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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 2,419
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 486
Gots: 628 | FT: 87
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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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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 2,419
Photo of williamjbauer
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage, bottled served in a flute

Clear pink rose with bubbly pink 1 finger head with moderate retention and nice fluffy lacing.

Aroma is straight from Eden, crisp apples, yeasty bread, tart cherries. Dont detect the cranberries on the nose. Tastes similar to the Belgian red but fantastic depth and complexity is added with the tart apples and cranberries with great oaky notes and touches of vanilla.

I'm so glad the harvest was short on cherries because this beer is the best fruit beer so far for me. I got 3 bottles and I forced myself to hide the other two as they are just too tempting right now. Easily one of my favorite beer experiences as well. New glarus has a great thing going. (701 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz. wax dipped bottle
Acquired in a trade with surge1311
Served in a wine glass

Slightly hazed, crimson-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a frothy, one finger, light tan head that slowly dissipated to a bubbly mass. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was ridiculously fruity and sweet. Apple notes dominated. Super cider-like with an interesting fermented apple funkiness. Tons of sweet cherry notes came through as well. A dry, powdery yeastiness attempted to reign in the sweetness but failed. Subtle oaky notes were detectible as well.

The flavor profile was just as fruity and as intense as the nose. Tart apples dominated. Very cider-like. Super sweet overall with rich, brown sugar-like notes. Ripe cherries and tart raspberries were also quite apparent. Some light oakiness. The finish was both sweet and tart.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth, creamy and supple with a light, moderate effervescence.

The folks at New Glarus are masters at making fruit beers, and this offering is no exception. Although some might be put off by this beer's sweetness and seemingly lack of "beer-like" qualities, I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to see what other "accidents" happen in the future. (1,260 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is so good. All three fruits distinct yet blended so wonderfully. And add soft wood, vanilla and wild fermentation. My goodness is that nice.
Nice tan head that gets more dense as it settles. Orange and red amber in a mostly clear body.
The flavor is just as wonderful as the aroma. Again the taste of all three fruits is apparent with the cranberry and apple more forefront, but the cherries in there too. And the flavor of all three doesn't necessarily match the aroma, it is distinct and wonderful. Nice very well balanced tartness. Less apparent wood and vanilla.
Prickly and tingly and soft and sweet and smooth and light and just all around goodness.
Some have not liked this as much as the cherry or raspberry versions. This is every bit as good if not better. A wonderful beer. (790 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Strong hiss when the bottle was opened. Clear dark ruby with a thin head the fizzes away to nothing.

S - A lot of tart cherry like Belgian Red but with some apple and very light cranberry. The combination creates thoughts of cinnamon.

T - Sweet initially followed by tart cherry and cranberry mixed with apple cider. Light wood notes.

M - Sweet and tart at the same time with spritzy carbonation.

D - This beer screams harvest. A lot of similar characteristics of Belgian Red but fairly different at the same time. New Glarus can work magic with their fruit beers. (572 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A – A magnificent deep, deep ruby/maroon hue and a brilliant fluffy white head erupts to float atop the sparkling liquid beneath. A nice stream of bubbles jets up from the bottom of the glass. So beautiful looking.

S – The aroma is sensational with big cherry, cranberry, and apple. I never knew you could have this scent in a beer.

T – The taste is about the best I have ever had from a fruit beer. Not sour, but tart and sweet at the same time. Wonderful mix of the three fruits, cherry, cranberry, and apple. If you like tart fruit, this will make you forget all of your troubles as you slip away into a fruit filled blissful state of mind.

M – Fantastic carbonation. I think of this as a beer champagne. The subtle tartness will have you pucker at first but the gentle sweetness just keeps you drinking.

O – The best example of a fruit beer that I know of. I really don’t know how New Glarus could improve on this. Bravo! (945 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant cherry red under a 2” pink tinted white foam collar that fairly quickly dissipates to a thin film.
S: Smells like a fresh bowl of cherries and cranberries with suggestions of cinnamon and other spcies.
T: Big cherry flavors with apple and cranberry with spice balanced by a yeasty tartness.
F: Very fine soft carbonation, medium light body.
O: An interesting and well made beer with very little beer quality but in the end, very nice. (459 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle courtesy of GhostFace, cheers!! Shared at the March 2013 tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours a dazzling ruby amber color with a disappearing white fizz. Explosive cherry aroma with some sharp tartness to it, immediately similar to Jolly Ranchers. Flavor is revelatory, as is the case with most NG fruit beers. An absolute barrage of concentrated fruit madness. Cherries make up the major flavor component, candy-sweet but natural-tasting, with a base of ice cider apple flesh and a perfect cranberry bite on the finish, rounding out the immense sweetness with a divine tartness. This is easily on par with Belgian Red et. al. and arguably better, due to the complexity and synergy thereof. Serendipity indeed. (709 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost rusty red-orange with a gentle purple hue and light red bubbly foam that quickly dissipates. Pours a little murky.

