Thumbprint Enigma | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint EnigmaThumbprint Enigma

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005

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Ratings: 1,381 |  Reviews: 488
Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of TectonicFun
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of Steimie
1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

Photo of BradStokley
1.83/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of bigbeers84
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of jsh420
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours copper amber orange with 1 finger head that faded to a small film and left no lacing

smells of sour tangy sweet cherries

taste - maybe this is past its prime - watery tin can cherry flavors - just not good

mouthfeel is a thin watery mess with low carbonation

drinkability - if the flavor is not there then how can the drinkability be - poured out more then half

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bpopovich
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of muttyd
2.52/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brown/amber with a thin bubbly white head that settles into a very faint ring. Decent lacing, rather clear.

I am getting all sorts of different aromas initially. Cinnamon and apple pie, some vanilla/oak, and cherry soda? Slightly sour in the aroma with a faint mustyness. Reminds me a lot of the unplugged apple ale. Flavor has a sugary soda sweetness complimented by faint tart cherries. Some vanilla in the flavor as well. Almost like Dr. Pepper! Mild sour astringent finish. Creamy body, medium carbonation.

Nothing about this beer was memorable, but enjoyable.

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Photo of screwcitybeernut
2.54/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

:::purchased from the New Glarus Brewery's gift shop:::

a::: Murky brown red - the color of my parent's old velvet couch. Had to pour from over a foot up just to encourage some head, which quickly dissipated.

s::: Very little aroma. From the description on the bottle, I was expecting some fruit, horse-funk, vinegar, sour, SOMETHING, but no, just a hint of alcohol and maybe a little wild yeast. Maybe it's my allergies, but I don't think so.

t::: I see what he's shooting for, but I don't think the brewmaster hit the mark. Like the aroma, very subdued. I guess you could say it's a "balanced beer," but I was expecting a little more strength. flavor, or oomph from a limited availability, super-premium brew like this.

m::: Thin, and sticky. Leaves the mouth very dry, which is to be expected.

d::: I guess I would have this again if I were in Wisconsin, eating some venison or beef jerky. Otherwise, no.

I love the New Glarus Brewery, but Enigma was not to my liking. I still suggest you go to the (impeccably clean) brewery and take the tour.

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Photo of Jayli
2.59/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired from Dunt via Support Your Team BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice deep, translucent, bronze color with a khaki colored sudsy head. Head recedes immediately leaving no lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is very artificial cherry, a hint of bubble gum, and faint vanilla.

T: Taste just way artificial. Artificial cherry, artificial vanilla. Some minor hints of oak, but a crazy bubble gum flavoring mingled with artificial cherry flavoring. Cloying artificial sweetness in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, some what oily and sticky in the finish.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, not very tasty - far too artificial flavoring in this beer. This is a one and done for me.

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Photo of BeerCheese
2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pulled this bottle out of the fridge and poured it into my favorite glass. Color was brownish orange and cloudy. Head was tan and dissipated almost immediately. Very disappointed in the lack of head retention. Smell was somewhat sweet/malty. First taste was a surprise. My first reaction was that it tasted a little like a wine cooler, but I've always thought that about the fruity beers. It's actually pretty good, bot nothing I'll drink very regularly. I don't think I'd even want to drink two in a row, so the drinkability would be considered low for me.

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2.64/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Why did they pull this monster out of retirement? Especially at the expense of, what, Staghorn? One of the best domestic Maerzens.

Maybe I'm being too hard on it, it tastes like a 80/20 mix between their Belgian Red and their Oud Bruin. Now, I didn't really like the belgian red but I loved the Oud Bruin, so the balance is towards me very much not liking this beer. But let's break it down:

It pours a hazy cherry read with a head that collapses into a ring around the beer. Not lovin' it.

It smells, ahhh, like something nice and rotten. Like the Oud Bruin mixed with some cherries. I was pretty excited while smelling it.

It tastes, like sweet cherry juice. Like I am drinking black cherry juice. As it warms there is some of the nice rankness of the wild fermentation. There is just too much of the former and too little of the latter. And it is way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way too sweet. It is an artesianal version of Leinie's Berry Weiss. (Original score, 1.5).

So, I let the beer sit until it was very near room temp. The funk has taken over a bit and it has gone from being actively bad to merely a letdown.

