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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
253 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
253
pDev:
14.14%
Bros Score:
3.83
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
36
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 253 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of Paul68
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out like a dubbel should...deep ruby-highlighted dark brown, deeply dark brown, with an off-white and firm head of tightly-packed bubbles. It shrinks to a creamy skim in a couple minutes.

The smell is tremendously impressive, on one hand very Belgian in character (the yeast and malt personality) yet also obviously experimental U.S. (chocolate, and whatever Segal Ranch hops are, which are bright but somehow also subdued enough in the nose). And a whiff of alcohol underlining everything. Vibrant, earthy, smells like it was freshly bottled yesterday.

As with the smell, it tastes a bit more alcoholic than 7%. The alcohol factors in, providing just the right dab of warmth and accenting the chocolate as if it were chili-infused chocolate. Still, it's subtle enough, and lets the dubbel-ness of this dubbel come through. As dubbels often strike me as being chocolaty in the first place, this one definitely asserts that sort of personality. Belgian or Belgian-ish yeast pushes through to add further depth, and there's an earthy herbalness lurking under the surface. Slight bit of generously toasted grain comes forth, adding another layer. Lots going on here, all of it tremendously enjoyable without feeling complicated or overly busy.

Texturally it's a little too bubbly/tingly for my liking, something just a tad softer would have been nice. It's not heavy, and could use some propping up, and the plastic coming into the aftertaste also threatens the overall mouthfeel, but still, none of this proves detrimental. Just mildly annoying, because the rest of this beer is so good.

I think Chocolate Abbey is a bit underrated on this site. What's not too love? It's true to style but also lends a bit of a unique personality to the world of dubbels. It's tasty, it's clearly well-made with the use of quality ingredients. Another kick ass beer from Daniel Carey and co.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is subpar and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Wow and double wow. This reeks of cocoa powder. I have my doubts that there is another beer out there (that isn't a homebrew) that smells more like cocoa powder. I can't really pick up anything else. The cocoa blocks any chance of that.

3.0 T: The cocoa is a little less intense in the taste and it allows the dubbel to come out. However, it doesn't mix all that well. Chocolate can be a wonderful component of a dubbel, but apparently not when presented in a contrived manner. The cocoa seems out of place. The dubbel seems to be pretty good though. Lots of the typical fruitiness - plum, raisin, date and such. Also a nice peppery spiciness. I wish I had that dubbel be itself.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Here the chocolate again interferes. The MF would have been nice if the chocolate wasn't there. Because it is, I want a thicker, creamier body.

3.0 D: I'm glad I got to try this since it seemed like a good experiment, but the results didn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of GripitandSipit
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GORUM
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of bishocr
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Winter
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate Abbey pours dark brown with a thick, creamy khaki head. The nose consists of cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, along with a Belgian yeast character to it. Medium-bodied. The initial taste very much reflects what was revealed in the nose: chocolate malt, cocoa powder, and that unique Belgian yeast quality. Midway there’s a roasted bitterness that helps to balance the sweetness and add even more depth. A touch of banana follows and leads into dry finish that carries some sourness to it.

I think this is a great combination of the Belgian Dubbel style with the added bonus of chocolate in the flavor. If you’re a fan of either this was a must try. I can definitely recommend this as more of a dessert beer or to be enjoyed on its own due the the sweetness that the chocolate imparts.

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Photo of claaark13
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of EricCioe
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rinhaak
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of groovy24
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of MaxSpang
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter. Thanks to Duff27 for hooking me up with this brew!

APPEARANCE

This is definitely a Belgian Dubbel - the beer pours a murky brown with a slight reddish hue when the light comes through. The head was about a finger, soft, and pillow-like due to the small bubbles. It was almost pure white, and it went away in a hurry without leaving any lacing.

SMELL

The first thing I get in the nose is the Belgian yeast spice - pepper, clove, coriander, and all the other Belgian yeast goodies. After some more vigorous sniffing, the chocolate makes an appearance. It's subtle, and I don't think I'd find it if I wasn't looking for it. There's a slight alcohol tinge as well, which is actually pretty nice.

TASTE

The chocolate is way more present on the tongue. The first thing I get is a big chocolate flavor, almost like a tootsie roll. It kind of reminds me of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock. The Belgian yeast is a little more subdued on the tongue, but it still brings all of the spice character from the nose. As it warms, the Belgian flavors are almost dominating, leaving the chocolate at the back of the tongue. There is almost no alcohol flavor to be found.

MOUTHFEEL

True to a Belgian-influenced beer, this is almost over carbonated. It's also very dry, making it pretty easy drinking. I expected a bigger body considering this beer has chocolate in it, but it's pretty true to the light and effervescent Dubbel style.

