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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,923 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,923
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 414
Gots: 445 | FT: 57
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jrallen34, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Morey, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of emyers
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson color with a one inch white head.

Smell: Strong, strong cherry and cranberry aroma. Apples come in next but not quite as strong as the other fruits. Definitely hints at a nice tartness in the nose. I'm actually getting some cinnamon spice, but I'm fairly certain that wasn't added.

Taste: I don't know how New Glarus consistently nails fruit beers, but this is another prime example. In contrast with the smell, the apples are very strong here along with the cherry and cranberry. Tartness comes in midway through the sip and sticks around through the finish. It's a very pleasant tartness, and its role is more to balance out what would be a very intense sweetness from all the fruit as opposed to making the beer overly sour. The sweetness does become a little much after a bit, and there are slight hints of cherry cough syrup, but they are very fleeting and ultimately don't affect my overall opinion of the beer all that much.

Mouthfeel: There's actually a fairly thick feel to this, probably due to the sweetness. Light carbonation gives a nice fine fizz to it as it goes down.

Overall: New Glarus seems to have some sort of secret to making fruit beers that no one else knows. Really not a style I usually enjoy, but I've loved all of New Glarus's offerings. This one is right up there with Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. It does get a little overwhelming after a while - I wouldn't want to drink a whole 750, but splitting a bottle is perfect

emyers, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1745th Review on BA
Bottle NG Pilsner Glass
750ml

Purchased @Woodman’s, Kenosha, WI for 8.99
Thanks to KevanB for the glass

App- A crimson red with almost no head at all. Maybe a 1/2" of bubbles. Very still with a juice like appearance. No cling or lace.

Smell- Cherries, Apples and Cranberries. Exactly what the label says. Maybe intermixed with some wheat. It's a cherry beer, mixed with some other fruits. Smells awesome. Little bit of tart to it as well.

Taste- So I was actually really surprised by this one. It was really like the combination of both of the other fruit beers and then add it the apple/cranberries. It had a semi good balance of all the flavors and a little bit of oak behind it. Semi cough syrup like consistency of flavors as well.

Mouth- A light/medium body with a nice medium carbonation level to it. Tart cherry wheat aftertaste. With a bit of oak and cranberry. As mentioned in the taste, it was a bit like cough syrup.

Drink- For something so different this was a great tasting beer. A good amount of balanced fruits and then some oak behind it. Not sure belongs in Top 250. But I drove to freaking WI to get it.

FosterJM, Feb 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

cofeeguru, Feb 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

elcrawl, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

DarthGuitarHero, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

oldvines, Feb 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

caguiar, Feb 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sean615, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

ejimhof, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

kjkinsey, Feb 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

bravefan44, Feb 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

runner440, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

NSK79, Feb 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

baerb69, Feb 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Retail1LO, Feb 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

ScottO, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a deep brown color with a reddish hint. A slight white head topped the glass with noticeably big bubbles most noticeable at the sides of the glass. In the aroma, one detects the sharp fruits notes, particularly the berries. In the initial taste, one gets the sour of cranberry and cherries, apple on a lighter scale, and an impressive woodiness. Hidden are notes of caramel, honey, and clove. The apple becomes more apparent toward the back of the taste. The sourness lingers, dancing on the tongue several minutes after the swallow. In the aftertaste, the sour fruits fade leaving the oak expose to your taste buds. The thick texture allows the taste to linger a great while.

Between this beer, Raspberry Tart, and Belgian Red, I think this is my new favorite. The carbonation is not as strong as Belgian Red, and the sour note as not as overwhelming as Raspberry Tart. I really hope Serendipity sticks around for a while.

JohnnyHopps, Feb 16, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a cervoise. The brew pours a clear ruby tinted to copper color with just shy of 3 fingers of tan froth. The cap collapses leaving some sudsy lace sticking in patches and stringy fingers on the glass. A swirl revives a pretty solid finger of silk that fades slowly.

The aroma of this is fresh and fruity with a solid amount of tart indication also emitting from the glass. The cherry quality leads the way in the nose with a slightly medicinal aspect almost like cherry luden cough drops. There is a bit of a dusty or dirty quality also found in the nose that lends an earthen sort of feel all across the middle. That dusty aspect gives this a real natural essence. As the brew warms up, more of a focus switches to the apple character.

The flavor upfront is tart with a character of unripened cherries blended with cranberry. Across the middle is some apple or pear skin character that almost wants to take this brew off in a direction of cider but not quite. The tartness blended with residual sugar makes for almost a medicinal feel to this brew that mildly burns the back of the throat. While this is a pretty juicy fruit beer, there are trace moments of herbal hops coming through that let you know this is still beer. The warmer the brew gets in my glass, the more the apple starts to come through that was initially masked a bit.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very easy drinking with the alcohol seemingly nonexistent. My only gripe is the medicinal aspect that pokes out at times but overall this is pretty good. You get everything as advertised in this: cherry, cranberry and apple in equal parts. I am impressed but this isnt something I would drink regularly.

stakem, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

largadeer, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

robbyc1, Feb 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

FievelGoesWest, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

BadgerRedAl, Feb 12, 2013
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,923 ratings.