Thumbprint Dubbel | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ancient traditions dictate this Belgian style Dubbel was brewed with a long kettle boil, pitching a blend of yeast strains and bottle conditioning encouraged with Belgian Candi Sugar. Dan’s insistence on old world methodology creates the complexity of the Strong Ale you hold 18°P. Sipping will reveal a cordial of caramel and spiced fruit notes. This makes it perfect to lie down in your cellar or enjoy by the fire tonight.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
281
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
27
Trade:
7
 
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 281
Reviews by sammyg832:
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing classy gorgeous label and iconic branded red/gold colour pry-off pressure cap courtesy of the very generous Duff27. Reviewed live as a Dubbel for obvious reasons. No ABV is listed on the label.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured into a Westvleteren stem-goblet in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.

Expectations are sky-high given the brewery and style.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Three fingers wide. Beautiful khaki colour. Consistency is perfect; it's smooth, even, fluffy, and angelically soft without looking airy or weak. Gorgeous shiny complexion. Spotty legs cling to the sides of the goblet as it recedes.

Retention is excellent - almost 10 minutes.

This head is on par with some of the best non-Trappist beers I've seen in the style. Just glorious.

BODY: Deep ruby-orange of incredible vibrance. Fairly dark though it may be, it's somehow still translucent and transparent. Appears perfectly carbonated. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, though to be nitpicky it'd be nice to see some yeast.

It's quite an appealing appearance for a Dubbel, and while perhaps a bit lighter than most traditional examples, it looks as it should.

3.5-3.75

AROMA: Decadent. Caramel, figs, dates, sugarplum, cream, Belgian candi sugar, raisin, a kiss of grape, earthy spices (mainly clove), a kiss of bread crust. It's powdery, with a perfect wetness/dryness for an aroma.

The dark fruits in particular are a real treat, and I can only hope they're as present in the taste as their aromatics suggest. As it warms, I pick up on some very faint cherry.

There was something different about the aroma I couldn't quite place, then I realized - it's pear. An odd note in a dubbel, but I find it appealing here.

Overall, it's a damn appealing aroma for a dubbel. The lively biscuity Belgian yeast character is fantastic alongside the subtle dark fruits and unique pear. I can't wait for the first sip.

Mild in strength overall.

4.0-4.25

TASTE/TEXTURE: The taste doesn't quite deliver on the grandeur of the aromatics - primarily because of its unfortunately limited depth of flavour, as well as its relatively brief duration of flavour.

The open greets the drinker with a fantastic creaminess, which lends the beer a comforting pleasant feel on the palate. It's smooth and perfectly carbonated, with a medium body and perfect thickness. It's subtly dry, a feature which helps coax out a bit more depth of flavour without dragging on the palate.

The first note I notice is the fig, which is prominent but not dominating. It's complemented beautifully by the subtle dark fruits (plum, dates, maybe some prune or grape), but in my opinion the dark fruits are far too subtle. A bit more presence and assertiveness would be lovely.

Some light bread crust, caramel, subtly sweet Belgian candi sugar, dried raisin, and faint cherry fill out the body, lending the build still more complexity, but again these notes are not allowed to shine. Sadly, each note is reticent, if not boozy.

The creaminess throughout almost seems to mute the flavour profile - an effect similar to that observed in poorly executed nitro-draught beers.

There's some clove and some backgrounded Belgian yeast character, but it isn't so prominent as to scream out that the beer is a alive and kicking - an element of many Belgian brews I admire.

I love that it's lightly sticky and chewy like a dried date.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, scratchy, or harsh.

It errs on the sweeter side, but is never cloying. The aftertaste carries the sweet dark fig forward as the more dry clove spice fades. Overall balance is excellent. It's incredibly subtle - but as I noted above, this is likely to its detriment. It's a shame a beer so intricate and well-layered doesn't allow its notes to come through more. Even as it warms I find it closed-off.

Finally, the pear throughout is interesting and effective, but would work far better if the dark fruit were more present. In any case, that's a unique touch I've never found in a dubbel before.

