Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,326
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 479
Gots: 568 | FT: 82
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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 brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red, two finger bone head. Smell is loaded with cranberry, cherry, and Apple of corse. Tastes of the same fruit, but also honey, and fairly sweet as expected. There is little carbonation and the texture is not thin. Overall this is very well done, loaded with fruit flavor and not super complex, just Really delicious. The best part about this beer is how it's not overly sweet, and not syrupy.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed amber color with a bit of a garnet hue when held to light. A foamy two finger head rises up in the glass immediately and shows decent retention.

S: As soon as it's poured, the room starts to fill with sweet red apple and cherry notes. Very sweet, but not sickeningly so. Tons of juicy red apple, syrup soaked cherry and bright cranberry with just a hint of oak and vanilla underneath. Smells incredible.

T: Very similar to the smell. Which is a really good thing. There's just so much fruit juice packed into this thing, it's incredible. Tons of apple cider with a lot of juicy red cherry and cranberry juice cocktail thrown in for good measure. A hint of ripe pear, fruit leather and red apple skin on the finish. Just enough carbonation to break up the sweetness, though it could maybe do with just a touch more. This is the most fruit I've ever tasted in a beer. I really love this stuff.

Photo of stewart124
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours ruby red with orange hues. Foamy head that doesn't last long.

Nose has as much fruit as you would expect with a label like this.

Initial taste is slightly tart, crisp with a bit of syrup left on the palate. Hard to discern what fruit is exactly coming through but it really is a treat. Perfect for after dinner. Bits of cranberry and apple do come through as you drink this. Some dryness but thicker overall in mouthfeel. As I mentioned this comes through a bit syrupy and sweet.
The carbonation cuts through some of this sweetness.

Overall a very nice sour ale I was lucky to try.

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Nice big creamy foamy 1 finger head adds nice rich lacing, cranberry chestnut color hazy.

Nose apple cherry juice, nice fresh mildly tart apple juice, with fresh cherry note, mild cranberry juice, pretty big sweetness on the nose, hope the taste isn't too sweet, and little tart apple flesh, hint skin, very faint vanilla oak note.

Taste start semi sweet but not too much, big acidic bite but just a little tartness, lactic acid like without sourness, nice fruit juice again, tart apple and fresh cherry again, and nice cranberry, mild skin like bitter note, little flemmy in the finish, little sweet too with more acidic bite, tons of fresh apple juice and cherry. Also a touch of vanilla oak

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy and sticky, nice acidic bite, decent carb.

Overall awesome, nice balance of sweetness and fruity juice with acid, nice sweetness to balance all the fruit juice without getting too sweet like some of hte other New Glarus beers, good apply cherry and cranberry fruits, faintest hint of oak that I kinda wish was a bit more.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep reddish color ale with a nice thick foamy head with OK retention and some minor lacing. Aroma of cherry and sweet apple pie is out of this world and pretty closed to being perfect. Taste is also dominated by sweet apple pie notes with some sweet cherry notes and light malt presence. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very easy to drink and almost veered into juice category but in a really good way.

Photo of chancy14
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber bought at the brewery in July 2013, though I had tried it already in a sampler glass at the brewery. It sat in my fridge for several months waiting for a special occasion. I opened it back in February after a successful day of house cleaning, which should not have been a special occasion but was, as I am a slob. From memory:

A: This beer is gorgeous. The initial pour is a deep, clear red that looks like some sort of jewel. (A garnet? I don't know from jewels.) The final pour contains a bit of sediment, making it look slightly more brown and a bit less striking, but let's not pick nits. The head doesn't last very long, but that makes sense given that it's almost more like fruit soda than beer (in a good way!).

S: A surprisingly mild smell, given the taste explosion that follows. But you can clearly smell the apples and cherries. Odd that I don't really pick up on the cranberries, but I have basically permanent allergies, so that could be the problem. No hop aroma whatsoever, and not much malt.

T: The initial impression is of sour cherries, but the apples assert themselves presently and the cranberries make their appearance an instant later. There is a suggestion of malt backbone to make you remember you're drinking beer, but the primary flavors are the sweet, tart fruits on the label. Absolutely awesome! I had no idea you could do this with beer.

