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.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 774
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Oud Bruin pours a tawny amber color with a billowing khaki head that retains its presence wonderfully despite being a sour beer. Wispy lace decorates the glass wonderfully!

S - Toasted and bready malts first suggest soft brown sugar sweetness but open up with deep complexity to reveal distressed leather notes, tart and pleasant faint undertones of vinegar-like sourness, dark fruity intricacies of fig and dried prune, and a trail of the oak barrels it's been aging in.

T - Oud Bruin's maltiness washes over the tongue with thickly sliced wheat bread toasted and sprinkled lightly with brown sugar but, as the aroma suggests, complexity creeps in. Earthy leather and oak pull forth with a touch of soured dark stone fruits behind for a delicious flavor profile.

M - Sweet from beginning to end, this Oud Bruin's traces of sour characteristics act to balance the beer with their delicate tartness, not stand out, which it does almost flawlessly. Truly sour, it's not but balanced, dry and drinkable, it sure is.

O - New Glarus continues to impress with it's sour program, creating a Belgian-style Oud Bruin that mimics some of the classics almost to a T. Malt forward, this brew has a light sweetness carrying through the whole flavor profile that's perfectly cut by the delicate tartness this style is known for. Dark fruits, oak barrel, and distressed leather give the beer deep complexity while it's lighter body makes for an easily drinkable brew that can be explored pint after pint.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up 12 bottles of these tasty little guys in a trade with Ksecler. Poured into a Ichtegem's Oud Bruin glass.

Pours a deep unfiltered brownish copper hue with a fat tan head that lingers with massive amounts of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, fruity and slightly acetic. Flavor is rich and malty up front , giving way to tart grapes and wonderful woody flavors that linger on the palate with nice mouth puckering sourness on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, extremely dry and effervescent. Overall delicious summer time beer and a great representation of the style. Definitely better as it warms and opens up a bit. Could see this cellaring well.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus Oud Bruin

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass. This was served lightly chilled.

A) Brown brew with a reddish tint. A gentle pour still yields a thick foamy light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S) Tart fruit and funk... Sour apple, cherries, and some ripe pear for sweetness. Woody and earthy. Nice aroma...

T) Follows the nose... Funky and oaky. Tart fruit and some malt sweetness. Good balance....

M) Lighter medium body with lively carbonation. Tartness coats the palate. The finish is rather dry. The aftertaste improves as the beer warms.

O) This beer has steadily grown on me since my first bottle back in July. Not in the same class as the Wild Sour Ale from last summer, but still really good. I think a little age will help too. In any case, I'm pretty stoked about what's in the works in that Wild Fruit Cave.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Sabtos
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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 FBarber
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

As enigmatic as oud bruin ale are, their tepid sourness and earthy toasted character is what New Glarus has realized best in their Thumbprint sour brown.

Its rusty garnet color highlights the toasted nature of the ale along with its reddish cherry decoration. And much of that is founded as the nose opens up with toasted oak, tangy vinous fruit and a musty soil-like nature. However, that first creamy-sweet sip proves to be more malty than dry.

Its middle is off-toffee, toasted and nutty- taking on a charred oak flavor that nearly rivals the sweetness of cherry cola. But as the ale unfolds, its souring taste sets in with mild balsamic, cider and merlot-like must.

Creamy throughout, the finish comes way of malt richness that imposes over that of dryness or souring agents. Even for the reserved brown ale, the tang found here is incredibly soft- an unfailing choice for those seeking favor in the sour ale families.

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Photo of joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$9.69 4-Pack
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

New Glarus brewing an Oud Bruin? Will this be on par with Enigma or Cranbic? The body looks the part. A murky, muddied brown liquid inhabits the glass. The fringes of the glass show a slight orange hue but this beer is straight brown. The foam is impressive. Thick and creamy with a yellowed hue and incredible staying power. The head never recedes below a finger in height and leaves behind sheet lacing with even thicker drink lines.

Metallic notes sway toward minerality and back from the beginning. A drizzle of cherry laden balsamic vinegar makes me salivate. Minerality seems to grow with each successive inhale. Honestly, there's not much depth. There's no barrel character and the only funk at the moment is the minerality throughout. As this bruin warms sweetish apple notes reveal themselves.

Unfortunately, the flavor is much the same as the nose. There just doesn't seem to be much there.The minerality runs from start to finish in the form of wet stone and iron. Sweetness runs through the middle, easing the minerality slightly, with apple and very mild cherry. There's not much tart, again no barrel, and the finish is indistinctly sweet. There is no pop or brightness. It's just kind of there.

The body feels like there's a touch of heft off the bat but as it moves over the tongue it gets thinner and thinner until the finish leaves nothing in its wake. As soon as I swallow it's almost like I drank nothing at all. A tartness so soft it's hard for me to actually label it as such lingers. The finish eventually dries up.

I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed in this newest offering from New Glarus. It's in no way bad. As a matter of fact, the flavors that are there are good, just mild beyond recognition. The finish is nearly nonexistent. I had very high hopes for this beer, especially considering it's the first release from their fruit cave. I assume they're just working out the kinks. Into the basement the rest of these go for sometime down the line.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 breadwinner
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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1/5  rDev -74.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zac16125
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

Thanks to themadhanner for sending this one over as an extra!

A: Very hazy, nearly opaque, brown with some reddish hues. 2 plus fingers width of tan head builds and has good retention before dissipating down. Leaves tons of lacing. 4

S: Tart, fruity, sweet. Lactic sourness, citrus, banana, caramel, oaky vanilla, subtle noble hop characters. 4.25

T: Definitely on the sweeter side. Lots of caramel, dark fruits. Disappointingly, not many sour characters at all, just a big of lactic acidity. Some nice pleasing oak notes though to go along with the sweetness. 4

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lower end, pretty smooth for the style, drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Good beer, not great, but well above average. Would have liked more of the sour characters from the aroma to come out in the taste. Enjoyable though, and definitely worth a try. 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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