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Thumbprint Oud Bruin - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Brewmaster Dan launched his Wild Fruit Cave this winter brewing Oud Bruin, a Flander's style ale that is immensely complex both tart and sweet. Soft toffee notes lead with a blend of Wisconsin, British and German malts that first rested in the Coolship before spontaneously fermenting on oak in the cave. Hallertau hops, matured in the horse barn, elegantly support sparkling fruit notes that frolic before a punctuated oak finish. 100% naturally fermented in oak vessels this is beer that can be enjoyed now or the patient few can lay in their personal cellar to age.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 07-01-2014)
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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up 12 bottles of these tasty little guys in a trade with Ksecler. Poured into a Ichtegem's Oud Bruin glass.

Pours a deep unfiltered brownish copper hue with a fat tan head that lingers with massive amounts of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, fruity and slightly acetic. Flavor is rich and malty up front , giving way to tart grapes and wonderful woody flavors that linger on the palate with nice mouth puckering sourness on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, extremely dry and effervescent. Overall delicious summer time beer and a great representation of the style. Definitely better as it warms and opens up a bit. Could see this cellaring well.

DeanMoriarty, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of joe1510
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$9.69 4-Pack
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

New Glarus brewing an Oud Bruin? Will this be on par with Enigma or Cranbic? The body looks the part. A murky, muddied brown liquid inhabits the glass. The fringes of the glass show a slight orange hue but this beer is straight brown. The foam is impressive. Thick and creamy with a yellowed hue and incredible staying power. The head never recedes below a finger in height and leaves behind sheet lacing with even thicker drink lines.

Metallic notes sway toward minerality and back from the beginning. A drizzle of cherry laden balsamic vinegar makes me salivate. Minerality seems to grow with each successive inhale. Honestly, there's not much depth. There's no barrel character and the only funk at the moment is the minerality throughout. As this bruin warms sweetish apple notes reveal themselves.

Unfortunately, the flavor is much the same as the nose. There just doesn't seem to be much there.The minerality runs from start to finish in the form of wet stone and iron. Sweetness runs through the middle, easing the minerality slightly, with apple and very mild cherry. There's not much tart, again no barrel, and the finish is indistinctly sweet. There is no pop or brightness. It's just kind of there.

The body feels like there's a touch of heft off the bat but as it moves over the tongue it gets thinner and thinner until the finish leaves nothing in its wake. As soon as I swallow it's almost like I drank nothing at all. A tartness so soft it's hard for me to actually label it as such lingers. The finish eventually dries up.

I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed in this newest offering from New Glarus. It's in no way bad. As a matter of fact, the flavors that are there are good, just mild beyond recognition. The finish is nearly nonexistent. I had very high hopes for this beer, especially considering it's the first release from their fruit cave. I assume they're just working out the kinks. Into the basement the rest of these go for sometime down the line.

joe1510, Jul 18, 2014
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Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fruit, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour malt, fruit, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but a bit boring for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Thumbprint Oud Bruin from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.