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Thumbprint Enigma - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

821 Ratings
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 244
Gots: 103 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off whie head, cloudy with a red caramel body. Smell is funky. Carbonation is medium to high- very sour ale. The cherries are present, but not the main act like the Belgian Red. The brown ale aspect is more evident in the after taste. I actually enjoyed this more than Belgian Red which I'm sure is sacrilege of some sort. Glad I had a chance to try this unique offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 03:05:28 | More by oakbluff
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pulled this bottle out of the fridge and poured it into my favorite glass. Color was brownish orange and cloudy. Head was tan and dissipated almost immediately. Very disappointed in the lack of head retention. Smell was somewhat sweet/malty. First taste was a surprise. My first reaction was that it tasted a little like a wine cooler, but I've always thought that about the fruity beers. It's actually pretty good, bot nothing I'll drink very regularly. I don't think I'd even want to drink two in a row, so the drinkability would be considered low for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 02:57:07 | More by BeerCheese
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a dirty brown/reddish color ale with a medium light foamy head with average retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of oak with some tart notes and some red wine characteristics. Taste is a very well balance mix of oak with some tartness and some acidic notes well balance by light cherries and some dry red wine. Body is above average with some low filtration and medium carbonation. Very well done and definitely something that I would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 16:55:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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Brian700

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer, well first off, let me start by saying how ashamed I am of myself. Everyonce in a while I make it into this beer store about an hour from my house and they have had this in there every time I've been there. I have yet to pick up a 4-pack of it. Someone sent one of these to me to try and I recognized it as the one from New Glarus that I knew little about and kept passing up because I've had too much in my cart already. After first sip I hung my head and asked myself how I could call myself a beer advocate.

This beer blew my mind and Dan you should brew this again and not make it a one shot deal like stated on the bottle. Wow.

The beer pours an interesting amber/orangish color with almost reddish hues coming through. A smaller cm or so head sits on it and disipates slowly.

The aroma has some funk presence. Bret/lactic lambic-like (frombois obviously, states raspberries on the label) smell that is quite refreshing and makes me get a little as I anticipate the flavor of this one.

I pick up on the lambic-like qualities right away, then I get barrel aged vanilla, raspberries, oak, probably a wheat addition to this with the pale malt. The sour is just enough to lend a hand to the fruit character. Excellent.

The mouthfeel is great. medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Very refreshing on the palate.

Drinkability is through the fricking roof. I know where there is more and I am going to clean them out. I will not say where.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 05:47:43 | More by Brian700
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a goodsized head with an almost buttery smell in the backround. It's almost lambic-like with just a faint hint of horse blanket. The taste isn't quite as sour as the lambic and it's more bitter, the flavor isn't as smooth with bitter flavors it has. It still has a malty buttery flavor in it's backround. The mouthfeel is very carbonated giving it a bite. Overall I started out loving it, but I don't think I'd reach into my cellar for a while for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 20:34:06 | More by Erdinger2003
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DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thx to Demcorhip for his run into Wisconsin.

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a large goblet.

Brown with orange hues. Cloudy.

Aroma is varied. Cherries, peach & I could even smell something similar to marshmellow? An earthy smell.

Taste is not unlike a flanders brown ale yet with more fruit flavours. Initially the flavour of the cherries is dominant but it finishes with some smokiness and some sweet vanilla notes.

First few sips, the tartness is apparent & the sourness becomes almost too dominant. Yet as I was half way through this beer the more my palatte was intrigued. The bottom half of this drink was tremendously enjoyable.

Drinkability--Tasted like more.

Similar to a Rodenbach or other sour ales, as I got used to the tart taste, the more I wanted.

Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:38:32 | More by DrMalt
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andrewmartin

Ohio

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

Big thanks to my cousin Jared for picking up a four pack of this last time I was through Minnesota.

A: My wife hit it on the head, pours a dark honey with a quickly dissapating head.

S: Completely blown away by how this smells-cherries and other fruits (apples) mingle with malt sweetness and stand alongside strong vanilla notes.

