Unplugged Abt | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 beerwolf77
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: dark cinnamon brown, cascade shower looks great as it sets up, about one finger of light beige head, modest lace ring

S: Sweet bready malts, light spiciness, plenty of caramel and dark fruit, maybe even a hint of chocolate. It has an almost brown ale thing going on.

T: the flavor is not really what I expect out of a dubbel. It almost tastes like a dopple bock. Malty with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. The spice is rather light and almost no belgian yeast profile at all.

M: medium to ful body with plenty of carbonation.

D: overall drinkable but not really what I would call a dubbel. I expect much better from NG. This one sort of fell short for me.

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Photo of Phelps
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle received in a trade from Florida9 into a tulip.

Looks: pours a deep maroon, nearly opaque, with a frothy two-finger head of rosy tan that becomes a foamy layer about half a finger in thickness and entrenches itself at the top of the glass. Some sticky webbed tracts are left on the sides of the glass as the beer abates.

Smells: from the moment I pop the bottle and get a whiff of the smoke that exudes, I notice the myriad of aromas in this guy: weird lager yeast character, akin to a light lager that's been left out overnight. Also getting some sherry and grape juice, along with a bit of alcohol.

Tastes: like a dubbel made without Belgian yeast. I'd be very interested to know what kind of yeast was used here, because the beer's almost lager-like in yeast flavors and dry finish, and missing a lot of the fruity/spicy esters I enjoy in Belgian ales. There are flavors of grape juice, figs, acai and a light caramel character. The fruitiness emerges more as the beer warms up a bit, but never really reaches the point I'd like.

Feels: just a touch runny. Medium, active carbonation and a medium-light body. Not too heavy, with an almost crisp finish and a well-hidden alcohol content.

Drinks: easily, but I'd appreciate more flavor. Not my favorite from New Glarus.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Alex, into a Bells tulip...Poursr a dark brown with some magenta highlights, good retention and lacing on a light tan head...Most American beers trying to copy Belgian quads or dubbels are monumental failures that come across very generic. This is not anywhere close to the excellence of a Belgian but for an American try its pretty good...Aroma is a little light but has lots of common notes of caramel, figs, dark fruits, a little cocoa, bread...The taste is pretty good, bready, sweet, alcohol shows through, light in texture. Lacking depth of flavor of a great dubbel, not as sweet either.

An unplugged worth giving a shot.

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Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a very slim head that leaves a few squiggles here and there

Smell: Spice cake, banana and figs

Taste: Opens with a bit of spice cake and fig flavor amid undertones of butterscotch and a vague hint of candi sugar; by mid-palate, a tart fruit element (currants) irons out the sweetness; after the swallow, there is a bit of a balsa wood flavor that leads to a rather dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nicely drinkable beer but more like a Weizenbock masquerading as a Dubbel; I like that it is not too sweet, but it just doesn't approach the better Belgians in terms of mouthfeel or complexity

Thanks, DP34, for the opportunity

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a couple of bottles of this from asmokingoat. Thank you, Joel. A new New Glarus beer is always welcome.

Pouring a very dark brown, this beer has a dense, dark brown cap that has great retention and good lacing too. Deep red highlights are observed too. This seems to be unfiltered, and hence, the clarity is great.

Not as fruity as some other dubbels I've had, the most prominent note I pick up is unsweetened cocoa, along with a very dark brown sugar character. A slight cola character is present, and as it warms up, the fruitiness grows, with a blend of raisins, cherries, pears and alcohol. A touch bready as well, this smells great. The palate opens with a blend of fruity sweetness, fruitier than the nose would suggest, with a rich, rummy, fruitcake character with an excellent brown sugar flavor, one that combines sweetness, caramel and burnt sugar very well. The fruit, as on the nose, is a blend of raisins and cherries, and the little alcohol does bring some lighter fruit to mind. The yeast character is not terribly assertive, I do get a little bit of banana and clove as well. In some ways, this is like a blend of a regular dubbel and a mellower weizenbock. There's a mild boozy heat present, and that actually does work very well with the spices and the fruit. Fresh, this beer is rather delicate and vibrant, and I'm not entirely sure age will be kind to it. A little bread is present as well. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, there's a long lasting finish that has some spice character (mildly clove-like), a little fruit and a little cocoa-like bitterness. This is quite the excellent beer.

**Edit 19 June 2011**

Drinking my only other bottle of this beer, and it seems like time wasn't all that helpful here. While the flavors and aroma are as good as they were fresh, the mouthfeel has taken a hit, feeling a little watery and tannic. I'd drop the MF score to 3-3.5, but otherwise, this is good stuff.

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Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 newk340
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a deep dark mahogany, no evident head or lacing and little visible carbonation.

S: faint hints of dark fruits, spices, and ginger.

T: subtle tastes of plums and figs, with a sweet malt and yeast finish.

