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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,830 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 406
Gots: 427 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Lemke10 on 10-15-2012)
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Reviews by AltBock:
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

750ml green bottle that was wax sealed with a dark purple almost black wax. It's a very thin wax. The bottle only has one big giant label. The label has a stencil like drawing of a creepy tree with a giant apple on top, two cherries to the left, and 3 cranberries to the right. Directly below the tree are the words "Happy Accident Fruit Ale." Flanking the drawing is all the mandatory US info and a lengthy description of the beer. Not sure of the year. There's a weird notch system on the side. I'm not sure what that means.

When poured into a J. Wakefield Snifter, this "Happy Accident" was a weird pale mahogany brown with quite a few ruby highlights. I found the color of the beer hard to describe. It was the same story with the head of foam. The head of foam was a faint white with traces of pink in it. This white pinkish head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height. It had acceptable retention that left behind a good sized string of foamy white pinkish rings and a few clingy steaks of lace.

What an aroma! Popping the cap unleashed a strong fruity aroma. I could tell that it was time for this beer to be opened. It was sweet fruity aroma that contained an insane amount of tart apples, cranberries, and cherries. I think I even found some red raspberries in here as well. The funkiness was very minimal. The aroma was all about the fruits and nothing else.

Now this is the point where you get to taste all of those sour juicy fruits that were so strong in the aroma. For some reason, I was having apple cider flashbacks while I was drinking this. It must have been all of the tangy and sour fruits that gave me these flashbacks. The taste was tangy and lightly sour with apples, cranberries, cherries, red raspberries, and even a tiny trace of blackberries. As for funkiness, that was minimal too. Like the aroma, the taste was all about the delicious tangy and sour fruits.

This was a light and fruity beer with a good amount of carbonation and a long lasting aftertaste of sour and tangy apples, cranberries, cherries, and red raspberries. The fruits came in strong and they wanted you know that they weren't leaving anytime soon.

IMO, New Glarus makes the best fruit beers. I've never had a bad one or even a mediocre one from them. Would I drink it again? I sure would! It's probably a good thing that I don't live in WI because is be drinking their fruit beers all the time.

AltBock, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

don1481, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DanGeo, Jul 11, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Another big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one - it was on my "wants" list for a long time and I'm glad to finally get a chance to try it. Pours a very clean and slick, ruby-tinted mahogany with pretty remarkable clarity for the deep shade it emits. A beige cap quickly foams up a recedes almost just as quick while leaving a few decent rings of lacing after the first few sips.

Holy smokes, the aroma is a huge explosion of fruit almost unlike anything else I've smelled before. A very deep, juicy, and raw black cherry aroma is first in command, heavily accented with sweet red apples on the edges. The fruit characteristics are so convincing and pure without the artificial and medicinal hints that oftentimes plague fruit beers and can evidently lead to their demise. This smells like a puree or freshly squeezed juice. Super convincing, mouth-watering, and honest to god delicious - can't wait to try it.

After taking one taste, I realize that I misspoke when calling the aroma a huge fruit explosion... because it's nothing compared to the flavor. Hot damn, the flavor in this is just incredible, if you're a fan of fruit, that is. Just absolutely delicious, pure, juicy, sweet, and mildly tart, all at once. I get hit with some Red Delicious apples up front, immediately following by the gushing onslaught of ripe, black cherries.

Serendipity is extremely juicy and overflowing with flavor. A tartness hits quick and fast before it fades into a sweetness that carries through to the aftertaste. Cranberries are heaviest in the finish, providing another small jolt of tart before they turn entirely sweet and savory on the palate. This beer is just on the cusp of the sour/sweet line at times, and it dangerously flirts with it so well. Lighter bodied with high carbonation, crisp and popping mouth feel.

This.... Now THIS is how you do a fruit beer. Throw an apple, some cherries, and a few cranberries into a blender, bottle it up and call it Serendipity. Almost perfect execution of pure fruit flavors while avoiding all of the off-putting side-effect that commonly plague this style of beer. New Glarus... I like them. A lot.

tectactoe, Mar 26, 2013
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delaced21, Mar 03, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%

poured from a bottle into my ballast point snifter.

A:It reminds me of an amber ale in appearance or a dark apple juice.

S:It smells like a basket of fresh fruit.Allot of cherries and apples.

T:Very sweet,apple juice,light strawberry,cherry,tart..(duh)

M:Very lightly carbonated ,smooth.

O:Very tasty and very sweet.Something you gotta crave in my opinion.I would drink it again if I could but I would not go crazy chasing it.Deff worth the 12$ a bomber.I want to try other NG offerings a little less on the sweeter side.

BubalooBrewMaster, Jun 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.21/5  rDev -3%

Bottle courtesy of Dmbforever. Poured into an 8oz snifter. Red amber brown in color with cream colored head. Decent head retention (about a minute and a half). Decent lacing and the head shows back up with each swirl. Aroma of dark sweet fruit (raspberry, cherry, tart apple). Aroma also has some slight funk to it, like earthy yeastiness. Taste is of cherries, raspberry, some plum, and blackberry as well. Very sweet. The tart cranberries are nice, but they don't cut the sweetness as much as I'd like. Good carbonation and medium body wrap the tongue in the fruit sweetness. Definitely another enjoyable brew from New Glarus.

mverity, Nov 29, 2013
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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.