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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to thebigredone. Poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours a translucent slightly brownish cherry red with about a half finger of white head that recedes to just a thin layer. Not much lacing. Consistent rising carbonation bubbles throughout the glass, definitely above average carbonation.

S- Definitely a very aromatic smell of cherries that is almost perfume like and slightly tart with some oak and malts hiding in the background. Pleasant smelling but at the same time I'm not sure how I feel about it in a beer.

T- Very strong taste of cherries right off the bat, almost a little bit too sweet and powerful almost like soda, mixed with some oak. Finishes with a light tartness and a lingering aftertaste of sweet cherries. Interesting tasting, but a little bit too strong on the cherries.

M- Fairly thin, lots of carbonation, abv well hidden.

O- I had mixed feelings about this beer. It was very interesting and definitely big on aroma and flavor, however I felt like the cherries were a little bit too overpowering and the more I drank it the more I disliked it. I would recommend trying it out, but personally it's not something that I would drink all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:19:40 | More by jaasen64
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Infamous7100

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful tawny to ruby hue in pint glass. No lacing to speak of and a quick to disappear head.
S: Oh so complex. Cherries jump out on the first whiff, but notes of other fruits and spices are there as well. I get a little of the oaky vanilla as well,
T: A great blend of sweet and sour. Starts out malty and sweet with hints of vanilla. However, toward the back the cherries really break through a provide a hefty balance of tart flavors. I get a little of the oak and vanilla at the back. The spice isn't really as evidence, but there are notes of other fruits..mainly apple.
M: medium to high carbonation with a crisp finish. The after taste is interesting as it pefectly blends the cherries and malt.
O: this is a very interesting brew and one a highly recommend. Its very complex, easy to drink and very tasty. Despite it being a fruit beer and primarily dominated by cherries, you could have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 21:58:07 | More by Infamous7100
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very nice bright copper color with some slight garnet hues. Pretty translucent and not hazy. There is a nice thin 0.25 head that is active and lively and recedes down to a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma is delicious! Nice fruity hints start things off with some apple and pear notes that then get supplemented by some nice tartness. More of a fruity tartness than a vinegar one. There is also a very nice subtle sweet spice hint. Some vanilla notes and mild clove notes. Definitely some wood in there.

Flavor follows the nose very well. Starts off more with a sharp tart note. that is blended really well with some oak notes and then some delicious vanilla sweetness that is mild and pleasant. There is also some notes of nutmeg that can be perceived. These sweet notes play very well with the tartness and give it a balanced taste profile. Mouthfeel is nice and dry and the tartness pops up one more time near the ned of the profile to clean the palette out. Moderate carbonation for the style.

Very interesting sour. the slight sweet vanilla notes are nice and interesting. Note expected at all but they compliment the tartness very well. Nice and dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 21:05:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
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vobr0002

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- reddish brown, with lots of carbonation bubbles. Ring of white around the edge.

S- mixture of fruitiness, apples, cherries, raspberries. Slight vanilla, oak scent.

T- kind of makes me think of a oaky apple juice with some berries mixed it. It also has the vanilla bourbon notes in the back end. It has a slight mouth puckering sour taste which helps blend everything together.

M- kind of a highly carbonated light syrup. Seems to work well with this beer.

O- its a very unique beer and another great fruit beer from New Glarus. Glad I picked up this growler. I love these tart sour beers and the creativity going into them.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2012 03:01:00 | More by vobr0002
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TVolt1

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very crisp, clear red/dark pink with a small amount of off white head.

S: Smells of tart cherries but a little bit bland smelling. Has a little bit of a prune smell as well.

T: It tastes strongly like tart cherries with a hint of pomegranite. I like the taste and feel the crispness of it makes the beer very enjoyable.

M: GREAT mouthfeel. Bubbly like champagne almost and light and cold on the tongue. Very refreshing.

O: Overlal, I really enjoy this beer. I would order it again and will be sad when I finish this Growler.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2012 02:59:59 | More by TVolt1
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beesy

Ohio

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle. No bottle date but a number of 2402 on the bottle.

A - pours a spritzy red hued brownish-orange. Just a skimming of off white head appears and instantly disappears.

