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

12 ounce bottle poured into Meantime tulip.

A: Pours an attractive brown with ruby accents. Moderate pour yields two finger head that slowly recedes and leaves a ring and lacing throughout the glass.

S: Tons of cherries on the nose. Definite tartness and sweetness, as well as some vanilla and oak.

T: The cherry presence is huge, followed by a nice tartness. I could stand for this one to be just a bit dryer, but the sweetness of the cherries is nice and contributes a really enjoyable and refreshing character to the beer.

M: Lighter body and fairly full carbonation. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the beer.

O: Really nice beer that I am enjoying all the way through. Well done New Glarus.

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3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was lightly chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a caramel orange coloration. The head was thin white and quickly resolved.

S- The aroma of the beer is a much tart version of belgian red. Loads of tart and sour cherries collide into sweetened cherries quickly chased into vanilla oak. A lovely lactic sourness gives a balsamic like aroma.

T- The flavor of the beer is mildly sweet cherries running quickly into tart cherries a very light acidic flavor creeps in but never over powers the tart and sweet cherries. A bit of oak plays nicely against the beer slight tannic flavors.

M- The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. The sweetness is well played against both the sour and tart natures of this beer. This is a nicely refreshing beer.

O- This is a dam nice beer treat. I wish I had about another dozen of these.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. chilled bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Thanks to Brydeen for this really surprisingly awesome beer.

Appearance: Bright cherry red to medium brown in color. Keeps a really nice, light lacing all around. Looks to have really nice, bright carbonation as well.

Aroma: Freshly picked cherries and some tart lemon notes as well. I wasn't expecting the sour notes I am getting from this. Some toasted malt tones and a touch of vanilla as well. Very fruit forward, with a nice, complementary sour character.

Taste: The cherry notes really stand out at first sip. A little alcohol tone is present but is quickly overcome by some nice tart lemon and green apple. Some toasty malt tones from the base brown with a touch of vanilla. Really nice balance of fruit and sweet. Some funky, cheesy tones are there from the yeast too. Very complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with some nice bright carbonation. Very nice and spot on for the style.

Overall, a really surprisingly complex and refreshing sour ale that does an outstanding job of showcasing the cherry notes. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this beer but it does a great job of taking a really nice fruit and using it to enhance an already tasty sour brown. Definitely would love to try this again. Hard to believe they sell this in four packs considering the quality.

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

I stumbled across a 4 pack of this when I was home in Wisconsin over winter break. I really dig the other fruit beers that I've tried from New Glarus, so I'm sure this will be tasty as well.

A - Pours a lighter red, almost like cranberry juice. Small white head that quickly fizzles away to nothing.

S - Very tart on the nose, with some tangy apple aroma. Also sweeter fruits like cranberry or cherry.

T - Starts with the malted qualities of the base brown ale before transitioning toward the sweet flavor of cranberries and cherries. Finishes with a little puckering sourness and dryness that makes it easy to sip again.

M - A little thinner here, but I'm okay with that. Lots of carbonation in the mouth.

O - Very solid. The base beer was definitely evident, which I appreciated. Also enjoyed the complexity of the fruit basket that they packed in. Definitely not just boozy fruit juice, but a well-crafted fruit beer.

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