Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 2,448
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 31.26%
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
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 kkleu357
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually my least favorite of the New Glarus fruit beers. I actually get a beer flavor from it. Little less sweet that other ones. Mildly tart cranberry taste. Some hints of apple and cherry.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle into my ballast point snifter.

A:It reminds me of an amber ale in appearance or a dark apple juice.

S:It smells like a basket of fresh fruit.Allot of cherries and apples.

T:Very sweet,apple juice,light strawberry,cherry,tart..(duh)

M:Very lightly carbonated ,smooth.

O:Very tasty and very sweet.Something you gotta crave in my opinion.I would drink it again if I could but I would not go crazy chasing it.Deff worth the 12$ a bomber.I want to try other NG offerings a little less on the sweeter side.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl. oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Small cap of off-white foam. Perfect clarity, red color with orange highlights.

S - Ripe cranberries right up front. Nice sweetness to it. Really bright, clean fruitiness.

T - I get a nice tart tingling taste on my tongue right away, some sweetness comes in. I get unripened red apples underneath the cherry sweetness. Sweetness lasts into the finish but smoothes out to a super clean fruitiness.

M - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet.

O - Cranberries seems to be the main focus of this beer. Carbonation help stimulate and imitate the tartness of the cranberries. Glad to have another fruit beer mixed into the usual lineup of New Glarus barrel aged beers.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer.

Consumed 3/16/13

Appearance: Deep red, garnet - impressively clear for the color - small, off-white head, fades to some wisps of a cap - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sweet, with a distinct New Glarus fruit beer aroma -lightly tart apples and cranberry take center stage, cherry is secondary - fruit sugar sweetness, basically smells like fruit juice

Taste: Beer? This be fruit juice - lightly tart but mostly sweet apples, more like apple juice than apple cider - lightly tart cranberries as well - cherry flesh rounds things out - like NG Wisconsin Belgian Red, this kind of tastes more like fruit juice than beer - not really much to say about malts or hops, as they appear to be missing, but it works for the style - sweet overall, but in a nice, fruity way

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky fruity sweetness, minimal carbonation

Overall: Part of a complete breakfast

New Glarus performs fruit alchemy. This is fruity and sweet without being overly sweet. It's like fruit salad with apples, cranberries, and cherries... except better. This is certainly worth a try if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of MitchellBeir
4/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of NODAK
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of brianmandell
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red pour. Super sweet and sticky. Fruit punch, berries and a touch of cranberry tartness. Full carbonation. Definitely a beer to share due to the sweetness but in small quantities its very nice.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This spin-off of the famed Wisconsin Belgian Red is an apple, cranberry and cherry concoction from New Glarus. The beer pores a nut brown with red highlights and sports very little foam. The cherries pull through the aroma along with a heavy dose apples. The yeast also contributes. The flavor highlights the fruit: in many ways it reminds me of carbonated fruit juice with an emphasis on apples and a twist of beery goodness. The cherries nicely compliment the apples. The cranberries contribute tartness. The palate is left dry. This beer is complex with unique character.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased late September 2013 in Wisconsin and transported in luggage back to Virginia. Could not find a packaged-on date. Poured into a tulip.

Too much cranberry. Have you ever had mixed cranberry juice with ginger ale? That is flashback I get when I drink this beer. A bit rich. Maybe best had as an aperitif type beer. Could use some more balance, some sourness or bitterness to offset the sweetness. 3.75

A – Pours a beautiful, rather unique clear cranberry color with a one-finger rocky head that dissipates quickly to a lasting thin layer. Good carbonation. Poor lacing. 4.25

S – Fruity, sweet, faint cherries and cranberries. 4.75

T – Sweet start with a semi-dry finish. A malty backbone is there, but it is all about the cranberries. 3.75

MF – Smooth, medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish. 3.75

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute.

A: Pours a reddish color with an off-white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring and thin film. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Unwashed apple skins with some cherry and cranberry flesh. Fresh oak with light cracker malt backbone.

T: Granny smith apple, tart cranberry and some light cherry. Sweet malts with a little oak profile as well.

M: Light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation level. A little spritzy with a sweet and fruity finish.

O: A plethora of mixed berry with a slight cider hint to it with the apples. Another great fruit beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nicely Balanced, not too sweet. Apple cider and Tart Cranberries counter the sweetness of the beer, very carbonated. definitely one of the more well balanced fruit beers i've had.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep dark amber which appears a rich red when held up to the light. No haze, but a thick head of frothy, slightly pinkish foam. Just what I want in a beer with cherries, apples and cranberries.

Smell: richly fruity with a strong emphasis on the apple and cranberry. Not much sourness, though, which would really have been the icing on the cake.

Taste: rich caramel-apple flavor; the malty elements here do a superb job at complementing the fruit. Again, it's basically not sour at all, but the complexity among the fruit and malt elements is great. Woo!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It's a bit too sweet to just quaff away, but if I could get this more easily I probably would buy some occasionally.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a clear reddish magenta, produces almost no head.

S- Nice aroma of cherry, jam, other berry flavors. Lots of sweet berries and fruits. Smells pretty nice.

