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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 260
Gots: 202 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005

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Ratings: 1,086 | Reviews: 465
Photo of Kraj30
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

super tart and super bitter.. not my favorite from NG

Photo of ghirsh
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a really impressive beer. Not much more to be said.

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark red and leans toward purple, slightly hazy, and a light red prickly head of foam.

Macerated apples, cherry, subtle vanilla undertone, and some earthy wood.

The flavor of fermented apples explodes, while accompanied by a subtle oak, vanilla, and slight leather.

Light-bodied, medium-high prickly carbonation, tart, refreshing.

Overall, this beer is the epitome of outstanding.

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color quick fading 2inch head.
Not much of a scent comin thru the top of this goblet if I give it a good twirl and dive in I pick up a red wine/light makt vinegar scent, not impressed ;(

Damn, great flavor, cherries, leather & get the vanilla in the finish, next 2drinks Im getting the cherry tart on roof of my mouth. Not overly sour but more then enough for the style, really F'n nice.
Good level of carbonation for this style of beer.
The flavor complexity really sets this beer apart, I enjoy New Glarus brews when Im able to enjoy in SF, this exceeded expectations, Cheers!

Photo of adapt313
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherries, red wine, tobacco, vanilla, leather, and vinegar. Everything I want in the style. Tannic as all hell. Maybe slightly under carbonated but a fantastic flanders. Really everything I want in the style and impossible to beat for the price. New glarus continues to impress.

Photo of Ssippisam
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Exactly what I have been looking for! At $10 a 4 pack, this is a steel. New Glarus nails it again....

Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours crimson red with one finger head that settles fairly quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Tart cherries, charred oak, vanilla, and vinegar.

T: Cherries, plum, pipe tobacco, and balsamic vinegar.

M: Light body and carbonation. Finish is a touch sour but enjoyable.

O: Very nice Flaunders. One of the better ones I've tried.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells a bit sour and like the filling from a McDonalds apple pie. Tastes a bit tart, maybe some cherry and spices. Interesting to say the least. Not sure I could drink more than 8oz of this.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a reddish brown color, 80% opaque, Very little head.

S. Yeasty! Plum, oak, cherry pipe tobacco, some vinegar.

T. Getting some balsamic tart, plum, definitely getting some of that wood. Pleasant with some bite. Getting a little malt as it warms.

M. Fizzy just like ginger ale. 4 out of 10 on body. Finishes dry.

A nice Flanders. I enjoy the wood and plum flavors. Decent amount of tart but not over the top.

Photo of SLubeski
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a .4 L Bruery tulip

A: Murky brown to a deep deep copper. Very, very thin off-white head that quickly recedes to almost nothing.. An appetizing looking Oud Bruin

S: This is where the "enigma" of this beer begins, heavy aromas of dank wood, cherries, vanilla and a balsamicy funk. I swear to god i smell worcestershire sauce (i mean that in the best possible way, I LOVE THAT STUFF). It smells like the kind of sour brown I want to drink.

T: Super similar to the smell, slightly more cherries and balsamic with a woody vanilla finish, quite tart and crisp.

F: Almost fizzy, light and highly carbonated, super fine bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of the glass.

O: I really like this beer, New Glarus continues to impress, but this is so different than the rest of their sours. INCREDIBLY complex. All kinds of flavors and smells in every sip keep you coming back for more. I'll be asking my buddy in WI for a few more 6ers of this.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely well done and highly enjoyable sour. My first New Glarus beer and it was a treat. Still feeling out sours . . . I've had some good ones and some mediocre ones. I think this is a good one.

Photo of DLSheidy
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this much more the second time around

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sour brown ale brewed with cherries. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. A rough pour produces a hazy, slightly brown, amber pour with a massive creamy ivory-colored head (impressive for a sour). The head has pretty decent retention as well. On the nose I get fruit (apples, cherries, dates), some toasted oak, vanilla, red wine, and a bit of bready malt.

Medium-light body and a delicate, rather thin feel. Lots of fruit on the palate as you are hit by dark cherries, apple skins, raisins, and plums. The malt notes are there, and are accompanied by vanilla-like notes from the barrel, but both are somewhat subdued. Not overly sour, but not quite restrained either. The tartness starts out bright and fruity, then the malt and/or oak notes mingle with it and it seems more lactic at the back of the palate. No hop bitterness. No diacetyl. The finish is rather like mineral water (not a bad thing).

The name 'Enigma' describes this beer nicely. There are things I like about it, and things I don't like. It toes a good balance between sweet and sour and has lots of nice fruity notes, but I'm not crazy about the way the acidity gets all goofy and yogurt-like on the back of the palate. Still, highly enjoyable stuff that is definitely worth a visit.

Photo of cervezango
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

best new glarus I've had in a while. really tasty.

Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed rusty reddish brown, great lacing all the way down. Extremely aromatic of sweet tart cherries, vanilla , and toasted wood. Even tartness throughout, smooth level of carbonation within a medium body. Wood tannin, ripe cherries, kiss of vanilla, char, mild spice, hint of funk, and a touch of alcohol. Finishes dry.

Pretty damn spectacular, I'd be buying cases of this beer to cellar if I had access.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark ruddy brown, with a head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar notes waft out of the glass first, of course, followed by notes of cherry and sweet caramel. Faint hints of something akin to hardwood also come along for the ride.

Taste: Now that's a good, approachable, fruity oud bruin. Sour vinegar strikes first, overlaying every other aspect of the taste with its essence. Cherry and berry flavors dance to the balsamic tune, occasionally forming some hints of currant and plum, while sweet caramel plays a soft counterpoint in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium and drinkable.

Overall: Decidedly tasty. Would repeat frequently, if I were nearer the Wisconsin border. Which I may be fairly soon, so I've things to look forward to!

Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a dark red with a minimal head that fades fast. It smells of red fruit, tannins and vanilla. The taste is similar: tart cherries, strawberries, vanilla. It's slightly sour, but the caramel malts provide an excellent balance. Medium light mouth with a touch of carbonation. I've never tried any of the earlier editions of Enigma, but this is very tasty.

Photo of cambabeer
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was fantastic. Really drinkable, especially for the style. Very tart and crisp. If available, I would drink this often.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this a lot better than their Ohd Bruin.

Photo of RJB66
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, not my kind of beer. I tried it two different times...just not for me.

Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed orange amber. A fizzy head soon disappears leaving minimal traces of lacing.

The smell is sour, cherry-like fruitiness, vinegar and some caramel.

The taste is of sour fruits, vinegar, vinuous notes. Caramel (and a hint of chocolate?) adds a complex, rich sweetness. It has a long sweet and sour finish.

An excellent brew! The sour leans towards puckering but a sweet malt backing adds sweetness and complexity. Very well-balanced robust and delicious!

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not that sour, lots of cherries and some vanilla.

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Greenbush Bar last night - great pizza btw.

Served in New Glarus pint glass no less: orange brown no foam.
Scents of cherries, vanilla, slight sourness - like a cherry or grapefruit vinegar combination.
Sweet and sour tang taste with a slight effervescence. Not overly tart. I would say slightly more sweet than sour, but fairly well balanced between the two.
Great with pizza.

Photo of Bingja18
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Absolutely perfect for this style.

Photo of Bshaw22
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells like a musty dusty room. Flavor doesn't follow. It's tart but not too tart and delish. Drank 16 oz on tap. Some cherry oak and vanilla.

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Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.