Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration) | New Belgium Brewing

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration)

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ONovoMexicano on 06-20-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by scaliasux:
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3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Straw with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Brown sugar, peanut, plantain, and yes, cookie dough.

Yeah, cookie dough. Brown sugar, nougat, and caramel. Nutty with milk chocolate chips, Surprising.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, sticky, and moderately sweet.

A golden Brown Ale sporting the flavors of cookie dough. Pretty spot on.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Beginner2
3.57/5  rDev 0%
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 Todd
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
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 TTripp725
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dditto2
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very light golden color. Creamy snow white head. Smells buiscuty malty with cookie sweetness, some chocolate. Tastes malty with mild sweetness. The cookie is noticeable mostly at the end. It tastes kind of like Cookie Crisp to me. Light to medium carbonation, creamy, but not super heavy. This is an enjoyable beer. I initially expected more sweetness but, enjoyed it not being too sweet. It is worth a try, not disappointed at all.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of rsquared59
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of moundbz
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of takusan1000
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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 valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RDW
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mbratt93
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of dacrza1
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
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 WickedBeer
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pencilelitist
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super interesting, spot on cookie dough taste which mostly remains distinct from the beer flavors. Unique and tasty dessert beer.

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Photo of Albertdidz
4.66/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color with a half-finger, white head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a small island of suds and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Label says 'Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough', and I'll be damned if it doesn't smell like it, though it's a mild aroma. Chocolate, sweetened dough, vanilla. Mild breadiness and just a hint of hay.

Taste - Follows the nose. Laid back flavor, which is good, because otherwise this thing could have probably gotten cloying in sweetness. Chocolate chips, sugary cookie dough and light vanilla. Not much variation from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fair, slightly tingly carbonation. Easy drinker, leaves a tingling on the lips.

Overall - Say what you will about gimmicks and whatnot, but they nailed it here. They set out to create a beer that tastes like C.C. Cookie Dough and this tastes spot on like it. I'm not sure that I'll buy another sixer of it (I'm also not writing that off), but I'm glad I bought at least the first one.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale (Ben & Jerry's Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 347 ratings