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Abtsolution | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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!

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

$12 for 12 ounce on tap--price is ridiculous but had to try a (kind of) New Glarus beer in Ohio.

Nice mahogany color, thin head with good retention. Smell of dark fruits and malts. Taste is somewhat sweet but everything is nuanced. Perhaps some cherry and other dark fruits and roasted malt. Extremely smooth--goes down wonderfully, with the lactose making this even more creamy. Carbonation is low. Glad I could try it, but at the price I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a collaboration with new glarus, and a rather expensive beer, but a tasty one, although somewhat understated compared to what i was expecting. i think both the wood and the lactose are quite subtle in this belgian strong dark, they smooth it out and make it round, but the beer has some sweetness already, and the wood never quite mellows it the way i thought it might. still, i liked the beer a lot, and appreciate it being a little hoppier than most, the piney bitterness of the hops is great in the finish and somewhat unique to the style. i like all the body, and i think the alcohol is rather well hidden, but the flavor of the beer is sort of underwhelming to me. the malt seems a little one dimensional, and the yeast isnt quite as estery and classically belgian as i think would flatter the beer, its also mildly astringent for a second. some black pepper to it, fig, dark cherry, and brown sugar. dry by the finish, the lactose is minimal to me, and the oak adds to the flavor but does not seem to drastically change this beer. i could see this evolving to become more complex over time, where maybe the lactose would stand out more and the yeast would get a little more flavorful as it continues to work and as the hops fade (its currently really bitter for the style), but at this price, its unlikely i will buy another bottle and find out. good to very good, but lost in a lineup of exceptional beer i thought...

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle and poured into a snifter.
This nice BSDA pours a nice lightly murky red tinged brown with a fantastic
head of off white foam that subsides to a thick big ring, thin layer of silky foam,
and features some DARN nice lacing. Excellent nose features oak and subtle
booze wrapped around dates, dark candy sugar, earthy yeasty notes that give
rise to light banana nuances, and mild herbal hops. Flavors nail it with brown sugar
and oak laden textures of figs, raisins, light cream (which was undetectable in the nose),
light warming booze, dark yeasty breaded notes, light grain notes, and lightly zesty herbal
hops that offer balance to the sweet nature of said beast. Some light cherry and banana
also show on the rear of the palate as it warms. Fantastic mouth feel; smooth, lightly warming,
rich, lightly creamy, and finishing with a lightly bittering herbal hop balance that finishes lightly

Overall, a new love from a great brewer. Nuanced, textured and layered. A fine ale.


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Photo of gobuccos
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mamaraza
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark amber with thin, fizzy head and light lacing. The nose is an interesting mix of traditional dark Belgian stonefruits and caramel notes, brighter lemon and floral tones, and bitter botanicals like a gin. The palate has juniper, muscovado, lemon zest, guava, and peppery spice. Distinctive and complex, almost like a blend of some of the Belgian classics.

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Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
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 bb-magic
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark rust color with minimal head and moderate lacing. Smell is caramel and faint fig or plum. Taste is an equal blend of caramel and dark fruit- fig, raisin, plum. Feels slightly over-carbonated leaving a dry mouthfeel, my only complaint with this beer. Overall a solid Belgian. Not exceptional with so many incredible offerings out there, but not bad.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A_Rad
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeoWitt
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this twice in two weeks from the growler filling station at Pinehurst Wine & Liquor in Baltimore. I think this is as remarkable complex homage to abbey ales such as my personal favorite, Rochefort. The balance of Belgian yeast, grains, malt, esters, and hops is truly magical. I think New Glarus deserves a little more credit for this one, as de Proef seems to be more of a contract brewer, albeit a highly respected and thoughtful one. I could have this after a meal any day of the week, although probably shouldn't.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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 sjrider
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a a deep brownish mahogany with quickly receding off white head leaving scant bubbly lacing. Sweet stone fruit hits the senses as soon as I opened it. Taste follows with candy sugar,earthy wood ,yeast and some mild hoppiness. Finish is smooth and almost creamy with a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of FBarber
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown color. When held to the light its quite red. Velvety Guinness-like tan head. Lots of velvety lacing left behind.

Smell has notes of dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, apricots, candied sugar, some yeast, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste follows the nose with lots of dark fruits up front - plums, figs, raisins, apricots. Additionally there are notes of candied sugar, some earthy hops, a touch of yeast and some alcohol head on the back end.

Feel is appropriate for the style. Light, with a strong alcohol presence providing some burn. Medium fizzy carbonation.

Overall a very nice Belgian strong dark ale - one I'd certainly drink again.

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Abtsolution from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 86 ratings