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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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66 Reviews

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 224
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 22
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pschul4 on 07-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 224
Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I remember when I first had this in the summer time, and it was the first of the unplugged series that I have had from New Glarus. It holds a good place in my heart, good aroma and taste, along with its distinct look is what I will remember.

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Photo of don1481
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found a random 4 pack of this today at Woodman's. Why not?

12oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint.

Appearance: Golden bronze with lots and lots of bubbles. Good amount of off-white head that goes down to a small bit that stays on top of the beer fairly quickly. Leaves nothing on the side of the glass for lacing.

Smell: Yeast, some good citrus notes, a little bit of pepper, little bit of fruity notes.

Taste: Sweet and yeasty. Some pear notes shine through, as does a little bit of other fruit. Definitely a soft, mellow taste to it. A faint bit of pepper at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Soft. Medium-light with a little bit of carbonation.

Overall: Very drinkable. Age has done this pretty well on the whole - it's not a sharp hit like I would have expected from when it was first on the shelves. Definitely a nice random surprise at the store!

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No date that I can find, but seeing as this is retired I'd say it's got at least a few months on it.

A: Pours a pale gold with a good sized and very fizzy (almost soda-like) white head. Decent retention but no lacing.

S: Grainy with a little citrus and some black pepper to spice it up.

T: Pretty spicy right from the get go. Sweet grains intermingled with lots of black pepper. Spicy, lightly bitter and dry aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and quite smooth.

O: Easy drinking and spicy saison. Sweet for a saison, which I actually prefer. Fairly simple but I like saisons like this.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to SourAddict for this one. Served in a DryHop mini-pint bottle.

A - Voluminous creamy, white foam that lingers, leaving behind a few tiny specks of lace. Lightly hazed golden body with oodles of tiny bubbles racing upward.

S - Very musty and earthy, with notes of white pepper, pear skins, grains of paradise, and light stone fruit sweetness. Get a tad more fruity and estery as it warms.

T - The taste is sweeter, with notes of candi sugar and pale malts amid fruity Belgian yeast, stone fruits, starchy pear, and perhaps a hint of ginger. There's far less pepper and spice from the yeast here. There's some mild tang and lemon in the finish, but I don't think there's any wild yeast at work here.

M - Some surprising alcohol warming to this; more than I expected for 6.5%. Medium-full body, a bit of grit to it. Pleasant carbonation, with a largely dry finish that lends only mild lingering stickiness.

D - It's a bit too sweet for my tastes, and it seems unnecessarily boozy for what should be a moderate ABV brew. As always, New Glarus shows their skill and craftsmanship here; just not really I look for from this style.

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-pack
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

Let's have a see how this one has been doing over time. The pour is still beautiful. A peachy orange body with carbonation so active it rushes in torrents to the surface, fills my tulip. The ecru head quickly rises to two fingers in height, peaks, and just as quickly sinks to an impressively thick cap with a meringue like gloss. The lacing sticks briefly after each drink before sliding back into the body.

The nose is jammed full of stone fruit. Peaches galore mix with musty apricot & nectarines and are in your face from the get go. Gritty Bartlett pear and soft green apple are also present. Some of the spice has mellowed over time but white pepper and candi sugar remain while a drying booziness tickles the nose. I prefer the softer spice now compared to the fresh.

The flavor has become a little muddled but the spice has faded. Stone fruits lead the way again with that gritty pear kicking in mid-palate. There's a surprising amount of booziness but it's very clean and actually adds some depth. The white pepper is back and a touch of cardamom pushes through before a floral hop finish. It's still drinking well.

The mouthfeel is close to, but not quite at, the level of Belgian saisons. The body is on the light side of medium with an airy and active but soft carbonation. The bubbles make this beer frothy as it hits your tongue.

I'm torn; fresh this was a more intense beer but I'm not a big fan of spice driven saisons. With a little age the spice has faded and it's much more fruit forward which is nice but the fruit is slightly muddled. Don't get me wrong here, this is a damn good beer fresh or with a short amount of time. I'd like to see this made again.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour hazy burn orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has decent retention.

Nose is interesting, some nice sour lemon phenols from the Belgium yeast along with an interesting ginger note. Smells very refreshing.

Malt is fairly light in this brew and is overshadowed by the Belgium yeast. There is a slight Belgium/farmhouse funk but nothing to intense. Hops are detected on the exhale and are very mellow.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation and a good stickiness that give it a nice body

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy dull golden body. occasional scattered spot of lacing.

S: I like the aroma its just not very Belgian. Notes include clove, anise, citrus mostly pineapple and some grains.

T: clove, lemon tartness, a little belgian yeast and club soda in the finish with also a bitter, metallic taste late.

M: light to medium body and very high carbonation. not as dry a finish as I want.

Overall: It wasnt a bad beer just not very Belgian or funky. I want more of the barnyard, yeast style of saison.

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Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a hazy, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Musty yeast, wheat, and notes of clove.

