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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,041
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 260
Gots: 183 | FT: 25
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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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Ratings: 1,041 | Reviews: 456
Photo of SDDanC
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into green flash tulip. Small head which disappeared just as quickly as it came. Cloudy dark amber with a tad bit of grapefruit pink hue. Sour apples and peary vinegar allures the nasal. On the tongue I find peach, raspberry, green apples. Mouthfeel is full and reasonably carbonated. This is a great beer, I would like to try out more from the new glarus guys.

Photo of harrymel
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unsure of bottle date. Checked the Fresh Beer Only page and it didn't really help. Here's the code on the bottom of bottle, not other marking indicating date: 8361 B-21350

Only thing I can think is this was bottled late December, 2008.

A: Pours a rosey orange ale with excellent clarity and a transient single finger tan head. Rings of lacing. Sheet of light tan head.

S: cherries, allspice, clove, the cherries remind me of a cherry jolly rancher or some cough syrup. Just a hint of vanilla stemming from the oak.

T: Cherries, oak, yeast. Semi-tart up front with plenty of sweetness through the center. The fruit has taken on plenty of mineral-like flavors. Meh. Tastes like mulled wine.

M: Light syrup feel with low carbonation. Finish is slightly cloying but short lived.

O: Plenty fruity, but pretty much ends up tasting mulled wine. Probably would be good served warm.

Photo of chugalug06
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Awesome head! Not too big, but not too small. Perfect combo. Brew is elegant bronze color. Head quickly fades.

S - Very Cherry! Nice sour/fruit scent! Very enjoyable for a hot summer night! Some nice cinnamon too, along other spices.

T - Not quite as sour as the scent represents. Very fruity! Lots of big cherry notes! Very unique.

M - Perfect carbonation. Zero bitterness. Exceptional!

O - Great pull in a great trade! Thanks for sharing, this one will go down in memory as an awesome brew!

Photo of MammothBrew
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Duff27 for adding this to the trade! I wish all extras were this great.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy brown with orange tint. White frothy head that measures one finger.

S: Fermented cherries, apples, vinegar, malt, vanilla, with a smoked, oak scent.

T: Everything I'm getting is very similar to the smell. It's a unique, tasty brew.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Has a tingly tartness that would be expected.

O: It held up great for it's age and low ABV. Really tasty and hope New Glarus brews this again.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

A- Pours a nice amber color with large head, good lacing and lots of effervesence.

S- Sweet and tart cherries and some funk, very little vinegar.

T- Wow! Sweet cherries and malts like in the nose, a nice sourness but not overpowering. Hardly any vinegar present. Not a big bite of sour or bitterness at the finish, sort of just finishes if that makes any sense.

M- Thin/Medium body, very smooth. Low carbonation, although the head when poured when note otherwise.

O- Great beer. Would love to pick up a case of this if I could find it. Would be a great beer over the 4th weekend here. This is what I want sours to taste like. Reminds me a little of Hanssens Oude Kriek.

Photo of Wadsey
2.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Served in a DFH tulip

A:  Pours a brushed pale amber with minimal head. Lively effervescence feeds head, though. Sips leave foamy splotches sticking to glass. 

S: Vanilla and plump cherries, which remind me of Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek, and copper. Some wood. The copper is somewhat over the top and brings to mind pennies and blood. Very light vinegar. 

T: Sweet and tart cherries with a bit of vanilla. Spiced apple rings.  A little vinegar flashes across sides of tongue and is gone. Copper/pennies/blood is clearly present on palate and drives this beer's taste. Super drying. Taste alternates between watery and somewhat biting. Enigmatic? Sure, why not. 

M: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Prickly on tongue. 

O: Enigma is a cross of fruit ale, 
Flanders red ale and oud bruin. Two of its three parts are fruit ale and one part is a Flanders style.  Interesting beer, although the copper note is very distracting. 

Photo of muttyd
2.52/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown/amber with a thin bubbly white head that settles into a very faint ring. Decent lacing, rather clear.

I am getting all sorts of different aromas initially. Cinnamon and apple pie, some vanilla/oak, and cherry soda? Slightly sour in the aroma with a faint mustyness. Reminds me a lot of the unplugged apple ale. Flavor has a sugary soda sweetness complimented by faint tart cherries. Some vanilla in the flavor as well. Almost like Dr. Pepper! Mild sour astringent finish. Creamy body, medium carbonation.

