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 hippityhops85
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz foiled bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet. BIG thanks to kawilliams81 for the assist!

Pours an hazy purplish brown. Very little head on the pour and what was there quickly dissipates into nothing. What I'd expect from a good Quad.

The nose doesn't really have a lot going on. Definitely dark fruits, little bit of cinnamon or another holiday spice? Not really sure but whatever it is, it's muted.

The taste, on the other hand, is fantastic! Tons of dark fruits melded with a really nice Belgian aroma. If you put this in front of my blind, I'd probably say it was a Belgian. Impressive.

The mouthfeel is medium with little carbonation. I would have liked to have seen just a little more carbonation to really brighten this brew but I'm not complaining.

Overall, I love this beer. New Glarus is somewhat of an enigma to me here in PA so I'm always stoked to try anything new from them and they have been nothing but impressive thus far.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 draheim
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (no dates or codes, but ca. late 2010 - thanks to whoever sent this to me, I forget now) poured into a chalice.

Crystal-clear mahogany color w/ no sediment @ the bottom. Unusual for a quad as these typically require a careful pour due to sediment...

Aroma is mostly plums and prunes, generic dark fruit. A very subtle sugary sweetness, that's about it.

Taste is clean, crisp dark caramel malt and candi sugar. Really simple, not much complexity here. Mouthfeel is a little sharp and dry. I think something is lacking in the yeast here. It doesn't taste bad by any means, it just doesn't have much depth.

Overall this is a pretty thin, simple quad. I'm relatively underwhelmed.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown, two finger head off of a large pour that quickly subsides. Not much left after a minute or two
Lots of malt and Belgian sugar candy directly up front, dark fruit such as fig and purple grapes, spice in the finish
Really enjoying the taste of this brew, malts upfront and Belgian sugar candy in the back, picking up alot of purple grape flavor, artificial but goes well with this beer
Carbonation hits upfront, medium body and dry in the finish, would expect more smoothness out of such a big beer

Not bad, with an interesting twist on the style, sweeter than most

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Photo of nsmartell
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark at first glance, but is actually a dark mahogany color almost like a whisky or cognac. Nice think tan head that looks like a classic Guinness look. The head sticks around for quite some time.

Smell: Smells of sweet malts, candi sugar, raisins, and yeast. The longer this sits in my glass, the more the alcohol comes through.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests, with the candied sugars and sweet malts leading the way. The taste has certainly mellowed from when I opened my first one shortly after this was released.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick-bodied with a good, low amount of carbonation. This coats the mouth and throat and ends very dry.

Drinkability: Due to the high alcohol content and dry finish, not very drinkable. However, I enjoyed drinking this beer and am looking forward to seeing how my last bottle holds up.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Auburn to brown in color and pretty clear, fairly small head and so-so lacing but not bad looking.

Many dark fruits come forth in the smell, raisins, plums, figs, dates, great light brown sugar too.

Taste follows the nose in all the fruity and sweet aspects, with an almost candy like malt presence and a very slight drying at the finish.

Body is kind of light for a quad but still enjoyable. Very easy to drink, sweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall it's a very easy to drink quad and it's got some of the great fruit goodness that I adore from New Glarus, one of America's finest breweries.

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Photo of jera1350
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Forgot to put up my review when I had this fresh, but aged a few as well.

Amberish brown color with a short foamy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Rum, raisin and candi sugar in the nose. Detecting a bit of alcohol.

Fresh, the taste is extremely boozy. Like a rum on the rocks almost. With several months of age, this beer really loses much of it's taste and character and becomes a muted skeleton of it's original self. When fresh, it does add notes of rum raisin and is quite sweet on the palate.

Very dry and quite smooth. Not a whole lot of carbonation though.

I wish I could have had a middle ground in this beer. When fresh it was way too hot and when aged, it just dropped off. I guess I would have preferred it fresh, but it just wasn't very drinkable at that point.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 pixieskid
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a miniature Chimay Goblet.

Looks like a quad should, a little more transparent redish brown than I would like, with a decent head.

Notes of brown sugar, dark fruits, and a lingering hint of molasses.

Finishes with notes of raisins, plum, and brown sugar.

