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.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 07-01-2014

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Reviews by stevec32:
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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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 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 Sabtos
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 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 joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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 DeanMoriarty
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +2.3%
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 don1481
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: deep, translucent red color with a rich off white head that leaves a nice lacing as it goes down.

Smell: fruity, but more like sour apple and tart cherries. Some wood notes. Definitely sour smell abound. No sign of the toffee.

Taste: just like the smell, but with a bit more tartness to go with the sour.

Mouthfeel: leaves a sour, tart aftertaste. Pretty crisp on the mouth though.

Overall: I like it, but I'm curious how it'll taste with a little age to it.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Krafty34
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Jared14
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mctizzz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of arthurry
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with a lot of bubbles and a big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A sweet, tart, and fairly sour malt forward aroma with big hints of fruits, oak, and spice. Toasted malt with hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit, and yeast. Candied sugar and some spice hints of cinnamon, clove, and pepper. Hints of oak, wood, leather, and tobacco. Big fruit aroma with hints of tart cherries, berries, and green apple along with dark fruit hints of grapes, fig, prune, and raisin. Background hints of earthy and spicy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a nicely sweet, tart, and sour malt driven taste with good notes of fruit, spice, and oak. Toasted malt with bready notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, and yeast. Spice notes of cinnamon, pepper, and clove. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Good notes of oak, tobacco, and leather. Big mix of fruit esters with notes of cherries, berries, green apple, dark grapes, raisin, fig, and prune. Subtle backing notes of earthy and spicy hops. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and sour with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Bruin. Good mix of fruit notes and spices. Kind of like a cross between a Dubbel and Sour Ale.

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