T- Moderate tartness with nice cherry and berry flavors, some oak, it's just a bit light and sweet, has a sort of fruity soda pop thing going on.

M- Light-bodied, high carbonation, very spritzy.

O- A solid fruit beer, the cherry/berry flavors are very nice, it's a bit sweet for my tastes but still worth picking up.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev -6%
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.

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

(Served in a teku)
A-This beer pours a clear dense brown body with a red hue and a thick tan foam.

S- There is a nice mixed berry and fruit aroma with some apple skins in the finish.

T- The well-blended fruit flavor has some cherry notes to it with a jammy but not overly sweet flavor that leads to a fresh cider taste. There is a slight tart finish and a nice woody dry cola note that comes through as it opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz.

O- This beer has a really nice depth to the fruit flavor and a great freshness to it. The intense fruit flavor would be nice in smaller bottles.

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Photo of emerge077
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery, unknown brewing/packaging date but likely 2014; poured into their flute-ish pint glass (obtained at the brewery); drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - amber-red coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initially frothy, head settles into a subtle glass lacing; small carbonation bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - admixture of cranberry and apple with cherries taking a bronze; some gentle Belgian malts and yeast; no hop aroma

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is lite bitterness; this is immediately followed by flavors that match the nose - cranberry, apple and cherry in that order; some gentle tartness and some alcohol on the back end; finishes semi-sweet and tart

M: 4/5 - high carbonation, low-to-moderate body, creaminess

T: 8/10 - another very good fruit/vegetable beer from NG but this my least favorite of the beers that I've drank tonight; the creaminess is an interesting feature; again, for $9.25/750 mL bottle at the brewery, this is a total steal that is recommended for trade if not in WI

TOTAL - 41/50

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Photo of yamar68
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

But looking forward to this one for some time now. Love the concept.

Beautiful looking beer - cranberry reds and darker pinks, stuffed with slow and steady beading and capped with a frothy pinkish white head that laces consistently from start to finish.

The lush tart red fruit notes are showcased in the nose, not as aggressively sweet as the others. Just piles and piles of fresh fruit juice aromas, berries and sweet apple, pear.

Fresh, crisp cranberry plays the lead role, blueberry and apple type flavors beneath that. It's fruit and it's beer. It's delectable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a lovely treat from new glarus. this one was made thanks to a cherry shortage, so cranberries and apples are added to account for the diminished cherry crop. the result is quite pleasant, and perfect for holiday season. the pour is raspberry looking pink in color, maybe a little darker, with a few fingers of fizzy white froth. the nose is remarkably sweet, like fruit candy, but also tart, a sour beer for sure. yeast is interestingly balanced out by the fruit, smells like sour granola. the taste is cranberry and sour yeast tartness at first, and then gently gives way to a holiday spice complex of apple and cinnamon and warming mulling spices, the spice then dies out and a ton of residual sugar is left over. this exacerbates as it warms. great feel with a ton of carbonation, made even lighter and more airy by the thin malt profile and the low abv. a lot like the raspberry tart in the sense that i dont need a whole 750ml bottle of this for myself, but it was a joy to try. i hope for plentiful cherry crops, but i also hope this beer stays in the lineup, a really nice compliment to some of their other fruit beers. the champaigne mouthfeel goes perfectly with the fruit and the sour. well done.

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Photo of blakelive784
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12!!

1 pt 9.4 fl oz green (?!) glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent shade of crimson with two and a half fingers of pink tinged fizzy head. Retention is terrible but expected given its champagne qualities. Damn, that's nice to look at.

S - Fresh sweet red apples and tart cranberries. Light cherry when I search for it. It's amazing how fresh and distinct each fruit is. Mild lacto sour notes. Definitely sweet. Cider-esque. I'd honestly be hard pressed to find other notes. Moderate strength.

T - Awesome tart cranberries and apples. Follows the nose closely. Definitely tart, but far from sour. Buried crystal malts and indistinct yeast. A cough-syrupy like taste, but in a good way. Fruit stars, somehow without being overbearing. Impeccable balance between sweet and tart fruits.

M - Highly carbonated and dry. Almost perfect. Could use a little more body.

D - Obscenely drinkable. A great beer from New Glarus. I'd gladly have it again if I'd be so lucky.

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Photo of Soozy
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a light copper ruby red. The head has a slight reddish hue.
Smell - At first there's a hint of coffee syrup, followed by a slight tart smell, but overwhelmingly cherries. Smells great.

Taste - This is a fruit explosion in my mouth and everyone is invited. Overwhelmingly sweet cherries at the start, heavy tones of apples juice in the middle, and a very tart finish. I don't taste the cranberries, but the tartness is definitely there. Very enjoyable. Doesn't really taste like beer, but more just like juice. It really tastes more like juice than cider even. Absolutely enjoyable though.

Mouthfeel - very carbonated, great for the style.

Overall this is is a great beer. My roommate picked it up for me; definitely a good choice. I guess this was a one-off because of the drought and low crop of cherries this past season...but it's a great one-off. Way to make lemonade out of lemons New Glarus...or Serendipity out of apples (ahhh get it?)

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Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending me this one in a past box! Thanks Alex! