Unplugged Abt | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 305 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of cavedave
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time reviewing a quad style.

A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. Pours a dark yet clear reddish amber with a half-finger khaki head. It dissipated to a thin head and collar in several minutes. Swirling produces a little bit of lacing that slides back down.

S - Fruity esters from the yeast are the dominant characteristic. It smells like blackberry jam spread on top of buttered wheat toast. Mmmm.

T - It has a lot of complexity yet it is still has a relatively mild (for ~10% ABV) flavor overall. Lots of fruits up front; cherry, blackberry and dates. Slight Tartness. There is nice malt character through the middle with some buttery flavors fading to a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Not boozy at all.

M - Medium-heavy body with carbonation that becomes very lively on the tongue when you take a sip. A little bit of alcohol warmth.

O/D - I enjoyed the fruity aroma and flavor of this beer. You don't notice any alcohol until the buzz you have when you're finished. I would drink again but would not drink them back-to-back.

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

Reviewed on 3.25.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Medium brown with a tan bubbly head.

S- Smells of roasted malts - ceral - grains.

T- Tastes sweet and tangy, like a sugary bread or cake. very interesting.

D- Drinks very smooth, medium carbonation, sweeter.

O- I enjoyed this one.

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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 soze47
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this guy up in Wisconsin in December. I think that makes this brew about 7 months old. This is a big beer, but it doesn't really need to age much to be very tasty. I enjoyed this one over an hour and drank it in a Hennepin glass.

Appearance: Surprisingly clear, yet very viscous looking. I didn't get a good head on this beer and not a lot of lacing. Some starts sticking more as it warms. Color is light brown/orange, amber-like.

Aroma: I'm never good at picking up the nose in this style. I get some caramel, but mostly a fruity mix of tart sweetness. Apples, green grapes, and cherries all seem to be in the mix of smells. The malt comes through much more as it warms.

Taste: Hmm, a lot more tart than I expected. I read that this was a Flemmish variation, so the almost cherry and apple sour/tart qualities aren't that surprising. I do get some candy sweetness that takes on brown bread qualities as it warms. Quite complex, yet muddled. There is an amalgam of fruit flavors that blend quite well against a malty, caramel, bready sweetness. The balance fluctuates throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is really where this beer stands out. It is a heavy bodied beer that is beautifully carbonated. The flavors can dance on the palette. The great balance of flavors is maintained and it never becomes overwhelming.

Overall: A really great beer. I'm not a huge drinker of this style, so take that for what its worth. I just enjoy the fruit flavors that are sour, tart, and sweet in an almost simaltaneous fashion. Unique brew that I'd pick up again, if I could.

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Photo of muttyd
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown/near black with a big off-white head that quickly (and loudly) fizzles into nothing. Not even a ring. As I agitate the beer in the glass, it shows signs of something resembling a head and does slightly stick to the edge of glass, but this beer almost resembles flat cola. Aroma is much better than the appearance. Figs, plums, caramel, dark chocolate and warming alcohol. The spicy yeast character is not too pronounced, but is there in the background. Flavor is filled with dark fruits, burnt sugar, caramel, and more chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. Bubbly carbonation, creamy/silky mouthfeel. Finishes rather sweet with a warming alcoholic presence. Very good American take on the style.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, slightly reddish, amber, and quite clear, with a short layer or light-tan head.

Smell is sweet well-rounded malts. Dark fruits. A bit of smokiness, some yeast that's Belgian-like but not quite Belgian.

Taste is also mostly sweet, fairly rich caramel malts (and lots of them), again with dark fruit (dates). It's a bit overdone, though, giving it a cough-medicine syrupyness that I don't really like. The finish brings out the unpleasant elements of that, an odd combination of sweet and bitter that lingers for too long in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, chewy, with a syrupy stickiness. Ample (above average) carbonation lightens the load.

I'm happy I tried this, but I doubt I'll pick it again when there are much better quads out there. The flavors start out well, but it's overly sweet and has an unpleasant cough syrup bitter/sweet combo that really turns me off.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden orange brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: dried dark fruits, caramel,

taste: dried dark fruits, cherry, raisons, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: Not a bad version of a Quad, it just wasn't over the top.


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

From notes:

Pours a dark ruby with minimal tan head.  Smells like yeast, plums, brown sugar and a little alcohol.  I taste some raisins, slight apple, dark fruits and a slightly boozy finish.  I had this one at least 4 months ago, maybe longer, and it seems it's mellowed out a bit.  Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, drinkability is one or two, and if two slowly, it's a sipper.  Good stuff.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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 pweis909
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
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 TCMike
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with a light tan, one finger head, which dissipates quickly.
The aroma is of sweets, roasted malts, and dark fruit.
The taste is smooth. A sweet raisin, and malts start, with a light alcohol finish. It is 9.75% after all, hard to hide that much. Very little noticeable hops.
Mouth-feel was an upper medium body.
A very good quad IMHO.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark mohagany color, letting little light pass through. There's a light coat of lacing around the edges.

