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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 284
Gots: 160 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally, after a year and a half of patient coaxing Wisconsin dark malts whirl in a kaleidoscope of cedar, caramel and tart green plum exuberance. Available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten paths, this is authentic Wisconsin sour brown ale. Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F.

(Beer added by: Stevedore on 07-09-2013)
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle picked up today and consumed in a Cantillon stemmed glass today, 7/9/13.

Aroma: Oak and tannins, tart cherry, hints of dark fruit, some caramel. A bit of earthy funk on the front end. A nice, strong but not overwhelming bouquet of aroma that suggests to me that it is going to be a sour brew on the sweet side.

Colour: Pours a clear but dark brown caramel body, with a 1cm white head that dissipates into small splotches on the surface of the brew. No lacing to be seen as I drink this beer. It looks like a typical brown ale.

Flavour: It's not particularly fruity at the beginning, basically straight up sourness and light earthy funk. There comes hints of tart cherry fruitiness though nowhere near as much as a good kriek which is also balanced out by the sweet, caramel-toffee malt.. this makes for a pleasing and complex cascade of taste. In the end, it all comes together for a nice overall sour that has a substantial component of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly resinous and certainly not a dry sour at all. Refreshing to drink, the sour and sweetness comes together well. Carbonation is very high- as soon as I touched my bottle opener on the cap, I could hear the gas hissing out. Aftertaste is primarily the sourness and a sweet combination of earthy funk.. e.g. all the components are still there at the end.

Overall: My favorite Thumbprint to date. It's a genuine wild ale that seems to have a significant sweet component to it compared to some of the other sours out there, including some fruit lambics. Very refreshing and an all-season brew for the sour heads out there. Much less on the fruit side than Enigma, and it showcases the brown ale malts a bit more. It's not the best sour I've ever had, but it represents an incredible value for the quality and flavour profile you get here.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 19:37:44 | More by Stevedore
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12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark iced-tea color with a large, fluffy, dark tan head that faded into a thick and lasting fuzzy film.
S: Bright and complex notes of cinnamon, apricot, peach, cedar, oak, caramel, funk, cherry, and a light tartness come through. This smells very delicious and inviting.
T: Very unique and mildly tart flavors of plums, cherry skins, apricots, woody oak, and caramel. The finish has a kiss of strawberry and mild chocolate, and the aftertaste has a very mild lemon tartness and lingering cedar/cinnamon spiciness.
M: Medium body, viscous and greasy mouthfeel that is slick, smooth, and a pleasure to drink. Carbonating is delicate, fluffy, and soft.
O: I was impressed by this one. It has just the right amount of complexity to the flavors, and just the right amount of tartness so as to not overpower them. It’s too bad this is my only bottle.

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Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The color is a dark brownish red, almost like iced tea. It's pretty cloudy, yet sports a massive crown of foam. Very, very impressive for a highly acidic sour beer. The nose has fairly strong aromas of green apples, dry white wine, grapes, and a sweet cherry-like note as well.

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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