Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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92
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459 Reviews
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,222
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 263
Gots: 234 | FT: 34
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for this one!

A - Dark amber color. Light fizzy head whittles down to nothing after about thirty seconds

S - Green apple is definitely the dominate aroma, but others swirl around: caramel, phenols, acrid fruit

T - Not too sour, if anything too sweet. I don't think this was meant to be an oud bruin, but that is what I was expecting. Big spicy clove and cinnamon flavors, and an almost implied cotton candy like sweetness on the palate

M - Solid light body and great carbonation

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but just not a homerun (551 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an interesting Americanized version of this style. it pours a bright shining orange amber color with a milkshake head in khaki hue. the nose is a lot of fruit for the genre, dried cranberries, cherries, figs, pears, very strange. the sweetness from that runs into a sour wall of yeasty and bacterial fermentation which is almost sharp in the nose. flavor wise, the first thing I detect is the ridiculously high sugar content here. this beer is downright sweet. its a funny trait to have in a sour beer, but its there alright. the sour is a hyper acidic, peroxide feeling, intense front of tongue type that is not entirely compatible with the fruit flavors. everyone in our crowd thought this beer was incredible, I wasn't quite so compelled for that reason. in terms of mouthfeel, the sugar content is cloying, and frustratingly sickening. even half a bottle of this is too much for me. the sour leaves a sour patch kids burn on the tastebuds and roof of my mouth, and its just out of sync somehow. good carbonation though, and a body that would be right on if not for the sugar. overall its a challenging brew for me, a staple characteristic of this whole series from new glarus, and although its well made, its not something I intend to revisit. more of a personal thing though, and I suggest this to any sour fan, or new glarus fan more generally. on a side note, this reminds me of the flanders fred, which was a much anticipated but underwhelming brew. similar flavor profile and storyline here. (1,500 characters)

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark red to brown in color. Lots of carbonation and a medium white head

Smell - Tart apple and brown sugar mixed with yeast notes.

Taste - Right in line with the aroma but even bigger than you would expect. Tons of wild tartness playing around with a juicy apple and brown sugar taste. So sweet and exciting in the mouth and the flavor really stays through the whole sip and even lingers in the aftertaste. Really impressive character

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated but also smooth and decently thick as well for the style

Overall - Absolutely floored by this one. One of the best sours I have ever had. This has to be the best beer I have ever had from New Glarus and that is saying a lot because Dan Carey really brews up some masterpieces. If you are a fan of sours do what you can to get your hands on this one. Amazing stuff (843 characters)

Photo of Honus1
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Share out of a 12 oz bottle. Color is amber red, filtered and clear. Smell is of apples, slight oak. I was expecting more cherries. Mouthfeel was good, clean, acidic, almost a sweet apple cider vinegar. Above average overall, I would try it again, but would not seek it out. (274 characters)

Photo of zipper8650
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

snifter
A - thin light head, pink/orange/light amber
S - not a heavy sour smell, apple juice, light vinegar, definite sweetness, almost smelled liked mulled wine
T - sweet, apple/clove/spiced, the sour comes through on the end.
M - good, surprisingly heavy feel
O - i like it, its a bit sweet for me, not a light sour summer drink, great autumn beer. Had some mulling spice on hand to compare and its definitely hidden in there between the sweet apple and sour finish. I like it, my GF loves it. (496 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled over branded pressure cap acquired from Duff27 in a trade and served into a Uinta pilsner glass (it's all I have since me goblet broke!) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are sky high given the brewery, but my good friend Blakelive784 told me it wasn't as great as he expected. Reviewed live. Thanks for this one, Duff27.

Served chilled; I don't like my sours too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of average thickness, average creaminess, and above average (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a rich vibrant clear reddish copper - a great colour, just not for an Oud Bruin per se. Translucent. It's a gorgeous body, but the head is a little meh. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Restrained sourness with a touch of cherry fruit sweetness. Lovely crystal malt. Great oak, with hints of vanilla. More sugary than I expected; the sweetness really dampens the sourness, which has me a little concerned. It's not the sour bomb I hoped for, but it's definitely appealing. Heavy pie notes, including crust and cherry filling. A bit of lactobacillus yeast. Appealing, but more timid than I hoped for. A moderate strength aroma. Very evocative, but it doesn't come off as wild/spontaneous/sour as I want beers in this style to.

