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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)
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Average: 3.61 | pDev: 14.68%

Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 350

American Blonde Ale | 6.00% ABV

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream beer. This winter, dip into the fridge—not just the freezer—to find a dozen ways to sate your sweet tooth. Our newest collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s brings together two different types of pint-makers for one common goal: to fill your glass with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.

To craft this confection, we dove into our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes for inspiration, and then whipped hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla into a dough-hued blonde ale base. The result is a full-bodied beer that seduces with a perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Put down the spoon, pick up a pint.

In celebration of this year's collaboration, New Belgium and Ben & Jerry's -- both B-Corps -- are once again joining forces with Protect Our Winters (POW) to create tangible ways to fight climate change just as they did a year ago.

Calling this campaign “100 Days to Change Our Ways," the three socially minded organizations want the new Administration to make climate change a priority during its first 100 days. To rally support, events will be held in 12 cities across the country with letter-writing stations, POW athletes speaking out about the dangers of climate change, raffles, and of course beer and ice cream.

12 IBU
Very Good
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 350
Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer oddly does taste like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough but yet isn't gross. I'll give this beer a few points for that. I'm a sucker for these novelty flavored beers, and they typically tend to be weird in a not so great way. This ale, was actually quite OK to drink.

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Photo of kristyngoody
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that started my love for beer! Everything about this beer is perfect. If I could I would only drink this beer for the rest of my life. Okay, I'm dramatic but honestly this beer is amazing. You can really taste the cookie dough but it isn't too sweet. Hope they bring this back!

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is cookies. I was shocked at how much this tasted like cookies and how well it went as a beer.

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Photo of Ferretferret
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

After the debacle that was the Pinnacle cookie dough vodka, I admit trepidation and excitement intermingled for this one. But, it really does taste like cookie dough! I took away some of the "feel" points because the brain really does rebel against the texture of this one, but... It's super sweet, silky smooth, and tastes like a cookie! You'll get what you pay for. I'd recommend getting one or two in a build-a-six pack, though. A six-pack would be a little hard to do.

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Photo of mcpat1993
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a phenomenal beer honestly. It's not the best beer for any occasion or one to have several of back to back, but this beer is a flavor explosion that is fascinating. It has the creaminess and top of mouth aftertaste that you get from ice cream except that it isn't as residual. It Is much more easy to get out. I don't like that ice cream aftertaste stays in your mouth or how sweet it is so it's great to be able to enjoy that creaminess without the ice cream. It's also not overly sweet which is really nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle consumed near "Enjoy By" date.

Look: clear golden body with a decent white head.
Aroma: pale ale plus vanilla-tinged cookie dough, not mixing as well as one might hope.
Flavor: sweeter than the aroma suggests with even more vanilla and cookie dough. Not enough chocolate chips in the dough.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass.

L: A blonde! Very yellow, slightly hazy, thin white head fades at an average pace.

S: Super sweet aroma, chocolatey, sugar and dough.

T: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream.

F: Silky smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Really a great beer.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best before 23APR17, into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours a clear straw color with golden tints...fizzy white head disappears instantly, very little lace. Don't know what I expected for appearance, but this wasn't it. Warmth reveals doughy malts, vanilla, and chocolate on the nose...sugary sweetness is apparent...taste follows the nose with bits of chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough, caramel...dry finish with some residual sweetness.

Overall it's not a bad beer, and it definitely is pretty spot on for a cookie dough ale. The light ale characteristics keep it from getting too cloying. Not sure I would revisit.

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Photo of Boto
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a fairly clear golden color. There was a small white head. Interesting nose. It does smell like cookie dough. It doesn’t taste too bad. A light golden ale in the background. Somewhat sweet cookie dough flavors. Not bad, but i don’t think I want another.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a New Belgium Brewing Co globe

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy off whitehead that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Well I'll be damned, it does smell like cookie dough. Bready malt, vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar up front with a little underlying earthy, floral, and almost vegetal notes.

