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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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 305
Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Frothy light tan head starting at an inch and a half. The body is medium brown but when held to light it has shades of purple.

S - Tantalizing. Fruit of cherry and plum. I can't wait to drink it.

T - I anticipate some of the flavors will be revealed as this brew ages. For now there are hints of plum amidst a firm sweet malt with a nice Belgian yeast taste.

M - Light and airy in the feel on my tongue. However, there is a slight coarseness due to the alcohol content. Either way this has a nice texture.

~ This is a good beer. I certainly suggest you get your hands on this brew. I stashed a couple bottles away to cellar for a few years, just to see where it ends up. I'll let you know.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/16/11: the cola nuts are still there but the cherry has subsided a bit. The mouthfeel seems a little more lush and it comes together better for the finish, at least before the sudden gust of solvent.

abt, new glarus

a 4 root beer/cola color with ruby highlights. short head fades quickly

s 3.5-4 syrupy sweetness and some alcohol present, but not as unintegrated as expected. spiked cherry coke?

t 3.5 the sweetness and cherry coke flavor are there, but not in a bold way. numbing alcohol around the edges. very warming down the gullet. not bad though i'm being generous with the scoring. anticipating improvement with age.

m 3 much less full than i would think it should be, but it matches the lack of fullness in flavor.

d 3.5-4 should maybe withhold rating until i've had another with some age on it, but let's put this on the record for now.

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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 Chaz
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour produces a voluminous, billowing medium-tan head which subsides fairly quickly, leaving behind a touch of lace. Dark, ruby-red in color, and brilliant in appearance save for just a touch of some cakey yeast in suspension.

Nose is chock-full of the fruity esters I'd expected, along with a touch of boozy heat and a lighter presence of base malt. The Belgian yeast strain is also all over this, all throughout the drink (mmm...)

Sweet and rich on the first sip, with the heat acting in a momentarily-punchy manner, rather than being merely boozy.

Fruit notes I pick up are plum and light raisin, along with sweet cherry. Candi sugar sweetness also makes this one hum, and might be too much for some folks, particularly as there's not much in the way of bitterness (on the one hand I expected no real hop presence, and on the other hand these days I can't help but wonder whether some folks might be let down by the lack of hops/bitterness . . .) There is also a very faint floral (lilac!) note here, alongside a slightly-more prominent fusel aspect which doesn't bother me in the least and which I actually rather enjoy, as it adds a welcome dimension to the beer.

A big, gently-warming beer, and certainly a sipper, I would think that this one will be sought out for years to come, and as such I am definitely looking forward to cellaring a few bottles.

Served in a bulb, at room temperature.

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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 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 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 crossovert
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a thing layer of spongy beige foam.

Smell -- Rich dark fruits, banana and clove, rum raisin, and faint cocoa powder.

Taste -- Follows the nose rather well. Yeast is up front with clove and earthiness, along with rich dark fruit, raisin, cola, and dark rum.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with fluffy carbonation. Mild alcohol warmth in the finish. A bit thin to style, but otherwise spot on.

Drinkability -- Overall, pretty good. Great depth of character and unique while still within style. I served it to myself at cellar temp, but it seemed to come into it's own at around room temp. Just a hair too hot out of the gate, but it's aging potential is apparent. All in all, it's a win.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a deep ruby/brown with a bubbly half finger worth of head. It recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Some light is able to penetrate the beer.

S- The Belgian yeast hits the nose right away. I also pick up some rum, cola and raisin. Some brown sugar and caramel linger in the background. Just a touch of alcohol pokes its head out as it warms.

T- Belgian yeast and candi sugar greet the tongue. A good helping of dark fruits, raisins, dates and maybe fig. I pick up the sherry towards the end. Just a hint of cola and the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M- Medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation that you wouldn't have thought of looking at the head. Tickles the tongue and just a small amount of warming on the back of the throat. I would say it is a little thin for the style though.

D- A sipper for sure but some age is going to this beer wonders. Other than the body, this is a good interpretation. Dan Carey doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of Soneast
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Westmalle chalice at a little above cellar temp.

Pours a brown color, with amber hues and ruby highlights when held to a light. Grows a 1/4 inch, beige colored head that disappears rapidly, leaving no bubbles nor lace.

Aroma has a lot of Belgian yeast character with some dark fruit notes of raisins, black cherry and a sweet sugary malt presence of molasses and dark caramel.

The flavor is quite complex, once again some typical Belgian yeast esters are evident. NG's ABT is boozy and sugary tasting like preserved fruits, dates, some dark caramel and yes I definitely pick up some "cola" flavors.

Carbonation is fairly subdued, but unlike most Belgian's examples of the style I've had, it has large carbonation bubbles vs. the very fine, subtle carbonation of true Belgians. There is a nice complexity to this beer, but once again, it definitely lags behind it's Belgian counterparts. Definitely improves as it warms...in fact room temp is not out of line for this beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz red foil laden bottle into my new super snazzy Unibroue tulip. Pours deep amber with ruby highlights. Fluffy white head sticks around after a bit of plunge.

New Coke Classic with continual prune additions on the snout. Perfect aroma therapy for those geriatrics struggling with the pesky post 3:30 Denny's dinner colon blow. Nearer room temperature, thankfully, some dark chocolate covered cherry emerges.

The Belgian candy sugar is quite pronounced here. Cola, rum, raisin, cherry and chocolate on the back end. While enjoyable, this beer is still raw and needs some time to settle down and mature. If only I had a dollar for every time the same has been about me.

Nice mouthfeel, pleasant carbonation, somewhere near medium bodied. Looking forward to revisiting this in the future. Best enjoyed as a slow sipper and near room temperature.

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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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Photo of CaseyK
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's always nice to try a new Unplugged beer, this one doesn't disappoint.

A: Dark, head becomes thin quickly. A little bit of white head and lacing sticks around.

S: Nice and sweet smelling, almost a bit of a caramel smell to it.

T: A really great flavor that is sweet and flavorful. There is a taste of fruit, maybe something like a raisin flavor that comes through first and that is followed by a sweeter boozier aftertaste. A lot more is going on here in the taste than the smell. Very rich tasting and the flavor really sticks in your mouth. For the ABV I found this to be fairly drinkable, these could sneak up on you.

M: Not overly heavy but it has a very nice presence.

Overall: This is a really enjoyable beer. I'm going to have to stock up on some of these to age and some for now.

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

fine, i'll break the ice.

a - dark like root beer. head dies instantly.

s - sweet malts, with a earthy undertone. booze is apparent.

t - big malts, sweetness, prune-like dark fruit. some alcohol flavor, but its well integrated.

m - medium body. well carbonated for the style. spot on.

overall - as always, drinkability is a high priority for Dan. very tasty beer. Its a bit hot fresh, but should age very very well.

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Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
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