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Thumbprint Enigma | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint EnigmaThumbprint Enigma

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005

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Reviews: 476 | Ratings: 1,331
Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson mahogany color with good vision of bubbles comingup through the glass when held up to the light.

Smell: Cherries, raspberries, oak, sherry, funk, bready, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Tart, sour, funky, fruity, oak, toasted, bready, and pale malts. Nice blend of flavors that last from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little dry, tart, sour, funky, fruity, oak, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. Looking forward to the rest of the four pack in the near future.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small tan foam head that recedes quickly. No lacing. Very dark looking beer, could pass for a porter from afar.

Aroma is dominated by super tart cherries. Vinegar. Raspberry and rhubarb are present in the background. The slightest hint of funk.

Wow! Definitely one of the best tasting beers I've ever had (although I shouldn't expect anything else from New Glarus when they feature fruit flavors). The tart fruits vary much more than in the aroma. Although cherry once again dominates, there's also raspberry, sour apple, and strawberry. Very sweet, but not as bitter as expected. A nice bite at the finish from the tartness. One of those beers that excels from the moment that it touches your lips, all the way to the aftertaste.

Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky, but still goes down smooth. Can be sipped or chugged. Finishes crisp, and the tartness results in some fruity, mouth watering aftertaste.

Overall, a sensational effort from NG. Can't believe I've walked by this one on the shelves so many times and opted for other New Glarus beers (granted, you can't go wrong with anything from the thumbprint series). A great example of the style and just an overall great beer.

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Photo of popery
3.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is brownish maroon with a tan head. Looks fairly cloudy but it’s a pretty dark beer. The aroma is mostly apple sauce. Some apples. Mild vaguely oud bruin sweetness with very mild sour note. Mildly sour taste. Milder apple sauce flavor but still definitely still in that sphere. Some crystal malt sweetness. Fairly light body. Really an odd beer. I’m not much of a fan.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep ruby-brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- ripened tart cherry aroma up front, followed by some floral notes, woodsy oak, vanilla, simmered cranberry, cardamon, tart balsamic vinegar and just a hint of earthy funk

T- tart cherry flavor up front follows the nose and gives off an immediate tartness of ripe cherry skin. Woodsy and earthy oak notes follow, gives flavors of vanilla. Light puckering vinegar mixes with a malty sweetness that balances out the two aspects. Fruity finish with more cherry lasting until the linger

M- medium-light body with light carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- the cherry notes are tasty throughout and provide a nice tartness to balance out the underlying malty sweetness

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly veiled reddish brown appearance with a slightly off white head. Nose of ripened cherries, vanilla, oak and a spice that I cannot put a name to. The flavor follows the aroma with a bit of orange joining in. More sweet than sour, which is to be expected given the beer is young. Slight sourness is most perceptible after the beer has been swallowed. Exceptional medium-full body. Extremely drinkable, especially on a hot August day like today. Yet another stellar offering from New Glarus.

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Photo of Lucular
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very tasty Flanders Oud Bruin. Plenty of funk, not terribly sour (not that I would have minded more sourness), not overly sweet, nice sour cherry flavor, vanilla, and I'm even getting some cinnamon or cardamom. Very nicely done.

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Photo of rockernino
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice red, caramel color with beautiful head and lacing. Aroma isn't too strong, but consists of sour cherries, some funk and a hint of vanilla. Taste is tart, underripe cherries with some faint oak and vanilla. Nice mild acidity with solid carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall an excellent beer, especially on a warm summer day. Well done!

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like dark cherry juice. Smell is overripened cherries and purple grapes. There is strong acidity on the lines of balsamic vinegar along with some sweetness and deep cherry flavor. This is definitely a sipper.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a recent trade, thanks Shaun.

This one pours a dark, slightly murky reddish-brown, with a small fizzy head, and a few sheets of lacing down the glass.

This smells awesome, rich earthy sour cherry, sweet breadiness, oak, and cranberry.

This was absurdly good. Great cherry flavor, moderately sour, fairly earthy, with some slight caramel, toasted breadiness, some funky Brett type things, damp oak, lemon and cranberry. There's so much delicious going on here. This was freakin' awesome.

