Thumbprint Oud Bruin | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Brewmaster Dan launched his Wild Fruit Cave this winter brewing Oud Bruin, a Flander's style ale that is immensely complex both tart and sweet. Soft toffee notes lead with a blend of Wisconsin, British and German malts that first rested in the Coolship before spontaneously fermenting on oak in the cave. Hallertau hops, matured in the horse barn, elegantly support sparkling fruit notes that frolic before a punctuated oak finish. 100% naturally fermented in oak vessels this is beer that can be enjoyed now or the patient few can lay in their personal cellar to age.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper/brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big tart cherry, cranberry, raisin, plum, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, brown bread, hay, and straw; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, red wine vinegar, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, cranberry, raisin, plum, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, brown bread, hay, and straw; with lighter notes of vanilla, leathery funk, red wine vinegar, pepper, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, cranberry, raisin, plum, currant, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, brown bread, light vanilla/nuttiness, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from tartness/acidity, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is a fantastic Flanders brown ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink, thanks to the mellow tartness/acidity. Amazing yeast/malt complexity and balance; with nice oak presence. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

The appearance is a beautiful dark reddish brown with a murky haze making it pretty much opaque.

The aroma is tart cherry, slight acetic notes, oak woodiness, green apple, and red wine.

The tastes follow the nose with tart cherry, green apple, some acidity, red wine and some oak. Also a nice nutty and bready malt presence.

The palate is nice and light with a good zing of carbonation. Dry and tannin like as well which is reminiscent of red wine.

Overall this is another great beer from New Glarus that is good bang for your buck in terms of oak aged sours. Definitely tart but not too overpowering.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dmbforever for sending this as part of our trade! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unmarked snifter glass.

A: Dark hazy gold, with a good amount of visible carbonation and a finger of off-white head with average retention.

S: Acetic acid tang, tart cherries, and some bready malt in the background.

T: This is acetic up front, but less sour and in-your-face than the smell suggested. More vinous and vinegar, some tart cherries and the lightly toasted bready malts. A citric lemony bite, and it finishes with a lingering acetic acidity.

M: Light-bodied, but it comes across as a bit watery. Carbonation sensation on the low side, and has very low alcohol.

O: I feel like this missed the mark a bit, especially in the acetic/tang character. Perhaps appropriate for someone’s first foray into oud bruin territory? Not great, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy burgundy nearing dark purple at times, with a frothy, soft, light tan head leaving some clingy lace.

Smell is spiced and slightly acetic balsamic vinegar, yet lactic too, with nutty, woody, oaky fig, cherry, raspberry gummies, and a little roasted malt, turning to dry Merlot after a bit of sniffing.

Taste is green and red apple, slightly tart cherry, not the acidic sour I was thinking it might be. Nicely balanced between tart, sour and smooth, soft and frothy with some grape and a hint of red wine.

Wow this beer is way better than the average rating listed here. I guess it's not rare enough.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Oud Bruin.

Pours a murky, muddy color with some tints of burgundy and mahogany. 100% opaque with light beaming up the sides. Leaves a nice shelf of stable head about the height of a quarter's spine.

Aromas of oak barrel, barn wood...underneath with some searching and sniffing you pick up cherries, currant, fig, with late hits of expired milk.

Limes and cherries start off the flavor, bringing a limeade-like sour punch to the table; and then some richer cabernet-like flavors rush in, bringing globe grapes, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar to the mix. It ends with some light vinegar, and a dash of milk. The flavor isn't "wow", but it is enjoyable.

Feel is spot on. Very quenching, very carbonated. A musky, dry, vinous feel just dries on the tongue like you sipped some serious Sauvignon. Very impressive.

Overall, their Flanders does not disappoint. Could it be better? Sure. But it still brings that classic Thumbprint quality to the table, and that's nothing to scoff at.

Edit : after a couple more months sitting on this gem, the flavors really begin to pop - cherry, currant, cranberry, and oak chips....just wow. Adjusting score now. Most beers I have in this caliber are roughly $10.99 a bottle. This is $10.99 a four pack. Incredible value.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid sour. Aroma is faint oak with vinegar and cherry. The flavor follows the nose with a very light oak flavor and sour notes of cherry and maybe a little Apple. I get a lot of red wine type fruit flavor a in the front with a light sour finish. I am glad I tried it but I don't know if I'll buy it again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a beer flute

This beer pours rust colored with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that disappears quickly and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sour with a little vinegar. I also get some dark fruits like dates and figs.

The taste begins fruity with some sour cherry and sour apple. It gets acidic and slightly vinegary in the finish.

Moderate mouthfeel with low carbonation

It reminds me of some Belgian oud bruins. It is not necessarily my favorite sour, but I like it.

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Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage.

Pours a deep brown tinged burgundy color with a thin tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin ring of tan foam around the outside of the beer.

Smell has aromas of tart, overly ripe cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, candied cherries and a slight note of booze.