S - just a tad of sourness, but mainly cherry fruit. Smells like a chewy cherry Spree. Syrup. Slightly musty. Unusual - I dont know I ever smelled another beer like it.

T - Just a tad of sourness on the front end that melds into huge notes of maple syrup and cherries. Very interesting. Vanilla on the back end. Some barrel wood present throughout. A slightly unusual caramelly malty profile resides in the mid to late palate.

M - medium-light bodied. Barely any carbonation - drinks more like a still drink.

D - easy to drink. The fruit makes it drink almost like a melomel more than a beer.

Overall a very interesting I am enjoying. Fruit, vanilla and sour all meld together to form something unusual and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:37:19 | More by beesy
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer... caramel brown with some hints of pink. Loads of tiny beading fill the body, a pale khaki layer of fizz fades to a collar pretty quickly.

Sour red fruit quality leads the way... smooth earthy oak presence adds layers of caramel and toffee. Very unique smell.

Probably the tamest tasting fruit beer I have had from New Glarus, which I enjoy. The fruit character leans more towards tart/sour than it does cloying/sweet, and it doesn't dominate the rest of the beer. There are bits of fresh wood and caramel, lingering sour grape. Again, very unique in taste as well.

Highly drinkable but I do wish it had a bit more body.

This one impressed me. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 19:22:51 | More by yamar68
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks to Robbie for sharing this bottle!

A - Bright amber with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - Cherry, oak, pie crust and a lighter sour/funk presence.

T - Tart cherries, sweet buttery pie crust, oak and funk with an ever-so-slight sourness present in the background. This reminds me a lot of Wisconsin Belgian Red and from the ingredients used, it seems like it is fairly close to it but with wild yeast. The yeast doesn't overpower the base beer flaovurs here and the cherry pie profile really shines.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - As someone who is lukewarm on wild ales but loves Wisconsin Belgian Red, this one was a perfect balance of the base beer flavours witih the wild yeast. A truly unique and amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 14:44:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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tewaris

Minnesota

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

Brown with hints of pink, medium head and retention. Slightly sour, slightly funky, slightly fruity aroma. Cherries most definitely, quite good.

Very refreshing, slightly sour, hints of oak with plenty of cherries and some bitterness at the end. Light and crisp but full of flavor and not watery by any means.

Very good and very very affordable, highly recommended!

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 06:54:45 | More by tewaris
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a teku glass.

Pour: A clear amber brown with two fingers of off white head. No lacing, and the head dissipates to a meager rim.

Smell: Oak, grape tannins, caramel, brown sugar, and a light pear. This is perplexing.

Taste: Nice white grape musk with a dry oakiness, followed by caramel and brown sugar. Some green apple and pear tartness mingle.

Mouthfeel: Really nice tartness that finishes very dry. Fantastic carb.

Overall: A wonderful sour brown that I'm glad I got the opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 03:56:18 | More by cfrances33
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aasher

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of TallPaul07, thanks Paul!

This one pours a light bodied cherries amber in color with a light lacing that quickly disappeared. The nose is very sweet and lightly tart. It has a lot of fruit character and having had a lot of their other fruit beers, smells like a cuvée. The flavors are of sweet cranberry, sweet apple, slight fruity tartness, light buttered apple, and light acidity. It's a lot sweeter than I thought it would be, going into this one blind. It really does taste like a blend of Cranbic, Apple Ale, and Raspberry Tart. It drinks light and has plenty of flavor. Overall this is a nice fruit beer once again by New Glarus but I think I prefer the aforementioned beers more.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 02:02:59 | More by aasher
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FungusBrewer

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up in a four-pack during there annual Oktoberfest celebrations. Reddish-brown ruby hues sink deep in my brandy snifter. Immediately I'm hit with a sour oak flavor leading into a deep, warm burn on the back of my tongue. This beer tastes wonderful, unlike anything I've ever tried before. Enigma is carbonated--almost champagne- in mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 05:58:58 | More by FungusBrewer
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Enigma

Appearance: New Glarus’ newest entry into their typically awesome pours a crystal clear, beautiful ruby color. Surprisingly, there is not any head or carbonation visible whatsoever; this is not a serious dig against the beer, but given Belgian Red, Apple Ale, and Raspberry Tart’s awesome appearance of extravagant effervescence and a small, yet fluffy head, one gets accustomed to seeing a beer at its most majestic. Equally surprising, there are slight alcohol legs, which, at only 5.5% ABV is practically unheard of. Perhaps these strange qualities play into the name of the beer? Whatever the case, like Sierra Nevada’s Tumbler, this beer looks like fall; excellent timing, Mr. Carey.

