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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

248 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 24
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 248 | Reviews: 110
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out a brown, cocoa colored liquid. 1/4" tan head, spotty lacing around the glass as the liquid was consumed.

A chocolate aroma first and foremost. Actually that was all there was, which is fine.

Taste, mmm, more chocolate and cocao. For a dubbel, I like far more than the average one. Dry, like cocao powder was used moreso than sweet chocolate. Not sugary. Smooth experience. Dark fruit aspect is minimal, yet not overwhelmed by the cocoa. The minimal yeast contribution is very mild, nothing in terms of clove or banana are on it, which is a good thing. It has a very mild chocolate bubble gum contribution. Mild toasted grains.

I'd consider myself a fan, and would drink again.

Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled over branded pressure cap and stylish label acquired from the very generous very gracious Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I love this brewery.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 5+ finger smooth khaki colour head of nice soft cream, good thickness, and good (5+ minute) retention. Light thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. I wouldn't call it frothy, but dubbels oughtn't be. Body colour is a refined rich caramel-amber; transparent and translucent, if dark. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Really looking forward to this one.

Sm: Fuck me, that's lovely. Gorgeous milk chocolate, soft cream, impeccable soft malts, biscuit malt, and yeast. Truffle. That's sinfully good. Sweet Jesus good. Chocolate covered cherries. Maybe a bit bready. White pepper. Bubblegum, taffy. Incredibly balanced, subtle, and evocative. The aroma alone is sending expectations for the flavour sky-high. A mild strength, soft aroma. Incredibly inviting. No alcohol is detectable.

T: Chocolate and bubble-gum, with buried cherry. I want more of the cherry I got on the aroma. Taffy. Buried caramalt. Biscuit malt. Chocolate malt. Biscuity yeast. A touch of bitterness. Light candi sugar. It's actually a bit too candy-like for me; the bubblegum/taffy is too strong - and frankly weird for the style. But I dig that subtle chocolate; there's no bitterness from the chocolate at all. Truffle. It balances its notes well. Subtle and evocative. A fine dubbel. They're really pushing flavours on this one; it's not at all traditional but I like it. No alcohol comes through. Full of flavour.

Mf: Sinfully soft. Smooth and wet. Silky, yet lightly coarse to aid flavour delivery. Feels great on the palate; not too heavy or too light. Perfect carbonation. Near ideal thickness; maybe a bit more thickness would help. Full-bodied. Full depth of flavour is allowed to come through. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Definitely the strangest dubbel I've ever had. The bubblegum gets on my nerves a bit, but overall it's a tasty beer. The chocolate is very well integrated. I'd have this again; it's very interesting. A very drinkable. The ABV is quite well hidden here; I'll enjoy finishing this bottle. Thanks again Duff27; I quite enjoyed this one! And as it warms, I like it more and more.

Serve chilled.

High B

Photo of TheSSG
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage: Pours a light, soft, off-white head that is quite resilient. Soft, yeast aroma with notes of milk chocolate. Deep, burnt umber color. Starts a bit sweet, almost tart. There is a mild booziness to it all, as it mellows, there is a nice yeasty quality and then the chocolate REALLY comes through in the finish.

This is pretty interesting. It's very much a dubbel in the front, but has a FABULOUS chocolate finish.

Photo of Dope
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown. Big fluffy light brown head. Fades slowly but leaves barely any trace behind. Just little splotches here and there at best. Decent retention.

S: Fudgey chocolate. Decent amount of cream too. Quite sweet. Pretty much what you'd expect from the name.

T: Hmph. Not as much chocolate here but it still hangs around a little. Strong typical dubbel toffee and raisin character up front. A little bit toasty. Some strong earthiness and spiciness that starts up front and really peaks in the middle. Majority of the chocolate lingers in the aftertaste but honestly there's not as much as the smell would lead you to believe. Surprisingly dry in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, fairly plain with a drying finish.

O: Hmph, I really enjoyed the smell but honestly it tastes totally different. In the end it's kind of a bland dubbel with a tiny bit of chocolate thrown in.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to robL for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, cocoa, chocolate syrup, and bananas. Taste is much the same with a nice chocolate covered banana finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a solid flavor.