T: Starts off quite tart but not unpleasent at all. This then gives way to a rich vanilla sweetness. The finish is a long, tart alcoholic one that slids wonderfully down the throat.

M: Very acidic as expected, but the vanilla and malts round everything out.

D: For a complex brew, this was very drinkable.

After reading the label, I figured I would review this with kreik guidlines in mind, and, although there are similarities, the name of this beer definately fits. I'm off to email the brewery to reconsider this for another run.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:47:02 | More by andrewmartin
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy chestnut brown, opaque for all intents and purposes. Head is a somewhat fizzy affair, parchment-colored and fleeting. A handsome but not gorgeous pour.

Smell: This is really special. Sour funk is the most noticeable character, along the lines of a Biere de Garde or a Flanders red, but less fruity and more leafy, more herbal, and more vegetal, but in the best possible way. Notes of orange zest, sour cherries, clove, and oak trees add a light potpourri-esque perfume. A hint of Peaty smoke lends a dusky depth and the impression of Scotch whisky.

Taste: Holy mother of God. This is amazing. Lush essences of vanilla (loads of vanilla), honey, cocoa, and caramel; mouthwatering fruity sourness that doesn't pucker or burn; subtly woody oak; fresh cherry juice; fresh, autumnal, almost tobacco-like leafy crispness. On the sweet side, but well-countered by the healthy level of tartness. Finish has a dry, vinous bittersweetness that closes with a tug of savory oak.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, solid, medium- to full-bodied with a slickness from the cherry sugars. Well matched with the flavor and not nearly as rough as many other sour beers.

Drinkability: Good lord, I just wish I had stocked up on more of these when I was in Wisconsin. I could drink this all the time. Complex yet mellow, big and creative yet affordable, sour but not too sour. Way up there on my list, for sure, and definitely the best I've had from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 10:20:12 | More by soulgrowl
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electrojosh

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Before writing this review I took a few minutes to read what others have written about New Glarus Unplugged Enigma, and I have to admit that I'm utterly surprised that this beer isn't better respected. This stuff is flying off the shelves in beer stores across Wisconsin and soon wont be available anywhere. I feel lucky to have found a couple of four packs at a liquor store and a case at the brewery itself.

Everyone I have ever shared this beer with has agreed that it is something special. Unplugged Enigma is without a doubt my favorite beer ever.

Packaging: 12oz bottle with brown old fashioned label and bright red foil. Purchased as four-pack at Riley's in Madison ($9) and by the case at the New Glarus Brewery ($54).

A - Dirty orange color, almost reddish. Pours with a 1cm head.

S - Slightly sour, but with complicated aromas I can't place. Orange peel? Bourbon? Absinthe?

T - Sweet, sour, and a little dry. As with the smell, the taste is highly complicated and difficult to place. Dry hop finish. Something in the flavor reminds me of the wild yeast taste of Belgian lambics.

M - Dry bitterness upfront overwhelms apparent carbonation. Dry afteraste of oak. If I could have but one wish granted, it would be to enjoy this remarkable beer on hand-pull without the carbonation.

D - This beers is so complicated that I would almost have to say that it stands on its own and shouldn't be paired with anything. I recommend it for short chats with an ex-girlfriend, or for watching some long-forgotten movie on television. Like life itself, this beer is complex and under-appreciated.

The sales clerk at Riley's said it all: "This beer changes every time you drink it."

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 14:06:09 | More by electrojosh
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Sjixxxy

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A weird brew, truly fitting to the name of "Enigma". Each sip seems to hit you with the favors of about 15 different fruits, or maybe just one fruit created in a New Glarus basement laboratory that science is yet to give a name. Either way, this feels more like drinking a fruit juice that makes your head light, then a traditional beer style. Which may explain why everyone I let have a sip of mine universally said "That is the worst thing ever." I don't mind it though, I just couldn't see myself drinking it in mass quantities.

