Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,326
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 479
Gots: 568 | FT: 82
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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 John_M
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a fairly clear pinkish amber color with a with a huge bubbly pink tinged head that persists forever. The aroma is sweet tart and fruity. Tart and sweet cherries with bits of brown sugar and a touch of apple cider and tart berries with a hint of vanilla and oak. The flavor is quite sweet but the tart and fruitiness from the berries and apples counter that nicely. Very subtle woody vanilla flavors round this one out nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I would have really liked a bit more tartness, but I still had no problem enjoying this one.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle, chalice

crisp reddish orange with a nice head. Smell is huge on cheerwine / jolly ranchers. Taste is the same. This is basically like drinking raspberry soda / liquid jolly ranchers. Drinks like soda so the drinkability may be the highest of any beer ive had. Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall cheerwine with alcohol. Superb.

Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from buzze40, 750ml into a tulip.

Crazy ruby tones with an offwhite head. Good retention and lacing. Nose of cranberry and apple pie, some cherry sucker character as well. All three fruits are surprisingly well represented. Sweet malt, but fruits are huge. Taste has all of the fruits well represented, some pie filling, jammy and jolly rancher/lollipop flavours of the fruits in this brew. Medium feel, moderate sweetness and some effervescence. The Carey's hit it out of the park again.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium ruby colour with half a finger of cream coloured head and good lacing.

S - Tart cherries up front - reminiscent of WBR. Some sweet breadineess and a very light apple aroma in the background.

T - Tart up front with sour cherries that give way to a sweet bready pie-crust-like flavour in the middle. The finish has a touch of apple and tart cranberry. Not specifically getting the oak. After a while this becomes very sweet. Difficult to drink the whole 750 ml bottle but very tasty nonetheless.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A darker brown color with some red running through it, almost no head on the beer, the flimsy bubbles that were produced quickly vanished into the summerscape.

Cool aroma that clearly gets all the fruit aspects across, was surprised how prevalent the cherry was. Apple and cranberry followed that up. Pleasant, tart.

Taste was like many of the 750 fruit beers from NG: Plenty of sweetness, but never sugary, tart, but nowhere near mouth puckering sourness. These are mild in the sour department, but they really do seem to be going for a balanced approach to all things fruit. Funny to think how good of a beer they can make by "accident". Cherry in the mouthfeel was still the dominant part of the profile.

I think I would like an even more sour, innoculated version of this beer. Crank it up f'ers.

Not better than the Belgian Red, but just as good if not better than Raspberry Tart. Plenty of unique points on this one. Plenty light on its feet at 4% abv. A great morning and hot weather beer. Plenty earthy too. Good for blowing minds when people think the only beer is BMC AAL's.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.22.12 Thanksgiving 2012

A - Pours a clear pinkish brown with a one inch light tan-pink head with good retention.

S - Cherry and sweet.

T - Cherry, apples and sweet. The cranberry finishes in the drink.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Sweet, but not overly so.

O - Fruity and sweet. Cherry and apple fruit salad. This was a great choice for after dinner.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks go out to Ri0 for this bottle!

A- A dark red colour, big head of foam that shrinks down quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- As soon as I popped the cap, the aromas literally permeated the area around me. Big green apples and sweet cherries every darn where...ooh..I am SO digging it. I could almost hover my nose over the glass for hours but...it's time to take a sip or 2, eh?

T- Oh my! The apples and cherries are there as expected but better executed than even I expected(not my first venture into NG Fruit/Vegetable beers) and then I'm hit with a mild cranberry tartness. Whoah, Nellie, this brew kills it!

M- Medium bodied, carbonation light until near/at/after the swallow where it perks up a bit. MF, like everything else screams nectar of the gods.

O- From my past track record for NG brews, I had high expectations. Those expectations were exceeded! Marvelous true Session beer!

Photo of wordemupg
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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!!

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split, served in NG flutes

Bummer about the cherry shortage putting Belgian Red on hold, but I've been anxious to try this replacement brew. New Glarus makes fantastic beers showcasing each of these three fruits (cherry, apple, cranberry) so it's no surprise this motley crue of a beer delivers an assault of flavor. Cranberry seems most prominent and provides a real nice tartness. Happy to have more of these bottles in the "cellar"

Photo of rudzud
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled to finally get to try this. IMO, no one does fruit beers like Dan does. Thank you, Jeremy.

A mildly hazy mahogany with reddish highlights and a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is the purest, most exuberant expression of fruit I've experienced in a beer in quite some time. The apples burst out of the glass, bright, ripe, fresh and with cider notes. The cranberries lend an acidity, along with a nice aroma, while the cherries add a wonderful fleshy sweetness. The oak barrel fermentation is really nicely done, with a blend of vanilla and a touch of oak to go with the brown malt and caramel base. To my nose, New Glarus's fruit beers have always had a singularly unique profile, a deeply complex blend of mellow yeast and what I can only describe as terroir, and this beer is no different. Marvelous.