Photo of johnkale
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - dark dark brown with a nice two fingers of head that lingers for a while at about a quarter inch, moderate lacing

S - tootsie roll, as mentioned in numerous other reviews. bakers chocolate/cocoa, spicy phenols (clove, cinnamon, cardomom), brown bread, just a touch of char

T - follows the nose fairly closely but with a lot more going on. earthy and roasty, with some banana but fairly dry and bitter on the finish. There are some raisin and port notes in there as well. I get just a touch of alcohol warmth out of it. chocolate notes are not nearly as dominant as in the nose (nor as pronounced as I recall them being when fresh).

M - pretty lively carbonation, tingly on the tip of the tongue, medium body

O - I like this a lot. The nose is somewhat offputting, the phenols and the chocolate don't immediately lend themselves to each other, but once it hits the tongue things come together nicely. I like that the chocolate subsided a bit with age and the classic dubbel characteristics became more noticeable in the taste. Wish this wasn't my last bottle but my curiosity got the better of me tonight

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.25.12.

A - Pours a dark brown with a one inch, fizzy tan head that fades fast.

S - Sweet raisins, chocolate, that's it.

T - Chocolate covered raisins - Bam!

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a chocolate finish.

O - Very unique and delicious. I enjoyed it.

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish dark brown with a half finger of creamy off white head. The head leaves a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Slightly sweet with some chocolate and dark fruit notes. The sweetness isn't overwhelming, it compliments the other ingredients well.

Taste: This one reminds me of a straight up tootsie roll. I'm definitely getting some vanilla and chocolate notes. Also some dark fruit with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation for the style. The finish has a slight dryness to it.

Overall: I think the chocolate along with the traditional dubbel flavors were nice, and quite interesting. NOt sure I need more, but I'm glad I had this one.

Photo of brystmar
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate in an Abbey Ale? Sounds interesting.

Translucent, dark brown body; tan head, minimal lace. Aroma is very sweet with Belgian candi sugar, caramel, and sweet malts. Taste follows suit: overly sweet as the flavor profile is dominated by milk chocolate and caramel. Apple juice and malts underneath.

A one-trick pony that lacks balance, though I kinda like it. One glass of this is plenty, though.

Photo of rodkin
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel brown, with some visible carbonation and about a 1.5 finger head that dissipates almost immediately. Looks pretty much exactly like a coke. It's kind of weird.

Oh, dang. That smell is really nice. Really, really chocolatey. Kind of reminds me of hershey's syrup, only less fake smelling. It loses points because it's not very complex, but the chocolate is just incredibly nice.

Taste isn't as nice, but it's definitely not bad. There's the chocolate which is nice, and a little bit of hop bitterness. There's a tiny hint of sourness in there that's pretty unpleasant. Maybe it was lightly infected? The effect is very mild, and doesn't ruin it, but it's not nice. Actually, as it warms, that flavor seems to go away. Originally gave taste a 3.5, but bumping it to a 4.

Mouthfeel is fine, well carbonated, but a little thin.

Overall a very drinkable, pretty tasty brew. Not the best I've had, but easy drinking and great with food.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown, slightly reddish hue with a tall and fluffy off white head.

The smell is pretty one-dimensional with artificial chocolate. It reminds me of chocolate Necco (which are the best, by the way.)

The flavor has the same powdery-chocolatey-Necco flavor but adds a hint of candied dates.

Mouthfeel is thin for a dubbel. Low carbonation.

It's an interesting but gimmicky take on a dubbel. It's fun and I definitely enjoyed it, but there's not much depth.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adamb0719!

A: Pale brownish black with a thick creamy head that stays that way for quite a while. Translucent.

S: Some clean irish stout and bock like qualities. Hints of cocoa, lager, beet sugar, currants, and figs.

T: Surprisingly has a gripping taste. Despite being thin, the cocoa really pops and tickles the tongue, much like a toned down chocolate ale. Some other spices like cinnamon and clove give a good kick too. Song spiraling twang from the mild but end-rising carbonation that prickles.

M: Creamy and mild in carbonation, yet prickles on the end. Fairly significant drying.

O: An odd beer for sure, most closely resembling Boulevard Chocolate Ale.

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't have much experience with dubbels but this beer really blew me away. Smell of dark fruits and chocolate hit the nose immediately. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is mild, some of the dark fruit is evident but I really get a tootsie roll type flavor from this beer, not too sweet or overpowering, just damn good.

