Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 2,367
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 479
Gots: 593 | FT: 85
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 boilermakerbrew
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very reddish amber hue. Fair sized, 2.5 finger head in the New Glarus flute glass. Retains well, laces very well. Clarity is high.

S- Very prominent apple notes up front, similar to NG Apple Ale. Underneath the apple is a tart cranberry flavor. There are still hints of the cherries, but intermingled with the cranberries. Overall, this one just smells delicious.

T- Same as the scent. Apple up front, then cranberry bite, moving right into a mix of cherry and cranberry. All three fruits work together very well, moving beautifully from one flavor to the next. Moderate sweetness is balanced by the cranberry tartness.

M- Light and highly carbonated. Easy to drink, incredibly refreshing, and not filling. Light without being watery. Feels like a champagne with slightly less carbonation.

Overall, I want more of this beer. I would drink this all the time in the summer. It's simple, yet complex, refreshing, and light. The perfect fruit beer. (959 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Russian River "tion" stem.

A: Pours a beautiful crimson hue with a finger's worth of off-white head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the edges. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

S: Red fruits and spiced apple up front, with a soft caramel tinge lingering in the background.

T: Tart cranberry is prominent at first, while the cherries take a close back seat. Apple shows up on the mid-palate. A beautiful blend of all three fruits settles in near the back, with a tart, long-lasting finish.

Notes: This light to moderate-bodied brew has a tart, but not overly dry mouthfeel. Serendipity is a fruit beer with very few flaws, as with most of the offerings from New Glarus. This brew is stunning, and I will certainly be seeking out more bottles. Cheers to the brewery for this fine effort! (841 characters)

Photo of Lucular
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper red with good clarity and good general appearance. Aroma is strong on apples and cherries... can't really comment on other aspects. Tastes very tart but the apples sure are noticeable. Cranberries are tart and there's ample dose of cherry at the end. Mouthfeel is medium with full carbonation and the finish is clean but with a lasting tartness. If this is oak aged, then the oak is present only in the tannins, but I am not sure. Overall it's a very good fruit beer but the label hints that it should be an American Wild Ale. (533 characters)

Photo of DemoniChris
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - My, oh my. This is one of the best looking beers ever. Pours a clear reddish purple with a slightly tinted red head.

S - Pure bliss. Cherries, apples, cranberries are all apparent (and in large doses!). Tartness hits the nose mildly. Probably the best smell from any liquid I've ever had.

T - This is truly perfection. All of the nose comes through in the taste, only amplified. It is such an easy drink while still being incredibly complex. The cranberries are dominating while sour apples and cherries come through near the finish. Tartness comes through making you want to keep drinking it until it's gone.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty light on this one, and the carbonation is a little on the higher side, but it's not imbalanced in any way. The tartness really helps the beer out though, masking the alcohol and providing a more subtlety to the carbonation.

O - I knew this was going to be good; but not THIS good! I never knew a fruit beer could taste so damn complex, delicious and refreshing. Kudos to New Glarus for making the worlds finest fruit ales! (1,104 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of Dmbforever. Poured into an 8oz snifter. Red amber brown in color with cream colored head. Decent head retention (about a minute and a half). Decent lacing and the head shows back up with each swirl. Aroma of dark sweet fruit (raspberry, cherry, tart apple). Aroma also has some slight funk to it, like earthy yeastiness. Taste is of cherries, raspberry, some plum, and blackberry as well. Very sweet. The tart cranberries are nice, but they don't cut the sweetness as much as I'd like. Good carbonation and medium body wrap the tongue in the fruit sweetness. Definitely another enjoyable brew from New Glarus. (628 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant red-brown with a heavy white head. Nice clarity adds to the experience.
S: Aroma is bursting with fruit. Strawberries, cherries, freshly cut apple, something woody/spicy that reminds me of cinnamon.
T: Cranberries are more evident in the flavor, which opens with a nice tart cranberry/cherry punch tempered by moderate sweetness. The apple shows next and seems to moderate the bracing cranberry and cherry flavors. Finish is abrupt and clean, without any cloying sweetness.
M: Light and fairly spritzy, like the other NG fruit beers.

This was great. In fact, I think I like it better than either of the WI Belgian Red or Rasp Tart. Come on guys, WI is the bounceberry capital of the U.S. Make this a regular. (724 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not only did Raul do it, Raul is feeling it! Hanging in the high atmosphere in Mammoth Lakes, Raul is into this thang like a Kardashian on a NBA player. Luscious, delicious and delicate.

This bad sucker is something that Raul is doing and he won't have a problem doing it well again. (285 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FishAndBeer for the trade.

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a tulip glass

A- Deep ruby and garnet with a medium off-white slightly garnet head that dissipates slowly to a ring.

S- Sweet fruit, very similar to sparkling cranberry apple juice you can find around Thanksgiving. I can get all three fruit flavors of cherry, apple, and cranberry coming through, it makes your mouth water!

