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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 2,421
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 488
Gots: 629 | FT: 88
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lemke10 on 10-15-2012

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.
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Self-proclaimed as a "kaleidoscope of flavor", necessity yields art as the common cherry crops petered out and forced improvisation to take place. So, when life gives you lemons, then you make beer!

Peach-gold in color and with a kiss of mauve, the ale pours with pectin haze that's unadulterated from any filtration. Spritzy carbonation thrusts through the medium-dense body for form a champagne-type foam before settling into a creamy and scattered foam stance. Retention tries to trickle, but a quick swirl regenerates with ease. Ivory-white in its foam, the ale laces spottily yet consistently.

Tart fruitiness and sweet pulp play out from nose to finish. Its upstart is bright and vibrant with a plethora of orchard and tropical fruit aromas and tastes. Reminding the early palate of fusion fruit juices, its the culmination of cranberry, cherry and apple that cry out its fruit additions. Yet is fermented character provides the dry ale-like underpinnings that keep the individual fruit flavors from becoming obviously so. Balanced by natural acidity, its a sharper lime-like crispness and a tinge of musty dried fruit that offset the sweetness of the fruit to perfection.

Its mid-dry body allows for effortless drinkability and a high level of refreshment. Tart effervescence gives the fruit a lift and allows a peppery bite and slight astringency to balance its after texture. The tartness masks alcohol and allows for light fruit flavors to linger in aftertaste.

The ale is quite serendipitous indeed. Where drier Belgian sour ales often loose their fruit identity and the sweeter ones are sickly- this improvised ale lands right between for full fruit appreciation and without distracting cloying. Its a beautiful beer for most occasions- from complements to summer salads to the most esteemed celebration cheers. (1,829 characters)

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a foamy translucent red liquid with a heavy white foam. Very good lacing.

S - this is where it takes the cake for me. Lots of fruit in there with some heavy cherry and light apple. Some light spice along with blackberry and hints of raspberry and cranberry. Smells like a powdery berry sweetart.

T - a nice cherry, cranberry bomb with some sourness as well. The sour isn't overpowering which was nice for me. A good balance between sweet and sour.

M - medium to high carbonation with a nice tart finish.

O - not bad at all. I really liked this one. (566 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA Stevedore for sending this in trade.

Enjoyed out of a 25 oz green bottle with black wax around the neck and cap. No dating information that I can find. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Standard pour yields a two-finger head of pinkish tan, thick and frothy, with a few larger bubbles up around the top that start to burst slowly. Begins to dissipate gently, taking a good 4-5 minutes before the foam is completely gone, leaving zero lacing on the sides of the glass or along the edges of the beer. Body is a deep, garnet red that reminds me of cranberry juice. Not really hazy, but certainly not completely translucent.

Smell - Cherries, cranberry, honeycrisp apple sweetness, some fainter elements of spice--like nutmeg perhaps?--that lend a tiny hint of baked pastry to the smell. There is a light acidity to the aroma, but it's mostly fruity sweetness. As it warms, that acidity becomes even harder to detect.

Taste - Delicious! Notes of cranberry juice, cherry sourness, some crisper apple notes and an underlying tartness that comes right up to the edge, but doesn't quite pass into full-on sour territory. Tart fruit and I love how the cranberry aftertaste contributes some faintly bitter dryness to the otherwise almost cloyingly sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and close to syrupy, with light carbonation and a mostly sweet finish that has drier elements.

Overall, this might be the king of full-on fruit beers. As with any fruit beer, there is considerable sweetness, but this one uses the combination of fruits to balance the sweetness with some cleaner, drier flavors. I would gladly drink this one again, were it to fall into my lap. (1,701 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Aroma of apples predominantly but some cherries present. Initial flavor is a healthy mix of apples and cherries. Cranberries are in the finish and resemble the dried fruit variety, texture and all. Surprisingly not tart but more on the sweet side. Very good stuff. (301 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a clear ruby red color.

