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

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 05-01-2005

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Photo of blakelive784
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to maximum12!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a semi-translucent orange/copper color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Retention is average at best and there's no lacing.

S - Strong lacto sourness, sweet pie cherries, reserved oak, and a spicy vanilla note. A touch sweet. Moderate strength. The delicate balance is astounding and it's inviting as hell, though I'm guessing it's not as sour as I'd like.

T - Not as sour as I'd have guessed based on the nose. Moderated lacto and sweet caramel malts open. Sweet, fresh fruits, namely cherry, throughout alongside other fruity esters. Heavy oak on the finish, which becomes more pronounced as it warms. It reminds me of a cherry tart, but in a good way. Carefully built but tends toward the sweet end.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated.

D - Though I actually prefer a more sour beer, this is still a good offering. Definitely would be a good introduction to sours. It lacks the depth and complexity to make it truly great but it's another high quality beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of soze47
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of krl2112
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear coppery garnet hue with a one finger head that fade quickly to leave a very thin halo and tiny little clouds.

S - Cranberries, dark cherries, light vanilla, some light oak as well. Very pleasant.

T - Okay, more cranberry, TONS of dark cherries, really nice barrel notes (oak, fair amount of vanilla), light malt sweetness and caramel notes. Quite nice indeed and not overly sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is solid here with light carbonation and sour finish.

O - Overall, a damn tasty beer. Glad I have a few more of these. I would LOVE to try and make a dessert with this; maybe some mochi filling.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ravot
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle drank w/ greenkrusty101 after some plumbing repairs.

Pours a mixture of brown and red. Ruby red in the center, with light brown edges, really has the flanders oud bruin color down pat. Very thin small off white head that doesn't do much in terms of lacing, which is par for style.

Massive amount of tart dark cherry aroma, minimal amount of campfire smoke. Caramel, mild chocolate also there. Toffee. Oak. Even a little barnyard to it.

Taste, wow, plenty sour, definitely upper echelon sourness from a flanders oud bruin, I don't know what the deal is, but I tend to like the American versions of oud bruins more than the flemish, they seem to just have an amped up sourness and cherry incursions on this side of the pond. Brown malt is well placed.

Mouthfeel continues to be impressive, you get a very complex, unique, one of a kind mix of dark cherry, cranberry, sour, oak, vanilla, caramel sweet, smoke. Unlike anything in the world. Good acidity too. Carbonation just right.

I love these fresh, I love them with some age on them. It is so hard to age these though, you always find an excuse, "hey we've been replacing a sewer line, this calls for an Enigma."

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Photo of roostor07
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of freemanj
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hannydawg
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DCgolfpro
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of smchenry75
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of fvernon
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the fall 2012 batch, poured at around 50 degrees into a HF stemmed glass. pours out a very light copper with minimal head. I was anticipating some sediment, but it was clean all the way through... I wonder how much yeast are in the bottles and what that means for aging?

it's really a glowing ruby-copper, just a hint of light orange around the edges. smells of mulled cherry cider - cinnamon stick, clove, cherry, baked apple, acetic acid, and cranberry. a hint of brown sugar. the flavor is a bit less complex - cherry pie and a slight malt vinegar bite; it'd be a perfect combination with a rich sausage dish or a cream-based dessert. i wouldn't mind if it was a bit more sour or picked up some funkiness (time will tell), as it feels like it doesn't really get the back of the tongue quite how i'd want it to. the mouthfeel is pretty spot-on for a nice, light fruited sour. overall it's quite nice - not mind-blowing for the style, but just what i would expect from NG: an incredibly approachable beer that hits the style with all the right notes while still keeping it accessible by striving for balance.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,376 ratings.
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