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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.

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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 224
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)

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (864 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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 (638 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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! (943 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of yamar68
2.7/5  rDev -32%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of faernt
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (608 characters)

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