Thumbprint Nectar Ale
New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Nectar AleThumbprint Nectar Ale
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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #86
ABV:
not listed
Score:
90
Ranked #10,956
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 3.3%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
15
From:
New Glarus Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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One-off
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90
Outstanding
Thumbprint Nectar AleThumbprint Nectar Ale
Notes: Sweet nuances of Bavarian heritage Geisenheim grapes, harvested in New York, dance effortlessly with malted barley and raw wheat in this unexpected celebration of traditional Lambic brewing methods. Dan’s masterful blending of wild fruit cave batches from 2017, 18 and 19 result in this luminous nectar of the Gods. Sparkling notes of honeyed apricot and candied lemon create illusions of summertime honeysuckle and humming birds. Finally, a long six week rest in oak completed the spontaneous fermentation sealing forever this marriage of wine and beer.
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Photo of FBarber
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, effervescent golden color. Thin velvety white headships excellent retention. Aroma has strong notes of peach, nectarine, and dry white grapes, with a slight tartness coming through on the nose. There is also a bit of oakiness. The flavor is not really what you'd expect from the nose - rather its really heavy on the white grapes and oak. Surprisingly sweet, reminiscent of a white wine in that regard. Feel is medium bodied, with that sweetness giving it a bit of heft. It was not as dry as I was expecting given the description. Mild carbonation.

Overall its a really nice beer from New Glarus - they do know how to handle fruit in their beers - I just wanted this to be less sweet and drier.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with a one finger head; streaky lacing lingers as the head fades

Smell: Sweet German wine grape aromatics with, as the label says, apricot and candied lemon bringing a hint of tartness

Taste: The sweet German wine grape tones emerge in the forefront, with the lemon adding a hint of the tart, through the middle; apricot tones arrive after the swallow, adding complexity and bringing all three fruit elements together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight pucker to go with the sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Overall: I am not familiar with Geisenhem grapes but they are related to the Riesling and this beer certainly features that flavor profile - a Nectar indeed!

Thanks, Yungcoolship, for the opportunity

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Thumbprint Nectar Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 15 ratings