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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, honey, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour and acidic fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a slightly better sour presence in the flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had really high hopes for this one, but like all new glares beers, this is incredibly sweet, which doesn't really work for me in the sour context, and in fact gets in the way of some of the more interesting features of this beer. it pours a clearish amber color with a pretty decent white head but it fades out. the nose here is sweet and malty, with a sharp acidity, especially when it warms up. not ac funky and bacterial tasting as it smells, i get a lot of berry type sweetness, summery and bright, with even an orchard fruit complexion as well. the sourness is only short lived, and its all in the finish. harshing acidity moves into tooth coating residual sugar that is indicative of new glares generally. i liked it, don't get me wrong, but all the sugar distracts from the souring elements that are supposed to define this one. a bit of a let down for me, but it doesn't alter my lofty appreciation of everything the make, this one just misses for my palate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

They have proven to make traditional sour ales of Belgian origins with pinpoint precision, zeal and class. So why not step into the sill-evolving American Sour Ale game?

Their "Wild Ale" pours with a crystal clear, redish amber hue. It releases a foamy medium-dense blanket of froth. It retains well, though with random pockets and broken lace. It simply does what sour ales do- their quite unpredictable with its pellicle spider-webbing.

Spicy sourness captivates the nose as the waves of scents start off with crab apples, dry white wine and light vinegar notes. Spicy with the suggestion of cedar but also cinnamon, peppercorn and light fennel. Mildly pungent, the scent of sea air, cellar-like must and damp hay helps to develop a complex scent. Background caramel aromas support the more tart and earthy notes and provide a rounded scent.

But to taste, it's a bit more simplified that the nose promises. The caramel hardly shows as the ale favors a light bread crust malt presence instead. But then the dry, clean, and crisp cidery flavors take hold. Distinctive sourness carries flavors of tart dry white wines, dried limes, light vinegar and acidic under-ripened berries. There's a rounded minerally "salty" taste that binds all the malt and acidic tastes and draws in the spicy wood tannin and light peppery character.

Clean, crisp, and highly refreshing, the beer's light body, champagne-like carbonation and sheer acidity strips the thirst with ease. Its short-lived malt texture and carbonation gives the beer a mild lift to start but finishes like the driest zinfindale. Lightly tannin-like and spicy warmth close the beer with a return of powdery sawdust in finish.

Wild Sour Ale is a very formidable sour ale that evades delineation. Yet its cleanliness and long list of subtle complexities gives this ale a charming and seductive character.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a modest head that leaves a few strips of lace behind

Smell: Tart green apple, ripe berries and tart cherries; a hint of oak

Taste: Tart cherries and stone fruit flavors, up front, with some brown sugar rounding out the tartness in the middle; a touch of oak in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Give New Glarus an inch and they will pack a beer with fruit flavors that can range all over the map; this one verges on the sour side, but there is plenty of tartness and malty complexity as well

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed live. No ABV is listed on the bottle. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with iconic green & gold New Glarus branded cap covered in red foil and appealing New Glarus label art acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are sky high given the brewery and style. 2013 vintage. Reviewed as a wild ale because it identifies as such in the name and on the label.

Served chilled - straight from me freezer - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of muted off-white colour. Decent creaminess, thickness, and frothiness. It could use a fuller head with a softer complexion. Some inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; it has "legs." Head retention is above average - about 3-4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent textbook copper of above average vibrance; it's got a dark decadent glow. Transparent. Appears adequately carbonated.

I'm looking forward to trying it. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Overall, it's within style conventions.

Sm: Cedar wood, lactobacillus yeast and accompanying sourness, tart green apple fruit, crab apple, hay/straw, and some faint spice - white pepper, light (white) plum, and controlled wild yeast(s). I don't get any true bacteria or lambicus yeasts; it evokes a controlled, clinical character which makes it obvious it wasn't truly spontaneously fermented. I don't get much oak; the wood profile is primarily cedar and I don't find any vanilla or toasty notes consistent with oak barrel aging. Belgian pale malts. A buried hint of lime.

The aroma doesn't suggest heavy sourness or tartness, but does evoke a moderate inclusion of each.

