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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Thumbprint Wild Sour AleThumbprint Wild Sour Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Naturally soured by farm valley winds blowing wild yeast into our oak casks. Finally, after a year and a half of patient coaxing Wisconsin dark malts whirl in a kaleidoscope of cedar, caramel and tart green plum exuberance. Available to the exclusive few who travel off the beaten paths, this is authentic Wisconsin sour brown ale. Truly unique this Sour Ale is brewed for those who live on the wild side and is suitable for laying down or consuming immediately, serve at 40 – 45 °F.

Added by Stevedore on 07-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Re-review of this beer after just under a year of cellar time.
-original review is kept in place, anything new to add has been added with "*edit*"

Lots of hype over this, going to try and be subjective...

A: All beer is beautiful

S: Decent smell but nothing to set this apart from most sours. A little funky, a little fruity.
*edit* after revisiting this beer, I have to give this a 5. It smells every bit as good as the best Belgian Geuzes and non fruited wild ales. No reason to not give it a perfect score on this

T: Perfection. I've never been able to drink a sour as quickly as I could this one. Thats not to say it skimps on the tartness. Lots of sweetness behind the sour.
*edit* Over time, its developed a bit of funk as well.

M: Always found sours to be a bit too carbonated, this is no exception, but thats just like, my opinion man.
*edit* really rounded out well with time. Felt so good in my mouth (phrasing, BOOM!)

Overall, the best sour I've had to date, though I have yet to try a great deal of the big earth movers like Fou Foune or LPk. But I'd rate this above any Russian River sour I've had.
*edit* having had Fou just recently (2013 vintage) I can still safely say this is my favorite sour to date, if not favorite beer to date full-stop.

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 1,021 ratings
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