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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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249 Reviews
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Reviews: 249
Hads: 2,495
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 31.03%
Wants: 509
Gots: 670 | FT: 91
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:
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: 249 | Hads: 2,495
Photo of Sconnie25
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic fruit beer. Poured a dark amber color with a scent hinting of cranberries, apples, and cherries. Taste wise this was wonderful with the combination of those fruits all making a fantastic concoction.

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Photo of stingray
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank a whole 25 oz. bottle for this review from a pilsner glass. The first pour was refrigerator-cold but I let the bottle sit out for about an hour before for the second glass.

Pours copper red with a few fingers of light brown head. The foam had a little more color and thickness on the second pour. The head continued to develop when I swirled the glass a bit, even at the very bottom.

Aroma is tart and the apple dominates for me, though others pick out the cherry more. The second glass smelled sweeter than tart, the malt came through strongly, and I was able to pick out the oak as well.

Initial flavor is tart apple mixed with crisp cherry. You can focus on one or the other, like how an optical illusion appears slanted left or right. The malty background is there throughout and you can really work it up by swirling in your mouth. Cranberries take over once you swallow with their unmistakable bite. Again, the second (slightly warmer) glass is sweeter and the tartness isn't there anymore. I didn't notice the malt any more than the first glass but the oak is stronger. The flavor really goes through stages. My brother said every sip is a story.

Lots of carbonation, you could easily fill up the glass with foam. You can take a sip and hear the bubbles inside your mouth. Swirling it around produces a nice bit of foam in your mouth.

This is one of my favorites right now, I give it as gifts to everyone I know. I have a friend who is prejudiced against fruit beer so I made him taste it and he had to admit it was quite good. Even people who "don't like beer" like this. It's what wine coolers wish they could be. It's like the sparkling juice that the kids table gets while the adults drink wine, but has so much more than sweet to offer. At 4% alcohol one person can easily drink the whole bottle but it's best shared with someone. The first time I tried it was early in the summer with my brother and we were both blown away. It's good anytime but is particularly refreshing when it's hot out.

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Photo of barczar
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big cherry character in aroma, with tart apple as secondary. Flavor is the same. Delicious, rich fruit character. Can't believe they extract that much flavor.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of JRosenstock
4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer caught me totally off-guard. I didn't really have any expectations of it to begin with but as soon as I popped the cap, I was flooded with beautiful cherry and cranberry notes. The apple is a little bit more subtle in taste and seems to impart more sweetness to counterbalance the tartness from the other two fruits. I am extremely happy with this beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually my least favorite of the New Glarus fruit beers. I actually get a beer flavor from it. Little less sweet that other ones. Mildly tart cranberry taste. Some hints of apple and cherry.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second New Glarus beer and again I am impressed. The first beer I tried was the Wisconsin New Belgium Red and though Serendipity is not drastically different it's just as good. Fruit beers are usually too tart or too sweet for my taste but this one is the perfect combination. Looking forward to trying more beers from New Glarus

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my first time trying a new glarus fruit. It was a lot less tart then other fruits/sours that I have had. Overall it was a good beer that had a lot of flavor, with a little bit of sourness at the end. Hoping the other fruits are up to far!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper mahogany color with good clarity when held up to the light and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Apple, cherry, raspberrie, oak, musty, sour, beady,

Taste: Fruity deliciousness. Tart, sour, chewy, and oak. Tasty, balanced, and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Tart, oaky, fruity, sour, light bodied, sweet, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: I like it, I like a lot. Grea to share with a friend. Look forward to more of these in the futyre.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewBrotha
2.46/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cherry red like cough syrup. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan of this beer like most people are due to the taste and smell reminded me of dimetapp or robutussin cough syrup. The color was great and I was excited to try NG as this was my first brew by this brewery. The lingering taste of cherry cough syrup turned me off more and more with every sip. Definitely worth trying if getting into NG as it opened me up to want/try more of their beers and I finally found the one I love.

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Photo of BIN29
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable complexity for a low abv. Drinks like a juice. Give this to anybody who claims that they don't like beer and see their reaction. Pairs very well with acidic foods.

Pours dark red, like a cherry juice. Smells like fresh fruits, cherries, raspberries. Second whiff suggests some combination of spices. Cinnamon and maybe nutmeg. Sweet and tart, extremely balanced.

