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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 410
Gots: 434 | FT: 54
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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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into small snifter. Low carbonation, some soapy lacing. Light cranberry in color. Aroma includes tart cherry, musty apple, cranberry. Taste is an amalgam of tart and sweet. All of the fruit is noted on taste, a little sweeter on taste than expected. Amazing.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of MarcusHalberstram
5/5  rDev +15.2%

MarcusHalberstram, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of badboy7113
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

badboy7113, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

FleetwoodMatt, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

funkel81, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Kevinhcraig
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Kevinhcraig, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

e30todamax, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Sludgeman, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of sisterthelonious
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sisterthelonious, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of striker2160
4/5  rDev -7.8%

striker2160, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of DTown
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DTown, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of NickyT
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

NickyT, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Zonian1, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of LukeIV
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

LukeIV, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of JDM44
3/5  rDev -30.9%

JDM44, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of FFATS
4/5  rDev -7.8%

FFATS, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Ridgeback
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a nice whitish head. I was using a Chimay goblet which so you can really enjoy the appearance. It doesn't get more inviting

S - A strong overtone of Granny Smith apple with cranberry. The sour apple smell was most noticable and very pleasant for this style of beer

T - Similar to a Belgian sour ale. A very strong note of apple cider with lesser cranberry and cherry flavors. If I had a criticism I would say the apple cider taste can overpower the other fruity tastes. Overall though I don't have much to complain about.

M - Very refreshing! It isn't at all heavy and has a very clean taste. The slight sourness does linger which is what I expected.

O - it is Serendipity! This beer is indeed the happy accident that New Glarus was hoping for. I don't know if New Glarus will continue to brew this beer seasonally but I would certainly would make a regular purchase of this beer if they do continue to produce it.

Ridgeback, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Fluffmeister
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Fluffmeister, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of dkw0063
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dkw0063, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev -7.8%

monitorpop, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of TheBiercast
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Like the laughter of a child, serendipity pours a ruby red color with hints of amber when held to the light. With an off white head and quality lacing, it reminds you of that high end call girl that took your spirit so many years ago. This beer is absolutely gorgeous from the moment you open the bottle to the moment you throw it back.

Smell: Serendipity would, without doubt, make Johnny Appleseed proud. Immediately evident is the strong apple nose followed by sharp cranberry and cherry accents. An oak aroma is delicately placed, but is definitely playing off the bench.

Taste: Like sipping apple cider at an orchard, you can’t help but taste the strong mellow presence of apples in your glass. The cranberries and cherries unquestionably bring tartness to the beer, while obscured wood notes bring a timid earthiness to the beverage.

Mouthfeel: New Glarus has created the perfect blend of spritzy carbonation paired with a light body, to help pull out the tartness of Serendipity, while still allowing for a crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall: If you are interested in a beer that will bring you that Christmas cheer year round, look no further than this New Glarus creation. As far as fruit beers go, the balance and complexity of this beer is second to none. So whether you are a beer veteran or new to the club, it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with Serendipity.

TheBiercast, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of nharres
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nharres, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of BSuter
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

BSuter, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours in a clear ruby red color.

The aroma hits exactly as expected. It punches with sweet and tart apple and then a punch of juicy cranberry, with a bit of funk.

The flavor has a tart apple in the front and then a sweet cranberry and slight cherry flavor on the end. It hits all notes. It drinks very well with the balance of tartness and sweetness.

There's a champagne like carbonation that rolls around.

It's a well done beer, but it is a bit too reminiscent of Martinelli's Apple Cider.

dar482, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

jerefreakinmiah, Oct 27, 2013
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.