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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 392
Gots: 422 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-19-2013 05:35:11 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of birchstick


4.33/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a toffee caramel rustic brown color with a nice white head that dissipates but doesn't fully disappear. Nose is apples, cherries, and the Belgian spicy notes similar to the Belgian Red. The taste starts with a little bit of lemon that moves on to the bombardment of fruits - cherries and apples are upfront and move on to a soft cranberry flavor, mixed in with the spicy NG yeast strain. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, this is another fantastic fruit beer from NG. Glad I got to drink up some Belgian Red this weekend, but this makes a fine substitute.

01-05-2013 23:58:33 | More by birchstick
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District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%

BeerFM Andy send this to me a few months ago. I was worried it was going to go bad. Cheers Andy!

Served in a gourmet wine glass.

A: Clear red brown for sure, with a wispy white head.

S: Fruit bomz r us for sure: Totally raspberries for sure. Pure, solid, organic, and totally sweet.

T: Sour, fruity, and raspberry infused for sure. New Glarus really knows how to do this.

M: Bubbly, sweet, and very tasty. Splotchy lacing.

O: I'm moving to Wisconsin after I retire.

04-02-2013 00:03:16 | More by Chaney
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with 1 finger of white head and sticky lacing. Head drops down to a fine cap on top the beer. The beer is a light rose color when its held up to light. The beer is brilliant and clear.

Smell: A big cherries and apples with a hint of cranberries. I think that I might smell raspberries too. The red fruit notes here are big and spectacular!

Taste: This beer almost tastes similiar to blending Belgian Red and Apple Ale. Great mixture of sweet fruit and tart fruit notes. You get a nice mellow oak note and a touch of vanilla as the sweet fruit notes blend with the oak note in the middle of the beer. There is definately some type of a mild spiciness in this beer, its almost like a cinnamon stick in apple cider. The cranberries add a nice mild tart zing to the end of this beer. All three fruits seem to be really well balanced with each other through the entire beer and not a single fruit seems to try and steal the spotlight. Really unique and I enjoy it!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. The carbonation is really soft and delicate on the palate. Its like they blended the lower carb levels of Belgian Red and the aggressive champaign like carbonation of Raspberry Tart. Its carbonation perfection!

Overall: Dan Carey is a fruit beer genius! This beer proves it. He is no one trick pony hiding behind his world famous "fruit twins" and shows off his originality, creativity, and diversity with this beer. He is a truely amesome brewer who is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and change it up for the better when conditions are not optimal for making his tried and true Belgian Red. He took all the strengths of the fruit beers (Belgian Red and Apple Ale) that he already brews, adds some cranberries and POOF the next big thing to come from this amazing small town WI brewery! Honestly, I enjoyed Serendipity better than both Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red; Senendipity blows both them both away. Raspberry Tart is now dethroned as my favorite New Glarus fruit beer. Lets keep in mind that both Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red are also wonderful fruit beers with very high accolades. My only request is... Dan please brew Serendipity all year long! Yep, I just said it!

10-20-2012 07:06:51 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-14-2013 15:18:47 | More by oldp0rt
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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

11-17-2013 13:46:03 | More by jbaker67
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-14-2013 04:27:59 | More by ADTaber
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4.78/5  rDev +9.9%

This is so good. All three fruits distinct yet blended so wonderfully. And add soft wood, vanilla and wild fermentation. My goodness is that nice.
Nice tan head that gets more dense as it settles. Orange and red amber in a mostly clear body.
The flavor is just as wonderful as the aroma. Again the taste of all three fruits is apparent with the cranberry and apple more forefront, but the cherries in there too. And the flavor of all three doesn't necessarily match the aroma, it is distinct and wonderful. Nice very well balanced tartness. Less apparent wood and vanilla.
Prickly and tingly and soft and sweet and smooth and light and just all around goodness.
Some have not liked this as much as the cherry or raspberry versions. This is every bit as good if not better. A wonderful beer.

12-01-2013 18:27:46 | More by garymuchow
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

08-22-2013 02:40:24 | More by Gatordaddy
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

06-28-2013 01:52:15 | More by millerbuffoon
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-21-2014 03:45:06 | More by threedaggers
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

06-01-2013 01:16:40 | More by brez8791
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

09-26-2013 19:35:15 | More by mdillon86
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-25-2013 07:30:31 | More by akang
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4/5  rDev -8%

12-17-2013 05:03:28 | More by IrishColonial
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-29-2013 02:07:14 | More by SadMachine
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4/5  rDev -8%

02-11-2013 12:58:14 | More by seeswo
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4/5  rDev -8%

10-13-2013 18:40:10 | More by Lovely85
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

Big thank you to Steasy66 for the killer brews. Going to give this guy a big uncomfortable man-hug if I ever get the chance!! ;-)

Appearance. Pours a really deep amber, getting close to brown with almost a finger of fluffy, off-white head.

Smell. Apple and cranberry juice with some tart cherries and a very very light, dry musty funk.

Taste. Fresh cranberries and cherries and bit of that distinct New Glarus dry dusty, lightly woody funk.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium , fine carbonation.

Overall. A nice fruit brew, but I do enjoy the fruits in RT and WBR more. More a personal preference thing than the quality of the brew...

01-14-2013 00:28:49 | More by Rutager
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-11-2013 00:00:08 | More by thewimperoo
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-29-2013 05:08:51 | More by cliff1066
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-14-2013 03:17:01 | More by Smarty_Pints
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2012 05:33:09 | More by TX-Badger
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-02-2013 23:19:41 | More by st9647v3
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-27-2013 17:45:17 | More by egrace84
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,745 ratings.