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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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788 Ratings
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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%

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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Photo of herman77


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: Dark orange/ruby read. Small off white head. No lacing.

S: Really tart cherries, a bit of sour funk, some brown sugar and allspice. A touch of oak in the background.

T: Tart cherries up front and throughout. A touch of vanilla from the fresh oak casks. A slight sour/funkiness going on too. A bit of cinnamon/allspice near the backend. Finishes tart with a drying oak taste.

M: Medium to slightly fuller body. Average carbonation.

O: A great fruit beer. Lots of tart and some sour. The fresh oak casks really pull everything together and makes it more complex.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:35:30 | More by herman77
Photo of ehammond1

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

Clear cherry red in color with a very small near-white head. Leaves the glass clean on the way down.

Aroma is full of cherries, very similar to New Glarus Belgian Red, with some oak and a very mild cheese funk character.

The flavor follows the aroma, with a big combination of cherries and oak, some vanilla, and a bit of cheese funk.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A good fruit beer, though nothing particularly mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 08:29:42 | More by ehammond1
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crystal clear reddish brown color with a good sized off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on the top. Smells of light caramel and brown sugar with a cherry fruity tartness underneath. The flavor is mildly tart with a hint of funk, cherries and bits of lemons. There's a solid base of sweet and brown sugar that provides a great balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart lightly tongue piercing mouthfeel. This one leans a bit towards the sweet side of sour ale, but I think its a really well made beer, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 01:27:28 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of bifrost17


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip, thanks a ton to durb777 for this bottle!

A: Really beautiful, deep, dark, ruby red. See through. Very active carbonation. Poured with about a 2 finger white head that dissipated into a small white ring around the glass.

S: Lots of cherries, sour apple, vanilla, oak wood, ginger, and a very very slight funk.

T: Pretty sweet up front, followed by tart cherries and apples. Really complex, the taste is basically a massive combination of everything I get in the nose. Finishes with a lingering tart sourness. I even get a slight lime after taste. Not the most sour beer I've had, but very tart, yet very balanced.

M: Very nice, on the heavy side of light bodied. Carbonation gives the beer a champagne like quality. Drinkable, and refreshing.

O: I'm really enjoying this beer, especially as it warms up. I've had a few beers from New Glarus now and they've all been stellar, but this one just might be the best I've had. So complex,what a beautiful beer. I highly recommend this brew to any fan of sours, superb stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 08:16:30 | More by bifrost17
Photo of Brew33


3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Yamar68 for this extra!

BA describes this as a fruit beer, NG describes it as a Sour Brown. I think it falls somewhere in between. It pours a crystal clear, ruby red with a thin, off white head. Nothing special. The aroma is very good. Sour cherries, wood, and sweet malts are in full force. Very nice.

The flavor follows the nose but isn't nearly as sour as I would have guessed. Sweet malt flavors and a vibrant cherry character at the forefront. A mild tartness in the finsh. It finishes very clean, much cleaner on the palate than I would have expected. Easy to drink. Certainly enjoyable. Mouthfeel was fine. A little thin and watery but it helped the drinkability of this one.

Overall a pretty tasty beer. Probably not something I would buy a lot of if I had access to it but rather good and I'm certainly glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 13:55:03 | More by Brew33
Photo of MordorMongo

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NG Sunday continues on with Enigma....

A - Deep ruby, tinges of brown, nice light khaki head gives way to a steady beautiful cap.

S - Oak, vanilla, cherry & some funkified malts going on. Digging the smell quite a bit, especially as it warms.

T - Oak begins the assault, followed by a bit of cherry. Moves on to some vanilla notes and some warming alcohol before giving way to more cherry and a tinge of sour in the finish. I suspect some people may be off-put by the gentle sour present but it isn't sour like a 'loon or anything, just makes a brief appearance before drying off in the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel, was actually surprised by the creaminess. Nice carbonation keeps it from being overly cloying given the sweetness present.

O - I like it. I am not sure how much I could session this (as opposed to say Apple Ale), but a couple of these sure would hit the spot from time to time. Think it would be an excellent beer between stouts or big barleywines at tastings and such. Alcohol is present and at only 5.5% that would be a slight knock on it.

As usual NG is NG and are just good at what they do.