T- Similar to nose but with added tartness. Very clean and crisp, light and thirst quenching.

M- Light and and the sweet and tart are clean and refreshing. Carb level is right where it should be.

O- This is exactly what I like in a fruit beer. To me it should be big on the fruit flavors with a light to not discernible yeast profile, unless we're talkin' lambics of course. If I had the money I would replace soda pop with this stuff and keg it at my house. The thing the surprised me most was how balanced all three fruit flavors are, look forward to trying more New Glarus offerings in the future. (998 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into small snifter. Low carbonation, some soapy lacing. Light cranberry in color. Aroma includes tart cherry, musty apple, cranberry. Taste is an amalgam of tart and sweet. All of the fruit is noted on taste, a little sweeter on taste than expected. Amazing. (279 characters)

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Glarus Flute Glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark red body with medium carbonation and effervescence. Poured about a finger length of head that resides to just blotches on top and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the sides after each sip.

Aroma: Right from the start you get a combination of sweet cherry, apple, and cranberry. I also get earthy pale and bread-like malts, oak tannins and vanilla from the oak, along with a slight sourness and a touch of “barnyard funk” character.

Taste: The ripe apple and cherry come through prominently along with a bit of cranberry and raspberry in-between. The sweet fruits are definitely showcased here and are dominant but aren’t overly-sweet or cloying in any way. The hops are very mild and rounded off in the sweetness but are noticeable in the middle and finish, and contribute with an herbal, floral character. The combination of barley and malt provide a nicely balanced backbone of bready and earthy grains. The tart fruit, wisp of sourness, slight funk, white oak and vanilla characters come through nicely and very smooth from the middle to the end and beyond. Serendipity is much more complex than any of the other fruit beers that I have had from NG and I really took my time just sipping on this picking out all of the flavors and multiple layers of this beer.

Mouth feel: Light bodied and drink-ability is high. I could drink this all day! Like all New Glarus Fruit ales, they are very drinkable and you can easily go through a bottle quickly. For a change, it is always very nice to have a low abv beer once in a while.

Overall: This is easily one of the best fruit beers that I’ve ever had and one of the finest that New Glarus has ever created! This is right at the top of the list with the Belgian Red and the Raspberry Tart. I really enjoyed the combination of sweet red fruit, oak, vanilla and the slight sour character the most in Serendipity. I highly recommend and suggest going out and getting this if you’re a fan of NG fruit ales and if you live in Wisconsin or live near the border. (2,099 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as a generous extra for a non-BA trader, thanks bro. split with BostonRyan and poured into oversized snifter

A: Deep red and slightly opaque with minimal head present.

S: smells of cherries and apples, quite like a cider. refreshing

T: along the nose, hits heavily on apples, grapes, and cherries, but minimal sourness is present. this tastes like a cross between a fruit lambic and a cider.

M: smooth and medium body with good carbonation, a little too sticky.

O: The only fruit beer I've ever enjoyed. Not truly a cider, but not a lambic, simply a nice and unique offering from a Midwest favorite. (618 characters)

Photo of huddyball
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a waxed bottle (Courtesy of Brewzma) into a wine glass as a nice birthday present to myself.

A) Pours a nice burgundy with a small head that fades rather fast, yet leaves some lacing.

S) I get a beautifully mellow aroma of crane-apple or crane-cherry juice with a hint of cinnamon.

T) Now you really get the fruit. Nice tart cherry at first, then the apple and cranberry make themselves known. The aftertaste is where you get the ale aspect. Not boozy whatsoever, but the yeast/malts are there just enough.

M) Rather surprised (in a good way) of the tart sourness I get from this. It's by no means a sour beer, but it has a nice tang. Mild carbonation that you can really feel on the tongue.

O) This is another outstanding fruit beer by the experts at New Glarus. I've now had all but Raspberry Tart (on deck for another day) and I haven't been let down by any of them. (891 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Side Project wine glass.

Appearance is a muddy terra cotta sporting a beige one finger head that settles to thin froth. A nice sticky film of lacing is left when tilted.

The nose like most of the New Glarus fruit beers is gorgeously fruity and rich. Deep Granny Smith apple, cherry pie filling, strawberry, raspberry, fruit roll up/fruit leather, and faint lingering spice. Juicy, lively, and mouthwatering.

The taste is much like a potent mix of fresh spiced cider and cherry juice. Lots of berry flavors with cranberry and raspberry being the dominant ones. Lots of cherry and apple as well. The spice is light and of the fall variety. Reminds me of thanksgiving. Sweet, yes, plenty sweet but with a nice tartness that barely rears it's head and keeps the uber sweetness at bay a bit.

Mouthfeel is light medium. The body of the beer is reminiscent of fruit juice as is the sweetness. Carbonation is soft yet lively enough to call medium range.

