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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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting

mikesgroove, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: translucent brown with reddish hue when held up to light. Massive head thats over 3 fingers tall and stays around forever. When the head receads it leaves chunky and frothy head. Dan always makes good looking beers.

Smell: The beer almost smells like a banana split with cloves in it. Overripe bananas dominate the nose followed by clove which is moderate in strength and some hot cocoa and milk chocolate notes that are mild at best.

Taste: starts off with a nice semi-sweet malts that are tasting like cocoa nibs, but a little bit sweeter and not very bitter; nice mellow chocolate taste. Some milk chocolate and bananas are in the mix. Then some really aggressive spice imparted from a combination of clove and yeast. Too much clove for my liking. Little warming alcohol in the finish felt in the back of your throat as yo swallow the beer; it gives the beer almost a palate cleansing effect.

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer with carbonation thats at the high end of medium carbonation levels. The beer is very smooth drinking and very well carbonated.

Overall: I find this beer it to be quite unique. The only thing that is holding the beer back is the clove is almost over the top. I still recommend that you try this New Glarus offering.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have a hard time passing up NG's Thumbprint beers. They're always interesting, and usually quite tasty. This is an odd one, so I'm curious how I'll like it.

Pours a very interesting, very deep reddish brown. Like mahogany with a layer of chocolate. But through all that color, I can see that it's clear, with a big stream of bubbles rising up. Massive 2+ finger head, sticks around for a while, and leaves a solid cap of foam reaching up the sides of the glass.

Smell is, again, interesting, and unlike anything I've encountered. Root beer, dark chocolate, and some other malty goodness. Some spice tingles my nose. A little faint - need to let it warm up.

Has an odd soda-like taste. Chocolatey root beer is about the closest thing I can come up with. Or maybe Mr. Pibb. One of those weird flavors that make you wonder just what is in them. Minimal hop presence, just a bit of bite late. It's certainly unique among beers I've tasted. Not yet sure how much I like it. It's strange enough that it's hard for me to decide. As it warms up, a bitterness comes out that I don't really like.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied but chewy, with high tingly carbonation. Coats the tongue, and fades away right when I want it to.

A beer that kept surprising me with its oddness. It really is very much like a soda, due to the combination of aromas and flavors. Chocolate comes through a little, as does the dubbel character, but more prominent is that odd combination of spices, reminiscent of a root beer.

zeledonia, Nov 04, 2011
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
Photo of WJVII
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter this brew has a nice tall milk chocolate head leaving decent lacing on the glass and settling to a 1 finger cap. The aroma is as advertised, CHOCOLATE. I mean this beer smelled like a glass of hot coco. Once past that there was some burnt malts and some dried fruits. The taste was chocolate up front but once settles in there are hints of raisin and even a good amount of bitterness from hops. There was however almost a metallic after taste that was a little astringent. Even with that said this was a nice sipping brew. The body was medium with lower carbonation. All in all a very good brew.

WJVII, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Jparker37
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - (tulip glass) Pours an intense ruby a shade shy of brown. A vigorous pour results in a hearty head that reduces to a nice off white cap of foam. The head is persistent but lacking a good lacing.

S - The aroma reminds of tootsie rolls intensely gooey/sweet chocolate along with some faint cherry notes.

T - The chocolate is dimmed down in contrast to its aroma. Some sourness shines though, with dark ripe red fruits. Finishes quite dry.

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Some lingering sweetness but very mild and pleasant

O - Overall I think it is a great twist to the classic Dubbel. I think the chocolate was incorporated without overtaking the classic wine characteristics of a good Belgian Dubbel.

Jparker37, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured vigorously into a tulip and I get a big frothy tan head....cherrywood colored beer....

S-A lot of cocoa powder like aroma...but also a dubbel scent to it...getting some dark fruits...

T-Cocoa powder...like shaved off pieces of a Heshey's Bunny....also some dark fruits (black cherries, plums, red grapes)....A tasty brew....

M-Perhaps a bit too much carbonation but I did pour it pretty hard....body is high side of medium...despite the chocolate it is not at all cloying...could drink 3 or 4 of these easy in one sitting....

O-i like what NG has done with this as I have with almost all the Thumbprints...won't be for everyone but this is a quality beer for what they were hoping to accomplish...I'd glady buy a couple more 4 packs of this for the holidays

ZAP, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of bound4er
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark brown with crimson highlights when held in a light. Tan head with a bubbly appearance. Lacing is nearly non-existent.

S. Candied aroma but not much in the way of chocolate - more of a butterscotch with some faint chocolate mixed into it. There's some Belgian yeast and bread in there too. Call it interesting and unique.

T. Falls a little short on the palate - I was expecting more based on the smell. Some malt, candied sweetness and mild spiciness. Drinks easily enough but lacks complexity.

