Thumbprint Enigma | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint EnigmaThumbprint Enigma

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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 DrLaFollette
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Brew33
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Yamar68 for this extra!

BA describes this as a fruit beer, NG describes it as a Sour Brown. I think it falls somewhere in between. It pours a crystal clear, ruby red with a thin, off white head. Nothing special. The aroma is very good. Sour cherries, wood, and sweet malts are in full force. Very nice.

The flavor follows the nose but isn't nearly as sour as I would have guessed. Sweet malt flavors and a vibrant cherry character at the forefront. A mild tartness in the finsh. It finishes very clean, much cleaner on the palate than I would have expected. Easy to drink. Certainly enjoyable. Mouthfeel was fine. A little thin and watery but it helped the drinkability of this one.

Overall a pretty tasty beer. Probably not something I would buy a lot of if I had access to it but rather good and I'm certainly glad I was able to try it.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MordorMongo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NG Sunday continues on with Enigma....

A - Deep ruby, tinges of brown, nice light khaki head gives way to a steady beautiful cap.

S - Oak, vanilla, cherry & some funkified malts going on. Digging the smell quite a bit, especially as it warms.

T - Oak begins the assault, followed by a bit of cherry. Moves on to some vanilla notes and some warming alcohol before giving way to more cherry and a tinge of sour in the finish. I suspect some people may be off-put by the gentle sour present but it isn't sour like a 'loon or anything, just makes a brief appearance before drying off in the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel, was actually surprised by the creaminess. Nice carbonation keeps it from being overly cloying given the sweetness present.

O - I like it. I am not sure how much I could session this (as opposed to say Apple Ale), but a couple of these sure would hit the spot from time to time. Think it would be an excellent beer between stouts or big barleywines at tastings and such. Alcohol is present and at only 5.5% that would be a slight knock on it.

As usual NG is NG and are just good at what they do.

I give this 4 Red Lightsabers and 2 Green Lightsabers.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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

pours a lipton-esque ruby-tinged caramel, a bit murky, a bit mysterious. An overzealous pour yields a one-finger buttercream hued head that dissipates quickly to a thick, frothy collar.

aroma is subtle but distinct tart, fruit, and earth notes, reminiscent of an underbearing oud bruin. must, a touch of oak, a bit of cherry and honey.

tastes pretty close to the aroma, with woody, earthy, and tart highlights with a distinctive pit fruit backbone (yet decidedly not 'fruity'). clean, almost crisp on the tongue. well integrated flavors, but lacking the bit of 'pop' I was hoping for.

mouth is lusciously creamy, full, and velvety. on the edge of a bit slick and a bit thick, but the fine but ample carbonation keeps it fluffy.

all in all, enjoyable and drinkable. This one crosses some borders, with distinct sour notes, distinct woodsy funk, and some definite fruit. I like it. do I love it? not really. Would I drink another bottle? definitely.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of phishsihq
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Enigma pours a blood-re
d color and is capped by a quickly disappearing off-white head that leaves a ghost of a lace. Tart and tangy aromas are well met with hints of cherry, oak, vanilla, and funk. Sweet and tart flavors play off of each other, with one trying to dominate the other, but together they blend beautifully. Hints of oak and vanilla dance in the background as cherry and spiced apples lead to towards a tart and funky finish. Tongue-prickling carbonation and a medium-light body finish this amazingly complex and refreshing brew. Words cannot truly describe all of the amazingness that is a New Glarus Brewing Company beer. Get to Wisconsin!


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Photo of FosterJM
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1622nd Review on BA
Bottle to LA Teku
12 oz

2012 Release

Thanks to Pmoney for this one.

App- Its a tweener as someone from ESPN basketball would say. Not quite one color or another. Its got a few different things going on. Its not quite a red, not a marron, not a brown. Just a interesting clear color. A nice small head that fell quickly with a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Its a nice and aromatic beer for me. This was really like a small wine to me. Dry and tart with some cherry and a little bit of candy like sugars behind it. Not overly sweet or tart, but like a nice flanders to me with a nice malt balance.

Taste- I enjoyed this beer a lot. I find that New Glarus really know what they are doing with fruit beers. This was very well layered and had a great depth of flavor behind it. The unique spice level was a treat as was the candy like sweetness. A bit of what I would call holiday spice is there with a bit more of flanders red, malty sour flavor.

Mouth- A nice and lush body with a bit of a flanders spicy malt flavor and a little bit of sour behind it all. The carbonation was a bit smooth and medium and a bit juicy. The residual flavors are fairly spiced and a bit sour.

Drink- This was tasty and very flavorful. Again NG does some amazing things with fruit beers and this was no exception. Id love to take down a few of these in a sitting if I could.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting on this one for a while, finally released again. Tasted 20 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a really interesting color, something like cherry wood, but with a little more. Between amber and maroon, somewhere in there. Crystal clear. One finger of pinkish head, okay retention, not much lacing.

Smell is fruity and sour, and even a bit enigmatic. Tart cherries, a soft sour twinge, and some buttery malt beneath it. I like it.

Taste is equally interesting, but not quite as good. Again, cherries and a gentle sour, but here those buttery malts come through sweet and potent, much more than I'd like them to, making it a touch like cough syrup. The vanilla oak adds to that effect, giving it a strange syrupy richness.

Medium-bodied; with a little more carbonation I'd like it a whole lot better. Starts off prickly, but fades too quickly. Pretty good, though.

A very mellow, mildly sour fruit beer. I like this - it's more to the wild side than their normal fruit beers, but short of a full-on sour. I'd like it better without that syrupy sweetness, which would let the two main components come through more clearly.

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Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Steasy66!!

Appearance. Pours a pinkish-amber with a thin off-white head that fades quickly.

Smell. Sour light fruits, brown sugar and spices, some light funk, a little cherry and fresh oak. Nice.

Taste. Sour cherry, again the brown sugar and spices, some light fruits and a bit of fresh wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Sour brown with a little spice, no complaints here. Nice stuff and quite aproachable. I would love to try more from these guys.

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Photo of ChrisH1024
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass. It pours a copper color with little to no head. It smells of cherry and sweet fruits with a slight oak scent coming through. It tastes tart yet sweet almost like a dry wine or cider. The beer maintains a nice carbonation all the way through but still leaves a little to be desired in terms of mouthfeel. Overall, another fantastic product from New Glarus! Easily drinkable and a must have.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of CaliHop82
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice clear copper redish color that has a slight head that almost disappears instantly. The smell is huge on cherries and apple cider with a slight bit of funk. Tasting this was awesome and is very tart with a nice apple/cherry bite that finishes off really smooth and leaves you wanting more. This beer has the perfect amount of carbonation and just leaves your mouth tart and wanting more.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and would definately get again. My girlfriend was a huge fan of this beer and her go to is duchesse de bourgogne.

Serving type: Bottle bought from the New Glarus bottle shop attached to the brewery

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles courtesy of maximum12 and wilwfu, thanks again guys!

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a thin white head that quickly faded.

Aromas are quite nice, cherries, cider vinegar, and white wine.

Taste starts out tart, crisp and dry. Notes of cherries, cider vinegar, light creamy sweetness and sour candies. Finish is smooth, long, and with a nice crisp bite.

Mouthfeel is very good. As mentioned, smooth, full, with spot on carbonation.

Overall, outstanding, and very impressive. Another great offering from New Glarus.

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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Thumbprint Enigma from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 1,372 ratings.
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