T: Undeniable resemblance to cookie dough is there. Bready malt, tons of brown sugar and caramel sweetness, vanilla, light chocolate, with a slight earthy tone and a bit of a vegetal note on the finish. Definitely moves towards cloyingly sweet as you go along.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky sweet.

O: An odd ball beer for sure, but credit where credit's due, they did hit their target. That being said, I don't think I'd be in much of a rush to drink another bottle of this. Sweetness really builds up after a while.

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Photo of scootny
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear medium golden liquid with a light wispy head. Some lacing and not much carbonation.

Nose has dough, sugar and mild chocolate.

Taste is much the same. Vanilla shows up adding body and depth. A dry, mild, earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium light body with a crispish mild carbonation. Gently creamy.

Not bad. Taste is as advertised and captures the ice cream quite nicely.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, enjoy by 26 Mar 2017... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: brilliantly-clear, yellow-gold liquid... some weak white foam forms and washes away slowly... no lacing, but it nevertheless looked pretty

S: vanilla candle - not a terribly natural smell... I want to say that they somehow got the aroma of moist cookie dough - pretty incredible... the chocolate is rather mellow and smells more like a light baking cocoa extract made into a candle... so what I guess I'm saying is that this smells like a candle - no hops, no booze, maybe a faint whiff in the back of some pale/amber malt

T: oh, yeah, certainly a blonde ale base immediately up front, with vanilla, subtle spice, and a somewhat cookie-like malt quickly rushing up to wash it all back... not all that sweet, which is great... definitely a lingering phenolic note, almost like a diluted aftertaste of (Trident) cinnamon gum...

F: smooth, light, with a soft almost velvety viscosity... dry in the finish with a delicate boozy warmth lingering... easy-drinking, almost cordial-like, with a marginally 'greasy' residual mouthfeel

O: not as bad as anticipated - pleasantly surprised... its best use would be a pairing with a dessert, and I'm kinda thinking banana creme pie and/or vanilla wafers... overall I think they did an excellent job bringing this to life - a neat little novelty, but not something I'd feel compelled to try again, unless I found myself cosying up to some of that pie

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Photo of craigbelly
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to hate it but couldn't. Wanted to love it but couldn't. Yes it's a bit thin and a bit sugary but they hit the mark with what it is. The nose is fantastic. I get a homemade whipped cream sensation with it. The chocolate is just enough to not let you forget this is cookie dough.

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Photo of PSanger
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised. I thought this year was a lot better than I expected. You can absolutely smell the cookie dough but do not taste it on the backend very much. I think for all those that are turned off by the name should give it a try and will not be disappointed

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Photo of Beginner2
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK.... bunches of fun... in a glass.
And it's for a good cause... to boot.
But, is this good beer ?
Probably not, but drinking "good" is not everything. Drinking interesting adds, well, interest.

The first interesting thing is a question: why a blonde?
Chocolate chips are not blonde nor are blondes sweet (unless they get their way.)
But, blond works. I actually don't think that Cookie Dough gets cloying as more than a few reviews claim. Being of blond malts actually helps cut through the sweet additions (or at least that is my theory.)

The second and even more important question is: can a beer stop global warming?
(I think we know that answer to that.)

So, what is our resolve ?
At least have fun.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: January 20, 2017... OCCASION: fresh off a great book bingo... GLASSWARE: Howard's Pub pint... pours a crystal clear, light golden body that bubbles peacefully into a single-finger snow-white head... strikes a cream ale aroma with heavy vanilla, flowery hops, sweet mocha, and bread malts... quite alluring... quite a wall of haze forms as the glass drains... creamy, thick with the aesthetics of a milkshake, and yet as a medium-bodied ale, smooth and worthwhile, and at 6% ABV, this sip begs the next sip immediately... the flavor profile is big on vanilla and chocolate, with a lactic shakelike consistency... bread malts balance the profile; the sweetness is not a gimmick.... this is a beer whose label promises what its contents deliver...a delicious dessertif that tastes better as it goes...