This smells like being at a bakery. I pick up raisin bread, brown sugar, and even pumpernickel.

The taste is like a loaf of sweet bread with raisins and brown sugar. There's a touch of vanilla and dark cherries in the finish.

Heavy yet crisp body, slightly dry. The alchohol is noticable, but pleasant and warming. Very drinkable for 9.5%.

A fun beer, indeed. New Glarus really knocks it out of the park with the Unplugged series.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark amber color, with very little head. The smell is sweet, but very weak. The taste is very full, sweet, there are carmel flavors that can be picked up, and alot of spices. There is proabially too much carbonation. Overall its a very good beer, a nice twist of the Belgan Quad.

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Photo of tewaris
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a 3 Philosophers glass.

Poured caramel brown, fairly bright and clear, with a dull colored medium sized head that dissipated fast with a soda like fizzing sound. None of the glorious looks that come with the style. No lacing either. Smells of caramel, candy with some vinously tart notes. Aroma is certainly not this ale's strength.

One suggestion: the warmer the better. The taste of Unplugged Abt went from being thoroughly unimpressive to good over the course of the hour. Bitter caramel dominated the taste, with chocolaty, yeasty, and vinous notes complementing it.Medium bodied, bursting with carbonation, with a crisp, tannic, and dry finish that left a slightly bitter aftertaste and plenty of warmth. The alcohol is well concealed. Not the best of the style by any means but certainly not bad.

Scores: Appearance 3/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Drinkability 4/5

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Photo of krazyboi
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Very dark ruby/brown. Small foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: Sweet, caramel, raisin, malty, slightly alcoholic.
T: Caramel, malty, and alcohol in the beginning. Dark chocolate bitterness comes in at the end, with some more alcohol kick.
M: Very smooth, sticky, and thick. Light to medium carbonation.
D: The alcohol is fairly well hidden for such a big, strong beer, but it does tend to come through with each sip. This beer seems a bit uncomplex and I would consider it to be nothing too special for this style. I did somewhat enjoy this, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mega thanks to Shango42 for the super thoughtful extra.

a - cracked the bottle and poured into my la trappe chalice. Nice purple brown color with a very thin bubbly head that didn't hang around long. I like the head to be a bit creamy on a quad, but this has the nice murkly purple I look for.

s - Plums, grapes. Grape jelly. Grape candy. Grape soda...did I mention grape?

t - Very nice. Again, dominant in the grape realm.

m/d - Nice lively carbonation and leaves a cooling tingle. Somewhat sweet aftertaste. Would be more than happy to have a few in an evening. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Marty30
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Baconsausage for the bottle! Poured at celler temp, about 55 degrees into a pint glass.

A. Nice very dark amber with a good amount of yeast sediment,2 finger off white fluffy head. Small amounts of lacing stuck to the glass.

S. Bready yeast over powers on this one. sugar and cherries.

T. Begins with tart cherries and some raisons. I'm getting a sour taste in the end.

M. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation stings the tounge and cleans the pallet.

D. Drink is ok I could only have no more than 2 of these in a sitting. Also not my favorite style.

Not a bad brew worth picking up. My first New Glarus,did not dissapoint.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
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...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - dark brown color with a beige head that thinned out to a ring, no lacing.

S - fig/date, earthy aroma.

T - dark fruit malty taste upfront is kicked hard with a rubbing alcohol taste that pretty much turned me off to drinking much more.

F - medium/full bodied, carbonation is mild.

D - I really didn't care for this beer and found it a bit difficult to drink.

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Photo of antoines15
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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!

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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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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown almost a burgundy color with a small head. The aroma is chocolate and cherries with a pleasant booziness and some candy sugar sweetness. The flavor is nicely boozy and rich with some cinnamon and a deep malty chocolate character. There is a light yeasty spiciness and a maple syrup sweetness. I do enjoy the mild spicy hop character that is pretty well concealed within.

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Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown/dark red color with a one-fingered head into the tulip glass. Pleasant lacing and decent head retention.

S- Nose is of faint cherries.

T- Sour cherries, raisins...other dark fruits. Belgian yeast.

M- Very well carbonated.

D/O- You wouldn't guess this one at almost 10%abv. The Belgian yeast doesn't overpower at all. For the style, I find this highly drinkable because of the hidden booze.

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