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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,739 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,739
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 391
Gots: 419 | FT: 53
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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Lare453

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

08-09-2013 22:27:49 | More by Lare453
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-18-2013 23:49:37 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +8%

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.

02-20-2014 20:13:59 | More by rudzud
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2013 03:47:10 | More by KevinGordon
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

07-07-2013 02:26:54 | More by rfgetz
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FosterJM

California

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%

1745th Review on BA
Bottle NG Pilsner Glass
750ml

Purchased @Woodman’s, Kenosha, WI for 8.99
Thanks to KevanB for the glass

App- A crimson red with almost no head at all. Maybe a 1/2" of bubbles. Very still with a juice like appearance. No cling or lace.

Smell- Cherries, Apples and Cranberries. Exactly what the label says. Maybe intermixed with some wheat. It's a cherry beer, mixed with some other fruits. Smells awesome. Little bit of tart to it as well.

Taste- So I was actually really surprised by this one. It was really like the combination of both of the other fruit beers and then add it the apple/cranberries. It had a semi good balance of all the flavors and a little bit of oak behind it. Semi cough syrup like consistency of flavors as well.

Mouth- A light/medium body with a nice medium carbonation level to it. Tart cherry wheat aftertaste. With a bit of oak and cranberry. As mentioned in the taste, it was a bit like cough syrup.

Drink- For something so different this was a great tasting beer. A good amount of balanced fruits and then some oak behind it. Not sure belongs in Top 250. But I drove to freaking WI to get it.

02-21-2013 18:54:44 | More by FosterJM
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

10-31-2012 02:48:11 | More by maximum12
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mynie

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.9%

This is one of the very best things I've ever drank.

I thought they were just bs'ing me with the whole "Serendipity" tag. There were no cherries because of the drought. So, no annual Belgian Red for mynie on this day of Giving Thanks.

But, fuckit, this was reasonably priced and comes in a cool bottle.

Pours fruit roll-up dark with a small white head. Smells similar to Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart in that you have lightly tart, exceedingly smooth nodes of big, natural fruit along with a silky yeast finish. Tastes the same but oh my god so much is going on, such perfect variegation.

I-it's hard to describe without sounding like I'm just reading the label. Red apples, dried cranberries, real cherries, bready yeast. It's like fruit and candy and beer only, remarkably, it avoids ever becoming messy or cloying. If I were new to drinking and you were to tell me this was a solid example of a particular type of beverage, I would believe you. Even though nothing else like this exists, this exists so perfectly, so wonderfully balanced and sensible without the bounds of its own self-enunciated logic that it simply *has* to be an example of something. Because you can't do that. You can't create the terms by which you're allowed to exist simultaneous to your own existing.

But it's not an exemplar. It's only itself. And itself is perfect.

11-22-2012 19:48:46 | More by mynie
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-26-2014 16:40:55 | More by Griffith
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-11-2013 19:31:26 | More by Reagan1984
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

10-26-2012 23:22:22 | More by eawolff99
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%

Another big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one - it was on my "wants" list for a long time and I'm glad to finally get a chance to try it. Pours a very clean and slick, ruby-tinted mahogany with pretty remarkable clarity for the deep shade it emits. A beige cap quickly foams up a recedes almost just as quick while leaving a few decent rings of lacing after the first few sips.

Holy smokes, the aroma is a huge explosion of fruit almost unlike anything else I've smelled before. A very deep, juicy, and raw black cherry aroma is first in command, heavily accented with sweet red apples on the edges. The fruit characteristics are so convincing and pure without the artificial and medicinal hints that oftentimes plague fruit beers and can evidently lead to their demise. This smells like a puree or freshly squeezed juice. Super convincing, mouth-watering, and honest to god delicious - can't wait to try it.

After taking one taste, I realize that I misspoke when calling the aroma a huge fruit explosion... because it's nothing compared to the flavor. Hot damn, the flavor in this is just incredible, if you're a fan of fruit, that is. Just absolutely delicious, pure, juicy, sweet, and mildly tart, all at once. I get hit with some Red Delicious apples up front, immediately following by the gushing onslaught of ripe, black cherries.

Serendipity is extremely juicy and overflowing with flavor. A tartness hits quick and fast before it fades into a sweetness that carries through to the aftertaste. Cranberries are heaviest in the finish, providing another small jolt of tart before they turn entirely sweet and savory on the palate. This beer is just on the cusp of the sour/sweet line at times, and it dangerously flirts with it so well. Lighter bodied with high carbonation, crisp and popping mouth feel.

This.... Now THIS is how you do a fruit beer. Throw an apple, some cherries, and a few cranberries into a blender, bottle it up and call it Serendipity. Almost perfect execution of pure fruit flavors while avoiding all of the off-putting side-effect that commonly plague this style of beer. New Glarus... I like them. A lot.

03-26-2013 16:39:45 | More by tectactoe
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-09-2013 02:23:05 | More by AngusOg
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-12-2014 02:32:17 | More by ZEB89
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

10-16-2012 03:15:09 | More by bpfrush
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

10-21-2012 14:02:52 | More by smartassboiler
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Holland

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-07-2013 02:33:31 | More by Holland
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

04-15-2013 03:07:13 | More by outoffocus
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-28-2012 01:24:47 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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morimech

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a dark reddish amber color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Sheets of lacing is left behind down the glass.

One impressive fruit aroma. Can smell all the individual fruit components. Apples, cherries, and cranberries combine to create a wonderful appetizing smell. A bit of tartness underlies the fruit.

Fruit blitz to the palate. I pick up a little more apple than the other two with a welcoming tartness. Seems more tart than New Glarus other fruit beers which is pleasant. Mildly sweet which is kept in check by the tartness. All the fruit is complimented by a mild vanilla flavor.

Light bodied and not highly carbonated. Expected it to have a little more pep to the bubbles. Does feel smooth and even.

I would probably takes this over New Glarus more common fruit beers. Hard to believe this was an accident and not a well thought out and planned beer. Sublimely executed nonetheless and all in a low ABV package.

06-09-2013 18:18:37 | More by morimech
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -31%

01-21-2013 20:32:07 | More by kscaldef
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-05-2013 16:55:40 | More by strongaf
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-28-2013 14:51:14 | More by BMart
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

01-08-2013 14:32:43 | More by Sean9689
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2014 05:24:44 | More by mattmarka1
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
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