Any hop character is minimal in presence, and seemingly generic in character - perhaps a light floral touch, but little else. Maybe a faint fruitiness?

No alcohol is detectable. An appealing aroma of moderate strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Superb tart fruit - mainly green apple/crab apple. Has a lovely surge of lactobacillus-induced clean sourness, which isn't pucker-inducing but leaves the drinker with a satisfying lip-smacking note. The wild yeasts lend some added sourness, but again it's obvious this didn't undergo true spontaneous fermentation; it's got that clinical clean controlled feel of most American wild ales, and that holds it back from really giving the Belgian sours a run for their money. It's not an overwhelming sourness, but delivers enough to satisfy the discerning sour-lover. The same can be said about the tartness. I don't find any explicit brettanoymces funkiness. I don't get the heavy puckering character of actual lambicus yeast or bacteria either.

Spritzy crystal malts. Has some limited spice: mainly white pepper. Straw/hay. Clean barley. Pale Belgian malts. A biteen cidery. Has a kiss of vinegar; it could use more of an acetic build. Light lime. Some vague crackery malts.

Any hop character is quite tame; maybe there's some generic floral and fruity notes but I have trouble finding much there.

The only barrel character I find is a restrained cedar, which is an interesting, almost even a unique, approach to the style. I don't find the telltale vanilla or toastiness of oak.

No alcohol comes through.

It's a well balanced sour, and it's got superb cohesion, but I don't know that I'd call it gestalt. If we're nitpicking, it's not as complex or subtle as the best beers in the style, but don't get me wrong - there's plenty of both. Above average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Excellent sweetness/bitterness/sourness balance; the sourness/tartness is a highlight - as it should be.

Overall, I'm a big fan. This is some tasty stuff.

Mf: Has a perfect acidity. Great body and plump thickness. Near-perfect smoothness/coarseness and dryness/wetness; it's coarse and dry enough to coax nuance out of the flavour profile but smooth and wet enough to keep it refreshing. balanceExcellent presence on the palate. Nicely soft; very approachable. Just a biteen overcarbonated, but I'm nitpicking. Complements the flavour profile quite well. Good execution.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or astringent.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Another enjoyable sour from New Glarus. I'd definitely get it again and would recommend it to friends and trade partners. It's an excellent example of the style, but I don't know that I'd call it world-class. I'd buy it by the case if I had the opportunity. I already want another.

Thanks again to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this.

Drank very well from a Cantillon glass.

Would pair well with a salad, but frankly I think it demands to be consumed alone and savored.


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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish orange, bright clarity, with a lighter orange highlight in the meniscus of the glass. Spotty lace around the edges, and lasting surface coverage for the first five minutes.

Oaky and acidic aroma, sour cherry and some minerality.

Bracing acidity in the taste, sharp and citric, fruity cherry and cranberry notes at the front with dry oak in the aftertaste that lingers for awhile. Got some sour grapefruit when tasting again on a fresh palate. Clean sourness, acidic with palate scrubbing carbonation. Definitely delivers in the wild yeast and sourness aspects. Reminiscent of the first batch of Enigma years ago, unique and complex.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a reddish color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of vinous notes with some oak and sour notes also perceptible. Taste is a nice mix between some vinous notes with some oak and tart notes. Some light residual sugar notes can also be detected. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Good sour that is closer to a Flander Red that a wild ale. A bit overrated in my opinion.

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Photo of mothman
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of foam from this one. Color is a dark amber.

Flavor: Very sour and tart. Green apples, cherries, tannins. A bit of malt. Some vinegar and acidity. A bit of red apples as well. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Lively, crisp, and clean. Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Very easy to drink and not over the top sour.

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Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Pours a fizzy head that rises quickly but starts to fade quickly, then retains a nice head covering for a while, decent lacing, sought hazy but clear iced tea brown color.

Nose goes to all kinds of places, a nice sour malt, soured mash like, little sweet malt, lots of sour lactic funk, lacto souring maybe pedio, tons of buttery oak and vanilla, toasty oak, a little berry like almost vinous wine, raspberry, apple, mulberry, etc.