Mouthfeel: A little cloying, but not really bad. Just mediocre.

Drinkability? Heck no. No desire to have this beer again.

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2.64/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This smelled like English leather cologne and tasted like mulled cider. Oude bruin? More like a bad wild ale. This was a big miss in my book.

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2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of harrymel
2.73/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unsure of bottle date. Checked the Fresh Beer Only page and it didn't really help. Here's the code on the bottom of bottle, not other marking indicating date: 8361 B-21350

Only thing I can think is this was bottled late December, 2008.

A: Pours a rosey orange ale with excellent clarity and a transient single finger tan head. Rings of lacing. Sheet of light tan head.

S: cherries, allspice, clove, the cherries remind me of a cherry jolly rancher or some cough syrup. Just a hint of vanilla stemming from the oak.

T: Cherries, oak, yeast. Semi-tart up front with plenty of sweetness through the center. The fruit has taken on plenty of mineral-like flavors. Meh. Tastes like mulled wine.

M: Light syrup feel with low carbonation. Finish is slightly cloying but short lived.

O: Plenty fruity, but pretty much ends up tasting mulled wine. Probably would be good served warm.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of Anaxagoris
2.76/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like blood To me

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Photo of pwoody11
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Strong vinegar notes in the taste and aroma. Cherry cider vinegar to be more specific. I expect some vinegar characteristics in a sour, but this is beyond that.

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Photo of LFinCO
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of cokes
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Translucent muddied brown with magenta highlight under a nebulous ashy beige head that rapidly dwindles and relocates as a broken collar.
Tart cherry nose, obviously. With a loud burst of cinnamon, and more gentle reports of toasted oak. Wild-yeast induces uric acid, and balsamic vinaigrette, and these are on the louder side.
It's all grabby sweet-n-sour cherry concentrate at the outside. Oak adds a partial woody dryness and ghosts of toasted coconut and hazelnut. It's utterly outmatched here. Even the half-shearing tartness of lemon-juice and vinegar (and sauerkraut) can't force a tap-out on the ever-lingering sweettart cherry pulp. This drinks like marinade, while not expressly thick, its gooey, tacky, and gummy as the carbonation bubbles out after a few minutes leaving it lifeless and cloying.
While Belgian Red carries the roughly the same mass, it's cherries are bright and uncomplicated, and unapologetically the feature. Here they are musty, dank, and rotten-seeming, and too gussied up with flavors that do not compliment them. That's the first gripe.
The second is that the Unplugged line is stuck in a rut. Too much emphasis on wild-yeast and barrels. As a result, Sour Brown, Cherry Stout, Enigma, Belgian Quadrupel, and Bourbon Barrel Bock are all basically indistinguishable from each other (though I should note that Sour Brown and Quad do stand out above the rest, but the flavor profile among all of them is numbingly similar).
I've sat on this for a while hoping for something, I did with Cherry Stout...and once again I received nothing in return. What was once fresh when Sour Brown arrived is now tired. I'm hoping the Rauch (the next unplugged) has nothing to do with Brett or oak barrels.

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Photo of Wadsey
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Served in a DFH tulip

A:  Pours a brushed pale amber with minimal head. Lively effervescence feeds head, though. Sips leave foamy splotches sticking to glass. 

S: Vanilla and plump cherries, which remind me of Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek, and copper. Some wood. The copper is somewhat over the top and brings to mind pennies and blood. Very light vinegar. 

T: Sweet and tart cherries with a bit of vanilla. Spiced apple rings.  A little vinegar flashes across sides of tongue and is gone. Copper/pennies/blood is clearly present on palate and drives this beer's taste. Super drying. Taste alternates between watery and somewhat biting. Enigmatic? Sure, why not. 

M: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Prickly on tongue. 

O: Enigma is a cross of fruit ale, 
Flanders red ale and oud bruin. Two of its three parts are fruit ale and one part is a Flanders style.  Interesting beer, although the copper note is very distracting. 

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Photo of Vancer
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one started off just fine, deep amber with a frothy ivory head. And the cherry aroma was good too, but, there is something different about this guy. Sour and funky, this was a wild and crazy guy of a brew. A sour mash cherry bourbon brew, without the alcohol.

Tart and tangy, this is one wild brew with funky aftertaste.

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