Thumbprint Enigma | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 1,386 |  Reviews: 489
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an awesome extra from Kevanb. Thanks Dude!

A- Clear, ruby-orange. Little head, minimal lacing.

S- Oak, vanilla and sweet cherries. A small bit of funk as it warms.

T-Same as the smell . Good balance between tart and sweet. Oak and spice more prominent in taste than smell. It has non of the medicinal flavors i pick up in a lot of cherry beers.

M- Medium body with moderate carb. It is sweet but finishes dry and tart. Oak, vanilla and allspice linger.

O- Very enjoyable and well made. Im not a huge fan of cherry beers, but this very nice.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my absolute favorites from New Glarus and probably one of my favorite beers in the big picture. I am often tempted to buy a case of this one when New Glarus releases it. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a pinkish red color. It reminded me a little of Cherry 7Up in appearance. The smell was tart cherries and vanilla, almost smelling like desert. While the aroma might make a drinker think of a sour, this is not classified as a sour. Tart cherries dominate the initial taste with vanilla in the background. The cherries dominate the taste in this one, but that is a good thing. This is not an artificial or candy-like cherry, but a pleasant tart cherry. The wood aging lends itself nicely to the vanilla notes in the background. The mouthfeel shows a modest level of carbonation, as one might expect from a fruit beer. The unique characteristics of this beer truly make it an enigma. The cherries coupled with the wood casks make for a unique beer that can be enjoyed by even non-craft beer drinkers.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle

A: Dark orange/ruby read. Small off white head. No lacing.

S: Really tart cherries, a bit of sour funk, some brown sugar and allspice. A touch of oak in the background.

T: Tart cherries up front and throughout. A touch of vanilla from the fresh oak casks. A slight sour/funkiness going on too. A bit of cinnamon/allspice near the backend. Finishes tart with a drying oak taste.

M: Medium to slightly fuller body. Average carbonation.

O: A great fruit beer. Lots of tart and some sour. The fresh oak casks really pull everything together and makes it more complex.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

Clear cherry red in color with a very small near-white head. Leaves the glass clean on the way down.

Aroma is full of cherries, very similar to New Glarus Belgian Red, with some oak and a very mild cheese funk character.

The flavor follows the aroma, with a big combination of cherries and oak, some vanilla, and a bit of cheese funk.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A good fruit beer, though nothing particularly mind blowing.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crystal clear reddish brown color with a good sized off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on the top. Smells of light caramel and brown sugar with a cherry fruity tartness underneath. The flavor is mildly tart with a hint of funk, cherries and bits of lemons. There's a solid base of sweet and brown sugar that provides a great balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart lightly tongue piercing mouthfeel. This one leans a bit towards the sweet side of sour ale, but I think its a really well made beer, I enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.8% out of 100 with 1,386 ratings
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