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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 393
Gots: 421 | FT: 52
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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Photo of Florida9


4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Clear chestnut brown with a very red hue to it. Forms a moderate sized, bubbly, tannish colored head. Decent retention, as it eventually falls to a fairly thick surface coating. Leaves a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Aroma is full of fresh, juicy fruits, redolent of Belgian Red. Strong cherry, summer berries, and some apple. The smell is sweet, almost candy-like, but not cloyingly so.

T: Flavor brings more of the same, but with more balance. Sweet apple, cherries and raspberry flavors mix with the slightly tart astringency of the cranberries. Finish is surprisingly quick considering the depth of the flavors present here, but the finish is also very clean.

M: Medium in body with a moderate slickness to it. Undeniably sweet, but the tartness creates a balance that ensures this beer is not cloying. Medium carbonation.

O: What can I say? Yet another excellent fruit beer from Dan and Deb.

12-10-2012 01:10:05 | More by Florida9
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-12-2014 00:18:54 | More by ShemRahBoo
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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, pschul4!

A dark amber and ruby with a moderately-sized khaki colored head. Leaves the glass fairly clean on the way down. Appealing and pretty fruit beer.

A big, expressive, fruity, and sweet aroma. It doesn't quite fall into the fruit syrup category, but this is definitely sweet and fruity. Big elements of cherry, cranberry, and a little apple mingle together nicely.

The flavor follows the aroma; the sweetness and fruit play together nicely. Again, cherries and cranberries are the big players here. Some apple as well. Very drinkable. Gulpable, even.

Near medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Almost juice like.

Very tasty, and not a big departure from New Glarus's other fruit beers.

07-17-2013 02:27:38 | More by ehammond1
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-18-2013 00:47:30 | More by warnerry
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-08-2013 02:03:07 | More by AlexFields
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New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%

BIG thanks to fvernon for this incredible extra! enjoyed from my new glarus flute.

a - brew poured a transparent yet deep ruby mahogany with a finger of foamy bubbly head that bubbled away. very champagne like carbonation. great streaky lacing. head was a bit pinkish tinted.

s - OH WOW! smells INCREDIBLE! really and truly amazing. my mouth started to water. just cherry fruit juice. rich and flavorful.

t - wow. just incredible. smells a bit better than it tastes, but the taste is a homerun...the smell, that's a grandslam. nice tangy cherry, but not overly so. not kreik like...vedgie beer like.

m - very champagne like. fizzy and prickly.

o - overall, just WOW!!! new glarus really owns the vedgie beer category. if only they would distribute. i'm just amazed by each and every one of these that they churn out.

03-10-2013 01:29:12 | More by cosmicevan
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3.83/5  rDev -12%

750ml bottle into LA teku glass. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a thick, fluffy, light tan head that took forever to fade into a bubbly collar spotty lace.
S: A super sweet bouquet of sugary red grape, pear, apple, cranberry and cherry juice. Musty and lighty tart, but mostly sweet.
T: Sweet and fruity but I get a hint of caramel and musky damp oak barrel. Light tartness in the finish, very mild sourness. Cranberry tartness, cherry sweetness, and juicy apple blend well with oak must and drying tannins. Sweet finish, apple aftertaste.
M: Cloyingly sweet and sugary with a sharp syrupy mouthfeel, soft and fluffy carb, and a thick and syrupy body. Starts to hurt the back of my throat after a while.
O: Ultra sweet to the point that it got a bit too much to drink after a while. Greats flavors though. Could be drier. Extremely rich.

01-26-2014 20:08:50 | More by scottfrie
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottled the time it was bottled.

Pours a browned pink with a fleeting dusty rose cap. Smells of apples, cherries, oak and some lactic acid. Taste is cranberry well balanced with apples and cherries. The beer leans toward the tart side of things and helps the flavor profiles balance out like a well blended wine. There is a medium on lightly cloying body with moderate carb and a semi dry finish that makes me want the beer ice cold and in gulping portions on a early summer morning. Really a refreshing beer I believe to be an absolutely fantastic deviation from the normal New Glarus beers.

04-27-2013 22:13:48 | More by harrymel
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-05-2013 13:30:59 | More by tom10101
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-28-2013 17:30:50 | More by tommy5
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-10-2013 15:27:17 | More by thegerm87
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-09-2014 16:07:49 | More by Whiskeydeez
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West Virginia

4.76/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

01-02-2013 21:07:44 | More by williamjbauer
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-03-2014 04:54:57 | More by tommyguz
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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

10-31-2012 04:23:25 | More by homebrew311
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-09-2013 15:13:44 | More by koopa
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4.48/5  rDev +3%

A ruby hued brew with a ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass.

Huge fruit laden nose with cherries and cranberries standing out the most.

Apple cider up front with the ripe cherries coming through in the middle portion and cranberry tartness and dryness on the end. Incredible how all three fruits can be picked out separately. Nice fruit sweetness with lower tartness.

Lighter feel with low carbonation and an extremely dry finish, which I would guess comes from the cranberries.

This may very well be my favorite fruit beer from New Glarus. All of them are so well done and this is just a unique twist for a fruit beer and it works wonderfully.

10-20-2012 02:26:21 | More by jera1350
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

750ml bottle: This one pours a ruby hued amber color. There was a fizzy off-white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The nose is good. It almost smells like fruit juice, but not as sweet. Cherry, apple and cranberries are the most notable. The taste is also very good. There is a tartness and sweetness at the same time. Cherries, cranberry and apple. Somewhat lighter body. This is interesting and wonderful. It is only 5.1%, but you don’t even realize there is alcohol in this.

11-15-2013 22:20:31 | More by Boto
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-14-2013 01:31:58 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-20-2014 19:39:07 | More by Dicers
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Pours a dark red with some brown in it. Good sized fluffy offwhite head. Good head retention. Only moderate little streaks of lacing.

S: Nice aroma. Sweet, ripe apples and cherries.

T: Sweet apples and cherries up front again. Really nice. Sweetness runs out and there's a sudden twang of tart fruits instead with the apples and cherries. Cranberries kick in for an extra tartness in the finish. Lingering cranberry juice in the aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for only 4%. Nice and smooth and clean too.

O: Awesome fruit beer. Not quite as good as the Raspberry and Cherry versions but it's a very close 3rd. Pretty amazing that one brewery can make the top 3 fruit beers. Magic touch I guess. Wonderful strong flavors from only 4% ABV too. Great fruit beer.

06-12-2013 03:27:08 | More by Dope
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-16-2013 02:06:15 | More by andrenaline
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4/5  rDev -8%

12-24-2012 16:43:41 | More by crobinso
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-30-2013 23:47:15 | More by Hanzo
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-19-2013 05:35:11 | More by DarthKostrizer
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
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