Taste starts quite sour, a creamy lactic sour funk, and maybe pedio too, with a soured mash like flavor, sour dark reddish malts. Then a mild berry fruit, hint raspberry and mulberry, little acidic bite with more vinous wine notes, lactic acid, other generic berry. Some buttery oak and little vanilla, toastyoak. Finish is sticky and flemmy, mild sweetness with sour malt and sour berries.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb.

Overall very interesting, nice Flanders like sour malts and fruits, great berry, nice souring bacteria, and great barrel.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce bottle shared by Wowcoolman.

A: Pours a clear amber with a half-inch thick white head which leaves spotty lace.

N: Fruity, spices of cinammon, nutmeg, mild funk.

T: Green apples, plums, faintly sweet, a bit tart and funky.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. A tad thin. Finishes fruity and spicy.

O: Enjoyed and would like to try again.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure where I got this bottle from, but there it was in my cellar so...
Poured into a NG "horse and carriage" pokal, orange-amber in color, slightly hazy, with a full three fingers of frothy white head that eventually sank to a ringlet, leaving random sheets of lace on the glass. Aroma was mildly lactic, notes of vanilla, somewhat yogurty, ripe stone fruits and berries. On the palate, it was sour, but not very sour, pretty mellow actually, flavors of raspberry and peach, vanilla and yogurt, like in the aroma, a touch of butterscotch, oak, caramel malt sweetness and cherry pie dough. Medium body, smooth and creamy for the style, lower carbonation. Nice overall, though a little more sweet and less sour than I expected.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dr. Moll. Thanks Michael.

The beer is amber with a small tan head. The aroma offers cherries, funk. Tart and sweet cherries do a delicate dance. Really well done. Graceful finish. I'd prefer more sour than sweet here, but the folks at New Glarus obviously feel the opposite. A solid beer. Best in small quantities, as the sweetness would become overwhelming.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep caramel. Khaki head. Nice wisps.

Smell - Caramel maltiness. Slight acetic aroma. There is a bit of cedar, as the label describes.

Taste - Sour apple and a touch of cherry sourness. Sweet caramel malts. Rich malt character rounds it out nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy, if maybe just for the style. Good sourness, kicks up in the back.

Overall - Excellent. Complex enough, while still being a straightforward flanders red style.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Woodman's in Kenosha. Served in a fine plastic cup.

A - Off-white creamy foam settles to a cap, leaving behind splotches of lace. Mostly transparent dark orange-amber body.

S - Quite lactic, with a bit of spicy oak present as while, but also with a fairly pronounced malt bill; the end result is quite yogurty, much like the New Glarus Gueuze was when it was fresh. The malt character is actually suggestive of fruit, even though I know there isn't any in here. Some definite tartness to the aroma.

T - The taste is a fair bit more sour, with higher doses of tart berry and underripe stone fruit tanginess to it. There's some acetic vinegar mingling with the lactic sourness, and light oak in the periphery.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with some tannins in the finish. Pleasant carbonation, no alcohol, and moderate acidity.

D - It's a very well made American Wild Ale. I appreciate the restraint on the brett side of things, and I look forward to seeing how this develops over time; the Gueuze got quite a bit more sour and less yogurt-heavy, so I anticipate this will do something similar. I dig New Glarus' terroir in any case. Also, $10 for a 4-pack of oak-aged sour beer? Hell yes.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, ruby-tinted caramel coloring with a halo of white head. Aromas of white grape and cherry, with some earthy/tannins character, and a solid overall sour feel. Very aromatic. Flavors are tart cherry and white grape must forward, sour and fruity, with a cracker backbone. Smooth and dry in mouth, with the tart and sour lingering on into the aftertaste, along with a subtle acidity. The finish is dry, crisp, and astringent. Very solid beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Two inch off white dense head. Body is a soft red amber. Present effervesance. Head sticks around entire length of session along with splotchy lacing.

Aroma is slightly acidic, think cranberries. Gets better smelling as it warms a bit.

Taste reminds me off a lightly sugared, lightly carbonated pitcher of strawberry/cranberry Koolaid. On the tame side of sour, would give it a 3.5 out of 10 on the scale.

Gentler carbonation than similar beers from New Glarus (Enigma, Old English Porter). Full mouthfeel. Nearly flawless.

