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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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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 nas5755
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with some red hues with a large head. The color reminds me of coke. The nose has dark fruits and dark malts. The taste is full of dark fruits, mostly plums and raisins a little bit more complex than the nose. The carbonation is on the lower ends. Overall, a solid attempt at a Quad, missing some the yeast nuances that are found in the imports but a very nice beer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark brown without much of a head

S - cola, candied fruits and sugary malts. Not much going on, but what is there is good.

T - the taste is of cola, the sugary, caramel malts with some dark, sugary fruits (plums especially). Not bad by any means, but not as complex as it could be for a quad. Still delicious - especially as it warms near room temp.

M - between a thin and medium body with decent carbonation

D - this is a pretty decent quad. I was hoping for a little more out New Glarus...it's still pretty solid. I would definitely get this again, but would probably go after something else from the Unplugged Series. However, this is a hell of a deal at $2.50 a bottle.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bacchus chalice

It pours a deep deep clear mahogany. A brilliant crimson can seen through the glass when held up to the light. A khaki colored head forms and then dissipates rather quickly.

The aroma is fairly simple, mostly figs and something that faintly resembles coca cola.

The taste is on again fairly simplistic for a beer supposed to have complexity. I'm getting mainly some sweeter dark fruit classic to the style. Figs once again and a little raisins. Alcohol can be sensed at the back end but just a little bit and overall the strength is well hidden. I do enjoy the taste a lot and think this is a good example but it's severely lacing some complexities of the classic examples of the style.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, it's medium/light bodied with a carbonation level that keeps the beer lively on the tongue. It isn't too sweet to hamper drinkability and for it's strength it drinks well above average.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 alexgash
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. foil topped bottle.

Cola brown body; clear and clean, with a small, wispy, faded light khaki head. Some lacing. Rich malts on the nose, with notes of dark fruits, bubblegum, banana, raisins, and candy sugar. Light vegetal hop notes mix with estery yeast aromas as well.

Light toasted, slightly astringent grain flavors up front. Singed caramel and dark fruits flesh out the palette. Estery banana and tropical fruits backed by warming alcohol provide some boozy depth. Vegetal hop bitterness around the edges does a little to balance the malty, sugariness. More caramel and sugar in the finish, with lingering toasted marshmallow and herbal bitterness. Medium-full body with a slightly slick feel. Not as creamy or full as I would like. Still, this is a nice take on a "quad."

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Photo of bound4er
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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 Tilley4
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a murky brackish brown into my Chimay goblet with a small thin head... Can't see thru this at all... Almost a reddish tone to this...

As stated, rather muted aromas of sugar and fruit along with a little cocoa and booze...not as spicy as I was hoping...

Despite its lackluster appearance and faint aromas, this brew is damn tasty... The sweetness of the sugars and spicy aspects blend rather well and I'm sipping this one quickly... Its not quite as flavorful as some other Quads I've had but still a good rep of the style...

Overall a good brew that I was glad I got to try...

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Photo of gtn80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass.

Appearance is a dark ruby to brown. Small head dissapears quickly.

Aroma is subdued. Some caramel malts, lots of dark fruit.

Taste is like a quad turned down, like a little dubbel. Same flavors of Candi sugar and dark fruit, but to a much lower degree.

Mouthfeel is great, very viscous.

Drinkability is very good, could definitely have a couple of these.

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Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice looking red/brown/purple color with a good head for a strong beer.

Smell: Sweet candy, yeasty.

Taste: Dark cherries, sweetness like toffee, yeasty, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy stuff.

Drinkability: A nice sipper.

Picked up a 4 pack over in Wiscoland. A nice quad, kind of muted compared to some others I've had in that it tasted more earthy than big sweetness or fruitiness. Very good.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 hoppymcgee
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drhinehart for this beer. Poured from a 12oz. foiled+capped bottle into a Stone pint glass.

A: Brown with no head but some carbonation apparent.

S: A little boozy, some dark fruits, and Belgian yeast.

T: Fig newton, booze, and some tree nuts.

M: The best feature of this beer. Nicely carbonated with a dry finish to offset the rather sweet palate.

D: At first I thought it was a little sweet judging by the nose, but it ended up going down with not too much effort.

Overall, I think age would do this beer well.

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Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a medium dark colored brown with some slight reddish color with a slight off white head that collars around the glass. No sediment present. Some very muted dark fruit type flavors and sweet malt. Some yeast type aromas as well. Medium/light mouthfeel with decent carbonation. The taste is rather subdued with not a whole lot jumping out. I get sweet upfront with some dark fruit and spice. Lingering bitterness in the end but ends rather cleanly. Pretty dry. I think this would be better with additional malt and less carbonation. Not the best quad I have had. I don't really pick up any of the alcohol notes so that's a plus I guess.

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

Poured into snifter

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Color is a dark copper brown with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: A fairly muted nose. Notes of Belgian candi sugar, plums, raisins, and other dried fruits. Maybe some red apples. Fairly malty with notes of caramel. Has a bit of licorice as well.

Taste: A bit more flavor here, but not what a quad normally tastes like. Fairly rich and sweet with Belgian candi sugar. Plums, raisins, and some molasses. Toffee and caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but very fizzy with a high amount of carbonation. Lighter bodied for a quad. Ends very dry.

Overall, not the biggest fan of this one. It has some decent flavors, but just doesn't click. A bit let down from this unplugged. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of a74gent
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a rich dark beauty here.

The pour gives a nice half inch of head, but that goes away quickly. Leaving just remnants floating on top of the brew.

You can tell there is a fair amount of sugar here in the way that the beer sticks to the glass if you swirl and rock it around.

