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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,732 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,732
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 390
Gots: 418 | FT: 53
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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AltBock

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4.55/5  rDev +4.6%

750ml green bottle that was wax sealed with a dark purple almost black wax. It's a very thin wax. The bottle only has one big giant label. The label has a stencil like drawing of a creepy tree with a giant apple on top, two cherries to the left, and 3 cranberries to the right. Directly below the tree are the words "Happy Accident Fruit Ale." Flanking the drawing is all the mandatory US info and a lengthy description of the beer. Not sure of the year. There's a weird notch system on the side. I'm not sure what that means.

When poured into a J. Wakefield Snifter, this "Happy Accident" was a weird pale mahogany brown with quite a few ruby highlights. I found the color of the beer hard to describe. It was the same story with the head of foam. The head of foam was a faint white with traces of pink in it. This white pinkish head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height. It had acceptable retention that left behind a good sized string of foamy white pinkish rings and a few clingy steaks of lace.

What an aroma! Popping the cap unleashed a strong fruity aroma. I could tell that it was time for this beer to be opened. It was sweet fruity aroma that contained an insane amount of tart apples, cranberries, and cherries. I think I even found some red raspberries in here as well. The funkiness was very minimal. The aroma was all about the fruits and nothing else.

Now this is the point where you get to taste all of those sour juicy fruits that were so strong in the aroma. For some reason, I was having apple cider flashbacks while I was drinking this. It must have been all of the tangy and sour fruits that gave me these flashbacks. The taste was tangy and lightly sour with apples, cranberries, cherries, red raspberries, and even a tiny trace of blackberries. As for funkiness, that was minimal too. Like the aroma, the taste was all about the delicious tangy and sour fruits.

This was a light and fruity beer with a good amount of carbonation and a long lasting aftertaste of sour and tangy apples, cranberries, cherries, and red raspberries. The fruits came in strong and they wanted you know that they weren't leaving anytime soon.

IMO, New Glarus makes the best fruit beers. I've never had a bad one or even a mediocre one from them. Would I drink it again? I sure would! It's probably a good thing that I don't live in WI because is be drinking their fruit beers all the time.

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3.94/5  rDev -9.4%

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a fairly clear pinkish amber color with a with a huge bubbly pink tinged head that persists forever. The aroma is sweet tart and fruity. Tart and sweet cherries with bits of brown sugar and a touch of apple cider and tart berries with a hint of vanilla and oak. The flavor is quite sweet but the tart and fruitiness from the berries and apples counter that nicely. Very subtle woody vanilla flavors round this one out nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I would have really liked a bit more tartness, but I still had no problem enjoying this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,732 ratings.