Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by iDrinknewglarus:
4.38/5 rDev +15%
A: Pours a deep ruby red. It is see through and very beautiful to look at. Some carbonation streams as the big ol' white head fizzles and resides. Minor lacing.
S: An underlying sweet chocolate aroma is behind a thick wall of fruit and spice. It smells delightfully sweet from the chocolate... is that bazooka bubble gum I smell? Yes! I have figured it out: it has a strong bubble gum scent like I've smelled in no other belgium.
T: I get cherries, then bubble gum, then spice and a slight touch of alcohol that really works for this beer and not against it. It is immensely drinkable (unknown ABV... around 7.5-8.0 I'd guess). The chocolate is all but absent in the flavor, but might contribute more to the mouthfeel. Aftertastes of bubble gum and cherries linger nicely. Very fruity and lots of bubble gum on this one.
M: Light and with nice carbonation. It is crisp and slick and leaves a shiny/waxy feeling after the halfway point.
Overall this was a delightful beer to sit down and drink. I've tasted none quite like it. My only gripe is that I was expecting and wishing for more chocolate smell and especially taste in this "chocolate" dubbel. I recommend picking this one up.
10-05-2011 03:54:12 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Dark chestnut, towering head
SMELL: Fresh taffy, caramel, bubble gum, milk chocolate, peppery, figgy, peppery,
TASTE: Candied fruit, milk chocolate, estery, bandaid, cotton candy, carob, caramel, brown malt, passion fruit, semi-dry finish
I dig this twist on the Dubbel style, certainly no restraint here when it comes down to being complex. An enjoyable sipper.
01-19-2012 04:02:37 | More by Jason
3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-18-2013 18:58:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
(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.
01-31-2012 20:25:44 | More by rhoadsrage
4.23/5 rDev +11%
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.
03-21-2012 22:28:34 | More by Metalmonk
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-02-2012 22:54:48 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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
04-12-2012 03:51:58 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev +5%
From notes on 12/29/2011
4/5 Pours out REALLY dark brown/black in color with a nice two-finger, beige head with nice retention.
4/5 Smell is really nice. I can definately smell the chocolate with a little bananas and cloves. Really smells nice.
4.5/5 Taste is some nice chocolate, bananas and cloves you would expect from the yeast, and a really nice blance that is hard to find. This is just a really nice beer. Really hard to beat.
4/5 Moutfeel is nice. good as hell.
01-19-2012 11:24:00 | More by Crass3000
3.18/5 rDev -16.5%
Poured a deep dark brown with a light thin off white head which was quickly gone leaving just a small ring.
The smell was very sweet and chocolaty with a bit of yeasty belgian spice, a hint of banana, and some sweet dark fruits. Very desert like. Maybe a bit to sweet.
The flavor is very milk chocolately almost overpowering the belgian qualities, a bit of dark fruit and light earthy hops do manage to get through just barely. Flavor is very chocolate dominated.
The mouthfeel has a thick and oily feel with a decent level of carbonation.
Its not bad but a bit to much chocolate for me, could never drink more than one and won't be rushing back for another.
10-20-2011 19:58:09 | More by bashiba
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
05-10-2012 01:48:41 | More by Vonerichs
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Reddish brown color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.
Large chocolate aroma. Not the bitter, raw kind, but more of a processed milk chocolate. There is also some fruit scents like bananas and cherries.
Chocolate is much less dominant in the flavor than the aroma. Milk chocolate upfront but there is a nice dubbel underneath. Nice malt flavor with plenty of yeast esters. Cherries come out again. Also a little alcohol can be tasted in the finish. Nice neutral balance between sweet and bitter.
Body is a little too light but this has awesome carbonation. A soft, delicate texture that really brings out the best of the beer.
Good chocolate flavor and a good dubbel. A nice sipper and dessert beer.
10-11-2011 21:57:08 | More by morimech
Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.