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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,620 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 376
Gots: 390 | FT: 52
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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:
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet color with a bubbly head that leaves quite a lot of dots and dashes behind

Smell: Fruit jello aromatics, with cherry and apple dominant and cranberry underneath

Taste: Very sweet and fruity, up front, with the cherry flavors progressing into tart cranberry and finishing with sweet apple; some tartness develops in the aftertaste, along with a hint of cinnamon red hots that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; a touch puckery

Overall: There is a lot to like in the bold flavors of this beer, as well as the hint of tartness and red hot flavors; still, it is just so darn sweet that it truly becomes cloying and drinking more than a glass is a chore

Thanks, joshuaseresse, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 00:31:01 | More by brentk56
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stealth

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a few of these for $8.99 off the shelf - what a deal.

Ruby red pour with a head that vanishes quickly. Steady carbonation bubbles, and pretty much crystal clear.

The aroma is delicious. Apples and sweet fruit. No sour notes, or hints of sourness.

This beer is absolutely wonderful. First notes I get with each drink are from the apples, then it fades into the cranberries and cherries. Some tartness, not sour. Very, very drinkable. It tastes very much like Belgian Red with some Apple Ale (like others have said as well). I love the apple notes in this.

Very light on the palate, prickly carbonation, super drinkable.

I could drink this all day, and would have no problem slamming a bottle like it was water. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 20:12:21 | More by stealth
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archi348

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-12-2012 04:47:40 | More by archi348
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funkyaudio

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-12-2012 03:51:11 | More by funkyaudio
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BlackTuesday

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-12-2012 02:05:41 | More by BlackTuesday
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$9.99 from my local Pick 'n Save grocery store

A: brilliant rosy-red color, billowing light pink head, clear, head dissipated quickly
S: fruit and malt
T: cloying, cough syrupy sweet, pronounced fruitiness that is appealing but more on the order of a sweet soda, no funk or wildness although bottle states wild fermentation, no noticeable oak
M: rounded but cloying and too heavy from sweetness

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:11:04 | More by wisrarebeer
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Romulux

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-11-2012 15:44:21 | More by Romulux
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mdfb79

New York

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 11/08/12 notes. Picked up two bottles of this at the brewery last weekend as they were out of Belgian Red; wish I had bought more. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark ruby red color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks fantastic.

s - Smells of sweet and sour cherries, cranberries, apples, oak, dark fruits, and fruity malts. Loads of cherries up front, but the cranberries still come through a bit. A very nice mix of sweet dark fruits and lightly sour dark fruits, but definitely not very sour. Awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, sour cherries, tart dark fruits, cranberries, apples, fruity malts, oak, light tannic. Taste is just as awesome as the nose, and is slightly more tart than the nose. I like it a little bit better than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink beer,

o - Overall a fantastic new fruit beer from New Glarus; I don't like it quite as much as Belgian Red, but it is on par with Raspberry Tart in my opinion, having now had a lot of all three in the last week. I think the reviewer who said this seems like a blend of Belgian Red, Cranbic, and Apple Ale is spot on...tastes like 70% Belgian Red, 20% Cranbic, and 10% Apple Ale. It has a light tartness to it which I loved, though it wasn't so sour that my girlfriend who doesn't like sours couldn't drink it; in fact, she loved it. World class, worth seeking out if you like their fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 15:49:14 | More by mdfb79
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amangill

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-09-2012 00:54:58 | More by amangill
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-07-2012 23:02:56 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Glarus Flute Glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark red body with medium carbonation and effervescence. Poured about a finger length of head that resides to just blotches on top and leaves a nice sticky lacing on the sides after each sip.

Aroma: Right from the start you get a combination of sweet cherry, apple, and cranberry. I also get earthy pale and bread-like malts, oak tannins and vanilla from the oak, along with a slight sourness and a touch of “barnyard funk” character.

Taste: The ripe apple and cherry come through prominently along with a bit of cranberry and raspberry in-between. The sweet fruits are definitely showcased here and are dominant but aren’t overly-sweet or cloying in any way. The hops are very mild and rounded off in the sweetness but are noticeable in the middle and finish, and contribute with an herbal, floral character. The combination of barley and malt provide a nicely balanced backbone of bready and earthy grains. The tart fruit, wisp of sourness, slight funk, white oak and vanilla characters come through nicely and very smooth from the middle to the end and beyond. Serendipity is much more complex than any of the other fruit beers that I have had from NG and I really took my time just sipping on this picking out all of the flavors and multiple layers of this beer.

Mouth feel: Light bodied and drink-ability is high. I could drink this all day! Like all New Glarus Fruit ales, they are very drinkable and you can easily go through a bottle quickly. For a change, it is always very nice to have a low abv beer once in a while.

Overall: This is easily one of the best fruit beers that I’ve ever had and one of the finest that New Glarus has ever created! This is right at the top of the list with the Belgian Red and the Raspberry Tart. I really enjoyed the combination of sweet red fruit, oak, vanilla and the slight sour character the most in Serendipity. I highly recommend and suggest going out and getting this if you’re a fan of NG fruit ales and if you live in Wisconsin or live near the border.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 22:35:49 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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Litrecola

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-07-2012 21:21:26 | More by Litrecola
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-07-2012 03:18:57 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Trifecta1

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with my roommate on Election Night 2012.
Pours a clear black-cherry red with a small pink head. Smells like apples, cherries, and cranberry juice, in that order of strength. Smells sweet. Taste is great. Starts like a sweet cherry pie, then tart, sour crisp apples and cranberries and finishes with a slightly malty finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is acidic but not off-puttingly so. Clean, and refreshing. Will definitely buy another bottle or two before this beer disappears.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:33:49 | More by Trifecta1
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Auztan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-06-2012 17:57:37 | More by Auztan
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SCZ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-06-2012 01:50:23 | More by SCZ
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-05-2012 18:49:26 | More by DersOne
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pschul4

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-05-2012 15:42:33 | More by pschul4
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bauermj

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-05-2012 12:49:41 | More by bauermj
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Justin for sharing this at the 3rd annual chili showdown.
Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a dark reddish amber color with bright clarity and a frothy head that left a halo of sticky spotty lacing around the edges of the glass. Big fruity aroma of cherries and cranberries, possibly apple too. The fruit is obviously natural with a light tartness to it. Flavors of cherry are most noticeable at first, then the supporting notes of the apple and cranberry blend in afterwards. Also in the mix is a nicely dry wood tannin in the aftertaste that balances the sweet tart quality of the fruit forward notes it leads off with. It's light body is reminiscent of Cranbic a little bit, so is the moderate tartness with a slight sharpness to it. Overall it's very drinkable, worth trying if you enjoy New Glarus' fruit beers, though it's not far off from the existing range.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:44:39 | More by emerge077
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

11-05-2012 02:47:52 | More by NilocRellim
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-05-2012 02:46:35 | More by mothman
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Small trails and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice green apple aroma at first closely followed by cherries.

T- sweet and tart cherries followed by green apples and the cranberries are there at the finish.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Slight syrupy feel with perfect amount of carbonation makes this insanely drinkable.

O- another amazing fruit beer from NG. The fruits blend perfectly together to give mouthwatering flavors and a very nice aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:52:47 | More by kawilliams81
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-05-2012 00:34:05 | More by HoistinBrews
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-04-2012 15:23:33 | More by cosmonick
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.