Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 04:21:52 | More by kojevergas
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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.