I give this 4 Red Lightsabers and 2 Green Lightsabers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 23:09:40 | More by MordorMongo
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a lipton-esque ruby-tinged caramel, a bit murky, a bit mysterious. An overzealous pour yields a one-finger buttercream hued head that dissipates quickly to a thick, frothy collar.

aroma is subtle but distinct tart, fruit, and earth notes, reminiscent of an underbearing oud bruin. must, a touch of oak, a bit of cherry and honey.

tastes pretty close to the aroma, with woody, earthy, and tart highlights with a distinctive pit fruit backbone (yet decidedly not 'fruity'). clean, almost crisp on the tongue. well integrated flavors, but lacking the bit of 'pop' I was hoping for.

mouth is lusciously creamy, full, and velvety. on the edge of a bit slick and a bit thick, but the fine but ample carbonation keeps it fluffy.

all in all, enjoyable and drinkable. This one crosses some borders, with distinct sour notes, distinct woodsy funk, and some definite fruit. I like it. do I love it? not really. Would I drink another bottle? definitely.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 05:38:01 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of phishsihq


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Enigma pours a blood-re
d color and is capped by a quickly disappearing off-white head that leaves a ghost of a lace. Tart and tangy aromas are well met with hints of cherry, oak, vanilla, and funk. Sweet and tart flavors play off of each other, with one trying to dominate the other, but together they blend beautifully. Hints of oak and vanilla dance in the background as cherry and spiced apples lead to towards a tart and funky finish. Tongue-prickling carbonation and a medium-light body finish this amazingly complex and refreshing brew. Words cannot truly describe all of the amazingness that is a New Glarus Brewing Company beer. Get to Wisconsin!


Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:46:57 | More by phishsihq
Photo of FosterJM


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1622nd Review on BA
Bottle to LA Teku
12 oz

2012 Release

Thanks to Pmoney for this one.

App- Its a tweener as someone from ESPN basketball would say. Not quite one color or another. Its got a few different things going on. Its not quite a red, not a marron, not a brown. Just a interesting clear color. A nice small head that fell quickly with a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Its a nice and aromatic beer for me. This was really like a small wine to me. Dry and tart with some cherry and a little bit of candy like sugars behind it. Not overly sweet or tart, but like a nice flanders to me with a nice malt balance.

Taste- I enjoyed this beer a lot. I find that New Glarus really know what they are doing with fruit beers. This was very well layered and had a great depth of flavor behind it. The unique spice level was a treat as was the candy like sweetness. A bit of what I would call holiday spice is there with a bit more of flanders red, malty sour flavor.

Mouth- A nice and lush body with a bit of a flanders spicy malt flavor and a little bit of sour behind it all. The carbonation was a bit smooth and medium and a bit juicy. The residual flavors are fairly spiced and a bit sour.

Drink- This was tasty and very flavorful. Again NG does some amazing things with fruit beers and this was no exception. Id love to take down a few of these in a sitting if I could.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 22:18:13 | More by FosterJM
Photo of zeledonia


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a pinkish-amber with a thin off-white head that fades quickly.

Smell. Sour light fruits, brown sugar and spices, some light funk, a little cherry and fresh oak. Nice.

Taste. Sour cherry, again the brown sugar and spices, some light fruits and a bit of fresh wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Sour brown with a little spice, no complaints here. Nice stuff and quite aproachable. I would love to try more from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:19:13 | More by Rutager
Photo of ChrisH1024


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass. It pours a copper color with little to no head. It smells of cherry and sweet fruits with a slight oak scent coming through. It tastes tart yet sweet almost like a dry wine or cider. The beer maintains a nice carbonation all the way through but still leaves a little to be desired in terms of mouthfeel. Overall, another fantastic product from New Glarus! Easily drinkable and a must have.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:26:20 | More by ChrisH1024
Photo of CaliHop82


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice clear copper redish color that has a slight head that almost disappears instantly. The smell is huge on cherries and apple cider with a slight bit of funk. Tasting this was awesome and is very tart with a nice apple/cherry bite that finishes off really smooth and leaves you wanting more. This beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and just leaves your mouth tart and wanting more.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and would definately get again. My girlfriend was a huge fan of this beer and her go to is duchesse de bourgogne.

