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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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249 Reviews
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Reviews: 249
Hads: 2,501
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 507
Gots: 671 | FT: 92
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
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 Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color. Has a tart fruity aroma. Flavor is delicious. Tart fruit notes of cranberry with a light sweet background flavor. Has a slight fermented aftertaste with a fruity mouthfeel. Overall this is delicious!

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Photo of KeithBonner7
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has the look of barqs red cream soda with minimal foam.

smell somewhat reminds me of a warm cherry pie.

Tastes like a local cherry flavored apple cider with hints of cranberry tartness. Finishing with an apple tart bite.

Leaves a decent salivation factor feel. Would go great with some seafood.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish-brown. The smell is an amazing blend of tart cherries and just enough cranberries to keep it interesting. On the nose the apple is very faint. The apple is much more noticeable in the taste and provides a solid background for the cherry and cranberry to take their turn. It's fairly sweet but never cloying and the fruit brings enough tartness to keep it balanced. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Overall another great fruit beer from New Glarus!

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Photo of frasergrove
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smells of raw, fresh, unpasteurized apple juice mixed with a tinge of tart berry puree. Fermented fruit juice is evident right off the bat in the tongue and is crisp and tangy...then the beer does a full 180 and tasty sweet and creamy, like a tart topped with whipped cream. Extremely unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted chanpagne glass.
A - Pours an opaque reddish brown color with a small head that settles to just a ring.
S - I'm getting mostly cherries, maybe cranberry.
T - Tart cherries on the front end, then you start to think other fruit is involved as it covers your tongue. Very sweet in a good way.
M - High carbonation, refreshing.
O - This is not bad by any means but it is my least favorite of NG's fruit beers. I prefer the Belgian Red or the Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with low carbonation, the smell is of sour cherries and cranberries, the taste changes as it warms up, first the subtle funk and later a great Jolly Rancher, it finishes great between sweet and sour.

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Photo of Sintech
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle.

Appearance - Dark burgundy .

Smell - Mixed fruit jam.

Taste - Little tart, little sweet.

Feel - Low carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very nice NG!

Grade (B+)

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich mahogany red-brown, and forms a dense, fluffy multi-finger head of off-white foam that lasts and lasts. Lacing is off the hook.

Smell: Fruit greets the nose cheerily, a burst of cranberries and cherries, all just slightly sour. Beneath, tones of sweet red apple and caramel malt buttress and support the sour fruits.

Taste: Just a sublime fruit beer. This opens much like an apple juice made with gala and honeycrisp, which has had a significant amount of cherry-cranberry preserves dissolved in it. There are faint hints of tart sour to the fruit, and the barest whiff of farmland funk along for the ride. All of that dances atop a solid platform of sweet caramel malt flavor. The finish and aftertaste are a mix of the fruit juice and malt aspects. Sublime.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, smooth, clingy, sticky, and yes - that bit of word salad adequately sums up the feel.

Overall: "Sublime" has already been mentioned, so it shall be left at that. Personally, I'd put this in my regular drinking rotation, were I closer to Wisconsin.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes out a ruddy brown color, some bits of reddiness running through it. Pour yields almost no head on it, but the carbonation is just right, just doesn't amount to anything pretty.

Excellent aroma, you get lots of fruit, dynamic apple, tart cherry, cranberry as well.

Taste was like a blend of all the NG fruit beers. Its sweet, but not sugary, tart, but not sour, just a solid blend of everything. Comes down in the middle of the pack for their beers, which is a huge compliment, because they're all so damn good. Tear this up on a hot day, or a morning beer, very fitting.

I'm always looking to trade for this beer. NG fruit beers and CW -bals.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml shared

L - Two finger head was poured that reduced. Dark copper mahogany color with nice clarity when held up to the light. Small bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was enjoyed.

A - Lots of fruit....apple, cherry, raspberry....smells sweet.

T - Fruity deliciousness. Sweetness and tartness. Love this.

M - Med/high carb...nice lingering flavor....light bodied

O - Really enjoyed this...my first true adventure into fruit beers was a success. This beer made me want to have alot more like this.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic fruit beer. Poured a dark amber color with a scent hinting of cranberries, apples, and cherries. Taste wise this was wonderful with the combination of those fruits all making a fantastic concoction.

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Photo of stingray
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank a whole 25 oz. bottle for this review from a pilsner glass. The first pour was refrigerator-cold but I let the bottle sit out for about an hour before for the second glass.

Pours copper red with a few fingers of light brown head. The foam had a little more color and thickness on the second pour. The head continued to develop when I swirled the glass a bit, even at the very bottom.

Aroma is tart and the apple dominates for me, though others pick out the cherry more. The second glass smelled sweeter than tart, the malt came through strongly, and I was able to pick out the oak as well.

Initial flavor is tart apple mixed with crisp cherry. You can focus on one or the other, like how an optical illusion appears slanted left or right. The malty background is there throughout and you can really work it up by swirling in your mouth. Cranberries take over once you swallow with their unmistakable bite. Again, the second (slightly warmer) glass is sweeter and the tartness isn't there anymore. I didn't notice the malt any more than the first glass but the oak is stronger. The flavor really goes through stages. My brother said every sip is a story.