I don't like fruity beers but this one is extremely unique.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've only had this one with a year or so of age on it, so I can't comment on a fresh bottle. Pretty much my flavor fruit ale! Almost jam like in its intensity and depth of flavor. So damn delicious on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at my local Shell station. As usual, no bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into my snifter.

L: Pours a burgundy that's the color of cranberry juice at the edges where the light hits. About a quarter-inch of off-white head dissipates very quickly to a ring that leaves minimal lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation in this one.

S: Black cherry and red apple are the most prominent flavors in the bouquet, and they hit the nose with a force. There's also notes of cranberry at the edges, but this one smells very sweet and succulent. Wonderful aroma.

T: The taste follows the nose quite well, with the black cherry and red apple the first to register on the palate. Very sweet initially. The sour and tart flavors, however, kick in almost immediately--the middle is dominated by a nice sour tartness from the cranberries that really perks things up, aided by a very good level of carbonation. The back end has more of the tart, but those deep, sweet notes from the cherries and apples reassert themselves for more of a sweet/sour finish.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Just a bit creamy at the front, with assertive tartness and healthy carbonation that make for a very nice feel.

O: I gave this one a try a few years back and remember thinking that I didn't like it nearly as much as their Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red. But, with time, I've really come to enjoy Serendipity as much as or even more than its cousins. This thing packs so much fruit flavor, it's ridiculous. And NG has done an amazing job of getting that tart/sour just right so that it isn't overly sweet on the palate. Highly recommend!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Simply delicious! Strong and sweet fruit but never cloying or artificial. I get a myriad of flavors from dark cherries, cranberries, plum, raspberries, fig, Apple juice and a white wine. It seems almost inappropriate to call it beer as it holds a champagne, wine and cider quality.

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Photo of Mike_Honcho1
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Poured a deep red color with a finger and a half of off white head. Leaving behind great lacing in my snifter.

Smell: Smells of apples, cherries and cranberries with a slight hint of woodiness to it. One minute it seems to be more apple forward but then changes to more cherry/cranberry forward upon agitation.

Taste: The taste follows the nose to a T. Apples, cherries and cranberries with a bit of woodiness . Very nice tartness to the beer that keeps me going back for another sip.

Feel: Nice sticky feeling with a medium amount of carbonation. The carbonation cleans your palate so nicely that you will want another sip.

Overall: Another awesome fruit beer from New Glarus. One of my favorite beers. If you can get your hands on this beer, you should buy multiple bottles.

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Photo of richj1970
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Jester King glass.

A: Pours a clear deep crimson red with two finger dense white head that lasted a couple minutes. A thin layer hanging around on top for quite a while longer. Some nice sticky lacing.

S: Slightly tart cherries and cranberries. There is a subtle oak and earthy funk lingering around in the back.

T: Very nice blend of fruit flavors - apple, cherry, and cranberry. I was expecting it to be very sweet or very sour but was pleasantly surprised. Just a touch of tartness and some subtle sweetness.

M: Medium body and plenty of carbonation. Mouthfeel reminds me a little of a sparkling wine. Drinks a little more like champagne than a beer.

O: Very nice fruit beer. Easy drinking and refreshing. Perfect for a nice warm spring day on the back patio.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep reddish brown hue. a two finger of so off white head forms and has good retention and leaves a huge frothy lacing along the sides of the glass. dark and almost opaque but some brightness shines through around the edges.

Smell: apple juice, cranberries and cherries. the sweetness is cut by oaky to funky aromas.

Taste: opens up with some apple juice flavor. as it develops the cranberries come out second and are followed by cherries. the cherries are the lightest of the fruit flavors but still detectable. the backend has notes of wood, earth and caramel. some funkiness comes through

Mouthfeel: medium to fuller feel. amazing balance on the sweetness. very drinkable and refreshing. just a touch of tartness.

Overall: New Glarus is 4/4 with their big fruit bottles. Amazing fruit character, perfect balance and great complexity. if you want a fruit beer look no where else.

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Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red pour. Super sweet and sticky. Fruit punch, berries and a touch of cranberry tartness. Full carbonation. Definitely a beer to share due to the sweetness but in small quantities its very nice.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Beachwood in Seal Beach from a 750ml bottle poured into tulip. Red body with an off-white fizzy head that drops quickly to a few filmy islands. Aroma is sweet pixy stix, cherry, apple, and cranberry fruity notes with an eventual tartness. Taste is sweet early with cranberry and cherry notes followed by some pie spice and apple skin before finishing tart over the residual sweetness. Light body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation, and a tart sweet finish.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of larryarms847
4.74/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.