Taste has flavors of tart cherries, overly ripe red grapes, red wine - maybe a cabernet like flavor - and definite balsamic or apple cider like vinegar flavors. Pretty nice for the style - maybe not as crisp as it could be overall. Still a nice array of flavors. Overall mildly sour and medium tartness does produce a slight pucker. Nice balance on the sour/tart scale with this being enough to satisfy those whole like the style, but still being accessible to a person just trying the style for the first time.

Feel is mild carbonation. Very dry tannin like finish, reminiscent of wine. Lovely feel that really balances out the tart/sourness from the cherries.

Overall a really nice example of the style. Its not as good as the world class beers in its style, but its just below in terms of quality. Unbeatable in terms of price. Definitely a must try.

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Photo of CKlinchock
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very pleasantly surprised by this beer. It came recommended to me and I picked up a 6 Pack of it from the New Glarus brewery itself which was fantastic.

This beer pours wonderfully, with it's colors and a small amount of head. Smell is subtle, but existent and pleasant. Feel is great and the taste is even better. One of my new favorites I'll continue getting. Looking forward to aging a few of these to see what develops. I highly recommend and will be purchasing more in the future.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I review this 2016 rendition under the 2014 Oud Bruin. Seeing no indication otherwise, I assume this largely is the same recipe... just re-released 2 years later.

My original rating has been increased in its Overall category because I think New Glarus has solved the problem of Belgian sours and me never getting used to them, (despite how frequently I have tried and how much I have spent.) Simply said, their Oud Bruin is less sour. Many factors make this work.
But the most important for me: less is better when it comes to sours. Less sour goes with more food (I had this with a garlicky eggplant appetizer and the sour did not fight for positioning as the typical Belgian sour will.)

Or to paraphrase the modernist architectural motto: Less (sour) is more (enjoyment for me.)
If you are not totally comfortable with Belgian sours but think that less sour might help you like this standoff-ish style, go to Wisconsin and buy this beer before someone else does. You have, if you are lucky, two months before this Thumbprint is no longer on the shelves.
I'm saving the last of this 4 pack for next year to see if less becomes even more less sour.

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Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. No bottle date. Appearance: Brilliant ruby red undertones behind a dark brown, mostly clear, with a thicker than normal khaki head for the style. Aroma: Stong cherry and lactic acid aromas Taste: Rich maltiness with strong cherry and plum notes, with a strong lactic lactic tartness. Hints of oak wood and vanilla pop up retronasally. Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Finish: Lingering acidic tartness dominates, with some cherry and oak. Overall: A fresh, sharp, highly acidic version of the style. Flavor is very complex with high fruitiness upfront, with a subtle oak and vanilla character on the backend. Interested to see how the flavors develop in the cellar.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice brew. Smells decidedly tart and funky with a fairly pronounced maltiness. A little acidic like vinegar as well. The taste is similar, with a great combo of tart funk, sweet malt, and then a somewhat dry and oaky aftertaste. The flavors here are not exactly intense, but they are pleasant. This tastes like sucking on a vinegar soaked piece of oak, and I enjoy that, actually -- I just wish for more depth, or something... like dark fruit flavors.

As it stands, this is a very solid oud bruin, and another nice beer from New Glarus... it'd just be better if it had a bit more going on. Regardless, worth a buy or trade.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear rust-colored body, fine carbonation rises, off-white head fades to nothing. Nose contains very tart cranberry and cherry, raw grain and wood pulp. Taste becomes more balanced between the tart and sweet red fruit compote and toffee malt and fresh wet wood. Moderately puckering, with acceptably sweet, with strong, almost unwelcome, presence of wood. Feel is medium bodied, syrupy, wholesomely effervescent.
Tasty, sour, sweet, mature rendition of this style. I would have preferred more sour and less wood/grain, but I can't fault them for their ratio. I would guess the mystery ABV is 6-7%.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. 2016 vintage. It pours a dark brown color with an amber hue when held up to the light with an off-white head that dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. The aroma is mouthwateringly tart, with dark fruits, cherries, and oak. The taste is not as tart as the nose suggests and really features a nice balance between tart/sweet with caramel malts, dark fruits and oak rounding out the taste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with lively carbonation prickling the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Overall, Oud Bruin from New Glarus is a really well made and complex beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. As someone who does not particularly like overly tart/sour beers, I feel that this one is not over the top and is well balanced with complex flavors/sweetness to offset some of the tartness.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great dark auburn color with slight head and sticky lacing. Dark cherry tart scent. Just like the scent, dark cherry and pretty tart. Medium body and light carbonation. Fantastic Flanders beer. Much like a sour but more vinegar.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oud Bruin 2016. This pours fairly dark. It's head is fairly thin, and dissipates fairly quickly. It smells of fruit on the nose, cherries? The taste Is fairly fruity. It's also tart. The previous Oud Bruin was somewhat funky tasting, but they did fix the problems with the last one. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is NG's shot at Rodenbach Grand Cru, and, honestly, they pretty much crushed it. It might lack a touch of the musty oak/funk of its progenitor, and is probably a touch sweeter, but this is pretty damn on point, from the tart berry notes, the unmistakeable hint of funk/bugs, and almost brown sugar-like malt base. Looks lovely out of the bottle, dark red-tinged brown, even a layer of foam that hangs around ever so lightly. Carb is right about perfect. Further proof that NG is arguably the most complete brewery in the country. Wisconsonites ought rightly be proud.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is raisins, malts, dark fruit and Belgian funk. The flavor is raisins, dark fruit, malts, mild/medium sweetness and a mix of tart and funk in the finish.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 Oud Bruin. I really was surprised by this beer. It was a mellow but complex cherry pie. A little tart, a little bit of funk and overall very drinkable. I think this will be a go to in the summer time.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel brown Ruby. Beige head.

