Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 2,362
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 481
Gots: 591 | FT: 83
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 1000lbgrizzly
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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 TheBrewBrotha
2.46/5  rDev -43.7%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of BIN29
5/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 KevChiTown
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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! (1,654 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Mike_Honcho1
5/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.37/5  rDev 0%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 SportsandJorts
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (199 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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 larryarms847
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
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 SteveB24
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nicely Balanced, not too sweet. Apple cider and Tart Cranberries counter the sweetness of the beer, very carbonated. definitely one of the more well balanced fruit beers i've had. (179 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep dark amber which appears a rich red when held up to the light. No haze, but a thick head of frothy, slightly pinkish foam. Just what I want in a beer with cherries, apples and cranberries.

Smell: richly fruity with a strong emphasis on the apple and cranberry. Not much sourness, though, which would really have been the icing on the cake.

Taste: rich caramel-apple flavor; the malty elements here do a superb job at complementing the fruit. Again, it's basically not sour at all, but the complexity among the fruit and malt elements is great. Woo!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It's a bit too sweet to just quaff away, but if I could get this more easily I probably would buy some occasionally. (848 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Paired well with a lunch salad. I enjoy the tartness of Serendipity, wish it was stronger.

These NG fruited drinks taste more like cider than beer. My wife and mother-in-law would love it. (189 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date but likely 2014; poured into their flute-ish pint glass (obtained at the brewery); drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - amber-red coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initially frothy, head settles into a subtle glass lacing; small carbonation bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - admixture of cranberry and apple with cherries taking a bronze; some gentle Belgian malts and yeast; no hop aroma

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is lite bitterness; this is immediately followed by flavors that match the nose - cranberry, apple and cherry in that order; some gentle tartness and some alcohol on the back end; finishes semi-sweet and tart

M: 4/5 - high carbonation, low-to-moderate body, creaminess

T: 8/10 - another very good fruit/vegetable beer from NG but this my least favorite of the beers that I've drank tonight; the creaminess is an interesting feature; again, for $9.25/750 mL bottle at the brewery, this is a total steal that is recommended for trade if not in WI

TOTAL - 41/50 (1,129 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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 John_M
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Not sure I quite understand the glowing reivews of this beer. The beer was much more sweet than I was expecting (which was OK by me, as I'm not a huge sour fan), and it tasted very much like an unfiltered apple cider, but with a "beerish" aspect to it. Maybe there was a hint of cherries and cranberries as well, but the apple flavor really dominated.

Certainly this is not a bad beer, but it struck me as a bit simple and one dimensional, and was not a beer I could see myself wanting to buy again. (504 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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 beatenbyjacks
5/5  rDev +14.4%

By far the best fruit beer I have ever had. You can taste the cherries, apples, and cranberries that blend beautifully. I am not a huge fruit beer person, but this blew my socks off. Sure wish I could get a keg of this. (222 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Lucular
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't find fault with any aspect of this beer. Bursting with fresh fruit flavor with not even a hint of medicinal taste like you so often get with fruit beers. Simply delicious. (179 characters)

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.