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, and refreshing, again almost like a soda, making this beer quite drinkable despite its intensity.

Overall: A really excellent beer. I wish I lived closer to the Wisconsin border so I could pick this up again.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours a clear sunny red color, bubbly fizzy head of about one inch fades quickly, small little dots of lacing on the glass.

Incredibly fruity fresh aroma- the fruits all mix well together, but cranberry and cherry are the most notable.

The taste is similarly vibrant. Cranberry, cherry, and apple (again, not as noticeable as the others, probably because of their more tart characters), all smack you across the face, nicely. There is a mild, but very welcome, sour twang at the end of each sip that keeps the sometimes cloying sweetness in check. The beer is quite sweet, unbelievably so, actually, so drinking large amounts isn't easy.

Medium bodied, crisp juicy mouthfeel. Drinkable for the first 4 oz or so, then gets to be a cloying chore, a little bit.

Incredible that this is actually beer- I don't taste any malts or hops, just the giant basket of fruit that went into each bottle.

Photo of BWED
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Amber, red highlighting. Delicate faint tan head. Retention is okay. Tiny speckles of lacing and there is a slight haze in the body.

S- Cherry and cranberry. I can smell the tartness.

T- Cherry and apple come through in flavor. Cranberry finish. Very faint malt background.

M- Bubbly juicy and a little tart. Light and fruity. Refreshing.

O- Really tasty. Shys away from the malt and hops, but delivers a nice lambic quality.

Photo of rjm0715
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured into a Tree House tulip.

A- Pours a nice red color with shades of pink two finger head that quickly fades to almost nothing.

S- The aroma of apples, cherries and cranberries is highly intoxicating and borderline criminal.

T- Taste is just like the nose with a beautiful blend of all three fruits stimulating your nostrils.

M- Mouthful is lightly effervescent and delectable.

O- Overal I really enjoy this beer and cant wait to have it again.

Photo of rudzud
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark dark brownish ruby red hue with a fat thumb width light tan head that fades to a thin light blanket.

S - Aromas of apples, cherries, and cranberries. This smells like someone took Wisconsin Red, Apple Ale, and Cranbic and blended them all together. Light vanilla oak notes. Very pleasant aroma with cherry being the dominant aroma.

T - Taste is just like the nose in that is is a nice blend of all three fruits. Bright fresh cherries, lightly tart, with very nice apple cider notes. The cranberry is there in the background, quite dry. Not as sugary sweet as the typical New Glarus fruit beer. The blending is quite quite nice with some nice light oaky vanilla to round things out.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, like a sparkling juice.

O - Overall I really, really enjoyed this beer. Not overly sweet, no cloy aspects. Basically drinks like a glass of cherry apple juice with some cranberry. Insanely tasty.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a Belgian tulip.

A- Two-finger thick head, cream- colored and frothy, it reminds me of how a cider would look as I pour it. The color is reddish brown but opaque and there is steady carbonation present.

S- This has an intense aroma that hits me from the moment the bottle is cracked. Cherry and apple blast my nose, as does a cider aroma. There's something candy-like to the aroma too, plus fermented fruit and sour mash. Then I realize there's a similarity to Starburst with this brew.

T- Taste is like the nose suggested. It's tart, cidery, candy-like with a good blend of apple, cherry and some dry cranberry flavors that I didn't immediately pick up on. There's some cherry peel in there, and I'm talking like real fruit stand and not some artificial flavor.

M- As I mentioned above, this brew is slightly dry, cider-like, semi-tart, but still somewhat like drinking juice. I found it to be a bit sweeter than I like, not completely cloying but still a bit much.

In the end, a good treat and very memorable, although it doesn't quite qualify as a must-have beer for me.

Photo of JD_Bogerdy
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: brownish with a slight red hue. Mocha head that dissipates quickly. Not what I was expecting at all.

S: ripe tart cranberries dominate, followed by apple. This smells incredible!

T: Follows the nose. Cranberries come on strong up front followed by a slight apple acidity. The cherries come on much more as it warms. Mild tartness which balances the sweetness well. A little more tartness would probably suit it well, but I'm not complaining. Delicious!

