Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by Lemke10 on 10-15-2012

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Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Simply delicious! Strong and sweet fruit but never cloying or artificial. I get a myriad of flavors from dark cherries, cranberries, plum, raspberries, fig, Apple juice and a white wine. It seems almost inappropriate to call it beer as it holds a champagne, wine and cider quality.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a solid two finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A huge aroma of fresh fruits. Big hints of apples, tart cherries, raspberries, and cranberry. Light hints of oak and vanilla. Slightly toasted malts with a little brown sugar. Also some subtle hints of dark raisin and plum. Fairly yeasty. The fruits give a sweet smell but its nowhere near cloying. Smells like real fruit juices. Really great aroma.

Taste: Just as great as the aroma. A big taste of juicy fruits. Big taste of apples, tart cherries, raspberry, and cranberries. Fruits are sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet. Notes of oak and vanilla. Fairly earthy and yeasty. Light taste of malts with a little brown sugar. Undertones of dark raisin, plum, and fig. Literal tastes like a blend of fresh squeezed fruit juices. Sweetness and sourness is held in check and the acidity is pretty low. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat prickly. Very smooth.

Overall: A truly great fruit beer. The fruit flavor is big and bold while the sweetness is balanced and the body is smooth. Well balanced and really tasty.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doesn't bring the sexy appearance wise, its brown and kinda meh. Aroma bangs it out though. Apple, cherry, cranberry. Very croosh.

Taste is more of the fruits, good tartness to cut through the ample sweetness. Found it weird that for a beer made during a cherry crop failure, that this one tastes of plenty cherry.

Elite 1st tier fruit beer stuff.

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Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Boto
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Bottle gifted to me from my mom on one of her recent trips to Wisconsin. My second of the fruit beers from these guys, and I have only the best expectations considering how amazing New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red was.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a beautiful dark cranberry ruby colored body. Some good clarity when held to the light. About two fingers of pinkish-tan head that leaves scattered spotty lacing. Looks a lot like the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red in appearance, if maybe a bit darker? Either way, it looks very nice.

S - Another truly beautiful aroma. An enticing aromatic fruit bouquet. Everything is apparent - the cranberries, the cidery apples, and the vinous cherries. I'm going to go ahead and say that it smells a bit more earthy and oaky than yesterday's beer with some very minor notes of wood in the background, but it could just be the apples.

T - The taste follows the nose - a remarkably authentic, natural, juicy, delicious fruit beer. Everything is in play - the cranberries, cherries, & apples. There is almost a strawberry type flavor going on as well. This thing is truly delicious.

M - The feel is juicy and sticky. Smooth and lightly tart on the finish. Medium-light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, this certainly was a serendipitous event if there ever was one. I am going to go ahead and put it on par with the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red for now since both beers were equally top notch fruit beers. More happy accidents like this one, please.

New Glarus Serendipity ---4.5/5

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased late September 2013 in Wisconsin and transported in luggage back to Virginia. Could not find a packaged-on date. Poured into a tulip.

Too much cranberry. Have you ever had mixed cranberry juice with ginger ale? That is flashback I get when I drink this beer. A bit rich. Maybe best had as an aperitif type beer. Could use some more balance, some sourness or bitterness to offset the sweetness. 3.75

A – Pours a beautiful, rather unique clear cranberry color with a one-finger rocky head that dissipates quickly to a lasting thin layer. Good carbonation. Poor lacing. 4.25

S – Fruity, sweet, faint cherries and cranberries. 4.75

T – Sweet start with a semi-dry finish. A malty backbone is there, but it is all about the cranberries. 3.75

MF – Smooth, medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish. 3.75

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Photo of homebrew311
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

apple juice on the nose, mixed fruits and berries on the tongue.... slightly tart, wonderfully amazing. this is beautiful. it's been sitting in my cellar/frig for at least two years now, down on the bottom and almost forgotten. not sure if these are cellarable, but it is still very good even though this is my first taste of this. i admittedly dont know what to look for in 'LOOK' for ratings, so it's a 4. but the rest of this is very very good..... i have not done these much so i'm a rookie on rating, but my palate loves it and is why i give it the scores it got.

