Bacterial (1555) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with a nice light tan head. Not much going on in the nose, maybe just a touch of roasted malt. Spiciness from the Belgian yeast gives way to strong chocolate flavors.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Adam! Nice and thick dark brown pour, creamy even. Nutty and understated malts in the nose, along with milk chocolate. Interesting flavors, as the dubbel characteristics are a bit off of the conventional, which suits the chocolate profile well. Nice, as expected from NG.
madmitch76 (15092) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
23rd June 2012
Opaque dark brown beer. Very pale tan head, tidy. Light palate, crispy and fairly dry. Smooth chocolate powder. Mild fruits and bubblegum underneath. Dry dark chocolate malt and mild minerals in the finish. Joins up quite well.
Lemke10 (794) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a darker brown color with a fluffy off white head. Scents I’m picking out the most is a banana yeast and malt scent. Taste is full of exploding flavors. It has a heavy taste of yeasty bread, dark chocolate, a dry hop finish. Definitely a dark, heavy beer that not everyone will like, but something I think all true BA’s will want to sample.
MaltOne (217) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a near opaque chocolate amber. Big pillowy light tan head - subsides gradually to a thinner lace cap. Big aroma of chocolate banana. Flavors of moderately middle dark chocolate and banana with faint hint of cloves. The moderate effervescents pushes the flavors throughout the palate. Medium body. The almost imperceptible hops eliminates the potential for over sweetness - a balanced finish. I much prefer this to the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, which was a bit too sweet. This is a beer that needs the right context to excel, not a session beer (unless you’re a chocoholic) - after dinner with fresh oranges... But for a foodie, this is a great asset. Nicely crafted.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
In short: A chocolaty beer with an irritating intense spiciness. Bad recipe.
How: Bottle 12oz¸ approximately 6 months of age or so, bottle sent to me by oakbluff, thanks Scott.
The look: Clear burgundy body topped by large dark beige head quickly dissipating to a small layer of foam
In long: Nose is chocolaty (not surprise here) but also has a strong unsuspected spiciness (nutmeg and some cinnamon), phenols as well as minty notes. Very strange, didn’t feel like I was smelling a beer, more like some kind of digestive chocolaty candy. Taste is cocoa powder, way too much powdery spices, gingerbread man, salt, old cookies crumbs, mint leafs. Very aggressive sode-pop style carbonation. Rough mouthfeel. This truly was an atrocious creation, I couldn’t finish my 12oz bottle. I hated this Chocolate Abbey almost as much as the person who invented the fire alarm hated deaf people.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Chocolate Abbey
Date: October 12, 2012
Appearance: clear brown, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, fruity esters, caramel sweetness
Overall: sweet chocolate flavor, rich and fruity, light earthyness, touch of vanilla adds sweetness to the chocolate
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Atom (1344) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a dark cola brown with ruby highlights and a medium khaki head. Aroma of cocoa powder, tootsie rolls, berries, and slight bubble gum. Taste of chocolate and berries with a punch of Belgian yeast in the middle and finishing a little bitter with a slight roast. I’m not a huge fan of Belgian yeast put it goes very nicely with the chocolate here.
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red with good clarity and foamy head. Nose powdered chocolate and berries. Taste- more candies berries, some roast, touch boozy and drying. Lively carbonation. Odd beer
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.
A: Pours a seemingly darkish brown color, but is a very dark ruby when held up to the light. Very light tan head forms on the pour and dissipates rather quickly.
S: Bubblegum yeast and some chocolate with a little hint of sweet vanilla. Very surprising.
T: More of the bubblegum yeast with some toffee malts. When it warms up it has a sweet chocolate middle and a tootsie roll finish. A little too sweet for my liking.
M: Medium bodied a prickly carbonation with a very sweet finish on the palate.
O: I really missed the dark fruit flavors and the bubblegum yeast sort of threw me for a loop. Not my favorite and didn’t really mesh that well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-03-2011