Thumbprint Saison | New Glarus Brewing Company

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66 Reviews
Thumbprint SaisonThumbprint Saison

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pschul4 on 07-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 225
Photo of yamar68
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish gold with a short-lived, fizzy white cap. After a few brief moments, it looks like a glass of apple juice.

The nose is dominated by bubble gum aromas. A slight suggestion of clove-like yeast. A bit of funky fresh barnyard stuff.

The taste takes the same direction but the bubble gum isn't quite so pungent - it is, still, the lead player though. There's some other grassy bits and spicy notes as well.

Very little carbonation - exceedingly drinkable but just not working for me.

I wish these bottles had dates as I suspect this one is past its prime.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer by any means, but sadly lacking in the unique flavors that characterize a saison. A definite Belgian character, no doubt, but more along the lines of a Belgian pale strong ale. Bright and well carbonated with some sharp flavor notes, but missing any of the funkier flavor aspects that Saisons bring to the party.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The lacing was minimal but the retention was constant. The smell of the beer is light, not much really stands out on the nose. Some light grains and Belgian yeast on the nose, some subtle hops also. The taste of the beer gets better as it warms up. There is some subtle spice in there as well as some earthy grains and hops. The mouthfeel is generously carbonated with a dry bubbly finish. Overall this Saison is decent but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by cmrillo during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that remained throughout. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, banana, earth, and spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. As far as saisons go this one wasn’t too bad, but it definitely didn’t stand out like I would have hoped it would. However, most of the right aspects were there, but there was no sign of the spices typical of the style but was rather a little more fruity and sweet. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn’t seek it out specifically if you have to trade for it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to tulip.

A - Hazy pale straw yellow. Half a finger of light bubbly off-white head with good retention.

S - Bready malts, Belgian yeast, spice, pepper and a very mild citrus presence.

T - A big Belgian yeast and peppery presence up front. The mid-palate adds bready malts, clove and spice. The finish is dry and peppery. Only the slightest malt sweetness comes through as the pepper and spice dominate.

M - Light to medium body with a decent chew. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of nataku00
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden color with three fingers of soapy off white head. Head dissipates after a minute to a half a finger or so, no lacing. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is typical of a saison, floral and lemon hops, clove, coriander, fruity esters, biscuit malts.

Taking a sip, follows the nose. A touch of lemon and floral, then clove, banana and bubblegum esters and biscuit malt sweetness. A fairly dry finish with lingering banana and spice.

Light to medium body and highly carbonated, sharp pricks on the tongue before it subsides to a creamier finish.

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Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a hazy, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Musty yeast, wheat, and notes of clove.

T - Sweet malt up front with an anise note in the middle. Some clove and nutmeg in the middle with a finish of spices, a touch of citrus, and mild hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Not my cup of tea, the spice character is robust, but quite odd.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served chilled into a tulip glass.

A- The body of the beer is a slightly hazy honey coloration. The head was a thin white layer on the beer. The head resolved to a ring of foam.

S- The beers aroma has lemons, freshly cut grass, tons of banana, and cloves.

T- Lemony cloves lead the way giving off alot of bananas flavors.

M- The body is light and well carbonated.

O- Not a bad saison but not what I would reach for first if a saison was what I was craving.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy dull golden body. occasional scattered spot of lacing.

S: I like the aroma its just not very Belgian. Notes include clove, anise, citrus mostly pineapple and some grains.

T: clove, lemon tartness, a little belgian yeast and club soda in the finish with also a bitter, metallic taste late.

M: light to medium body and very high carbonation. not as dry a finish as I want.

Overall: It wasnt a bad beer just not very Belgian or funky. I want more of the barnyard, yeast style of saison.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a tulip glass.
A: Pours a golden beige color with a slight haziness and small thin white head that fades quickly.
S: Primarly banana. Slight grassiness, with an earthy lemon aroma
T: Heavy on the banana without tasting artificial. Light cloves and peppery notes. Vague honey flavor.
M: Very light and crisp; style appropriate. Nice amount of carbonation. Thin bodied with pleasant light floral and peppery dry finish.
O: Very nice flavored beer and easy to drink. If I did not know what I was drinking, I would never have guess that this is a saison. I'll gladly drink more of this and enjoy it, but I won't drink it when I'm craving a saison.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off thanks to Dave Hack for the trade and this lovely extra. Hazey and opaque in my glass, honey orangish yellow poofy white head. Fair carbonation and fair retention as well. But lacking in the rocky thick lacing department. The aroma is very bubblegum, dusty, peppery and coriander. Faint wintergreen. Flavor = spices, coriander, that same slight wintergreen and bubblegum. Slightly lingering aftertaste of pepper. A pretty watery beer even for a saison. I would assume this beer was brewer with French Saison yeast, a yeast I like but one that I think produces a one note saison, which this is. All yeast driven and I am having a hard time finding any hop charecter etc. in this beer. That is not to say I do not find it tasty, it tastes good but to me a saison should have complexity and this lacks in that deparment.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A - Hazy and golden with lively carbonation. Pours a big white head that recedes immediately. No sign of a head after a short while.

