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This decadent Chocolate Abbey Ale is a lovely trifle for your senses. Brewed with a proprietary Belgian yeast and English Maris Otter Malt it is smooth and rich. Inspired by a recent tour of Europe and brewed with chocolate we enjoyed there. Subtle Segal Ranch hops promote the rich dark chocolate flavors of this rather strong Dubbel. Best served at 48 °F. An elegant excuse to linger after dinner. -Your Friends at New Glarus Brewing Company

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2011
Pours nearly opaque, deep dark ruby, with a very full head. Nose is a standard dubbel affair, in a good way. Dark fruits, biscuit, chocolate, hints of roast and toffee. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation. Flavor lacks the depth of the aroma. Chocolate followed by dark fruit is all it really offers. It’s not bad, could’ve been much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1800) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
12oz bottle. What an interesting combo chocolate in a dubbel. Pours a cola color with fizzy head. Smells like chocolate syrup. Taste is a mix of belgian sugars and choclate syrup. Body is thin and finish is crisp and chocolate. Overall an interesting concoction but not my cup o tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3248) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Rich brown pour with a tan head that settles into a rim around the glass. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate frosting, belgian yeast, raisins, candi sugar. Some caramel, mild banana. The chocolate feels like its a bit too much initially. The flavor is more mild cocoa than the nose would imply. Mild belgian sugar, raisin and caramel malts. Not as bad as I was expecting, but still somewhat muddled. Mouthfeel is full, nice belgian carbonation. However, it finishes a bit dull. Overall, an experiment. Take that for whatever it means.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (6934) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2011
12 oz red foiled bottle. It pours a brownish read with a foamy off-white head that dissipates with no lacing. It pretty much smells like a bar of chocolate with a bit of soap and yeast. The flavor is more like a dubbel. Very fruity. There is chocoalte in there. It is more of a fruit tasting beer than anything. Dan usually makes good stuff but this is just frankensteinbrew right here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (627) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
12 oz bottle...pours a dark brown with a large frothy head...lots of carbonation. Large chocolate nose and flavor...hints of banana and hops...gets better as it gets warmer....am usually not a dubbel fan but this was a good one...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
arkurzynski (1461) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Brown with brownish-tan head. Moderate carbonation. Huge, dominant banana and bubblegum yeast esters in the nose. Taste is banana bread and bubblegum, with the Belgian chocolate deep in the background and at the tail-end. Light fruit/chocolate-covered banana finish. Well-attenuated. Way too much yeast action in this one. Will join others in letting this one cellar a bit before trying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GatorGuy92 (28) - Valrico, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Pretty frothy head on it, a little lighter in color than I would have thought. Some notes of chocolate with some sour/odd Blegian yeast smell. 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. Adequate mouthfeel. Glad to have tried it but 1 is enough for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1901) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Bottle thanks to joshmcg000. Pours a dark, but clear brown with a 2 finger, creamy beige head that has excellent retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is huge on chocolate, think dark and milk chocolate truffle meets Charleston Chew, hints of dark fruit, port, banana nut bread and faint citrus and herbal hops. Flavor is very chocolatey, again, truffle/Charleston Chew comes to mind, overripe bananas, banana nut bread toast, vinous notes and sweet wheat bread. Some floral hops, honey, light citrus herbal, woody hops and a little bitterness finish it out. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, has a fairly heavy, but not too sharp carbonation and dry, but slightly sweet and bitter finish. Pretty damn good stuff, it’s like eating those little wine gel chocolates with a big chocolatey Dubbel. The intensity of the chocolate and nutty notes really opens up as it warms a bit from fridge temp, the fruity notes as well, to a lesser extent. Easily one of the best Dubbels I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 12oz bottle. Unfiltered amber-brown, big thick beige head. Sweet amber-chocolate aroma, maybe a hint of red wine? Quite choco-forward, this is an interesting variation of a Dubbel. Unique, but could also hang with some Trappist and Abbey Ales, sans the Belgian effervescence. I like the interplay between the in your face chocolate and the Belgian yeast. Well balanced by some light, spicy hops. Some chocolate cherry notes in the finish. Unique, cool beer. I cant drink more than one of these..it was brutal to drink a pint of it..new overall...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Picked up a couple four-packs at the New Glarus brewery in New Galrus, Wisconsin. From 12-oz bottle pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with a thick and foamy off-white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of a spiced Tootsie Roll, some milk chocolate, figs and a touch of molasses. Taste is medium bodied, some medicinal cocoa powder upfront with an earthy herb presence and roasted nuts. Finish has a thin/watery sweet aftertaste with some cocoa powder and Tootsie Roll flavors. I’d allow this one to age for about a year and the chocolate and banana yeast flavors should really come through.

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