Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 2,365
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lemke10 on 10-15-2012

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.
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Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, pschul4!

A dark amber and ruby with a moderately-sized khaki colored head. Leaves the glass fairly clean on the way down. Appealing and pretty fruit beer.

A big, expressive, fruity, and sweet aroma. It doesn't quite fall into the fruit syrup category, but this is definitely sweet and fruity. Big elements of cherry, cranberry, and a little apple mingle together nicely.

The flavor follows the aroma; the sweetness and fruit play together nicely. Again, cherries and cranberries are the big players here. Some apple as well. Very drinkable. Gulpable, even.

Near medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Almost juice like.

Very tasty, and not a big departure from New Glarus's other fruit beers. (747 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A darker brown color with some red running through it, almost no head on the beer, the flimsy bubbles that were produced quickly vanished into the summerscape.

Cool aroma that clearly gets all the fruit aspects across, was surprised how prevalent the cherry was. Apple and cranberry followed that up. Pleasant, tart.

Taste was like many of the 750 fruit beers from NG: Plenty of sweetness, but never sugary, tart, but nowhere near mouth puckering sourness. These are mild in the sour department, but they really do seem to be going for a balanced approach to all things fruit. Funny to think how good of a beer they can make by "accident". Cherry in the mouthfeel was still the dominant part of the profile.

I think I would like an even more sour, innoculated version of this beer. Crank it up f'ers.

Not better than the Belgian Red, but just as good if not better than Raspberry Tart. Plenty of unique points on this one. Plenty light on its feet at 4% abv. A great morning and hot weather beer. Plenty earthy too. Good for blowing minds when people think the only beer is BMC AAL's. (1,092 characters)

Photo of MitchellBeir
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I found this one on tap at Uber Tap Room in Milwaukee Wisconsin. They have it year round. For some reason Wisconsin Brewers seem to be afraid of brewing sour ales. Serendipidy is a rare exception.

Appearance: Amber plum color with a quickly receding white head. The foam maintains a minimal white ring around the sides of the glass throughout the entire 12 oz pour.

Smell: sweet and tangy smell. Cranberry, cherry, and apple notes dominate with a floral scent in the background

Taste. Very sweet and tart. Bold acidity and spiciness on the tongue. Cranberry, cherry, and apple flavors are present. The sourness compliments the syrupy mouthfeel (646 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not only did Raul do it, Raul is feeling it! Hanging in the high atmosphere in Mammoth Lakes, Raul is into this thang like a Kardashian on a NBA player. Luscious, delicious and delicate.

This bad sucker is something that Raul is doing and he won't have a problem doing it well again. (285 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL. Split

A: Prune colored with a ring of off white head.

N: Lots of cherry, raspberry, and apple. Very sugary sweet. Some grape juice. Smells like a cocktail, but it’s more complex than Raspberry Tart.

T: Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. There’s a touch of sourness about it.

M: Syrupy, sticky, but still light.

O: Think this is my favorite of their fruit beers. More complex and less sweet than raspberry tart. (431 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,260 characters)

Photo of tbdkev
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to faint red with moderate lacing. The aroma is downright unbelievable. As advertised, sour cherry jumps to the forefront, backed up by notes of apple and cranberry. The taste is follows suit, with pleasant balance sour cherry sweetness and tartness, along with apple and cranberry. There's also a nice, fruity, spicy heat that follows in the aftertaste. The profile follows well, and is probably best compared to ginger ale for its sharpness. It thankfully has a low ABV (4.0%), or else I'd likely wind up face down on a sidewalk somewhere. For anyone who claims to hate beer, I'd recommend this in order to convert. Great stuff. (649 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend. Pours a deep ruby red with off white two finger head. Huge bouquet of cranberry and cherry, sweet and tart smelling. Flavor is more cherry heavy with hints of the cranberry coming through. Very sweet, slight tart. More medicinal than I had hoped but not overwhelming. Lingering tart cranberry that grows on me while I go. Light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Cool beer, but not as good as Raspberry Tart. (441 characters)

Photo of DemoniChris
4.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - My, oh my. This is one of the best looking beers ever. Pours a clear reddish purple with a slightly tinted red head.