Well what can I say? Picked up "enough" (hopefully?) yesterday and anxiously waited until I could drink it on a fresh palate today. Another world class beer from Dan and company. New Glarus. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dar482
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy reddish copper color.

The aroma is wonderful of peaches, cherry, sour plum, along with a sugary sweet tart character and a musty note.

The flavor follows with just a burst of fruit in the front. It at first tastes of juicy fresh peach, but then moves onto a sour berry or tart plum note. I would have a hard time figuring out that it's green plum without knowing, but it does have that flavor. There's an apple tartness along with a caramel sweetness and drying oak character on the end.

The beer is quite light, but super fruity and refreshing. An absolutely incredible wild ale.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a rich amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, interestingly orange-tinged, bright amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sour, fermented fruit, followed by an interesting woody note that leans towards a mix of oak and cedar. Bright plum notes, tart berry character, some definite strawberry character, as well as a light toasted woodiness, and perhaps a touch of caramelized cracker character are noticeable in the nose.

Prickly and effervescent, the beer foams up quite a bit during my first sip. This is fairly tart / sour, it has an edge to it that seems to be acetic in character, though this is well constrained, the predominant sourness seems to be from lactic acid; this is fairly smooth overall, and doesn’t have the sharp / harsh edge that beers with a fair amount of acetic acid have. This has quite a bit of fruit presence with notes of plum, sour, somewhat floral apple, tart not-quite ripe currants, and even some nectarine like notes towards the finish. The latter is accentuated by a hint of nail polish that can comes out in overly ripe versions of that fruit. This has a backbone of soft, caramelized malt, some toasted whole grain cracker notes, and some light nutty malt character. The body is fairly light, there is some viscosity here, and the beer clings to the palate a bit, though this is nicely balanced by the acidity. Soft woody flavors accentuated the light toasted character, the nutty notes, and perhaps a touch of woody spice character.

This has a nice balance of acetic acid and lactic acidity; the former doesn’t overwhelm the flavor profile of this beer, which is an easy flaw. Quite nice and drinkable, assuming you like sour beers, but perhaps a touch simplistic. Still this is a nice mix of fruit and sourness that ends up quite drinkable in the end.

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Photo of rudzud
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received one of these as an extra. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear strawberry brown with a two finger light tan head that fades to leave a nice creamy blanket. Spotty lacing.

S - Woah. Aromas of blackberries, apples, raspberries, tartness and sour, cherries, preserves, fruit compote. Very funky. I get no sweetness though, no sugary candy. Instead this is an incredibly fruit burst with wonderful funk. What on earth...

T - Taste is rather sour but not to the point of being flemmy, however, you can tell that with more time it will get to that point. Loads of blackberry and cherry preserves with nice strawberry notes. The vinegar here is not too assertive, which is a good thing as it allows the fruit notes to shine through. I think all these fruit notes was from the wild yeasts, pretty sure no fruit was added. It's not overly sweet at all, in fact this may be the least sweet of any New Glarus beers I've had, which is a good thing.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, keeps this super crisp and light. Works great for the style.

O - Overall this beer exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds. This might be my favourite New Glarus beer to date. This is developing wonderfully.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazy reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Looks apple cider-like in color. Aroma of oak, cinnamon, and sour fruit. Perhaps some smoke with further warming; the scent keeps changing. Flavor holds apple cider vinegar, caramel, peaches, and abundant oak towards the finish which creates a nice drying effect. Peach gets stronger with warming.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Poured a rather dark chestnut brown color with some reddish highlights. Produced a really nice off-white frothy head with surprising retention for the style. Even some minimal lacing left behind.

(S)- A great play on being sweet yet dry yet acidic. The subtle barrel characters on the nose really drive a subtlely dry yet funky earthiness to the aroma, while the dark fruits provide a nice sweetness yet acidity at the same time. It reminds me of Enigma, but a better one at that.

(T)- Very similar to how the smell was. Great oak barrel presence meeting a slightly dry & earthy yet acidic body with some subtle underlying fruitiness in the form of granny smith apple, plum, and cranberry. Its just a burst of flavors that reminds me of a great flanders style sour, while still sticking with a fruit lambic, and sticking with its american roots all at the same time.

