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Thumbprint Oud Bruin | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

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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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 722
Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +10.1%
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 +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everyone seems to be reviewing the 2016 rendition under the 2014 Thumbprint. Assuming this is the same recipe, I will too.

I have re-rated my original 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): simply said, Thumbprint is less sour.
Less is better when it comes to sour. 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 Oud will do.)

Or to paraphrase the modernist architectural motto: Less (sour) is more (enjoyment for me.)
If you are not totally comfortable with Belgian sours, 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.

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Photo of TH28
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +3%
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 Sconnie25
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a four pack of this from the Bottle Stop in Stevens Point, WI. Oud Bruin 2016 pours a dark copper hue with very little head and a decent lacing. The aroma is sweet and tart with hints of malt, cranberry and cherry. The flavor is very complex. I imagine it as a cross between cranberry juice, cherry juice and a subtle amount of vinegar. This is a fantastic flavorful beer and another winner from New Glarus.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +7.1%
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 +5.1%
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 +1.8%
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 +11.6%
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 +6.6%
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 +7.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +3.5%
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 +9.1%
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 +5.1%
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 +0.3%
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 -12.4%
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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Photo of kbwalters
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a UK stout glass. Bottled on June 19th of 2014, consumed on July 10th of the same year.
Look = 4.5 Pours a cloudy deep deep amber or brown color with 1 finger of light brown head composed of big bubbles which fades to ring relatively quickly. Nice, dense lace throughout the drink. Pretty color.
Aroma = 4.0 The nose is mostly tart and sour. A little sweet malt with a hint of wet oak. I’m not getting much fruit smell.
Taste = 4.0 Tart upfront with some malty sweetness and a nice sour acidic finish and aftertaste. No hops, no real bitterness but I’m also not getting any ester type fruitiness.
Feel = 4.0 Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Fizzy, stings the mouth a little.
Drinkability = 4.0 The brew is not overly tart or sour or acidic making a pretty damn highly drinkable example of the style.
Overall = 4.075 This seems to be a great representation of the style. All the flavors are there: tart and sour lead the way with some sweetness and acid. The only one I’m not picking up is any fruit. Really solid across the board in all categories.

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Photo of kudsak
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is it muddy amber color with a slightly 10 head. Smells slightly sweet and sour with just a with of yeast. Very sour on the palate with an medium body. Sort of a tart fruity taste. Not my usual beer but very good.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle marked 1704 15:14, poured today. L: medium light brown with a pinky-orange hue, nice head on the pour that dissipates into a sizable collar. Not a particularly attractive color. S: Crystal Light Iced Tea powder, caramel, some dark fruit. T: acidic, toffee, some dark fruit, iced tea, sour and sweet (kind of like umeboshi). I get a tiny bit of metallic flavor in the finish but not nearly the full on metallic flavor others have experienced. F: light, with a little body from the sweetness. Low carbonation - would have liked more.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a light muddy brown , hazy body with an off white head. Leaves some lacing.

Aromas of vinegar, slightly metallic, some caramel and toffee.

Tart and vinegar on the tongue, finish is malty, toffee, somewhat roasty. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation.

Hmm.. Was Ok, have had better examples of the style.

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Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is drinking SO much better than at release. A bit more tartness and a hit of an acetic cherry flavor. I can't be sure the metallic flavor has completely fallen off (hard to be objective when I know how pronounced that flavor was when the beer was fresh) but at a minimum, it's dramatically reduced. This is starting to feel more like a good example of the style rather than an average-to-mediocre one.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/21...pours reddish amber, white foam, that settles down with some lacing. Sour malty nose. Taste is a subtle sour, somewhat watery. Tart and sweet. Some oak. Woodsy sour, simple. Light carbonation. Citrus pokes through.

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Thumbprint Oud Bruin from New Glarus Brewing Company
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