M: perfect amount of carbonation for the style. No complaints on mouthfeel.

O: this beer is fantastic. A little more tartness or a little less sweet and it would be near perfect. One of the best fruit beers I've had. Recommended.

Photo of JerUrbans
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clear, see through amber color with thin light tan head. Beer is setting on the table about a foot away and I can smell apple cider, and a closer smell also reveals the cherries. One word, WOW!! This is so good! Flavors of the fruit blend so well together. Sweetness form the apples and a sour punch from the cherries and cranberries. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated with some puckering.

Overall, what a fabulous beer, this not my typical style but I will be drinking more of this. Everyone needs to try this gem.

Photo of elNopalero
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a ruddy rust-amber with thin foam. There’s an aroma of dark cherries, lot of sour cherry preserve and a black cherry note, with a touch of apple juice. Oh, and cranberries!

Tastes crisp and crisply tart, cherries and apples and the Great Lakes at the tail end of summer. Love love loved it.

Photo of rjp217
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle, no date found, into my tulip glass...

A - Dark red, half finger head that dissipates quickly, no lace to be had

S - Green apples, cherries, cranberries, strawberries

T - Green apples, cherries, cranberries, strawberries

M - Medium to full feel, carbonation

O - This is an insane concoction that I am falling in love with. An absolute fruit medley bomb that goes together so well. New Glarus crushes these fruit ales and I am in love.

Photo of JayCheG
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep red with a light head that quickly dissipates
S: Sour apple, cherry with a hint of cranberry and vanilla
T: Sour apples up front that fades through cranberry and ends in the cherry tartness.
M: Fairly light and easy to drink
O: Very much enjoyed this beer. A lot of different flavors throughout. Just the type of complexity I like to taste in beers.

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

Aroma here is quite fruity as you'd expect, and mostly tart. Notes of tart black cherries are there....I percept the cranberries as well. There's also a strong dark fruit component, perhaps plum??

Pours bloody red in my glass....head is fair, though fleeting.

And the taste. Ah....a good one. Sweet cherries are upfront, quite delicious...the apple component is slightly noted as well, though minor and fleeting. It seems to be overshadowed. There's also a certain note of caramel present that peeks through. The cranberries and their tart offering to this beer come after that, with a bit of a tannic note....wrapping it up on a somewhat sour note.

Tasty and a lot more complex than their other awesome fruit beers. That's for sure.

Photo of scottfrie
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into LA teku glass. Thanks Matt!

A: Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a thick, fluffy, light tan head that took forever to fade into a bubbly collar spotty lace.
S: A super sweet bouquet of sugary red grape, pear, apple, cranberry and cherry juice. Musty and lighty tart, but mostly sweet.
T: Sweet and fruity but I get a hint of caramel and musky damp oak barrel. Light tartness in the finish, very mild sourness. Cranberry tartness, cherry sweetness, and juicy apple blend well with oak must and drying tannins. Sweet finish, apple aftertaste.
M: Cloyingly sweet and sugary with a sharp syrupy mouthfeel, soft and fluffy carb, and a thick and syrupy body. Starts to hurt the back of my throat after a while.
O: Ultra sweet to the point that it got a bit too much to drink after a while. Greats flavors though. Could be drier. Extremely rich.

Photo of BeerXKing
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of fresh cherry and other berries and ale, consisting mainly of sweet fruit and malt characters, surprisingly, not to sweet as the nose makes you think it will be.the fruit really shine in the aroma and in the mouthful.
the taste was not overly dry. Light bodied, not over carbonated, finishes was a little sweeter then tartness.

Overall a must try beer

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed mahogany with a thin wispy head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of fresh tart apples dipped in caramel with pie crust. Fresh tart fruitiness of apples mixed with cranberries and cherries.

The taste of fresh tart apples, cranberries and cherries is support by sweet caramel. The sour fruitiness dries the mouth in a refreshing way.

It is creamy and smooth.

This is a very well-made fruit beer with a sourness that is pleasant. The fruits taste very real and fresh. A solid malt backing gives balance and support. Very enjoyable! Far above the typical American fruit beer.

