Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 2,362
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 481
Gots: 592 | FT: 83
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 mynie
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the very best things I've ever drank.

I thought they were just bs'ing me with the whole "Serendipity" tag. There were no cherries because of the drought. So, no annual Belgian Red for mynie on this day of Giving Thanks.

But, fuckit, this was reasonably priced and comes in a cool bottle.

Pours fruit roll-up dark with a small white head. Smells similar to Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart in that you have lightly tart, exceedingly smooth nodes of big, natural fruit along with a silky yeast finish. Tastes the same but oh my god so much is going on, such perfect variegation.

I-it's hard to describe without sounding like I'm just reading the label. Red apples, dried cranberries, real cherries, bready yeast. It's like fruit and candy and beer only, remarkably, it avoids ever becoming messy or cloying. If I were new to drinking and you were to tell me this was a solid example of a particular type of beverage, I would believe you. Even though nothing else like this exists, this exists so perfectly, so wonderfully balanced and sensible without the bounds of its own self-enunciated logic that it simply *has* to be an example of something. Because you can't do that. You can't create the terms by which you're allowed to exist simultaneous to your own existing.

But it's not an exemplar. It's only itself. And itself is perfect. (1,354 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.59/5  rDev +5%

A- Murky, muddy red brown pour fruit juice pour from the 750ml to a tall chalice. A light pink tan head forms up to over a finger with a puffy frothy consistency. Thick ring remains with a long streak as well as sheets and spots of lacing.

S- High quality fruit juice explosion out of the glass. Apples and cherries are a dominating force and tartness comes out with them both as well as deep sweetness. Fresh bushels of fruit.

T- This is the last of the NG fruit beers for me to try and it follows up on their ridiculous mastery of packing ample fruit flavors into a 4% brew. Fresh squeezed apple and black cherry juice which is moderately sweet with a hint of tartness. Some bitter cranberry here but it seems to be lost to the other fruits.

MF- Medium bodied probably due to the residual sugars and fruit extract. Carbonation at a moderate level with a silky and frothy feel. Finishes sweet and tart.

I hope that New Glarus keeps this fruit beer tradition alive for all of existence. Apple and cherries coat the palate with intensity and it lingers beautifully. This is fruit beer. (1,088 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a clear ruby red color.

The aroma hits exactly as expected. It punches with sweet and tart apple and then a punch of juicy cranberry, with a bit of funk.

The flavor has a tart apple in the front and then a sweet cranberry and slight cherry flavor on the end. It hits all notes. It drinks very well with the balance of tartness and sweetness.

There's a champagne like carbonation that rolls around.

It's a well done beer, but it is a bit too reminiscent of Martinelli's Apple Cider. (503 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with friends at NEBCO. Big thanks to Roger for this.

A: Clear garnet body with a finger of fine, faint ochre head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Lovely color, acceptable carbonation for the style.

S: Purely fruity, with ripe apple, tart cranberry, and sweet grape. Moderate acidity. Enchanting.

T: Sweet apple and grape up front, with tarter cranberry filling in behind. Crisp, bitter green apple aftertaste. As it warms, the sweetness starts to overwhelm the tartness a bit, giving it a distinct candied character - kind of like grape Laffy Taffy. Now, I love grape Laffy Taffy, but once I had that impression in my mind it was difficult to enjoy the beer as a beer. Still, it was delicious.

M: Creamy medium body. Luscious.

O: Excellent beer, but probably my least favorite of the three New Glarus 750s. It's not really any sweeter than Belgian Red, but that beer's sweetness just tastes like fresh-baked cherry pie; this had a more artificial candy thing going on, and as much as I enjoyed it I just couldn't get past that aspect. If I get the chance to have this again, I'll jump at it, but my fingers are absolutely crossed that there's a better cherry harvest in Door County this year.

Cheers! (1,216 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant cherry red under a 2” pink tinted white foam collar that fairly quickly dissipates to a thin film.
S: Smells like a fresh bowl of cherries and cranberries with suggestions of cinnamon and other spcies.
T: Big cherry flavors with apple and cranberry with spice balanced by a yeasty tartness.
F: Very fine soft carbonation, medium light body.
O: An interesting and well made beer with very little beer quality but in the end, very nice. (459 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ruby hued brew with a ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass.

Huge fruit laden nose with cherries and cranberries standing out the most.

Apple cider up front with the ripe cherries coming through in the middle portion and cranberry tartness and dryness on the end. Incredible how all three fruits can be picked out separately. Nice fruit sweetness with lower tartness.

Lighter feel with low carbonation and an extremely dry finish, which I would guess comes from the cranberries.

This may very well be my favorite fruit beer from New Glarus. All of them are so well done and this is just a unique twist for a fruit beer and it works wonderfully. (658 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1745th Review on BA
Bottle NG Pilsner Glass
750ml

Purchased @Woodman’s, Kenosha, WI for 8.99
Thanks to KevanB for the glass

App- A crimson red with almost no head at all. Maybe a 1/2" of bubbles. Very still with a juice like appearance. No cling or lace.