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Photo of ajm5108
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fine for what it is - a little disconcerting getting all of those dessert flavors from a pale looking beer. There is some nice chocolate smell & flavor, though I didn't pick-up quite as much vanilla. It did remind me of cookie dough so mission accomplished. I know it is easy to hold your nose up & scoff at a gimmicky flavored beer, but it is a totally fine beer in its composition. Too sweet to do more than one or two but I could definitely crack one open with a bowl of ice cream.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, frothy white head. A sweet, doughy aroma. Clear, gold color. Starts with a chocolate-like front; not sweet (like I was expecting), slightly bitter. Then, a pleasant maltiness comes through, right before the chocolate notes come back. The finish is chocolate on top of biscuity malt sweetness.

This is 1,000 times less horrid than I was expecting; it's actually pretty decent. I was prepared for a sweet, over-the-top brew, but this is really pretty good - imagine a chocolate stout that used a pale malt instead.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pale Yellow in color. Clear in appearance. Bland and virtually flavorless. As it warms i'm getting a subtle hint of vanilla. Think cream ale. Fairly carbonated.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a very light, clear straw color, it tastes like not-so-tasty and slightly bitter cream soda, with some hops that makes it taste…off. This is a beer that desperately needs something to make this beer taste better, like ice cream to compliment next to it. This is not the beer to enjoy on its own compared to last year’s collaboration, which is the Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. As long as you try and focus on the beer as a dessert, you might be alright with it.

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Photo of Todd
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Doughy, Sugary, Vanilla, Chocolatey-ish

Bright gold with a wispy white head and lacing. Doughy (surprise!) and sugary in the nose with faint notes of baker's chocolate and plenty of vanilla. Crisp and creamy. It tastes exactly like cookie dough: sugary, malted, caramel, vanilla, and almonds. Oily on the palate. Homemade whipped cream comes to mind, and there are suggestions of maraschino cherries, too. The chocolate flavors are soft, a bit nibby, and just enough to fulfill the brewer's intention here. Finishes clean and dry with some residual sugariness. Things get a bit cloying after a while, but overall, New Belgium and Ben & Jerry's nailed it. (i.e. This tastes like a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.)

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #120 (January 2017).

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blonde ale are usually terrible, but this is surprisingly delicious. Possibly the best blonde ale I've ever had. In short this reminds me of cream soda. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Lots of vanilla comes across with a bit of chocolate. Wish it had a creamier mouthfeel, but it's pretty fun nonetheless

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold that bends towards a slightly darker shade of gold with lots of big carbonation bubbles. Had a finger of white head that dropped fairly quickly.
The smell is very bready and sweet with a strong odor of cookie dough.
The taste is chocolate chips cookie dough and some creamy ice cream. Lots of sweet vanilla on this taste. Tastes like a melted bowl of ice cream.
The mouth feel seems like you are chewing on it yet it is not a heavy or thick feel. And for all of that it does finish fairly crisp.
This would be a great desert beer as this is very sweet. I feel this was well crafted to get that chocolate cookie dough ice cream flavor out of the beer. Strangely this beer tastes great when it is cold but starts to lose some of that cool flavor. So like ice cream serve this one cold.

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Photo of arizcards
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from Craft Beer Hop Stop in early November for $1.49. Best by 12MAR17.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head upon the initial pour.
Nose is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
Taste is a blonde ale with hints of cookie dough and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.
Overall this is a nice dessert beer that is worth a shot.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A blonde ale that pours with a small and dissipating head. Little lacing. Vanilla, chocolate, sugars, all are present in the finish of this beer. Up front, its just a pale ale with low to medium carbonation. There is something here, but it needs some help. My advice: use a Belgian strain of yeast to get a more natural foundation for holding sweetness. Use some compelling malts....Add some big time dry carbonation and this could be a Tripel or a dubbel or even a quad with cookie dough flavored notes--instead of a thin attempt at a beer that tastes just like cookie dough. There was an opportunity to try some really ballsy here. Something with big and subtle flavors. A company named "New Belgium" might have thought of this--but didn't. And like so many of their ales, they lack the bubbly zip and clever spicing of Belgian ales. What we end up with here is a novelty, rather than an attempt to aspire to something "wowing."

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