Overall this among one of the sweetest beers that I've had and enjoyed more than thoroughly. The reason being that it has those fruit juice characteristics. I'm a sucker for fresh squeezed juice and this is about as close as you can get to it from something pertaining to the beer world. How New Glarus manages to hide all the malt character of the beer is beyond me. But I'm glad they succeed as I'm not a fan of fruit beers that display a malt backbone. (1,426 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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 brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red, two finger bone head. Smell is loaded with cranberry, cherry, and Apple of corse. Tastes of the same fruit, but also honey, and fairly sweet as expected. There is little carbonation and the texture is not thin. Overall this is very well done, loaded with fruit flavor and not super complex, just Really delicious. The best part about this beer is how it's not overly sweet, and not syrupy. (405 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL. Split

A: Prune colored with a ring of off white head.

N: Lots of cherry, raspberry, and apple. Very sugary sweet. Some grape juice. Smells like a cocktail, but it’s more complex than Raspberry Tart.

T: Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. There’s a touch of sourness about it.

M: Syrupy, sticky, but still light.

O: Think this is my favorite of their fruit beers. More complex and less sweet than raspberry tart. (431 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 Ml bottle poured into Surly Darkness glass shared with scoand

A- Pours a big 3-4 inch white head that dissipates slowly, nice ruby, brownish red color, very nice lacing that coats the glass, attractive beer.
S- Wow strong apple cider like aroma, cherries come out as well, very rich and sweet, but that apple comes out strongest, makes my mouth water.
T- Taste is amazing, absolutely love this beer, apple is so strong but not over the top, apple tartness, sweet cherries, nice tartness, so refreshing and delicious, sweet fruity goodness.
M- Light mouthfeel, crisp finish, well carbonated, clean on the palate.
O- Wow im very surprised, i new it was going to be good, but i dint know it would be this good, apple cider, cherries, tartness, so refreshing, fruity goodness. My favorite of all the new glarus fruit beers. (825 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a soapy, brown-white head. Tart, fruit aroma that smells of yeasty apple peels. Clear, burnt sienna color. Starts with a wonderful, refreshing tartness. Berries, the clear sweetness of apples, and the lingering tartness of cranberries. There is a flash of maltiness before the finish; lingering cranberry tart with malt.

This is beyond amazing. The best fruit bier from New Glarus (and that's saying a LOT). Just sublime. Each and every time I have this, it's a treat. I've been in love with this one since it was released, and I have no idea why I've never reviewed it before. It's just perfect. (603 characters)

Photo of JayCheG
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep red with a light head that quickly dissipates
S: Sour apple, cherry with a hint of cranberry and vanilla
T: Sour apples up front that fades through cranberry and ends in the cherry tartness.
M: Fairly light and easy to drink
O: Very much enjoyed this beer. A lot of different flavors throughout. Just the type of complexity I like to taste in beers. (371 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
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 BubalooBrewMaster
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Came with a quarter inch head which dissipated quickly. Little lacings around the glass. Beer had a strong fruity aroma, I smelled both cranberries and apples. Very tart. It appeared dark red, kind of like cranberry juice with the exception that it had moderate froth and lacings.

The taste was very tart - like cranberry cocktail juice and yet very sweet. I noted highlights of different fruits as I tasted it - for certain there were cranberries and apples. While it was fruity, it had a nice malty background which is a reminder to me that it's a beer, not juice nor fruity wine. It's a 1 pint and 9 fluid oz. bottle, yet very drinkable and I did not share this (there wasn't anyone to share with anyway). A relaxing beer to enjoy both during the day (it's only 4% ABV) and in the evening hours. Enjoy! (828 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Atoneworks for the trade that allowed me to try this outstanding beer. Pours a hazy ruby red with a quickly dissipating thick white head. Decent lacing. Wonderful fruit aroma, lots of cherry and red apple. Strong apple on the palate balanced nicely by the tartness of cherry and cranberry. If fall had a taste, this would be it! The sweetness at the front gives way to a pleasing tart, slightly dry finish. Complex. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted beer that is not just one of the finest fruit beers I've ever had - it's one of the finest beers I've ever had. Keep up the outstanding work New Glarus.

Mouthfeel

Pleasantly sweet, Serendipity walks a fine line, cautious not to step onto the cloying side, carefully balanced by spritzy carbonation, a lighter body, and a mildly tart, dry finish. Lingering flavors on the tongue beg for another sip, and another sip, and so on.

Overall

If you’ve experienced Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, you’ll find yourself in quite a familiar realm with Serendipity but, this beer doesn’t only piggy back on their successes, it flourishes with new and delicious fruit experiences! Serendipity proves, once again, Dan Carey is an expert brewer of fruit beer. Pick this one up without hesitation and be rewarded by it’s delicious fruit complexity for this beer, without question, will be another award-winning beer from New Glarus. (1,434 characters)

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.