Smell- Cherries, Apples and Cranberries. Exactly what the label says. Maybe intermixed with some wheat. It's a cherry beer, mixed with some other fruits. Smells awesome. Little bit of tart to it as well.

Taste- So I was actually really surprised by this one. It was really like the combination of both of the other fruit beers and then add it the apple/cranberries. It had a semi good balance of all the flavors and a little bit of oak behind it. Semi cough syrup like consistency of flavors as well.

Mouth- A light/medium body with a nice medium carbonation level to it. Tart cherry wheat aftertaste. With a bit of oak and cranberry. As mentioned in the taste, it was a bit like cough syrup.

Drink- For something so different this was a great tasting beer. A good amount of balanced fruits and then some oak behind it. Not sure belongs in Top 250. But I drove to freaking WI to get it. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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... (641 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into LA teku glass. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a thick, fluffy, light tan head that took forever to fade into a bubbly collar spotty lace.
S: A super sweet bouquet of sugary red grape, pear, apple, cranberry and cherry juice. Musty and lighty tart, but mostly sweet.
T: Sweet and fruity but I get a hint of caramel and musky damp oak barrel. Light tartness in the finish, very mild sourness. Cranberry tartness, cherry sweetness, and juicy apple blend well with oak must and drying tannins. Sweet finish, apple aftertaste.
M: Cloyingly sweet and sugary with a sharp syrupy mouthfeel, soft and fluffy carb, and a thick and syrupy body. Starts to hurt the back of my throat after a while.
O: Ultra sweet to the point that it got a bit too much to drink after a while. Greats flavors though. Could be drier. Extremely rich. (864 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Sheets of lacing is left behind down the glass.

One impressive fruit aroma. Can smell all the individual fruit components. Apples, cherries, and cranberries combine to create a wonderful appetizing smell. A bit of tartness underlies the fruit.

Fruit blitz to the palate. I pick up a little more apple than the other two with a welcoming tartness. Seems more tart than New Glarus other fruit beers which is pleasant. Mildly sweet which is kept in check by the tartness. All the fruit is complimented by a mild vanilla flavor.

Light bodied and not highly carbonated. Expected it to have a little more pep to the bubbles. Does feel smooth and even.

I would probably takes this over New Glarus more common fruit beers. Hard to believe this was an accident and not a well thought out and planned beer. Sublimely executed nonetheless and all in a low ABV package. (962 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to crushedvol and KWMiles for a bottle of this brew...

A: Pours a deep murky red with about a half finger of off-white colored head. The foam settles quickly, and there is a small amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big apple, with a good helping of cherries. It says this beer is made with cranberries, but I can't specifically pull this scent out from the nose. There is also that familiar New Glarus twang to it.

T: The beer starts out sweet with a generous helping of apples, a good amount of tart cranberry, and some solid cherry notes. Although I couldn't pull out the cranberries in the nose, they are pretty evident in the taste. The New Glarus house yeast is there, and I get a touch of vanilla on the back end.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and coating, a bit sticky, and the flavors linger on the palate for a while after the beer has moved off the palate.

O: Excellent fruit beer. I think this is the best one that New Glarus has made. It's like a mix of the apple ale, the cranbic, and the Belgian Red. All three flavors work together quite nicely. Apple is the dominate flavor, but they all play off one another. Would love to drink more of this on the regular. (1,223 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend. Pours a deep ruby red with off white two finger head. Huge bouquet of cranberry and cherry, sweet and tart smelling. Flavor is more cherry heavy with hints of the cranberry coming through. Very sweet, slight tart. More medicinal than I had hoped but not overwhelming. Lingering tart cranberry that grows on me while I go. Light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Cool beer, but not as good as Raspberry Tart. (441 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear ruby one finger light head with nice lacing.

S-Cherries, apples and a tad bit of cranberries.

T-Amazing balance. Cherries and apples are centerstage with an ever so slight cranberry. Very sweet beer.

M-Light to medium in body, nice level of carbonation.

O-The best fruit beer I've ever had. (302 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Medium-light amber-brown body. Half finger white head with spiraling filmy lacing. Fair retention.

S- fruity cranberry and apple juice scents. It's like if you mixed both cranberry and apple juice together.. a slight bit of mineral-like yeast flavour. Fairly tart, but make no mistake, it is sweet.

F- the tart red apples jump out in the beginning, transitioning to a more cranberry predominant sweetness in the middle; it finally takes over in the end. It finishes with a sweet fruit skin-like flavour that could be cherry skins.

M- medium bodied, well carbonated and well executed. Slight tartness initially that becomes cranberry-sweet by the end.