Aroma: This is a full recovery from the borderline disastrous appearance (by New Glarus’ lofty standards). It almost smells like the wine one might drink at Communion. There are swaths of cherry and cranberry notes playing off their own innate sourness and an aroma that cannot quite be placed; perhaps the enigmatic (HA!) aroma is wheat or malts or earthiness? Nevertheless, this smells as one would expect. If the taste is as sour as this lets on, puckering (the good kind, like before a nervous first kiss) may be in order.

Taste: Strangely, wine and champagne descriptors keep sneaking up on the drinker amidst a near cult-like following of the nose. The sourness can be the only culprit for these evocations of grape-based beverages past. This is not Jolly Pumpkin levels of sour, but it is similar to sucking on a particularly sour Jolly Rancher (without the disgustingly sugary taste). The sourness is overpowering, but only in comparison to the rest of the beer; most folks that have experienced a sour beer before will not be put off by this. Underneath the brilliant mixing of flavors from its brothers, the excellent Wisconsin Belgian Red and great Cranbic Ale, lies the earthiness just hinted at in the nose. This must be from the barley and the oaking of the beer (as described on the bottle); unfortunately, for balance reasons, the barley is beat down almost immediately by the sour flavors. This is definitely characteristic of most sour ales, however, so no harm, no foul. As for the aftertaste, well, good luck getting this out of your mouth.

Mouthfeel: As with most New Glarus beers the mouthfeel is exactly where it should be. Even if a beer tastes mediocre (looking at you, Spotted Cow), the mouthfeel is almost always a homerun for whatever style they are dabbling in. This beer is light, crisp, and refreshing. The carbonation is much more present than the appearance let on and succeeds in doing what carbonation always does: spreading around and mixing up the tastes. There is a bit of astringency here, similar to drinking cranberry juice, but it is most welcome as it insists the drinker continually imbibe it to keep the mouth from puckering too much. Never fear, this puckering keeps itself in check before getting out of hand. This is wonderfully refreshing and would make a great mate to lounge away these brisk autumn days.

Overall: While the appearance is not overwhelming and the aroma is simple, the flavors and drinkability of Enigma more than make up for these slight shortcomings. This has all the great qualities New Glarus has conditioned us drinkers to expect from their forays into fruit beer brewing. Distilled down to simplest terms, this beer’s finest quality is a very personal one: everything about it evokes memories of autumns past. This was truly the perfect time to release this delicious beer, and it would make an excellent addition to both the New Glarus seasonal release calendar and a refrigerator near you. 17/20

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 04:38:58 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ncketchum for the bottle...

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled...

A) Nice ruby red with nice clarity. Really not much head at all, what was there settled to a thin collar. Spotty lacing...

S) This has a Belgian Red/Cranbic combo aroma going for it here. A pleasing sweet and sour aroma.

T) Nice tart berries... Slightly earthy/woody. No alcohol noted. Very nice...

M) Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, which works well with this beer. Finish is mouthwatering and with an excellent aftertaste.

O) This beer is likely a lot more complex than I've been able to convey in this review. What I do know, is that it was really friggin good. Glad to recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:54:17 | More by RoamingGnome
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a oversized Duvel tulip.

A - Very good clarity within a ruby red beer. I got a moderate amount of off-white head from a pretty strong pour. The foam receded to a small ring around the glass. No lasting lacing.

S - Chocolate tones underneath a big cherry/raspberry tartness. An amount of grassiness is detectable.

T - Has a very quick grainy malt before being swallowed up. Big cherry pie flavors arrive with a big tartness. Cinnamon compliments well. Finishes with a feel of sour/under ripened raspberries alongside a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body. High/spritzy feel goes well with such a tart beer. The cinnamon note play well onto this You can get some sweetness at points but leaves you with a pretty dry feel.

