Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 430
Gots: 474 | FT: 57
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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:
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 MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up in Milwaukee by Bryna. Thanks! Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Transparent amber body.

S - Massive apple aroma, with lesser notes of cranberry and cherry. Faint oak at the outset, but fades as the beer warms up. Light tart fruit character, but I don't think I'd guess there was wild yeast involved without reading the beer description.

T - The taste has more of the cherry and cranberry flavors mid-palate, before yielding to apple in the finish. Some slight malt sweetness mixes with the fruits, but it's fairly low-level. Loads of flavor for a 4% beer.

M - Medium body, juicy texture, with light tannic fruit and oak character late. Pleasant moderate-to-high carbonation, and obviously no discernible alcohol character.

D - It's like fruit juice. Really easy to drink, although it's a tiny bit sweeter than I prefer. It's like a blend of Apple Ale, Cranbic, and Belgian Red; glad New Glarus was able to make "lemonade out of lemons" in regards to the poor cherry harvest.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Moll. Served in a whatever. Beer is brownish and clear with a ruby hue to it. Interesting looking, almost still, no real head, no lacing, Looks fine.

Aroma is fruity, sweet, cherries, berries, smells OK.

Tastes a little medicinal, super sweet, rough actually, NOt a very good beer, not on the same level as Belgian Red or Raspberry tart. Not a repeat.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serendipity Accidental Fruit Ale, New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI.

Clear, dark ruby red coloring, no head to speak of.

Aroma: sharp, tart, and fruity. Cherries and cranberries, with apple way behind, if perceptible at all.

Taste: Bracing, puckering tartness slaps the palate, with juicy fruit behind. Sour, lactic acid returns with each new sip. Body is medium/light. Maybe an itty-bit lighter than I like, but not moreso than the best Belgian lambics out there. Sour fruit flavor is eternal.

Nice one, this. Let's take a moment to read the label description: "Sever 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' 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!"

Oh, yeah, sparkles and dances, that's what I meant to say…Yeah, lots of sparkling and dancing. I don't go in for the poetry when it comes to New Glarus brews, because I know they've probably already beat me to it.

Apples are coming through in the flavor, but are still smothered by the louder, and sourer berries inside. Deliciousness, indeed.

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

It's not easy to make a good apple beer without it being one-dimensional or without it just having incidental off-flavors. But as with many NG beers I've had, they definitely nailed it with this one.

Poured a clear ruby red color with tints of amber, and a small fizzy pink-white head that dissipated almost completely. Fruit juice aroma, obvious apple, lesser notes of berry / fruit punch. Taste was fresh and brilliant, apple juice, cran-razz, mostly sweet, but a bit of tartness in there as well, along with maybe a subtle touch of spice, but the apple flavor was clearly in charge here. Light-medium body, juicy, effervescent, and overall quite enjoyable. I'm not sure I'd want to take on a full bottle myself, and/or significant quantities on a regular basis, but it's definitely great in small quantities.

Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 11/08/12 notes. Picked up two bottles of this at the brewery last weekend as they were out of Belgian Red; wish I had bought more. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark ruby red color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks fantastic.

s - Smells of sweet and sour cherries, cranberries, apples, oak, dark fruits, and fruity malts. Loads of cherries up front, but the cranberries still come through a bit. A very nice mix of sweet dark fruits and lightly sour dark fruits, but definitely not very sour. Awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, sour cherries, tart dark fruits, cranberries, apples, fruity malts, oak, light tannic. Taste is just as awesome as the nose, and is slightly more tart than the nose. I like it a little bit better than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink beer,

o - Overall a fantastic new fruit beer from New Glarus; I don't like it quite as much as Belgian Red, but it is on par with Raspberry Tart in my opinion, having now had a lot of all three in the last week. I think the reviewer who said this seems like a blend of Belgian Red, Cranbic, and Apple Ale is spot on...tastes like 70% Belgian Red, 20% Cranbic, and 10% Apple Ale. It has a light tartness to it which I loved, though it wasn't so sour that my girlfriend who doesn't like sours couldn't drink it; in fact, she loved it. World class, worth seeking out if you like their fruit beers.

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed mahogany with a thin wispy head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of fresh tart apples dipped in caramel with pie crust. Fresh tart fruitiness of apples mixed with cranberries and cherries.

The taste of fresh tart apples, cranberries and cherries is support by sweet caramel. The sour fruitiness dries the mouth in a refreshing way.

It is creamy and smooth.

This is a very well-made fruit beer with a sourness that is pleasant. The fruits taste very real and fresh. A solid malt backing gives balance and support. Very enjoyable! Far above the typical American fruit beer.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of kojevergas
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of light pink-khaki colour head, decent cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Body colour is a vibrant ruby.

Sm: Obscenely tart, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, cough syrup taint, and clean malts. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Tart fruit, cherry, raspberry, candy, clean malts, cough syrup notes, and fruity as hell esters. A bit juicy. Impeccable balance. Incredibly well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavour profile brilliantly. Perfect carbonation and thickess.

