Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 265
Gots: 226 | FT: 33
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:
Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005

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Ratings: 1,198 | Reviews: 475
Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -0.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -1.4%
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 -13.7%
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 +5%
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 -1.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +6.7%
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 +3.8%
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.

Photo of dostom
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer Telma taste like a sour Belgian red

Photo of SeanBond
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell of a beer.

I don't normally like cherry-flavored things, but this has a really nice taste to it. Refreshing and fruity, like their fruit beers tend to be, but with a subtle bit of sour as well. I felt like I got some hop flavor in the beer too, but I wasn't sure. Either way, the beer is certainly an enigma, as the overall profile is interesting and complex. As usual, great job by Dan and co.!

Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red with lacing head. Smell is red wine vinegar with sharp cherry notes. Taste is lighter than expected when compared to the strong nose. Cherry, vanilla up front, with rhubarb tart finish. Carbonation lasts throughout. Very well balanced, a nice bruin style from New Glarus.

Photo of TheSSG
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soapy, tan head that has decent head retention. Big notes of oak , musty yeast, with tart cherries behind it all. It's surprising how much this smells like wood. Crimson-burnt umber color. Starts with a bright, intense sourness and big notes of oak. The sourness fades and more cherries come through. A musty yeastiness comes through just as the malty biscuits begin, which is right before more oak. The finish is residual, tart cherries on top of oak.

Wow, this is a looot different than the last batch; this one has WAY stronger notes of oak; the complexity is absolutely stunning. It's like Wisconsin Red at one point, but then it's like I'm chewing on a piece of oak, and the brown ale still peaks through from time to time. Just an absolute joy and pleasure to experience.

Photo of CraigP83
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oak, Vanilla, Cherry. Red sour

Photo of KevChiTown
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. Yes..I know that's not scientific enough but sometimes you just drink a beer and say that was fucking awesome! This is one of those beers

Photo of Drewsio
4.96/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you don't at least love this beer, your tongue is missing.

Photo of pwoody11
2.78/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Strong vinegar notes in the taste and aroma. Cherry cider vinegar to be more specific. I expect some vinegar characteristics in a sour, but this is beyond that.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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 brownish ruby with a lot of rising bubbles. Slight off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A fruity, funky, and tart sour aroma with good hints of fruit, oak, and funk. Big mix of fruits with hints of tart cherries, green apple, grapes, berry, and slight banana. Good hints of oak along with a little vanilla. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, yeast, and smoke. Also some hints of cinnamon spicing and sugar sweetness. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a nicely funky, fruity, and tart sour taste with notes of fruit, oak, and funk. Sweet and tart notes of fruit with some cherries, grapes, green apple, berries, and a little banana. Good presence of oak along with some wood and vanilla. Toasted malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, toast, smoke, and yeast. Spicy notes of cinnamon. Also some sugary sweetness. A really good sour taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sour and puckering with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Sour. Good mix of tart fruit and oaky notes with a nice smokey edge.

Photo of Shluffy
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is excellent. Incredibly tasty. I am biased because I enjoy sour things, but it is definitely not too sour to turn off the uninitiated. Incredible balance and flavor

Photo of jmatelski
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another stellar sour from NG. The hype is definitely worth it. Proud to have it only here and happy to send it out elsewhere so you can see what we're taking about.

Photo of guityler83
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 release
A: Two fingers of cream colored foam with good persistence in the flute glass. Mahogany color on first impression, but when given some light changes to a dark orange with red hues. Brilliant clarity with a few steady bubbles flowing up from the bottom.

S: Unique aroma on this one - Oak / woody funk is prominent giving the impression of damp leaves on a fall day. Pie crust malt flavor with rhubarb and raspberry aromas ever so slightly tart. Light vanilla.

T: Cherry and strawberry sweetness with mild tartness. A grape-musty funk flavor follows into bready, pie crust with oak and vanilla flavors. Uniquely flavored in a good way. Slightly thin, watery character in the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation with a clean dry finish. Thinner body with a trace amount of tannin drying.

O: Very one of a kind flavored beer. The funky character was a hard one to describe because it didn’t fall in the normal flavor spectrum as the brett funk descriptors or the sour bacteria descriptors. Overall Enigma is very enjoyable but between this and NG Oud Bruin i think i prefer Oud Bruin.

Photo of Unclejesse33
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Quick intense flavor followed by tart aftertast

Photo of kkleu357
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy hell is this good. Fell in love with Cran-bic, but I might just like this better. Poured dark brown with a red hue. Bready sour cherry aroma. Has that light "musty" lambic note. Taste is huge cherry, with hints of vanilla and caramel. Good sour bite, but balanced well by the sweet bread yeast taste. Amazing!

Photo of twb0392
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a good sour. I like the separation from the Flanders Red, but enjoy that other style a little more.

Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.