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Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper mahogany color with good clarity when held up to the light and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Apple, cherry, raspberrie, oak, musty, sour, beady,

Taste: Fruity deliciousness. Tart, sour, chewy, and oak. Tasty, balanced, and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Tart, oaky, fruity, sour, light bodied, sweet, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: I like it, I like a lot. Grea to share with a friend. Look forward to more of these in the futyre.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a ruddy rust-amber with thin foam. There’s an aroma of dark cherries, lot of sour cherry preserve and a black cherry note, with a touch of apple juice. Oh, and cranberries!

Tastes crisp and crisply tart, cherries and apples and the Great Lakes at the tail end of summer. Love love loved it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a Belgian tulip.

A- Two-finger thick head, cream- colored and frothy, it reminds me of how a cider would look as I pour it. The color is reddish brown but opaque and there is steady carbonation present.

S- This has an intense aroma that hits me from the moment the bottle is cracked. Cherry and apple blast my nose, as does a cider aroma. There's something candy-like to the aroma too, plus fermented fruit and sour mash. Then I realize there's a similarity to Starburst with this brew.

T- Taste is like the nose suggested. It's tart, cidery, candy-like with a good blend of apple, cherry and some dry cranberry flavors that I didn't immediately pick up on. There's some cherry peel in there, and I'm talking like real fruit stand and not some artificial flavor.

M- As I mentioned above, this brew is slightly dry, cider-like, semi-tart, but still somewhat like drinking juice. I found it to be a bit sweeter than I like, not completely cloying but still a bit much.

In the end, a good treat and very memorable, although it doesn't quite qualify as a must-have beer for me.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky brown color with a creamy small white head that retains nicely

S- aroma initially reminds me of fruit punch. Aromas of freshly pressed apple juice, sugared cranberries, marichino cherries, homemade jam, very nice

T- initial flavor is of cherry pie, even the sugary glaze, followed by fresh pressed Apple juice, and a bit of cranberry tartness. As with their other fruit beers, it's very sweet. But this one isn't cloying. Finishes with more cherry & cranberry.

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a medium-thick syrupy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- my 5th NG fruit beer and this is my favorite, the 3 fruits blend very well

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Photo of Chaney
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BeerFM Andy send this to me a few months ago. I was worried it was going to go bad. Cheers Andy!

Served in a gourmet wine glass.

A: Clear red brown for sure, with a wispy white head.

S: Fruit bomz r us for sure: Totally raspberries for sure. Pure, solid, organic, and totally sweet.

T: Sour, fruity, and raspberry infused for sure. New Glarus really knows how to do this.

M: Bubbly, sweet, and very tasty. Splotchy lacing.

O: I'm moving to Wisconsin after I retire.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Tom for sharing this
The beer pours a clear cranberry red with a thin tan head that settles to a ring around the beer's circumference. The nose is very pleasant boasting notes of ripe apples, cranberries and the new glarus house yeast. The taste is sweet, but not nearly as cloying as Belgian red or razz tart. The apple sweetness and slight cranberry tartness works well with the style. The mouthfeel is slightly tart, sweet yet well attenuated, and very drinkable. This is definitely a winner, something I'd try again.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was just going to mark this as "had," but felt compelled to fully review after seeing all the glowing reviews below.

I was quite excited for this, which may skew my opinion. From what I was expecting, a cherry, apple, and cranberry beer that was unintentionally soured. That was the explanation I had read on BA.

I should have known this wouldn't live up to my expectations based soley on the smell. No noticeable sourness at all. Delicious fruit smells, but extremely sweet smelling.

Taste followed the smell. To me, this tasted 100% exactly like sparkling cherry juice. I mean 100%. No apple taste, no sourness, no alcohol. Just sweet carbonated juice. I had my girlfriend taste it without giving her my opinion, and the first thing she said was "This tastes like cherry juice!"

Overall, a big disappointment for me. It is still an interesting beer, but I was hoping for a sour, more complex version of Belgian Red. This ended up being my least favorite of the New Glarus 750ml fruit beers. Maybe I'll age one for a bit and see if the tartness comes through at all.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: gorgeous mahograny/shiny burnt orange
2 finger tan/white head, divine lacing

S: fresh cherries, apple cider, and mild cranberries

T: cherries, apple cider middle, craberry sour pucker finish

M: med body, big sour/sticky mouth

O: One of my least favorite styles, but New Glarus
is converting me with this and Strawberry/Rhubarb.
Incredible nose and taste, perfect beer to introduce
skeptics and fun for summer Great Lakes parties.