S - Bright lemon zest with some lighter orange peel. Also there is a juicy fruit character and some banana esters.

T - Light/mild biscuit malt flavor up front. There is a touch of wheat. A nice peppery/earthy/spiced flavor blends well. Has a crisp/dry finish that leaves a pleasant spice aftertaste alongside some warm phenols.

M - Light to medium bodied, high carbonation.

O - The appearance was a let down from the vanishing head, I found the smell stylistically complex along with its taste. A little warm in the finish but still a great beer.

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Photo of pschul4
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New saison from NG which is pretty exciting in spite of my general disinterest in saisons.

A- Pours a bright yellow with a small foamy white head that falls back quickly

S- Clove, banana, bubblegum, some other spices

T- Same as the nice but the spices/clove come through stronger than the nose. Not as strong as some other saisons which i like but still present

M- Nice and light, best part of the beer. Super refreshing

O- A good take on a style I typically dislike. Kudos New Glarus

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy yellow / orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head.
smells of lemongrass, pepper, and fresh bread. very tasty.. a nice bitterness up front followed immediately by a sweet lemon-citrus flavor. slight hint of pepper and a wonderful bready sweet finish.
medium in body with a high amount of carbonation and a crisp finish (very refreshing).

another nice offering from the great New Glarus! a little off season but still a delicious beer. it's incredible how a single brewer can nail down so many different styles almost to perfection.

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Photo of adman08
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear pale gold with ample white head that leaves minimal lacing.
S-Spicy phenol aroma upfront, slight pineapple sweetness with a very slight tartness.
T-Very complex flavors of spicy/warm phenols balanced with a slight fruity banana sweetness. Slight malt sweetness with an underlying, very slight tartness.
M-Moderately warm alcohol, medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.
Overall, a really good saison. The sweetness and the spice/phenol flavors balance very nicely. There may be too much phenol warmth. If you're a fan of the style I'd suggest trying this beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour hazy burn orange in color with a 1 finger white head that has decent retention.

Nose is interesting, some nice sour lemon phenols from the Belgium yeast along with an interesting ginger note. Smells very refreshing.

Malt is fairly light in this brew and is overshadowed by the Belgium yeast. There is a slight Belgium/farmhouse funk but nothing to intense. Hops are detected on the exhale and are very mellow.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation and a good stickiness that give it a nice body

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Photo of ncketchum
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a golden yellow, 2 fingers of white head quickly appear then disappear, leaving a ring of lacing. Lots of visible carbonation

S - Initially a bit of funky yeast, followed by malt, spice, and a bit of citrus

T - begain yeast with a little bit of lemon and malt, ending with a spicy bitterness

M - well-carbonated, slightly bitter, quite refreshing on a hot day

O - I'm not terribly experienced with this style, but I enjoyed it. Am I wrong in considering this similar to the R&D Golden Ale?

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Photo of MasterSki
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to SourAddict for this one. Served in a DryHop mini-pint bottle.

A - Voluminous creamy, white foam that lingers, leaving behind a few tiny specks of lace. Lightly hazed golden body with oodles of tiny bubbles racing upward.

S - Very musty and earthy, with notes of white pepper, pear skins, grains of paradise, and light stone fruit sweetness. Get a tad more fruity and estery as it warms.

T - The taste is sweeter, with notes of candi sugar and pale malts amid fruity Belgian yeast, stone fruits, starchy pear, and perhaps a hint of ginger. There's far less pepper and spice from the yeast here. There's some mild tang and lemon in the finish, but I don't think there's any wild yeast at work here.

M - Some surprising alcohol warming to this; more than I expected for 6.5%. Medium-full body, a bit of grit to it. Pleasant carbonation, with a largely dry finish that lends only mild lingering stickiness.

D - It's a bit too sweet for my tastes, and it seems unnecessarily boozy for what should be a moderate ABV brew. As always, New Glarus shows their skill and craftsmanship here; just not really I look for from this style.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden with bubbly white head that quickly fades to a ring of foam.

S - Crisp malt, pepper, lemon, juicy fruit aroma, almost a ginger spice note, tartness with some yeast character.

