Thumbprint Cran-Bic | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

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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Photo of Duncian
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a deep reddish orange topped by a dense finger of white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with decent lacing
S: Smells of some slight creamy wheat with some nice cranberry sourness.
T: Taste is a nice cranberry flavor with some nice tart and slight sour notes with some nice underlying maltyness with a slight wheat like presence. hints of funk and a touch of oak going on as well. On the swallow the beer has more of that tart cranberry with a little more maltyness to help tie things together.
M: This beer has a body that is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. Great flavors with some nice complexity as well. New Glarus has a really dialed in sour program and this one is no exception. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of IronTom
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Glarus really nails it when it comes to fruit beers, and this is no exception. This Cran-Bic is a lovely combination of fruit (cranberries and some other flavors), oak, and a bit of Belgianish yeast. It's tart, and will pucker your mouth a bit, but that's in keeping with the nature of cranberries. I wouldn't call it a sour at all. This is the kind of beer that makes those of us not from Wisconsin envy those with routine access to New Glarus.

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Photo of Badger2121
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super refreshing. Very tart and sour. Not a big sour guy but this is one of the best I’ve had.

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

Photo of Vylo
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter shade of cherry red color with scant off white cap and decent lacing.

Deep aroma of slightly tart, slightly sweet cherry in an amount I can only call bold.

Taste is almost an equal mix of tart-sweet ripe cranberry that is balanced and rather complex. Not sour, not thin with mouth filling flavor.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Made in a lambic style with wild yeast and local cranberries this one is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of bplabernie
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter 2018 bottling.

A: nice bright red body with just a little bit of haziness, Head was a tiny off white fizz that disappeared quickly.

S: the cranberry definitely pops, but I also get light bits of raspberry, apple, and some vinegar with just the lightest wheat smell.

T: oh my the cranberry is so huge and full then you get a little bit of the acidic bite from the fruit and just the lightest bit of tartness and then a flush of sweetness.

M: medium bodied decent carbonation coats the tongue and clings.

O: This is what you want fruit beers to taste like, it’s not sickly sweet but it has so much fruit flavor. Very approachable for people who do not like sours. If you are looking for something tongue buckling sour This isn’t it.

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Photo of jhartley
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a JK Snorkel glass.

Appearance: Beautiful ruby red body with a fizzy head of bubbles on top.

Aroma: Oh yeah! Cranberry, lambic funkiness, a red wine-like smell as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Plenty of cranberry fruit and tart and sour funk. A light and fizzy mouthfeel the helps the tartness of this one.

Overall: A tasty beer full of tart and sweet flavors and yet it isn't too overpowering that you can drink it. A lovely beer.

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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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Photo of GreenBayBA
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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