M. Light to medium bodied with some prickly carbonation. Leaves a strange fizziness in the back of my mouth.

O. Not something I am rushing out to buy more of, though as always, another interesting beer from the folks at New Glarus.

bound4er, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in my Southampton snifter

A- great caramel brown color, decent head with little lacing. low head retention.

S- smells of a perfect representation of the name, Chocolate Abbey. I get milk chocolate, tootsie roll fudge, the Belgain sets in as caramel, belgain yeast and sugar.

T- tastes is spot on with the nose. Pretty well balanced. The chocolate stays up front while the Belgian parts come in the back end.

M- Pretty solid. I would prefer a longer finish and a more mouth coating feel.

Overall- Great beer, and the girlfriend even liked this one! ;-)

GrandCruDrew, Oct 29, 2011
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 fdkayti
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An opaque dark brown beer with reddish tones glimmering away. An immense frothy head sits on top and is perservering sip after sip. Lacing clings to the glass like a spiderweb.

S- Like a chocolate covered banana that is growing some Belgian yeast on it's insides. Sweet bubblegum and some sort of mouthwatering, rich spice.

T- Holy bubblegum! That's the dominant flavor profile in my humble opinion. Chocolate is muted but there, with banana and spice bringing up the rear. The Belgian yeast is definitely there, and I loves it.

MF- Thinner than one would probably think, I find myself wishing it would stick around my mouth longer. Highly carbonated and fizzy. Through all of this it still manages to be slightly creamy and highly refreshing.

O/D- This is another unique offering from our northern neighbors. Picked up on the best start of fall weekend ever. Way drinkable and satisfying, I'll have to get some more.

fdkayti, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of scaliasux
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown. Opaque. Creamy, thick tan head with good persistence.

Smell - Spicy and fruity with a subtle milk chocolate accent. Sweet, almost like a chai.

Taste - Primarily dark roasted malt. Some chocolate character, but also a burnt toast. Some fruitiness emerges in the finish, but aftertaste remains dark and bitter. Not what I was expecting from the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light. More watery than creamy.

Overall - I was skeptical that I would enjoy a chocolate beer. This brew, though something of an unexpected combination, did nothing to change my mind.

scaliasux, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light brown, lots of light passage, creamy white head, lots of lacing

S: cocoa and bubblegum are the prominent things I pick out along with some vanilla, some Belgian yeast... Very mellow

T: starts off sweet, banana, cocoa, bubblegum, yeasty finish

Mf: light body for style, high carbonation

O: interesting combo of flavors, doesn't really mesh too well

homebrew311, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark roasty chestnut brown to settle an ever so close to black browned hue that in most light you barely can catch that it has a super deep mahogany glow within its body. A medium foamyness of dark beige crowns the top very nicely. Very minimal lace spawns across the glass in a few tiny dots, specks, and globs.

Lovely aroma of softly alluring bakers chocolate and cocoa powder with a soft twist of root beer, fruit cake, vanilla sweetness, sarsaparilla, graham cracker, molasses, and a whisper of wintergreen.

Flavors are wonderfully molded into a smooth delightful tone of Dubble style Belgian candied, fruityish tang and soft cocoa sweetness. It's a bit hard to pin down any one overall taste, per se, but it has flashes of dates and raisin, a pinch of cherry, flashes of vanilla and molasses, and a light coating of cocoa dusting around the edge that is a complexly welcome finishing portion of it's character.

Body is smooth and lightly tangy with a bold medium girthy tone that's very thirst quenching and easy to drink.

Chocolate Abbey is worth every cent spent and every drop out the bottle. Another gem in the Unplugged/Thumbprint series from New Glarus!

tavernjef, Oct 21, 2011
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 mynie
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a really wonderful head, for a dubbel.

Smells--hmm, this might be the power of suggestion, but it smells like Hershey's syrup and alcoholic abbey yeast. The two aromas don't really blend so much as they sit on top of one another, each distinct and very pleasant.

Tastes, like a blend of the two aforementioned flavors, but also not like a blend. Like, there's clear stages. Yeast up front, chocolate i the back end. They dance with one another in the middle, though, and that produces the inexplicable flavor of flowers. I--I do not know. That's just how it tastes.

This was a wonderful idea and it's executed flawlessly.

mynie, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of a trade, so I can't comment on the price or where I found it. I do know it's part of a series of beers called the "thumbprint series", which New Glarus only releases rarely and for a limited time only, so if you see one on a shelf, grab it now or you might not see it again. 12oz brown bottle with a picture of the state of Wisconsin on the label with a thumbprint inside the state border. The name of the beer, "Chocolate Abbey" is only found on a smaller neck label. No freshness date.

The beer poured a dark amber color with a full 3 fingers of tan head, but the entire head dissipated within 30 seconds and lacing was light.