T - Sweet malt up front with an anise note in the middle. Some clove and nutmeg in the middle with a finish of spices, a touch of citrus, and mild hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Not my cup of tea, the spice character is robust, but quite odd.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

A- Hazed and murky darker tangarine, lite tan head with bubbles on the larger side of tiny, stays nicely but leaves just some slippery foam.

S- Pungent nose filled with pepper, Belgian yeast spicing and ripe fruits.

T- Zesty, bold and flavorful, with pepper, plentiful a banana note, yeast and excess character burting through.

M- carbonation on the active side

O-Agressive saison, flavorful and quite enjoyable. Has the feel of an imperial or very American take on the style, and I like it.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Teku glass (no bottle date)

Bright orange hue with slim white head that holds throughout. Numerous bubbles constantly heading to the surface. This beer is clearly carbonated properly for the style of Saison I prefer. Not very hazy. The beer is clear and clean but certainly not transparent.

You get the Belgian yeast on the nose. You can tell it is a Saison, but there aren't really any other specific notes on the nose.

Very clean flavor on point with numerous other Saisons. There is some orange peel and various spices. Effortlessly drinkable. The effervescence carries into the mouthfeel making it a joy to drink. I would not hesitate to pick up this beer again as a go-to Saison.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off thanks to Dave Hack for the trade and this lovely extra. Hazey and opaque in my glass, honey orangish yellow poofy white head. Fair carbonation and fair retention as well. But lacking in the rocky thick lacing department. The aroma is very bubblegum, dusty, peppery and coriander. Faint wintergreen. Flavor = spices, coriander, that same slight wintergreen and bubblegum. Slightly lingering aftertaste of pepper. A pretty watery beer even for a saison. I would assume this beer was brewer with French Saison yeast, a yeast I like but one that I think produces a one note saison, which this is. All yeast driven and I am having a hard time finding any hop charecter etc. in this beer. That is not to say I do not find it tasty, it tastes good but to me a saison should have complexity and this lacks in that deparment.

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Photo of koopa
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with DaveHack thanks!

Appearance: Pours a classic saison hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white crown that shows good retention and some lace.

Smell: Mainly yeast driven but lacking in spicy esters/phenolics. The malt foundation has a slightly sweetened urine quality.

Taste: Similar to the nose but fortunately the flavor profile does have some peppery notes and doesn't taste like sweetened urine :)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation and slightly slick mouthfeel.

Overall: Nothing standout spectacular, but nothing really flawed with this saison either.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice extra from a friend. Poured about a finger of head which was a dirty white color with larger bubbles. Body is moderately cloudy and a yellow wheat. Aroma is of wheat, sweet candy, and dust. The smell changes with each sniff so it is difficult to nail down. Really a light beer with flavors of wheat, green apple, banana, and pineapple. Quite nice. Mouth is full of carbonation which fills the body out nicely. A little drying on the tongue.

Overall a very pleasant beer that is very sessionable. Light and refreshing while full of flavor and aroma. I think this would have mass appeal as well.

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Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beer styles, by one of my favorite breweries, sent to me by one of my favorite beer traders. Thanks BeerFMAndy!

Served in a tulip.

A: It poured a fairly bright orange, with ever the slightest dark shades in certain areas. It was cloudy, no doubt, and with about a finger or so head that turned to sizable clumps within seconds.

S: Much more "beery" than most in this style that I've smelled in the part. The Belgian yeast strain was not as pronounced and this had a very inviting fruit and Alka-Seltzer combo that was quite unique.

T: Scratch that... it wasn't Alka-Selzer... more like Flintstone vitamins. There was a certain soft, floral quality about this that was quite delectable in the mid-palate range. However, around the edges, it was actually quite bitter (not necessarily in a bad way).

M: Like I said, bitter, somewhat grainy, but ultimately with a nice fruit component. The carbonation was very spritzy.

O: I really enjoyed this one and feel very fortunate to have gotten to try it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy yellow / orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head.
smells of lemongrass, pepper, and fresh bread. very tasty.. a nice bitterness up front followed immediately by a sweet lemon-citrus flavor. slight hint of pepper and a wonderful bready sweet finish.
medium in body with a high amount of carbonation and a crisp finish (very refreshing).

another nice offering from the great New Glarus! a little off season but still a delicious beer. it's incredible how a single brewer can nail down so many different styles almost to perfection.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer by any means, but sadly lacking in the unique flavors that characterize a saison. A definite Belgian character, no doubt, but more along the lines of a Belgian pale strong ale. Bright and well carbonated with some sharp flavor notes, but missing any of the funkier flavor aspects that Saisons bring to the party.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first and only vintage, I believe. I love saisons, and consider New Glarus one of my local breweries, so I'm fired up to try this. Tasted 14 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours clear soft golden-orange. Two fingers of fizzy white head, good retention, not much lacing. A thick column of bubbles rising up through the sunny goodness.

Smell is floral and slightly pungent. Definitely on the lighter side of saisons, mostly flowery and lightly hoppy, but backed by a gentle earthy base.

Taste is really nice. More earthy and spicy than the smell. A gentle peppery spice, with a mildly funky earthy malt-yeast base. Feels delicate, with all these lovely rounded edges. Finishes mildly bitter. I like it.

