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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 27
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-18-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by kzoobrew:
Photo of kzoobrew
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Carleton for the bottle. Cheers buddy!
Review input from notes.

Deep chestnut colored body. Nearly opaque until held to the light. Cleat body, no sediment or haze noted. Frothy two and a half finger sand colored head. Retention is impressive, the head recedes slowly leaving spotty but thick lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is rather sweet. Layers of chocolate and caramelly malts ooze from the glass. Hints of molasses and dark fruits linger just behind. Abbey Ale yeast is very complimentary, along with the dark fruits slight banana and bubblegum scents can be picked up.

The flavor is composed of a bit less chocolate and a bit more abbey than the nose would have indicated. Soft cocoa flavor leads into warm caramel malts, dark fruits and pleasant esters. The transition between flavors seems smooth and natural, very interesting take on the style.

Medium bodied Dubbel with lively carbonation. A very soft feel is lifted more by the higher carbonation levels, perhaps a little more than I would hope for. Moderate finish, not nearly as long as I had imagined going in.

An enjoyable beer though not one that falls into my wheelhouse. Well crafted beer, flavors are layered in a way that they are allowed to compliment each other. Easy beer to drink though I do not think I would want more than one in a sitting.

kzoobrew, Dec 13, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Schlais, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Britton
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Britton, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Jan 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

strangebrew52, Dec 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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.

Metalmonk, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Sammy, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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

dirtylou, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

leschkie, Apr 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

fiedler84, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bdub32689, Oct 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

TPeterson, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Gonzoillini, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Crass3000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Crass3000, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of bashiba
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

bashiba, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Vonerichs, May 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sjstraub, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

morimech, Oct 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GRG1313, Dec 03, 2012
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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.