Serving type: Bottle bought from the New Glarus bottle shop attached to the brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 20:49:08 | More by CaliHop82
Photo of flexabull


4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles courtesy of maximum12 and wilwfu, thanks again guys!

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a thin white head that quickly faded.

Aromas are quite nice, cherries, cider vinegar, and white wine.

Taste starts out tart, crisp and dry. Notes of cherries, cider vinegar, light creamy sweetness and sour candies. Finish is smooth, long, and with a nice crisp bite.

Mouthfeel is very good. As mentioned, smooth, full, with spot on carbonation.

Overall, outstanding, and very impressive. Another great offering from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 21:53:58 | More by flexabull
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rather flat ice garnett color with almost no head or lacing to speak of

S: Spice, sweet sugar and a a big tart like cherry on the nose

T: Immediate tartness, some blackberries, raspberries and cherries followed up with a light burnining with some Earthy notes. Finish is

M: Medium bodied, lowly carbonated which sordove killed the mouthfeel for me.

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 14:39:32 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Appearance: Bright, unexpectedly clear red-orange color - blood red from a distance - pours with a small, frothy off-white head - fades to a very tiny, wispy head, keeps a nice little ring - pretty

Smell: Tart cherries and some sweet funk - yup, it smells like a New Glarus fruit beer - lots of cherries, but not as overwhelming as Belgian Red - some sweet, yeasty tones, with a nice amount of oak - nicely balanced with the cherry - cinnamon and vanilla - biscuity malts - kind of smells like a cherry cookie, or a sugar cookie with cherry jam on it

Taste: Even more complex than the aroma - starts with a biting, nicely sharp acidity and tartness - tart cherry flesh - musty, chewy oak - some sourness, with some woody funk - some fruity esters to accompany the cherry, including bananas and something akin to pineapple - nicely sweet overall, without too much bitterness - cookie-like malts - some cinnamon and vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth and slick, nicely carbonated, finish is both dry and sticky

Overall: It's the E. Nigma show!

Riddle me this, Batman: How does a brewery make consistently delicious fruit beers? (Seriously, this isn't even a riddle. I just don't know the answer.)

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 05:00:58 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Trifecta1


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Enigma 4-pack bought at the New Glarus brewery.

Appearance is truly unique; clear red in deep spots, but goes to a dusky orange color in peripheries. Really attractive. Smell is acidic, vinegar and tart cherries, and a hint of woodiness. Taste is fantastic. Tart cherries and oaky-ness follow where the nose left off, tart cherries up front. You also get yeast funkiness in the finish that I couldn't pick up on the nose. Very unique taste. Mouthfeel is quite crisp and refreshing as well, with slight pokes from the acidity; however, if rolling in the mouth too much, the same acidity can get to you.
I'd highly recommend searching for this if you are into sours or fruit beers. New Glarus has once again worked magic in this style. Makes me glad I still have 2 more (shared these 2), and a bottle of Serendipity to get into. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 21:38:13 | More by Trifecta1
Photo of czfreeman


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mixed case at the brewery several days ago.
Pours a light ruby-brown hue, looks very much like an oud bruin.
Smell begins to take things into a new direction, meaning upward. Sour oak, vanilla, smoke, cherry,leather,tobacco,red wine vinegar, tart sour musty grain notes, cellar funk, and oat.
Flavor is even better than the smell.Stone fruits, vinegar, acid, lemony, vanilla, musty grains again, touch of funk, but a truly awesome sourness much like some of the great Belgians.
Cherrys come out, as well as tobacco, oak, overall delicious.
Mouthfeel is light, acidic, and biting.Carbonation is on the lower side of medium, but the acidic quality of the beer make it refreshing, light and extremely drinkable.
After this and every other beer I have sampled so far from New Glarus, it looks like I will be driving back to Wisconsin sooner than later!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 18:37:12 | More by czfreeman
Photo of Etan


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2012.

A: Reddish brass with a decent white head.

S: Slightly tart cherry in the nose, with some vanilla and cranberry notes.

T: Spiced and slightly syrupy cherry pie, a decent tartness, some musky earthiness to it.

M: Light body with slight carbonation.

