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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by herman77:
Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Bubbly, hazed golden straw, big head, good retention

SMELL: Peppery, taffy, dragon fruit, chalky yeast, biscuity, clementine pith

TASTE: Expressively crisp, lighter bodied, peppery, gummy, ginger-like, biscuity, earthy, fresh grain, dried grass, bread crust, phenolic, semi-dry finish

A delicate brew in someways but very intricate the more you sip it. Without a doubt one of the best Saisons I have tried this year. Beers like this would be worth a visit to the brewery and I am pretty sure I have said this about of their beers before.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, returned from a recent visit back to Madison. Wow - what a terrible uploaded picture of this bottle.

appearance: served in a new holland autumnfest pint, hazy straw-golden body, fluffy white head with nice retention

smell: belgian yeast, white pepper, corriander

taste: a much more traditional effort than the imperial saison of yesteryear. fresh and crisp - corriander, white pepper, loads of yeast, lemon peel, fresh citrus, soapy. A good saison - not very funky, but solid and drinkable

mouthfeel: very yeasty, floral

overall: would make a nice year-round offering, a little standard for the thumbprint/unplugged line

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by cmrillo during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that remained throughout. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, earth, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. As far as saisons go this one wasn’t too bad, but it definitely didn’t stand out like I would have hoped it would. However, most of the right aspects were there, but there was no sign of the spices typical of the style but was rather a little more fruity and sweet. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t seek it out specifically if you have to trade for it.

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Wil for sharing this one!

into a dry tulip glass, it ours a glassy saturated orange with a slight haze from suspended yeast articles. Thin layer of foam that breaks apart fairly quickly .

Big orange and phenolic spice character n the aroma, lemondrop, white pepper.

Tart fruit, orange peel, clover honey, light phenolic spice. Light to medium bitterness, smooth feel. A nice rendition, lightly sweet and more fruit/spice forward rather than dry, better than many American saisons.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip.

A - Hazy pale straw yellow. Half a finger of light bubbly off-white head with good retention.

S - Bready malts, Belgian yeast, spice, pepper and a very mild citrus presence.

T - A big Belgian yeast and peppery presence up front. The mid-palate adds bready malts, clove and spice. The finish is dry and peppery. Only the slightest malt sweetness comes through as the pepper and spice dominate.

M - Light to medium body with a decent chew. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of nataku00
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of soapy off white head. Head dissipates after a minute to a half a finger or so, no lacing. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is typical of a saison, floral and lemon hops, clove, coriander, fruity esters, biscuit malts.

Taking a sip, follows the nose. A touch of lemon and floral, then clove, banana and bubblegum esters and biscuit malt sweetness. A fairly dry finish with lingering banana and spice.

Light to medium body and highly carbonated, sharp pricks on the tongue before it subsides to a creamier finish.

Photo of scaliasux
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium gold with a hint of red. Cloudy. Moderate foamy white head. Persistent.

Smell - Aroma is mainly fruity. Banana, orange and clove.

Taste - Malt is light but not particularly sweet. Sour fruit, particularly banana and sour orange, spiciness, particularly clove, a lemony finish. A hint of alcohol. Sour but flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Light-Medium. Well carbonated.

Overall - A good measure of sour fruit flavor, but still very drinkable.

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Thumbprint Saison

Appearance: New Glarus’ unplugged Saison pours a slightly opaque and foggy golden/orange yellow with a pure white two fingers of head topping it off. The carbonation is quite active and there are no alcohol legs at all, which is not really a surprise with its (assumed) low ABV. This saison is a very average looking beer, but it looks the part of its name.

Aroma: Again, a very average smelling beer. It really smells very “beery”, which may seem obvious, but it is a statement that deserves to be said. True to its type once again, this saison smells very yeasty and spicy, while retaining a touch of the malty. There is not much in the way of hop aromas.

Taste: Like most New Glarus beers, this one comes into its own and makes up for its lacking characteristics in the taste department. Spicy, yeasty, sweet, and sour all vie for control of the taste buds. Cloves and cinnamon are present, while a grape/wine-esque quality fight away the bit of sweetness from the malt. There is just a touch of hop bitterness in the very back of the taste.

Mouthfeel: The lively carbonation originally spotted does not disappoint in the mouth. A very playful fizziness does well to assist and elaborate upon the spicy and sour characteristics of the beer. There is also a welcome warming sensation (perhaps from the alcohol?) that persists through the entire bottle. It also has a dry, wine-like finish that adds to the drinkability.

Overall: Though this saison was disappointing to look at, it more than made up for its shortcomings where it counts. The mouthfeel really supports and complements the tastes perfectly and makes this saison excellent. It is also extremely, dangerously drinkable and refreshing; New Glarus released this at the perfect time in this unseasonably hot Wisconsin summer. 17/20

Photo of yamar68
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish gold with a short-lived, fizzy white cap. After a few brief moments, it looks like a glass of apple juice.

The nose is dominated by bubble gum aromas. A slight suggestion of clove-like yeast. A bit of funky fresh barnyard stuff.

