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Thumbprint Oud Bruin - New Glarus Brewing Company

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480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 108 | FT: 22
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

shadetree67, Jul 12, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: deep, translucent red color with a rich off white head that leaves a nice lacing as it goes down.

Smell: fruity, but more like sour apple and tart cherries. Some wood notes. Definitely sour smell abound. No sign of the toffee.

Taste: just like the smell, but with a bit more tartness to go with the sour.

Mouthfeel: leaves a sour, tart aftertaste. Pretty crisp on the mouth though.

Overall: I like it, but I'm curious how it'll taste with a little age to it.

don1481, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

tectactoe, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

MadScientist, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Krafty34, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ben7773, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DaftPatrick, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Jared14, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

77apm, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mctizzz, Thursday at 03:47 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

bpfrush, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with a lot of bubbles and a big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A sweet, tart, and fairly sour malt forward aroma with big hints of fruits, oak, and spice. Toasted malt with hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Candied sugar and some spice hints of cinnamon, clove, and pepper. Hints of oak, wood, leather, and tobacco. Big fruit aroma with hints of tart cherries, berries, and green apple along with dark fruit hints of grapes, fig, prune, and raisin. Background hints of earthy and spicy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a nicely sweet, tart, and sour malt driven taste with good notes of fruit, spice, and oak. Toasted malt with bready notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Spice notes of cinnamon, pepper, and clove. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Good notes of oak, tobacco, and leather. Big mix of fruit esters with notes of cherries, berries, green apple, dark grapes, raisin, fig, and prune. Subtle backing notes of earthy and spicy hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and sour with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Bruin. Good mix of fruit notes and spices. Kind of like a cross between a Dubbel and Sour Ale.

MattyG85, Aug 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

sourdog, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Cynic-ale, Aug 24, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(from a bottle)
Mildly tart with a more subtle bitterness. Ripe fruits and old bread hints in the flavor.

Watery light body.

chinchill, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

sgttibbs, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Schlafly33, Aug 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Great sour taste to start. I would rate this higher if not for the metallic aftertaste. I will admit this is the first beer of this style I have tried so maybe I am just being naive here.

Bingja18, Sep 28, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

acurtis, Nov 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

roostor07, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

weonfire, Aug 09, 2014
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Thumbprint Oud Bruin from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.