S - Pure bliss. Cherries, apples, cranberries are all apparent (and in large doses!). Tartness hits the nose mildly. Probably the best smell from any liquid I've ever had.

T - This is truly perfection. All of the nose comes through in the taste, only amplified. It is such an easy drink while still being incredibly complex. The cranberries are dominating while sour apples and cherries come through near the finish. Tartness comes through making you want to keep drinking it until it's gone.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty light on this one, and the carbonation is a little on the higher side, but it's not imbalanced in any way. The tartness really helps the beer out though, masking the alcohol and providing a more subtlety to the carbonation.

O - I knew this was going to be good; but not THIS good! I never knew a fruit beer could taste so damn complex, delicious and refreshing. Kudos to New Glarus for making the worlds finest fruit ales! (1,104 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark red with some brown in it. Good sized fluffy offwhite head. Good head retention. Only moderate little streaks of lacing.

S: Nice aroma. Sweet, ripe apples and cherries.

T: Sweet apples and cherries up front again. Really nice. Sweetness runs out and there's a sudden twang of tart fruits instead with the apples and cherries. Cranberries kick in for an extra tartness in the finish. Lingering cranberry juice in the aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for only 4%. Nice and smooth and clean too.

O: Awesome fruit beer. Not quite as good as the Raspberry and Cherry versions but it's a very close 3rd. Pretty amazing that one brewery can make the top 3 fruit beers. Magic touch I guess. Wonderful strong flavors from only 4% ABV too. Great fruit beer. (778 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle into a HF wine glass. Thanks Yamar68!

A - Pours a clear dark red body with a fingers worth of purple stained foam. Leaves behind a patchy cap and some solid lacing with a swirl. Looks very juice like but with an excellent head.

S - Tart cranberries, ripe apples, some cinnamon spice from the cherries, and that's it. Ripe, fresh, and juicy are all terms that come to mind. This might blur the line between beer and fruit juice, but who cares when it smells this great.

T - Pleasantly tart cranberries, ripe apples, and some cherries and spice on the finish. Just a touch of malts can be found here but otherwise this is like drinking a sparkling cran-apple juice. Mouth feel is medium bodies with low carbonation. I'm not sure if its detrimental or not but it does feel somewhat syrupy. That does make it a bit of a chore to drink solo but the flavor is so amazing that slowly sipping on it is somewhat welcomed.

O - New Glarus simply kills it with their fruit "beers". This happy accident ale certainly is a happy accident. Belgian Red really impressed me and making up for the lack of cherries with cranberries and apples is just genius. Just the right amounts of sweetness and tartness . (1,213 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a medium red color almost a rose wine color. A small cap of fizzy off-whitish tan head lingers briefly and leaves a small collar around the edges. Sparse lacing left on the glass.

S - Extremely fruity aromatics with multiple layers...tons of sweet cherry aroma in the forefront, not quite Luden's cherry cough drops, but close. Cranberries come on after that with their slightly tart and fruity aromas. Apples give a mild acidity and slightly cidery/winey aspect to it. Hints of vanilla and I think I'm imagining some white chocolate notes as well.

T - Flavor is dominated by the cherry and cranberry...fruitiness is very high here with the two combining nicely. Cherries are leader but blend so well with the cranberry. Fruity tartness is very nice - apples and cranberries combine well to create a crispness. Rather sweet beer overall - sugary, fruity and juicy.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation over a lightish body. Crisp, tart, sweet, juicy and refreshing. I think carbonation could be a bit higher - could use a bit more life/tingle to it. Sweetness and fruitiness really make this feel like a juice more than a beer.

