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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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812 Ratings
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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 243
Gots: 103 | FT: 8
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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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PoisonOakAdam

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a new glarus flute.

The appearence is beautiful! Its a rich copper with mild lacing and a thin head. The carbonation rushes through to flute.

Smells a bit funky, vinegar and fruit in the background.

Taste is where it really shines, it so well balanced and the complexities are all noticable. Cherries, vinegar funk, vanilla, even a bit smoky in the finish.

The mouthfeel is poppy and bright the carbonation really helps with the flavors coming out.

I really feel like this is a sour and should be categorized as an american wild ale, but whatever.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 03:41:25 | More by PoisonOakAdam
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Anytime New Glarus brews a fruit beer, there's a compulsion in me to race across the border & secure a bottle or four. This one was no exception, & stocks were running low when I nabbed this four-pack recently.

Pours like a red version of Bud. Crystal clear, almost fizzy carbonation, almost gem-like held up against an overcast June sky. However, such faulty comparisons immediately end as the pint glass rises to my beatific face, & all sorts of things rush up eagerly to meet me. Sour cherries are, obviously, top among them, along with a tang of cranberry, & layer of funkelicious.

Enigma. Say it. It's a cool, underused word as well as a beer. A tart fruit salad made up entirely or reds greets the tongue, followed by a nice, tongue-twisting tartness. But it doesn't spiral out of control, or hit territory that non-sour heads won't appreciate; it's very controlled. The fruits balance it nicely, as does the vanilla character which, barely noticeable at first, lines up as the beer exits fridge-like temps. Crisp & light.

There's a remarkable balance achieved here, again. New Glarus seems to be able to wield fruit without having it become cloying, sickening, or medicinal. Enigma is no exception. The tartness & barrel balance the sweet, & vice versa, leaving this clean & tasty. I do not, however, need to have another of these tonight. It feels like more than one would be pushing it's charm too far.

Very good beer. Anyone who likes fruits beers or sours should get hold of this. Wonderful gateway into the world of sour-heads, should any wish to utilize it in such a manner.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:19:42 | More by maximum12
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oach for this brew!!
Appears a deep reddish brown with a half inch of tan head that falls away to a mild skim and ring. I get cherries and spice on the nose as well as oak and some tartness.

The taste is cherry based but with a sour component and dry oaky flavor. Still has sweetness - quite tasty and complex. Light/medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall a very interesting and approachable brew - I'm glad I have a couple more - thanks again Scot!!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:06:22 | More by ThirstyBird
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A stiff pour produced a nice two finger white head that dissipated rather quickly.Bright reddish orange appearance.

S. Lemony sourness with cherries. Reminds me of a toned down version of Cranbic Ale. The smell actually makes my mouth water anticipating what's to come next.

T. Opens with an effervescent burst of tart, sour, lemony goodness. Very clean and focused tasting. Flavors expand across and linger on the palate nicely. This is a great tasting beer - not quite to the level of Cranbic but damn close.

M. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D. Goes down the hatch way too quickly. I could put away of few of these at a time. This is an enjoyable beer that I am glad NG brought back given I missed it the first time around.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:23:44 | More by bound4er
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copyguyadam

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the nice description on the bottle, I decided this was going into a Tulip instead of the standard New Glarus pint glass.

A - Poured a perfect looking creamy head with a deep red color. Head stays around the edges forever.
S - Sour and cherries with a hint of malt.
T - Freaking amazing! Perfect balance of sour, cherries and a really nice after taste.
M - Coats the mouth with a sour cherry goodness. Just the right amount of carbonation.
D - It's around 80 on this nice MN afternoon and I'm trying hard not the crack the 2nd and last one I have in the fridge.

