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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: 26
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)
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Photo of sliks96
1/5  rDev -73.8%

sliks96, May 06, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

nathanjohnson, Dec 21, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Dactrius, Jun 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

pocwolf, Jan 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

thebigredone, May 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Lukafer, May 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

stbo101, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of crossovert
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz red foiled bottle.

It pours a brownish read with a foamy off-white head that dissipates with no lacing.

It pretty much smells like a bar of chocolate with a bit of soap and yeast.

The flavor is more like a dubbel. Very fruity. There is chocoalte in there. It is more of a fruit tasting beer than anything.

Dan usually makes good stuff but this is just frankensteinbrew right here.

crossovert, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of bertram
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The smell from the bottle was just what the bottle said (though more than I'd have ever expected): chocolate and more chocolate, with banana in there as well.

Pours an opaque brown, topped by a massive creme head that dissipates quickly.

As someone else said, the taste surprises with a bubblegum flavor with none of the chocolate or banana from the smell.

The mouthfeel is solid, but not outstanding.

This is an interesting beer with a lot of surprises. I would't call it a great beer, or one I'd seek out again, but I suppose it's worth a try if you have a chance and want to try something unique.

bertram, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of hardy008
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a large light tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, bananas, cloves, yeast, and bubblegum. Smells sweet.

The taste is more subdued than the aroma. There is still chocolate, bananas, cloves, yeast, and bubblegum, but it is a bit lighter than I expected or hoped for.

Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. The mouth feel is the main problem with what would otherwise be a very nice beer. Is to thin for the style, and it affects the taste. With less carbonation, and a bit of a heavier body, this would be a better beer.

hardy008, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

ackeeper, Jun 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Hopstout, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

goodstrongbeer, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

rinhaak, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark brown color with a peripheral ring as well as a half-dollar-sized pad of gravity-defying, mocha-tinted foam. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Chocolate aroma has an extract- or liqueur-like quality--dark but not at all unctuous. There is also an inauthentic dark fruit quality that reminds of medicinal artificial cherry. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with dark spices and contrasting early acidity. Dark cherry fruit emerges toward the middle with chocolate following. Flavors become more sparse in the back-half, where cocoa powder and other earthy qualities linger on the palate amidst neutral bready malt. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and a little oily on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a very un-traditional take on a Belgian dubbel. Though it brings a host of expected abbey qualities, it also has other features that would not normally be welcome in a Trappist brew--including, most detrimentally, a smell that could make a child cry. Chocolate is represented well in the more metered flavor. It is limited by the unpleasant smell, doomed to the status of wild experiment.

beagle75, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown with a tan head

s- aromas of over ripe banana, tootsie roll and Belgian yeast.

T- the flavor is a bit one dimensional... Tootsie roll with a hint of spice and Belgian yeast.

MF- powdery slick mouthfeel.

D- underwhelming a little strange. Low drinkability.

Viciousknishs, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jegross2
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing a Chocolate Abbey from the Thumbprint series by New Glarus Brewing Company.

Score: 75

2011 Vintage bottle served in a chalice glass.

Appearance: Deep caramel root beer color. Red-brown hues when held up to light. Average lacing, thin fizzy head. Falls somewhere between translucent and opaque. 3/5

Smell: Chocolate and caramel candy, kinda like a tootsie roll. Very sweet and malty. A little licorice. Banana and yeast aroma. Hint of spice or clove. 3.5/5

Taste: Very yeasty, banana and clove-like at first. Caramel on the mid-palate. Almost tastes like root beer candy at certain points. Definitely taste some brown sugar. Finish is like a slightly earthy, sweet toostie roll. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Malty-sweet and slightly syrupy. Medium bodied. Very carbonated and fizzy. Finish is sugary, but dry. 3/5

Overall: This one comes off almost like a chocolatey/caramel wheat or root beer. Not a beer that is up my alley, I guess. Very smooth, but the sweetness is a bit heavy, and thus this one is more a sipper than a drinker in my mind. If you ever wanted to try Tootsie Roll soda, this is your beer

Recommendation: Skip this one.

Pairing: I think this would work well with a light and bready cake (like a pound cake), or a sharper/aged cheese like swiss or gorgonzola. Something salty would work too. I'm having one with a viscous garlic-dijoin pretzel dip (and pretzels).

Cost: $2.99 for a single or $10.99 for a four pack.

jegross2, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is subpar and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Wow and double wow. This reeks of cocoa powder. I have my doubts that there is another beer out there (that isn't a homebrew) that smells more like cocoa powder. I can't really pick up anything else. The cocoa blocks any chance of that.

3.0 T: The cocoa is a little less intense in the taste and it allows the dubbel to come out. However, it doesn't mix all that well. Chocolate can be a wonderful component of a dubbel, but apparently not when presented in a contrived manner. The cocoa seems out of place. The dubbel seems to be pretty good though. Lots of the typical fruitiness - plum, raisin, date and such. Also a nice peppery spiciness. I wish I had that dubbel be itself.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Here the chocolate again interferes. The MF would have been nice if the chocolate wasn't there. Because it is, I want a thicker, creamier body.

3.0 D: I'm glad I got to try this since it seemed like a good experiment, but the results didn't live up to my expectations.

DavoleBomb, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of knepper
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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?

knepper, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Phocion
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle picked up from the brewery last weekend poured into a Westmalle goblet. Thick frothy beige head that only lasts about as long as the time it takes me to type about the head. Moderate beige lacing mixes with the dark-mahogany colored body.

Great, aroma smells like a dubbel, not just chocolate. The chocolate aromas are definitely there, however, and fairly complex with a blend of milk chocolate as well as bitter darker tones. Dark fruits are also very noticable; raisin and black cherry, as well as hints of banana and well spiced. Definite tone of candy sugar as well as caramel. This thing smells absolutely wonderful.

Flavor does not in any way, shape, or form hold up to the aroma. The chocolate has definitely taken a few steps back and is overpowered by a very earthy, yeasty, and quite alcoholic flavor. Dark fruits are pleasant as well; figs, plums, and cherries. Bitter chocolate combines with an immensely sweet candy sugar for a somewhat unpleasant finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a beer this big, but well-carbonated. A tad on the oily side.

Overall, this thing smells absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, that's the only thing keeping this above average. The flavor just doesn't hold up. Try it...but only one bottle.

Phocion, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Nachojon
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Resembles slightly under carbonated coke. 2 fingers of beige head breaks down into a layer quite quickly.

S- It smells like chocolate or maybe even root beer, Dr. Pepper, and coke all mixed together.

T- I really don't know what to make of this. I can't really get it down. I have never had chocolate soda, but I don't like it. I am finding some redeeming qualities, just not my cup of tea.

M- Nice and crisp, very carbonated, very.

O- Not my favorite style. This one is respectable more for it's uniqueness than my personal enjoyment. People who say New Glarus only make simple everyday beers are misinformed.

Nachojon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a seemingly darkish brown color, but is a very dark ruby when held up to the light. Very light tan head forms on the pour and dissipates rather quickly.

S: Bubblegum yeast and some chocolate with a little hint of sweet vanilla. Very surprising.

T: More of the bubblegum yeast with some toffee malts. When it warms up it has a sweet chocolate middle and a tootsie roll finish. A little too sweet for my liking.

M: Medium bodied a prickly carbonation with a very sweet finish on the palate.

O: I really missed the dark fruit flavors and the bubblegum yeast sort of threw me for a loop. Not my favorite and didn't really mesh that well.

Treebs, Nov 03, 2011
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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.