O - For being such a young beer, this beer really had a zip to its sourness. I loved the chocolate malts hiding within its aroma. Good feel to it but flavor wise it was already one-sided. Very red color looks appealing but lacked a substantial head.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 00:27:49 | More by Jparker37
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scones

Wisconsin

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

A: Deep copper red with a fluffy white head. I really just wanna grab a spoon and eat the foam like ice cream or something. Lacing is fairly minimal; intermittent splotches of bubbles cling to the glass and slowly ebb down to the beer.

S: Wow. The smells sour. And fruity. It's like smelling a jar of pickled cherries or something. Damn that smells interesting.

T: Like the smell - sour, sweet, interesting, refreshing, tart... This beer is so... dare I say... enigmatic? Really though, it's got such great sweet fruit flavors, sweet berries, and is lip-puckeringly sour. Man this is a good beer.

M: Fizzy, almost like I'm drinking a raspberry soda, but it fits. The sourness is palpable as well.

O: I love this beer. It's sweet and sour and refreshing. I'd love to have this beer any day of the week, any week of the year.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:16:52 | More by scones
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allouez86

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into snifter.

Dark red in appearance, similar to cranberry juice. Basically no head, just as you would expect from this style.

Smell is tart cherries up front, followed by a little bit of green apple and even apricots. Tart and sour.

Taste is very complex. The cherries are the first thing that hits the palate. A little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon spice follows. Vanilla from the oak is also quite noticeable. The finish is almost like an apple cider, but with a sour and delicious funk.

The mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is there. All according to style.

Another fruit beer hit from New Glarus. Thank goodness I work for a beer restaurant that has access to multiple cases of this because I will be drinking it many more times. Will also set aside a few bottles to experiment with aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:34:08 | More by allouez86
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Holland

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: red with a bit of orange. Looks like a lighter cranberry juice, especially since there is very little head right out of the fridge.

S: smells like slightly tart berries and a bit of apricot

T: tart, light berry like strawberry, and apple flavor with some sweetness

M: a bit thick and syrupy for my liking, with not enough carbonation to cut that

O: pretty decent beer, but I could skip it in the future. Still very glad I tried it, and $10 per 4-pack in Madison is not a bad price at all for this. If you like fruit beers, it's great.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:28:41 | More by Holland
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enigma is certainly an appropriate name for this beer. First bottle I had was a year+ old, but I was looking forward to trying it.

Starts with a nice sour smell, which really got my hopes up.

The first taste is definitely sour, not puckering, but very pleasant. Tastes similar to the CranBic ale. Then things go slightly down hill. Mid-palate transitions to a sweet, vanilla, fruity, spicy (think spices in a Thanksgiving dinner) flavor. Finish is definitely sweet.

Overall, I wish the first sour taste lasted and didn't get overwhelmed by the other flavors. This really is like nothing else, and I will try it again, but I wish they had taken it more in the direction of a pure sour.

Edit: Tried a much fresher bottle and this tasted like a different beer. More like a slightly sour Belgian Red. Enjoyed this much more, and updated score to reflect the newer vintage.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 22:46:43 | More by thebigredone
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muskiesman

New Jersey

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

Big props to the BIF and jegross2 for this one
12 oz bottle
A clear blood orange pours a thin just off- white head. Head does not last long but it is okay. I am already onto the aroma, releasing a sweet cherry aroma faint smell of funk or yeast. Maybe a sour component, acidic fruits.
Big sweet berry and tangy cherry sugars. Green apple and Toasted malts, a huge cinnamon wave with vanilla maybe oak a light spice finish a wonderful flavor ride.
Great carbonation, medium body just enough bubble and light. Crisp and fresh but not too fizzy.
A great fruit variety from one of the masters of the style, Congrats to New Glarus on another fine brew
Thanks for bringing this one back! I might be fighting my wife for the last two bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 17:53:17 | More by muskiesman
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 03:47:12 | More by Lemke10
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Treebs

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 21:07:58 | More by Treebs
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lnashsig

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 00:54:27 | More by lnashsig
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 02:41:39 | More by 312HopBomb
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:49:45 | More by Ri0
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