OVERALL

I'm a bit disappointed in this one. This is by no means a bad beer, especially if you like the Belgian yeast flavor. The chocolate adds some nice complexity, but it just doesn't blow me away. Would I drink it again? Absolutely, but I won't be actively seeking this one out.

Cheers.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to lusciousjackson for his one.

poured cold from the bottle a semi-opaque cola brown with ruby highlights held up to the light to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger, long lasting tan head

aroma of cocoa and Belgian yeasts.

wow, big cocoa powder up front, yeasty bread.

light bodied, big carbonation, super sweet.

overall - very enjoyable, super drinkable.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Appears a very dark brown with a foamy collar on top, not much lacing, but it smells to me like a chocolate phosphate and bubblegum with a tiny accent of allspice. Flavor is also a bit like a well-made chocolate phosphate but also has components of band-aid plasticness, bitter cocoa powder with extra astringency, and heavy hard water mineral qualities. Sparkling-style carbonation on a medium body makes this one tingle on the tongue quite a bit. Finishes semi-dry, but lingers on the palate for quite some time. An oddball beer that speaks to my love of the unusual. If you like the flavor profiles of chocolate phosphates, you'll probably like this beer as well.

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Photo of HostelTevere
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of syrupjoe
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear garnet color with 1.5 finger creamy light tan head with light red tint.

Nose: Dark fruits, powdered cocoa, bubblegum.

Taste: Raisin, dark fruits, aspirin bitterness, bitter cocoa, bubblegum.

Moderate carbonation with very bitter finish and interestingly spicy aftertaste.

Overall a weird tasting beer. I honestly get more bubblegum on the nose and taste than anything else, which is quite distracting. Balanced flavors, just not in a way I've ever had them before. Probably wouldn't drink this one again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a brown body that glows at the base with a light tan head that is thick and creamy lasting the full beer and some microbubbles collecting at the bottom of the head.

S- The big chocolate nougat aroma of tootsie rolls has some dark sugar and yeasty esters in the finish. There is a bubbolicious ester aroma that really grows as the beer opens up and some clove notes aswell.

T- The nice dried fruit flavor fades to a full chocolate nougat taste and a dry finish with some green hops that have a bit of a mint taste to them. The bubblegum esters start to dominate as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a touch of alcohol heat and a thick foamy mouthfeel in the finish.

O- I was surprised that the flavors really work together and the balance between dubble characters and nougat are nice but the bubblegum character does become a bit to strong as the beer opens up.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks SpdKilz.

Pours a fairly dark rich brown with light edges and a off white soapy style head. The nose is big with the belgian players, as well as cinnamon and milk chocolate. The taste is very flavorful with gingerbread, chocolate and clove. It has a light/medium body and higher carbonation feel. Very good beer that is perfect for winter.

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Photo of pocwolf
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single of this when I was visiting family in WI for the holidays. We've got some nice cold weather here in NC, so I thought I'd crack this one to warm me up. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very dark amber, mahogany. A small fluffy head tops it off. No retention. The nose is rich and sweet with syrup, yeast, and a fruity quality resembling strawberries. The mouth is bubbly and full of zest. Moderate feel. The bubbles become a bit harsh as I continue to sip this one. Big Belgian yeast at the forefront, rich molasses rounds it out. Dark fruits like raisins and grapes in there as well. I expected some hints of chocolate at least, but can't find its place in this interesting brew.

This was a fairly rich sipper, and it warmed me up as I had hoped. Not one of NG's best side series beers, but a pleasant treat nonetheless.

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Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear brown. Fairly translucent. Forms a moderate sized head, but there is no retention and no lacing.

S: Rather aromatic aroma of candy caramel, tootsie roll, milk chocolate, and sweet dark fruits.

T: Similar to the aroma, but not a powerful and a bit more one dimensional. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Kettle corn. Milk chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Very mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: A beer that I could see replacing dessert with. Wouldn't want to have too many of these - the sweetness could become overpowering, but certainly an enjoyable after dinner drink.

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Photo of ahq514
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours a massive head at first that diminishes to about a finger. White and fluffy. Beer itself is a dark brown color. Appears to have moderate carbonation. Some lacing.

Two aromas dominate the nose. The first is chocolate as you would expect. The second is fruity bubblegum. Not really any hops to speak of in the nose. Not a traditional dubbel by any means. Kinda smells like those artificial chocolate lollipops I had as a kid.

Very similar to the aroma. Artificial chocolate and bubblegum are dominant. Behind them is a nicely balanced dubbel, dominated by sweeter malt. Fairly straightforward.

Medium body and higher carbonation than I anticipated from the appearance.

Not a bad beer. If you're looking a for a chocolate beer thats a non-stout, than this would be a good substitution. Nice belgian influence, but the artificial chocolate is what killed it for me.

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Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 253 ratings
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