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Thumbprint Oud Bruin - New Glarus Brewing Company

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 98 | FT: 20
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 RoamingGnome
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Oud Bruin

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass. This was served lightly chilled.

A) Brown brew with a reddish tint. A gentle pour still yields a thick foamy light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S) Tart fruit and funk... Sour apple, cherries, and some ripe pear for sweetness. Woody and earthy. Nice aroma...

T) Follows the nose... Funky and oaky. Tart fruit and some malt sweetness. Good balance....

M) Lighter medium body with lively carbonation. Tartness coats the palate. The finish is rather dry. The aftertaste improves as the beer warms.

O) This beer has steadily grown on me since my first bottle back in July. Not in the same class as the Wild Sour Ale from last summer, but still really good. I think a little age will help too. In any case, I'm pretty stoked about what's in the works in that Wild Fruit Cave.

RoamingGnome, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 24, 2014
Photo of joe1510
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.01/5  rDev -24.6%

Bottle as an extra in trade. Thanks! Pours murky amber orange with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma of fresh red apples, a bit of cherry, very sweet, a bit of barnyard funk. Flavor is super metallic, some lightly tart apples in the backdrop with some sweetness from the malts. But good lord this is like chewing on aluminum foil. Medium bodied, medium plus carbonation. A rare miss from New Glarus on this one. Bad bottle maybe?

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3.3/5  rDev -17.3%

I have to admit that I trust New Glarus, otherwise I might have passed on this. But they’re magicians. Take my hand, fellow traveler, & let’s see what’s in this 12 oz. bottle.

The pour confounds expectations, as the beer is more deep golden amber than bruin, eh? Carbonation is manning the ramparts. Nose is mostly cherry, with a young thrash of vanilla & perhaps some oakiness underneath. But fruit holds the trump cards.

Oud Bruin brings to mind the seventh floor drinking fountain where I used to work: in a word, watery. I shove past the thinness quickly. Very light touch of dark fruit is complemented by a stronger shot of wood; rather than the usual drying kiss or light oak bough, this is much more assertive. Bottled mineral water bursts into the mid-palate & dominates all the way to the end, drowning whatever else might be lurking. Indistinct, gentle tartness wanders in & out of the experience. The carbonation is probably the beer’s high point, a soft, champagne-like effervescence, though the thin mouthfeel might be the low. On the other hand, it’s certainly easy to drink.

Well, New Glarus has made sours & fruit beers (sometimes both at once) that are vastly superior to this beer. Kind of like trying in vain to watch the remake of Footloose…no, I take that back, & issue a public apology to New Glarus for that horrid insult. Still, pretty good.

maximum12, Oct 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

dkw0063, Oct 08, 2014
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Thumbprint Oud Bruin from New Glarus Brewing Company
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