Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

110 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 248
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 24
Gots: 34 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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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. (466 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adamb0719!

A: Pale brownish black with a thick creamy head that stays that way for quite a while. Translucent.

S: Some clean irish stout and bock like qualities. Hints of cocoa, lager, beet sugar, currants, and figs.

T: Surprisingly has a gripping taste. Despite being thin, the cocoa really pops and tickles the tongue, much like a toned down chocolate ale. Some other spices like cinnamon and clove give a good kick too. Song spiraling twang from the mild but end-rising carbonation that prickles.

M: Creamy and mild in carbonation, yet prickles on the end. Fairly significant drying.

O: An odd beer for sure, most closely resembling Boulevard Chocolate Ale. (674 characters)

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't have much experience with dubbels but this beer really blew me away. Smell of dark fruits and chocolate hit the nose immediately. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is mild, some of the dark fruit is evident but I really get a tootsie roll type flavor from this beer, not too sweet or overpowering, just damn good. (311 characters)

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 (476 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,883 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Abbey pours dark brown with a thick, creamy khaki head. The nose consists of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, along with a Belgian yeast character to it. Medium-bodied. The initial taste very much reflects what was revealed in the nose: chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and that unique Belgian yeast quality. Midway there’s a roasted bitterness that helps to balance the sweetness and add even more depth. A touch of banana follows and leads into dry finish that carries some sourness to it.

I think this is a great combination of the Belgian Dubbel style with the added bonus of chocolate in the flavor. If you’re a fan of either this was a must try. I can definitely recommend this as more of a dessert beer or to be enjoyed on its own due the the sweetness that the chocolate imparts. (797 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter. Thanks to Duff27 for hooking me up with this brew!

APPEARANCE

This is definitely a Belgian Dubbel - the beer pours a murky brown with a slight reddish hue when the light comes through. The head was about a finger, soft, and pillow-like due to the small bubbles. It was almost pure white, and it went away in a hurry without leaving any lacing.

SMELL

The first thing I get in the nose is the Belgian yeast spice - pepper, clove, coriander, and all the other Belgian yeast goodies. After some more vigorous sniffing, the chocolate makes an appearance. It's subtle, and I don't think I'd find it if I wasn't looking for it. There's a slight alcohol tinge as well, which is actually pretty nice.

TASTE

The chocolate is way more present on the tongue. The first thing I get is a big chocolate flavor, almost like a tootsie roll. It kind of reminds me of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. The Belgian yeast is a little more subdued on the tongue, but it still brings all of the spice character from the nose. As it warms, the Belgian flavors are almost dominating, leaving the chocolate at the back of the tongue. There is almost no alcohol flavor to be found.

MOUTHFEEL

True to a Belgian-influenced beer, this is almost over carbonated. It's also very dry, making it pretty easy drinking. I expected a bigger body considering this beer has chocolate in it, but it's pretty true to the light and effervescent Dubbel style.

OVERALL

I'm a bit disappointed in this one. This is by no means a bad beer, especially if you like the Belgian yeast flavor. The chocolate adds some nice complexity, but it just doesn't blow me away. Would I drink it again? Absolutely, but I won't be actively seeking this one out.

Cheers. (1,732 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to lusciousjackson for his one.

poured cold from the bottle a semi-opaque cola brown with ruby highlights held up to the light to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger, long lasting tan head

aroma of cocoa and Belgian yeasts.

wow, big cocoa powder up front, yeasty bread.

light bodied, big carbonation, super sweet.

overall - very enjoyable, super drinkable. (386 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a very dark brown with a foamy collar on top, not much lacing, but it smells to me like a chocolate phosphate and bubblegum with a tiny accent of allspice. Flavor is also a bit like a well-made chocolate phosphate but also has components of band-aid plasticness, bitter cocoa powder with extra astringency, and heavy hard water mineral qualities. Sparkling-style carbonation on a medium body makes this one tingle on the tongue quite a bit. Finishes semi-dry, but lingers on the palate for quite some time. An oddball beer that speaks to my love of the unusual. If you like the flavor profiles of chocolate phosphates, you'll probably like this beer as well. (688 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear garnet color with 1.5 finger creamy light tan head with light red tint.

Nose: Dark fruits, powdered cocoa, bubblegum.

Taste: Raisin, dark fruits, aspirin bitterness, bitter cocoa, bubblegum.

Moderate carbonation with very bitter finish and interestingly spicy aftertaste.

Overall a weird tasting beer. I honestly get more bubblegum on the nose and taste than anything else, which is quite distracting. Balanced flavors, just not in a way I've ever had them before. Probably wouldn't drink this one again. (527 characters)

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. (930 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SpdKilz.

Pours a fairly dark rich brown with light edges and a off white soapy style head. The nose is big with the belgian players, as well as cinnamon and milk chocolate. The taste is very flavorful with gingerbread, chocolate and clove. It has a light/medium body and higher carbonation feel. Very good beer that is perfect for winter. (346 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single of this when I was visiting family in WI for the holidays. We've got some nice cold weather here in NC, so I thought I'd crack this one to warm me up. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very dark amber, mahogany. A small fluffy head tops it off. No retention. The nose is rich and sweet with syrup, yeast, and a fruity quality resembling strawberries. The mouth is bubbly and full of zest. Moderate feel. The bubbles become a bit harsh as I continue to sip this one. Big Belgian yeast at the forefront, rich molasses rounds it out. Dark fruits like raisins and grapes in there as well. I expected some hints of chocolate at least, but can't find its place in this interesting brew.