Nothing about this beer was memorable, but enjoyable.

Photo of bonemuse07
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first foray into reviewing beers- I wanted to start with something a little unusual.

A: Light brown/copper/red hue. 1/2-3/4 in. slightly off-white head that dissipated to a ring quickly. Lacing was almost non-existent; very thin and did not linger.

S: Sweet- apples, pear(?), some caramel and vanilla. Didn't get any spice or oak.

T: Hint of sour first-- a little tart that is quickly taken away by a light sticky sweetness. Tangy when left on the lips.

M: Some thin carbonation that was strong to begin, but faded away. This had a medium body-- lighter than I expected. Very little aftertaste at all, just a general sweetness that didn't really have too much flavor.

Overall: I was really expecting a little more sour, especially since NG does great things with cherries. It's a very drinkable beer, but I don't think I would seek it out on a regular basis. It's a nice change of pace and perfect for an after dinner quaff.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VG for hooking me up with this one.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a slight ruby tint to it. One finger white head on top, reduced to a thin layer of foam on top, thick sticky lacing down the sides.

S: A nice cherry aroma, not as sugary as Belgian Red. There is a little bit of spice to it, some light caramel, and a little bit of green apple.

T: Nice flavor profile, quite complex. Upfront there is some cherry and apple, with caramel, a little bit of vanilla, and some light spice.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth with a sticky finish.

O: Pretty tasty and easy drinking. A nice fruit beer, that isn't overly sweet.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one!

Pours a semi-clear honey orange color with a 1 inch light orange-brown head that fades to an oily cap. Thin and ragged rings of lace form on the drink down. The first smell I am getting from this beer is cranberry along with sour cherries and vanilla. There is also a slight funky vinegar aroma. Taste is slightly sour with cranberry/cherry flavors along with some funk and wood. I see this was fermented with a wild yeast and put in oak casks so that makes sense. A higher level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer from New Glarus. Bottle calls this a sour brown ale, but whatever style this may be it is very tasty.

Photo of chumba526
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Zimmerbloke for this beer.

It appears brown with a red hue with an off white head.

It smells a bit sour, a bit barnyard like and a bit of spices (I get cinnamon. there is also a mild oak and fermented fruit smell.

It tastes initially a bit tart. There is a nice malt sweetness that balances out the tartness. I get a nice mellow slightly vanilla oaky taste. There is a bit of a dry tart cherry flavor and a bit of a mellow but noticeable Brett funkiness to the beer. Nicely balanced: it is sour but not overwhelmingly sour.

There is a somewhat thick mouthfeel to this beer.

Overall a really nice sour ale that is pretty unique.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish orange with a little fizzy white head.

Smell - at first inhale I get tons of barrel. Oakyness and vanilla. On the second smell I get some flat cherry soda smell, and tartness the same you will get from a sour beer.

Taste - vanilla and oak up front with a cherry tartness and more barrel and the end. It finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel - very easy to drink. Its light and crisp.

Overall - the barrel adds a good twist to it like a creme soda. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into cervoise.

A - Pours a nice reddish copper. lots of bubbles. Nice off-white head with good lacing

S - Tart and sweet sugar at the same time. Lemon, cherry, cranberries, caramel.

T - A mix of tart cherries with some sugar mixed in. Flavour profile was a little confusing as it was sour (cherries and lemons) one second then a sugar candy the next (with caramel and toffee). It isn't bad tasting just a little different.

M - Somewhat thinning, very dry, crisp, average

O - A decent sour that was not too hard to drink. It was just pretty average and I rated it that way. I would drink again though.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sending a bottle of this out my way. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pour yields a brew with a dark bronze color and a really good white head. Moderate lacing as it goes down. The nose is smells of slight oxidation, though it fits with the cherry. There's also some mild oak and some lightly-sweet bready malt. Cherry comes back through, especially as it warms. The flavor hits notes of cherry with a bit of oak and light vanilla. A light touch of acid, though not much. The sourness is mostly confined to the finish. Pretty good, though not as good as their standard fruit offerings.

Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a bottle of Enigma from New Glarus. Poured into a pint glass at cellar temp. Nice Flanders Red. Sour yet sweet and oaky with fresh cherries. Medium body well carbonated. Nice finish. It has an acidic dryness that really creats a crisp and refreshing drinking experience.

Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish red with a 1 finger head

smell: cherries, sweet, malts,

taste: cherries, caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this is definitely an interesting beer but one I would like to try again.


Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this bottle. I have been looking forward to trying this one. 2010 vintage.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of cherry and brown sugar notes, as well as some vanilla. The beer also smells quite tart.

The flavor is more of the same. The predominant flavor is cherries with some maple and caramel malt notes. The beer is semi-tart, but overall it does not taste as tart as it smells. The fruit and tartness mix very well together and make the beer extremely drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very glad I got to try this one.

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to sproser (Secret Santa '10 BIF) and t0rin0 for giving me the chance to have multiple bottles of this one! Served from bottle into a Warstiner mug. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, strawberry, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, strawberry, and slight funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. It was really well balanced and enjoyable. Definitely was really nice in both the flavor and aroma here. Really happy that I have multiple bottles of this one! A definite must try!

Photo of redblacks75
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very deep red hue. Small head that dissipates quickly.

S - Cherries, Apple, alcohol. The fruit smells are very strong, and the alcohol is in the background.

T - Cherries again, a dry oak, earthy aftertaste.

M - Very smooth, the carbonation hits you first thing. It's a thinner beer, but, appropriate for this style I feel. Full-bodied at the same time though.

O - This is not my style of beer at all, yet, I find this sampling to be a great example of the style. I could certainly drink this again, or would surely recommend it to anyone that enjoys fruit beers, or sweet beer.

Photo of richkrull
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orangish brown color with quite a bit of light beige head. Smell is a light cherry/fruit smell - fairly pleasant. Taste is fruity but not overpowering. Very smooth drinking beer. Doesn't taste acidic. I could see myself having a few of these. Very good beer overall for the style.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous, clear strawberry in color with lots of brown lowlights.

The nose is sweet, tart and full of cranberries. I get a light, sour funk hiding away in there, as well. Band-aids and some cherries.

Wow, quite unique! Berries, cherries, light watermelon, and a moderate sourness comes through. I get a light biscuit flavor, as well.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. This is quite an interesting beer - recommended!

Photo of ne0m00re
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/17/11- Review of a 12 oz bottle courtesy of arvjunk.
A: Cloudy reddish amber, with a good dark cream collar with lacing.
S: Tart cherries like cherry syrup, some earthy molasses... but that's about it, which isn't a bad thing but it's hard to explain.
T: Cherry syrupy with a smokey vanilla linger... this is really interesting. It is almost like a vanilla cherry soda, but better.
M: Thin with a soda carbonation.
O: Good, not great... it is kind of like a soda, but more interesting.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a St. Louis Gueuze glass.

Pours a fairly clear amber hue with a light tan, one finger head that drops to a wisp of foam. Looks like lacing will be spotty.

Aromas of smokey oak, lactic sourness, sweet cherries.

Flavor of honey glazed smoked oak (would go great with a piece of salmon!), some malt sweetness, reserved sourness, sweet cherries, distinct smokey oak flavor. A little carbonic bite. No hop flavor. Finish is medium, with smoke, wood, and lactic sourness slow to fade.

Mouthfeel is light/medium, with a mouthcoating sourness that gives a slight pull at the cheaks.

Very drinkable, interesting beer. This is very nice. I would love to pair this with a big piece of grilled salmon. Very complex, mixes well.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from HogWildLiquor courtesy of Secret Santa 2010, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour cherries and apples, light caramelized malts, oak essence and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is quite complex and gets better as the beer sits for a bit. There are sweet flavors of caramel and vanilla, tart cherry, apple and citrus flavors, the effects of oak aging in the background. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, because of its complexity this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're looking for something different.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful red color, clear, with a pretty good head and pretty good lacing. Again, a beautiful color!

Smell is sour crab-apples with a little wood, but nothing at all beer-like to me. Still, it smells very nice.

Taste is much like a wild ale. Very tart. Crab-apples, cherries and sour-berry flavors dominate. Lightly sweet. I taste little in the way of traditional malts or hops here. However, this stuff tastes GREAT! I've ticked it now, but it's staying on my wants list anyway. I love this beer!

It's pretty light bodied, mostly dry, with a tart, light fruity aftertaste. Easy to drink and downright delicious.

Drink is off the charts. I could drink this all the time. Great job on this one guys!

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Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,041 ratings.