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint - dark cola body, a nice tan lace that coats the side of the glass consistently

smell: dry roasty bakers chocolate, sweet malt, dough, caramel

taste: sweet bakers chocolate, cocoa, caramel malt, some nice dark fruits, dry roasty finish. The chocolate flavor is interesting enough but the base dubbel is pretty bland.

mouthfeel: dry, rather light for the style

overall: good, but below par for the thumbprint series

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with white lingering minimal head, and some lace lines. banana and chocolate, hits the style with lots of yeast and some candi sugar. Pleasant enough though not that interesting. A tad harsh finish. Cinnamon, cloves, bubble gum, malted milk.Better than I was told. Thanks for the extra, Jon.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out like a dubbel should...deep ruby-highlighted dark brown, deeply dark brown, with an off-white and firm head of tightly-packed bubbles. It shrinks to a creamy skim in a couple minutes.

The smell is tremendously impressive, on one hand very Belgian in character (the yeast and malt personality) yet also obviously experimental U.S. (chocolate, and whatever Segal Ranch hops are, which are bright but somehow also subdued enough in the nose). And a whiff of alcohol underlining everything. Vibrant, earthy, smells like it was freshly bottled yesterday.

As with the smell, it tastes a bit more alcoholic than 7%. The alcohol factors in, providing just the right dab of warmth and accenting the chocolate as if it were chili-infused chocolate. Still, it's subtle enough, and lets the dubbel-ness of this dubbel come through. As dubbels often strike me as being chocolaty in the first place, this one definitely asserts that sort of personality. Belgian or Belgian-ish yeast pushes through to add further depth, and there's an earthy herbalness lurking under the surface. Slight bit of generously toasted grain comes forth, adding another layer. Lots going on here, all of it tremendously enjoyable without feeling complicated or overly busy.

Texturally it's a little too bubbly/tingly for my liking, something just a tad softer would have been nice. It's not heavy, and could use some propping up, and the plastic coming into the aftertaste also threatens the overall mouthfeel, but still, none of this proves detrimental. Just mildly annoying, because the rest of this beer is so good.

I think Chocolate Abbey is a bit underrated on this site. What's not too love? It's true to style but also lends a bit of a unique personality to the world of dubbels. It's tasty, it's clearly well-made with the use of quality ingredients. Another kick ass beer from Daniel Carey and co.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is subpar and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Wow and double wow. This reeks of cocoa powder. I have my doubts that there is another beer out there (that isn't a homebrew) that smells more like cocoa powder. I can't really pick up anything else. The cocoa blocks any chance of that.

3.0 T: The cocoa is a little less intense in the taste and it allows the dubbel to come out. However, it doesn't mix all that well. Chocolate can be a wonderful component of a dubbel, but apparently not when presented in a contrived manner. The cocoa seems out of place. The dubbel seems to be pretty good though. Lots of the typical fruitiness - plum, raisin, date and such. Also a nice peppery spiciness. I wish I had that dubbel be itself.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Here the chocolate again interferes. The MF would have been nice if the chocolate wasn't there. Because it is, I want a thicker, creamier body.

3.0 D: I'm glad I got to try this since it seemed like a good experiment, but the results didn't live up to my expectations.

Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Abbey pours dark brown with a thick, creamy khaki head. The nose consists of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, along with a Belgian yeast character to it. Medium-bodied. The initial taste very much reflects what was revealed in the nose: chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and that unique Belgian yeast quality. Midway there’s a roasted bitterness that helps to balance the sweetness and add even more depth. A touch of banana follows and leads into dry finish that carries some sourness to it.

I think this is a great combination of the Belgian Dubbel style with the added bonus of chocolate in the flavor. If you’re a fan of either this was a must try. I can definitely recommend this as more of a dessert beer or to be enjoyed on its own due the the sweetness that the chocolate imparts.

Photo of MaxSpang
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter. Thanks to Duff27 for hooking me up with this brew!

APPEARANCE

This is definitely a Belgian Dubbel - the beer pours a murky brown with a slight reddish hue when the light comes through. The head was about a finger, soft, and pillow-like due to the small bubbles. It was almost pure white, and it went away in a hurry without leaving any lacing.

