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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint SaisonThumbprint Saison

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BA SCORE
87
very good

220 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 24
Gots: 14 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pschul4 on 07-09-2012)
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 11:43:44 | More by thagr81us
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mattyrubes

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

09-02-2012 02:13:02 | More by mattyrubes
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 23:14:35 | More by dirtylou
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 12:18:24 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

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

Pours out a very murky and opaque golden orange color with a two finger creamy head for about a minute and a half, but no real lacing is left behind on the glass. Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation levels.
Smells and tastes mostly of apricots, with medium-high amounts of fruity belgian bubblegum, pears, and lighter amounts of banana, orange peel, and clove spice. The yeast is hearty and thick, lending a bit of a chewy texture to the body that fits well with the boldness of the flavors inside. Straight fours across the board.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 03:04:59 | More by WastingFreetime
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-31-2012 23:28:15 | More by CWhite
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-30-2012 14:20:01 | More by sgttibbs
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rfgetz

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 13:33:36 | More by rfgetz
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-28-2012 20:05:58 | More by plumcrazyfx
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-25-2012 03:43:45 | More by kbuzz
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-25-2012 01:41:40 | More by derkfromwi
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sgoro

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-24-2012 00:28:24 | More by sgoro
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yamar68

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:22:15 | More by yamar68
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sjccmd

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:40:27 | More by sjccmd
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theminutemen

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-21-2012 21:20:17 | More by theminutemen
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-20-2012 17:37:58 | More by thewimperoo
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faernt

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 23:55:46 | More by faernt
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klipper

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-19-2012 23:00:23 | More by klipper
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-19-2012 04:53:18 | More by Packman4IL
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-17-2012 18:20:27 | More by Zachtheporter
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-17-2012 02:38:56 | More by doucmehu
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.2%

08-16-2012 13:08:26 | More by KC9LDB
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PeterOrlando92

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-15-2012 16:33:41 | More by PeterOrlando92
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Duff27

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:36:45 | More by Duff27
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Florida9

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:27:36 | More by Florida9
Thumbprint Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.