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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,643 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,643
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 379
Gots: 396 | 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)
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powz87

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-06-2013 07:58:48 | More by powz87
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BillHilly

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-06-2013 02:05:01 | More by BillHilly
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JRBecks

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-05-2013 17:38:03 | More by JRBecks
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Winter '13
HF wine glass

A: Clear ruby reddish color. Initially about a finger of off white head. Formed a collar of bubbly goodness. Leaving some lacing bits. Seems to have nice carbo.

S: Smells delicious. Fruit bomb. Initially got tons of the cranberry flesh. Then when I swirled I pulled that apple and cherry in too. Some tartness is certainly there. Like other NG beers, doesn't smell fake.

T: Tart cherry up front on the tongue, then you get that sweet fruit character. It's awesome stuff. Pulling all aspects here. Prickly carbonation. Just delicious fruit goodness. Pulling that cranberry and apple on the back end. Finish is dry like a champagne.

M: Light to medium. Solely because of the fruit and sweetness. Other than that, light beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 15:29:46 | More by inlimbo77
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Rainblows

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-05-2013 14:57:03 | More by Rainblows
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -8%

03-04-2013 07:23:20 | More by drewone
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arcook11

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8%

03-04-2013 07:10:56 | More by arcook11
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hannydawg

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-03-2013 17:05:29 | More by hannydawg
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freemanj

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

03-03-2013 04:39:08 | More by freemanj
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-03-2013 03:59:26 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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MarkFy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-01-2013 15:19:12 | More by MarkFy
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, deep red pour with about a finger of red-brown head. Furious bubbles hold up the head and make the beer seem alive. 4

S: The fruit is aggressive and all up front. Very sweet, red fruits seem to be the focus, but I can't place specifically which. The aroma is not soda-like or medicinal. 4

T: The taste is all about the fruit as well, not a ton of sourness, hops, or other flavors. New Glarus knows its fruits, and this is no exception. The fruit is the focus, but it's not fake or overly sugary which you sometimes run into with beers like this. 4

MF: Light and carbonated very well. The beer is very drinkable, I can't put it down! 4.5

O: New Glarus made a great fruit beer, no way! Seriously, if you like this style you can't go wrong with anything they do. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:43:45 | More by russwbeck
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jlindsey

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-28-2013 15:56:13 | More by jlindsey
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Brew33

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-28-2013 14:14:46 | More by Brew33
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-28-2013 10:26:29 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

02-27-2013 19:35:01 | More by ChicagoNick
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egrace84

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-27-2013 17:45:17 | More by egrace84
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-26-2013 16:52:57 | More by nickapalooza86
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

02-26-2013 06:29:27 | More by oglmcdgl
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JackOGreen

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-25-2013 07:31:10 | More by JackOGreen
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a very reddish amber hue. Fair sized, 2.5 finger head in the New Glarus flute glass. Retains well, laces very well. Clarity is high.

S- Very prominent apple notes up front, similar to NG Apple Ale. Underneath the apple is a tart cranberry flavor. There are still hints of the cherries, but intermingled with the cranberries. Overall, this one just smells delicious.

T- Same as the scent. Apple up front, then cranberry bite, moving right into a mix of cherry and cranberry. All three fruits work together very well, moving beautifully from one flavor to the next. Moderate sweetness is balanced by the cranberry tartness.

M- Light and highly carbonated. Easy to drink, incredibly refreshing, and not filling. Light without being watery. Feels like a champagne with slightly less carbonation.

Overall, I want more of this beer. I would drink this all the time in the summer. It's simple, yet complex, refreshing, and light. The perfect fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:35:19 | More by boilermakerbrew
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-23-2013 04:37:26 | More by jrallen34
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-23-2013 02:38:01 | More by Morey
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emyers

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson color with a one inch white head.

Smell: Strong, strong cherry and cranberry aroma. Apples come in next but not quite as strong as the other fruits. Definitely hints at a nice tartness in the nose. I'm actually getting some cinnamon spice, but I'm fairly certain that wasn't added.

Taste: I don't know how New Glarus consistently nails fruit beers, but this is another prime example. In contrast with the smell, the apples are very strong here along with the cherry and cranberry. Tartness comes in midway through the sip and sticks around through the finish. It's a very pleasant tartness, and its role is more to balance out what would be a very intense sweetness from all the fruit as opposed to making the beer overly sour. The sweetness does become a little much after a bit, and there are slight hints of cherry cough syrup, but they are very fleeting and ultimately don't affect my overall opinion of the beer all that much.

Mouthfeel: There's actually a fairly thick feel to this, probably due to the sweetness. Light carbonation gives a nice fine fizz to it as it goes down.

Overall: New Glarus seems to have some sort of secret to making fruit beers that no one else knows. Really not a style I usually enjoy, but I've loved all of New Glarus's offerings. This one is right up there with Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. It does get a little overwhelming after a while - I wouldn't want to drink a whole 750, but splitting a bottle is perfect

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:02:24 | More by emyers
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FosterJM

California

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 18:54:44 | More by FosterJM
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,643 ratings.