1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SerendipitySerendipity

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,651 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,651
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 384
Gots: 397 | FT: 52
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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Serendipity Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,651 | Reviews: 192 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rsuske
rsuske

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-21-2013 23:06:49 | More by rsuske
Photo of drummermattie02
drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-21-2013 14:09:45 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of rowingbrewer
rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-18-2013 20:53:39 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of brycevolk
brycevolk

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-18-2013 20:09:44 | More by brycevolk
Photo of dogfishandi
dogfishandi

New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped and waxed bottle, received in the gang bang BIF

Pours out a nice clear deep red color, fairly retentive off white colors head with good lacing.

Big fruit aroma, maraschino cherries seem to be at the forefront. A little apple juice behind that.

Wow, fruit juice! A great tasting beer, lots of fresh apple juice, with some cranberry juice behind. All about the sweet fruit. Just a touch of that new glares earthiness.

Good tartness, mildly sour, light to almost medium in body. Amazing drinkability.

On par with all of the other new glares fruit beers. All about the fruit with some good tart/ sourness, but little to no funk. If someone says they don't like this beer, their lying.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:35:06 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of metalgdog
metalgdog

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-18-2013 02:24:51 | More by metalgdog
Photo of blakelive784
blakelive784

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12!!

1 pt 9.4 fl oz green (?!) glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent shade of crimson with two and a half fingers of pink tinged fizzy head. Retention is terrible but expected given its champagne qualities. Damn, that's nice to look at.

S - Fresh sweet red apples and tart cranberries. Light cherry when I search for it. It's amazing how fresh and distinct each fruit is. Mild lacto sour notes. Definitely sweet. Cider-esque. I'd honestly be hard pressed to find other notes. Moderate strength.

T - Awesome tart cranberries and apples. Follows the nose closely. Definitely tart, but far from sour. Buried crystal malts and indistinct yeast. A cough-syrupy like taste, but in a good way. Fruit stars, somehow without being overbearing. Impeccable balance between sweet and tart fruits.

M - Highly carbonated and dry. Almost perfect. Could use a little more body.

D - Obscenely drinkable. A great beer from New Glarus. I'd gladly have it again if I'd be so lucky.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:32:05 | More by blakelive784
Photo of laxer8811
laxer8811

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-17-2013 20:39:39 | More by laxer8811
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear deep copper with some solid dark reds and Brown's around the edges. Small, bubbly off-white head. Drops to a small spotty cap and collar. No lacing to speak of. Lovely, but not heavy carbonation.

Smell: Apple juice, mealy apple flesh, cherry skin and juice. Tart cranberry juice. Layers of sweet fruitiness. Slight tart edge with some backing woodiness. Cherry flesh. Juicy and fresh. Solid blend of fruit goodness.

Taste: So much fruit skin. Tart cherry and cranberry juice. Loaded with sweet mealy apple juice. Nice backing light malts and oak barrel. Slightly tart with a solid earthy woodiness. Layers of fruit as it warms. Apple dominates with a solid backbone of cranberry. Nice tart cherry finish. Some pale malts in the back with a nice overall fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with minimal overall carbonation. Nice and smooth. Soft.

Overall: Kate Beckinsale minus John Cusack.

A damn fine fruit beer. Seriously impeccable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:41:36 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of angrybabboon
angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer.

Consumed 3/16/13

Appearance: Deep red, garnet - impressively clear for the color - small, off-white head, fades to some wisps of a cap - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sweet, with a distinct New Glarus fruit beer aroma -lightly tart apples and cranberry take center stage, cherry is secondary - fruit sugar sweetness, basically smells like fruit juice

Taste: Beer? This be fruit juice - lightly tart but mostly sweet apples, more like apple juice than apple cider - lightly tart cranberries as well - cherry flesh rounds things out - like NG Wisconsin Belgian Red, this kind of tastes more like fruit juice than beer - not really much to say about malts or hops, as they appear to be missing, but it works for the style - sweet overall, but in a nice, fruity way

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky fruity sweetness, minimal carbonation

Overall: Part of a complete breakfast

New Glarus performs fruit alchemy. This is fruity and sweet without being overly sweet. It's like fruit salad with apples, cranberries, and cherries... except better. This is certainly worth a try if you can find a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:35:16 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of KC9LDB
KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

03-16-2013 01:41:02 | More by KC9LDB
Photo of EricClayton
EricClayton

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-15-2013 00:50:00 | More by EricClayton
Photo of milliCAN
milliCAN

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-14-2013 02:14:54 | More by milliCAN
Photo of wmobley
wmobley

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-13-2013 20:31:02 | More by wmobley
Photo of sukwonee
sukwonee

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-13-2013 06:25:29 | More by sukwonee
Photo of weonfire
weonfire

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Light opaque burgundy, creme colored-pencil thin head. small bit of lacing.

S - Delightful! Wow it smells nice. Aged cherries, sour apple and cranberry- the bottle certainly does not lie. In combination: scents of peach and aged pear. Almost like opening a bottle of maraschino cherries.

T - initially: sour hits immediately. first cranberry followed by a mellow aged cherry and lastly sour apple. beautiful tart flavor bites the tongue. tart level 6/10

M - froth is excellent. immediately after- carbonation pops and tingles the tongue.

O - Wonderful sour. Nothing overwhelming in any flavor. blended excellently in the oak - perfect for an after dinner desert beer. My only downfall is I'd most likely only drink one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 21:52:57 | More by weonfire
Photo of TNGabe
TNGabe

Tennessee

1.5/5  rDev -65.5%

03-12-2013 12:51:33 | More by TNGabe
Photo of Zachtheporter
Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-12-2013 05:18:44 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of langchops
langchops

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into FFF Teku

A - Pours a deep red/brown body with one finger of off-white pinkish head. Well carbonated

S - Cherries are the dominate scent going on. The apples are slightly noticed, but very subtle

T - Follows the nose but with more punch from the cherries. I was expecting more sourness from the charries, but it ended up being fairly sweet. Apples came in at the end, never got the raspberries.

M - Medium carbonation made for a light mouth. Coats well for the low ABV.

O - A smooth fruit beer that goes down well. I wouldn't want to drink more than two glasses of this with the sweetness factor. I wish it had more tartness to offset the sweet cherry/apple flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 16:35:01 | More by langchops
Photo of AceMaster
AceMaster

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-11-2013 03:38:18 | More by AceMaster
Photo of Revenant
Revenant

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -8%

03-10-2013 22:48:50 | More by Revenant
Photo of thegerm87
thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-10-2013 15:27:17 | More by thegerm87
Photo of kirbmeist
kirbmeist

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-10-2013 14:27:20 | More by kirbmeist
Photo of BeerBaron
BeerBaron

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-10-2013 01:38:18 | More by BeerBaron
Photo of cosmicevan
cosmicevan

New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to fvernon for this incredible extra! enjoyed from my new glarus flute.

a - brew poured a transparent yet deep ruby mahogany with a finger of foamy bubbly head that bubbled away. very champagne like carbonation. great streaky lacing. head was a bit pinkish tinted.

s - OH WOW! smells INCREDIBLE! really and truly amazing. my mouth started to water. just cherry fruit juice. rich and flavorful.

t - wow. just incredible. smells a bit better than it tastes, but the taste is a homerun...the smell, that's a grandslam. nice tangy cherry, but not overly so. not kreik like...vedgie beer like.

m - very champagne like. fizzy and prickly.

o - overall, just WOW!!! new glarus really owns the vedgie beer category. if only they would distribute. i'm just amazed by each and every one of these that they churn out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:29:12 | More by cosmicevan
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.