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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

818 Ratings
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 244
Gots: 103 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005)
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting on this one for a while, finally released again. Tasted 20 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a really interesting color, something like cherry wood, but with a little more. Between amber and maroon, somewhere in there. Crystal clear. One finger of pinkish head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is fruity and sour, and even a bit enigmatic. Tart cherries, a soft sour twinge, and some buttery malt beneath it. I like it.

Taste is equally interesting, but not quite as good. Again, cherries and a gentle sour, but here those buttery malts come through sweet and potent, much more than I'd like them to, making it a touch like cough syrup. The vanilla oak adds to that effect, giving it a strange syrupy richness.

Medium-bodied; with a little more carbonation I'd like it a whole lot better. Starts off prickly, but fades too quickly. Pretty good, though.

A very mellow, mildly sour fruit beer. I like this - it's more to the wild side than their normal fruit beers, but short of a full-on sour. I'd like it better without that syrupy sweetness, which would let the two main components come through more clearly.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:09:56 | More by zeledonia
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Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
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