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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 294
Gots: 149 | 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:
Beer added by: Stevedore on 07-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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1769th Review on BA
Bottle to NG Pils Glass
12oz

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- When it fills up the glass, its slightly off brown with reddish tinges to it. A bit thicker and darker than I wouldve thought. A brown ale naturally so expected actually. A small impush head that is about 1 finger high. Not really a cling to it, but nice non the less.

Smell- On the nose, its not sweet tart puckering, but gets there. Cherries, oak, sweet, vinegar and malty all wrapped into a combined effort. A nice smelling beer that entices as to whats to come.

Taste- A nice sour. A bit off the beaten path like the bottle says. Not like I really expected. The base malts of the brown ale are somewhat muted against the super prickly sweetness of the sour. A bit yeast and fruity with the cherries on this one. A good sour, but just missing a bit for me.

Mouth- A bit thicker than I thought, but again with a sour brown it happens. The feel of the beer is quite nice with a puckering at the end and then trails off to reveal the cherries and yeast on the finish.

Drink- Its a nice sour. I enjoy 12oz sours and between this and the Berliner. It was a really nice couple days from NG. Enjoyable, drinkable, and highly flavorful.

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This is very similar to rodenbach grand cru, except I'd say its more malty and the yeast profile is different. This holds up to any belgian sour very well. They nailed the wild yeast and oaking. The sourness is perfect. Its sour without being overwhelming. This is THE BEST sour per $. Period. Its freaking $10/4 pack! If this were available in mass quantity I would hardly every buy anything else. Did I say how good of a value this is? Its a great value. I'd take this over quite a few balgian sours also. Its a really great beer from NG. Their thumbprint series is awesome. You must try this, then email NG and tell them to MAKE MORE PLEASE!!!

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12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep caramel. Khaki head. Nice wisps.

Smell - Caramel maltiness. Slight acetic aroma. There is a bit of cedar, as the label describes.

Taste - Sour apple and a touch of cherry sourness. Sweet caramel malts. Rich malt character rounds it out nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, if maybe just for the style. Good sourness, kicks up in the back.

Overall - Excellent. Complex enough, while still being a straightforward flanders red style.

Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.