Photo of AltBock
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml green bottle that was wax sealed with a dark purple almost black wax. It's a very thin wax. The bottle only has one big giant label. The label has a stencil like drawing of a creepy tree with a giant apple on top, two cherries to the left, and 3 cranberries to the right. Directly below the tree are the words "Happy Accident Fruit Ale." Flanking the drawing is all the mandatory US info and a lengthy description of the beer. Not sure of the year. There's a weird notch system on the side. I'm not sure what that means.

When poured into a J. Wakefield Snifter, this "Happy Accident" was a weird pale mahogany brown with quite a few ruby highlights. I found the color of the beer hard to describe. It was the same story with the head of foam. The head of foam was a faint white with traces of pink in it. This white pinkish head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height. It had acceptable retention that left behind a good sized string of foamy white pinkish rings and a few clingy steaks of lace.

What an aroma! Popping the cap unleashed a strong fruity aroma. I could tell that it was time for this beer to be opened. It was sweet fruity aroma that contained an insane amount of tart apples, cranberries, and cherries. I think I even found some red raspberries in here as well. The funkiness was very minimal. The aroma was all about the fruits and nothing else.

Now this is the point where you get to taste all of those sour juicy fruits that were so strong in the aroma. For some reason, I was having apple cider flashbacks while I was drinking this. It must have been all of the tangy and sour fruits that gave me these flashbacks. The taste was tangy and lightly sour with apples, cranberries, cherries, red raspberries, and even a tiny trace of blackberries. As for funkiness, that was minimal too. Like the aroma, the taste was all about the delicious tangy and sour fruits.

This was a light and fruity beer with a good amount of carbonation and a long lasting aftertaste of sour and tangy apples, cranberries, cherries, and red raspberries. The fruits came in strong and they wanted you know that they weren't leaving anytime soon.

IMO, New Glarus makes the best fruit beers. I've never had a bad one or even a mediocre one from them. Would I drink it again? I sure would! It's probably a good thing that I don't live in WI because is be drinking their fruit beers all the time.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a fairly clear pinkish amber color with a with a huge bubbly pink tinged head that persists forever. The aroma is sweet tart and fruity. Tart and sweet cherries with bits of brown sugar and a touch of apple cider and tart berries with a hint of vanilla and oak. The flavor is quite sweet but the tart and fruitiness from the berries and apples counter that nicely. Very subtle woody vanilla flavors round this one out nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet light syrupy mouthfeel. Nice brew, I would have really liked a bit more tartness, but I still had no problem enjoying this one.

Photo of Jonada
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with no freshness date. Obtained in a recent trade. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours red/brown in color with 2 fingers of a light tan head that dissipates to thin foam coating and thick collar. Leaves a good amount of spotty lacing. Body is lightly hazy but still relatively clear.

Smell: Tons of fruit aromas. Apple, sweet cherries, honey, hint of mellon and a light tartness, which I'm guessing is the cranberries.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Huge fruit character, apple juice, maraschino cherries, red apple skin. There's a slight cranberry character in the aftertaste, but you have to reach to find it. The beer is mostly sweet on the palate, but is balanced just enough with a slight tartness and very light sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium lively carbonation. No alcohol whatsoever.

Overall: Easily the best straight up fruit beer I've ever had. Not super complex, but it's not supposed to be. The beer is a canvas with which to showcase the fruit and it does it almost perfectly. This is definitely worth seeking out. If it was available in my area, it would be the perfect beer to stock up on and drink during the summer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Through a drought brought us salvation, in the form of Serendipity, a fruit ale that pours a deep ruby red. Pinkish head forms and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of fruit juice and ale, consisting mainly of sweet dough, fresh apples, berry and cherry. Not surprisingly, the key ingredients in this brew really shine in the aroma. Quite an appetizing bouquet.

In the taste, waves of cherry, cider, berries and beer. Some caramel, honey, and raspberry. Just a soft oak and not overly dry. Light bodied, well carbonated, finishes with a fair tartness.

Overall, freaking great. A fruit ale with complexity. Very tasty.

Photo of garymuchow
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,326 ratings.