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Thumbprint Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint SaisonThumbprint Saison

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66 Reviews

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 224
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 224
Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of faernt
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber orange with gushing carbonation that leaves 3 inches of a dense white head. Once the head settles to a constantly maintained quarter inch blanketing I can see that there is excellent lacing and no sediment. The nose is a potent punch of fruity yeast with an underlying honey sweetness and citrus bite. The taste is very sweet up front reminding me of orange marmalade spread thickly onto a fresh, warm biscuit. The beer has terrific body and a mouthfeel that leaves a lingering, dry sweetness and subtle citrus bite after each sip. I'm uncertain what the %abv is on this beer, but I'd imagine it's relatively low.
Easy drinking and a well crafted saison.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head with little lacing.

Plenty of spicy Belgian yeast and some fruity esters, hints of banana. Orange zest and white pepper.

Crisp, spicy Belgian yeast with some sweeter malt and grain notes, which I wasn't expecting as much. Lemongrass, orange zest and even a bit of sugary pears in the finish.

The mouthfeel is less carbonation than many saisons and definitely on the heavier side of things. It's also sweeter and less dry than most in the style.

This is another great beer from New Glarus but I don't think it's one of the best versions I've had (unlike their wheat beers, which are stunning).

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Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1441st Review on BA
Bottle to Pinot Noir Glass

2012 Bottling
Thanks to Oreo & DrewBA for the gift

App- Pours like a like a saison just a bit darker and murky. A nice goldenrod with with yellow wheat colors. A small 1/2 in head was there and gone. No real head on this one.

Smell- Pleast strains of yeast and some floral notes with a decent amount of pepper in the nose. A bit of an oily note but still pleasant.

Taste- A nice saison with good flavors across the board. Maybe its too thick for me? Not bubbly enough. Its good but missing something. The yeast and pepper play well with a slight pear/apple flavor.

Mouth- A thicker body saison with a good medium carbonation. Residual pear/apple and spice notes.

Drink- Nice, saison, could be better. Wish I had more to sit on. Thanks for the gift while I was in town though fellas!

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Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Wil for sharing this one!

into a dry tulip glass, it ours a glassy saturated orange with a slight haze from suspended yeast articles. Thin layer of foam that breaks apart fairly quickly .

Big orange and phenolic spice character n the aroma, lemondrop, white pepper.

Tart fruit, orange peel, clover honey, light phenolic spice. Light to medium bitterness, smooth feel. A nice rendition, lightly sweet and more fruit/spice forward rather than dry, better than many American saisons.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy juicy lemon color. Head doesn't last that long, but this one is quite cold.
Pear and spices are on the nose. white pepper.
This one starts off juicy and ends spicy. Pear, apple, a spritz of lemon, cracked white pepper, esters, wheat, chamomile.
Mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation.

I like a lot of Danny's beers, and this one is no exception.

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