Unplugged Abt
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
9.75%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 12.4%
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
306
From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  26
Gots
  45
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Belgian Dark Candi Sugar encourages the decadence of rum, raisin dark chocolate and sherry like fruit tones to conspire happily in almost 20° Plato.
Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 306 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by tpd975:
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tpd975 from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful amberish brown. Nice tall cream colored head that leaves nice spotty lace.

S: Aromas of belgian yeast, dark fruit, spice, sugar, and vanilla.

T: Rich alcohol dipped raisin rum cake, vanilla, and dark fruits. The Belgian yeast is big without dominating. Subtle notes of caramel and brown sugar. Well executed. I love Dan Carey and I make no attempt to hide it.

M: Medium in body, rich, smooth, sweet, tasty.

D: Hell yeah, big thanks to BJ for sending me this one. Dude is a retarded trader... know that!

Dec 11, 2010
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antoines15 from Indiana

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: looks sorta like dr. pepper without the bubbles, pretty decent one finger foam head that dissipates very quickly.

S: smells kinda like raisins and bread, nothing too overwhelming.

T: doesn't taste bad, just not exceptional. Doesn't compare to Rochefort 10 at all in this department.

M: again, nothing to get excited about. medium carbonation, maybe low.

D: very drinkable at 10%. you don't notice the alcohol at all.

I am quite fond of the Belgian Quad style and was excited when I heard about this one, but it just didn't do it for me. It's not a bad beer by any means, just didn't live up to my expectations. I still tried to review without any bias. Get yourself a Rochefort 10 instead. Cheers!

Feb 27, 2011
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brow1901 from Minnesota

3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Sep 27, 2010
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JamnesCameron from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from zimmerbloke in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Matt!

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Pours a deep garnet with a thin, light tan head that disappears quickly. Some lacing.

Aromas of malt, dark fruits, figs, raisins. Sherry notes.

Flavors of dark fruits, Juicyfruit, sherry, a bit of a carbonic bite, dark cherries, light cocoa. A little alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is light for such a big beer, mouthcoating alcohol warmth, like drinking a glass of sherry.

Overall a great quad. Big, bold, gets better as it warms, the dark fruits come forward, and becomes a very warming drink.

Apr 15, 2011
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ColdPoncho from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep mahogany body with minimal offwhite head. The head is gone by the 4th sip. It should really have better retention for this style.

S - nutty, dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts, woody notes. nice complexity.

T - Lots of dark fruits and deeply roasted malts. The fruity sweetness is a bit too much. A little bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

M - smooth, a bit thin.

O (D) - a pretty good quad. I think this would age well.

Jul 23, 2011
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Mar 24, 2013
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jdkitchi from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Jul 04, 2014
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bpfrush from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 15, 2011
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samie85 from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 9/25.

A-Pours a ruby color with a one finger head.

S-Deep malt and dark fruit notes with some alcohol presence.

T-Mild spicy clove aspects of the yeast with dark fruit and some hot alcohol notes on the finish

M-Prickly, and well carbonated with a medium body and a warming mouthfeel.

D-Not very high as it's pretty rich but also hot and a little too carbonated for my taste.

Oct 01, 2010
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color with a small light tan head. MIldly translucent. No lacing.

S: Predominantly dark fruits: fig and raisin, caramel malt and a touch of alcohol.

T: Similar to the aroma, but not quite as complex as expected. Dark fruits, fig, raisin, and some fruity esters. Almost dry malt and some faint alcohol.

M: Medium in body, but thinner than expected. Carbonation is on the lower side, but it is not undercarbonated.

D: Good, but not great.

Nov 09, 2010
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mklinger from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Nov 17, 2011
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Choffe tulip.

A- pours a dark amber, 2 finger light tan head.

S- roasted malts, faint whiff of dark fruits

T- roasted malts, some smoked malt, slightest taste of vanilla

M- medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish

O- not my favorite style but a good beer none the less. Very simple beer could be a little more complex.

Dec 04, 2011
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denimdemon from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nov 20, 2011
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RievyRW from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Dec 03, 2011
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cavedave from New York

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to GeezLynn (I think, forgot to label it) for this treat.

It pours a semi-clear but very dark cordovan, with a briefly appearing light beige, half finger head, finally a thin ring. Some nice oily resin bubbles on inside of my small snifter.

Smell is that wonderful fruity, quad aroma you hope for, raisin, cherry, blackberry, even some peach in there, along with light yeastiness (less tart smelling than many Belgians), caramel, hearty bread, and caramel. This beer's best feature. Nice.

It is a med. strength taste, starting with candi and caramel, picking up some nice cherry, fig, and raisin, some lightly tart yeast, and finally some earthy and herbal notes kick in. As it warms alcohol adds a bit of spicy zest to the finish.

Quite light in mouth, very low carb., less viscous than many in this style, with a finish somewhere between good and really good, well shy of excellent. Rated against its peers it gets dinged for being over thin and under carb'ed.

Overall this is a fine American attempt at a beer style whose best brewers all live in Europe. Recommended for a buy if you see it, but not for a trade.

May 20, 2011
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DonDeDieulicious from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Aug 04, 2012
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chicagobeerriot from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear, dark ruby with a thin cream colored head that settles to a thin gauze. What can I say? It looks the part.