Great job, again, New Glarus. I'll be heading over the boarder to WI soon to grab another pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:49:57 | More by copyguyadam
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a garnet color with very little head but has tan fresh ring til the end..i smell cherries and sour yeast.some rich malt vanilla and musty oak..the taste is sour cherries first with wild funky yeast it mixes with vanilla and almond then some earthy peat taste just a twinge of sour vinegar round this sour brown out ..it was excellent..the mouth feel is medium with tart cherries and vanilla and malt with a little wood and smoke..this is not as sour as i would have liked it to be.. but it sure did have plenty of flavors going on ... just another outstanding brew from NG..very highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 02:30:47 | More by gatornation
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Jojomonda, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an SA perfect pint glass. It pours a light, clear mauve with a very fizzy white 2 finger head. The head leaves instantly and leaves no lacing. Tart cherries and acetic acid are both very strong. Sweet and sour cherries are the first taste, followed by lots of vinegary tartness. It is very drying. This brew is very light, and highly carbonated. IMO more of a flanders style ale than a fruit ale, in any event very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:36:18 | More by bonkers
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangish-red, some initial head, fading to little.

Vague cherry scent.

The same cherry flavor as in WI Belgian red, but with candied apple, sour cherry, vanilla, and cinnamon. Very complex, which I like.

Light mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation.

I headed into this with some trepidation after my experience with the Old English Porter, which I found to be foul. This was a completely different beast, with a variety of complex flavors that merged nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:28:11 | More by Strix
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kbutler1

Minnesota

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

Really excited to try this on out! Malted barley and cherries with a spontaneous wild yeast fermentation. Sounds crazy.
Pours a reddish brown color with minimal head. The first aroma is nots of the oak barrel followed by vanilla and cherry. Wow, the tastes are hard to describe. Cherry, fruit, vanilla, and some funkiness all at once. Oak flavors in the background. Not like anything I have had before. Not as sour as I would have thought but then again this is a young beer. Slight bitterness. Almost a nuttiness flavor at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium. No real head retention at all.
This beer is a freakin' Enigma. Don't know what to think of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 19:46:04 | More by kbutler1
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Mandark

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not that experienced with sours; I'm not a big fan of fruit beers. Those seemingly huge disqualifications out of the way, I can tell this is a well crafted, balanced example of, and, probably, the best introduction to New Glarus' particular brand of sour-cherry infatuation that I've tried so far. This is a live review.

12oz bottle poured into a 3Floyds pint glass. It pours a very clear amber-red without much head and no real lacing I can discern.

The smell is cherry sweet with a discordant, sour note underlying it at first. As it warms there is cinnamon, chicory, maybe some nutmeg to add to the complexity.

Then you take a sip and, boy, that cherry tastes a lot more sour than it smelled! Then it slides down your tongue and into your throat and it's tart cherries, mild sour, vanilla and cinnamon all the way. There is a dry, tart finish that grows more enjoyable throughout. Wow. I am much more impressed with this than I thought I would be.

Carbonation is high and, to my mind, that makes this an easier drinker than some other NG fruit beers, such as the Cherry Stout or the Wisconsin Belgian Red.

I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting, but I'd like to have a few on hand to try over several months or a year, just to enjoy how my own taste and reaction to this changes as I try different beers. I've had much more truly sour beers (NG's Old English Porter, for one) and this qualifies in that style as the sourness is definitely THERE, but it tastes closer to a Rodenbach or Monk's Cafe in the sweet/sour department. That's a compliment.

I'll be getting more of this before it disappears, no doubt. A very impressive outing, one that has expanded my appreciation for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 06:48:36 | More by Mandark
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with a rather thin sudsy head that is sandy colored.

Mouthwatering scent of sour cherry, some vanilla and oak.

This reminds a lot of their Cherry Stout. Lots of tartness right on the tip of the tongue. Tons of sour cherry, caramel and very faint hints of vanilla and oak.

Lightly prickly feeling, but mostly smooth. Dries out the tongue immediately upon consumption.

Drinks well enough for me to put down a few of these. I don't quite see a big difference between this and their Cherry Stout however. This is a bit more sour and a bit less malty, but not much of a difference in my opinion. Still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:45:38 | More by jera1350
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear dark red almost mahogany color that produced an awesome fluffy & frothy eggshell colored head that stuck around for awhile before dissipating. It left a bit of lacing behind too.