O: Tastes like a slightly tart version of Belgian Red, which I'm not a huge fan of. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 06:48:29 | More by Etan
Photo of mynie


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, translucent mahogany with a tiny little white cap of a head. Smells strongly of tart cherries and brown, bready malt.

Tastes like cherries and bread. Not overly sour, not overly funky; if you had told me this a straight fruit beer, instead of a wild ale or oud bruin, I'd have believed you. I guess this is what I should have expected from a brewery that makes such an excellent, perfectly understated cherry beer. But compared to the most outstanding examples of its style it almost falls a little flat. I mean, it's really good, and I'm not the type of BA who expects any style of beer to singe a hole in his pallet, but it's pretty simplistic. You call a beer wild, I expect there to be something strange going on.

Still, delicious competence is both competent and delicious, and I cannot in good conscious give this anything less than a good score.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:52:54 | More by mynie
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.21.12.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber-red with a 3/4 inch fizzy light tan head that fades slowly.

S - Dark cherry, oak and funk.

T - Tart cherry, citrus, wood, funk, slight red wine-like.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body. Complex tart finish.

O - Very complex and layered. hard to pin down everything that is going on here.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:31:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of pschul4


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MadTown22 for grabbing this one for me! You rock Ryan!

A- Pours a ruby brown with a little bit of white head that leaves a tiny ring around the edge when all is said and done

S- As with their other fruit beers its super juicy. Notes of cherry, cranberry, apple, grape and other basic sweet fruits.

T- Super juicy here, its like biting into a citrus fruit. Notes of orange, strawberry, cherry and grape. Really really digging this

M- Light with a decent amount of carbonation, really works for this brew

O- I like this more than Belgian Red or Rasp Tart :eek!: Cheers guys!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 03:21:13 | More by pschul4
Photo of match1112


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: real pretty burgundy body with a fingers worth of dirty white head that fizzes out leaving nothing behind.

s: tart cherries, pears, vanilla, clove and cinnamon.

t: very cherry forward with hints of spice and vinegar.

m: mouth puckering tartness, medium body, carbonation is a little low for me. dry sour finish.

o: me likey, wish i had more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:47:32 | More by match1112
Photo of falloutsnow


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Tenuta's in Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Cantillon gueuze glass

Pours a 1cm head of fairly clean, white bubbles, small to medium in size, not particularly compact. Head dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing or residual foam in its wake. The result is a transparent, copperish-red color, with sluggish, but visible, carbonation. Not the best wild ale I've looked at.

Aroma is excellent, of tart cherries, vanilla-soaked-into-grains (think of the vanilla evident in breakfast cereal clusters), sweet-yet-soured grains, marginal balsamic vinegar, the slightest bit of oak, and more tart cherries and other tart fruits. I could blissfully smell this all the time.

Taste is, overall, like an acidic brown-meets-cherry ale: flavor is robust, the acidity is long lasting, as is the cherry, and the vanilla and oak from the aging are there, but decidedly in the background. There's a strange moment where the flavors actually fade out somewhat, leading me to not give this higher points. Tasting opens with tart cherry flavor and a bit of soured grains. Mid-palate increases the tart cherry, adds a bit vanilla and toasted cereal grains, and a dash of ultra-mild vinegar. Back of palate is surprisingly sweet, with cherry and brown malt flavors atop a slightly sour grain base. Aftertaste of mild tart cherries and residual sourness along edges of tongue.

Beer is medium-light in body, with low to medium-low levels of carbonation. Could be more carbonated without ill-effect. The result is a beer with fairly placid tendencies that are relieved by the tartness, which moves this along the palate quite nicely in the end. Closes dry, with lingering acidity in the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 05:25:37 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Knapp85


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a vibrant red color, beautiful clarity also. The head was white and fizzy. No lacing or retention. The smell reminds me of cola, with hints of cherry on the nose too. The smell is just very impressive to me. The taste is also impressive, it's got a blast of tart cherry and citrus upfront that fades into vanilla and some smokey oak flavors. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, it's thin like wine, but also dry. Overall... I'm really impressed, this is a very nice beer. Lots of great aromas and flavors in this beer and its not insanely sour which I love. This a gem in my opinion, never expected to like this as much as I did.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:17:55 | More by Knapp85
Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.