Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 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 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 Presbadarious
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely delicious fruit beer.

Photo of mooselvlt
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear, maroon-hued color with a pinkish foamy head which dissipates rather quickly. Nice pink lacing resides as you drink it on down.

S - Ahh the nose! Tart, fruity fragrance abounds. Apple, berries, cherries. Its really amzaing.

T - Wow! It hits you with crisp apple flavor at the front then finishes with a snap of the tart berries and cherries. You know, that feeling of tartness that makes you want to pucker but its not quite that overpowering? Its just about perfect.

M - Light, crisp, tangy, ample carbonation. Like I said, for the almost sour tartness, it finishes incredibly smooth.

O - Just a wonderful treat. You can bet I will be visiting this one again while it is around. And I'm not a fruit beer fan but this is really great.

Photo of phishsihq
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clean and clear ruby color, and it is capped by a thin, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lace. A big fruit-cocktail of a nose features apple and cherry prominently, with hints of cranberry dancing between sweet and sour whiffs. Amazing nose! The palate receives much of the same treatment, with flavors of sweet and sour cherries, tart dark fruit, cranberries, apple, and a touch of oak creating a wonderfully refreshing and tart flavor experience. Silky in the mouth, Serendipity is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Happy accident indeed!

Photo of Onenote81
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for sending a couple bottles of this my way! One for now, one for Thanksgiving dinner. Bottle split and shared with a friend. Poured into a small wine glass.

Pours a dark tawny-tinted red with a pinkish head on top. The nose, the nose, my kingdom for the nose! Cherry jolly ranchers. Need I say more? Such a fruity and tart aroma, I can't think of a better way to describe it. Nothing really stands out much different than the BR or RT, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Effervescent bubbles give this beer life! Crisp and bubbly - fits this beer to perfection. Big flavors of cherries and apples. The cranberries really show up on this finish as this tarts up quite nicely. This sets itself apart from the other fruity mainstays from these guys. It's sweet, no doubt, some would say too sweet. But the tartness comes through at the right moment, giving a nice kick to the back end. I think I'd be able to get through a bottle of this one my own, but I find it is the perfect beer to share. Sweet. Tart. Tasty. Thank you, Dan. You work quite the magic with some fruit.

Photo of pakman08
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

absolutely amazing fruit ale. Cherries come through perfectly and up front both on the nose and taste. Impossibly light and effervescent, this ale is a wonerful start or finisher to an evening. Slightly sour and tart finish that lingers cleanly for a bit. REAL cherry soda comes to mind. Must try, fan of fruit ales or no.

Photo of MIbeer27
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

The bottle pours with a white, one finger head that slowly dissipates. Color is a deep ruby red.

Aroma starts off with a massive hit of cranberry and (to a slightly lesser extent) apple. I get a slight hint of oak and tartness as well.

Taste starts off with a mouth-coating, juicy cranberry and apple mix. Sweetness and tartness show up in the middle in a perfect balance, briefly cleansing the palate. Slight sweetness from the fruit lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel gives that balance of slightly puckering tartness and sweetness, with the sweetness eventually winning out. Carbonation is medium, complementing the beer well.

Overall, this beer is a world class fruit beer. It gives you that juicy, tart fruit without overdoing the overly-sweet aspects that most fruit beers fall victim to. New Glarus has wowed me again and I actually prefer this to the Raspberry Tart. Cheers!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear deep copper with some solid dark reds and Brown's around the edges. Small, bubbly off-white head. Drops to a small spotty cap and collar. No lacing to speak of. Lovely, but not heavy carbonation.

Smell: Apple juice, mealy apple flesh, cherry skin and juice. Tart cranberry juice. Layers of sweet fruitiness. Slight tart edge with some backing woodiness. Cherry flesh. Juicy and fresh. Solid blend of fruit goodness.

Taste: So much fruit skin. Tart cherry and cranberry juice. Loaded with sweet mealy apple juice. Nice backing light malts and oak barrel. Slightly tart with a solid earthy woodiness. Layers of fruit as it warms. Apple dominates with a solid backbone of cranberry. Nice tart cherry finish. Some pale malts in the back with a nice overall fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with minimal overall carbonation. Nice and smooth. Soft.

Overall: Kate Beckinsale minus John Cusack.

A damn fine fruit beer. Seriously impeccable.

Photo of cbutova
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Murky, muddy red brown pour fruit juice pour from the 750ml to a tall chalice. A light pink tan head forms up to over a finger with a puffy frothy consistency. Thick ring remains with a long streak as well as sheets and spots of lacing.

S- High quality fruit juice explosion out of the glass. Apples and cherries are a dominating force and tartness comes out with them both as well as deep sweetness. Fresh bushels of fruit.

T- This is the last of the NG fruit beers for me to try and it follows up on their ridiculous mastery of packing ample fruit flavors into a 4% brew. Fresh squeezed apple and black cherry juice which is moderately sweet with a hint of tartness. Some bitter cranberry here but it seems to be lost to the other fruits.

MF- Medium bodied probably due to the residual sugars and fruit extract. Carbonation at a moderate level with a silky and frothy feel. Finishes sweet and tart.

