Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
111 Reviews
Thumbprint Chocolate AbbeyThumbprint Chocolate Abbey

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BarrytheBear on 09-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

Deep reddish brown body, just a little murky, topped with loose beige head. The head starts off fairly large but fades too quickly.

The aroma isn't in-your-face chocolatey but it's definitely there, mixing wonderfully with a subtle Belgian yeast spiciness and some sweetness.

As with the aroma the chocolate isn't overpowering, instead it's in harmony with the yeast. Some sweetness but not as much as I'd expected given the aroma. I do wish the yeast was a little more prominent but otherwise the flavor hits the same sweet spot that New Glarus seems to aim for - plenty of flavor without smashing you over the head with it.

Thinnish body with good carbonation. A little more viscosity and/or creaminess in the carbonation would have enhanced the decadence of the drink, though.

Synergy. Nothing really stands out to me and there are a few things I would like to see handled just a little differently, but once you put it all together I'd happily keep this around with my St Bernardus and Unibroue Belgians. In that regard it reminds me of their Stone Soup - a beer that's greater than the sum of it's component scores. Unique and very pleasing to drink.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from BarrytheBear in a recent trade, Thanks!

A- Pretty frothy head on it, a little lighter in color than I would have thought.

S- Some notes of chocolate with some sour/odd Blegian yeast smell.

T- Some chocolate but the Belgian yeast completely overwhelms the flavor of it. Granted, I am not a fan of Belgian style ales but this is a bit too much.

M- Adequate.

O- Glad to have tried it but 1 is enough for me.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown with crimson and mahogany highlights. Foamy tan head quickly fades to a few patches of tan foam.

S - Wonderful aroma. Like a Belgian Dubbel dessert in a glass. Rich complex chocolate aroma. Milk chocolate mixed with cocoa, dark fruits, black cherry, Belgian yeast with hints of spice. I also get just a touch of whatever fruit flavor is in Red Bull. Interesting in a good way.

T - Cocoa and dark cherries, esters from the Belgian yeast are more pronounced than aroma, spice, light touch of dark fruits. The chocolate is more subtle and not as complex as the aroma.

M - Medium to heavy with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A great dessert beer paired with something else or by itself. One of the best aromas I have had in a beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
2491 printed on the neck, no info.

Thanks for leaving this in my Jeep Brando! :P

A - Despite it's almost pitch black appearance, Chocolate Abbey is actually a clear ruby mahogany color when held up. A billowing light tan head rises to three-fingers and drops quite slowly but little is left as Belgian lace goes.

S - Completely intoxicating, Chocolate Abbey opens with an abounding chocolate nose rich with cocoa and milk chocolate. Cherry hints rest delicately behind with an intricacy that begins suggest "Belgian" while adding a chocolate covered cherry aroma. Yeast complexity follows up with earth tones and dark fruit esters a la cherry, fig, and plum. Black patent malt roast is subtle while a strong caramel profile is present. Absolutely breath-taking.

T - Flavor is quite the departure from the aroma. Chocolate is all but abandoned, giving it a much heavier Belgian dubbel characteristic. Stronger Belgian yeast profile here, there's more earthy tones and yeast esters present in flavor. The cherry still emerges followed by the faint plum and fig. Cocoa dryness creeps up on the finish, slowly asserting itself among the light toast malt. Delicate spice notes from the yeast open up as it warms.

M - Delicately soft and smooth, Chocolate Abbey presents itself as a medium-bodied dessert beer that's not overpowering but, rather, open to pairing and sipping. The supple finish ends with a slow, dry characteristic that begs for another sip.

O - Unfortunately the flavor falls a little short after the intoxicating aroma. This isn't a dig at the (great) flavor of Chocolate Abbey but merely a testament to how amazing the aroma of this beer is. Give this one to people who claim to "not like beer". Give this to people who don't like Belgians (beer). It'll bridge the gap effortlessly. With it's unique aroma and taste, Chocolate Abbey is both powerful and delicate at the same time. A near flawless effort, this goes down in the books as another special release from New Glarus I'll be hoarding bottles of for years to come to explore it's development.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single 12oz bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for 2.59 in Fall 2011.

Pours a darker brown color with a fluffy off white head. Scents I'm picking out the most is a bannana yeast and malt scent. Taste is full of exploding flavors. It has a heavy taste of yeasty bread, dark chocolate, a dry hop finish. Definelty a dark, heavy beer that not everyone will like, but something I think all true BA's will want to sample.