I do love the red/brown murky appearance though.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 02:21:25 | More by Sjixxxy
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trevorwideman. Consumed with rudge75 after drinking the Belgian Red. Dark red in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of cherries, a hint of vinegar, and vanilla. In the mouth a great balance is struck between the cherry, oak (vanilla), nutty almond, and gentle sourness. A cleamer finishing than expected, but that’s not neessarily a bad thing. Complex and flavorful, yet very easy to drink. Good stuff and it made an interesting counterpoint to the sweeter and more straightforward Belgian Red.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 22:14:04 | More by fisherman34
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

This is a pretty cool beer. I'm always a little cautious with wild yeast beers, but I'm pretty sure New Glarus knows what they're doing.

Looks a dark, hazy amber with little retention. Smells funky (of course) to begin with and I have a tough time describing it.It smells creamy, almost like cream cheese. Grapes comes out in the flavor with a little apple, but its's still mostly a tart creamy flavor. This beer is wild, yet drinkable. Definately a conservation piece for beer geeks. Grab a bottle if you can find it.

Edit: See Bighuge's review below, I think he picks this brew apart pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 06:49:42 | More by tempest
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to shbobdb for this unsolicited bottle. Pours with average head, some lacing, the beer looks unusual. When held up to the light, the bottom outlining edge is a cherry brown color, and above, the beer is dark, opaque brown. This smells absolutely mouthwatering. Slightly tart cherries with a nice dose of oak.

The taste is somewhat subtle. Cherries on the front of the tongue, the wild yeast adds a faint tartness, and then the oak and some barnyard notes. The oak might be the strongest flavor in this beer, yet it does not dominate the beer. This has a full, creamy mouthfeel, it extremely drying. The drinkability is outstanding.

New Glarus is the undisputed king of fruit beers in America.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 07:31:00 | More by Sephiroth
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of the Belgian Red but really liked the Sour Brown so I guess I'm a little different than most reviewers. On pouring it has a muddy brown color with a minimal head. Doesn't look the most appealing but I guess it's about like what I expected. Smells woody with apples. Some sweet apples and some earthy notes. Taste begins sweeter with more cherry than the nose would let on. Some vanilla with some more sweet notes, almost a chocolate flavor but not quite. Slightly sour but the sour brown never truly shows itself. Smoother than expected but I almost want a bit more acidity in the finish. The flavors blend but don't come out fully. Still, its nice and somewhat crisp. There's a solid flavor overall but its nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 18:40:57 | More by granger10
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Murky looking brown appearance. Thin, bubbly beige head. Lacing is spotty in nature and low in quantity. Aroma has a little dusty, cellar-like feel to it. Also some sweet and sour aspects to the nose. Cherry and brown sugar. And a little bit of barrel character. Oaky. The flavor follows suit with some of that sweet and sour character. More sweet than sour though. Vanilla and cherry are present. Brown sugar like sweetness. Maybe a little molasses. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Finish is a little dry. Good rendition here.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 03:06:56 | More by Bighuge
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malcontent

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really no head and minimal lacing at that. A murky, reddish brown liquid is all I am presented with.

Some good sour fruit notes, mostly tart apple and cherry, along with (and I swear I'm not kidding) a soft, ripened cheese smell. That may sound gross but they're two things I love together so I'm definitely interested at this point.

Ha! I wasn't just smelling it; there's a lactic qulity in the aftertaste and on the back of my tongue. Super-weird but kinda good. The initial rush is squarly a sour one although not as extreme as some Flemish sours. A very weird beer (the name seems quite apt) although one I'm enjoying.

The mouthfeel really thickens toward the end making it not the sort of thing you could drink effortlessly but still, I like it enoughthat I'd gladly accept another bottle if some beer freak just happened to be sitting on one of these long-gone bottles...

Speaking of which, thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 05:47:59 | More by malcontent
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky, wortish, red brown fluid fills the Rodenbach flute. Red-tinted cream khaki head recedes to a clingy film. Light vinegar, flint, and horse blanket cut through rummy cherries and whiff of smoky sugar. Palate reveals moderately sweet cherries and cherry sorbet/juice up front. Whaa? Where's the sour vinegar funk? Oh, there it is; better late than never. The back of the palate brings out more complexity, with whiskeyish malt, vanilla, oak, toffee, before sourness and acidic flavors takeover the dry finish. There is a little residual vanilla and cherry leftover though. Spritzy, adventurous carbonation. Medium body. All in all, I really like the sweet and sour interplay, especially with the oaky vanilla mixed in. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 23:03:43 | More by alexgash
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mmmbeer for the sample.

