Thumbprint Enigma | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +16.2%
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 +4.6%
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 +6.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +9.4%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.2%
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 -19.3%
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 +2.9%
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 +12.3%
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 -4.8%
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 -2.7%
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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Photo of Jason
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed rusty reddish brown, great lacing all the way down. Extremely aromatic of sweet tart cherries, vanilla , and toasted wood. Even tartness throughout, smooth level of carbonation within a medium body. Wood tannin, ripe cherries, kiss of vanilla, char, mild spice, hint of funk, and a touch of alcohol. Finishes dry.

Pretty damn spectacular, I'd be buying cases of this beer to cellar if I had access.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark ruddy brown, with a head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Balsamic vinegar notes waft out of the glass first, of course, followed by notes of cherry and sweet caramel. Faint hints of something akin to hardwood also come along for the ride.

Taste: Now that's a good, approachable, fruity oud bruin. Sour vinegar strikes first, overlaying every other aspect of the taste with its essence. Cherry and berry flavors dance to the balsamic tune, occasionally forming some hints of currant and plum, while sweet caramel plays a soft counterpoint in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium and drinkable.

Overall: Decidedly tasty. Would repeat frequently, if I were nearer the Wisconsin border. Which I may be fairly soon, so I've things to look forward to!

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a dark red with a minimal head that fades fast. It smells of red fruit, tannins and vanilla. The taste is similar: tart cherries, strawberries, vanilla. It's slightly sour, but the caramel malts provide an excellent balance. Medium light mouth with a touch of carbonation. I've never tried any of the earlier editions of Enigma, but this is very tasty.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was fantastic. Really drinkable, especially for the style. Very tart and crisp. If available, I would drink this often. There's some sweetness to balance out the sour and it finishes relatively dry.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed orange amber. A fizzy head soon disappears leaving minimal traces of lacing.

The smell is sour, cherry-like fruitiness, vinegar and some caramel.

The taste is of sour fruits, vinegar, vinuous notes. Caramel (and a hint of chocolate?) adds a complex, rich sweetness. It has a long sweet and sour finish.

An excellent brew! The sour leans towards puckering but a sweet malt backing adds sweetness and complexity. Very well-balanced robust and delicious!

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Greenbush Bar last night - great pizza btw.
<From memory>
Served in New Glarus pint glass no less: orange brown no foam.
Scents of cherries, vanilla, slight sourness - like a cherry or grapefruit vinegar combination.
Sweet and sour tang taste with a slight effervescence. Not overly tart. I would say slightly more sweet than sour, but fairly well balanced between the two.
Great with pizza.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell of a beer.

I don't normally like cherry-flavored things, but this has a really nice taste to it. Refreshing and fruity, like their fruit beers tend to be, but with a subtle bit of sour as well. I felt like I got some hop flavor in the beer too, but I wasn't sure. Either way, the beer is certainly an enigma, as the overall profile is interesting and complex. As usual, great job by Dan and co.!

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a ruby red with lacing head. Smell is red wine vinegar with sharp cherry notes. Taste is lighter than expected when compared to the strong nose. Cherry, vanilla up front, with rhubarb tart finish. Carbonation lasts throughout. Very well balanced, a nice bruin style from New Glarus.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soapy, tan head that has decent head retention. Big notes of oak , musty yeast, with tart cherries behind it all. It's surprising how much this smells like wood. Crimson-burnt umber color. Starts with a bright, intense sourness and big notes of oak. The sourness fades and more cherries come through. A musty yeastiness comes through just as the malty biscuits begin, which is right before more oak. The finish is residual, tart cherries on top of oak.

Wow, this is a looot different than the last batch; this one has WAY stronger notes of oak; the complexity is absolutely stunning. It's like Wisconsin Red at one point, but then it's like I'm chewing on a piece of oak, and the brown ale still peaks through from time to time. Just an absolute joy and pleasure to experience.

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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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish ruby with a lot of rising bubbles. Slight off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A fruity, funky, and tart sour aroma with good hints of fruit, oak, and funk. Big mix of fruits with hints of tart cherries, green apple, grapes, berry, and slight banana. Good hints of oak along with a little vanilla. Toasted malt with hints of biscuit, yeast, and smoke. Also some hints of cinnamon spicing and sugar sweetness. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a nicely funky, fruity, and tart sour taste with notes of fruit, oak, and funk. Sweet and tart notes of fruit with some cherries, grapes, green apple, berries, and a little banana. Good presence of oak along with some wood and vanilla. Toasted malt with notes of biscuit, cracker, toast, smoke, and yeast. Spicy notes of cinnamon. Also some sugary sweetness. A really good sour taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sour and puckering with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on a Sour. Good mix of tart fruit and oaky notes with a nice smokey edge.

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Photo of Shluffy
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is excellent. Incredibly tasty. I am biased because I enjoy sour things, but it is definitely not too sour to turn off the uninitiated. Incredible balance and flavor

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4.14 out of 5 based on 1,345 ratings.
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