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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,613 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,613
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 372
Gots: 389 | FT: 53
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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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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-18-2013 05:31:28 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

A-

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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

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 04:19:31 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-11-2013 01:06:34 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

10-19-2012 17:02:16 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-06-2013 02:33:12 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -31%

01-24-2013 12:54:43 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 15:23:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

08-12-2013 12:22:48 | More by oriolesfan4
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-21-2013 19:00:04 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
A-This beer pours a clear dense brown body with a red hue and a thick tan foam.

S- There is a nice mixed berry and fruit aroma with some apple skins in the finish.

T- The well-blended fruit flavor has some cherry notes to it with a jammy but not overly sweet flavor that leads to a fresh cider taste. There is a slight tart finish and a nice woody dry cola note that comes through as it opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz.

O- This beer has a really nice depth to the fruit flavor and a great freshness to it. The intense fruit flavor would be nice in smaller bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 20:31:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-30-2013 13:11:29 | More by InspectorBob
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:09:42 | More by stakem
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -8%

11-20-2013 07:08:19 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-11-2013 04:01:11 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-05-2012 02:46:35 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

03-24-2013 03:15:49 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -31%

02-17-2013 22:25:34 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Through a drought brought us salvation, in the form of Serendipity, a fruit ale that pours a deep ruby red. Pinkish head forms and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of fruit juice and ale, consisting mainly of sweet dough, fresh apples, berry and cherry. Not surprisingly, the key ingredients in this brew really shine in the aroma. Quite an appetizing bouquet.

In the taste, waves of cherry, cider, berries and beer. Some caramel, honey, and raspberry. Just a soft oak and not overly dry. Light bodied, well carbonated, finishes with a fair tartness.

Overall, freaking great. A fruit ale with complexity. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:23:20 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:09:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-15-2013 04:54:14 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -8%

03-04-2013 07:23:20 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-26-2013 00:56:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 23:37:44 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 16:24:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-01-2013 01:20:15 | More by Kelp
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.