Unplugged Abt | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged AbtUnplugged Abt

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: 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.

Added by beerwolf77 on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jester27lax
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was at the brewery for the release of this Unplugged and loved it.

S- Very Earthy with subtle flavors throughout. I'm surprised by this in comparison to the other recent Unpluggeds that have been released. Great flavors mix it up.

T- I'm getting the malts, but the fruity/pruney/raison flavors are abundant.

M- The body is perfect. The root beerish color is excellent and quite appealing visually. Not too much carbonation, but it did have a decent head after the pour.

I loved this beer from the first sip. Very drinkable, but should age amazingly well. Another winner for New Glarus!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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 DocSkalski
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An amazing reproduction of a notoriously difficult brew to duplicate. If you enjoy Rochefort 10 (my favorite), you'll enjoy this. I wasn't sure what to expect from this when I opened the bottle, but was pleasantly surprised when i did. Dark brow/amber in color with a thin, 1/2 finger head it doesn't scream "drink me," but almost. I'm actually going to stop my review here just to encourage you to go out and try one of these, you wont regret it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so what in the world inspired me to open a quad in the afternoon after a dipa, but what the hell right? served cold and allowed to warm, this one was consumed on 11/06/2010.

really a nice pour here with a thick dark brownish color, much like currants with a big off white head that really stuck around and clouded up the sides of the glass simply wonderfully.

aroma of dark fruits, figs, plums, lots of spice, grains, hints of apples, nearly perfect with that spiced rum touch as it hits room temperature. flavor carries over perfectly as each sip opens up another world of flavor, huge notes of spiced fruits, grains, breads, plums, pears, and figs. clove and dark spices come full circle. the most remarkable feature is a warmth and hidden alcohol that made the whole thing round out nearly perfectly.

overall a superb example of the style and one of the best quads i have had in a very, very long time.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

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Photo of pweis909
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cola-colored with thin head that dissipates more quickly than I expect from Belgian styles. Perhaps this is a consequence of the standard bottling package rather than the thick walled glass that is common among many Belgian-styled brews.

Aroma suggests caramel and dried fruit with a trace of chocolate and possibly vanilla.

Sweetness dominates the flavor, but the sweetness is coupled with the complexity suggested by the aroma, and the finish is quite dry. Alcohol flavor is not dominant. Quite a feat to hide it in such a strong beer.

The beer is well attenuated, so it does not have the heavy mouth feel that can sometimes accompant a high gravity brew. The mouthfeel is thin in the "digestable" Belgian way, ideal for style.

The play of sweetness and aroma with the dry finish keeps my elbow bending towards my mouth. This, with the lightness of body, helps make for a highly drinkable beer, no, dangerously big and drinkable brew.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown color. There is a little bit of head, but it dies right away. A thin ring of film stays behind. Bits of amber color swirl through at times, very interesting look.

A very rich aroma, filled with spices. Cloves, corriander, cinnamon, brown sugar bring light to dark fruit scents. A little bit of a boozy scent and an oaky, earthy background scent.

A lot of flavors going on here; sort of a concoction of rum, oak--aged sherry, plums, raisiens, corriander, and cinnamon. Even though there is a lot going on, it isn't overwhelming in any way. The flavors all compliment each other and know when to come in powerfully and back off and let the others shine.

The body is sort of light-medium with not any carbonation. There is a crispness in the finish despite the lack of carbonation to really finish the sip off.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 5/2/11

Appearance: Brown with some hints of red, too dark to see through - thin off-white head, but some of the stickiest lacing I've ever seen

Smell: Dark fruits, candi sugar, Belgian yeast - kind of spicy - malts smell rich and sweet, but not excessively sweet

Taste: Way better than expected, honestly - slightly sweet, malts kind of taste like a sweet, dark bread, or maybe a cake - an interesting range of dark fruits, some spice - an alcohol bite that works well - not remarkably complex, but very good

Mouthfeel: Exactly what I want - heavy enough that it can pass for a quad, but not so thick that it resembles cough syrup - smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: Easily the best "brewed somewhere other than Belgium" Quad I've ever had

The aroma and taste are not very complicated, but I do not really care. This is all I want in a quad; it's heavy without being sludgy, and it's sweet without being gag-worthy. These parameters seem easy enough to meet, yet they are usually violated... Props to New Glarus

Update: 4/5/14

Sipping on another bottle that I stashed in my cellar... Regretfully, it hasn't aged particularly well. The body has become oddly light, and some of the complexity has faded rather than improved over time. I guess I can't really blame New Glarus, as I doubt they expected people to to really age this experimental brew. I'm leaving the scores I originally gave this, simply because I remember it being much better fresh.

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Photo of CurtisLoew
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving bottle, bought at discount, drank in my apartment in Milwaukee from dfh signature glass.

Love this style, love this brewery, and this beer did not disappoint.