The aroma hits exactly as expected. It punches with sweet and tart apple and then a punch of juicy cranberry, with a bit of funk.

The flavor has a tart apple in the front and then a sweet cranberry and slight cherry flavor on the end. It hits all notes. It drinks very well with the balance of tartness and sweetness.

There's a champagne like carbonation that rolls around.

It's a well done beer, but it is a bit too reminiscent of Martinelli's Apple Cider. (503 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Held up to light it reveals a brownish-red color. A 1+ finger head lingers forever
S: Apple is primary, then cherry then cranberry. Smells more fruit juice than beer, but the aromas are pure
T: Like the nose, mostly fruit. The apple is still primary but the cranberry comes through second, least cherry. A hint of wheat to round it out
M: Light-bodied, sweet but not overly so, super smooth
O: I was hoping for a bit of funk/sour with the wild fermentation mentioned but it's still a darn tasty beer with pure fruit flavors (559 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Amber, red highlighting. Delicate faint tan head. Retention is okay. Tiny speckles of lacing and there is a slight haze in the body.

S- Cherry and cranberry. I can smell the tartness.

T- Cherry and apple come through in flavor. Cranberry finish. Very faint malt background.

M- Bubbly juicy and a little tart. Light and fruity. Refreshing.

O- Really tasty. Shys away from the malt and hops, but delivers a nice lambic quality. (469 characters)

Photo of darthvohn
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Glass Used: Nonic

Appearance: This poured a very murky reddish brown color. A thick bone white head formed and dissipated in a quick manner.

Smell: A swirl of scents are intertwined here. You get the green apple and cranberry first then cherry on the back end. That's if you're really trying to pick those fruits a part. On a second sniff, I got candied apple all up in my nose.

Taste: The cranberry-apple flavors pop first, then a quick transition to a cherry finish. As this baby warms, it gets more tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. A bit prickly at each sip. A medium thickness on the tongue.

Overall: The best fruit beer I've had hands down. I love the sweet-tart balance along with how each fruit profile plays together so well on the palate. If I'm ever in New Glarus' neighborhood, I'm making time to visit and trying their other fruit offerings. (868 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Light orange red, active bubbles. No foam. Fruity smell, mixture of apples, cherries, cranberries. Malty backbone. Tart flavor throughout, fades out. Tart close. Light and flavorful. Super fruity. Really good. (259 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great label, wonderful red/pink body with great clarity, plenty of effervescence (but really, upgrade or discontinue your bottle-waxing methods; they're nastily thin, crumbly things, no offense intended.) Smells and tastes fruity; strawberry, apple, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, even blackberry and blueberry could be imposed. I could be more specific if I wanted to scrutinize it, but this beer begs to be simply enjoyed and to welcome the refreshingly sweet, tart, fruity flavor and smell. Moderately-handed saccharine quality, but appreciable, especially with the carbonation and easy-to-enjoy flavors.

We all drink beer to get some degree of buzz, so I'd bet those who can't handle a sweeter beer would like a higher ABV to reach their destination before their sweetness gag reflex interposes, but for one with a serious sweet tooth such as myself, I appreciated the entire bomber, the final mental buzz, but not the longing for a repeat. Summarily, this is mildly alcoholic carbonated fruit juice. (1,004 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was fortunate enough to get this bottle in a trade with anticipation23. Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed rusty hue with copper high-lights when held up to a light source, tan head with nice lacing. A lot of fresh apples and tart cherries on the nose, the cranberry is noticeable but toned down compared to the others, very slight hint of barrel funk. Just like the nose, the apples and cherries make up a big part of the overall flavor, the finish is slightly tart from the cherries and cranberries with a touch of that barrel funk that was in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is lightly effervescent with small bubbles, silky smooth with a dry finish. (677 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another wonderful fruit beer from the caves of New Glarus! Awesome Apple. Can mix with stouts as well. The smell is amazing. Sweet but not overly sugary. (157 characters)

Photo of langchops
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into FFF Teku

A - Pours a deep red/brown body with one finger of off-white pinkish head. Well carbonated

S - Cherries are the dominate scent going on. The apples are slightly noticed, but very subtle

T - Follows the nose but with more punch from the cherries. I was expecting more sourness from the charries, but it ended up being fairly sweet. Apples came in at the end, never got the raspberries.

