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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 247
Gots: 101 | FT: 8
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005)
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Photo of andrewmartin
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.

andrewmartin, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
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.

soulgrowl, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of electrojosh
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."

electrojosh, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Sjixxxy
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.

Sjixxxy, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of fisherman34
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.

fisherman34, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
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.

Sephiroth, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of granger10
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.

granger10, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of malcontent
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!

malcontent, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of alexgash
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.

alexgash, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
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.

mattcrill, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of blackie
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

blackie, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
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!

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
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.

shbobdb, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
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.

IntriqKen, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
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.

maundythirsty, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of ZAP
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

ZAP, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Callenak
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend of mine got two of these in a trade. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky copper with a tint of red. Not a big head but fizzy bubbles in the beer. Looks like a cherry coke. Smell is similar to a Flemish sour. Fruit and oak with a hint of caramel malt.

I thoroughly enjoy sour beers so was excited to give this a whirl. There is definitely a sour presence but not over powering. Taste is similar to a Flemish sour with a strong cherry presence with a hint of vanilla, most likely from the oak.

I was honestly a little let down by this one. I was under the impression it was going to have a much more "wild" taste to it. Of course we shouldn't go into a beer expecting much of anything, but sometimes it's unavoidable. It was enjoyable for a one time thing, but I won't go out of my way to try and get another one.

Callenak, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved as part of a trade with demcorhip, thanks for getting me this Wisconsin gem!

Wow, this pour really is mysterious. I've never seen a beer like this. A small head persents itself then dies to a slight lace. It is at the same time translucent and opaque, which dosen't make any sense at all. It seems like it's thick with sediment, but I'm not sure that's what it is. I think the best way to describe how this beer looks is that it looks like a glass of prune juice. Almost exactly. Mild carbonation from what I can tell. The nose is very unique as well, aromas of cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, plums, raisins, and a cool yeasty funkiness. Mostly sweet, but the little bit of sourness that there is is very pleasant.

Taste is just plain unusual, yet wow. All the fruits I mentioned before make an appearance, but the straight-up farmhouse funkiness absolutely smashes the palate when this beer hits the tongue. Yes sir, there's a little Belgian trickery in here. There's nothing bitter about this beer at all, just lots of sweet and tart flavour to make you salivate for more. My only complaint is that the carbonation is a little too fizzy and rather siezes the tongue on first sip. Other than that this is a real sipper that is really very unique and pleasant, I'm very glad to have the opportunity to try it.

trevorwideman, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like an apple orchard on a warm day, with some blackberry. Pours a murky rust with a fast diminishing head. Very different if you drink it without making an effort to smell it at the same time. The tast and aroma mix to complement each other, with some of the mustiness of fermenting fruit enhancing the sweet/sour taste. Very drinkable in that it gets better with each sip. This is a very aptly named beer in that it seems to mysteriously change from a forceful cacophony of flavors at first to a subtle, floral, easy drinking beer at the last. Yea, I haven't used the word "cacophony" for a while.

CH3CH2OH, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of BrewnZ
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 4pk of 12oz bottles in Milwaukee for $9.00USD. Labeled as a sour brown ale.

Rich fruity aroma with hint of sourness, cherries, and mellow brett. funk. A cloudy red/brown similar to their other fruit beers bu more brown. Now for the 1st taste . . . Like a maltier version of the Wisconsin Belgian Red. Very good, but could use some more sourness for balance. Med-full bodied with stale hop flavor (cheese) and some buttery diacetyl that adds complexity rather than distracts.

Later, while on the brewery a the brewer hinted that they pasteurize this beer by pumping it into the boiled kettle and heating it to 140F. I get the feeling they do this or something to stop the brett. action on all their fruit beers. No of them seem very hard or lambic like, to me, give the fermentation process they described on the tour.

BrewnZ, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky amber brown, looks like some raspberry juice was squeezed into it. Head is decent, a bit fizzy with an obvious pinkish tint.

S: Now how the hell do you describe that? Does this really smell like cheese? Buttery cherries, oak, and vinegar in the real highs. Unique to say the least.

T: Whoa! I'm going to need to step back and reprepare myself. OK, here goes....Begins with loads of musty cherries, massive buttery brett and darting tart nips to the tip of the tongue. Transisitions to balanced oak, black pepper kicks and lemonade. Finishes very buttery with loads of brett. Lingering, gentle tartness coast the beer to fruition.

M: Medium body with a full, smooth mouthfeel.

D: This beer would scare the bejesus out of non seasoned beer drinkers. It could have gone either way...but too much cheese and it could be a serious turn off. Personally, I think its brilliant. Another feather in the cap for New Glarus, one of the finest breweries in the world.

Westsidethreat, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An opaque rusty color with a white head that is overly carbonated. Fades quickly into a nice ring around the glass and very little lace.

Sour cherry and hints of yeast dominate the nose. This is very fruity with a whiff of acidity and brett I believe.

This is a big full mouthed highly acidic beer. Wonderful flavors of chocolate covered cherries, very sour and in your face. Brett again I believe.

The mouthfeel is enormous for the style. Seems to coat the palate with a syruply chocolate enigma:)

Very Good.

mcallister, Nov 08, 2006
Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.