Pours a dark drown, with cherry colors coming through if you look at it towards the light. Small white head head that settles on top. Looks great for the style.

Smell is not too strong, but you can pick up the typical belgian yeast/malts and dark fruits. Smells very good, not overpowering.

Taste blows me away. IMO the best american version of the style, bar none. Tastes like the signature dark velvet that i've come to expect from the belgians, and never quite seen from an american brewery. You can also taste subtle dark fruits, subtle vanilla, subtle nuttyness, and subtle cherry undertones as it warms. Nothing overpowers the rest, and it all blends beautifully. I don't know what it is with new glarus and cherrys, but they use them better than anyone in the world, and i definitely picked up some cherry undertones as it warmed. It blended perfectly with the overall taste.

The mouthfeel is very good, it feels like liquid velvet. I could drink these all day no problem.

Unlike other reviewers, i dont really pick up alcohol or hot feelings in this beer. I think it is very easy to drink. I only mark it down due to the enormous amount of yeast in the beer, making it hard to drink the last sip or so.

I loved this beer, and can't wait to see what some age does to it.

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Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color really nice looking with a foamy head that dissipates quickly into the thinnest of toppers.

Aromas of dark rum, plum, caramel, candi sugar, and date are noticed instantly. Really nice and decadent. The candi sugar really adds a nice aromas, sweet with hints of toffee, milk chocolate, earth, and some spicy esters.

Very nice, sweet middle and finish but not cloying in the least. Big date, caramel, toffee, plum, raisin, dark rum, earth, and burnt candied apple. Milk chocolate slightly in the finish. Body is medium and slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Great middle with the candi sugar making its mark. The slightest hint of sherry like oxidation really adds a layer of complexity that brings everything together. Other dark fruits linger on the finish deep.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hued burgandy body. Thin beige head. Sufficient lace. Aroma is cherries, black cherry, rum and cakey yeast and spice. Flavor is figs and plums, cherries and dough, raisin and sherry. Good blend. Nice complexity. Light bodied and lightly carbonated. For nearly 10%, this beer doesn't show its strength with booziness. Rather, it's hidden nicely and incorporated into the flavor profile.

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Photo of boomer31
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here comes another Unplugged release from NG. Most have been great so I'm looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a deep, deep, deep ruby red. Held up to the window the edges are transparent. Very nice sticky quarter inch head.

S - At first you get the usual belgian yeast smells...banana, cinnamon, clove. Smells like a very nice dubbel.

T - First taste the alcohol comes thru as does the banana and vanilla. As it warms the spicy belgian yeast shines thru this dubbel and man is it enjoyable.

M - Rich and creamy and a great low carbonation. This is a great dubbel sip on.

D - The alcohol makes this a sipper but very drinkable. The yeasty characteristics of this dubbel are not overwhelming but inviting.

This is one of the better Unplugged I've had even though it really 'fits a style' where most of these are suppose to be 'off the beaten path'.
Well done Dan

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red-brown with a thin finger of frothy tannish head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Dark caramel malts, candi sugars, fig, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, spices, and a bit of booze.

T - Sweet caramel malts, Belgian candi sugars, fig, plum, raisins, other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, other spices, some booze.

M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very nice Quad. Great mouthfeel and overall balance. Great example of the style.

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Photo of adman08
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep mahogany color that pours with a decent amount of head that fades fairly quickly. Not as much head as a typical Belgian.
S-Sweet aroma of molasses, a hint of vanilla.
T-Slight spicyness typical of the style. Fairly sweet, also typical of a stronger Belgian ale. Slight flavor of dark brown sugar.
M-Moderate carbonation, fairly thick and malty.
Overall, when compared with other dark, strong Belgian ales I think this stacks up very well. It is true to the style like every other New Glarus beer. Not as much head as most Belgian ales but a beautiful color. The flavor is what won me over, it is very similar to a true Belgian ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Surly87
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large, lasting off-white to light brown head. Beautiful ruby red body.

Lots of dark fruits in the nose, as expected, with plums and raisins dominant and a bit of spice coming through as well.

Taste similar to nose, dark fruits and a bit of cloves. Also perhaps caramel.

Very smooth mouthfeel, and ever present carbonation. Warming alcohol.

An excellent sipper that I look forward to trying again with a little age to smooth out the edges.

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Photo of bound4er
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Fast breaking off-white head over a ruby red to dark amber liquid.

S. Nuts, spice, caramel, cherry flavored hard candy, licorice - very nice nose.

T. Similar taste profile to the nose - cherries, baking spice, Belgian yeast (banana and spice).

M. Silky smooth with minimal carbonation.

D. This is a solid Unplugged offering. My first bottle wasn't overly impressive but with this one, I let it warm up to about 60 degrees before drinking. This is a good candidate for aging - I bet in another year this beer will be even better.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into The Bruery Tulip, with another massive thanks to Jeff (AleWatcher) for going out of his way to deliver a beyond-epic box together. I mention New Glarus being my favorite brewery one time, and then boom, bottle after bottle end up turning up in my boxes. Best trader ever.