This smells glorious, perfectly bright notes of apple, cranberries, and cherries.

After immediate anticipation for the sip after the aroma, I was not let down. Apple, cranberries, and cherries are spectacularly blended to perfection with tons of sweet and tart.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, acidic, and tart.

Overall, just an outstanding brew from NG, they cannot be touched when it comes to fruit sours. (541 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle, no date found, into my tulip glass...

A - Dark red, half finger head that dissipates quickly, no lace to be had

S - Green apples, cherries, cranberries, strawberries

T - Green apples, cherries, cranberries, strawberries

M - Medium to full feel, carbonation

O - This is an insane concoction that I am falling in love with. An absolute fruit medley bomb that goes together so well. New Glarus crushes these fruit ales and I am in love. (462 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a clear but dark ruby brown color. There is a small, off white head that fades to a ring of foam. Very light, spotty lacing. 4

S: An interesting combination of fruit smells. I get a whiff of apple juice upfront, followed by some tarter aromas. Cherry and cranberry. Fairly sweet overall. 4.5

T: Very fruity. The cranberry provides a distinct flavor that was not as clear in the aroma. This is followed by sour green apple and some light bit of caramel. Tart cherry rounds out the flavor and makes for a long, mouthwatering finish. 5

M: Medium light bodied with low but effervescent carbonation. Lightly sticky but less so than you might expect given how sweet the beer is. 4

O: Hands down the best fruit beer I've ever had. Tart cherry melds perfectly with the cranberry. The apples round the tart flavor out and make it thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable. 5 (917 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark dark brownish ruby red hue with a fat thumb width light tan head that fades to a thin light blanket.

S - Aromas of apples, cherries, and cranberries. This smells like someone took Wisconsin Red, Apple Ale, and Cranbic and blended them all together. Light vanilla oak notes. Very pleasant aroma with cherry being the dominant aroma.

T - Taste is just like the nose in that is is a nice blend of all three fruits. Bright fresh cherries, lightly tart, with very nice apple cider notes. The cranberry is there in the background, quite dry. Not as sugary sweet as the typical New Glarus fruit beer. The blending is quite quite nice with some nice light oaky vanilla to round things out.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, like a sparkling juice.

O - Overall I really, really enjoyed this beer. Not overly sweet, no cloy aspects. Basically drinks like a glass of cherry apple juice with some cranberry. Insanely tasty. (993 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a deep brown color with a reddish hint. A slight white head topped the glass with noticeably big bubbles most noticeable at the sides of the glass. In the aroma, one detects the sharp fruits notes, particularly the berries. In the initial taste, one gets the sour of cranberry and cherries, apple on a lighter scale, and an impressive woodiness. Hidden are notes of caramel, honey, and clove. The apple becomes more apparent toward the back of the taste. The sourness lingers, dancing on the tongue several minutes after the swallow. In the aftertaste, the sour fruits fade leaving the oak expose to your taste buds. The thick texture allows the taste to linger a great while.

Between this beer, Raspberry Tart, and Belgian Red, I think this is my new favorite. The carbonation is not as strong as Belgian Red, and the sour note as not as overwhelming as Raspberry Tart. I really hope Serendipity sticks around for a while. (976 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: gorgeous mahograny/shiny burnt orange
2 finger tan/white head, divine lacing

S: fresh cherries, apple cider, and mild cranberries

T: cherries, apple cider middle, craberry sour pucker finish

M: med body, big sour/sticky mouth

O: One of my least favorite styles, but New Glarus
is converting me with this and Strawberry/Rhubarb.
Incredible nose and taste, perfect beer to introduce
skeptics and fun for summer Great Lakes parties.

