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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

66 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%
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 pmlondrigan
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -24.4%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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%
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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of gustogasmic
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
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 jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 daledeee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into an oversized wine glass. The body is cloudy gold with medium white head that seems to go away pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

Nose is bready with apple and apricot.

Taste is overloaded with lemon peel(definitely on the citrus peel side). Hints of yeast and some nice pear blended in. It is to the point where the finish is kind of sour or bitter. This is a different twist to the Saison style, but it seems to hold true.

Mouth feel is very carbonated. Not real strong alcohol presence. This is a pretty good beer, but I have other favorites in the category. (583 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a New Glarus pilsner glass.

Pours a clear straw with a strong column of bubbles up the center. Smallish head falls to a covering but no lacing.

The aroma has spicy yeast and lemony notes.

Taste has a crisp peppery yeast flavor then slightly bitter and strong lemon (maybe the grains of paradise?) and subtle pear. Some sourness on the finish. Cracker and mild biscuit.

Crisp and dry. Refreshing and unique, effervescent with a light body. (462 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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 laintringulis
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a golden beige color with a slight haziness and small thin white head that fades quickly.
S: Primarly banana. Slight grassiness, with an earthy lemon aroma
T: Heavy on the banana without tasting artificial. Light cloves and peppery notes. Vague honey flavor.
M: Very light and crisp; style appropriate. Nice amount of carbonation. Thin bodied with pleasant light floral and peppery dry finish.
O: Very nice flavored beer and easy to drink. If I did not know what I was drinking, I would never have guess that this is a saison. I'll gladly drink more of this and enjoy it, but I won't drink it when I'm craving a saison. (662 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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 sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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 BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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)

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