Time for my fourth bottle of BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:03. This time it has been spent 3 years in the bottle! I have reviewed this beer twice on the blog, first back in 2011 and then again last year. Let’s see how it is this year!
Abstrakt AB:03 is an imperial ale aged over 2 years in whisky casks together with raspberries and strawberries, and has an ABV of 10.5%.
The looks of the beer is pretty much as it has been the last two times I tried it.
I was pleasantly surprised when I poured it as there was still some carbonation left in the beer, which has not been the case with most of the other old Abstrakt’s I have reviewed.
The aroma is really fruity up front with loads of raspberries and some strawberries. There is also some hints of vanilla and some acidic notes.
As the beer warms up a bit I’m getting some caramel-like notes as well.
The raspberries take up most of the flavor of the beer. The beer is lightly acidic and shows some hints of the high ABV. I’m also picking up some flavors which reminds me of wood and toffee.
The body of the beer is a tad bit watery and the carbonation is sharp.
The finish is really long and has some acidic notes that stick around for ages. Most of the alcohol that has been present before is now gone.
I really enjoyed this beer this time around. The acidic notes worked wonders this time around. The sharp carbonation also works quite well, making it a rather refreshing beer. Looking forward to trying it next year as well!