OUTSTANDING; MUST TRY!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon for this one. 750ml bottle into a Heady Topper pint. Shared with schen9303.

Beer is clear dark red. 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Spotty and sparse lace with little cling. Par for the style. Striking color though.

Nose is exactly as described. Cherry, a hint of apple, raspberry, and that unmistakable New Glarus yeast strain. Cinnamonny, sweet, and with a strong, red fruit character. I like it.

This one's very similar to Belgian red except for a very subtle hint of apple upfront and towards the end. Middle is robust sweet cherry juice. Like they mixed their apple ale and Belgian Red together. Simple and tasty!

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Spritzy and lively in the mouth and quenching going down. Exactly what I want from the style. Just enough body to remind me this is a beer with character and not some light fruity macro concoction.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers overall but I have had a number of them and Serendipity reminds me that no one does it quite like New Glarus. Very enjoyable. I hope they keep this year round even when they bring back Belgian Red!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for sending a couple bottles of this my way! One for now, one for Thanksgiving dinner. Bottle split and shared with a friend. Poured into a small wine glass.

Pours a dark tawny-tinted red with a pinkish head on top. The nose, the nose, my kingdom for the nose! Cherry jolly ranchers. Need I say more? Such a fruity and tart aroma, I can't think of a better way to describe it. Nothing really stands out much different than the BR or RT, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Effervescent bubbles give this beer life! Crisp and bubbly - fits this beer to perfection. Big flavors of cherries and apples. The cranberries really show up on this finish as this tarts up quite nicely. This sets itself apart from the other fruity mainstays from these guys. It's sweet, no doubt, some would say too sweet. But the tartness comes through at the right moment, giving a nice kick to the back end. I think I'd be able to get through a bottle of this one my own, but I find it is the perfect beer to share. Sweet. Tart. Tasty. Thank you, Dan. You work quite the magic with some fruit.

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a medium red color almost a rose wine color. A small cap of fizzy off-whitish tan head lingers briefly and leaves a small collar around the edges. Sparse lacing left on the glass.

S - Extremely fruity aromatics with multiple layers...tons of sweet cherry aroma in the forefront, not quite Luden's cherry cough drops, but close. Cranberries come on after that with their slightly tart and fruity aromas. Apples give a mild acidity and slightly cidery/winey aspect to it. Hints of vanilla and I think I'm imagining some white chocolate notes as well.

T - Flavor is dominated by the cherry and cranberry...fruitiness is very high here with the two combining nicely. Cherries are leader but blend so well with the cranberry. Fruity tartness is very nice - apples and cranberries combine well to create a crispness. Rather sweet beer overall - sugary, fruity and juicy.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation over a lightish body. Crisp, tart, sweet, juicy and refreshing. I think carbonation could be a bit higher - could use a bit more life/tingle to it. Sweetness and fruitiness really make this feel like a juice more than a beer.

O - Overall - very good fruit beer. So much fruity and juicy character, almost seems like an Ocean Spray juice blend more than a beer. Carbonation is light contributing to the juice character. Alcohol is not existent and doesn't even show its minimal 4% at all. Another outstanding fruit beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a surprisingly strong, ~1 finger beige head atop a dark, cloudy, reddish-brown body. Head fades relatively quickly to a light foamy residue. Virtually no lacing - to be expected.

Smells like a fruit lambic. Slightly vinous and tart; big notes of cherries and cranberries; light wild yeast funkiness; soft sweetness. Any malt (wheat, perhaps) is overwhelmed.

Flavor is exactly what you'd expect from the nose, along with a huge apple complement. Actually, flavor-wise, in terms of strength it goes apple-cranberry-cherry. Extremely sweet ale.

Soft, lively body, sticky with sugary goodness and with a long, wet, slightly astringent finish. A bit of a chewy malt body.

This is absolutely delicious. It's a lightly carbonated fruit punch spiked with wild yeast.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serendipity pours a reddish color, with a large red head. Alot of sweet aromas, especially cherry. The taste has a blend of sweet fruits, cherry is profound, with hints of the apples and cranberries. Great full flavor, all the fruits blend together, there is no stages of flavors from the fruits. Not overpowering sweet. Overall a fantastic fruit beer.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.