(M)- A great carbonation level meets an even greater mouthfeel overall. A wonderful acidic tartness level that shows all the good things an oak barrel can while still showcasing some wonderful juicy fruits. Very hard to go wrong and actually quite refreshing despite its bold flavors.

(O)- New Glarus and what Dan puts out never ever ceases to please and surprise me. It is one of the few breweries I will blindly try whatever new is coming out. Many may compare this to Enigma, but in my opinion, this is a far better creation than the latter. Not sure what time will do to this, but I look forward to seeing.

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4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a noisy light beige head with a mellow carbonation that pushes through a deep caramel-orange body.

S- The nice full tart aroma has flanders red cherry pit qualities and comes through even during the pour. There are some musty cellar notes and fruit orchard qualities that grow aswell.

T- The tartness is like a 9V battery on the tongue that leads to a nice woody funk with some bright fruity tartness and a slight jammy quality to it. There is a gummy candy sweetness that blends with the tartness in the aftertaste. Some nice full barrel, wet wood flavors along with some white cheese rind brett characters come through as it opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel leads to a battery shocking astringency but it is not jaw locking at all and a gentle fizz finishes each sip.

O- This beer has great depth and wild character but it is not “Belgian wild” character and has a much different wild taste. This is a great beer and I would buy it by the keg. I have never had a tartness with the same tongue shock as this and it didn’t really have any astringency like typical sour ales.

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 20/6/14, cheers Rutager for yet another tic off the worlds best list

A clear dark amber with lots of little bubbles streaming up the side of the glass, a finger of noisy foam leaves no lace

S wood, vanilla, some spice I can't place, cinnamon perhaps? caramel apples strong, funks hard to miss but not overwhelming, smells like cherry apple pie, brown sugars strong, cider notes, smells intriguing to say the least

T sour cherry, wet wood, not quite everything the nose had going on, some green apple, still funky but not the complexity the nose had going for it

M medium bodied, foams up and flattens out, tart but no overly intense pucker, slick on the palate, woody sour apple finish

O the nose had it going on but it couldn't maintain that quality throughout, interesting at every point and worth looking for based on the smell alone

I was seduced by the smell, just so much going on but it didn't quite follow through, still great don't get me wrong and well worth looking for

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle picked up today and consumed in a Cantillon stemmed glass today, 7/9/13.

Aroma: Oak and tannins, tart cherry, hints of dark fruit, some caramel. A bit of earthy funk on the front end. A nice, strong but not overwhelming bouquet of aroma that suggests to me that it is going to be a sour brew on the sweet side.

Colour: Pours a clear but dark brown caramel body, with a 1cm white head that dissipates into small splotches on the surface of the brew. No lacing to be seen as I drink this beer. It looks like a typical brown ale.

Flavour: It's not particularly fruity at the beginning, basically straight up sourness and light earthy funk. There comes hints of tart cherry fruitiness though nowhere near as much as a good kriek which is also balanced out by the sweet, caramel-toffee malt.. this makes for a pleasing and complex cascade of taste. In the end, it all comes together for a nice overall sour that has a substantial component of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly resinous and certainly not a dry sour at all. Refreshing to drink, the sour and sweetness comes together well. Carbonation is very high- as soon as I touched my bottle opener on the cap, I could hear the gas hissing out. Aftertaste is primarily the sourness and a sweet combination of earthy funk.. e.g. all the components are still there at the end.

Overall: My favorite Thumbprint to date. It's a genuine wild ale that seems to have a significant sweet component to it compared to some of the other sours out there, including some fruit lambics. Very refreshing and an all-season brew for the sour heads out there. Much less on the fruit side than Enigma, and it showcases the brown ale malts a bit more. It's not the best sour I've ever had, but it represents an incredible value for the quality and flavour profile you get here.

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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Gonzo Illini!

Poured into a footed CCB glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head dwindles quickly, with leggy lasting lace. Aroma is rich earthy tartness.

Taste starts malty sweet, a peek of cherry tartness in the middle through the surprisingly rich body, and a sweet tart close. Artful play of malt with sour is impressive. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with easy drinkability. One of the most approachable yet enjoyable sours I have had. Cheers!

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Thumbprint Wild Sour Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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