The taste takes the same direction but the bubble gum isn't quite so pungent - it is, still, the lead player though. There's some other grassy bits and spicy notes as well.

Very little carbonation - exceedingly drinkable but just not working for me.

I wish these bottles had dates as I suspect this one is past its prime.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from12 on bottle about 30 days old

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with a fresh brilliant white head

S-fruit,pepper,spice,wet hay lemon grass and musty funk

T- superb its spicy with slight sour fruit and funk wet hay

M- slight tart with nice carbonation fruit and pepper/spice finish

O- Superb saison highly drinkable

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Briight golden orange with a light haze, active bubbles lead to a long lasting, almost permanant head, good stuff. Scent brings peppery spice, bready yeast, light floral and citrus notes, honey, light earthyness. Taste follows suit, firm in spice with a splash of earthyness at the end. Medium bodied, bubbly, crisp but smooth. A very nice, full flavored saison - one of the best American made saisons in 12oz format.

Photo of faernt
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

spritzy...light...a great yard beer as most saisons are for me. There is an absence of idiosyncrasy that I enjoy in the style which gives me a reason to try many others. It's a solid beer and well made, but it doesn't have the curious notes that I've come to enjoy in a saison.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a new belgium globe.

Appearance: straw yellow bodied beer that has a slighty opaque quality to it. Huge white head that starts at about 3 finger tall and drops fairly slowely. Spotty lace.

Smell: Yeasty, bready, lite citrus, wet hay and touch of sweet fruitiness. Maybe a hint of banana bread.

Taste: Wet hay, dusty, musk, and wheat notes. Bananas, cloves, pears. Fairly fruity. Mildy bitter hops that are grassy, earthy, and floral that linger into the aftertaste. Also a touch of bitter orange zest.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with carbonation thats on the high end of moderate. This beer has such fresh and crisp mouthfeel. Really easy to drink; almost like a 4% beer. Carbonation is near perfection and carries the beers flavors very well.

Overall: Really well made saison by Dan! I can get a hint of the brett that he threw into this beer, but it sure is subtle. I would recommend this beer to anyone who loves saisons!

Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy pale yellow color that produced a nice frothy head. Good retention too.

(S)- A dry lemon peel and subtle hay/funk.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice dry body with subtle funk overall. A touch of lemon to freshen it up.

(M)- A really nice carbonation level. A great balance of dryness, funk, and subtle hay-like lemon.

(O)- Another great classic by New Glarus. I really like my Saisons dry, and this one delivers that on all fronts. It matches the style well and just hit the spot up on my summer vacation to the northwoods.

Photo of sjccmd
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very nice. Deep golden with a large off white head. Bubbles streams up to the top. Head recedes slowly and leaves a trickle of lacing.

Spicy and fruity aroma. Noble hops. Grassy, citrussy and floral. Slightly restrained, but very good.

Juicy citrus upfront. Orange peel and spices round out. Slightly biscuity malt character. A little phenolic. Some clove. Finish is quite dry.

Carbonation is nice and spritzy but still has some body. Pretty clean dry finish.

A lot of saisons from American breweries often disappoint me. So many end up tasting one dimensional. Usually being a slightly fruity or sweeter less hoppy version of a generic pale ale. This is not the case with New Glarus. Well done.

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1441st Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Noir Glass
12oz

2012 Bottling
Thanks to Oreo & DrewBA for the gift

App- Pours like a like a saison just a bit darker and murky. A nice goldenrod with with yellow wheat colors. A small 1/2 in head was there and gone. No real head on this one.

Smell- Pleast strains of yeast and some floral notes with a decent amount of pepper in the nose. A bit of an oily note but still pleasant.

Taste- A nice saison with good flavors across the board. Maybe its too thick for me? Not bubbly enough. Its good but missing something. The yeast and pepper play well with a slight pear/apple flavor.

Mouth- A thicker body saison with a good medium carbonation. Residual pear/apple and spice notes.

Drink- Nice, saison, could be better. Wish I had more to sit on. Thanks for the gift while I was in town though fellas!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is one inch of off white foam that recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of flowers, leathers, soil, passion fruit, and those chalky heart candies you get for Valentine's Day. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice mix of bright fruit, and earthy barnyard notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an appropriately high level of carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a unique saison that I truly enjoy. I can see myself drinking this again.

Photo of Strix
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, nice frothy head that eventually fades to a ring.

Lemon zest, pepper, banana in the nose.

Pepper, juicy fruit, yeast, lemon zest, biscuit, pear, ginger. No funky aftertaste.

Crisp, bubbly mouthfeel.

Love the complexity on this one. Thumbprints continually impress me.

Photo of nlmartin
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served chilled into a tulip glass.

A- The body of the beer is a slightly hazy honey coloration. The head was a thin white layer on the beer. The head resolved to a ring of foam.

S- The beers aroma has lemons, freshly cut grass, tons of banana, and cloves.

T- Lemony cloves lead the way giving off alot of bananas flavors.

M- The body is light and well carbonated.

O- Not a bad saison but not what I would reach for first if a saison was what I was craving.

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Thumbprint Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.