T: Timid lacto sourness up front in the first act gives way to a cherry pie body with firm oak running throughout. A bit of lacto resurfaces on the climax, joined by clean refreshing malts. Sweetness is good, but really masks the sourness. It's not as sour as I want it to be; indeed it's not that sour at all. There's not a whole lot of depth of flavour here either; the lacto doesn't get a chance to shine and dig into the palate. Cranberry fruit esters. Juicy green apple. Just a hint of cidery character. Maybe some caramalt. Love the light crystal malt touches. It's really well balanced and quite complex and subtle, but it's just too damn timid for an Oud Bruin. Newcomers to sours will love this - and in many ways, I do too - but it's wanting. The cherry pie character is dominant.

Mf: Fairly acidic. Soft and chewy. Smooth and wet. Good thickness and body. Good presence on the palate. I want more assertive sharpness from the sourness, though. It suits the flavour profile quite well, and the carbonation is perfect, but it's just unexceptional for the style. A touch dry on the climax, lending it a bit of a refined cidre feel for a bit.

Dr: A very solid very good beer from New Glarus, but it doesn't deliver on the style like I wanted it to. Don't get me wrong, it's damn good stuff, but the sourness isn't there. Not like it should be. Extremely drinkable and likable. I'd definitely get it again at the right price, but it leaves something to be desired. Still, it's a damn respectable beer. Thanks for the opportunity to try this one, Duff27!

B+ (2,985 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to maximum12!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a semi-translucent orange/copper color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is average at best and there's no lacing.

S - Strong lacto sourness, sweet pie cherries, reserved oak, and a spicy vanilla note. A touch sweet. Moderate strength. The delicate balance is astounding and it's inviting as hell, though I'm guessing it's not as sour as I'd like.

T - Not as sour as I'd have guessed based on the nose. Moderated lacto and sweet caramel malts open. Sweet, fresh fruits, namely cherry, throughout alongside other fruity esters. Heavy oak on the finish, which becomes more pronounced as it warms. It reminds me of a cherry tart, but in a good way. Carefully built but tends toward the sweet end.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated.

D - Though I actually prefer a more sour beer, this is still a good offering. Definitely would be a good introduction to sours. It lacks the depth and complexity to make it truly great but it's another high quality beer from New Glarus. (1,084 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear coppery garnet hue with a one finger head that fade quickly to leave a very thin halo and tiny little clouds.

S - Cranberries, dark cherries, light vanilla, some light oak as well. Very pleasant.

T - Okay, more cranberry, TONS of dark cherries, really nice barrel notes (oak, fair amount of vanilla), light malt sweetness and caramel notes. Quite nice indeed and not overly sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is solid here with light carbonation and sour finish.

O - Overall, a damn tasty beer. Glad I have a few more of these. I would LOVE to try and make a dessert with this; maybe some mochi filling. (677 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle drank w/ greenkrusty101 after some plumbing repairs.

Pours a mixture of brown and red. Ruby red in the center, with light brown edges, really has the flanders oud bruin color down pat. Very thin small off white head that doesn't do much in terms of lacing, which is par for style.

Massive amount of tart dark cherry aroma, minimal amount of campfire smoke. Caramel, mild chocolate also there. Toffee. Oak. Even a little barnyard to it.

Taste, wow, plenty sour, definitely upper echelon sourness from a flanders oud bruin, I don't know what the deal is, but I tend to like the American versions of oud bruins more than the flemish, they seem to just have an amped up sourness and cherry incursions on this side of the pond. Brown malt is well placed.

Mouthfeel continues to be impressive, you get a very complex, unique, one of a kind mix of dark cherry, cranberry, sour, oak, vanilla, caramel sweet, smoke. Unlike anything in the world. Good acidity too. Carbonation just right.

I love these fresh, I love them with some age on them. It is so hard to age these though, you always find an excuse, "hey we've been replacing a sewer line, this calls for an Enigma." (1,184 characters)

Photo of fvernon
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the fall 2012 batch, poured at around 50 degrees into a HF stemmed glass. pours out a very light copper with minimal head. I was anticipating some sediment, but it was clean all the way through... I wonder how much yeast are in the bottles and what that means for aging?

it's really a glowing ruby-copper, just a hint of light orange around the edges. smells of mulled cherry cider - cinnamon stick, clove, cherry, baked apple, acetic acid, and cranberry. a hint of brown sugar. the flavor is a bit less complex - cherry pie and a slight malt vinegar bite; it'd be a perfect combination with a rich sausage dish or a cream-based dessert. i wouldn't mind if it was a bit more sour or picked up some funkiness (time will tell), as it feels like it doesn't really get the back of the tongue quite how i'd want it to. the mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for a nice, light fruited sour. overall it's quite nice - not mind-blowing for the style, but just what i would expect from NG: an incredibly approachable beer that hits the style with all the right notes while still keeping it accessible by striving for balance. (1,115 characters)

Photo of dbc5
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into Meantime tulip.

