Unplugged Abt | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Dark Candi Sugar encourages the decadence of rum, raisin dark chocolate and sherry like fruit tones to conspire happily in almost 20° Plato.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 305 |  Reviews: 190
Reviews by coldmeat23:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of weatherdog
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bacchus chalice

It pours a deep deep clear mahogany. A brilliant crimson can seen through the glass when held up to the light. A khaki colored head forms and then dissipates rather quickly.

The aroma is fairly simple, mostly figs and something that faintly resembles coca cola.

The taste is on again fairly simplistic for a beer supposed to have complexity. I'm getting mainly some sweeter dark fruit classic to the style. Figs once again and a little raisins. Alcohol can be sensed at the back end but just a little bit and overall the strength is well hidden. I do enjoy the taste a lot and think this is a good example but it's severely lacing some complexities of the classic examples of the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it's medium/light bodied with a carbonation level that keeps the beer lively on the tongue. It isn't too sweet to hamper drinkability and for it's strength it drinks well above average.

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Photo of newk340
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a deep dark mahogany, no evident head or lacing and little visible carbonation.

S: faint hints of dark fruits, spices, and ginger.

T: subtle tastes of plums and figs, with a sweet malt and yeast finish.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth with a nice lingering heat, certainly can't taste the 9%... very nice the warmer it got.

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Thin lacing with good stickage, deep dark mahogany color has some clarity when put to the light. Very aromatic with grape-skin, cooked raisins and brown bread. Exceptional smoothness in the bigger body. Very bready with an underlying light sweetness. Hint of raisins and brown sugar, dried plums as well. Alcohol is very mellow but the warmth grows with each sip. Drying finish still keeps on throwing that breadiness at the palate.

Exceptional, very clean and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this bottle. Always happy to try a new beer from New Glarus.

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of dark fruit with some chocolate, cherries and alcohol mixed in. I get a lot of the notes that I expect in a quadrupel. The flavor is somewhat unexpected. I get a lot of grape notes as well as some other dark fruit. In addition to the fruit notes, I get a lot of toffee and alcohol as well as some candy sugar notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown color liquid, looks nice, leaves a good 1/2" head, and has decent retention and lacing. Aroma was very wine like, much of which is probably the very noticeable.

Lots of raisin and plum sweetness, tons of alcohol taste in this. Tons of brown sugary sweetness. I really don't have much more to say about this, a little bit of chocolate, but the alcohol and the sugary sweetness were a complete distraction and didn't really allow myself to contemplate any of the nuance or good flavors in this. Frankly, I know abt ain't my style, so I'm probably rating it higher than my actual experience was, but New Glarus makes so much good stuff, it kinda evened out an otherwise not as great as usual NG experience.

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Photo of brow1901
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very dark maroon with just a wisp of off white foam. It's not exactly the prettiest color, somewhere between black and reddish brown.

S- I honesty can't pick much smell here minus a very very small hint of sweetness. Quite disappointing for an unplugged beer.

T- The taste too is unimpressive. Nothing that jumps out at me or strikes me as original or unique. No hints of sherry, not even a feint hint of booze. There is a nice taste of malty sweetness, actually it kinda reminds me of some home brews that didn't fully attenuate.

M- Good mouthfeel especially for a beer at almost 10%. Real nice carbonation.

D- Not terribly drinkable simply because it does not have great taste and it is rather high in abv.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of richkrull
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a small, off-white head on top. Not much retention, leaving behind a nice ring of foam and some thin, but sticky lacing.

S: Nice aroma of dark fruit, candied sugar, and some caramel. Very straight forward and inviting.

T: Not as flavorful as the aroma led on, but some caramelized sugar, some raisin and fig. Slight bready malt presence and a little bit of spice.

M: A little light for style, but makes it quite a bit more drinkable. Having no problem with it at all. Moderate carbonation, rather smooth.

O: A pretty good quad, especially for a US made one. Could drink this one without a problem.

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blurry dark magenta-brown with a thick crop of large-bubbled white suds that recedes slowly to a collar.
Brown sugar, cherry, fruitcake, clove, gingerbread, orange peel, dark rum aroma. It lacks a bit in loudness and cohesion, but otherwise, it's hard to complain.
The tastebuds bring bright, polished caramel, toffee, and raisin bread. And loads of them. Deeper in, vanilla, black cherry, and toast materialize. All equally shiny and unencumbered. Yeast is timid, toting only phantoms of clove, banana bread, and peppercorn. Alcohol is shut out entirely. Hops are vague, but add some herbal bitter flourish.
The mouthfeel is absolutely spot-on, fleecy, full, but given ample levity with the steady, thorough carbonation. Feel-wise, this may be the best US-brewed Belgian-approximation I've had.
The ultra-clean maltiness and hidden alcohol makes this stupidly drinkable. Right now, that's its strength, along with its impeccable mouthfeel.
I really like the youth and the brightness here, but it lacks a good deal of depth. With some time, as the yeast has its way, I'm hoping it soils and sullys and complicates and generally deepens things here.

