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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for this one!

A - Dark amber color. Light fizzy head whittles down to nothing after about thirty seconds

S - Green apple is definitely the dominate aroma, but others swirl around: caramel, phenols, acrid fruit

T - Not too sour, if anything too sweet. I don't think this was meant to be an oud bruin, but that is what I was expecting. Big spicy clove and cinnamon flavors, and an almost implied cotton candy like sweetness on the palate

M - Solid light body and great carbonation

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but just not a homerun

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

an interesting Americanized version of this style. it pours a bright shining orange amber color with a milkshake head in khaki hue. the nose is a lot of fruit for the genre, dried cranberries, cherries, figs, pears, very strange. the sweetness from that runs into a sour wall of yeasty and bacterial fermentation which is almost sharp in the nose. flavor wise, the first thing I detect is the ridiculously high sugar content here. this beer is downright sweet. its a funny trait to have in a sour beer, but its there alright. the sour is a hyper acidic, peroxide feeling, intense front of tongue type that is not entirely compatible with the fruit flavors. everyone in our crowd thought this beer was incredible, I wasn't quite so compelled for that reason. in terms of mouthfeel, the sugar content is cloying, and frustratingly sickening. even half a bottle of this is too much for me. the sour leaves a sour patch kids burn on the tastebuds and roof of my mouth, and its just out of sync somehow. good carbonation though, and a body that would be right on if not for the sugar. overall its a challenging brew for me, a staple characteristic of this whole series from new glarus, and although its well made, its not something I intend to revisit. more of a personal thing though, and I suggest this to any sour fan, or new glarus fan more generally. on a side note, this reminds me of the flanders fred, which was a much anticipated but underwhelming brew. similar flavor profile and storyline here.

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Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,394 ratings
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