Thumbprint Cran-Bic | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again.

Sparkling and bright this is a Wisconsin original created for you in the traditional method employed by the Lambic Brewers of Belgium including five months of outdoor resting in oak barrels. Indigenous yeast and cranberries from the “wilds” of Wisconsin flawlessly pair to dance on your palette. You have discovered a rare and delightful treasure to be served cold in a fluted glass.

Added by vizzionman on 09-05-2014

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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of Chilmer
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pbarg
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Jolly Rancher red with a quick to fizzle out dull pink foam.

Smell is cranberry, cherry and raspberry candies that are quickly joined by funky oak and horse blanket with dusty walnut and brie.

Taste is quite tart and sweet candied cherry with nicely contrasting semi-bitter cranberry skin and plenty of oak, which is surprising for one of these crazily fruited New Glarus bottles. Some black pepper and a little hay funk consistently underlie the brighter notes.

A medium body has a nice fulfilling froth that fizzles to a thinner carbonation and then a semi-dry, tingly finish.

The review with all the likes is right...and I just had a Pulling Nails. This beer is outstandingly balanced between fruit and truly authentic wild maturity, and is objectively better than many SP sours I've had.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red with one finger fizzy white. The head fades into a thin ring leaving some nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet and tart cranberries and red wine vinegar.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet and tart cranberries, raspberry, green apple skins, red wine vinegar and a touch of oak.

M -Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a fantastic lambic. The cranberries add a fantastic balance of sweet and tart. I wish there were more cranberry lambics around.

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Photo of NathanBeets
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Savan
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a rose hue w/ thin head that soon becomes a thin lacing. This beer smells amazingly of cranberry and red-wine vinegar. Cranberry is the most obvious flavor, its tart, crisp and refreshing over all too! I a lil disappointed i only picked up one 4pk while in WI :(

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Photo of joe1510
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle
$11.99 4-Pack
Roy's Market - New Glarus, WI

Cran-bic is an absolute beauty of a beer. It is saturated dark ruby red. The clarity is to be appreciated as just a hint of cloudiness runs throughout which helps the body glow when backlit. Carbonation rushes quickly up the sides of the glass in streams that bolster the impressive white foam. The head has surprising staying power for the type of beer. It shrinks after a few minutes but never disappears beyond a thick crown. This beer looks great.

The nose is mouthwatering, though doesn't have the depth as some of the older vintages. Cranberry gets it going with a soft touch of sweetness. There's a nice play of natural cranberry tartness in the middle that balances the sweetness. A good minerality runs front to back, sometimes bolder than others, and a soft damp oakiness. A smattering of straw and a wheat twang bring up the backend. The tart component gets the salivary glands producing.

Now the flavor brings more depth and complexity. It's cranberries alright, front to back tartness. There's a sprinkling of sweet in there but it's natural and simply to keep some semblance of balance. Another welcoming touch of minerality is reminiscent of wet stone while a soft, damp oakiness left some fingerprints. A wheaty twang, a sprinkling of straw, and an earthy floral quality round it all out. This is some good beverage.

The feel sits where it oughta'. The body is on the light side of medium with a snappy, reflexive carbonation. It's doesn't quite become airy but it's just about there before the swallow. The swallow isn't necessarily dry but it does leave a puckering tartness that tends to linger which makes you salivate until the next drink. It's an easy beer to put away, there's no doubt about that.

This is another terrific beer from New Glarus. It's bright and fruity with without being sweet. it brings along a mouthwatering tartness with some nice wild notes. It's a beer I've had non-beer drinkers really enjoy. It's approachable and fun, delicious and special but still tart and complex. Ponder or drink away, your choice.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a gorgeous reddish pink with a minimal head. The aroma is bright and fruity, with hits of vinegar, and then the cranberry, with hints of other red and blue fruits. The flavor starts gentle and fruity, with fresh berry flavors, meditating between blueberry, cranberry, and underripe raspberry, with a kick of vinegar and a hint of spice. The motuhfeel is semi full with fuzzy carbonation. Overall this is an awesomely tasty beer - clean, lovely fruity, decent complexity, and great balance. One both wishes to contemplate and guzzle.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boogerisu
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopb4fg
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've had this year!!!

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Photo of bl00
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pleasing light cranberry red color, slight head retained. Smells is light funk and cranberry up front, citrus(?) and bread notes follow subtley. Sweet note follow cranberry, orange and cranberry linger with some tartness. Nice carby mouth feel with a swish, finish eventually dries. Love this beer!

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Photo of Buck89
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy copper-pink color with a modest white head. Barnyard funky aroma up front with a rush of cranberry and faint lemon. Tart on the palate with huge fruit flavor. Like cranberry Sweet Tarts. Less funky tasting than the aroma, a nice complex array of hay, grass, and pepper on the back end. Light and lively feeling. Great.

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4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TooGood
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, ruby red grapefruit colored body; pale pink head, thick and fluffy. Wild, sour aroma; cranberry, cherry, and raspberry notes. Heavy cranberry flavor; sweet and sour; some wild funk in the background. Heavy body; tart and sour.

A juicy, tart cranberry treat if one likes sour and lambic styled beers.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crow
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Masters of fruit forward ale and not at all shabby at traditional Belgian sour ale manufacturing, New Glarus Brewing ties both brewing mindsets together with a cranberry ale that's deeply embedded in lambic inspired acidity and earth.

The 2016 vintage of Cran-bic pours with a hazy mauve color and swirls with a dainty creme of froth. Its bright holiday aromas tingle the nose with something that crosses berry, apple and cherry along with the soft earthiness of sawn balsa woods, cork, leather and a soft briny scent of the sea. Light sweetness skirts underneath the expected sourness with hints of pulled candy, taffy and sourdough.

The sweetness dissolves easily on the middle palate as the descernable taste of cranberry pulls ahead of the underlying ale flavors of dry cider, sour white grape, crabapple, lime, lemon and gooseberry. Peppery for balance, a hint of white pepper, weathered oak, vinous spice and hay-like grassiness drifts into a sour taste of red wine vinegar with a clean and piquant acidity.

Medium bodied but trending lighter, the cranberries are quite tart by their very nature, and they only add a complex souring agent to the lambic-like beer underneath. Advanced fruitiness outlasts the ales sourness and woodsy spiciness for a medium short linger of berry and peppery carbonation.

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Photo of LennyBound
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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