Unplugged Abt | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged AbtUnplugged Abt

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian Dark Candi Sugar encourages the decadence of rum, raisin dark chocolate and sherry like fruit tones to conspire happily in almost 20° Plato.

Added by beerwolf77 on 08-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 305
Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale pours rather clear deep amber/cherrywood with an off-white head. The aroma is moderately spicy, fruity, mainly dark fruits, and a bit eastery. The flavor is moderately spicy, rather fruity, a hint of booze; at the swallow an earthy, mild tobacco tone emerges and then lingers as the palate dries out. The carbonation is moderate and body medium-full. Overall this beer is well-made, flavorful and most enjoyable on this unseasonably cold summer evening.

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Photo of Trilogy31
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cocao brown with a finger of creamy colored khaki head leaving light lacing. The nose carries hints of cocao nibs, roasted chocolate malt along with a slight brown sugar note. The taste is very muted (maybe to cold) with slight banana and chocolate malts, very disappointing. The mouthfeel is average is not a tad watery. Not a favorite.

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Photo of JohnL9013
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: The appearance is identical to Coca-Cola, plain and simple. Very little head. This beer looks like it has been filtered and there is no "evidence" of bottle conditioning like there usually is in Belgian tripels and quads.

S: It has a pleasant, sweet smell with a dark roasted backbone.

T: OK, something is clearly amiss here. Quads are usually sweet but this one is just way too sweet. It has a candy-fruity taste on the front-end and a rum aftertaste. I've had plenty of Belgian style beers and plenty of quadrupels and this beer is neither. It isn't bad, but it just doesn't have nearly the refinement nor the complexity that our friends the Belgians have mastered. The thing that I miss the most about this beer comparing it to the real thing is the sheer BODY those big Belgian beers have, the way such a small amount can stimulate so many of your receptors at once.

M: For me, this beer feels unpleasant in my mouth, mostly due to the excessive sweetness. The rest of the beer would seem so much better if it wasn't so sweet.

This beer isn't bad, don't get me wrong, it's still way better than anything I can get on tap in my area, but if this company is going to put "Abt" on this beer, I'm not trying anything else from them anytime soon. This is probably the first Belgian-style beer I haven't liked.

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

12oz bottle poured into large tulip - cant remember who sent this but thank you!

Pours a deep cherry color which almost turns brown, but turns brilliant red in the light. Layers of beige head retain with film, leaving a few patches of lacing on the glass.

Candy sugar and dark fruit in the nose with raisin and dates, barely any booze despite the higher ABV. Pretty soft overall though.

A bite of sweetness up front, driven by the candy sugar and dark fruit cocktail. Dates and raisins swirled with some burnt sugar notes, creating a fairly rich profile. Large malted base with some syrupy tones. Finishes with dark sweetness and very slight alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, prickly yet smooth on the tongue at the same time. Solid quad with plenty of flavor, rich in dark fruit and mellow on the booze despite being nearly 10%.

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Photo of adman08
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep mahogany color that pours with a decent amount of head that fades fairly quickly. Not as much head as a typical Belgian.
S-Sweet aroma of molasses, a hint of vanilla.
T-Slight spicyness typical of the style. Fairly sweet, also typical of a stronger Belgian ale. Slight flavor of dark brown sugar.
M-Moderate carbonation, fairly thick and malty.
Overall, when compared with other dark, strong Belgian ales I think this stacks up very well. It is true to the style like every other New Glarus beer. Not as much head as most Belgian ales but a beautiful color. The flavor is what won me over, it is very similar to a true Belgian ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GoldenVIKE for sending this one my way!

A-dark chocolatey brown with a thin cream head that thins except around the edges.

S-bananas, apples, and belgian caramelized sugars. quality ingredient but not too strong

T-comes in with apples and dark caramelized sugars with a touch of banana. its smoothly transitions in to an after-taste of dark belgian malts with caramel and harvest fruits. it has a burnt aspect to it. this is well balanced and impressive.

M-feels light in the mouth. medium to heavy carbonation with a watery finish

O-this is a great quad. this is an amazing example of a belgian brewed by an american. this will satisfy all belgian cravings. this is an extremely tasty beer. the flavors seems to change with every sip! i'm going to have to find a way to get more of this.

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Photo of Brabander
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle last sunday from Digita7693 (Don) when i met him in his home in Kassel, Germany.

Drank it tonight during the final soccergame between Barcelona and Manchester United. Barcelona won 3-1.

This beer won also, it is a good Quadrupel i must say. Poured in my struise glass this beer looks very good. Darkbrowm fluid with two finger head. In the beginning there is much carbonation in the mouth. The alcohol is pretty noticable but not overwhealming.

Sweet taste, roasted malts with some spices but not too much. Very enjoyable beer. Thanks Don!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a semi-clear dark brown color with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random legs of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits (raisins, plums), spices, and yeast. Taste is very similar to the smell with dark fruits, rum raisin, spices, and yeast. A good level of carbonation makes for a bubbly and crisp feel on this beer. Slight alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Overall, this is a pretty good American quad from New Glarus. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Actually looks like prune water, hazy, havent seen a beer with this hue before! Head was minimal, but the brownish purple tint was present.

S: Raisins, Prunes, sweet candi sugar.

T: A bit of woodyness in the nose but strongly fermented fruits with the raisin character. boozy.

M: The alcohol content struck me most, but it had a tartness on the tongue as well.

D: Its a nice beer that you would want to put away and have at special occasions. Not something you would go through back to back for me.

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

12oz poured into a snifter:

A: Pours a clear but dark brown with an amber haze when held to light. A medium khaki colored head dissipates quickly to leave a couple patches and a thin ring. No lacing left behind.

S: Boozy fruit (plum, cherry, prune) and tobacco are the first to linger out of the glass. Yeasty and subtly peppery. Just a touch of an earthy/grassy aroma round it out.

T: Starts out somewhat sweet, with the dark fruit coming to t he fore. Bready yeast and slightly spicy and peppery, with a hint of grass. Finishes slightly spicy with a bit of a booze bite.

M: Body is on the thinner side of medium. Ample carbonation. Great transition from sweet to spicy, although it would be better without the booze on the back end.

D: Despite the fairly high alcohol content, it went down very easily. As it warmed, it became a little more complex and better suited to my taste, but still nothing stellar. I probably wouldn't pick up a 4-pack if I saw one on the shelves. Glad I got to try it, though.

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Photo of cavedave
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +8.1%
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 +9.4%
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 +5%
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 +8.1%
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 -11%
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 -17.3%
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 +2.9%
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 +3.7%
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 +11.5%
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 +4.2%
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 +17.8%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.1%
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 +8.1%
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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Unplugged Abt from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 305 ratings.
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