Overall; has the notes that a Quad should but awfully thin body and lacks any real character. A decent shot at the style, but nothing special.

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Photo of treyrab
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always appreciative to receive NG Unplugged beers as extras. Put this in the fridge to cool to cellar temperature and cracked it open. Poured into a wide mouthed goblet tonight.

A: Pours a thin dark raisin brown with surprisingly no head. For the Abt style, I was expecting to see a nice fluffy khaki head on top of the brown sugar coloured brew. But this is very small head that recedes to nothing. For what it's worth, the head that does appear is a nice khaki. Other than that pretty dull, with no lacing. The colour is pretty spot on for the style though.

S: Was a bit too cold at first and could only pick up some light brown sugar, molasses, and typical Belgian yeast spice (i.e. clove and coriander). As it warms I pick up a hint of raisin and prune. Some decent cherries in there as well. Pretty solid.

T: At first, this was a little bland. But as it warmed up, some nice rum soaked raisins came alive and blended nicely with some brown sugar and molasses. It got pretty chewy and full, which was also nice.

Overall, this was solid. It does not compare to the St. Bernardus, Pannepot or Rochefort's of the world, but it is solid.

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Photo of wschmit
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a New Glarus pint glass.

A: A thin, pop-like head fizzles quickly into a spare ring about the top of a deep, dark amber body with some mild carbonation. Fairly (and a bit surprisingly) clear.

S: Raisins, rum, booze. A fairly solid American attempt--it does indeed remind me of Abt 12, or Rochefort 10. Not quite to their level of complexity, but it hits all the right notes: dark, sweet stone fruit interleaved with caramel tones and alcohol.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the nose, but still fairly good. Dark, almost burnt sugar sweetness, and a touch of that raisin at the end. It's a bit alcoholic tasting, but not bad. A little bit of spice mingles with that alcoholic heat. As usual, NG has done a pretty solid (if not quite on par) rendition of a classic style.

M: If I have to ding this beer, it's that it feels a bit flat and thin, which brings the heat out. Not bad, but not perfect, either.

O: Overall, for a quad this good at this price, it can't be beat. Not on the level of the classics, but as close as anyone this side of the pond has gotten.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra from joebeerbelly!! thanks man

Pours a deep, dark brown colo; creamy, thin, fine-bubbled, light-tan head withdecent retention and really solid lacing. Some nice complexity in the nose: brown sugar, raisins, cola, and toasty vanilla; hints of warming alcohol; appropriately minimal hop aroma; this isn’t quite as immense or deep as the best things coming out of Belgium, but it’s an excellent shot at the style and engaging aroma-wise without being particularly sweet. Mouthfeel follows suit, with mild carbonation and medium-high heft; actually somewhat lighter bodied compared to what this could have been for the complexity and ABV; lots of cola and raisin character here, some slightly prickly vinous alcohol coming out, and rounded vanilla notes, creme brulee-like sweetness, and hints of caramel, but nothing quite that hefty or dark; the overall mouthfeel here really does fit with some of the things Dan has said about bigger beers in general: despite the high ABV, this was likely mashed low, the overall body is comparatively light, and this is immensely drinkable for how big it is. Medium finish of cola, raisins and dried fruit, with a touch of honey and toastiness; the modest sweetness lingers, then subsides.

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Photo of dcloeren
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UNMbeerhunter for this bonus

Poured a deep translucent mahogany with ruby edges when held to the light. Produced 1 finger of khaki colored head that quickly dissipated

Smells of brown sugar, raisons, fresh baked bread and figs with some nice caramel and spice notes

taste follows the nose but if I had to describe it I would say that it tastes like a very decadent spice cake. Gives off some heat but it is hidden fairly well.

Medium bodied with a copious amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was a great bonus and a good quad. I wouldn't mind being able to pick this up every once in a while. Definitely worth a try if you see it around

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Photo of nhindian
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle generously provided by UMNbeerhunter as an extra, thanks Joe!

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown, translucent for the most part and with a darker purple where the glass is most thick. Only about a finger's worth or so of tan head, with moderate retention. Lacing is sticky at first, but gradually slides down the edges of the glass, leaving thin streaks.