(S)- A fruity aroma of tart cranberry & cherry with a slight cocoa profile in there. A light dry hay/wheat thing that provides a touch of funk to the fruits.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. The cranberries being the primary fruit flavor from what I cal tell. Plenty of tart/sourness with that same cocoa-like hay dryness that counteracts the sour & tart fruits.

(M)- A great carbonation level & balance. Fruity, yet tart, sweet, dry, and a little funky. Complex. Goes down smooth, yet has that tart/sour kick to keep it interesting.

(D)- A fantastic fruit beer that actually is a borderline sour/wild ale in my opinion. Goes down smooth & quenches your thirst. Definitely something special, but one of these at a time for me is fine; any more would be too sweet to consume.
This is just further proof that New Glarus knows their fruits!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 17:14:08 | More by sweemzander
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dbtoe

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a pint
I've just started getting into sour beers and am very happy to see this one come out. Thankfully it isn't as sweet as the other NG fruit beers. It's a good drinkable sour. I'll be picking up much more of this one.
Look a red/brown with an off white head that reduces fast.
Smell is oak and sweet cherry.
Taste is sweet and oaky with a fair sour bite. Not real complex sweet cherry, oak and a sour cherry is about all I get out of it.
Feel it is well carbonated and creamy finishes real clean.
Drink this is a sour I could drink many of in a sitting. Perfect for a hot day like yesterday and today.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 17:00:18 | More by dbtoe
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crossovert

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 version. Says it's a fruit beer on here, not sure if it is a full blown fruit beer.

It pours into my chalice a vibrant reddish orange. It has a decent white head that quickly recedes it leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is very oaky, for some reason the oak scents in New Glarus beers are a bit more blunt than other beers. There is a light fruity character, but no sourness.

This is a very sweet beer, almost cloying. It is fruity but not overly so. It has a nice sourness. Over all this is the oak which again, is blunt. I don't know if it is the barrels but the oaky New Glarus products just seem off for some reason to me.

This really reminds me of Monk's cafe which I find a terrible representation of the style, this one like that one is just too sweet and the oak just doesn't meld properly.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:24:45 | More by crossovert
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium-brown color, with just a tinge of red. A good, frothy ecru head rapidly dissipates and retreats to the sides of the glass. Good cherry aroma is immediately noticeable, along with some spice and a little wood. This one is just a little bit sour, with tart pie cherries and vanilla. I have enjoyed all of the Unplugged beers I have tried, and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 04:23:38 | More by emmasdad
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass. This bottle is from the newer release.

It pours a crystal clear hazelnut with just a tint of red. A dense two finger cream head dies into a small thin layer of bubbles. New Glarus really knows how make a beer look good.

The nose is candied cherries with just a little bit of a tart sourness. The fruit is very forward in this beer, much more than I would have thought and hoped for from what I knew about this beer. It's not as sweet as the standard NG fruit beers but still overly sweet for my taste in a 'sour' beer.

The flavors starts off as the signature NG tart sweet cherry beer flavor and then a firm but restrained tartness hits you. Barrel aging is also very present in the middle of the taste with an oaky dryness. The second half of the glass, as the beer warmed, the fruit died down and more tartness became evident.

The carbonation was pretty full with a light dry crisp finish. I do have to ding the drinkability because of the amount of sweetness in the front end of the flavor.

I was so hoping for much more tartness and sour beer character like Lost Abbey's Red Poppy, but this beer leans too much towards the fruit beer which NG tends to do. I agree with other reviewers when I say that I hope Dan is just gearing up the palate of Wisconsin beer drinkers for a real sour beer. Either that or bring back the sour brown ale. That was a very well crafted oude bruin.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 00:59:18 | More by weatherdog
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djhowell

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Reddish brown colored body with 2 fingers of delicate white head that quickly disappears.

S
Smells like cherry pie a la mode.

T
The flavor is considerably more intense than the scent. Cherries (both tart and sweet) dominate but brown sugar and vanilla are also present.

M
Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Works well.

D
Better drinkability than the other fruit beers from New Glarus that I've had. I still think I would only have one in an evening though.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 01:54:47 | More by djhowell
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby/brown color with a finger of head. The aroma is fresh cherry, sweet maltiness, and pie crust. Very similar to Wisconsin Belgian Red.

