Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

65 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 223
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 4.3%
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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (1,293 characters)

Photo of gustogasmic
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $2.69 in July 2012. It's always great to see New Glarus with a new beer. This saison brew is very yeasty in scent and taste with hints of lemon zest, ginger, and banana. Drinks quite well with its rich and creamy texture. Overall very tasty, but why would you expect anything less from New Glarus? (364 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (321 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of vespahulb
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pouring, I was surprised by the incredibly persistent and tight bubbles! So persistent, it foamed up the glass like champagne.

In the nose, ripe apple and pear flesh, candy, a whiff of grainy bread a wee-bit of Belgian yeasty funk.

In the mouth, I was taken by the utter drinkability, yet complexity. A ton of fruity apple/pear/peach flavors backed by a nice, firm bitterness. As the beer warms, it gains a sort of tart lemon finish, giving it a undeniable acidity that screams refreshing.

Overall, this beer is insanely good. Is Wisconsin the new Belgium?! With Hinternland Saison and now this gem, I'm thinking so! Incredibly complex, delicious and refreshing. (672 characters)

Photo of Strix
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (1,832 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy darker shade of straw yellow. Forms a large bubbly white head that reduces down to a fairly thick and creamy surface coating. Light lacing.

S: Green apples and black pepper. Yeast-derived spices, lemon, and a touch of orange rind.

T: Again green apples. Tart, yet with a light sweetness. Light bubble gum, then a mild bit of yeast, slightly peppery, and some white bread. Some light floral notes on the finish.

M: Lighter bodied, crisp with carbonation approaching the heavier side of things.

O: Another pretty damn good beer from NG, this Saison is just about spot on for the style. (608 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber orange with gushing carbonation that leaves 3 inches of a dense white head. Once the head settles to a constantly maintained quarter inch blanketing I can see that there is excellent lacing and no sediment. The nose is a potent punch of fruity yeast with an underlying honey sweetness and citrus bite. The taste is very sweet up front reminding me of orange marmalade spread thickly onto a fresh, warm biscuit. The beer has terrific body and a mouthfeel that leaves a lingering, dry sweetness and subtle citrus bite after each sip. I'm uncertain what the %abv is on this beer, but I'd imagine it's relatively low.
Easy drinking and a well crafted saison. (684 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy dark golden, almost orange, color with a nice cap of white foam. The aroma is bready malt with yeast and spice. A little orange citrus seeps through. The beer is quite lively on the palate with lots of carbonation. On the palate, this beer has a real dryness to it. The malt plays second fiddle to the crisp peppery citrus hops. A good beer, very refreshing. There are complexities lurking beneath this thing. The only thing I would say, is that I would love to see them bubble to surface more, but still an excellent brew. (554 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 finger head. Color is a cloudy golden with a good bit of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Good retention. Decent lacing.

S. Yeasty, lemon, spices. Smell crisp and refreshing. Grains of paradise add a nice touch. Really nice light Saison smell with a touch of extra attention. Good smelling beer.

T. Lovely. Pale malt, grains of paradise, lemony hops, some light pepper and a little clove. Great yeast flavor displayed in this beer. Very refreshing. Very drinkable.

M. Medium light bodied. Finishes with a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O. Can't say that I have ever been disappointed with one of New Glarus's specialty or seasonal beers. This one did not disappoint either. Incredibly flavorful and easy drinking. New Glarus's Imperial Saison is one of my favorite beers, and this one is pretty damn good too. Maybe I am a sucker for Saison's, but it is nice when someone does one like this. (958 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (943 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big near two-inch white fluffy head on a slightly cloudy golden body. Excellent head retention and well above average clumpy lacing.

S- Cloves in the nose, perhaps a hint of lemon zest.

T- "Lemongrass, pear, green apple". More with the clovey/non-sweet banana yeasty notes. Perceived ABV is right in line with the stated one.

M- Foaming carbonation in the mouth, compliments this beer well I feel. Medium mouthfeel, dry finish.

D/O- Although it has a closer-to-weizen feel to it then most saisons, New Glarus' version excels at what it is. A near perfect (flavorful) beer on a hot summer day. (600 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head with little lacing.

Plenty of spicy Belgian yeast and some fruity esters, hints of banana. Orange zest and white pepper.

Crisp, spicy Belgian yeast with some sweeter malt and grain notes, which I wasn't expecting as much. Lemongrass, orange zest and even a bit of sugary pears in the finish.

The mouthfeel is less carbonation than many saisons and definitely on the heavier side of things. It's also sweeter and less dry than most in the style.

This is another great beer from New Glarus but I don't think it's one of the best versions I've had (unlike their wheat beers, which are stunning). (675 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CaptCleveland...

A: Pours a cloudy mellow gold with about two fingers of pure white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, but it leaves a solid rocky ring along the edges of the glass. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is grain, fresh cut grass, lemons, banana, and clove. It smells excellent.

T: This beer is big on the banana. It's evident from the first sip through to the finish. Banana is the dominant flavor. I get mild flavors in the middle and a big punch of spice in the back end. I get clove, pepper, and a touch of heat in the finish. It's nice.

M: Light bodied beer. This is your typical crisp and refreshing saison, with a little extra. It's sweet to start, but move to hot and spicy in the finish. It's a bit drying on the back end.

O: I love saisons, and I love New Glarus... but I don't exactly love this beer. It's good, and I'd love to drink it again, but it's not what I want when I'm in the mood for the style. It's banana forward and really spicy in the finish. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (538 characters)

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Thumbprint Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.