Pours deep brown, very dark, murky, like a glass of coke after a shot of espresso. Head is one finger, light khaki, again a bit cola-like and short lived. Not the best retention, though lacing is decent. Bumped up a notch to adjust for the over-valuation of Appearance.

Nose has a nice combination of raisins, red grapes, and a spice bread character, from the notes of clove, yeast, and bready malt. Just a bit earthy. A fairly classic quad/bsda nose, really - quite nice.

Taste is takes the nose one step further. Clove and dark fruit start things out, raisins, plums, and more spice bread, just a bit vinous, and a bit of alcohol to liven things up further, with a bit of burnt sugar as well. Finish is earthy, almost leathery, a bit of breadcrust coming out underneath the spicy clove. Hits all of the notes I generally look for in a quad, and hits them well - a very tasty beer. Probably a 4.3 or so in all fairness, rounded up.

Mouthfeel is crisp, lighter than expected in body, though with a very full finish and a vigorous though soft carbonation, crisp and big bubbled.

Drinkability is pretty damn good considering the abv - nice flavor, well balanced, nice complexity, and the abv is relatively well-hidden.

One of my favorite styles, done very well. Very tasty beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with BeerFMAndy a few years ago. Thanks, Andy!

Served in a Mekong snifter.

A: Funny, this poured clear as a bell, yet reddish brown and with really no head.

S: GLORIOUS! This was the smell I've been searching for in terms of American-made Quads: Figs, brown sugar, plums, raisons, and no alcoholic scent to speak of!

T: Excellent taste, yet not as complex as I'd hoped. All the top dark fruit players are there, and it had sort of a tea-like disposition overall.

M: VERY light in body and I'm not sure if that is what the brewer intended. Minimal carbonation, but the saving grace is that this wasn't sweet and had a killer balance to begin with.

O: I'm thinking this is probably a shell of its former self in terms of body and carbonation, but this drinks like a 70 - 80 shilling Scottish Ale!

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Photo of AdamBear
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GoldenVIKE for sending this one my way!

A-dark chocolatey brown with a thin cream head that thins except around the edges.

S-bananas, apples, and belgian caramelized sugars. quality ingredient but not too strong

T-comes in with apples and dark caramelized sugars with a touch of banana. its smoothly transitions in to an after-taste of dark belgian malts with caramel and harvest fruits. it has a burnt aspect to it. this is well balanced and impressive.

M-feels light in the mouth. medium to heavy carbonation with a watery finish

O-this is a great quad. this is an amazing example of a belgian brewed by an american. this will satisfy all belgian cravings. this is an extremely tasty beer. the flavors seems to change with every sip! i'm going to have to find a way to get more of this.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with lots of amber tones to it and some slight haze and yeast floccs floating.

S: Sweet candi sugar and dark fruits let you know this is a quad. Some hints of banana and brown sugar are there as well. Black cherries, prunes, and maybe a bit of a candied orange peel note, too.

T: Plenty of sweetness to this beer. Lots of fruit flavors such as cherries, bananas, plums, and candied oranges. There is a mild spice note to the beer, mostly clove, along with candi sugar, brown sugar, and caramel malts.

M: The body is medium and the beer isn't quite as effervescent as I would generally like from a quad, but it's sufficient.

D: Another winner from New Glarus. Good flavors and aromas and quite easy to drink despite a rather high ABV.

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Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut color, decent initial head that left lacing.

Smells of malt, yeast, and spices.

Sweet malt, apples, yeast, bread, and spices. Very pleasant, and got better as it warmed. Alcohol present when cold but disappeared when warm.

Medium body with full carbonation.

I enjoyed this - a solid brew that could pass for one from Belgium. Not the best Belgian beer I've had, but the unpluggeds rarely disappoint.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Central Waters globe:

A - pours a heavy, dark brown with ruby hues around the edges and a bit of amber/gold at the very edges. Head is fizzy and about 1/2 inch thick which dies very quickly leaving a small, thin foam ring around the edges.

S - Very much sweet, but not too sweet. Cherries, rasins, a bit of bready yeast, rum soaked wood. Little bit of candy, but a small hint of booze.

T - Follows the nose. Rum, wood and candy. Little bits of strawberry and cranberries. A touch of malts, but otherwise pretty sweet, but not pucker sweet.

M - Fizzy carbonation that tingles the gums of the mouth. Pretty smooth but when it sets in the fizzy carbonation kicks in a leaves a bit of a numb mouth.

O - Not too bad. I'm not much for quads but this one isn't bad. I really enjoyed the smell and taste the most. Good amount of carbonation is the mouthfeel but really doesn't look like much. Worth a try.

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