What an interesting smell - chocolate for sure, but like chocolate bubblegum if there is such a thing. Good chocolate with a hard sugar candy smell mixed with figs, raisins, spices, and alcohol.

Unfortunately, the taste was not as good as the smell. There was chocolate in here, but only a mild amount. Most of the sweetness comes from a a hard candy sugar flavor. Fig and raisin add more sweetness and fruit flavor, but overall this is not a sweet beer. Spicy alcohol and a touch of bitter hops balance things out. While complex, I was not overly impressed with the flavor of this beer.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

It's OK, but I wish the flavor would have had as much chocolate in it as the smell.

matjack85, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cola brown with a finger of khaki head. Sweet chocolate on the nose with some clove and spice.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate still dominates but is well-balanced by spicier elements of clove, cinnamon, a bit of dark fruit, and some banana.

Malty but not too sweet -- struck a nice balance between the chocolate and yeasty spice.

grittybrews, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of readbaron
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks (I think) to GoodStrongBeer for sharing this odditiy.

Pours out light brown with half a finger of tan head.

Smell is overwhelming banana esters and cocoa powder. Smells lake banana runts and low quality chocolate. Not my thing.

Taste is better than the aroma. Chocolaty cocoa powder hits the palate first followed by banana esters and spicy belgian phenols. Not something I particularly enjoyed - it's bold but not subtle or well integrated. I feel assaulted by the flavors.

Feel is good. Medium bodied and very creamy.

Overall - better than the sum of it's parts. I'm glad that I don't have any, but it was strangely compelling.

readbaron, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amberish brown with a frothy tan head that makes all kinds of noise and is quite active.

A most unique aroma. Kind of like a chocolate covered banana. Getting banana and clove with some bubblegum and lots of milk chocolate.

The chocolate is much more of an undertone in the taste and is more of a compliment to the overall beer. Getting some booze to go with the malt and then the chocolate comes through and really has a long finish. Some spice notes from the yeast. Unique and nice.

About medium bodied with some soft carbonation. Pretty smooth and really quite dry feeling.

I like this take on a dubbel. Can't really go wrong with chocolate and I think it works well here. Drinks really well and the alcohol can sneak up. Reminds me a bit of Boulevard Chocolate Ale. Worth a try in my opinion.

jera1350, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark drown, small head that resides quickly but leaves a lacing along the top, lacing does not reside
Great smell, a lot of chocolate, like the smell of my Easter basket when I was 7 years old. Like a freshly opened chocolate bar. Very sweet smell, hints of bubble gum, peanut butter cup
Taste almost holds up to the small, chocolate with a small amount of fruit. Mostly chocolate, milk chocolate is the taste that is left in my mouth, like a Belgian truffle
I found the mouth feel to be a little off. It had a good amount of carbonation, medium bodied but has almost a dry finish. If the finish was a little more smooth, this would be a solid A

I was craving a chocolate bar and this hit the spot. Definitely a nice treat.

GradyS1, Oct 12, 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
Photo of Klym
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to the best trader in the world, Klikger for this very enticing bottle. Poured into a small taster glass to savor.

Chocolate covered bananas ahoy on this. Sometimes the yeast overpowers a tad but for the most part you get a beautiful cocoa dust taste with a solid yeast/banana center. I really enjoy beers that tend on the sweet side and are playful with ingredients and styles and this beer definitely sticks out for that reason. Have this with a banana split for an overdose treat!

Klym, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter this ale is brilliantly clear dark brown with a beautiful deep ruby red hue when held to a light, all capped with a moderate khaki colored head that diminishes to a skim. The aroma is highly chocolate and moderately fruity, stone fruits, mainly cherry. The flavor is moderate chocolate, along with cherry fruit and subtly spicy phenols. The beer finishes rather dry with lingering chocolate on the palate. The body is medium-thin and carbonation medium-high, this is the only miss with this beer, the aroma and flavor just to me really begs for a thicker mouthfeel. Overall a very tasty brew, an excellent use of good chocolate in a beer.

uwmgdman, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Soneast
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with ruby edges. Develops a 1/2" thick, light brown colored head, with decent retention.

Aroma has some very nice chocolate malt character as well as some sassafras and dark cherry.

To sum up the flavor: chocolate root beer. There is a definite sassafras flavor that combines very well with the Belgian yeast esters, creating a sort of chocolate, cherry/root beer flavor. Very unique.

Medium in body, with fairly high carbonation. This beer brings a lot of dubbel like characteristics, with the very evident yeast character and mild malt complexity, that when combined with the chocolate flavor, somehow just really reminds me of root beer. Which isn't bad by any means. Not my fav from NG, but worth checking out, IMO.

Soneast, Oct 08, 2011
Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.