M - Medium carbonation made for a light mouth. Coats well for the low ABV.

O - A smooth fruit beer that goes down well. I wouldn't want to drink more than two glasses of this with the sweetness factor. I wish it had more tartness to offset the sweet cherry/apple flavors. (689 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Glarus flute

Came in trade from TClang - thanks!

Nice amberish color with a minimal head. Some lacing.

Lots of apples. Some berry essence.

Very upfront apply goodness. Can taste the berries as well, but the apples are the majority. Nice sour flavor. Vinegary.

Heavy carbonation, but tolerable with this style

Good stuff! I prefer Raspberry Tart, though (377 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cdmillard for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, off-white head that dissipates into a bubbly slick. Nose is very much reminiscent of Sucrets - medicinal cherry with the addition of ripe red apples. Taste is sweet and fruity - exactly what you would expect from New Glarus. The blend of fruits is really quite exceptional, but I don't get too much cranberry, although I suspect that its contribution was the medicinal notes in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, with a bright, lively carbonation. I am not a huge fruit beer fan, but New Glarus always hits it out of the park for me. This beer is so flavorful at 4.0%; however, it is not for the meek as it is really quite sweet. (737 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (628 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Champagne like, easy drinking. Would be very easy for a non-beer drinker to enjoy. Very tart cranberry deliciousness. Reddish hue, with a nice, tart aftertaste. (160 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a cervoise. The brew pours a clear ruby tinted to copper color with just shy of 3 fingers of tan froth. The cap collapses leaving some sudsy lace sticking in patches and stringy fingers on the glass. A swirl revives a pretty solid finger of silk that fades slowly.

The aroma of this is fresh and fruity with a solid amount of tart indication also emitting from the glass. The cherry quality leads the way in the nose with a slightly medicinal aspect almost like cherry luden cough drops. There is a bit of a dusty or dirty quality also found in the nose that lends an earthen sort of feel all across the middle. That dusty aspect gives this a real natural essence. As the brew warms up, more of a focus switches to the apple character.

The flavor upfront is tart with a character of unripened cherries blended with cranberry. Across the middle is some apple or pear skin character that almost wants to take this brew off in a direction of cider but not quite. The tartness blended with residual sugar makes for almost a medicinal feel to this brew that mildly burns the back of the throat. While this is a pretty juicy fruit beer, there are trace moments of herbal hops coming through that let you know this is still beer. The warmer the brew gets in my glass, the more the apple starts to come through that was initially masked a bit.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with the alcohol seemingly nonexistent. My only gripe is the medicinal aspect that pokes out at times but overall this is pretty good. You get everything as advertised in this: cherry, cranberry and apple in equal parts. I am impressed but this isnt something I would drink regularly. (1,730 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly a variety of sweet fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice fruity presence that makes it super drinkable. (558 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Medium-light amber-brown body. Half finger white head with spiraling filmy lacing. Fair retention.

S- fruity cranberry and apple juice scents. It's like if you mixed both cranberry and apple juice together.. a slight bit of mineral-like yeast flavour. Fairly tart, but make no mistake, it is sweet.

F- the tart red apples jump out in the beginning, transitioning to a more cranberry predominant sweetness in the middle; it finally takes over in the end. It finishes with a sweet fruit skin-like flavour that could be cherry skins.

M- medium bodied, well carbonated and well executed. Slight tartness initially that becomes cranberry-sweet by the end.