The palate opens with the bite of cranberries, tart and refreshing , before segueing into the cherry and apple flavors. The apple character is a blend of sweet and mildly tart apples, a blend of Gala and Pink Lady apples, I am tempted to imagine. The cherry character is a blend of dark red and near black cherries, a deep, fleshy flavor. Behind all of this is a mild malt sweetness, a blend of caramel and a little brown sugar. A touch of vanilla is also perceived. Medium in body and With a soft, creamy carbonation, this feels nice on the palate. Just a touch watery on the finish, the dominant lingering flavor is apple. Beautiful stuff, this is more cider than beer IMO. Very highly recommended.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
No date or info.

A - Serendipity's cap cracks with a loud carbonation hiss, a prelude to the tall, rocky off-white foam which rests on the beer for quite some time. Stunningly beautiful, this gorgeous beer pours a clear, rich ruby, almost blood red color.

S - It's interesting that this beer is coming in to briefly replace Belgian Red due to the cherry shortage because Serendipity smells incredibly similar. Bold fresh cherry and light cherry skin tannins come through with a juicy red apple nose appearing from a swirl. I'm hard pressed to pick out any cranberries within this aroma but, it's not a hindrance. Earthy tones and faint wood peek out as the fruit beer warms.

T - A happy accident indeed, this beer strays from the Belgian Red-like aroma into it's own unique territory, really coming into it's own. Stronger apple presence reminds us we're in the harvest season and suggests sipping cider at an orchard while cherry and cranberry bring a balancing tartness to the table. Like the aroma before it, earthy and faint wood notes start to emerge carefully as the beer warms up.

M - 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.

O - 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. Buy without hesitation and be rewarded, for this, without question, will be another award-winning beer from New Glarus.

Photo of tectactoe
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cdmillard for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, off-white head that dissipates into a bubbly slick. Nose is very much reminiscent of Sucrets - medicinal cherry with the addition of ripe red apples. Taste is sweet and fruity - exactly what you would expect from New Glarus. The blend of fruits is really quite exceptional, but I don't get too much cranberry, although I suspect that its contribution was the medicinal notes in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, with a bright, lively carbonation. I am not a huge fruit beer fan, but New Glarus always hits it out of the park for me. This beer is so flavorful at 4.0%; however, it is not for the meek as it is really quite sweet.

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending me this one in a past box! Thanks Alex! Shared this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep ruby red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, apple, raspberry, cherry, and cherry cough drops. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, apple, raspberry, cherry, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am a really big fan of New Glarus’ other offerings and this one was no exception. Tons of sweetness without being too sweet. Tons of fruit without being too fruity. There is just so much going on in this one with a nice balance to top it off that it makes it incredibly easy to drink. A true must try if you have not done so already, especially if you are a fan of Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red. You won’t regret it.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL waxed bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a darker shade of mahogany brown. Produced a nice cap of off-white colored froth. Decent retention with a bit of lacing.

(S)- Bright aromas of juicy fruits. The apple, cranberry, and cherry all mesh really well together yet can be distinguished seperately as well. Very clean smelling with just a bit of rustic must and dryness at the end.

(T)- Again, a serious array of ripe fruits meeting a subtle dry rustic must to give it some complexity to how big and ripe the delicious fruits are. Ever so slight tartness at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level. The sweetness is balanced well with the dry backbone and tiny hint of sweet bitterness. Just superb fruits.

(O)- Just another excellent fruit beer from Dan. With an already excellent portfolio of them, yet this one stands out and tastes so smooth and juicy.

Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of illidurit
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle courtesy of GhostFace, cheers!! Shared at the March 2013 tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours a dazzling ruby amber color with a disappearing white fizz. Explosive cherry aroma with some sharp tartness to it, immediately similar to Jolly Ranchers. Flavor is revelatory, as is the case with most NG fruit beers. An absolute barrage of concentrated fruit madness. Cherries make up the major flavor component, candy-sweet but natural-tasting, with a base of ice cider apple flesh and a perfect cranberry bite on the finish, rounding out the immense sweetness with a divine tartness. This is easily on par with Belgian Red et. al. and arguably better, due to the complexity and synergy thereof. Serendipity indeed.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours a clear sunny red color, bubbly fizzy head of about one inch fades quickly, small little dots of lacing on the glass.

Incredibly fruity fresh aroma- the fruits all mix well together, but cranberry and cherry are the most notable.

The taste is similarly vibrant. Cranberry, cherry, and apple (again, not as noticeable as the others, probably because of their more tart characters), all smack you across the face, nicely. There is a mild, but very welcome, sour twang at the end of each sip that keeps the sometimes cloying sweetness in check. The beer is quite sweet, unbelievably so, actually, so drinking large amounts isn't easy.

Medium bodied, crisp juicy mouthfeel. Drinkable for the first 4 oz or so, then gets to be a cloying chore, a little bit.

Incredible that this is actually beer- I don't taste any malts or hops, just the giant basket of fruit that went into each bottle.

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,326 ratings.