This is medium bodied, with a warm and crisp mouthfeel, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Another amazing beer from New Glarus. All of the beers just seem so carefully and wonderfully brewed.

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Photo of samuelp23
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L: amber, reddish pink, clear
S: fruit, vinegar, cherries, apple, caramel, chocolate (trace)
T: sour, deep caramel, dry sour cherry, vanilla
F: dry, light,
O: Very versatile, could be a great brunch beer but would also be great for an evening beer; A sipping beer without the high alcohol content; One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of peensteen
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Andrew!

Reddish-purple/brown colour, ring of white head, no lace. Smell is cherry and oak with sharp fruit notes, sour berry, vinous-wine like acidity. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour cherries, dry oak, vinous, strong wine like flavours mid palate to finish, a building acidity, fruity, red berries and a dry finish. Med-dry carbonation, medium full body. A nice sour brown, my only objection is that it may be a bit to dry after about half the bottle but that is just a minor complaint really.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Glarus Enigma has a thick, frothy, off-white head, a mostly clear, red-orange-brown appearance, some lacing left behind, and no noticeable bubbles. The aroma is of sharp, oaked, sourness, some sugar, citrus juice, and brown bread. Taste is the same, with a coconut and stomach acid component. Mouthfeel is medium, and New Glarus Enigma finishes puckering, tart, and sip-able.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired the four pack from my mother on a recent trip to Wisconsin.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark bloody brownish-orange body with about two fingers of quickly dissipating brownish-pink head. No real lacing to speak of, but it looks very nice for what it is.

S - The aroma is a beautiful fruity medley of fruit and flowers. This thing literally smells more like a juice blend than it does beer. Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, grapes, cherries, and subtle notes of musty oak wood.

T - The taste is the same, fruity, juicy, and delicious. Mixed berries, strawberry, pineapple, apple, grapes, sour cherries, and notes of oak wood & vanilla.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, juicy, & clean. Crisp carbonation, and very easy-drinking with a moderate abv.

Overall, another delicious sour from New Glarus. These guys continue to impress. Would definitely drink much much more of this stuff if it was more available to me.

New Glarus Enigma -----4/5.

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Photo of Lesingnon
4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours with a thin layer of carbonation that dissipates to a ring around the edges of the glass, slight lacing observed. Is a dark reddish-brown in the glass, which transforms into a beautiful ruby red when held up to the light.

Nose: Dominated by the beer's sour character, with notes of fruitiness underneath.

Taste: The sourness of the beer hits the tastebuds immediately, followed by a dry fruitiness that blends quite nicely with the tartness. Both aspects persist in a nice, lingering finish.

Feel: Feels fairly slick in the mouth, decently smooth with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall: An excellent beer that smoothly blends dry cherry flavor and tartness into a sublime drinking experience. It's no wonder that New Glarus's sour program is held in such high regard.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a new glarus fruit sour glass. Bottled on 1/22/15.
Look = 4.0 Pours a clearish brown with really nice red highlights and .5 fingers of light brown head which fades to a ring. Above average lace for a sour beer.
Aroma = 4.75 Funky! Sour, horse blanket and cherry notes. Really nice, funky aroma. A lot going on here.
Taste = 4.25 Only mild sour on the front of the tongue; increases to a medium sour through the mouthfeel. Cherry notes accent it perfectly on the back end. Oak notes too. Complex and tasty!
Feel = 4.0 Light to medium bodied; medium carbonation, a bit fizzy but not too much.
Drinkability = 4.75 Maybe the perfect souring level here. Easy drinking for sure.
Overall = 4.35 Best thumbprint sour yet; complex aroma and taste. Good souring level and the oak and cherry notes complement it perfectly.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enigma pours a dark amber color with a small lacing head. Sharp malt aroma, dry fruits, sour. The taste is sour, nice dry cherry flavors. Good body good flavors. Overall, great flavors. Nice sourness, not overpowering, great blend of dry cherries.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark red and leans toward purple, slightly hazy, and a light red prickly head of foam.

Macerated apples, cherry, subtle vanilla undertone, and some earthy wood.