I hope that New Glarus keeps this fruit beer tradition alive for all of existence. Apple and cherries coat the palate with intensity and it lingers beautifully. This is fruit beer.

Photo of huddyball
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a waxed bottle (Courtesy of Brewzma) into a wine glass as a nice birthday present to myself.

A) Pours a nice burgundy with a small head that fades rather fast, yet leaves some lacing.

S) I get a beautifully mellow aroma of crane-apple or crane-cherry juice with a hint of cinnamon.

T) Now you really get the fruit. Nice tart cherry at first, then the apple and cranberry make themselves known. The aftertaste is where you get the ale aspect. Not boozy whatsoever, but the yeast/malts are there just enough.

M) Rather surprised (in a good way) of the tart sourness I get from this. It's by no means a sour beer, but it has a nice tang. Mild carbonation that you can really feel on the tongue.

O) This is another outstanding fruit beer by the experts at New Glarus. I've now had all but Raspberry Tart (on deck for another day) and I haven't been let down by any of them.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Josh. Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours (as expected) a reddish color with slight amber or brown undertones. There's a bit of carbonation, but nothing too excessive - same goes for the pinkish, 2 fingers worth of frothy head that leaves, as other NG beers, tons of foamy, beautiful lacing all around. I honestly don't know how Dan does it, but he fully understands the concept of producing a beautiful looking beer with various yeast strains and residual sugars, and this is no exception. Glimmers like many great Lambics I've had, although it still is distinct in its own right. Super appetizing looking.

Smells absolutely fabulous, with notes of cherries, red apple cider, and light cranberries, or raisins, wafting to the front of my nose immediately. While it does appear to be a bit medicinal at first (the cherries are to blame), they're immediately taken aback with the cider notes and earthy flavors, imparted from the apples, and also from the oak spices. Caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, licorice, baking spice, chocolate, and vanilla coat the fruits at hand, making this very complex and extremely aromatic. There's definitely notes of brown, toasted malts as well as a grassy, dry backbone to this, but this is ALL about the funky yeast strains, diverse fruity notes, and oaky flavors overall. Can't say I've ever had anything like it!

The flavor is also excellent, although it's far different from the aroma at had - a tad more fruity, caramel-y, floral, and medicinal. At first, you get an immediate explosion of ripe cherry skins with some light medicinal notes, often resembling cherry Twizzlers or something similar. But then, the apples provide a wonderfully robust, juicy, and slightly musty backbone often found in dry cider, with hints of cranberries, or raisins (maybe Craisins), providing a bit of tart flavors. Then, the fruits meld into a wonderful caramel aftertaste, resembling the kind of syrupy sensation that you drizzle on vanilla ice cream. And, yes, given the oak, there are great notes of nutmeg, baking soda, and vanilla beans than finish off everything when it's all said and done. Very creamy and well carbonated - maybe a little too sweet in some respects, but you can tell that everything was chosen very carefully and meticulously in the recipe. Moments like this make me truly happy.

God, I really loved this thing. I'm glad I still have another bottle, and I'm debating whether to open it or not any time soon. The fruits are wonderfully present and robust here, as they should be, and the funky yeast and flavorful oak notes really add extra complexity to something that's already wonderful in its own right. NG has got to be one of the best fruit-infusing breweries in the country - I can't wait to try more from them soon.

Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from buzze40, 750ml into a tulip.

Crazy ruby tones with an offwhite head. Good retention and lacing. Nose of cranberry and apple pie, some cherry sucker character as well. All three fruits are surprisingly well represented. Sweet malt, but fruits are huge. Taste has all of the fruits well represented, some pie filling, jammy and jolly rancher/lollipop flavours of the fruits in this brew. Medium feel, moderate sweetness and some effervescence. The Carey's hit it out of the park again.

Photo of davey101
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
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 .

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

Upon opening the bottle, there is a fruity aroma that fills the air. Pours with a small finger of head. Virtually no lacing left. It's a clear ruby red color that's very appealing.

Smells quite similar to Belgian Red. Cherries and cranberries are most prominent. I am not picking up too much of the apple. It smells just delicious. A mouth-watering fruitiness really jumps out.

Tastes of cherry leads the way followed by cranberries. The apple comes through on the end. A pleasant tartness keeps this from being too sweet. Light woody, earthy note is quite subtle.

Very light carbonation makes this very easy to drink.

I can't think of a tastier fruit beer. At least as good as Belgian Red, maybe even better.

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 Shaler_Tate
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible! Tastes just like alcoholic Apple juice.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into small snifter. Low carbonation, some soapy lacing. Light cranberry in color. Aroma includes tart cherry, musty apple, cranberry. Taste is an amalgam of tart and sweet. All of the fruit is noted on taste, a little sweeter on taste than expected. Amazing.

