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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
83 94 80 6 53 100
Enigma by New Glarus Brewing Company
Sour Ale
5.50 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 04/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 17 5 8 2009
Ruddy reddish brown, quite opaque, fizzy, light head of tiny whitened foam. Nice lacing in unique patterns of tight circled holes within a small sheeting effect across the glass face.

Aroma is a light mixture of tart cherry and red grapes. Softly hazed by a earthy plum and soured candy sugars.

Taste is boomng with a fair tart snap, yet rounded and lightly fizzy enough for a full duration of quitely placed sourness and earthyness of cherry, grape, and lemon. Becomes a bit more more green grapey as it sits and blends into an almost wine-like quality. The subtle play of earth tones are quite unique with both a twiggy/woodish play touching some floral hints of petal oils. The tartness is very nice, earthy dirty lemon, lime, and cherry hit with a fineness and care to the palate that oothes off into a ever so faint dryness. Yes...OOthes...

Mouthfeel is zingy and fresh with a greatly well rounded tone of tartness and sourness blending together to make for a nice little brazen sip and dance on the tongue every chance it can. Leaves a delicate lemony, cherry tart, earthy dryness floating about as it squeezes the last simpleness of the fruits out as if sucking on the stem or peel themselves.

A wonderfully zingy, fruity, earthy little brew the Enigma is. New Glarus has taken the Belgian Red And Raspberry Tart and turned that style into another snappy, fun drink to behold. Yum!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mar on 02/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 2006
bottle thanks to tip top. hazy brown pour with a minimal head of white froth that turns into a ring quite fast. nose is wood, cherries and caramel. very nice on the palate with a flavor of wood, cherries, butter and slight sourness in the end.

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 02/19/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2008
A nice extra provided by ncvbc in a trade, thanks buddy.

Poured into my brand new Aventinus glass I picked up today at South Bay Drugs and Liquor, very nice looking piece of glassware.

The color of the beer is a muddy, tamarind, brown. A half inch of foam develops quickly but settles to a thin veil.

Aroma of tart and sweet cherries with hints of vanilla, oak and brown sugar. I dig the aroma. Some grapes come through as well as yeasty notes and a little funk.

Taste similar to the aroma. Sweet and semi-sour cherries with some toasted malt, caramel, and oak. Finishes with some grapes. Mostly sweet upfront with just the smallest tanginess in the finish. Good stuff though.

A really clean and crisp mouth-feel, and just a slight tangy after-taste.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Served In: Other

Review by Kegergator on 02/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2008
Thanks to TT for this NG Unplugged brew>>>

Pours a muddy deep burnt orange color. Thin head fades away into the brew. Swirls bring up litty fizzy bubbles that then fade again into the brew. Smells of sour cherries and yeast. Really nice smelling brew. Sweet tartness to this brew, with some nice yeastieness to it. Sweet/sour is perfect to describe. this brew. Really blends the two well together. Nice fizzy mouthfeel with a slight tartness left on your tongue.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 20 5 9 0
Review from 11/25/06

A - Pours a very hazed, amber/orange color. Looks rusty. Head is fizzy on the pour and dissipates to wisps and a small ring around the glass.

S - Wow, this one should be interesting. At the forefront are the obviously tart and sour smells. Buttery, barnyard smell with some vinegar thrown in for good measure. It's almost confusing.

T - Holy crap, where to start here. I might have a hard time really doing this justice. Starts out tart and sour, but somehow with no real apparent fruit taste to it. Buttery brett flavor. Do I taste bourbon oak barrels in here? They seem to be poking their head out, but don't come to the front. That flavor add a bit of vanilla. Weird light citrusy flavor peeks at you for a minute, almost like the California Sunny D? Finish is buttery brett. I know I missed some stuff here, but there is SO much going on. Finishes very clean with a buttery aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and slickly smooth. Carbonation is almost champagne like.

D - Wow, this is one hell of a beer. My favorite New Glarus thus far. Time to go buy up a lot of this.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 0
Received in a trade from jeffkrenner. Thanks goes out to him.

Served chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is good. Brick colored beer with a decent sized almond colored head that sits well on top. Little bit of lacing coats the sides.

Smell is very good. Wild yeast, fruity esters and unripe, tart red cherries. Instantly mouth-watering.

Taste is good. Initial flavor of sweet cherries that finishes sour, tart, and clean. Flavor is not cloying at all. Nice balance of sweet and tart. Taste's much better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium body. Carbonation is above-average. Slight acidic bite in the finish.

Drinkability is good. Another bottle would be welcome but i think that would be enough before i'd have to move on to something else.

A very nice surprise. i didn't know what to expect with this one but came away impressed. I think it's more of a Flanders Oud Bruin than a fruit/vege beer though. Recommended

Served In: Other

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