Thumbprint Enigma
New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #11
Ranked #3,998
4.16 | pDev: 10.1%
Apr 12, 2022
May 01, 2005
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Rated: 4.02 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Dec 15, 2021
Rated: 4 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Skellbop from New York

Mar 13, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to FBarber for this one, from a ninja box during NBS BIF #12. 12oz bottle (no date) poured into 6oz NG flute (also courtesy FBarber). Poured a dark brown color, with some reddish hints at the translucent edges. There was 1/4 inch of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma had nice malts, good wood scents, some cherry, and a touch of yeast spice/funk.

Pretty similar on the tongue, with the funk taking the lead. The fruit was noticeable but not dominant, and the wood added a nice counterpoint.

The body was on the thinner side, smooth and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was very nice, but it's a sipper, not a quaffer.

Overall, another great brew from NG. A must-try if you see it.
Oct 26, 2020
Rated: 3.56 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.68 by theKiwiJones from Wisconsin

Aug 12, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by hopley from Massachusetts

Nov 29, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by robotic_being from Florida

Aug 15, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Argento from Rhode Island

May 18, 2018
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Reviewed by DavidR_9 from California

4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
really nice brown/amber body and dark off white head with nice retention. Very delicate and smooth upfront sourness followed by dark cherries, slight sweet maraccino cherries, crisp green apple, earthy breadyness, and a long oakey vanilla finish that intensifies as the beer warms. Seeiously an amazing and uncommon take on the style.
May 16, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by MTKATL from Georgia

May 14, 2018
Reviewed by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2017 Vintage Black cherry with lemon caramel. Fairly dry with nice acidity. Vanilla-raspberry and bright cherry lead to salty lemon... Just shy of puckering. Touch of bitter almond late.
Apr 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark red color. The head is 1 finger, off white, frothy, with decent retention . There's nice lacing on the glass.
The nose is slightly sour, tart.
Taste - tart, fruity. Cherry, maybe tart apple. The flavor is up front for the most part, though a bit lingers to the backside.
Feel - decent body. Some carbonation feel.
Delicious well made beer of this style.
Apr 20, 2018
Rated: 4.89 by ParkbrauFan from Iowa

Mar 31, 2018
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Reviewed by farrago from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Modest finger’s worth of dark tan foam, not much density so it dissolves at a quick pace, no real lacing to speak of, just a momentary sheet if you tilt the glass. Given the relatively dark brown coloration of the liquid it displays good transparency, a bit more yellowish at the surface, a few tiny bubbles drift lazily upwards. Cleansingly sour nose of plum to prune, cherry fruit with a more general fruitcake character, coconut flakes, dark chocolate, glazed ginger, bit of a woody char, more vanilla and bubblegum accents as it warms, one likely wants to avoid serving this too chilled. Medium-bodied, has a creamier underbelly of vanilla, chocolate, caramel and coconut custard. However, it has so much acidic zing that you feel it rush through the mouth. The carbonation is mild but not all that needed for the beer to feel crisp. The cherries dominate but nuances of raspberry, golden raisin and apple appear in support. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger play bit roles. Finishes with some earthy funk and cider vinegar. Extremely long finish, can’t wash it out of your mouth. Great complexity, harmony and drinkability.
Feb 17, 2018
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Reviewed by vainosuomi from Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aged for one year.

Look: dark, mostly opaque brown. minimal tan head
Smell: Sweet fruitiness immediately apparent on pouring. Smell is interesting—tart fruit, bubble gum, faint spice
Taste: The tart fruit is front and center, but not overpowering. Cherry, green apple, raspberry.
Feel: Medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation, slightly astringent

Overall: Surprising and well done sour-like flavor profile.
Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by jcb7472 from Florida

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Jan 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark brown body, with red highlights, a wispy light tan head, and minor line lacing.

S - The nose is all about acid and funk, lines of oak and earth, highlights of fruit.

T - Strong hit of acidity, bright and sour, a bit of lactic yogurt, and a strong core of berry-like pucker. Sour raspberries and a definite cherry hit.

M - Brisk as hell, with strong tart pucker, a bit of slickness, and a prickly close.

O - Very well done. Delicious and bright. Punchy and forward. Satisfying.
Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Dec 21, 2017
Rated: 4.74 by Vidblain from Minnesota

Dec 18, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by christimm from Florida

Dec 14, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by Jhfinn from New York

Oct 29, 2017
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brewery only release 2017.

Dark mocha java brown with a creamy beige head of 2 fingers. Hilly lace left behind.

Aroma of sour crushed candies, the kind that tighten up your forehead and make your mouth drip. Some very slight chocolate/roast malts behind that.

Flavor is very fruity, and implements both bright and dark sides of the coin. It actually comes off like a sour Belgian dark ale. Very cool. It's got notes of banana, persimmon, dark cherry, lemon, salt, plum, apple, apple cider vinegar, and then some suggestions of chocolate, spice, cinnamon, and then coffee on the very tail end. It's like last year's Oud Bruin, but fruitier overall, much less complex, and more focused.

Feel is puckering, creamy, and soft. Very nice feel here.

Overall, I might like Oud Bruin just a touch better, but this is no slouch by any means. A fantastic dark brown ale that I'm glad I could pick up at the brewery (even if it was $5 a bottle).
Oct 12, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Oct 02, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by krome from Illinois

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by bubseymour from Maryland

Sep 29, 2017
Rated: 4 by Jonnydrinker from Illinois

Sep 27, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Sep 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Sep 08, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by TheLefty1616 from New York

Sep 02, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by yancot from Canada (ON)

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 4 by ZombPumpkin from Illinois

Aug 25, 2017
Rated: 5 by bicyclesandbeer from Illinois

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4.45 by n2pux from Texas

Aug 20, 2017
Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
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