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Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Severe Drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The Apple crop fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with Apples, Cranberries and Cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale!

Cheers to the unexpected.

Added by Lemke10 on 10-15-2012

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Translucent maroon, auburn, and burgundy hues with a generous white, fluffy head
S: Macintosh and Fiji apples with a distinctive cranberry cocktail aroma
T: Initial burst of Montmorency cherries swiftly met by a sweet blend of apples and cranberries and hints of cocoa
F: Medium body with a slightly dry finish
O: Another expertly crafted fruit beer by the masters in the game, New Glarus. This is a rich and flavorful beer with subtle sweetness and huge fruit flavors. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle in sniffers. Pours lightly with little head. Smell of fruit is immediate and very nice. Taste is very fruity, and complex. The body is light - almost like a wine. Very refreshing, and a great dessert beer.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this in Wisconsin along with its brothers Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. This being the last of the three that I tried, I would have to personally rank them Raspberry Tart > Serendipity > Belgian Red. They say Serendipity is a blend of apple, raspberry, and cherry, but I am mostly only picking up the apple with some cherry sourness at the end. It is an incredible fruit beer that is very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of bwood06
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger off white/light khaki head that is frothy with just a hint of a creamy appearance to it. Head dissipates quickly at first but levels off to a thin creamy a layer. Beer itself is a deep ruby color and clear with light to moderate carbonation rising moderately paced towards the surface. 4.25/5

S - The aroma is a combination of sweet cherries, tart cranberries, raspberry jam, and a light sweet apple juice. A very light maltiness acts as an undertone to the fruity aromas. Somewhat medicinal but not as much as the Belgian Red that New Glares puts out. 4/5

T - Apple juice hits my tongue right off the bat which transitions to a sweet raspberry jam note. The raspberry and apple act in concert for a time before allowing the cranberries to play a part. The cranberries comes in initially as sweet but then the tartness creeps in a bit before slight vanilla and malt undertones come into view. A sweet apple juice comes back into focus for the finale just prior to a dry tartness takes center stage to truly finish things off. 4.25/5

M - Moderate carbonation burn up front lends this beer a light crispness to it. Light bodied, almost juicy in nature with a soda pop fizziness to it. Slightly drying on the back end but this does not linger on the palate. 4.25/5

O - Excellent balance between apples, raspberries, and cherries. Each flavor has its own dry/wet/tart/sweet qualities and this beer allows each to shine on its own and in concert with one another. 4.25/5

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Photo of farrago
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice big two finger plus head of dark tan color, good density with a swirl of bigger bubbles at the point of pour, retention is decent, the lacing is meager but what’s there is thick and sticks okay. Cherry wood colored liquid, clear if dark, high sheen to it, hardly any visible bubbles. The nose is pure pie, all cherry, apricot, apple scents with honey glazed crust and a strong accompanying floral mist, at times there is a vinous astringency, however the concentration of the sweet fruit wins out. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied with more foaming action and persistent carbonation than expected. Mixes in orange zest and cinnamon to nutmeg to that base of cherry, cranberry, apple flavors, the fruit ripe yet with snap and zestiness. The yeastiness remains but less of the honeyed aspect. This is just pure refreshment, if you find the fruit flavors agreeable, at 4% you can down a 750ML bottle in record time. Nothing more to say, it’s not a brew for analysis but for simple enjoyment.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. Huge fruit aromas, as expected. Overall this was a bit too sweet for me but the flavor profile of the fruits was excellent. Interesting brew.

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Photo of mke_Brewer
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy color with a thin, fleeting pink head. Aroma is fantastic. Smells and tastes just like the label describes...a combination of excessive cranberries, apple and raspberry. Very light in body. This could very well be a juice cocktail. I really enjoyed the taste but certainly did not feel like I was drinking beer. Having said that, it is delicious!

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Photo of TH28
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle. No bottle/code date. Appearance: Deep ruby red/brown with a pinkish white foam cap and nice lacing. Aroma: Tart apple and cranberry most prominent, along with some cherry. Taste: Cherry and apple sweetness upfront, blending into cranberry with a distinct tartness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light carbonation. Finish: Dry and tart, with lingering cranberry. Overall: World class fruit beer. Beautiful blend of the Apple, cranberry and cherry for complexity, with a light tartness from the fermentation to contrast the fruit sweetness. A perfect desert beer.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Looks like cranberry juice with a frothy, foamy head

Smell - Very strong fruit smell. Cranberry and sweet apples.

Taste - Like drinking fruit juice. Sweet in a natural way, sour cherries, sweet apples, and an undertone of cranberries that stays with you.

Feel - Smooth, light, very low carbonation.

Overall - Amazing fruit beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured at 43°F from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 17Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of light pink foam that dissipates into a white line of foam within 1 minute and 20 seconds. Dark red in color. Once the foam head settles, rising bubbles cease to exist. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of apple juice entangle with strong aromas of cranberry juice and mild sweet/tart cherry aromas. Hints of earthy and spicy hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Very strong apple juice and cranberry juice flavors enter initally and are immediately followed by strong sweet/tart cherry flavors. The cherry flavors are more sweet than tart, unlike their balanced aromas. Subtle earthy hops and hints of spicy hops are the last to enter onto the palate as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: This was simply incredible. Extremely unbalanced between the fruit flavors and the hops and yeast, but that's just what I expected from this brew.

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Photo of pkalix
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

apple juice on the nose, mixed fruits and berries on the tongue.... slightly tart, wonderfully amazing. this is beautiful. it's been sitting in my cellar/frig for at least two years now, down on the bottom and almost forgotten. not sure if these are cellarable, but it is still very good even though this is my first taste of this. i admittedly dont know what to look for in 'LOOK' for ratings, so it's a 4. but the rest of this is very very good..... i have not done these much so i'm a rookie on rating, but my palate loves it and is why i give it the scores it got.

