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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
25
Ratings:
76
pDev:
6.6%
Bros Score:
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Reviews by mwilbur:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 RoyalT
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a little light for the style with a moderate head.

Smell – The nose comes out right away with dark spices, currants, and a roasted malt aroma.

Taste – The taste is a bit of a disappoint and doesn’t match up to the big nose. It is mild, consisting mostly of flat malts.

Mouthfeel – Hardly medium-bodied, this one lagged it’s peers at the taste. The carbonation is weak.

Drinkability – This Belgian ale is way overpriced, and although a decent beer failed to deliver. There are many more examples of the style worthy of your tall dollars than this one.

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

Photo of MattyG85
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brownish amber. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger tan head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A spicy, fruity, and sweet Belgian aroma with a scent of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and lactose. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, and funk. Sweet scent of lactose and candied sugar. Dark fruit scent of fig, raisin, dates, prune, and grapes along with some apple and banana. Malt scent of biscuit, toast, toffee, caramel, and grains. Also some hints of earthy hops. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, spicy, and sweet Belgian taste with notes of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and lactose. Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, clove, and funk. Dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, prune, grapes, and dates along with some notes of apple and banana, Sweet taste of lactose and candied sugar. Malt notes of toast, biscuit, toffee, caramel, and grains. Some background notes of oak and earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Slick and smooth. Minimal alcohol heat.

Overall: A very good Dark Belgian Ale. Good mix of yeast driven spice and fruit notes with a nice touch of lactose sweetness.

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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 citizencane
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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 wroywel
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zonker17
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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
dry.

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

Cheers

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Neat looking beer on first glance. A deep dark cherry red, almost burnt brown to dark rust color for the body. Just a good amount of faint clarity to see a good solid middle column of carbonation. Faint tan to dark khaki colored head, with a creamy thin consistency. Manages easily two fingers with quite a bit of staying power and minimal lacing. Really unique body color, quite memorable, making for a neat looking dark Belgian brew.

Somewhat muted and quiet aroma on the nose. Interesting faint hints of cherry like fruit, a touch of dark brown sugar making it's way in. Minimal smelling malt presence which is kind of striking. Slight sense of cookie batter like sweetness too. Everything seems to want to hide, very unique, not sure where this is going but makes expectations more intriguing.

Palate takes no prisoners! Sharp hop stinging bitterness through and absolute rich and milk chocolaty body. Decadent mouthfeel, just feels like cake batter practically with a dessert flavor that comes forward. Milk chocolate washing over the mid palate, but doesn't fool around. Quick sharp carbonation hitting with mineral and larger hop bitterness that comes with a big punch. Herbal and stinging delicious hop angle, with milky tones of sweet vanilla balancing out.

Real interesting take on a Belgian Strong Dark. That lactose adds a lot of body and unexpected rich flavors.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish orange with a two finger khaki head that dissipates to a thick cap with moderate lacing. Aroma of candi malt, plum, light apricot and peach, raisins, red grapes, a little alcohol. Flavor starts with similar candi and bready malt, dark and light stone fruit, fig, dates, rye bread and then dries out a little to darker malt with interesting light cocoa notes and building grassy hops. Finishes lightly bitter with residual dark fruit, a little woodiness and cocoa. Nice medium to heavy body with great creamy mouthfeel. This is a very nice take on a BSDA. Not quite traditional because of the boosted hops, but everything is well balanced the the flavor progression is great, with new flavors revealed throughout the taste. I was unable to find a bottle of this when it first arrived and the hops are more old grassy in flavor than the citrus I'd expect from the hop varieties that were used, but although I wish I could have tried this fresh, I'm very glad to have it now. As a matter of fact, the complexity and flavor in this indicates that this would age quite well; I suspect the hops will still be about the same as at this point in time. A dangerously well covered ABV, with a little booziness in the aroma, but drinks smoothly and deceptively harmless. Nicely done.

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

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

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

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 750 mL bottle on July 12, 2017. Smell and taste is rich fruit, oak barrel notes and spices. Feel is full in body with a creamy smooth finish. Recommended.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a dark brown color with a thick pancake batter head. Picked up aromas of tropical fruits, honey, dark fruits, and some oak. It's not what I expected! The lactose really contributes an awesome honey sweetness to the beer. Upon sipping, flavors started with tropical bitter hops and then transformed to rich flavors of dark fruits, honey, oak, and a faint of melon. The hops really leave a layer of complexity on top of this Belgian beer. The mouthfeel is very smooth with added thickness thanks to the lactose. This is truly a Wisconsin version of a Belgian beer. Delicious.

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Photo of Chackman151
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with a red hue. Khaki color head that pours tall and a gentile stir of the beer in the glass bring up a big head time and time again. Smells of dark fruits, Belgian candied sugar, and a light hint of oak. Tastes of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and Belgian candied sugar. Finish has a light hop bite mixed in with a hint of dry oak; both of these flavors balance well with the malt sweetness. A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Sexy mouthfeel like most Belgian style beers tend to have. The carbonation and mouthfeel are really dialed in here. De Proef and New Glarus are big names in the beer world; collaborating on a malty Belgian style beer... this just makes sense. As expected they pulled it off very nicely. Recommended! Its not hyped, but people who know ood beer wil appreciate this beer. It easily surpassed and exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Abtsolution from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 76 ratings