O- Very good fruit beer. I see how this bought multiple different fruits together to meld something simple yet satisfying. I prefer Belgian Red to this, but I prefer this to Raspberry Tart. Hard to go wrong, really. (877 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear chestnut brown with a very red hue to it. Forms a moderate sized, bubbly, tannish colored head. Decent retention, as it eventually falls to a fairly thick surface coating. Leaves a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Aroma is full of fresh, juicy fruits, redolent of Belgian Red. Strong cherry, summer berries, and some apple. The smell is sweet, almost candy-like, but not cloyingly so.

T: Flavor brings more of the same, but with more balance. Sweet apple, cherries and raspberry flavors mix with the slightly tart astringency of the cranberries. Finish is surprisingly quick considering the depth of the flavors present here, but the finish is also very clean.

M: Medium in body with a moderate slickness to it. Undeniably sweet, but the tartness creates a balance that ensures this beer is not cloying. Medium carbonation.

O: What can I say? Yet another excellent fruit beer from Dan and Deb. (913 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (566 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Glarus flute

Came in trade from TClang - thanks!

Nice amberish color with a minimal head. Some lacing.

Lots of apples. Some berry essence.

Very upfront apply goodness. Can taste the berries as well, but the apples are the majority. Nice sour flavor. Vinegary.

Heavy carbonation, but tolerable with this style

Good stuff! I prefer Raspberry Tart, though (377 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed amber color with a bit of a garnet hue when held to light. A foamy two finger head rises up in the glass immediately and shows decent retention.

S: As soon as it's poured, the room starts to fill with sweet red apple and cherry notes. Very sweet, but not sickeningly so. Tons of juicy red apple, syrup soaked cherry and bright cranberry with just a hint of oak and vanilla underneath. Smells incredible.

T: Very similar to the smell. Which is a really good thing. There's just so much fruit juice packed into this thing, it's incredible. Tons of apple cider with a lot of juicy red cherry and cranberry juice cocktail thrown in for good measure. A hint of ripe pear, fruit leather and red apple skin on the finish. Just enough carbonation to break up the sweetness, though it could maybe do with just a touch more. This is the most fruit I've ever tasted in a beer. I really love this stuff. (912 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red with some brown in it. Good sized fluffy offwhite head. Good head retention. Only moderate little streaks of lacing.

S: Nice aroma. Sweet, ripe apples and cherries.

T: Sweet apples and cherries up front again. Really nice. Sweetness runs out and there's a sudden twang of tart fruits instead with the apples and cherries. Cranberries kick in for an extra tartness in the finish. Lingering cranberry juice in the aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for only 4%. Nice and smooth and clean too.

O: Awesome fruit beer. Not quite as good as the Raspberry and Cherry versions but it's a very close 3rd. Pretty amazing that one brewery can make the top 3 fruit beers. Magic touch I guess. Wonderful strong flavors from only 4% ABV too. Great fruit beer. (778 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: 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. It is only 5.1%, but you don’t even realize there is alcohol in this. (499 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, pschul4!

A dark amber and ruby with a moderately-sized khaki colored head. Leaves the glass fairly clean on the way down. Appealing and pretty fruit beer.

A big, expressive, fruity, and sweet aroma. It doesn't quite fall into the fruit syrup category, but this is definitely sweet and fruity. Big elements of cherry, cranberry, and a little apple mingle together nicely.

The flavor follows the aroma; the sweetness and fruit play together nicely. Again, cherries and cranberries are the big players here. Some apple as well. Very drinkable. Gulpable, even.

Near medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Almost juice like.

Very tasty, and not a big departure from New Glarus's other fruit beers. (747 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a few of these during my transit back from Darkness day. Gotta love New Glarus's attitude... Failed Cherry crop? No Problem! Poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Appearance is a deep purple red that is strikingly clear. It appears just like Juicy Juice. Minimal head and lacing. The nose is amazing. First thing that comes through is cranberry with a slight tartness. The apples then pick up and provide a bit of rustic character, and then comes the cherry. The three fruits are so harmonious which makes for a candied fruit aroma that suggests a bit of sweet and a bit of tart. The taste is incredible. It starts with the more candied side of the fruits, again with a nice harmony of the three featured fruits. The sweetness gives way to a nice tartness that takes over the palate. Delicious. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, New Glarus has struck gold yet again with their fruited beer. This is perhaps the most balanced and delicious one yet. If you haven't sought this one out, do it...now. (1,012 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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. (790 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled the time it was bottled.

Pours a browned pink with a fleeting dusty rose cap. Smells of apples, cherries, oak and some lactic acid. Taste is cranberry well balanced with apples and cherries. The beer leans toward the tart side of things and helps the flavor profiles balance out like a well blended wine. There is a medium on lightly cloying body with moderate carb and a semi dry finish that makes me want the beer ice cold and in gulping portions on a early summer morning. Really a refreshing beer I believe to be an absolutely fantastic deviation from the normal New Glarus beers. (593 characters)

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.