Thumbprint Spotted Cow Grand Cru | New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This boss Cow rules with 8.5% ABV and an Original Gravity of 18 degrees Plato. Fine Wisconsin and Czech malts step out with hand chosen Willamette and Yakima Valley hops joined up with French and German varieties. Fresh coriander and sweet orange peel kick up Dan’s special Farmhouse Ale. Bottle fermented and hazy as an early meadow morning, expect Spotted Cow Grand Cru to be an assertively quaffable Imperial edition of Wisconsin’s favorite local brew.

Added by Lucular on 10-03-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at my old friend Luchyn's. I drank it from the bottle so assumed it gets a 4.0 for appearance. The scent has some sweet floral notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, cloudy orange with a finger of white head. Head retention is fair. Aroma is strong lemongrass, lilac, dry pear, and green apple with biscuit, earth, and toast malts. Lovely, earthy aroma. Smells like a crisp mountain spring wind breezing through an open field of flowers. Aroma is lemongrass, lilac, dry pear, green apple, clove, and plum with a balance of biscuit and earthy malts. Flavor profile is less earthy and light with a slightly darker taste. Mouth feel is lightly fizzy, with a medium-thick consistency that forms a smooth, velvety texture. Overall, this beer packs presence, but not via dark or heavy notes, rather it does well to establish both light and dark notes within a velvety, balanced feeling. Aroma is more light than the flavor profile and doesn't quite prepare the palate for what is to come. Thankfully, the flavor profile eases the palate into a pleasant display of powerful flavor.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sunny light yellow and slightly hazy just like it's base beer counterpart.

Banana, clove, lemon, and orange.

Very Belgian style in character with banana, clove, and spicy phenol yeast notes, with a fair amount of bright lemon and citrus fruit.

Light-medium bodied, low-medium carbonation, smooth, soft.

Overall, I was really not sure what to expect from this beer but wow! Very well done!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Spotted Cow Grand Cru. Wow. Thank you Joe...

Its amber kissed golden body is beautiful. Not perfectly clear, but I can see my fingers on the back of the glass. A fine single file stream of bubbles moves up the center of the glass to spread and support an egg shell white head that starts fluffy, rocky even, before it lazily sets back into a comfortable cream around the coast of the glass, with a decent surface coverage. As the level diminshes, so does the spotty remnants of lacing.

Its subtle, simple, yet intoxicating aroma starts with flakey biscuit crusts. A puff of soapy yeast comes in next before the orange peel does in fact lend a perfect yet minimal fresh citrus impression. Then it finishes off just right, with subdued sun dried flowers, and an herbal and peppery spice.

And then it takes an unexpected and wonderful twist. Orange marmalade spread evenly on a French baguette, toasted for only seconds, then topped sparingly with fresh white pepper and coriander. The soapy presence in the aroma didn't make it to the party, but the spicy flowery finish spoke on it's behalf. As it warms, drizzles of caramel add another fine layer of depth.

The texture is unique. A bubbly blast, almost champagne like at first, paves the path for a quick sweetness, then comes a long, dry, and slightly earthy bitter finish. It fits, perhaps, right in between the realms of a classic Saison and a Belgian Blonde. One thing is for sure, it's dangerously drinkable considering it's elevated abv, which goes completely unnoticed.

I've never had Spotted Cow. And now I'm eager to try it. This is delicious, and kind of an 'unconventional' farmhouse ale, which is kind of an oxymoron considering the wide range of their criteria. It actually reminds me of a few Biere de Garde's that I've had, which happens to be a preferred style for me. It lacks the funk that I normally associate with farmhouse ales, and... I'm rambling... I like this a lot.

Cheers, and thanks again Joe!

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Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Partially cloudy, honey-amber body; thick, dense, creamy head; sticky rings of lacing down the glass. Sweet, fruity aroma interspersed with some toasted grain scent. Low-key honey-like malt flavor; orange; bold bitterness towards the last half of the taste. Heavy body; smooth and creamy on the palate; coats the tongue nicely; mostly dry finish.

The taste and smell are a bit mild, but perhaps that makes this beer more approachable. The true standout is the mouthfeel: soft, creamy, and quite appealing. Overall, a very good ale.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Frothy354
4.93/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spectacular balanced ale with citrus notes, great head, and smooth mouth texture. Hops are more intense than the standard Spotted Cow. If you appreciate this style, I think you will be amazed by the complexity. Different flavors (spice) really pop at different temperatures.

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brent_B
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenBayBA
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bum4ever
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nk1213
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color and is topped by an inch of foam; good retention and squiggly lacing hangs around

Smell: There's that vegetal smell from base beer but this one is amped up, with Wit tones of banana, coriander and orange peel and a spicy Belgian yeast aspect

Taste: The sweet doughy character of a cream all persists from start to finish, with the spicy yeast as well as the banana, coriander and orange peel all making an impression; everything comes together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Part cream ale, part Wit and part Belgian pale; all interesting

Thanks, Virby44, for the opportunity

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky golden color. The head is 1 finger, white, frothy, and retention was moderate. No lacing to speak of.
The nose has got a tart aroma to it. Tart berries.
Taste - has a lot going on. Some tartness, on the backside. A bit of sweetness up front.
Feel is fairly in the middle. Some carbonation feel going down.
An interesting take on their standard Spotted Cow. Interesting experiment. I think it works.

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Photo of WillLyon4
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of christimm
4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Big frothy white head that settles slowly. Body is a clear amber caramel color.

S: sweet doughy malts, a little toffee, and a little caramel.

T: Nice sweetness, honey, sweet dough, a little caramel, light grainy flavor.

M: medium to a lighter bodied with good carbonation pretty clean beer.

O: This is an excellent beer it’s like a sweeter lager not quite like a doppelbock but very well balanced.

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Photo of Wolffy
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Thumbprint Spotted Cow Grand Cru from New Glarus Brewing Company
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