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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 245
Gots: 102 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

hilgart1, Sep 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

plumcrazyfx, Sep 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

livingtodie, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

dorkinajeep, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Schlais, Sep 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

hara94, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Returns a King! Enigma is back for the fall of 2012 following a brewing in 2010 and 2006 under New Glarus now defunct “Unplugged Series” label. I’m always psyched to see a New Glarus beer make a return that I never got a chance to try before it sold out in stores.

It starts off with a clear, reddish/orange color with only a slight head. The scent is sweet yet sour to the nose as it picks up hints of yeast, cherry, and other fruity scents. A very strong and yet intriguing smell.

In the realm of Sour Ales, this one is pretty tame to the taste buds. The texture is smooth and easy drinking. There is a bold sweet and sour flavor that makes this beer taste great! I’m not really sure if this is a beer or a little piece of heaven in my pint glass as it makes for a rather complex taste indeed, well deserving of the name Enigma.

Yeah, it’s pretty awesome guys! The Sour Ale is not a widely made beer, but when it’s done well it’s delicious. Overall this is good beginner level Sour Ale as there are far stronger sours on the market. Being a 90’s kid, sours always have a place in my heart as they remind me of a Sour Apple Warhead that was so popular when I was a kid. Smooth, refreshing, and delicious makes this beer a must try before it’s gone.

Lemke10, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a FW tulip. Bottle from the most release.

A: Pours a clear ruby color with an off white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring.

S: Definite tart cherries with a sweet berry backing. Possibly strawberry? Very light malt backing with small hints of spice.

T: The alluding to cherry pie is spot on. Tart, fresh cherries with big flavors of cinnamon, pie crust and sweet strawberry jam. Clean malt finish.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is clean with a hint of spice.

O: Another great beer in the NG fruit beer lineup. Great nuances of flavor really bring home a full experience of eating a piece of cherry pie.

Treebs, Sep 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Dactrius, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ncketchum, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of lnashsig
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#BOTG 155! Many thanks to Tim and David for muling this one back from Wisconsin for me. Poured from bottle into Boulevard Farmhouse/Flute glass. Pours a crystal clear raspberry red color, with absolutely no head. A little odd appearance- I can tell that this is carbonated though, bubbles are coming up from the bottom. Not giving it a great grade for appearance. Smell- leathery and rosy, I also get cinnamon in the nose. A little unexpected. I like the aroma though. Taste- tart cherries, strawberry secondary, cinnamon on the front of the palate, finished by a nice sweet strawberry finish. The play between the fruit and the spice is very subtle, works great together. The carbonation is nice and tight, the finish is dry. This is a very unique and interesting sour ale, I am looking forward to seeing how this one develops over time.

lnashsig, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of 312HopBomb
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear amber red with a smallish head that leaves no lacing or ring.

Smell: Aromas include cherry, oak, leather and funky yeast.

Taste: A tart burst of cherry yields to slighty sweet medium roasted malt and a tangy finish. Hops are way in the background. A sour brew with a nice cherry flavor without the intensity of their Belgian red but still extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and fresh, crisp and refreshing with a puckering finish.

Overall: New Glarus has mastered the art of brewing world-class fruit ales. From the apple beer to their Raspberry, and finally the top ranked Begian red. These are all treats to seek out and savor.

312HopBomb, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

hinemk76, Sep 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

sgoro, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Ri0
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - What a beautiful deep deep translucent ruby color. Good amount of carbonation with about a 2 finger white head that dissipated into a small white ring around the glass.

S - Tart cherries, sour apple, vanilla, and oak.

T -Starts off semi sweet then blasts with tart cherries and sour apples. I can taste the vanilla and oak within the complex liquid. Finishes with a lingering tart sourness. Not sour, but a nice sweet and very tart combination. A real treat to quaff.

M - Carbonation gives the beer a fizzy, bubbly quality. Drinkable, and refreshing.

O - Another fantastic brew by New Glarus. This is a great late night fall drink to have around a fire. Just fantastic.