A: Pours an attractive brown with ruby accents. Moderate pour yields two finger head that slowly recedes and leaves a ring and lacing throughout the glass.

S: Tons of cherries on the nose. Definite tartness and sweetness, as well as some vanilla and oak.

T: The cherry presence is huge, followed by a nice tartness. I could stand for this one to be just a bit dryer, but the sweetness of the cherries is nice and contributes a really enjoyable and refreshing character to the beer.

M: Lighter body and fairly full carbonation. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the beer.

O: Really nice beer that I am enjoying all the way through. Well done New Glarus. (696 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a caramel orange coloration. The head was thin white and quickly resolved.

S- The aroma of the beer is a much tart version of belgian red. Loads of tart and sour cherries collide into sweetened cherries quickly chased into vanilla oak. A lovely lactic sourness gives a balsamic like aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is mildly sweet cherries running quickly into tart cherries a very light acidic flavor creeps in but never over powers the tart and sweet cherries. A bit of oak plays nicely against the beer slight tannic flavors.

M- The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. The sweetness is well played against both the sour and tart natures of this beer. This is a nicely refreshing beer.

O- This is a dam nice beer treat. I wish I had about another dozen of these. (859 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. chilled bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Thanks to Brydeen for this really surprisingly awesome beer.

Appearance: Bright cherry red to medium brown in color. Keeps a really nice, light lacing all around. Looks to have really nice, bright carbonation as well.

Aroma: Freshly picked cherries and some tart lemon notes as well. I wasn't expecting the sour notes I am getting from this. Some toasted malt tones and a touch of vanilla as well. Very fruit forward, with a nice, complementary sour character.

Taste: The cherry notes really stand out at first sip. A little alcohol tone is present but is quickly overcome by some nice tart lemon and green apple. Some toasty malt tones from the base brown with a touch of vanilla. Really nice balance of fruit and sweet. Some funky, cheesy tones are there from the yeast too. Very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with some nice bright carbonation. Very nice and spot on for the style.

Overall, a really surprisingly complex and refreshing sour ale that does an outstanding job of showcasing the cherry notes. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this beer but it does a great job of taking a really nice fruit and using it to enhance an already tasty sour brown. Definitely would love to try this again. Hard to believe they sell this in four packs considering the quality. (1,377 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stumbled across a 4 pack of this when I was home in Wisconsin over winter break. I really dig the other fruit beers that I've tried from New Glarus, so I'm sure this will be tasty as well.

A - Pours a lighter red, almost like cranberry juice. Small white head that quickly fizzles away to nothing.

S - Very tart on the nose, with some tangy apple aroma. Also sweeter fruits like cranberry or cherry.

T - Starts with the malted qualities of the base brown ale before transitioning toward the sweet flavor of cranberries and cherries. Finishes with a little puckering sourness and dryness that makes it easy to sip again.

M - A little thinner here, but I'm okay with that. Lots of carbonation in the mouth.

O - Very solid. The base beer was definitely evident, which I appreciated. Also enjoyed the complexity of the fruit basket that they packed in. Definitely not just boozy fruit juice, but a well-crafted fruit beer. (925 characters)

Photo of stx00lax
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an awesome extra from Kevanb. Thanks Dude!

A- Clear, ruby-orange. Little head, minimal lacing.

S- Oak, vanilla and sweet cherries. A small bit of funk as it warms.

T-Same as the smell . Good balance between tart and sweet. Oak and spice more prominent in taste than smell. It has non of the medicinal flavors i pick up in a lot of cherry beers.

M- Medium body with moderate carb. It is sweet but finishes dry and tart. Oak, vanilla and allspice linger.

O- Very enjoyable and well made. Im not a huge fan of cherry beers, but this very nice. (564 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my absolute favorites from New Glarus and probably one of my favorite beers in the big picture. I am often tempted to buy a case of this one when New Glarus releases it. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a pinkish red color. It reminded me a little of Cherry 7Up in appearance. The smell was tart cherries and vanilla, almost smelling like desert. While the aroma might make a drinker think of a sour, this is not classified as a sour. Tart cherries dominate the initial taste with vanilla in the background. The cherries dominate the taste in this one, but that is a good thing. This is not an artificial or candy-like cherry, but a pleasant tart cherry. The wood aging lends itself nicely to the vanilla notes in the background. The mouthfeel shows a modest level of carbonation, as one might expect from a fruit beer. The unique characteristics of this beer truly make it an enigma. The cherries coupled with the wood casks make for a unique beer that can be enjoyed by even non-craft beer drinkers. (1,035 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of bifrost17
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Brew33
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of MordorMongo
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.75/5  rDev -9%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Cheers! (675 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,376 characters)

Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.