SMELL

The first thing I get in the nose is the Belgian yeast spice - pepper, clove, coriander, and all the other Belgian yeast goodies. After some more vigorous sniffing, the chocolate makes an appearance. It's subtle, and I don't think I'd find it if I wasn't looking for it. There's a slight alcohol tinge as well, which is actually pretty nice.

TASTE

The chocolate is way more present on the tongue. The first thing I get is a big chocolate flavor, almost like a tootsie roll. It kind of reminds me of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. The Belgian yeast is a little more subdued on the tongue, but it still brings all of the spice character from the nose. As it warms, the Belgian flavors are almost dominating, leaving the chocolate at the back of the tongue. There is almost no alcohol flavor to be found.

MOUTHFEEL

True to a Belgian-influenced beer, this is almost over carbonated. It's also very dry, making it pretty easy drinking. I expected a bigger body considering this beer has chocolate in it, but it's pretty true to the light and effervescent Dubbel style.

OVERALL

I'm a bit disappointed in this one. This is by no means a bad beer, especially if you like the Belgian yeast flavor. The chocolate adds some nice complexity, but it just doesn't blow me away. Would I drink it again? Absolutely, but I won't be actively seeking this one out.

Cheers.

Photo of robwestcott
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to lusciousjackson for his one.

poured cold from the bottle a semi-opaque cola brown with ruby highlights held up to the light to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger, long lasting tan head

aroma of cocoa and Belgian yeasts.

wow, big cocoa powder up front, yeasty bread.

light bodied, big carbonation, super sweet.

overall - very enjoyable, super drinkable.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a very dark brown with a foamy collar on top, not much lacing, but it smells to me like a chocolate phosphate and bubblegum with a tiny accent of allspice. Flavor is also a bit like a well-made chocolate phosphate but also has components of band-aid plasticness, bitter cocoa powder with extra astringency, and heavy hard water mineral qualities. Sparkling-style carbonation on a medium body makes this one tingle on the tongue quite a bit. Finishes semi-dry, but lingers on the palate for quite some time. An oddball beer that speaks to my love of the unusual. If you like the flavor profiles of chocolate phosphates, you'll probably like this beer as well.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear garnet color with 1.5 finger creamy light tan head with light red tint.

Nose: Dark fruits, powdered cocoa, bubblegum.

Taste: Raisin, dark fruits, aspirin bitterness, bitter cocoa, bubblegum.

Moderate carbonation with very bitter finish and interestingly spicy aftertaste.

Overall a weird tasting beer. I honestly get more bubblegum on the nose and taste than anything else, which is quite distracting. Balanced flavors, just not in a way I've ever had them before. Probably wouldn't drink this one again.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a brown body that glows at the base with a light tan head that is thick and creamy lasting the full beer and some microbubbles collecting at the bottom of the head.

S- The big chocolate nougat aroma of tootsie rolls has some dark sugar and yeasty esters in the finish. There is a bubbolicious ester aroma that really grows as the beer opens up and some clove notes aswell.

T- The nice dried fruit flavor fades to a full chocolate nougat taste and a dry finish with some green hops that have a bit of a mint taste to them. The bubblegum esters start to dominate as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a touch of alcohol heat and a thick foamy mouthfeel in the finish.

O- I was surprised that the flavors really work together and the balance between dubble characters and nougat are nice but the bubblegum character does become a bit to strong as the beer opens up.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SpdKilz.

Pours a fairly dark rich brown with light edges and a off white soapy style head. The nose is big with the belgian players, as well as cinnamon and milk chocolate. The taste is very flavorful with gingerbread, chocolate and clove. It has a light/medium body and higher carbonation feel. Very good beer that is perfect for winter.

Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single of this when I was visiting family in WI for the holidays. We've got some nice cold weather here in NC, so I thought I'd crack this one to warm me up. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very dark amber, mahogany. A small fluffy head tops it off. No retention. The nose is rich and sweet with syrup, yeast, and a fruity quality resembling strawberries. The mouth is bubbly and full of zest. Moderate feel. The bubbles become a bit harsh as I continue to sip this one. Big Belgian yeast at the forefront, rich molasses rounds it out. Dark fruits like raisins and grapes in there as well. I expected some hints of chocolate at least, but can't find its place in this interesting brew.

This was a fairly rich sipper, and it warmed me up as I had hoped. Not one of NG's best side series beers, but a pleasant treat nonetheless.

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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.