Put your schnoz over the glass and you'll get some light bready malt, some brown sugar, a little bit of banana and a very slight copper-metallic note that's just a bit off.

The mouthfeel is a solid representation of the style: medium bodied with a level of carbonation that keeps things smooth rather than sprightly.

The flavors are solid but they don't bring this into the upper tier of the style. It has all the flavors of a well-crafted quad: wheat bread, banana, caramel and an earthy sweet-potato note. But the flavors are too light and don't come together to a coherent whole. Worth a try, but it won't make you forget its cousins across the pond...

Mar 02, 2011
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JohnL9013 from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: The appearance is identical to Coca-Cola, plain and simple. Very little head. This beer looks like it has been filtered and there is no "evidence" of bottle conditioning like there usually is in Belgian tripels and quads.

S: It has a pleasant, sweet smell with a dark roasted backbone.

T: OK, something is clearly amiss here. Quads are usually sweet but this one is just way too sweet. It has a candy-fruity taste on the front-end and a rum aftertaste. I've had plenty of Belgian style beers and plenty of quadrupels and this beer is neither. It isn't bad, but it just doesn't have nearly the refinement nor the complexity that our friends the Belgians have mastered. The thing that I miss the most about this beer comparing it to the real thing is the sheer BODY those big Belgian beers have, the way such a small amount can stimulate so many of your receptors at once.

M: For me, this beer feels unpleasant in my mouth, mostly due to the excessive sweetness. The rest of the beer would seem so much better if it wasn't so sweet.

This beer isn't bad, don't get me wrong, it's still way better than anything I can get on tap in my area, but if this company is going to put "Abt" on this beer, I'm not trying anything else from them anytime soon. This is probably the first Belgian-style beer I haven't liked.

Jun 15, 2011
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

A - The deep, clear mahogany brown looks almost black in the glass. A tan head froths up right away but lowers rather quickly. Some arches of thin lace are left on the glass. A nice appearance for this high ABV brew.

S - Subtle undertones of bubblegum accentuates the yeast in the nose. Smooth caramel malts and hints of toffee add to the dark candi sugar and the rich dark fruit present. Raisins, cherry hints, and plum have a deep and full aroma. The alcohol is barley present. The aroma overall is a bit low though.

T - The maltiness almost comes off bready but never gets too strong or cloying. There are lots of caramel flavors inside the delicate blend. I say delicate because the profile is much lower than I'd expect. It's strong but mellow. The yeast esters of raisin, cherry, and bubblegum support the dark candi sugar nicely. A very slight touch of warming alcohol appears on the finish adding just a touch of solvent notes.

M - Medium-full bodied and round, it has a smooth entry with a fair carbonation level to the finish. Sweet on the back end with a warming touch. Very nice.

D - This is a great sipping beer. Lots of nuances to discover in it. Very solid but the profile needs to be brought up just a teeny bit. It would age wonderfully but might tone everything down more than it already is. I definitely want to get some more of this though.

Oct 20, 2010
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TCgoalie from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dec 07, 2013
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep dark brown color with ruby red highlights. Produced a large fluffy eggshell colored head with solid retention behind it.

(S)- A richness behind it with some ripe and juicy dark fruits. Bits of dry earthy clay. Some banana & lemon.

(T)- Cream city. A great creaminess with the combo of ripe dark fruits, banana, and earthy clay really make this a winner for the style in terms of flavor.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rich and creamy with good fruits, but has a crispness to it as well. Smooth and almost refreshing. A bit lighter in body for the style, but it is a welcome.

(D)- A fantastic Dubbel that may be the finest example of the style I have seen so far from the states. When I think I have seen all that New Glarus can do, they release something like this. Well-done yet again!

Aug 31, 2010
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thecarster1 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, dark coloring, scant head leaves little lacing.

s- loads of dark fruits, sweet plums, figs, lots of esters, yeast.

t- echos nose, dark fruit, very belgian, this is much more drinkable than i was expecting and i'm not a fan of quads.

m- medium, coating.

d- pretty drinkable here, glad to have given the chance to try this, it went down easily and i'm not a fan of quads typically.

Feb 02, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with red foil.

Pours into my Grottenbier glass a dark brown with hues of red. The head is a smooth cappuccino tan though not large even with a vigorous pour, it also recedes fairly quickly with no lacing.

The smell is clean and un-muddled for the style but it does bring the typical scents. There is some raisin, plum, banana, and yeasty spice along with some heartier smelling malt. There is maybe a hint of cherry in there. It could be a bit more fragrant.

The taste is rich and malty, and very sweet. There is a bigger malt flavor in the taste along with dark fruits and spice. It has a richness to it that is accentuated by the velvety mouthfeel. Definitely a meal in a glass though it goes down easily. Eating it with balsamic soaked Bella Vitano cheese and it is alot better when paired with the cheese, there is a distinct marchino cherry flavor that you get form it and also almost some citrus, it also cuts the sweetness down a bit.

Overall I have to say this is a smooth dubbel, though very sweet, but I was expecting more. I think this one will be one to age though and I look forward to tasting it again. in a few months/year. Pair it with some cheese, this rating is what I thought of it without cheese.

Aug 10, 2010
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EasyReader from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jan 22, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.94/5  rDev -24%
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.

Dec 26, 2011
Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 306 ratings