This was a fairly rich sipper, and it warmed me up as I had hoped. Not one of NG's best side series beers, but a pleasant treat nonetheless. (851 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown. Fairly translucent. Forms a moderate sized head, but there is no retention and no lacing.

S: Rather aromatic aroma of candy caramel, tootsie roll, milk chocolate, and sweet dark fruits.

T: Similar to the aroma, but not a powerful and a bit more one dimensional. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Kettle corn. Milk chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Very mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: A beer that I could see replacing dessert with. Wouldn't want to have too many of these - the sweetness could become overpowering, but certainly an enjoyable after dinner drink. (630 characters)

Photo of ahq514
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a massive head at first that diminishes to about a finger. White and fluffy. Beer itself is a dark brown color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Some lacing.

Two aromas dominate the nose. The first is chocolate as you would expect. The second is fruity bubblegum. Not really any hops to speak of in the nose. Not a traditional dubbel by any means. Kinda smells like those artificial chocolate lollipops I had as a kid.

Very similar to the aroma. Artificial chocolate and bubblegum are dominant. Behind them is a nicely balanced dubbel, dominated by sweeter malt. Fairly straightforward.

Medium body and higher carbonation than I anticipated from the appearance.

Not a bad beer. If you're looking a for a chocolate beer thats a non-stout, than this would be a good substitution. Nice belgian influence, but the artificial chocolate is what killed it for me. (915 characters)

Photo of vande
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - a deep, dark brown with red highlights, somewhat lighter in a appearance with a finger and a half of kahki colored head....

s - sweet dark fruits, hints of chocolate, molasses....light bananas...

t - fig, clove, vanilla...cocoa at the finish that seems to come from the back forward...

m - medium to light bodied w/ decent carbonation..

o - pretty nice after dinner beer...or in this case, after snowblowing driveway beer... (432 characters)

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. (473 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a belgian glass. Pours a dark brown mahogany with the faintest hints of ruby highlights, and a 1" creme colored head that reduces to a foamy lid.

Rich dark chocolate aroma, with mocha, cream, and hints of dark cherry. The smell is decadent, like a rich pastry that you just can't say no to.

Taste is sweet and smooth, full of sweet chocolate, tart cherry and raspberry, and smooth cream. Slightly tart to finish, this is a very fine tasting beer.

Smooth and soft, with moderate carbonation on the tongue. This has a tangy tart that dries out the tongue, with just the slighest hint if chalkiness.

I find many chocolate beers to be too sweet, too bitter,or too chalky. This is none of those. It is a smooth, pleasant and easy sipping beer that has to be my favorite New Glarus yet. (816 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #6 from TMoney2591; thanks Kyle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my DFH tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a minute or two and two inches throughout drinking. No lacing on the glass. Looks like a stout or porter.

s - Smells of ripe bananas, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sugar, vanilla, rich dark chocolate, toasted and burnt malts, and dark fruits. Very interesting nose here! Lots of chocolate and bananas…thinking some sort of american stout or porter.

t - Tastes of bananas, sugar, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cream/vanilla, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Again, really interesting here.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

o - Overall a very interesting beer. It's very sweet and has a distinct banana smell to it mixing with a lot of chocolate. I don't think it is a stout so I am going with a chocolate porter of some sort around 6% ABV.

And the reveal is…Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey by New Glarus. Wow, way off with the style as this is a Dubbel. Looks like I got the chocolate and bananas down, but very interesting for a Dubbel. A very tricky beer as it doesn't remind me most Dubbels I've had, but great for this BIF, and always excited to try a new NG beer. Thanks Kyle. (1,364 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Abbey pours an almost complelty black color, with a large head that dispated quickly. There was a nice chocolate smell. The taste had a very nice and strong chocolate taste, mixed in were some Belgian candy and spice flavors, but the chocolate did overtake most of the flavor. Not the hardest beer to drink, and rather enjoyable, could probably drink a few no problem. Overall I was worried about a chocolate dubbel, but it worked out nicely, not my favorite, but worth a try. (486 characters)

Photo of hiku7
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque brown with some ruby highlights. High carbonation makes a large light beige head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

The aroma starts with a fusel alcohol smell that gives way to spicy phenols. A little much at first, but gets better as the beer warms. After that initial blast, the aroma is raisins and carmelized sugar, plus nutmeg. No noticeable hop aroma.

The flavor starts with a sweet, yet dark, chocolate, then gives way to grainy, bready malt, followed by a background earthy hop bitterness, which finally gives way to a lingering spicy phenolic and warming alcohol finish.

Fairly full bodied with lots of warming alcohol, though it goes down smoothly with all the chocolate and sugar. A bit of sticky sweetness at the end, but still dry enough to give a smooth finish.

Overall, very enjoyable dessert beer for the winter months. Pretty big body makes it feel more like a dark strong ale than a dubbel. (932 characters)

Photo of Ratman197
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of schmittymack (thanks Dan) poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of tootsie roll, fruittiness, carmel and light vanilla. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of tootsie roll, carmel, light vanilla and light fruittiness with a smoth lingering tootsie roll finish. (314 characters)

Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.