Thumbprint Saison | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by pschul4 on 07-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 225
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Thumbprint Saison

Appearance: New Glarus’ unplugged Saison pours a slightly opaque and foggy golden/orange yellow with a pure white two fingers of head topping it off. The carbonation is quite active and there are no alcohol legs at all, which is not really a surprise with its (assumed) low ABV. This saison is a very average looking beer, but it looks the part of its name.

Aroma: Again, a very average smelling beer. It really smells very “beery”, which may seem obvious, but it is a statement that deserves to be said. True to its type once again, this saison smells very yeasty and spicy, while retaining a touch of the malty. There is not much in the way of hop aromas.

Taste: Like most New Glarus beers, this one comes into its own and makes up for its lacking characteristics in the taste department. Spicy, yeasty, sweet, and sour all vie for control of the taste buds. Cloves and cinnamon are present, while a grape/wine-esque quality fight away the bit of sweetness from the malt. There is just a touch of hop bitterness in the very back of the taste.

Mouthfeel: The lively carbonation originally spotted does not disappoint in the mouth. A very playful fizziness does well to assist and elaborate upon the spicy and sour characteristics of the beer. There is also a welcome warming sensation (perhaps from the alcohol?) that persists through the entire bottle. It also has a dry, wine-like finish that adds to the drinkability.

Overall: Though this saison was disappointing to look at, it more than made up for its shortcomings where it counts. The mouthfeel really supports and complements the tastes perfectly and makes this saison excellent. It is also extremely, dangerously drinkable and refreshing; New Glarus released this at the perfect time in this unseasonably hot Wisconsin summer. 17/20

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 3 finger head. Color is a cloudy golden with a good bit of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Good retention. Decent lacing.

S. Yeasty, lemon, spices. Smell crisp and refreshing. Grains of paradise add a nice touch. Really nice light Saison smell with a touch of extra attention. Good smelling beer.

T. Lovely. Pale malt, grains of paradise, lemony hops, some light pepper and a little clove. Great yeast flavor displayed in this beer. Very refreshing. Very drinkable.

M. Medium light bodied. Finishes with a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O. Can't say that I have ever been disappointed with one of New Glarus's specialty or seasonal beers. This one did not disappoint either. Incredibly flavorful and easy drinking. New Glarus's Imperial Saison is one of my favorite beers, and this one is pretty damn good too. Maybe I am a sucker for Saison's, but it is nice when someone does one like this.

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Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from12 on bottle about 30 days old

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with a fresh brilliant white head

S-fruit,pepper,spice,wet hay lemon grass and musty funk

T- superb its spicy with slight sour fruit and funk wet hay

M- slight tart with nice carbonation fruit and pepper/spice finish

O- Superb saison highly drinkable

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is one inch of off white foam that recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of flowers, leathers, soil, passion fruit, and those chalky heart candies you get for Valentine's Day. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice mix of bright fruit, and earthy barnyard notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an appropriately high level of carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a unique saison that I truly enjoy. I can see myself drinking this again.

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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 Strix
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden, nice frothy head that eventually fades to a ring.

Lemon zest, pepper, banana in the nose.

Pepper, juicy fruit, yeast, lemon zest, biscuit, pear, ginger. No funky aftertaste.

Crisp, bubbly mouthfeel.

Love the complexity on this one. Thumbprints continually impress me.

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

LOOK: Bubbly, hazed golden straw, big head, good retention

SMELL: Peppery, taffy, dragon fruit, chalky yeast, biscuity, clementine pith

TASTE: Expressively crisp, lighter bodied, peppery, gummy, ginger-like, biscuity, earthy, fresh grain, dried grass, bread crust, phenolic, semi-dry finish

A delicate brew in someways but very intricate the more you sip it. Without a doubt one of the best Saisons I have tried this year. Beers like this would be worth a visit to the brewery and I am pretty sure I have said this about of their beers before.

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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 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 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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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 bound4er
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Dark straw to light golden amber appearance. Big white head that isn't very dense.

S. Yeast, pepper, banana, grain - pretty nice smell.

T. This has some NG hefe characteristics with one noticeable difference - pepper. This Saison is fairly spicy, which is a good thing. Some lemon and orange zest, banana and bready malt rounds things out. Good but not great.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O. I like this beer but I was expecting a bit more from NG. It is easy drinking and would make for a great thirst quencher after mowing the lawn. I've gotta give Hinterland's Saison a slight edge over this beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $2.69 in July 2012. It's always great to see New Glarus with a new beer. This saison brew is very yeasty in scent and taste with hints of lemon zest, ginger, and banana. Drinks quite well with its rich and creamy texture. Overall very tasty, but why would you expect anything less from New Glarus?

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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 vespahulb
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pouring, I was surprised by the incredibly persistent and tight bubbles! So persistent, it foamed up the glass like champagne.

In the nose, ripe apple and pear flesh, candy, a whiff of grainy bread a wee-bit of Belgian yeasty funk.

In the mouth, I was taken by the utter drinkability, yet complexity. A ton of fruity apple/pear/peach flavors backed by a nice, firm bitterness. As the beer warms, it gains a sort of tart lemon finish, giving it a undeniable acidity that screams refreshing.

Overall, this beer is insanely good. Is Wisconsin the new Belgium?! With Hinternland Saison and now this gem, I'm thinking so! Incredibly complex, delicious and refreshing.

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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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