Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
This pours a clear yet dark amber color with a fizzy head. The aroma is very tart with candied fruits and sugars. The taste is sweet and fizzy in the beginning but finishes rather tart and sour. There are lots of hints of sour apple and oak in this one. Very interesting and different.
07-20-2013 22:44:37 | More by Lemke10
4.36/5 rDev -0.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A - Tawny amber in color the beer's acidity kills it's formidable ivory head quickly, resulting in a few fingers of lace creeping up the glass.
S - Oak-rich, this beer reeks of barrel-aging to the point it's almost spicy. Funky yeast furthers the oak with an old basement-like must that's terribly unique; acidic but unlike any other sour aroma. Black currant fruit and spicy, phenolic alcohol notes overtake the light toasted malt aroma.
T - Tart cherry skin and black currant develop around the rich oak flavor and wood and alcohol spice. Toasted malt seems like an afterthought with the depth the musty wild yeast and barrel-aging contribute to this beer.
M - Attacking at first, the combination of sharp acidity and carbonation are startling but quickly blend with undertones of fruit sweetness for a balanced and mildly sour finish.
O - New Glarus Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale is quite reminiscent of Sour Brown or Enigma with suggestions of fruit underscored by toasted malt, though this one is overly oaky. The highlight of this beer is it's unique wild yeast that doesn't harken back to any of the "classic" wild yeast characteristics but instead brings something's new to the table which is a breath of fresh air.
07-19-2013 13:36:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.51/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a medium maroon brown that lets a fair amount of light through. Maybe three fingers of pillowy head.
Smells slightly tart and an tiny bit musty. Ripe fruits and apple cider vinegar. Plums and all sorts of goodness.
Taste is sweet and tart. Sweet candied malts with vinegar tart/sourness. Earthy woody barrel notes. Fruity notes -- cherry and raspberry are subtle. Finishes really nice with a lip-smacking sweet and sour note.
After the initial pour, carbonation is on the low side. Finish and mouthfeel are very nice.
Extremely flavorful and a wonderful beer. Nice warm weather beer.
07-19-2013 02:22:28 | More by Powderhornphil
Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.