OUTSTANDING; MUST TRY! (461 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Bottle gifted to me from my mom on one of her recent trips to Wisconsin. My second of the fruit beers from these guys, and I have only the best expectations considering how amazing New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red was.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a beautiful dark cranberry ruby colored body. Some good clarity when held to the light. About two fingers of pinkish-tan head that leaves scattered spotty lacing. Looks a lot like the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red in appearance, if maybe a bit darker? Either way, it looks very nice.

S - Another truly beautiful aroma. An enticing aromatic fruit bouquet. Everything is apparent - the cranberries, the cidery apples, and the vinous cherries. I'm going to go ahead and say that it smells a bit more earthy and oaky than yesterday's beer with some very minor notes of wood in the background, but it could just be the apples.

T - The taste follows the nose - a remarkably authentic, natural, juicy, delicious fruit beer. Everything is in play - the cranberries, cherries, & apples. There is almost a strawberry type flavor going on as well. This thing is truly delicious.

M - The feel is juicy and sticky. Smooth and lightly tart on the finish. Medium-light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, this certainly was a serendipitous event if there ever was one. I am going to go ahead and put it on par with the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red for now since both beers were equally top notch fruit beers. More happy accidents like this one, please.

New Glarus Serendipity ---4.5/5 (1,611 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml blueish? waxed bottle poured into tulip 20/10/14, big cheers towards alfie for the bottle

A very hazy maroon amber liquid with enough clarity to allow me to see the tiniest bubbles ever, two fingers of foam makes a little noise as it slowly falls leaving no lace much to my surprise

S brown sugar, soft caramel, and massive amounts of fruit, cherry, apple, strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of cranberry, smells like candy and cider with some yeasty earthy tones, not the sour I was expecting at all but its amazing and then some

T pie crust, massive amounts of soft caramel and brown sugar, wine gums, heaps of sweet over ripe fruit, I'm not getting oak but it has some earthy tones, so juicy its hard to believe this is beer, mimics the smell fairly well and that's a good thing, I can't think of a better tasting fruit beer

M a little syrupy and has a heavy body for 4%, the bubbles cream it up, its fairly sweet but not sticky at all on the lips at all much too my surprise, fruit pie filling on the finish

O this one blew me away, I can't think of a better fruit beer, it just hit all the right notes at every point, world class hands down.

Not only is this the best fruit beer I've ever tasted its probably the best beer I've ever had at 4% and under, I can't believe how much flavor got jammed into this bottle. I can't remember dropping a score this high in a long time, I want another!! (1,417 characters)

Photo of JerUrbans
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear, see through amber color with thin light tan head. Beer is setting on the table about a foot away and I can smell apple cider, and a closer smell also reveals the cherries. One word, WOW!! This is so good! Flavors of the fruit blend so well together. Sweetness form the apples and a sour punch from the cherries and cranberries. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated with some puckering.

Overall, what a fabulous beer, this not my typical style but I will be drinking more of this. Everyone needs to try this gem. (517 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful cherry/cranberry color red. The nose is bramble and evocative of spring days out in the fields. This is such a great beer that it really does bring a lot of memories and thoughts to mind. Outstanding! The cherry and apple elements shine through, with a complexity to the fruit blend and the lively carbonation. The body is full without being too slick or sickly. (380 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks so much to Cam for sharing this.

Beer is a murky magenta/brownish color with an off-white head which retains pretty well and leaves some lace behind.

Awesome scent of sweet cherry pie, apples, fruit snacks; the taste is surprisingly better. Cherries are the most prevalent, apples are big as well, cranberry is the weakest but noticeable. Sweet but not cloying, light tartness, a bit of a vanilla bready vibe, not really getting oak. Nice smooth and full body, lowish carbonation. Insane flavors and impressive body for only 4%.