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Photo of BYOFB
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to Tempelier tulip.

Pours a clear deep brown color with a light manila colored head that fades relatively quickly and left legs of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is heavy on bananas and cocoa. A little spice and malt in the background.

Taste mirrors aroma for the most part. Tastes like a chocolate covered banana… A little spice and bubblegum in there as well. You can still tell it’s a dubbel though. Medium mouthfeel with a crisper carbonation than expected. Light cocoa flavor on the fairly crisp finish. Alcohol becomes noticeable, in a good way, as the beer warms.

I see this one pairing very well with a dark chocolate dessert.

Overall a very good dubbel that is definitely unique. I think/hope a bit of age on this one will mellow and meld some of the flavors a bit. Only one way to find out; buy a case and cellar a bunch!

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Photo of Dohdaman
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz botle into a New Glarus Pilsner Glass

A: Pours a clear Deep Brown color. 1/2" off-white head

S: Aroma of Chocolate, Banana, spices

T: Same as the smell, not overpowering though. Kind of a bland finish, though i am ok with that with this beer

O: Overall i enjoyed this beer, very drinkable to me.

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

Fresh off the shelves - don't really know what to expect but I'm quite excited. Poured into my Scaldis glass...

Effervescent pour. Deep brown, mahogany/chestnut color. Quickly dissipating head that laces the glass on all sides.

Strong cocoa Nestle Quick, hint of vanilla, with strong malt presence in the background.

First sip - I have nothing to compare this to...It's on the smaller side of being bigger bodied, the chocolate is so present but it blends wonderfully with the "dubbel" style this seems to be working with...not a "cocoa bomb" like Arcadia's cocoa loco or southern tiers Chokolat - (however they spell that). Bit of alcohol there, certainly will die down a bit with even just a month in the bottle.

Short, clean finish (a la most New Glarus Beers that aren't fruit based). Taste it more in the front of my palate than anything...interesting.

As far as I'm concerned this is another winner from Brewmaster Dan. It doesn't fit into any category (apt for the "thumbprint" series. The overall only got a 3.5 from me because I wanted a bit longer of a finish, but this beer is so young right now that it may just need a month or two to sit. Excellent.

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Photo of sherm1016
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a brown colow with a nice, off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, spicy, banana, a little yeasty. Medium on the palate with Soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, spice, yeast, with a dry, spicy finish. A very interesting beer. I let it warm up for a while, and I’m glad I did.

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Photo of adman08
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours with lots of off-white, creamy head, over 2 fingers. The head leaves excellent lacing on the glass. Clear mahogany color.
S-Very obvious aroma of cocoa along with the typical spicy belgian abbey aroma with a hint of sweetness and vanilla.
T-A very distinct cocoa flavor with a belgian abbey flavor that adds some spice.
M-Lots of carbonation. Very thick and malty. Fairly high alcohol.
Overall, a very interesting beer. The chocolate is not overly sweet and really doesn't dominate. The beer is very balanced between the chocolate and the abbey style. I can taste the abbey ale very clearly and the chocolate along with it. I think this one might be an aquired taste but at the same time it's really well done. I've had chocolate beers before and they end up tasting like cake batter but this is much more balanced.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Spent a cordial afternoon with the classic and the wife at the brewery today. Picked this up at the Depot on the way out. Newest in the Thumbprint series released, I believe, this weekend.

Pours a rusty red with mahogany highlights when backlit. Off white head is ample and retention is steady. Lacing is sporadic.

If ever a smell closely mimicked a past experience, this beer has it. Summer evenings at Dairy Queen, post baseball, often yielded access to the chocolate covered banana. I'm not even sure if this still exists, but man did this spark a bygone moment. Frozen milk chocolate, light ice cream, and banana: uncanny.

Taste offers much the same: frozen banana, Nestle Quick cocoa, snap of spicy yeast, and a modest though firm alcohol nip at the finish. Upon warming, this becomes a bit of a chore.

Mouthfeel is light yet rounded. The middle provides a depth that carries to the finish. As with most New Glarus beers. the finish is mostly clean. Finishes with a trace of tootsie roll sweetness.

I honestly have no idea how big or little this beer is. I'd guess in the 7.5 range, but that's purely conjecture. It's sort of a plodding experience. I'm not sure I'd grab more than one in a sitting and it's certainly not my favorite NG offering, but I'm happy to have had the opportunity.

Edit: I didn't really feel like finishing the glass, which doesn't bode well in my book. Not a personal favorite here.

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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
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