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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint SaisonThumbprint Saison

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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 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 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 emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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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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Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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).

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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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 FosterJM
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1441st Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Noir Glass

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!

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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 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 Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Thumbprint Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.