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Thumbprint Oud Bruin - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 20
Gots: 125 | FT: 25
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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 07-01-2014

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.
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Ratings: 574 | Reviews: 72
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puftdank
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sweet, crisp, tart, and slightly bready. A good sour for a cool fall night. Body was a little heavy, but flavor profile was ll there.

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is drinking SO much better than at release. A bit more tartness and a hit of an acetic cherry flavor. I can't be sure the metallic flavor has completely fallen off (hard to be objective when I know how pronounced that flavor was when the beer was fresh) but at a minimum, it's dramatically reduced. This is starting to feel more like a good example of the style rather than an average-to-mediocre one.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.11/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Absolutely terrible. Tasted like a mouthful of pennies and rust. This one did not age gracefully.

Photo of aleckpa
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctrevino
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/21...pours reddish amber, white foam, that settles down with some lacing. Sour malty nose. Taste is a subtle sour, somewhat watery. Tart and sweet. Some oak. Woodsy sour, simple. Light carbonation. Citrus pokes through.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over as an extra!

A: Very hazy, nearly opaque, brown with some reddish hues. 2 plus fingers width of tan head builds and has good retention before dissipating down. Leaves tons of lacing. 4

S: Tart, fruity, sweet. Lactic sourness, citrus, banana, caramel, oaky vanilla, subtle noble hop characters. 4.25

T: Definitely on the sweeter side. Lots of caramel, dark fruits. Disappointingly, not many sour characters at all, just a big of lactic acidity. Some nice pleasing oak notes though to go along with the sweetness. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lower end, pretty smooth for the style, drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Good beer, not great, but well above average. Would have liked more of the sour characters from the aroma to come out in the taste. Enjoyable though, and definitely worth a try. 4

Photo of edhizdeid
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerness for this one..

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice soapy lacing, semi hazy slight chestnut tan color. Almost too much head for it, makes me a bit worried...

Nose nice sour mash malts, souring bacteria too I think, some brown ish malts, mild sour fruit, no real funk just bacteria and sour mash.

Taste starts with more sourness, not super sour but nice sour mash and some bacteria souring. Then big buttery oak and a creamy lactose or perhaps diacetyl slimy like feel, hard to tell. Big soured brown malts, toasty and perhaps nutty at one point, with a touch of spices. Mild acidic bite, with flemmy finish, more lingering buttery flavors, oak mostly but perhaps the diacetyl, more sour brown malts, sticky.

Mouth is med bod, little flemmy and sticky also bit slimy, nice carb, mild acidity.

Overall not bad, nice sourness and malt, nice acidity, bit too sticky, nice buttery oak but gets too buttery and slimy perhaps diacetyl but that's weird for this style do probably just the lacto and oak.

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Iconic branded red & gold pry-off pressure cap. Classy understated label art. 12 fl oz. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX.

Vintage: 2014.
ABV: None listed.
Expectations: Extremely high, given the brewery - which may well be the best in the country for my money.

Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a goblet and allowed to warm during consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. Soft and fragile looking, with a fluffy silky complexion and a loose consistency. It's not thin. Leaves a light coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Retention: Pretty good; ~5-6 minutes.

BODY: Deep red-brown. Murky and nontransparent. Slightly translucent. Looks nice when backlit. No yeast particles or hoppy sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a generally appealing appearance for an Oud Bruin, but I've definitely seen far better.

AROMA: Lacks the acetic pie crust character I crave in a good oud bruin. The malt bill is odd, with a strange melange of American and German malts rather than the usual Belgian. Depleted indistinct fruit hints might be the best aspect of the aroma, but at best I pick up on some weak date and prune notes. Perhaps a kiss of raisin? The yeast profile comes off oddly German, with notes of clove and even out-of-place banana. The oak is weak and pathetic, and lacks expressiveness. In fact, the aroma as a whole is surprisingly unevocative, though I'd stop short of calling it insipid. There's some strange toffee character which gives this a strange English character.

What happened here? There's no tartness or sourness at all, nor is it really acetic, and the oak is underwhelming. It doesn't even seem Belgian.

Aromatic intensity is oddly light.

I can't say this is anywhere near a good aroma for an oud bruin.

TASTE: Luckily, the taste brings much more acetic pie crust character to the table, and the faint oak emerges a bit more. The malt bill is still a mess, and this lacks the Belgian feel you'd expect, but the banana I perceived in the aroma never manifests in the taste (to its benefit), and it's not too clovey or German in terms of its yeast profile. There're some interesting creamy and toffee notes, but they seem odd in an oud bruin. Muted date and prune notes are the most Belgian flavour this beer has.

The fundamental failing here is the sourness - or rather, the lack thereof. It's not a tart brew by any means, and its sourness intensity is *maybe* a 2/10 at most. I find no lactobacillus bacteria, no real pedio, and no other spontaneous/wild fermentation indicators.

While it's not imbalanced, I think it's fair to say it's unbalanced, and while it has a loose cohesion (probably from the oak, which does tie it together a bit), it never drinks like a gestalt whole, and it's not more than the sum of its parts. Depth of flavour is severely lackluster, and it's too mellow for an oud bruin, lacking the assertive robustness characteristic of the best examples of the style. Did New Glarus really brew this?

Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Low.
Flavour amplitude: Average.

I do like it, but I hoped for so much better given the brewery.

TEXTURE: This is where the beer shines. This has the delicate fragile feel only found in truly world-class beers; it just lacks the taste to harmonize with. Creamy, angelically soft, and decadently smooth and wet, with a refreshing presence on the palate. It's not as smacky, acetic, or even acidic as you'd hope for given it's meant to be an oud bruin, but this is more a result of the lack of bacteria in the taste than it is a problem with the mouthfeel per se.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This is oddly well-executed, with perfect carbonation, and easily eclipses the taste in terms of the best attribute of this beer. How could they get the mouthfeel so right and yet the taste so wrong?

OVERALL: Too light in its bacteria and not sour enough, New Glarus' Oud Bruin is too mellow and reticent for its own good, sabotaging its delivery of flavour when it should be playing to depth and intricacy. Balanced, sure, but shallow. The mouthfeel is wonderful, but doesn't have much flavour to support and/or accentuate. I'm not sure if they underpitched the bacteria cultures and/or yeast, but this needs serious tuning. I like what little wood presence there is. This is a rare miss from New Glarus, but is still worth trying and is certainly above average, with stellar drinkability.

Low B- (3.32)

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of David_Menendez
2.77/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very metallic. Not the best representation of the style.

Photo of kristougher
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amalburg
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of acostuhhh
4.86/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Perfectly balanced sour, smells delicious. Color is murky, but still appealing.

Photo of poppollutesminds
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy brown color with an almost purple hue. Thick cream colored head that retains well and clings to the glass.

S-Dark fruits similar to a quad, sour lemons, funky yeast, some oakiness in there as well

T-Tart up front. Fades into something sour and finishes with a twinge of sweetness that blends well with a vanilla, oaky profile. Complex.

MF-Medium bodied and a bit creamy with a crisp, light finish.

O-This is my second Flanders and I like this one much more. Complex taste and not overpoweringly sour. Pretty creamy but also refreshing.

Photo of italianstallion
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mush
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Thumbprint Oud Bruin from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.