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Photo of W_Des
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brownish red color from the bottle. Has apple in the nose with some tartness from the cherries and/or the cranberries. The taste is a delicious blend of sweet apples, tart cherries and tart cranberries. This is an excellent fruit beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had December 29th. Poured January 2nd. Have yet to try a New Glarus sour, so I'm really looking forward to this.

Appearance: Red brown in color. Small ring of light brown head. Active carbonation.

Smell: Apple. Raspberry. Cherry. Mostly apple, I'd say -- on the nose and in the taste. Nice and tart with a perfect amount of sweetness and a dry "snap" of a granny smith apple sort of finish. Clean as hell. Little malt on the back end with a slight oak and tannin vibe. Moderate body with an active but not-too-intense carbonation.

You fools can keep your Redd's Apple Ales and what-the-hell-ever else, I'll take some of this. Love the tartness and sweetness levels as well as the awesome apple/cherry/raspberry flavors. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear cherry plum color. One finger of beige fizzy head that falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

5.0 S: My goodness. Actually, holy shit. The fruits in this are incredible. All of them come through supremely strong. I can't decide whether the apple, cranberry, or cherry is most potent. It's like a cider mixed with a cherry wine and cranberry sauce except that they don't suffer from dilution. This might even smell better than it's big sisters.

4.75 T: Like the nose, the fruit trio is incredible in the taste. Equal strength among them all. Powerful and delicious. Any semblance of the base beer is covered by the fruits. Just so damn good.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy moderate carbonation. This doesn't have the dense syrupy mouthfeel that the fruit twins have. Rather, this is more crisp and refreshing. Still very good.

5.0 D: Love it. I could drink a bottle everyday for a good month if I had the money and the beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky brown color with a creamy small white head that retains nicely

S- aroma initially reminds me of fruit punch. Aromas of freshly pressed apple juice, sugared cranberries, marichino cherries, homemade jam, very nice

T- initial flavor is of cherry pie, even the sugary glaze, followed by fresh pressed Apple juice, and a bit of cranberry tartness. As with their other fruit beers, it's very sweet. But this one isn't cloying. Finishes with more cherry & cranberry.

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a medium-thick syrupy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- my 5th NG fruit beer and this is my favorite, the 3 fruits blend very well

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Photo of tapperm
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Favorite fruit beer. A little sweet for me and could use more ABV. The mouthfeel is too thin but this is a fruit beer. Great brew over all. Love NG!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doesn't bring the sexy appearance wise, its brown and kinda meh. Aroma bangs it out though. Apple, cherry, cranberry. Very croosh.

Taste is more of the fruits, good tartness to cut through the ample sweetness. Found it weird that for a beer made during a cherry crop failure, that this one tastes of plenty cherry.

Elite 1st tier fruit beer stuff.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color. Has a tart fruity aroma. Flavor is delicious. Tart fruit notes of cranberry with a light sweet background flavor. Has a slight fermented aftertaste with a fruity mouthfeel. Overall this is delicious!

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Photo of KeithBonner7
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has the look of barqs red cream soda with minimal foam.

smell somewhat reminds me of a warm cherry pie.

Tastes like a local cherry flavored apple cider with hints of cranberry tartness. Finishing with an apple tart bite.

Leaves a decent salivation factor feel. Would go great with some seafood.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish-brown. The smell is an amazing blend of tart cherries and just enough cranberries to keep it interesting. On the nose the apple is very faint. The apple is much more noticeable in the taste and provides a solid background for the cherry and cranberry to take their turn. It's fairly sweet but never cloying and the fruit brings enough tartness to keep it balanced. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Overall another great fruit beer from New Glarus!

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Photo of frasergrove
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of raw, fresh, unpasteurized apple juice mixed with a tinge of tart berry puree. Fermented fruit juice is evident right off the bat in the tongue and is crisp and tangy...then the beer does a full 180 and tasty sweet and creamy, like a tart topped with whipped cream. Extremely unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted chanpagne glass.
A - Pours an opaque reddish brown color with a small head that settles to just a ring.
S - I'm getting mostly cherries, maybe cranberry.
T - Tart cherries on the front end, then you start to think other fruit is involved as it covers your tongue. Very sweet in a good way.
M - High carbonation, refreshing.
O - This is not bad by any means but it is my least favorite of NG's fruit beers. I prefer the Belgian Red or the Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with low carbonation, the smell is of sour cherries and cranberries, the taste changes as it warms up, first the subtle funk and later a great Jolly Rancher, it finishes great between sweet and sour.

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Photo of Sintech
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle.

Appearance - Dark burgundy .

Smell - Mixed fruit jam.

Taste - Little tart, little sweet.

Feel - Low carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very nice NG!

Grade (B+)

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich mahogany red-brown, and forms a dense, fluffy multi-finger head of off-white foam that lasts and lasts. Lacing is off the hook.

Smell: Fruit greets the nose cheerily, a burst of cranberries and cherries, all just slightly sour. Beneath, tones of sweet red apple and caramel malt buttress and support the sour fruits.

Taste: Just a sublime fruit beer. This opens much like an apple juice made with gala and honeycrisp, which has had a significant amount of cherry-cranberry preserves dissolved in it. There are faint hints of tart sour to the fruit, and the barest whiff of farmland funk along for the ride. All of that dances atop a solid platform of sweet caramel malt flavor. The finish and aftertaste are a mix of the fruit juice and malt aspects. Sublime.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, smooth, clingy, sticky, and yes - that bit of word salad adequately sums up the feel.

Overall: "Sublime" has already been mentioned, so it shall be left at that. Personally, I'd put this in my regular drinking rotation, were I closer to Wisconsin.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.