The smell clearly evokes the fig, raisiny sweetness of dried fruit, but I'm not getting much else.

The taste is rich with a touch of tartness on the front of the tongue and some sense of the ABV lingering.

It is nice in mouth having body without being thick. You know it is in your mouth and where it is without having a huge profile like a stout.

Drinkability is good if you remember to more or less sip it. It isn't something you want to quickly put back although you probably could. The ABV is in the taste, but not in the drinkability for me.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Leffe chalice.

Pours a dark, deep copper almost cola with a slight cloud. Two finger head s very effervescent and dies quickly to a thick cap which leaves light lacing.

Aroma is of dark fruit and fusel alcohol. Dark fruit dominates the aroma of candi sugar and yeast. Spiced rum on the finish with a tiny amount of vanilla and spice.

Flavor is crisp dark fruit. I know that is weird to say, bit the strong sweet candi sugar and dark fruit flavors are muted by the carbonation. Middle brings brown sugar and spice with a scant touch of vanilla. Finishes with a fusel alcohol and warming bite. Even though there is a huge deal of sweetness in the malt and the alcohol, the crispness of the carbonation balances this.

Mouthfeel is aggressively bubbly, but slightly soft. The carbonation of this brew is what makes it. Without the carbonation this would be a sickly sweet abomination

A good beer if you can handle the ABV, otherwise there are much more easily digestible trips and dubs.

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Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy dark brown accented by ruby edges. The brew is hugely sediment laden, big black chunks lay across the bottom of my pint glass. All of this topped by a slightly darker than off white one finger head. Very nice head retention with a nice veil of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Not highly aromatic, what I do get from the nose are aromas of dark fruit and just the slightest bit of caramel malt. The dark fruit comes through more and more as the brew warms.

T & M - That dark fruit comes through first and foremost but is accentuated by the sweet malt and a touch of spice, clove perhaps? The alcohol is very well hidden, I'm very impressed by that considering this is 9.75% ABV. Medium bodied and creamy. Finishes with a nice crisp and clean ending.

D - A very nice Quadrupel. The ABV makes it not so much sessionable, but this one could trick you into thinking it's not as big as it really is. I could sit down with friends and easily down a 4 pack of this...I would probably not drive so straight afterwards though. Another very well crafted brew from New Glarus!

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Photo of samie85
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nearly black. Appears to be more or less clear. Tannish head very quickly dissipates.

Smell - Rich sweet hops. Caramel and raisin. No hops or alcohol apparent.

Taste - Comes across as a bit lighter than one would expect from the smell. Malt is appropriately rich and sweet, but seems to lack depth. Taste is somewhat of roasted hops, with only hints of the caramel and raisin in the nose, maybe a little clove or something spicy. Alcohol is very apparent in the mouth, both taste and warmth. Sadly, this drink isn't entirely pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Pretty smooth feeling.

Drinkability - I love a nice dark, malty, sippin' high-alcohol beer. This one doesn't do it for me, though. New Glarus is a fine company with many great beers, but this, for me, ranks among their disappointments.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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 PSUDREW
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: a clear, dark brown. not a lot of head, but some lacing. little bit of carbonation
S: slightly roasted, sweet nose
T: roasted chocolate up front. followed by a little bit of spice, maybe brown sugar and caramel. very sweet mixture, in a good way
m: slightly heavy, but not over powering. there is a little bit of syrupy quality,
D: for a dubble, pretty high

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, nearly opaque, but slips some light in and has a muted low glow of mahogany tinted brown. Dark beige crown of thick firm sudsy foam grows to just over a finger high to flow down to a heavy skim and collar. Snow globe patchy lacing coats the goblet very well.

Aroma is soft and a bit light but seemingly complex in a favorable thick fruit breadyness with black cherry, brown sugar, banana, and a bit of dull orange laced with gingerbread spice, vanilla, and clove.

Nice tone of dark dulled tangy fruits and bready candyishness. Raisin, black cherry, vanilla, toffee, then some lofty caramel seeps in lightly underneath as lightly, well placed nuances to clove spice, banana, and yeast pull into the finish with a coating of dryish pep and a layer of dark candied yeast.

Firm, smooth medium body, with a semi creamy tang of dark fruityness pulling most of the weight while a smaller tone of yeasty spice, candy, and dryness take the remainder of the chcaracter over into the finish. Quite balanced and the overall tang is very well controlled and easy on the palate.

This will age nicely. A keeper in the Unplugged series from New Glarus.

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Photo of brow1901
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single - had a few but first notes

appearance: split and served in my great lakes chalice - cola body, some garnet hues, light cream head that dissipates quickly

smell: subtle but gains in strength as it warms -figs, dates, brown sugar, fruitcake, clove

taste; leather, wood, figs, fruitcake, clove, somewhat heavy booze. This dubbel doesnt really leave a lasting impression in my opinion - it's strong and has some decent flavors but in the end is a little pedestrian for the "unplugged" label.

mouthfeel: medium body, slight alcohol burn

drinkability: just ok

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Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up from the woodmans in kenosha in mid augest. drank from my chimay chalice.

A-this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind decent lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing that i notice in here. sweet brown sugar and molasses. a little bit of caramel and bready malts. raisin and fig also.

T- the taste is pretty sweet with brown sugar and caramel leading the way. a little bit of raisin and fig come through. the yeast is more subdued than i would have expected.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation. just what i was expecting given the style. the alcohol is pretty well hidden also.

D- an overall decent beer, but given what new glarus has done (even more so with the unplugged series" i kinda found this beer to be a let down. not nearly as good as the true belgian brewers take on the style, and not as good as many of the american ones either.

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