S - The aroma on this is very sweet from the get go and has a bit of heat behind it as well. Belgian candi sugar, raisins, and grapes make up the bulk of the nose, to the extent that it's almost like a juice. There's some spiciness to it as well, probably due to the yeast. The darker fruits combined with the alcohol gives it an almost rum-like quality.

T - Again, getting a lot of sugar and fruits here, almost to the point of being cloying. Think of an alcohol Welch's grape juice and this isn't too far off in my opinion. The malts do come through more than in the nose, lending the beer an earthy or nutty characteristic that lasts through the finish. The spiciness is here as well, with some nutmeg and cloves. Fairly bready throughout, the finish is long and filled with a sugar-coated fruit sweetness with a pinch of alcohol. Finishes almost like a spiced rum.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. Almost feels syrupy at the start, but eventually the palate acclimates and it's not too bad. Finishes somewhat dry.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. A bit too sugary for my liking, and while the yeast imparts a noticeable characteristic, it definitely takes a backseat to the other notes in this beer. Trim down some of (okay, maybe a lot of) the sugar, some fruits, and beef up the malts a bit and this is a great beer, but as it stands now, I'd continue to seek out the more tried-and-true Belgians.

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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 pitasoup
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle, review from notes.

A: clear brown, ruby darkness, not much head.

S: oak, tea, leather, molasses sweetness. subtle touches of chocolate and cheese

T: tobacco, parmesan rind, slight hop bitterness. a bit of oak on the aftertaste and sweet malts as well.

M: light body for a quad, low carbonation makes this easy dirnking.

O: fascinating beer with tones of subtlety. not the best beer to drink often, but quite interesting to sip on.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice deep mahogany reddish-brown. It has a thin, light khaki colored, head. There is very little lacing.

S: Raisins, plums, and candied fruits. I'm also picking up a little yeast and some alcohol.

T: Initially it's sweet with flavors of stone fruits. It develops into a nice boozy finish. But, at 9.75% it isn't overpowering.

M: Flavors and carbonation blend nicely, without any massive lingering tastes. Very nice.

D: I could have one or two of these, but I wouldn't want any more than that.

O: I think this is a quality quad. Quadrupels aren't my favorite style, but I can definitely appreciate this beer.

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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 harrymel
2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled August 2010

A: pours a really neat cola ale with a single finger of light tan head which falls quickly to a centrally capped sheet of the same. Little/no lacing. Gotsta give some recognition here, man it's brilliant, never seen a quad with this much clarity.

S: Malts are typical of a quad, sweet, nougat, some dark stone fruits, maybe a specific hint of prune. Yeast is there, subdued for the style, which is nice IMO.

T: Sweet and sweet. I really have a hard time here. Just seems like sweet, malty, belgian candy sugar. Some hints of earthy yeast.

M: Thin with moderate carb. Semi-dry finish. Expect a little more body here.

O: This beer looks great, unfortunately, it doesn't stand out in the nose. The flavors are one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is unimpressive.

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Photo of vande
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by a friend as we sat out on the porch and chilled out....trying to keep the skeeters away...

a: ruby to brown in color...somewhat of a thin dirty lacing left lingering along the top and hugging the glassware

s: brown sugar, raisin, caramel, some chocolate..and alcohol on the nose too.

t: see smell. As it warmed up though, this beer truly did open up... a lot more of the fruit came out. Sweet, but not too sweet of a beer. Tasty.

M: sugary medium bodied beer.

o: Not my favorite New Glarus, but it was good. I'd probably no need to return to it, but if it was offered, I'd not turn it down.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, there’s a brief white head over a deep dark shade of brown. Aroma is impressively fragrant. As listed on the bottle, there’s a strong (spiced) rum character along with grapes, light Belgian yeast components and soft chocolate malt. Flavor is dominated by candied sugar and bready malts. Not as many layers here as in the aroma, and while the flavor is nice, it becomes a bit bland after a few ounces. The finish is long and sweet with an alcoholic tinge that eventually gets a little tiresome. Carbonation is moderate, but body is thinner than top versions of the style.

I am a little surprised at the ethanol presence considering this is only 9.75% and has had about a year on it. While a good beer, it’s not one of New Glarus’ better and for me it’s one that I appreciated more with food.

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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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Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
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