Photo of homebrew311
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a few of these during my transit back from Darkness day. Gotta love New Glarus's attitude... Failed Cherry crop? No Problem! Poured into a New Glarus flute glass. Appearance is a deep purple red that is strikingly clear. It appears just like Juicy Juice. Minimal head and lacing. The nose is amazing. First thing that comes through is cranberry with a slight tartness. The apples then pick up and provide a bit of rustic character, and then comes the cherry. The three fruits are so harmonious which makes for a candied fruit aroma that suggests a bit of sweet and a bit of tart. The taste is incredible. It starts with the more candied side of the fruits, again with a nice harmony of the three featured fruits. The sweetness gives way to a nice tartness that takes over the palate. Delicious. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall, New Glarus has struck gold yet again with their fruited beer. This is perhaps the most balanced and delicious one yet. If you haven't sought this one out, do it...now.

Photo of daledeee
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have found the fruit beers from New Glarus to be a treat in the past so I thought I would try this one.

Poured a 750 ml bottle into my Ommagang glass. Got a dark brownish red. Head, light tan in color went away but left some good lacing.

Nose is yeast and fruit as expected. Give it a swirl and floral notes appear as well.

I was skeptical. Many times really low alcohol beers are watery in nature. This one proved me wrong. A nice full mouth feel with strong fruity flavors. Definitely cherries and apples. I did not notice cranberries too much. Plenty of yeast thrown in. Carbonation is bubbly but not too much like champagne. This beer is more sweet than sour but that is OK. It leads to great balance in the drink.
I must say that this is one of the most satisfying beers I have had in some time. I was proven completely wrong with the thoughts of mixed fruit and low alcohol. New Glarus Brewing has proven once again to be one of the best fruit beer producers in the world.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful cherry/cranberry color red. The nose is bramble and evocative of spring days out in the fields. This is such a great beer that it really does bring a lot of memories and thoughts to mind. Outstanding! The cherry and apple elements shine through, with a complexity to the fruit blend and the lively carbonation. The body is full without being too slick or sickly.

Photo of Chico1985
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks so much to Cam for sharing this.

Beer is a murky magenta/brownish color with an off-white head which retains pretty well and leaves some lace behind.

Awesome scent of sweet cherry pie, apples, fruit snacks; the taste is surprisingly better. Cherries are the most prevalent, apples are big as well, cranberry is the weakest but noticeable. Sweet but not cloying, light tartness, a bit of a vanilla bready vibe, not really getting oak. Nice smooth and full body, lowish carbonation. Insane flavors and impressive body for only 4%.

Simple but amazing fruit beer from New Glarus as expected, sooo drinkable and tasty. No sour funk here, just pure fruit goodness. If a pantheon of straight-up fruit beers existed, it would be Raspberry Tart, Wisconsin Belgian Red, and Serendipity.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Bottle gifted to me from my mom on one of her recent trips to Wisconsin. My second of the fruit beers from these guys, and I have only the best expectations considering how amazing New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red was.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a beautiful dark cranberry ruby colored body. Some good clarity when held to the light. About two fingers of pinkish-tan head that leaves scattered spotty lacing. Looks a lot like the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red in appearance, if maybe a bit darker? Either way, it looks very nice.

S - Another truly beautiful aroma. An enticing aromatic fruit bouquet. Everything is apparent - the cranberries, the cidery apples, and the vinous cherries. I'm going to go ahead and say that it smells a bit more earthy and oaky than yesterday's beer with some very minor notes of wood in the background, but it could just be the apples.

T - The taste follows the nose - a remarkably authentic, natural, juicy, delicious fruit beer. Everything is in play - the cranberries, cherries, & apples. There is almost a strawberry type flavor going on as well. This thing is truly delicious.

M - The feel is juicy and sticky. Smooth and lightly tart on the finish. Medium-light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, this certainly was a serendipitous event if there ever was one. I am going to go ahead and put it on par with the New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red for now since both beers were equally top notch fruit beers. More happy accidents like this one, please.

New Glarus Serendipity ---4.5/5

Photo of wordemupg
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml blueish? waxed bottle poured into tulip 20/10/14, big cheers towards alfie for the bottle

A very hazy maroon amber liquid with enough clarity to allow me to see the tiniest bubbles ever, two fingers of foam makes a little noise as it slowly falls leaving no lace much to my surprise

S brown sugar, soft caramel, and massive amounts of fruit, cherry, apple, strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of cranberry, smells like candy and cider with some yeasty earthy tones, not the sour I was expecting at all but its amazing and then some

T pie crust, massive amounts of soft caramel and brown sugar, wine gums, heaps of sweet over ripe fruit, I'm not getting oak but it has some earthy tones, so juicy its hard to believe this is beer, mimics the smell fairly well and that's a good thing, I can't think of a better tasting fruit beer

M a little syrupy and has a heavy body for 4%, the bubbles cream it up, its fairly sweet but not sticky at all on the lips at all much too my surprise, fruit pie filling on the finish

O this one blew me away, I can't think of a better fruit beer, it just hit all the right notes at every point, world class hands down.

Not only is this the best fruit beer I've ever tasted its probably the best beer I've ever had at 4% and under, I can't believe how much flavor got jammed into this bottle. I can't remember dropping a score this high in a long time, I want another!!

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.

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,329 ratings.