O - Overall - very good fruit beer. So much fruity and juicy character, almost seems like an Ocean Spray juice blend more than a beer. Carbonation is light contributing to the juice character. Alcohol is not existent and doesn't even show its minimal 4% at all. Another outstanding fruit beer from New Glarus. (1,490 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Sheets of lacing is left behind down the glass.

One impressive fruit aroma. Can smell all the individual fruit components. Apples, cherries, and cranberries combine to create a wonderful appetizing smell. A bit of tartness underlies the fruit.

Fruit blitz to the palate. I pick up a little more apple than the other two with a welcoming tartness. Seems more tart than New Glarus other fruit beers which is pleasant. Mildly sweet which is kept in check by the tartness. All the fruit is complimented by a mild vanilla flavor.

Light bodied and not highly carbonated. Expected it to have a little more pep to the bubbles. Does feel smooth and even.

I would probably takes this over New Glarus more common fruit beers. Hard to believe this was an accident and not a well thought out and planned beer. Sublimely executed nonetheless and all in a low ABV package. (962 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared with friends at NEBCO. Big thanks to Roger for this.

A: Clear garnet body with a finger of fine, faint ochre head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Lovely color, acceptable carbonation for the style.

S: Purely fruity, with ripe apple, tart cranberry, and sweet grape. Moderate acidity. Enchanting.

T: Sweet apple and grape up front, with tarter cranberry filling in behind. Crisp, bitter green apple aftertaste. As it warms, the sweetness starts to overwhelm the tartness a bit, giving it a distinct candied character - kind of like grape Laffy Taffy. Now, I love grape Laffy Taffy, but once I had that impression in my mind it was difficult to enjoy the beer as a beer. Still, it was delicious.

M: Creamy medium body. Luscious.

O: Excellent beer, but probably my least favorite of the three New Glarus 750s. It's not really any sweeter than Belgian Red, but that beer's sweetness just tastes like fresh-baked cherry pie; this had a more artificial candy thing going on, and as much as I enjoyed it I just couldn't get past that aspect. If I get the chance to have this again, I'll jump at it, but my fingers are absolutely crossed that there's a better cherry harvest in Door County this year.

Cheers! (1,216 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Glarus flute

Came in trade from TClang - thanks!

Nice amberish color with a minimal head. Some lacing.

Lots of apples. Some berry essence.

Very upfront apply goodness. Can taste the berries as well, but the apples are the majority. Nice sour flavor. Vinegary.

Heavy carbonation, but tolerable with this style

Good stuff! I prefer Raspberry Tart, though (377 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serendipity Accidental Fruit Ale, New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI.

Clear, dark ruby red coloring, no head to speak of.

Aroma: sharp, tart, and fruity. Cherries and cranberries, with apple way behind, if perceptible at all.

Taste: Bracing, puckering tartness slaps the palate, with juicy fruit behind. Sour, lactic acid returns with each new sip. Body is medium/light. Maybe an itty-bit lighter than I like, but not moreso than the best Belgian lambics out there. Sour fruit flavor is eternal.

Nice one, this. Let's take a moment to read the label description: "Sever 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' 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!"

Oh, yeah, sparkles and dances, that's what I meant to say…Yeah, lots of sparkling and dancing. I don't go in for the poetry when it comes to New Glarus brews, because I know they've probably already beat me to it.

Apples are coming through in the flavor, but are still smothered by the louder, and sourer berries inside. Deliciousness, indeed. (1,451 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours garnet with a finger of cream colored head with largish bubbles as the mass recedes. Good retention and solid lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Like smelling a basket of fruit. Apple juice, red cherry popsicle.

T: Fruit forward, jammy, with mild tartness on the backend. Apple is probably most noticeable followed by cherry and a hint of raspberry. Fruit flavor sticks to the mouth. Mild to moderate sweetness that stays in balance with the tart flavor.

M: Medium-full body, slightly syrupy. Lightly carbed.