Aroma: Tart cheeries, a hint of brown sugar, and a lactic sourness that is inviting but different.

Appearance: Cloudy iced tea colored with thin white wispy lacing. Not much head.

Flavor: Tart cheery pie, lactic sourness on the back of the tongue, and cherry skins. Kind of alternating between sweet and vinegar. It sounds kind of gross but it was actually kind of interesting.

Mouthfeel: Slightly astringent, thin, and a biting sourness that lasts well into the finish.

Overall impression: Enjoyable but not for me. I'm not a huge fan of fruit in beer. Especially if it masks the typical qualities of beer (barley, hops, yeast, etc). You can't get past the sour cheeries in this one. It's well made but I wouldn't want another. Probably would pair well with dark chocolate. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 01:51:01 | More by mattcrill
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blackie

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: I absolutely cannot wait to tear into this thing. The pour gives a low, tan colored head that recedes in good time. The beer is hazy, medium-dark brown with hues of red...alot like a cloudy iced tea.

smell: Smells awesome. A load of bold sour cherries perfectly balanced with sweet and grainy toasted malts. Rustic farmhouse aromas add a dose of complexity while some yeasty notes flirt alongside. Booze soaked oak is readily found. There's even a slight note of malt vinegar teasing the nose. Hints of green caramel apple. Superbly balanced aroma while maintaining a very interesting complexity.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the higher side of the low range, and the body a full medium. Thick flavors linger on the dry feeling tongue after the swallow.

taste: Rich, dark toasted malts backed up by a considerable farmhouse presence as sour and sweet cherries play around the different areas of the tongue. Notes of saturated hardwood come in strong and a perfectly done sourness grows into the finish. Subtle yet obvious flavors of dry cocoa are found as the beer lingers after the swallow.

drinkability: A great sipping beer. If I didn't make a conscious effort to pace myself, it could be gone in no time at all.

1/4 12oz. bottles shipped down from dirtylou

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 04:07:21 | More by blackie
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

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

Yet another limited release from NG dablling in the sour beers.

A-hazy, rusty orange body with red undertones. Sticky beige head made up of tightly compact carbonation. An "unfiltered" appearance gives it a farmhouse appearance.

S-Sour, rotten, and oaky. Three ways to sum this up. It smells like you are sticking your head in a well-worn fresh cask of this. The cherries are evident and welcomed. Tons of depth here.

T-A tart and sour front make way for a smooth and fruity finish. The natural sugars and oak funk make a great combination. The cherry pits seem to lend an earthy characteristic.

M-The sharpness of this beer spreads quick and leaves a soft, tart mouthfeel. Nice and enjoyable.

D-Extremely unique and a great example of a sour brown. It would be an AWESOME beer straight from the cask on a hand pumped engine. Nice try for the sour fan.

Thank god New Glarus is in Wisconsin!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 23:21:39 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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shbobdb

Indiana

2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Why did they pull this monster out of retirement? Especially at the expense of, what, Staghorn? One of the best domestic Maerzens.

Maybe I'm being too hard on it, it tastes like a 80/20 mix between their Belgian Red and their Oud Bruin. Now, I didn't really like the belgian red but I loved the Oud Bruin, so the balance is towards me very much not liking this beer. But let's break it down:

It pours a hazy cherry read with a head that collapses into a ring around the beer. Not lovin' it.

It smells, ahhh, like something nice and rotten. Like the Oud Bruin mixed with some cherries. I was pretty excited while smelling it.

It tastes, like sweet cherry juice. Like I am drinking black cherry juice. As it warms there is some of the nice rankness of the wild fermentation. There is just too much of the former and too little of the latter. And it is way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way too sweet. It is an artesianal version of Leinie's Berry Weiss. (Original score, 1.5).

