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New Glarus Thumbprint Series Cran-bic Ale

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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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"Some people paint, some sing, others write… I brew". -Daniel Carey A few times a year we will cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses, uncensored, uncut, unplugged. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again. Sparkling and bright this is a Wisconsin original created for you in the traditional method employed by the Lambic Brewers of Belgium including five months of outdoor resting in oak barrels. Indigenous yeast and cranberries from the “wilds” of Wisconsin flawlessly pair to dance on your palette. You have discovered a rare and delightful treasure to be served cold in a fluted glass. Thanks for supporting the arts, Daniel and Deb Carey


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (504) - Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2013
12oz bottle courtesy of Todd. ROCKIN! A: Clearish reddened copper. There’s very little head from this pour and the beer looks remarkably still. N: Banana, cranberry, cheese, dough, and some leather. Doesn’t smell terribly tart, nor is there much oak. Plenty of funk, though. Lots of that for you to enjoy. T: Sweet like banana and a minor level of tartness to break up the sugars. Some oak and funk lingers on this one. Has kind of a molasses-barbecue aspect. M: Well carbonated with a lighter body. Lingers on the palate with a nice warmth. O: A cross between the New Glarus fruit beers and a wild ale. Might be fallen off a bit, as I’m not sure when this was originally brewed. I do like it and would have it again. Just expect something much sweeter and fruitier.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
oldp0rt (4) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013 does not count
Wow. was expecting a different results after seeing and the positive reviews. The beer has a nasty almost cheese/lacto nose to it. It’s a nice golden blond with an extremely light tint of pinkish red. This tastes weird as hell. Mouthfeel on this one is off too. It’s way thick (the same way stouts are when you add lactose). Couldn’t finish it. Don’t know when this was out. Maybe it’s too old. Either way, I wouldn’t buy it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1609) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Copper pour, white head. Aroma of cranberry, strawberry. Taste is tart, sweet, cranberry, lemon, oak. Palate is slick, sweet, fruity finish. Not really funky but very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3639) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
I had this under the Unplugged series label. I had stored away a couple bottles in my cellar (the old, now disused water pump cellar behind the furnace...good and steady cool temperature) and today I ventured in there. This bottle was at least three or four years old...and boy, was it ever good. It might be at its peak right now. There’s a great Belgian sourness to it, with a cranberry flavor that is perfectly balanced by woody strains. It might be showing some signs of aging, but only in the most delightful way. If I had been given a bottle and told it came from one of the rarest and best Belgian lambic producers (other than Cantillon, because it doesn’t fit their style), I would have believed it. Great beer for Thanksgiving 2013. Bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1684) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours a great hazy red with a little head. Tons of cranberry on the nose with some tartness, flavor is similar but more sour at the end. Very solid, wish I had more!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (1179) - Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Pure and clear copper with a head that fades to a sporadic film across the top. Aroma is dusty, juicy cranberry and cranberry juice. Sweet with a mild tart presence. Taste is juicy, swift, and hefty cranberries. Such pure and gushing cranberry fruitiness. Sweet and lightly tart, juicy and so full of flavor. Good oak presence throughout as well. Carbonated cranberry juice. Could take out a six pack of this in record time.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (1749) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2013
A: Golden Straw/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing S: Cranberry, Mild Tart Cherry, Mild Hay T: Cranberry, Mild Tart Cherry, Mild Jolly Rancher M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart, Mildly Sweet Overall, a pretty decent surprise...I was not expecting much from this but it was actually pretty good, mildly acidic but very tolerable even for the ’non sour’ palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madbeerbaron (19) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2013
First beer I’m rating as I drink so I will write it a real review. Smells sour with a hint of cherries. Amberish in color with a slight red tint, was expecting it to be a little more red in color. Taste is amazing, awesome balance of sweet and sour. Tastes of cranberry and cherry. I wish I could just slam this and go get more. Thanks to madvike for the bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (3867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Mr. Drake, Esq. The pour’s ruddy ruby with a large off-white head. Sweet bright cherry skin. Earthy and meaty. Just a touch of cranberry tang. Sugar. The taste is of strawberry fig newtons. Red apple skin. Cherry compote. Light and dry on the finish. Light body, soft carbonation. Overall, pleasant and easy. A docile, friendly companion.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1202) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pour is dark amber with a pinkish hue and a tight white head. Nose is huge cranberry with a strong sawdust oakiness in back and notes of vanilla. Taste is tart cranberry and lots of oaky goodness. Notes of vanilla in back with an assertive carbonation on a medium body with a very soft palate.


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