T - Wheat malt with some pepper. Hints of ginger, pear and fruit. Starts with sweet malt then becomes tart and spicy.

M - Well carbonated with a little zip on the tongue from the spice, carbonation combo. Dry finish.

D - A solid saison. Sometimes the spice gets to be a tad much

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Photo of koopa
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with DaveHack thanks!

Appearance: Pours a classic saison hazy golden orange with a 2 finger white crown that shows good retention and some lace.

Smell: Mainly yeast driven but lacking in spicy esters/phenolics. The malt foundation has a slightly sweetened urine quality.

Taste: Similar to the nose but fortunately the flavor profile does have some peppery notes and doesn't taste like sweetened urine :)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly creamy carbonation and slightly slick mouthfeel.

Overall: Nothing standout spectacular, but nothing really flawed with this saison either.

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-pack
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

Let's have a see how this one has been doing over time. The pour is still beautiful. A peachy orange body with carbonation so active it rushes in torrents to the surface, fills my tulip. The ecru head quickly rises to two fingers in height, peaks, and just as quickly sinks to an impressively thick cap with a meringue like gloss. The lacing sticks briefly after each drink before sliding back into the body.

The nose is jammed full of stone fruit. Peaches galore mix with musty apricot & nectarines and are in your face from the get go. Gritty Bartlett pear and soft green apple are also present. Some of the spice has mellowed over time but white pepper and candi sugar remain while a drying booziness tickles the nose. I prefer the softer spice now compared to the fresh.

The flavor has become a little muddled but the spice has faded. Stone fruits lead the way again with that gritty pear kicking in mid-palate. There's a surprising amount of booziness but it's very clean and actually adds some depth. The white pepper is back and a touch of cardamom pushes through before a floral hop finish. It's still drinking well.

The mouthfeel is close to, but not quite at, the level of Belgian saisons. The body is on the light side of medium with an airy and active but soft carbonation. The bubbles make this beer frothy as it hits your tongue.

I'm torn; fresh this was a more intense beer but I'm not a big fan of spice driven saisons. With a little age the spice has faded and it's much more fruit forward which is nice but the fruit is slightly muddled. Don't get me wrong here, this is a damn good beer fresh or with a short amount of time. I'd like to see this made again.

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Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep golden yellow. Fluffy white head with tons of carbonation just streaming up from the etching on the bottom of my Duvel glass. Great retention. A bit of whispy lacing that fades away.

S: Lots of spicy lemon zest. Biscuity and some white pepper. Some fruity esters as well.

T: Starts off with a nice, fresh lemon burst with a bit of belgium spice and coriander. Lots of yeast, but not overly spicy at all. Finishes a bit dry, not as dry as some saisons.

M: Medium to lighter body, very active and strong carbonation.

O: Decent drinkability. Not one of my favorite styles, but this is solid, as expected from New Glarus. Worth a try.

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Photo of JohnnyTightLips
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$9.40 a 4-pack at Roy's Market in New Glarus, Wi.

Served in a Duvel Tulip

(don't really do reviews so bare with me)

Appearance: Yellowish-copper color, low carbonation, 1 finger length foam.

Smell: Like a witbier, perhaps due to the yeast, and tart.

Taste: Similar to the smell, can also taste ginger notes. Clean taste, leaving hardly any back flavors.

Mouthfeel: Can feel a moderate zing coat my tongue from the ginger. Not harsh at all, sense a low alcohol content. Wish there was a little more carbonation to it.

Overall: A quality, easy-going saison was the impression I got from my first sip. A good candidate for someone that wanted to try the style for the very first time. Hard to tell if its a worthy contender in the cellar.

(might have to update after trying a few more)

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No date that I can find, but seeing as this is retired I'd say it's got at least a few months on it.

A: Pours a pale gold with a good sized and very fizzy (almost soda-like) white head. Decent retention but no lacing.

S: Grainy with a little citrus and some black pepper to spice it up.

T: Pretty spicy right from the get go. Sweet grains intermingled with lots of black pepper. Spicy, lightly bitter and dry aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and quite smooth.

O: Easy drinking and spicy saison. Sweet for a saison, which I actually prefer. Fairly simple but I like saisons like this.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours every so slightly hazy light golden/deep straw color with a bright white head that lingers nicely and leaves some lacing. The aroma is very inviting--quite peppery, citrusy, fruity, some phenols. The flavor is wheaty, quite spicy and peppery from start to finish. The swallow and afterwords is rather dry and slightly tart. There is some lemon zest in the flavor as well. The body is medium-light and carbonation medium-high. Overall a very refreshing, flavorful beer, still have yet to find a thumbprint series to miss the mark.

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