OVERALL: It's effortlessly drinkable - is this really 7.80%? - but its quality demands it be savored. It's a nice dubbel, but its reticent flavour profile and overly light mouthfeel really hold it back from greatness. I want more...oomph...for lack of a better word - both in terms of flavour and mouthfeel. Deeper flavours and a weightier, more full-bodied and hefty texture would do this brew wonders. It nails the delicacy and fragility of the best beers in the style (e.g. Westvleteren 8), but fails to bring the flavour.

But I nitpick. It's definitely amongst the best American dubbels I've ever had. It's absolutely worth trying and I'd definitely buy it again.

B

Serve into a goblet.

Would pair well with dusty chocolate, dark fruit, cherries, and graham crackers.

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Deep in the recesses of the Belgian abbey lies the secrets, divine interventions and distinctive flavors of dubbel ale. That time-honored taste is both respected and replicated thanks to the fine brewers of New Glarus.

In true abbey form, their Dubbel pours with a deep and ominously dark garnet pour. Rusty with haze, its billowing head carries a tarnish tint and generously expels its yeasty bouquet, filling the nose with dark dried fruit, peppery spice and an alcohol laced bready sweetness to suggest rum cake.

The characterful ale continues to unfold throughout the fatty middle palate, laying down a foundation of spice cake sweetness with a doughy center. Dried cherries, figs, raisins, prunes and grapes all carry a vinous tang and condensed sweetness. Balanced with peppercorn, bitter walnut, playful acidity and alcohol, its steely caramels are matched with ease.

Expressive carbonation keeps the ale lighter than normal as the bubbles give the malt a lift, carrying in a quick, tangy and spicy finish. Its rummy warmth keeps the complexities piling on even while the echoes of malt and fruit continue deeply in aftertaste.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.8% ABV

A - Though dark auburn brown in color, this Dubbel pours nice and clear with a tall off white head that rises up quickly only to sink slowly while leaving lace on the glass.

S - Belgian candi sugar and caramelized malts from a long kettle boil give New Glarus' Dubbel a sweet aroma that's delicately underscored by Belgian yeast nuances of faint, dry and dusty earthy spice and a touch of banana more reminiscent of banana bread.

T - The undertones of dry, dusty earthiness rise up with force, and over take the sweet maltiness which lingers on the tongue with a burnt caramel profile.

M - Highly effervescent, this champagne-like bubbly brew is very dry on the finish, which balances out the sweetness of the malt quite nicely.

O - New Glarus' Dubbel almost immediately mimics many of its Belgian counterparts in many regards but most prominently, its high level of carbonation. The bubbles and dry finish are common for this style as is its sweeter aroma but, this one is quite earthy and doesn't carry with it nearly as much Belgian yeast influence as many others. Quite good nonetheless, New Glarus' Dubbel is another Thumbprint release worth picking up.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with ruby highlights and a huge, billowing, dense, frothy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is slightly metallic initially, but esters of prunes, raisins, green apple, pear, and dates take over. There's a bit of dark candi sugar backbone, adding sweetness. Floral notes surface late.

Flavor reveals more tart apple character underlying lightly toasted, lightly sweet malt. Pear takes over mid palate. Notes of banana and raisin contrast the toast. The metallic character surfaces a bit in the aftertaste. The balance is estery. Not overly sweet.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with high carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Nice estery character, more complex in the aroma. Good balance of malt sweetness and dryness. Wish the carbonation were lower so the flavor would linger more.

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Photo of JeffSK
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mj81
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of dcisco44
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of GMorgan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FFATS
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerUrbans
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a see through coppery amber color, with a thin tan head. Smell is good with nice note of canned peaches. Taste is like WOW, not what I expected. Very boozy yet it is balance out nicely with caramel malt and some sweetness, yet this finishes with a pretty big bitterness. Mouthfeel is sharp at first, then mellows, very carbonated.

Overall, I really like this one. Definitely worth picking up. Would pair great with pizza. I will cellar a couple bottles to see what the age will do.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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Thumbprint Dubbel from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 281 ratings