And I think it will.

I've scored this a bit conservatively, but I'll be suprised if this doesn't end up being one of my all time favorite Unpluggeds. It's right there, and just needs a nudge over time.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed at Comet Cafe Store. Not a quad, but still an enjoyable Belgian brown style. carbonation was right here, with Belgian yeast aroma. Brown bodied, average mouthfeel, rasiny, mollasses, some chocolate malt, fig, and toasty. Sweetish, not cloying.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, and thank you very much to Dunt for hitting this Want in Black Booty Vol. 4.

The hue of this brew is coca-cola brown shot through with purple. Initially the head was a rather generous inch and of a very light tan and it faded quickly to the scantiest of layers of fine bubbles. What's there is persistent.

Dried fruit, booze soaked fruit, dried strawberries, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, golden rum. There is a chocolatey velvet Port aspect to the nose. I find the dried strawberry makes it bright for a Quad. A low amount of alcohol and spice round it out.

Steely candi sugar, dried fruit, cakey malt, the suggestion of chocolate. The strawberry is here too, and though it is a lighter fruit to be associated with this darker, big beer it works for me because the dried strawberry is distinctive, very different from the fresh fruit. Bitter alcohol rests for a moment on the tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel is probably the weak link; a little too fizzy with only a medium slippery body.

Alcohol is, if anything, under represented. I find this going down very easily; none of the flavors are dominant and the mouthfeel is easy if nothing else. It's a pretty color, and for me has that lovely, distinctive dried strawberry aroma.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter.
Pours a deep amber body, almost a dark brown. A:The head is a off-white, which holds well into a thin layer along the top. Lacing is a work of art on the side of the glass.
S: Aroma is a sweet note of nuts and yeast. An aroma that is a sure sign of good things to come. A hint of fruit is also shown.
T/M: A spice on the front, bring a nice mellow hop/malt finish. This is a well brewed and well complex brew. A nice bitter to the overall taste, but the true winner in this brew is the great smoothness of the mouthfeel.
D: This is such a drinkable brew that I felt so inclined to seek out a keg for the home system. With some work, I was able to score, picking up a 1/4 in a few days, nice, and they said it could not be done. A great brew that hides the abv so well that it is a surprise that there is 9.75% in there at all.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Konings Hoeven goblet.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger filmy beise head that dissipates into a thin, wispy layer atop a deep, nearly opaque clear purple brew. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Aroma is subtle but complex. Notes of grape, figs, Belgian yeast, and clove sweet and spiciness. A slight toasted malt exists in the background also.

T: Opens spicy and sweet. Purple grapes, clove, Belgian yeast, and figs. Malty through and through with no hop presence. Tastes almost exactly like it smells. A burst of yeast and spiciness at the finish builds up the ending but leaves no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, lively carbonation, invigorating, and active in the mouth. Finish is accented and aftertaste is clean, leaves nothing.

D: A real average offering from New Glarus. In my opinion, this style isn't really one of their strengths. The allure of NG, to me, is their willingness to infuse abundant fruit flavors into styles that usually aren't fruit heavy. However, Belgians are known for there fruit forwardness so there's no real surprise here. This one's still plenty enjoyable though, and for its ABV, hella drinkable too!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single - had a few but first notes

appearance: split and served in my great lakes chalice - cola body, some garnet hues, light cream head that dissipates quickly

smell: subtle but gains in strength as it warms -figs, dates, brown sugar, fruitcake, clove

taste; leather, wood, figs, fruitcake, clove, somewhat heavy booze. This dubbel doesnt really leave a lasting impression in my opinion - it's strong and has some decent flavors but in the end is a little pedestrian for the "unplugged" label.

mouthfeel: medium body, slight alcohol burn

drinkability: just ok

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Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jon
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, red color with a brownish look to it. A white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells sweet and somewhat fruity. Some citrus appeal in there.

Taste is a little sweet, caramel, dry malt, some residual sugars from the possible use of candi sugar. It's got a sour edge to the end of the drink. The hops only make a scene towards the end as well. More of a lingering flavor.

I feel like it attacks a little bit more than some other beers. Got a lot of carbonation that isn't a smoothing but more of a soda-pop type of carbonation. It's not bad, and to be expected with as much fermentable sugars were used to make a quad.

This is a good brew. My second one actually. I think it should be interesting to see how this will change a bit over time.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 305 ratings