The flavor of fermented apples explodes, while accompanied by a subtle oak, vanilla, and slight leather.

Light-bodied, medium-high prickly carbonation, tart, refreshing.

Overall, this beer is the epitome of outstanding.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color quick fading 2inch head.
Not much of a scent comin thru the top of this goblet if I give it a good twirl and dive in I pick up a red wine/light makt vinegar scent, not impressed ;(

Damn, great flavor, cherries, leather & get the vanilla in the finish, next 2drinks Im getting the cherry tart on roof of my mouth. Not overly sour but more then enough for the style, really F'n nice.
Good level of carbonation for this style of beer.
The flavor complexity really sets this beer apart, I enjoy New Glarus brews when Im able to enjoy in SF, this exceeded expectations, Cheers!

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Photo of adapt313
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherries, red wine, tobacco, vanilla, leather, and vinegar. Everything I want in the style. Tannic as all hell. Maybe slightly under carbonated but a fantastic flanders. Really everything I want in the style and impossible to beat for the price. New glarus continues to impress.

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Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours crimson red with one finger head that settles fairly quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Tart cherries, charred oak, vanilla, and vinegar.

T: Cherries, plum, pipe tobacco, and balsamic vinegar.

M: Light body and carbonation. Finish is a touch sour but enjoyable.

O: Very nice Flaunders. One of the better ones I've tried.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells a bit sour and like the filling from a McDonalds apple pie. Tastes a bit tart, maybe some cherry and spices. Interesting to say the least. Not sure I could drink more than 8oz of this.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a reddish brown color, 80% opaque, Very little head.

S. Yeasty! Plum, oak, cherry pipe tobacco, some vinegar.

T. Getting some balsamic tart, plum, definitely getting some of that wood. Pleasant with some bite. Getting a little malt as it warms.

M. Fizzy just like ginger ale. 4 out of 10 on body. Finishes dry.

A nice Flanders. I enjoy the wood and plum flavors. Decent amount of tart but not over the top.

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Photo of SLubeski
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a .4 L Bruery tulip

A: Murky brown to a deep deep copper. Very, very thin off-white head that quickly recedes to almost nothing.. An appetizing looking Oud Bruin

S: This is where the "enigma" of this beer begins, heavy aromas of dank wood, cherries, vanilla and a balsamicy funk. I swear to god i smell worcestershire sauce (i mean that in the best possible way, I LOVE THAT STUFF). It smells like the kind of sour brown I want to drink.

T: Super similar to the smell, slightly more cherries and balsamic with a woody vanilla finish, quite tart and crisp.

F: Almost fizzy, light and highly carbonated, super fine bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of the glass.

O: I really like this beer, New Glarus continues to impress, but this is so different than the rest of their sours. INCREDIBLY complex. All kinds of flavors and smells in every sip keep you coming back for more. I'll be asking my buddy in WI for a few more 6ers of this.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely well done and highly enjoyable sour. My first New Glarus beer and it was a treat. Still feeling out sours . . . I've had some good ones and some mediocre ones. I think this is a good one.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sour brown ale brewed with cherries. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. A rough pour produces a hazy, slightly brown, amber pour with a massive creamy ivory-colored head (impressive for a sour). The head has pretty decent retention as well. On the nose I get fruit (apples, cherries, dates), some toasted oak, vanilla, red wine, and a bit of bready malt.

Medium-light body and a delicate, rather thin feel. Lots of fruit on the palate as you are hit by dark cherries, apple skins, raisins, and plums. The malt notes are there, and are accompanied by vanilla-like notes from the barrel, but both are somewhat subdued. Not overly sour, but not quite restrained either. The tartness starts out bright and fruity, then the malt and/or oak notes mingle with it and it seems more lactic at the back of the palate. No hop bitterness. No diacetyl. The finish is rather like mineral water (not a bad thing).

The name 'Enigma' describes this beer nicely. There are things I like about it, and things I don't like. It toes a good balance between sweet and sour and has lots of nice fruity notes, but I'm not crazy about the way the acidity gets all goofy and yogurt-like on the back of the palate. Still, highly enjoyable stuff that is definitely worth a visit.

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