O: I like this better than Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, but which seem overly sweet and one dimensional. It has the aspect of a fruited cider, which is interesting. But the drinkability is still limited by the sweet jammy-ness. This is best had in small doses. (795 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper red with good clarity and good general appearance. Aroma is strong on apples and cherries... can't really comment on other aspects. Tastes very tart but the apples sure are noticeable. Cranberries are tart and there's ample dose of cherry at the end. Mouthfeel is medium with full carbonation and the finish is clean but with a lasting tartness. If this is oak aged, then the oak is present only in the tannins, but I am not sure. Overall it's a very good fruit beer but the label hints that it should be an American Wild Ale. (533 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Came with a quarter inch head which dissipated quickly. Little lacings around the glass. Beer had a strong fruity aroma, I smelled both cranberries and apples. Very tart. It appeared dark red, kind of like cranberry juice with the exception that it had moderate froth and lacings.

The taste was very tart - like cranberry cocktail juice and yet very sweet. I noted highlights of different fruits as I tasted it - for certain there were cranberries and apples. While it was fruity, it had a nice malty background which is a reminder to me that it's a beer, not juice nor fruity wine. It's a 1 pint and 9 fluid oz. bottle, yet very drinkable and I did not share this (there wasn't anyone to share with anyway). A relaxing beer to enjoy both during the day (it's only 4% ABV) and in the evening hours. Enjoy! (828 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely, sparkling clear red color with a small but moderately durable red-tan head that left the glass nicely coated when tipped.

Has a very fruity aroma; tart. Appealing yet it didn't prepare me for the magnificent taste. The flavor is loaded with mixed fruit, with both cranberries and cherries evident. Perfect TART/sweet balance. Serendipity indeed.

The medium-light body is quietly lively yet creamy smooth.

O: as good as any fruit beer I've ever had, including the finest Belgian lambics. (510 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly a variety of sweet fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice fruity presence that makes it super drinkable. (558 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jegross2 for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750mL waxed bottle into a 7venth Sun snifter glass.

A: Clear dark red, with a great amount of visible carbonation and a thin off-white head.

S: Ummm...like fruit juice. Almost like cranapple, but sweeter and yet tarter. Maybe some honey floweriness as well.

T: Follows the nose. Definitely tart but only a bit puckering. Cranberry first, then apple with hints of tart cherry. Tartness follows you into the hang.

M: Light bubbly body, low alcohol presence.

O: Really tasty. Wouldn't be a beer that I would choose to drink every day, but at the right time and the right situation this is perfect. (668 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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! (910 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled the time it was bottled.

Pours a browned pink with a fleeting dusty rose cap. Smells of apples, cherries, oak and some lactic acid. Taste is cranberry well balanced with apples and cherries. The beer leans toward the tart side of things and helps the flavor profiles balance out like a well blended wine. There is a medium on lightly cloying body with moderate carb and a semi dry finish that makes me want the beer ice cold and in gulping portions on a early summer morning. Really a refreshing beer I believe to be an absolutely fantastic deviation from the normal New Glarus beers. (593 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to crushedvol and KWMiles for a bottle of this brew...

A: Pours a deep murky red with about a half finger of off-white colored head. The foam settles quickly, and there is a small amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big apple, with a good helping of cherries. It says this beer is made with cranberries, but I can't specifically pull this scent out from the nose. There is also that familiar New Glarus twang to it.

T: The beer starts out sweet with a generous helping of apples, a good amount of tart cranberry, and some solid cherry notes. Although I couldn't pull out the cranberries in the nose, they are pretty evident in the taste. The New Glarus house yeast is there, and I get a touch of vanilla on the back end.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and coating, a bit sticky, and the flavors linger on the palate for a while after the beer has moved off the palate.

O: Excellent fruit beer. I think this is the best one that New Glarus has made. It's like a mix of the apple ale, the cranbic, and the Belgian Red. All three flavors work together quite nicely. Apple is the dominate flavor, but they all play off one another. Would love to drink more of this on the regular. (1,223 characters)

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.