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New Glarus Thumbprint Series Cran-bic Ale

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RATINGS: 385   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (1851) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle via trade. Nose is tart and puckering, almost gets you in the gills. obviously some cranberry but I feel the tartness is more prominent. Pour is a haxy reddish orange with white head that dies immediately. Taste is much less funky than nose would indicate. Still has a chest hitting tartness, but subdued. Lots of fruitiness and fruit skin in the flavor. A very well played balance of fruit and tartness. A hint of warming in the chest but that could be from the sourness. Another great NG beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3076) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle with thanks to bauermj! Pours hazy orange amber with a medium beige creamy head that lasts well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is strong cranberry, not much else. Flavor is medium sweet, very fruity, some oak, light tartness in there as well, but its hard to tell if that is a natural product of the cranberries or from open air fermentation. Minimal acidity. Full rich body, yummy. Another winner from NG!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1365) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Nice cranberry juice flavor but not too sweet, bubbly texture like champagne, has a bit of a good yogurty lactic tartness. Not funky, but extremely tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4559) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1368) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3667) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2031) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (1657) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1703) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
oldp0rt (6) - 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.

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