Saturday, November 19, 2016

New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale Review

Name: New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 6%

Last November, I reviewed New Belgium's Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, which was a collaboration done with Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. When I closed out that review, I mentioned that if New Belgium were to ever do a collaboration with Ben & Jerry's again, that I would be sure to check it out.

Well, guess what happened? That's right, they got together again and made another beer. This time around it's a chocolate chip cookie dough-inspired beer....and it's also a blonde ale. An interesting choice, to say the least.

Appearance - Fairly clear yellow color with a mild amount of visible carbonation. The head is white in color & pretty foamy and there's a high amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma - Cookie dough, vanilla, & chocolate along with some pale malts and light floral hops. I'm shocked, this actually smells like chocolate chip cookie dough!

Taste - Vanilla and pale malts upfront, with some chocolate sweetness and cookie dough in the middle. In the back, I'm getting more vanilla and cookie dough notes, with the latter consisting of the aftertaste and lingering around for a couple moments.

Wow, this actually tastes like a chocolate chip cookie in beer form and the choice of style actually helps this beer display the contents of a chocolate chip cookie remarkably well. If you missed out on the Salted Caramel Brownie beer last year, wipe away those tears and get this instead; This is definitely the superior beer.

New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale - 8.5/10

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