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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint SaisonThumbprint Saison

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very good

222 Ratings

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 24
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev +3.4%

slvrmon82, Sep 05, 2012
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.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev +3.4%

mattyrubes, Sep 02, 2012
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

dirtylou, Sep 02, 2012
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
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.

WastingFreetime, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

CWhite, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

sgttibbs, Aug 30, 2012
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.

rfgetz, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

plumcrazyfx, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kbuzz, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +3.4%

derkfromwi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +3.4%

sgoro, Aug 24, 2012
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.

yamar68, Aug 24, 2012
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.

sjccmd, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

theminutemen, Aug 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

thewimperoo, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of faernt
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.

faernt, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

klipper, Aug 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Packman4IL, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Zachtheporter, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

doucmehu, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +29.2%

KC9LDB, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

PeterOrlando92, Aug 15, 2012
Thumbprint Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.