Ri0, Sep 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

CWhite, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger of light tan head with some red in it. The body is clear and an amber with a lot of red in it. The head falls a little quickly but leaves some lace.

S - I really don't know anything about this beer, but the aroma surprised me with tons of red and green apple. Nice sourness to it balanced by a ton of sweet.

T - Starts with that red apple I was expecting after smelling this, but then goes to a more funky flavor as opposed to sour. Earthy, but I guess some sour as well.

M - I'm missing something on the mouth. leaves too quickly. Carbonation is good and body is fine, but I miss the beer already.

O - Great fruit in this one with tons of apples. The funkiness is quite good and well rounded. I don't think I could drink too much of this, but could see it being a hit with those that 'don't like beer.'

RuckusDu, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mychalg9, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bpfrush, Sep 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

atone315, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 bottle.

Pours a rusty red. About a fingers width of reddish brown foam that quickly recedes to nothingness. Zero lacing. Not a trace that there was any head at all. Some light bubbles come up lazily from the bottom of my glass.

Smell consists of tart cherry. Mild oak. Some leather. Vanilla and some cinnamon. No denying, there is a bit of some slight funk to it too. A beautiful combination that makes one think of a cherry pie.

Tart and funky cherry dances across my tastebuds. Leaves a nice sour feeling in the back of my throat.Cinnamon and vanilla are incredible compliments to the cherry. I sit for several seconds and enjoy the aftertaste.

It's bubbly but not fizzy if you can feel what I'm going for here. I find myself sipping it due to the tartness.

An incredible and damn near perfect beer. I'm rarely this excited about a beer. Bravo to New Glarus.

TheDudeRules, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a flute (2010 vintage)

A: Pours a murky amber/brown color with a finger of head that recedes to a film fairly quickly.

S: Typical New Glarus aromas - vanilla, cinnamon, and sour cherry mixed very well together. I love how balanced and strong the aroma is.

T: Similar to the flavor, I get vanilla, cinnamon, and sour cherry. However, the cinnamon becomes much more apparent - this really tastes like cherry pie, graham cracker pie crust and all. It's amazing how similar this is to cherry pie.

M: On the thick side with moderate carbonation.

O: This beer is delicious - tastes just cherry pie. I could drink it all day long.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of vespahulb
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't give out high pointed reviews like this, but goddamnit if this isn't one of the best American sour brown's out there.

2012 Bottle. Served this one at cellar temp, maybe around 55 degrees or so.

Upon first whiff, gorgeous clouds of damp earth, barnyard, crushed door county cherries, and vanilla pipe tobacco. The last time I smelled something this beautiful, it was a 2005 Chateau Pommard...excuse the ex-wine snob in me, but the comparison to Burgundian pinot noir is inevitable in my eyes.

In the mouth, the front of the palate get's the bracing sour acidity, the midpalate has sour cherry pie and soft spicy grain and it finishes with toasty vanilla oak with a bit of funk.

Need I say any more? This beer is off the charts.

vespahulb, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kyledg, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of mobius387
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 batch, fresh! poured into pint glass

appearance: pours hazy red/brown, small bubbly head thats very thin, pretty bubbly, got that NG look to it!

aroma: big cherry nose, also some cranberry, a little funky, definitely some sweet tons , maybe some vanilla

palate: sits softly in the mouth, doesn't sizzle for how bubbly it poured, no alcohol, very light bodied, goes down super smooth, great mouthfeel!

taste: huge cherry and cranberry flavors, with a big tart kick. a little oaky and vanilla background gives this a robust flavor offering. its like a sour version of belgian red and cran-bic blend, which means this one is awesome.

overall: just flat out fantastic! prolly as good as belgian red, and definitely one of the best thumbprint beers NG has offered yet. IIPA might be my only one i like better, but its because im a hop head who loves ipa's. this is definitely more unique, more robust, and a fantastic late-summer/fall offering. i plan on picking up a 4-pack of this just about every time i make a beer run. great job Dan/Deb!

mobius387, Sep 15, 2012
Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 832 ratings.