BrewDog Abstrakt AB:01

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Made with the yeast from a bottle of Westvleteren 12, aged with vanilla beans. Only available in 375ml bottles with black plastic corks. Limited to 3200 bottles.

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MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2010
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Rake.
My god this is a good one. A very good one indeed. A gorgeous caramel brown coloured body with an excellent creamy beige head. This little beauty has so much complexity it’s a struggle to get it all down quick enough. I say quick enough because it’s incredibly drinkable and so bloody enjoyable it’s hard to tear my focus away from the glass for long enough to concentrate and make notes. The vanilla is obvious but not at all over the top. It’s just a dreamy topping that sinks down into the malty goodness below. Bags of character, luscious pudding and cake, some leather and tobacco, hints of chocolate, plenty of caramel and a good hit of boozy goodness. Reminds me very much of something I’ve had before but I’m not sure what. The finish is a huge sumptuous blanket of alcohol, caramel and more vanilla. Just an utterly superb beer all round. Thanks so much to James for making sure I got to try some. Although the part I played was small, I’m very proud to have had something to do with this beer being available.

ekstedt (6976) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle (375 ml) from Systembolaget. Clear deep copper, medium creamy beige head. Nutty and slightly caramelly aroma, some earthy hops, and a touch of alcohol. Neither much belgian character, nor any vanilla to be found. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Dry with low to moderate bitterness. Drinkable but not very interesting.

KnutAlbert (6791) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle from the brewery, Hazy brown, lazy carbonation. Plastic "champagne" cork, you can do better, boys. Roses and herbs in the nose, sweet liqueur, almond bitterness, flowers. Toffee, malt, alcohol warming. Compelx beer, on the sweet side, but very enjoyable.

Beer5000 (6731) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2010
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2010. Amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is mild fruity with malt and burnt sugar. Flavor is sweet, dry fruit, caramel and warming alcohol. A mild and delicate bitterness is detected in the finish. Well balanced and interesting.

vyvvy (6714) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Pours murky copper / brown with a sudsy beige head. The aroma has bready maltiness, nectarines, apples, syrupy sweetness, funk and alcohol - doesn’t strike me as a quad. Medium / thick body with lots of frothy semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma traits with lots of fruitiness and warming alcohol. Added to those aspects are peach, cotton candy and spices. The finish doesn’t change too much from the original flavor, but as the beer warms there are hints of vanilla, but it’s not very apparent. This is okay, but I expected more.

blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, amber brown pour with banana, caramel aroma, flavors of buttery caramel, roast nuts, good finish

Zita (6331) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
light alcohol aroma,orange, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, salty, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,

Gurthnar (6197) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2013
Bottle 3174 out of 3200. Problematically purchased through a chain of friends from Switzerland, but it was well worth it. Third one tasted from the Abstrakt line for me and finally a hit. Aroma sweet fruity, honey, caramel, red apples, very light vanilla (I probably would not notice if I did not know it was added). Lightly hazy amber colour. Taste pleasant, very TASTY, nice belgian character, fruity, honey. Silky smooth mouthfeel, easily drinkable. Alcohol hidden very well. Finish is a bit mild compared to taste, but never mind. The aging went well for this one. Nice experience.

thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(375ml bottle #822/3200 bottled 1-29-10 thanks to James of BrewDog!) clear orange pour with light bubbles. Nose of apples, raisin. Taste of raisin, toastiness, apple. Disappointing given the ingredients listed. Has a nicely spicy finish. Had trouble describing the elements of this as well.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2012
In short: A overly boozy sweet bronze ale with a body too weak to support its alcohol. Very boring
How: Bottle 375ml, corked and caged. Consumed approximately 2 years after bottling date. Bottle sent to me by grownfool, thanks Brian
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is higher alcohol that curled my nostrils hair and crème caramel. Taste is very boozy. For a such a high gravity beer the body was rather light, it tasted like a heavy beer in which someone had poured water, I could taste the big toffee malts yet I also had a watery sensation. Notes of toffee, caramel, ripe bananas. Alcohol burns the lips. Because of the rather frail body the 10.2% is not well hidden at all, I would have guessed even higher. Overall this was too simple and dominated by booze. Meh. And it should be spelled “Abstract” not “Abstrakt”, I hate when people massacre the english language, and the people who use “your” instead of “you’re” I think there stupid.

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