Lots of carbonation, you could easily fill up the glass with foam. You can take a sip and hear the bubbles inside your mouth. Swirling it around produces a nice bit of foam in your mouth.

This is one of my favorites right now, I give it as gifts to everyone I know. I have a friend who is prejudiced against fruit beer so I made him taste it and he had to admit it was quite good. Even people who "don't like beer" like this. It's what wine coolers wish they could be. It's like the sparkling juice that the kids table gets while the adults drink wine, but has so much more than sweet to offer. At 4% alcohol one person can easily drink the whole bottle but it's best shared with someone. The first time I tried it was early in the summer with my brother and we were both blown away. It's good anytime but is particularly refreshing when it's hot out.

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Photo of barczar
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big cherry character in aroma, with tart apple as secondary. Flavor is the same. Delicious, rich fruit character. Can't believe they extract that much flavor.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another wonderful fruit beer from the caves of New Glarus! Awesome Apple. Can mix with stouts as well. The smell is amazing. Sweet but not overly sugary.

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Photo of JRosenstock
4.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer caught me totally off-guard. I didn't really have any expectations of it to begin with but as soon as I popped the cap, I was flooded with beautiful cherry and cranberry notes. The apple is a little bit more subtle in taste and seems to impart more sweetness to counterbalance the tartness from the other two fruits. I am extremely happy with this beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually my least favorite of the New Glarus fruit beers. I actually get a beer flavor from it. Little less sweet that other ones. Mildly tart cranberry taste. Some hints of apple and cherry.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second New Glarus beer and again I am impressed. The first beer I tried was the Wisconsin New Belgium Red and though Serendipity is not drastically different it's just as good. Fruit beers are usually too tart or too sweet for my taste but this one is the perfect combination. Looking forward to trying more beers from New Glarus

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my first time trying a new glarus fruit. It was a lot less tart then other fruits/sours that I have had. Overall it was a good beer that had a lot of flavor, with a little bit of sourness at the end. Hoping the other fruits are up to far!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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 1000lbgrizzly
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great label, wonderful red/pink body with great clarity, plenty of effervescence (but really, upgrade or discontinue your bottle-waxing methods; they're nastily thin, crumbly things, no offense intended.) Smells and tastes fruity; strawberry, apple, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, even blackberry and blueberry could be imposed. I could be more specific if I wanted to scrutinize it, but this beer begs to be simply enjoyed and to welcome the refreshingly sweet, tart, fruity flavor and smell. Moderately-handed saccharine quality, but appreciable, especially with the carbonation and easy-to-enjoy flavors.

We all drink beer to get some degree of buzz, so I'd bet those who can't handle a sweeter beer would like a higher ABV to reach their destination before their sweetness gag reflex interposes, but for one with a serious sweet tooth such as myself, I appreciated the entire bomber, the final mental buzz, but not the longing for a repeat. Summarily, this is mildly alcoholic carbonated fruit juice.

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Photo of TheBrewBrotha
2.46/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cherry red like cough syrup. Unfortunately I wasn't a fan of this beer like most people are due to the taste and smell reminded me of dimetapp or robutussin cough syrup. The color was great and I was excited to try NG as this was my first brew by this brewery. The lingering taste of cherry cough syrup turned me off more and more with every sip. Definitely worth trying if getting into NG as it opened me up to want/try more of their beers and I finally found the one I love.

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Photo of BIN29
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable complexity for a low abv. Drinks like a juice. Give this to anybody who claims that they don't like beer and see their reaction. Pairs very well with acidic foods.

Pours dark red, like a cherry juice. Smells like fresh fruits, cherries, raspberries. Second whiff suggests some combination of spices. Cinnamon and maybe nutmeg. Sweet and tart, extremely balanced.

I don't like fruity beers but this one is extremely unique.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've only had this one with a year or so of age on it, so I can't comment on a fresh bottle. Pretty much my flavor fruit ale! Almost jam like in its intensity and depth of flavor. So damn delicious on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at my local Shell station. As usual, no bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into my snifter.

L: Pours a burgundy that's the color of cranberry juice at the edges where the light hits. About a quarter-inch of off-white head dissipates very quickly to a ring that leaves minimal lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation in this one.

S: Black cherry and red apple are the most prominent flavors in the bouquet, and they hit the nose with a force. There's also notes of cranberry at the edges, but this one smells very sweet and succulent. Wonderful aroma.

T: The taste follows the nose quite well, with the black cherry and red apple the first to register on the palate. Very sweet initially. The sour and tart flavors, however, kick in almost immediately--the middle is dominated by a nice sour tartness from the cranberries that really perks things up, aided by a very good level of carbonation. The back end has more of the tart, but those deep, sweet notes from the cherries and apples reassert themselves for more of a sweet/sour finish.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Just a bit creamy at the front, with assertive tartness and healthy carbonation that make for a very nice feel.

O: I gave this one a try a few years back and remember thinking that I didn't like it nearly as much as their Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red. But, with time, I've really come to enjoy Serendipity as much as or even more than its cousins. This thing packs so much fruit flavor, it's ridiculous. And NG has done an amazing job of getting that tart/sour just right so that it isn't overly sweet on the palate. Highly recommend!

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.