The flavor is also very similar to the Belgian Red, however it is a tad more malty. There is a hint of tartness, and the fruit is a nice blend of cherries and maybe even a bit of orange peel. Nice pie crust.

The body here is medium and carbonation is spot on for the style.

Drinkability is very high, probably the most drinkable New Glarus fruit beer I've had yet. I know this is labeled as a sour brown, but it really doesn't have the characteristics of that style. Overall this is a fine beer and I can see why it is a cult classic.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 21:49:50 | More by alcstradamus
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emerge077

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brand new batch, glad to see this one brewed again.

Seems a bit different from what I last recall, drank my last batch #1 bottle a few months ago. The major differences are the color and lighter feel of #2. The new batch very much resembles Cranbic, and i'd almost go as far to say they have the same base beer involved.

Looks: High clarity red with a russet twinge. Served cold into a Duvel tulip, a vigorous pour produced a two finger head. Spotty lace seems to cling somewhat as it slides back into the froth. A large cluster of surface bubbles remains, encroaching on a crescent of wispy skim across the top.

Aroma: Spiced cherries, brown sugar, faint hint of something cheesy and musty. Resembles a spiced apple dish at thanksgiving. Not the wild, woody Enigma of 2006.

Flavor: Mildly tart upfront, with sweet cherry in the middle. Dry oak and vanilla traces after the swallow, lingering into the aftertaste. Fairly clean and straightforward, with fruit seeming to dominate the barrel nuance. Nothing especially wild/funky manifesting, aside from the light tartness, which is very clean.

Feel/Drink: Light bodied, crisp and tart, finishing on the dry side. Definitely an accessible, mass-appeal type of "sour". Very quenching, perfect timing for the warmer weather ahead. Can't wait to pair with some funky cheeses.

#2 resembles a tamer Flanders Red, where the original #1 was harder to pin down, but was closer to an Oud Bruin variation. The whole "fruit beer" thing is getting a little repetitive, but NG continues to succeed with these styles.

***

10-23-2006
A+ / 4.65 look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | drink: 4.5
Flanders-style sour ale, let's get that established...

Pours into a Moinette chalice, a ruddy brown color, with one finger of foam. Lacing stays for the duration of the glass.

Smell is rich and pleasant, mostly sweet molasses, aged gouda, vanilla, & oak. A sweetish whiff of bourbon...barrel-aged Oud Bruin?

Taste is complex, and seems to go through phases over time. At first, the sweet and sour character of a Flanders Red/Sour Brown is complimented by vanilla, dried cherry, and muted bourbon (sweet/woody) notes toward the end. The finish is oaky, slightly dry. Mouthfeel is rich, somewhat full & malty, but not heavy. Maybe a lactic quality as well. It's balanced, and well-crafted. After warming, the ale takes on a more balsamic sweet/tartness with oak still in the finish. Very delicious, I could easily have a couple in a sitting.

An exceptional, innovative gem from New Glarus...this is Dan Carey at the top of his game.

2007: Audible fizz, nice head on a year-aged bottle. Spice, woody barn funk, and celery oddly enough. Still at the same level of tartness, medium carbonation. Still funky and complex as well, maybe not as distinct as it was fresh. Looking forward to finishing off the stash.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 17:47:53 | More by emerge077
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hawks10

Illinois

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours a nice mahogany brown with red tints, very clear. Barely one finger of soft white head which dissipates almost immediately...

Sweet cherries loaded with an oaky scent. Slightly musty...

Slightly tart cherry flavor and feel that is overshadowed a bit by a very drying oak/wood flavor. Earthy overall with a slight sweet/tart tinge, no real "sourness." A load of vanilla becomes apparent after a few sips...Fairly complex while still simple and easily drinkable...

Light to medium bodied with a bit of a "wine-cooler" spritziness...but after a few sips that bubbly feeling seems to fad giving the beer a creamy and slick feel with some vanilla flavors lasting in the aftertaste...

