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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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world-class

1,828 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 406
Gots: 426 | 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 Bitterbill
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%

Thanks go out to Ri0 for this bottle!

A- A dark red colour, big head of foam that shrinks down quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- As soon as I popped the cap, the aromas literally permeated the area around me. Big green apples and sweet cherries every darn where...ooh..I am SO digging it. I could almost hover my nose over the glass for hours but...it's time to take a sip or 2, eh?

T- Oh my! The apples and cherries are there as expected but better executed than even I expected(not my first venture into NG Fruit/Vegetable beers) and then I'm hit with a mild cranberry tartness. Whoah, Nellie, this brew kills it!

M- Medium bodied, carbonation light until near/at/after the swallow where it perks up a bit. MF, like everything else screams nectar of the gods.

O- From my past track record for NG brews, I had high expectations. Those expectations were exceeded! Marvelous true Session beer!

Bitterbill, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

JamieDuncan, Saturday at 04:22 PM
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Russian River "tion" stem.

A: Pours a beautiful crimson hue with a finger's worth of off-white head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the edges. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

S: Red fruits and spiced apple up front, with a soft caramel tinge lingering in the background.

T: Tart cranberry is prominent at first, while the cherries take a close back seat. Apple shows up on the mid-palate. A beautiful blend of all three fruits settles in near the back, with a tart, long-lasting finish.

Notes: This light to moderate-bodied brew has a tart, but not overly dry mouthfeel. Serendipity is a fruit beer with very few flaws, as with most of the offerings from New Glarus. This brew is stunning, and I will certainly be seeking out more bottles. Cheers to the brewery for this fine effort!

WYVYRN527, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of TargaFlorio
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 750 ml wax capped bottle into 16 oz tulip glass

A: Pours a cranberry red with a decent white head. A small amount of lacing lingers.

S: Really pleasant aroma. Getting a lot of fantastic apple and cherry smells. New Glarus produces such wonderful smelling beers. (oh, and they taste great too).

T: Simply fantastic. I have to keep reminding myself this is a beer because all of the usual flavors associated with so many different styles of beer are missing. Just as with the nose, lots of apple and cherry working here. It tastes even better as the beer warms with a more tart dynamic working. As with most beers, make sure you don't drink it too cold.

M: A nice balance of sweetness and tart. A perfect carbonation level.

O: I really love this beer. Such a wonderful, unique flavor for a beer, and it gets even better and more juicy as it warms. My only complaint is the same one that people in 49 states have, that its only available in Wisconsin.

TargaFlorio, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of CraftFan5
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

CraftFan5, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%

Drank from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz. wax dipped bottle
Acquired in a trade with surge1311
Served in a wine glass

Slightly hazed, crimson-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a frothy, one finger, light tan head that slowly dissipated to a bubbly mass. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was ridiculously fruity and sweet. Apple notes dominated. Super cider-like with an interesting fermented apple funkiness. Tons of sweet cherry notes came through as well. A dry, powdery yeastiness attempted to reign in the sweetness but failed. Subtle oaky notes were detectible as well.

The flavor profile was just as fruity and as intense as the nose. Tart apples dominated. Very cider-like. Super sweet overall with rich, brown sugar-like notes. Ripe cherries and tart raspberries were also quite apparent. Some light oakiness. The finish was both sweet and tart.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth, creamy and supple with a light, moderate effervescence.

The folks at New Glarus are masters at making fruit beers, and this offering is no exception. Although some might be put off by this beer's sweetness and seemingly lack of "beer-like" qualities, I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to see what other "accidents" happen in the future.

Damian, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%

This is so good. All three fruits distinct yet blended so wonderfully. And add soft wood, vanilla and wild fermentation. My goodness is that nice.
Nice tan head that gets more dense as it settles. Orange and red amber in a mostly clear body.
The flavor is just as wonderful as the aroma. Again the taste of all three fruits is apparent with the cranberry and apple more forefront, but the cherries in there too. And the flavor of all three doesn't necessarily match the aroma, it is distinct and wonderful. Nice very well balanced tartness. Less apparent wood and vanilla.
Prickly and tingly and soft and sweet and smooth and light and just all around goodness.
Some have not liked this as much as the cherry or raspberry versions. This is every bit as good if not better. A wonderful beer.

garymuchow, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%

2012 vintage, bottled served in a flute

Clear pink rose with bubbly pink 1 finger head with moderate retention and nice fluffy lacing.

Aroma is straight from Eden, crisp apples, yeasty bread, tart cherries. Dont detect the cranberries on the nose. Tastes similar to the Belgian red but fantastic depth and complexity is added with the tart apples and cranberries with great oaky notes and touches of vanilla.

I'm so glad the harvest was short on cherries because this beer is the best fruit beer so far for me. I got 3 bottles and I forced myself to hide the other two as they are just too tempting right now. Easily one of my favorite beer experiences as well. New glarus has a great thing going.

williamjbauer, Jan 02, 2013
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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,828 ratings.