So, I let the beer sit until it was very near room temp. The funk has taken over a bit and it has gone from being actively bad to merely a letdown.

Mouthfeel: A little cloying, but not really bad. Just mediocre.

Drinkability? Heck no. No desire to have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 04:02:38 | More by shbobdb
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IntriqKen

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There are a thousand different things going on in this beer.
Pours a cloudy deep, dark tea color with a smallish head that soon becomes a sticky halo ring.
Aromas are basically tart fruit with brown sugar to mellow it out.
Flavor is initially semi-tart cherries, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, followed with a lemon citrus hop.
As it warms and you explore it more the taste becomes less tart and more candied cherries. Really, really complex and really, really nice.
Aftertaste is sort of a lip smacking dry tartness that pleases and makes you want more. With each sensation of tart fruit is the presence of sweetness that makes this an incredibly balanced brew.
What? Retired???
Fate is not kind.
Sometimes the world makes no sense to me.
I want more.
Many, many thanks to nflmvp for this golden opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 01:51:18 | More by IntriqKen
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 12 ounce standard brown glass bottle that has a high quality cream colored cartridge type paper with dark brown lettering and picture of a merry looking chap raising a tankard. More brown lettering with the word ‘uplugged’ emblazoned across in a banner style box with a red background. Metallic dark red foil covers the dark green logo’d crown cap and is itself overlapped with a cream colored neck label that simply says ‘Enigma’. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: A dark brown, rustic, clouded body fills my straight sided Stone Old Guardian goblet. Thin cream colored head soon dissipates and leaves only a halo-ring around the meniscus once it all stabilizes. Light lacing and very fine sized high level of conditioning.

Nose: Sour tones, but not that strong. Hints of Devon toffee and darker cherries. Malts seem to be infused with vanilla odors which at times have a coconut milk aroma. Funk lines the smell start to finish, but takes a back seat.

Taste: The initial mouthful is of a sour brown ale steeped in cherries with an oak aged backdrop. Beyond this, further tastes revealed vanilla tinges to the oak, with a brown sugar sweetness which helps to balance the spiking carbonation and sourness. Dry finish lingers with an acetic nature. Lovely lip smacking residuals seemingly last for ever.

Mouthfeel: Works up to being full bodied, warms as it swallows. Tart and dry with a smooth vanilla tinged oak coating for the throat and tongue.

Drinkability: This style is right up street, it’s what makes me tick. So my penchant for Sour Browns, especially with the Cherries, should in theory be a treat. And it is. Sadly the 12 ounce was all soon consumed and I find myself looking at my aging stash of RRBC Supplication. Once I got started into this bottle I knew it would be Cold-Turkey for a few hours afterwards. Oh yeah, it’s dangerously quaffable.

Overall: An excellent rendition of how good Sour Brown Ales can be, the Cherries and Oak exposure lend a lovely soft complexity to this offering.

An Uncensored, Uncut and Unplugged Thanks for yet another New Glarus winner shipped West by my mate BigHuge. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 00:25:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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maundythirsty

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Violet-tinged amber beer. Dark and a little cloudy. Fizzy head starts and inch deep, but doesn't stay there. Smells perfumey -- Belgian banana, berries, and wheaty yeast.

Taste is powerfully sweet cherry and a cidery spiced flavor. Light feel with zippy carbonation.

Not my cup of tea. Because it kinda tastes like flavored tea. Spices might make it a good holiday choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 05:05:19 | More by maundythirsty
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky burgandy....some funky barnyard on the nose...also brown sugar and tart cherries...

Taste is starts out sweet....overripe cherries soaked in brown sugar....but also an overripe almost spoiled orange flavor..a little tart cherry flavor...then notes of oak and even lighter is a little vanilla.

Medium to full bodied....feels right.

This is another great fruit beer from New Glarus...certainly more complex and better suited for the beer geeks than the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart....feels more like a Belgian beer than those....well done

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 05:27:19 | More by ZAP
Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.