Cherry pie flavor and caramel. A light sour/tartness. Some funk, but mainly sweet. Malty.

Time has done this beer well. Very enjoyable. Easy drinking.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
(A)- Pours a crimson ruby red color with some nice tan froth. Good retention and lacing too
(S)- Ripe yet earthy briar patch-like berry fruits amidst some dry oaky earth tones
(T)- Very similar to the smell. Nicely pronounced oaky earth that meets dry yet ripe jammy fruits. Subtle sweetness on the finish
(M)- Nice carbonation level and balance. Soft without being overly sweet or rich. Has a nicely subtle tartness
(O)- Tastes great now, but I look forward to how this one does with time, since I see ALOT of potential with time

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received as an extra in a recent trade.

This one pours a slightly murky brown, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like oak, caramel, toffee, cherries, and lemon.

This is fairly mild in the sour department, about a 3/10, with a pretty deep malt backbone, lots of caramel and toasty bread, and tart dark fruit. It's fairly tasty, but doesn't feel incredibly bold to me. I just wished for one of the flavors to stand out a little bit above the rest.

This is medium bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel.

Another good beer from New Glarus, but not their best.


Had the 2016 recently, and it blew me away in a way the previous bottle didnt (I believe it was '15?). The '16 bottle had a deep delicious sweet caramel/toffee malt backbone, a hint of black cherry acidity, a bit of lemon. It was super drinkable, and wonderful, and none of the vinegar issues I was having before.

Bumping up the ratings significantly.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich brown hue with plenty of haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. The head sticks around a good long time and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Quite attractive!

Smell: rich, sweet toffee and caramel aroma backed by a big tartness. There's also a bit of woodiness in here, which works well. I like it.

Taste: very good indeed. The toffee and caramel are right up front, with a milder tartness than in the aroma. The oak also comes through subtly but to good effect. I'm really impressed with the depth of flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess. It really works for me.

Overall: this is a very fine beer indeed. I would love to be able to get a hold of more of it.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. Awesome-looking pour! It's clear and dark reddish-brown with a big clumpy lasting crown of foam. The nose is a bit subdued, but I still get nice notes of cherries, toasted oak, and honeydew melon.

Nice firm feel and a tart flavor that contradicts the sweetish notes I got on the nose. Good fruity sour notes up front that are not overly aggressive. There is a fair amount of vanilla-like toasted oak character to complement it. The sour notes don't carry all the way to the finish. Towards the back of the palate, they kind of die out and there's something of a vacuum left in its wake. If this beer had some fruity notes to fill that space, we'd be talking about a top-shelf beer here.

Another really good Thumbprint beer from New Glarus. I like the fact that their sours are not crazy sour. I realize some BAs gravitate towards beers that taste like fruit soaked in sulfuric acid, but not me. This kind of beer should be a refreshing aperitif, not something to devour the lining of your stomach.

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Photo of Chaz
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a turgid amber-brown in color, topped with a tan head which falls quickly. Proper lacing, and looks about right for the style.*

Big, blast of sour green apple on the nose. Yeast exhibits a tang and a funk which is an equal part admixture of barnyard, hayfield, pondscum,and humid greenhouse, which sounds terrible, right? Except that for the style (and considering his is Dan Carey's diabolical bugs n' barrels) it's right on-par. Notes of high-ferment and yogurt, but not much of a malt or hop profile.

Sweetish, but sharp/sour and tangy on the first sip. Notes of bananas and strawberry in the aromatic aspect of the drink, but the yeast character (funk) and sour and sharp --but not crisp-- takes your palate to a new place of focus. There's an astringency that I like here that I liken to fresh rhubarb , and a vegetal quality that is not a flaw, but works with this beer, if not for the style per se. Notes of oak and barrel are prominent as this one warms up, and you'd better like it -- because it's there in this lower alcohol, lighter bodied take on the beer style.

Somewhat smooth and creamy on the palate, with a full mouthfeel and flavor profile, especially for the lighter body. A palate scrubber, even without a lot of carbonation.

Altogether a good beer, and one which will not be to everyone's taste. But as with almost all of the New Glarus special releases, it's worth tracking down if you have a palate capable of appreciating aggressive or at least very distinct renditions of a style.

*This is a challenging rendition of a style which is generally fairly polarizing to individuals who've cut their teeth on sweetish, not-so-bitter pale adjunct light lagers. :)

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