisconsin!

Looks like the style with a decent head that stays long enough. Smells like the style, lots of dried fruit and sweet dark malts. Taste tells me a wonderful yeast has crafted this into a complex ale that keeps changing with each sip revealing something new. Often it is the hops peeping through to keep the brew from being too sweet. Also amazing is that the 9% is not evident. Feel is smooth, full.

I hope find this again.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a sniffer. On tap at Pinocchio's in PA.
Hazy dark copper body topped with a decent head.
Medium+ body with light alcohol warming.
Wonderful aroma and flavor with prominent dark dried fruits. Hints of brandy,

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 72 ratings