O- Very good fruit beer. I see how this bought multiple different fruits together to meld something simple yet satisfying. I prefer Belgian Red to this, but I prefer this to Raspberry Tart. Hard to go wrong, really. (877 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up in Milwaukee by Bryna. Thanks! Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Transparent amber body.

S - Massive apple aroma, with lesser notes of cranberry and cherry. Faint oak at the outset, but fades as the beer warms up. Light tart fruit character, but I don't think I'd guess there was wild yeast involved without reading the beer description.

T - The taste has more of the cherry and cranberry flavors mid-palate, before yielding to apple in the finish. Some slight malt sweetness mixes with the fruits, but it's fairly low-level. Loads of flavor for a 4% beer.

M - Medium body, juicy texture, with light tannic fruit and oak character late. Pleasant moderate-to-high carbonation, and obviously no discernible alcohol character.

D - It's like fruit juice. Really easy to drink, although it's a tiny bit sweeter than I prefer. It's like a blend of Apple Ale, Cranbic, and Belgian Red; glad New Glarus was able to make "lemonade out of lemons" in regards to the poor cherry harvest. (1,052 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 31 December 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark, slightly reddish amber. Very clear. Half-finger of yellowish head, decent retention and pretty good lacing. I really like the color.

Smell reminds me a lot of NG's other fruit beers, but has its uniqueness. I can't pull out each fruit. Get lots more cherry than anything else - syrupy, juicy bing cherry sweetness. Then apple, but apple pie apple, without the crispness or the tart. Very little tart in this, in fact - could use some more, IMO. Rich and sweet, without anything to balance that out (at least in the smell). Buoyantly fruity.

Taste comes on with syrupy cherries and sweet apple, followed by a touch of tart cranberry. The cranberry provides a bit of bite and tang here that are definitely needed, providing some acidic balance. But I wish there were even more of that, as I find it overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Light-bodied, buoyant and fluffy. Medium-high carbonation that flares up and gradually slows down like a right-skewed distribution.

Doesn't impress me as much as the other New Glarus fruit beers. Flavor feels a bit bloated and less clean because of the presence of all those fruits, and I really want some tart or sour to balance out that sweetness. Amazing mouthfeel. (1,277 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%

Pour is a hazy reddish copper with a light tan bubbly head. Nose is strong red apple, lots of cherry, and a faint touch of cranberry. Taste has a good bit of red Apple, moderate cherries, like cranberries, and a moderate touch of sourness. Light body, strong carb, dry finish. Fruits are extremely bright and really play well together. (339 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my roommate on Election Night 2012.
Pours a clear black-cherry red with a small pink head. Smells like apples, cherries, and cranberry juice, in that order of strength. Smells sweet. Taste is great. Starts like a sweet cherry pie, then tart, sour crisp apples and cranberries and finishes with a slightly malty finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is acidic but not off-puttingly so. Clean, and refreshing. Will definitely buy another bottle or two before this beer disappears. (490 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have to admit that I watched eagerly for this one to show up within firing range in Western Wisconsin - New Glarus is the unmatched, undisputed, one-of-a-kind brewer of fruit beers. And here it is, finally. 750ML bomber split with my lovely wife.

Pour the beer & hey, the bottle is green. Didn't see that coming behind the dark liquid. In the glass, it's like a huge garnet exploded into a wet format, lovely, clear dark red. Nose is the expected gushing of fruit, dominated by the cherry, apple leavings. Very nice.

Serendipity continues the fine tradition of fruit dying for the cause. Cherries are still on top of this beer, & constitute about 85.7% of the taste profile, along with a large apple slice. The cranberries I honestly wouldn't have picked out, but they add a slight tartness right at the end that lowers the sugar cane quotient to just below the level of aching teeth. There is more of a cidery echo here - the influence of the apple, of course. Bet you can't take just one sip.

Lovely. Excellent. (1,019 characters)

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.