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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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96
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1,939 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 411
Gots: 451 | FT: 56
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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3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

PBRmeasap1980, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of joedevivre
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes an awful lot like the debut album from the B-52s to me. It's definitely fruity, but also has a nice sourness to it as well. It's an album I enjoy listening to on occasion, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to to it very often.

All three fruits involved in this beer are immediately recognizable and full of robust flavor. I was hoping for slightly more sour, but it's a great beer nonetheless. Just not necessarily my particular style of choice.

joedevivre, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a fairly clear pinkish amber color with a with a huge bubbly pink tinged head that persists forever. The aroma is sweet tart and fruity. Tart and sweet cherries with bits of brown sugar and a touch of apple cider and tart berries with a hint of vanilla and oak. The flavor is quite sweet but the tart and fruitiness from the berries and apples counter that nicely. Very subtle woody vanilla flavors round this one out nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I would have really liked a bit more tartness, but I still had no problem enjoying this one.

johnnnniee, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer.

Consumed 3/16/13

Appearance: Deep red, garnet - impressively clear for the color - small, off-white head, fades to some wisps of a cap - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sweet, with a distinct New Glarus fruit beer aroma -lightly tart apples and cranberry take center stage, cherry is secondary - fruit sugar sweetness, basically smells like fruit juice

Taste: Beer? This be fruit juice - lightly tart but mostly sweet apples, more like apple juice than apple cider - lightly tart cranberries as well - cherry flesh rounds things out - like NG Wisconsin Belgian Red, this kind of tastes more like fruit juice than beer - not really much to say about malts or hops, as they appear to be missing, but it works for the style - sweet overall, but in a nice, fruity way

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky fruity sweetness, minimal carbonation

Overall: Part of a complete breakfast

New Glarus performs fruit alchemy. This is fruity and sweet without being overly sweet. It's like fruit salad with apples, cranberries, and cherries... except better. This is certainly worth a try if you can find a bottle.

angrybabboon, Mar 17, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.22.12 Thanksgiving 2012

A - Pours a clear pinkish brown with a one inch light tan-pink head with good retention.

S - Cherry and sweet.

T - Cherry, apples and sweet. The cranberry finishes in the drink.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Sweet, but not overly so.

O - Fruity and sweet. Cherry and apple fruit salad. This was a great choice for after dinner.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 28, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl. oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Small cap of off-white foam. Perfect clarity, red color with orange highlights.

S - Ripe cranberries right up front. Nice sweetness to it. Really bright, clean fruitiness.

T - I get a nice tart tingling taste on my tongue right away, some sweetness comes in. I get unripened red apples underneath the cherry sweetness. Sweetness lasts into the finish but smoothes out to a super clean fruitiness.

M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet.

O - Cranberries seems to be the main focus of this beer. Carbonation help stimulate and imitate the tartness of the cranberries. Glad to have another fruit beer mixed into the usual lineup of New Glarus barrel aged beers.

Jparker37, Nov 01, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased late September 2013 in Wisconsin and transported in luggage back to Virginia. Could not find a packaged-on date. Poured into a tulip.

Too much cranberry. Have you ever had mixed cranberry juice with ginger ale? That is flashback I get when I drink this beer. A bit rich. Maybe best had as an aperitif type beer. Could use some more balance, some sourness or bitterness to offset the sweetness. 3.75

A – Pours a beautiful, rather unique clear cranberry color with a one-finger rocky head that dissipates quickly to a lasting thin layer. Good carbonation. Poor lacing. 4.25

S – Fruity, sweet, faint cherries and cranberries. 4.75

T – Sweet start with a semi-dry finish. A malty backbone is there, but it is all about the cranberries. 3.75

MF – Smooth, medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish. 3.75

Sludgeman, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,939 ratings.