Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by knepper:
3.1/5 rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
High hopes on this one. I really like New Glarus' Belgian attempts and this sounds like a unique one.
Look: Pours an awesome dark brown with red highlights bouncing off the glass. A fluffy, cream-white foam clings to edge of the glass and holds on til the end.
Smell: Whoa. Incredibly aromatic. It actually smells like a package of Runts candy, heavy on the banana variety. Yoo-hoo and cheap imported milk chocolate also come to mind. Cocoa dust.
Taste: First off, the thin mouthfeel and absence of any roasted malts does not compliment the cocoa powder in this beer. The cocoa flavors remind me of an artificial chocolate drink and are somewhat unpleasant. Richness, a distinct quality of a great chocolate, is definitely a sorely missed attribute of this beer. That being said, the beer has been aging gracefully with the cocoa becoming more integrated than a month or two ago. A slight tartness, banana, clove, and red wine soaked cherries round out the beer nicely. It'd be a spectacular beer minus the cocoa...
A decent effort but it seems to lack any cohesion and feels like it may have been rushed without much thought. More marketing than craft?
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2011 05:19:57 | More by knepper
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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 242 ratings.