Pretty good one by New Glarus, not the greatest but a solid offering...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:16:41 | More by hawks10
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-orange, with almost no head, save for a few patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Smell is sour, tart, cherries, with some vanilla and vinegar notes.
Taste is tart cherries with some sour notes. More vinegar, vanilla, and
Mouthfeel is smooth, yet there is a little bit of bite towards the finish. Slightly sticky on the finish as well. Mediumlight body, low level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. Very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:38:38 | More by Parrotbeak
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in Chimay Chalice.

A- Pours a nice ruby red with a half finger of head that recedes quickly and leaves nothing behind. Completely transparent.

S- The scent is of a big dose of oak and mild cherries. I find this very similar to the Cranbic.

T- Nice mellow oak and cherries. A good amount of sweetness in there as well. A faint bit of malt and maybe even a little cocoa.

M- I was a little disappointed as it was not nearly as sour as I was hoping for. Tart might be a better word for it. Medium to light bodied with a slightly dry finish.

D- This beer is sweet but not overly so and not as sour as anticipated. A lot of the same characteristics of the Cranbic. I was telling another BA, Dan might be training our palates for when he pulls out the big guns.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:39:41 | More by Wisconsinality
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if this is the new vintage, but I don't think so. Ditmier pulled this long time want out last weekend... pretty badass Eric!

Thin lite tan head... hazed brown brew.

nose is pretty tame compared to the palate... fruity and lightly funky.... sweet and with plenty of sour bite.

Flavor is much like Belgian Red mixed with a bit of brown sugar and bit of tawny port... some apple cider... lite "earth" or "leather"

having a problem.. too much going on ... never seems "sour" really, but wow alot of complexities that I'm having a problem identifying.... very nice and complex....

Thanks again Eric... this one is where I need to go hunting and score my own!!

3.5/3.5/4.5/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 08:39:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 release, bottle to nonic.

Lighter in color than I remember, a clear yet darkish mahogany. Head is the same color as the tan label, or I should say it was. It evaporated almost immediately, leaving just a hint of head film remaining. I don't think that's a bad thing, just what happened.

Aroma is deep rich cherry with an oaky undercurrent. A little vanilla is there too, and maybe a little bit of chocolate. smoke aroma is very subtle, and adds a nice dimension to all the sweetness.

Flavor is sour, yes, but not as sour as some would have you believe. More tartness than actual sourness. Cherry is featured prominently and mingles well with the oaks earthiness. Malt is strong enough to stand up to the sweetness, but takes a back seat to it overall. Balance is the key here, and it has unlocked my door. Wonderful taste here, right up there with Duchesse, and maybe even better.

Medium bodied, higher than medium carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel make this a delight to sip or quaff.

Overall a damn good beer, and one that I wish was a year round offering. But I'll take it when I can get it, and I'm getting a lot of it this year. The only thing that I can say would benefit from improvement is the thinnish appearance. And that's something that I personally don't care too much about anyway. Keep on making hits Dan and Randy, this one's damn dandy! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 20:44:43 | More by dancinwillie
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. I've been super excited to try this one since I didn't get it last time around.

Poured into my pint glas the beer is a crystal clear orange brown. A full three fingers of head burst to the top of the glass and fall rather quickly. A small amount of soapy lace slides down the sides of the pint.

The aroma is a nice mix of sour cherries and sweet candied cherries. The oak is very present. Some dry dusty wood along with wet soaked wood. There is just a hint of funk. As it warms I can pick out a trace of vanilla. This smells rather close to Cranbic maybe a tad more tart. Either way it has a nose I could whiff all day. Superb.

The flavor is bit more subdued than I had hoped. Lots of tart cherries and oak remenents with a smooth smokie vanilla finish. Just not the tongue bruiser I was hoping for. The nose would lead you to think it would be much more sour. Don't get me wrong it's got a great flavor profile just not quite epic.

Medium to light body. lots of carbonation to give it an almost wine spritzer feel.

Overall this will be a staple in my fridge until they stop making it. I'm a huge sour fan and this has just enough sour to keep me coming back for more. No sipping this beer for me. Big gulps and it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 23:54:14 | More by beerwolf77
Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.