Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
3.25/5 rDev -14.9%
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2012 00:11:33 | More by MaxSpang
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3.96/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2013 18:58:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.