Thumbprint Dubbel | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 281
Photo of jera1350
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Amber brown with a fizzy head that disapates quickly to a small ring. Spicy nose with hints of chai tea and brown sugar. The taste is of spices and bitterness. Light clove and banana at the end. Kind of lackluster and a bit harsh. I think age will help this one, but right now, just not doing much for me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottling date is Julian code 0514 (so February 20, 2014), poured into an O'so snifter today, 3/28/2014. Thus continues the Thumbprint series. Gotta try 'em all!

App- Very dark, possibly clear but dark, amber-brown body. Even with a careful pour, I end up with a 2 finger offwhite head with outstanding retention and nice lacing. A very nice looking beer in a snifter. Also, I'm a huge fan of the new packaging.

Smell- Candied sugar, fig, banana, other fruity esters, caramel, some nutmeg. Complex.

Flavour- A bit disappointing. Mostly caramel, some nutmeg and other non-descript spices, a little bit of banana. Not as complex or in-depth as the nose would have you feel. Even has a little bit of alcohol. But really not that bad at all as it is very flavorful in what you get here.

Mouthfeel- Just about right for the style; not watery but somewhere in the medium-thin bodied territory. I think the effervescent carbonation helps a lot here in making this a smooth sipping experience. Finish is caramelly and a bit dry, but not overly dry.

Overall- Solid dubbel, not a phenomenal example but I do think it's fairly similar to the Belgian dubbels I've had in the past so it's probably faithful to the style. This is definitely a worthwhile winter beer to have around. I'm not sure it'll change that much with age, so if you wanted to hold onto it for the next winter and get a similar experience, this is a fine candidate for that purpose. And as I said previously, I'm a big fan of the new packaging!

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Photo of TheSSG
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a HUGE, dense, off-white head. Very aromatic; notes of sweet candy, prunes/raisins. Burnt umber. A nice, toasty maltiness followed by a slighlty metallic/grainy hoppiness, some sweetness., and then Booziness.The finish is toasted malt with lingering, mild hoppiness.

I'm not a huge fan of dubbels, but this isn't too bad, actually. New Glarus has a tendency to get me to drink and enjoy styles I am not overly fond of, and this is no exception. If you like Dubbels, maybe this would hit the mark more for you.

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Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a muddy brickish brown with a large, dense cream-colored head.

S: Yeasty cranberry, fig, caramelized grain, apple skin. Fruity yet balanced.

T: Taste brings mild grape and molasses, multigrain bread, yeast. Drier than I was expecting.

M: Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: I like the yeast profile on this beer but for me it's a slightly too dry for a dubbel.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger light tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A toasty, fruity, and fairly spicy malt driven aroma with good hints of dark fruit and yeast. Belgian yeast with some spice hints of cinnamon, clove, and peppers. Big mix of fruit esters with some hints of apple, pear, banana, and dark cherry, raisin, fig, and plum. Sweet hints of candied sugar and brown sugar. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and toasted bread. Hops are very light. A very solid fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, toasty, and spicy malt forward taste with big notes of apple, dark fruit, and yeast. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk and spice notes of cinnamon, pepper, and clove. Big fruit taste with notes of apples, pear, and banana along with some dark fruit notes of cherries, fig, raisin, and plum. Toasted malt with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and toast. Sweet taste of brown sugar and Belgian candied sugar. Subtle background hops. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Dubbel. Good mix of fruit esters with a solid toasty malt presence with spice.

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Photo of guityler83
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A modest one finger head that quickly fell into the deep red / mahogony colored beer. Cloudy appearance. When swirled some legs pop out and glide down the edge of the english pint glass.

S: Moderate sweetness with a fruity ester profile (apple, cherry and honey dew). Low toasty note from the malts. Pretty simple and to the point.

T: An earthy hop flavor and bitterness that took me by surprise given the aroma. Light to medium bitterness, balance is on the malt side and it comes off moderately sweet. Heavy ester profile similar to the aroma (apple, cherry and melon). A few tobacco and nutty malt flavors are detected through the sweetness.

M: Very dry finish and the palate is left with a moderate sweetness. Lighter carbonation. Small amount of alcohol warming.

O: A nice estery example of the style, not super phenolic or hot. Not my favorite style but I may order another pint or two in the future.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy, burnt amber color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is mildly sweet with malts and yeast. The taste is quite strong with malt and yeast. There is a full volume with a decent amount of carbonation. It finishes with a bit of a spice after taste and lingering yeast. A very interesting brew from New Glarus.

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Photo of Ri0
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown in color; 1.5 finger dirty white head. Head fades slowly into a thin collar and leaves behind spots of lacing.

S - Belgian candy sugar, toffee, caramel, banana esters, and spiced dark fruits.

T - Sweet malts with Belgian candied sugar, spiced dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Hints of banana esters with some Belgian yeast.

M - Big carbonation that really fizzes in my mouth with a nice light body. A very slight fruitiness lingers on my tongue.

O - Solid overall beer and my first ever Dubbel. It was quite good and refreshing. I imagine that this will age very well.

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Photo of don1481
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass.

Appearance: Lots and lots of carbonation in this one! Pours a sizable light-tan head that diminishes pretty quickly. Deep, rich copper color that you can definitely see through.

Smell: Strong notes of caramel and molasses. Subtle hints of booze, but definitely covered buy by the otherwise-sweet smells.

Taste: Hmm. Kinda like some of the Belgian dubbels in many regards, but with a big caveat: The notes here aren't exactly dancing around like what you'd see in the best of this category, but just seem to be one big melted-together flavor. Don't get me wrong, the flavors melded together nicely, but there just doesn't seem to be that... distinct group of flavor notes... that one would expect here.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky, but pretty smooth overall.

Overall: This is a tough one to get a feel for. On one hand, it's VERY drinkable. Just to get an accurate feel on the "taste" section took about half the glass. It's a very fair representation of what we've come to expect from Dan at NG with the Thumbprint series: It takes something that we've grown to love in a genre - the dubbel in this case - and puts a very unique twist on this. In this case, the twist is - oddly enough - its balance. When the flavors meld together to the point where it's very difficult to pick out unique notes, that's an impressive balancing act. People are either going to love this or hate it - I really find it hard to picture someone being "on the fence" with this. That said, I'm gonna cellar some and see what happens.

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Photo of JerUrbans
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Thumbprint Dubbel from New Glarus Brewing Company
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