MF/D: surprisingly smooth with a nice lingering heat, certainly can't taste the 9%... very nice the warmer it got.

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

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is dark brown, slightly hazy, with a rather small off-white head that does not hold very long.
The aroma, just like flavor, is not very complex or remarkable, but the beer itself is pleasant and easy to drink.
Caramel, bread, candy, raisins compose the aroma. Medium bodied, quite malty on the flavor, with a load of candy and caramel, some raisins again. Faint spiciness, not much alcohol is noticeable.

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

Big thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Konings Hoeven goblet.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger filmy beise head that dissipates into a thin, wispy layer atop a deep, nearly opaque clear purple brew. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Aroma is subtle but complex. Notes of grape, figs, Belgian yeast, and clove sweet and spiciness. A slight toasted malt exists in the background also.

T: Opens spicy and sweet. Purple grapes, clove, Belgian yeast, and figs. Malty through and through with no hop presence. Tastes almost exactly like it smells. A burst of yeast and spiciness at the finish builds up the ending but leaves no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, lively carbonation, invigorating, and active in the mouth. Finish is accented and aftertaste is clean, leaves nothing.

D: A real average offering from New Glarus. In my opinion, this style isn't really one of their strengths. The allure of NG, to me, is their willingness to infuse abundant fruit flavors into styles that usually aren't fruit heavy. However, Belgians are known for there fruit forwardness so there's no real surprise here. This one's still plenty enjoyable though, and for its ABV, hella drinkable too!

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blurry dark magenta-brown with a thick crop of large-bubbled white suds that recedes slowly to a collar.
Brown sugar, cherry, fruitcake, clove, gingerbread, orange peel, dark rum aroma. It lacks a bit in loudness and cohesion, but otherwise, it's hard to complain.
The tastebuds bring bright, polished caramel, toffee, and raisin bread. And loads of them. Deeper in, vanilla, black cherry, and toast materialize. All equally shiny and unencumbered. Yeast is timid, toting only phantoms of clove, banana bread, and peppercorn. Alcohol is shut out entirely. Hops are vague, but add some herbal bitter flourish.
The mouthfeel is absolutely spot-on, fleecy, full, but given ample levity with the steady, thorough carbonation. Feel-wise, this may be the best US-brewed Belgian-approximation I've had.
The ultra-clean maltiness and hidden alcohol makes this stupidly drinkable. Right now, that's its strength, along with its impeccable mouthfeel.
I really like the youth and the brightness here, but it lacks a good deal of depth. With some time, as the yeast has its way, I'm hoping it soils and sullys and complicates and generally deepens things here.

And I think it will.

I've scored this a bit conservatively, but I'll be suprised if this doesn't end up being one of my all time favorite Unpluggeds. It's right there, and just needs a nudge over time.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single 12oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $2.50.

The unplugged series is one Wisconsin people love! Abt is a very dark brown beer with a strong taste. But while it does have a quite bitter taste it does drink rather smooth. Certainly worth a try seeing as they only make it once!

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Photo of Brez07
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to oach for this one

A: Pours a clear brown with some ruby highlights. Just for a moment there was a fizzy off white head. Visible carbonation

S: Belgian yeast, candied sugar, spice. Some dark fruit as well. I occasionally gets notes of banana

T: Malt is most prevalent here, giving a bready presence. Reminds me of rye bread a little bit. There is some spice and sweetness, but it doesn't stand out. As it warmed, a got some caramel/rum flavors

M: Fairly smooth and creamy. The carbonation I saw earlier is gone, leaving the smooth feeling. Has a somewhat bitter aftertaste which I wasn't expecting

D: Good beer, but not great. I was under the assumption this would have some sour qualities, but that is not the case. Had some good flavors and was easy drinking. ABV hidden very well. Definitely worth a shot if you find it

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Photo of sweemzander
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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 hardy008
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a small tan head with nice retention. The aroma has dark fruit, alcohol, belgian yeast, and candi sugar.

The flavor is sweet, with dark fruit, especially raisins. It also has alcohol, belgian yeast, and candi sugar. The amount of sweetness is just right. It is noticeable, but not overpowering.

High carbonation, light bodied for the style, smooth, a bit of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is the weakest feature of this beer. I have to mark it down somewhat for this, but still enjoy the beer a lot.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a finger of head that camps around forever.

The aroma is a caramel/dark bread maltiness, raisin, and grassy hops.

The flavor is very malty...mostly dark bread. Not really much sweetness or spices. A bit of alcohol burn. Fairly pedestrian, yet tasty.

The body is very thin and carbonation is high but soft.

Overall, this beer isn't very notable as you can tell from my review. Pretty basic, but no off flavors and somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -6%
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 +10.1%
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 -0.3%
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 +23.1%
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 +12.2%
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 +13.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.3%
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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Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 305 ratings