Mouthfeel is exactly as it should be. Medium-bodied, a touch of clinginess (like adhesive, not the sugary sticky) that keeps the flavors hanging on. Medium-high carbonation, and a tingly lasting finish.

Everything about this beer is gentle. The flavors and aromas come in these soft waves, touching on my senses rather than blasting them full-bore. It's well-made, subtle, and excellently balanced. Very nice.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head on top, very bubbly with nice retention leaving a one finger cap on top. Thin lacing forms on the glass.

S: Yeast and spices, cloves and pepper. A bit of banana as well as bready/doughy malt.

T: A bit of citrus up front mixed with banana and a little pepper, cloves, and a touch of ginger. On the earthy side with a bit of grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very crisp.

O: A fan of this saison, the crispness combined with the citrus and ginger along with the normal saison flavors sets this one apart.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/03/12 notes. Bought a bottle of this from the brewery and opened in my hotel room the next day.

a - Pours a hazy medium yellow-brown color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, spice, bready malts, lemon, citrus, earthy notes, yeast, cloves, and pepper. Nice mix of spice, banana, and citrus.

t - Tastes of citrus, spices, pepper, yeast, bready malts, bananas, toasted malts, dough, cloves. Little more citrus here and less bananas. Some earthy notes to it as well.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice saison. A nice mix of citrus and earthy notes to the normal banana and bread. Easy to drink and something I would definitely like to have again.

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Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep golden yellow. Fluffy white head with tons of carbonation just streaming up from the etching on the bottom of my Duvel glass. Great retention. A bit of whispy lacing that fades away.

S: Lots of spicy lemon zest. Biscuity and some white pepper. Some fruity esters as well.

T: Starts off with a nice, fresh lemon burst with a bit of belgium spice and coriander. Lots of yeast, but not overly spicy at all. Finishes a bit dry, not as dry as some saisons.

M: Medium to lighter body, very active and strong carbonation.

O: Decent drinkability. Not one of my favorite styles, but this is solid, as expected from New Glarus. Worth a try.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Golden Straw in color with a creamy white two finger head with excellent retention.

S- Lemon citrus zest and peppery ginger. Pale barely and biscuit malts.

T- Zesty crisp. Nice lemon citrus and pepper spice. Finishes with a nice herbal hoppiness.

M- Light and easy drinking. Crisp and clean. Excellent carbonation with a citrusy dry finish.

O- One of the best Saisons I have tried. An excellent offering of a Belgium classic. Looking forward to enjoying this brew again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The lacing was minimal but the retention was constant. The smell of the beer is light, not much really stands out on the nose. Some light grains and Belgian yeast on the nose, some subtle hops also. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up. There is some subtle spice in there as well as some earthy grains and hops. The mouthfeel is generously carbonated with a dry bubbly finish. Overall this Saison is decent but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of gustogasmic
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden straw. Fast wide column of carbonation from center. Light, white, lazy head, stays as a 1/8" blanket.

Smell is faint and balanced grassy yeast, straw, and lemon meat.

A sip reveals a wonderful hop presence, spiced, grassy, slowly moving bitterness. The mouthfeel is sublime- the balance of pillowy carbonation and tangy refreshing bite that a top notch saison should deliver. This does it as we'll as any American-made version I can remember, Sophie's the only one I can remember coming close.

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Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden colored with a thin layer of clean white foam on top.

Awesome nose. Lots of fruit, banana, sweet yeasty esters, white pepper.

Sweet, spicy, fruity. Very complex flavor. Usually not a big saison fan, but this is really nice. Not real funky and has enough honey sweetness to compliment the spice and fruit. Peppery and hop spice builds on the backside.

Medium feel with a higher amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

I really like this beer. Excellent all around, especially considering I don't enjoy most saisons. Well done indeed.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
6.5% ABV, 1732 on neck.

A - Pouring mostly clear, this bright golden beer is capped by a dense and creamy white head that refuses to deflate. Thin, wispy lace clings to the glass as it slowly fades out.

S - New Glarus' Thumbprint Saison has an aroma quite similar to the classics; perfumy spice and white pepper from the yeast with a lemongrass zest and spicy hop note. Soft wheat barely makes it through with the pale malt, buried under the awesome plethora of yeast esters.

T - Zesty and bright with lemongrass citrus and nice spiciness from the yeast, the beers flavor is the perfect segue from summer to fall with white pepper and herbal hoppiness along the finish. Minor sweet notes pull through from the malt, but like the aroma, they're hidden.

M - Bright carbonation dances on the tongue with a sprite-like feel, citrus dryness included. Light and easy drinking, this terrific saison finishes out with a thin lingering flavor for a subtle "have some more" gesture.

O - New Glarus' Thumbprint Saison closely parallels Belgium's classics with it's open, perfumy aroma and delicious spicy flavor with a crisp, carbonated feel. An excellent beer all around, New Glarus continues to display their knowledge of varied styles and brewing prowess.

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Thumbprint Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
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