Dr: One of the best beers I've had period. An incredible brew from New Glarus. I'd buy this by the case. Obscenely drinkable.

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05/11/14: More notes. Green glass bottle acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27 and served at fridge temp into Cantillon stemware. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high. 2014 vintage (I think).

No bubble show forms as its poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Khaki colour. Excellent creaminess. Fluffy and frothy. Leaves good lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Great (~10 minute)

BODY: Copper with red hues. Great vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks gorgeous. I can't wait to try it.

AROMA: Tart fruit. Fresh bright cranberries. Raspberry. Cherry. Clean malts. Cream. Crisp red apple. Sugar-covered fruits.

An amazing aroma of moderate strength. It's fruity, clean, fresh, and inviting. I can't wait to try it. Exquisite.

TASTE: Brilliant fruity notes - cherries, cranberries, crisp red apple, maybe some raspberries. Subtle fruity esters. Complementary fruity hop notes. Any malty body disappears beneath the exquisite fruit notes. Sweetness is perfect. Rarely is fruit this evocative in beer.

Impeccably balanced and incredibly well built. This is a gestalt beer with great depth and duration of flavour. Astoundingly subtle, intricate, and nuanced. Truly a unique brew.

TEXTURE: Creamy, refreshing, smooth, soft, and wet. Perfectly carbonated. Has an apt smackiness on the palate. Damn near flawless.

OVERALL: Proof New Glarus may be the best brewery in this country. This is a unique fruit beer and absolutely amongst the best in its class, though I think those beers it competes with for the title are also New Glarus' brews. I could drink this all day and I'd be a happy man. A real treat of a beer, and one I'm glad I got to try again. I'll definitely snatch this up if I ever get out to Wisconsin. Worth buying by the case. Obscenely drinkable this slides down as easy as the most drinkable beers I've ever had. It's hard to imagine it much better. Wow. World class, definitely. Undeniably high quality.

A

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of yourefragile
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a cervoise. The brew pours a clear ruby tinted to copper color with just shy of 3 fingers of tan froth. The cap collapses leaving some sudsy lace sticking in patches and stringy fingers on the glass. A swirl revives a pretty solid finger of silk that fades slowly.

The aroma of this is fresh and fruity with a solid amount of tart indication also emitting from the glass. The cherry quality leads the way in the nose with a slightly medicinal aspect almost like cherry luden cough drops. There is a bit of a dusty or dirty quality also found in the nose that lends an earthen sort of feel all across the middle. That dusty aspect gives this a real natural essence. As the brew warms up, more of a focus switches to the apple character.

The flavor upfront is tart with a character of unripened cherries blended with cranberry. Across the middle is some apple or pear skin character that almost wants to take this brew off in a direction of cider but not quite. The tartness blended with residual sugar makes for almost a medicinal feel to this brew that mildly burns the back of the throat. While this is a pretty juicy fruit beer, there are trace moments of herbal hops coming through that let you know this is still beer. The warmer the brew gets in my glass, the more the apple starts to come through that was initially masked a bit.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with the alcohol seemingly nonexistent. My only gripe is the medicinal aspect that pokes out at times but overall this is pretty good. You get everything as advertised in this: cherry, cranberry and apple in equal parts. I am impressed but this isnt something I would drink regularly.

Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a light pink with a dirty white head, some pretty good head retention and bubbles present on this one

S: Puree cherries, fresh red cherries, some Eathiness and perhaps a crnaberry or raspberry or two

T: Initial tartness with mainly red cherries, some of them a little green and unripened with a bit of candy sweetness, nice acidic sting with some Earthy notes. Tasted a bit like a childrens cough syrup

M: Someone mentioned smooth and wet on another review, yeah baby, thats it.Light bodied, high in carbonation but somehow it still provided a weird stgnant feeling on the palate. Sweet, tart with minimal booze

O: Not a fan of the style but this was pretty good and I can recognize a good beer when I see and taste one.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with a small off white head on top. Decent head retention, leaving a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Getting all three fruit flavors on the aroma, with the cherries upfront, cranberries in the middle, and a really nice apple aroma on the finish. Very fruit, similar to other NG fruit beers, very inviting.

T: Again, a very nice blend of all three fruits, with a bit more of an assertive cherry flavor upfront, a bit less cranberry and a smooth apple finish, sort of a cider/apple juice blend flavor. Right after the apple is a slight mouth pucker tartness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, extremely drinkable, just like Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red.

O: Fantastic, right up there with the other NG fruit beers.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears ruby to amber with a frothy, off white head. The aroma brings a potent dose of apples, pears, tart cranberries, sweet fruit juices. A typical New Glarus fruit beer. Bold and assertive. Teeming with flavor. Sweet cherries and apples with minimal alcohol. Though a bit sweet for my tastes, there's no denying that this is a terrific beer. Fantastic in small quantities.

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.