Simple but amazing fruit beer from New Glarus as expected, sooo drinkable and tasty. No sour funk here, just pure fruit goodness. If a pantheon of straight-up fruit beers existed, it would be Raspberry Tart, Wisconsin Belgian Red, and Serendipity. (787 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into small snifter. Low carbonation, some soapy lacing. Light cranberry in color. Aroma includes tart cherry, musty apple, cranberry. Taste is an amalgam of tart and sweet. All of the fruit is noted on taste, a little sweeter on taste than expected. Amazing. (279 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a few of these during my transit back from Darkness day. Gotta love New Glarus's attitude... Failed Cherry crop? No Problem! Poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Appearance is a deep purple red that is strikingly clear. It appears just like Juicy Juice. Minimal head and lacing. The nose is amazing. First thing that comes through is cranberry with a slight tartness. The apples then pick up and provide a bit of rustic character, and then comes the cherry. The three fruits are so harmonious which makes for a candied fruit aroma that suggests a bit of sweet and a bit of tart. The taste is incredible. It starts with the more candied side of the fruits, again with a nice harmony of the three featured fruits. The sweetness gives way to a nice tartness that takes over the palate. Delicious. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, New Glarus has struck gold yet again with their fruited beer. This is perhaps the most balanced and delicious one yet. If you haven't sought this one out, do it...now. (1,012 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have found the fruit beers from New Glarus to be a treat in the past so I thought I would try this one.

Poured a 750 ml bottle into my Ommagang glass. Got a dark brownish red. Head, light tan in color went away but left some good lacing.

Nose is yeast and fruit as expected. Give it a swirl and floral notes appear as well.

I was skeptical. Many times really low alcohol beers are watery in nature. This one proved me wrong. A nice full mouth feel with strong fruity flavors. Definitely cherries and apples. I did not notice cranberries too much. Plenty of yeast thrown in. Carbonation is bubbly but not too much like champagne. This beer is more sweet than sour but that is OK. It leads to great balance in the drink.
I must say that this is one of the most satisfying beers I have had in some time. I was proven completely wrong with the thoughts of mixed fruit and low alcohol. New Glarus Brewing has proven once again to be one of the best fruit beer producers in the world. (984 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - cloudy dark auburn color with a great tan head. Beautiful
Smell - cherries, fermented apples, slight cranberries , slight sour but more tart and has some oak smell to it.
Taste - a lot of the same flavors as what you smell... Sweet cherries but with fermented apple cider and maybe a hint of cranberries. Very slight sour and a mildly tart and has that taste that it's been in an oak barrel.
Feel - great medium carbonation that gives it that slightly flat champagne feel. Medium full body, pretty thick.
Overall - incredible looking smelling tasting and feeling sour beer! It was great to read the description of the beer after reviewing each category and see that I was right on with what was in it besides for the fact that I thought that it had some raspberry instead of cranberry. (800 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening the bottle, there is a fruity aroma that fills the air. Pours with a small finger of head. Virtually no lacing left. It's a clear ruby red color that's very appealing.

Smells quite similar to Belgian Red. Cherries and cranberries are most prominent. I am not picking up too much of the apple. It smells just delicious. A mouth-watering fruitiness really jumps out.

Tastes of cherry leads the way followed by cranberries. The apple comes through on the end. A pleasant tartness keeps this from being too sweet. Light woody, earthy note is quite subtle.

Very light carbonation makes this very easy to drink.

I can't think of a tastier fruit beer. At least as good as Belgian Red, maybe even better. (714 characters)

Photo of BeerXKing
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of fresh cherry and other berries and ale, consisting mainly of sweet fruit and malt characters, surprisingly, not to sweet as the nose makes you think it will be.the fruit really shine in the aroma and in the mouthful.
the taste was not overly dry. Light bodied, not over carbonated, finishes was a little sweeter then tartness.

Overall a must try beer (361 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a HF wine glass. Thanks Yamar68!

A - Pours a clear dark red body with a fingers worth of purple stained foam. Leaves behind a patchy cap and some solid lacing with a swirl. Looks very juice like but with an excellent head.

S - Tart cranberries, ripe apples, some cinnamon spice from the cherries, and that's it. Ripe, fresh, and juicy are all terms that come to mind. This might blur the line between beer and fruit juice, but who cares when it smells this great.

T - Pleasantly tart cranberries, ripe apples, and some cherries and spice on the finish. Just a touch of malts can be found here but otherwise this is like drinking a sparkling cran-apple juice. Mouth feel is medium bodies with low carbonation. I'm not sure if its detrimental or not but it does feel somewhat syrupy. That does make it a bit of a chore to drink solo but the flavor is so amazing that slowly sipping on it is somewhat welcomed.

O - New Glarus simply kills it with their fruit "beers". This happy accident ale certainly is a happy accident. Belgian Red really impressed me and making up for the lack of cherries with cranberries and apples is just genius. Just the right amounts of sweetness and tartness . (1,213 characters)

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