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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 23
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: pschul4 on 07-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-pack
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

Let's have a see how this one has been doing over time. The pour is still beautiful. A peachy orange body with carbonation so active it rushes in torrents to the surface, fills my tulip. The ecru head quickly rises to two fingers in height, peaks, and just as quickly sinks to an impressively thick cap with a meringue like gloss. The lacing sticks briefly after each drink before sliding back into the body.

The nose is jammed full of stone fruit. Peaches galore mix with musty apricot & nectarines and are in your face from the get go. Gritty Bartlett pear and soft green apple are also present. Some of the spice has mellowed over time but white pepper and candi sugar remain while a drying booziness tickles the nose. I prefer the softer spice now compared to the fresh.

The flavor has become a little muddled but the spice has faded. Stone fruits lead the way again with that gritty pear kicking in mid-palate. There's a surprising amount of booziness but it's very clean and actually adds some depth. The white pepper is back and a touch of cardamom pushes through before a floral hop finish. It's still drinking well.

The mouthfeel is close to, but not quite at, the level of Belgian saisons. The body is on the light side of medium with an airy and active but soft carbonation. The bubbles make this beer frothy as it hits your tongue.

I'm torn; fresh this was a more intense beer but I'm not a big fan of spice driven saisons. With a little age the spice has faded and it's much more fruit forward which is nice but the fruit is slightly muddled. Don't get me wrong here, this is a damn good beer fresh or with a short amount of time. I'd like to see this made again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour hazy burn orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has decent retention.

Nose is interesting, some nice sour lemon phenols from the Belgium yeast along with an interesting ginger note. Smells very refreshing.

Malt is fairly light in this brew and is overshadowed by the Belgium yeast. There is a slight Belgium/farmhouse funk but nothing to intense. Hops are detected on the exhale and are very mellow.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation and a good stickiness that give it a nice body

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Thumbprint Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.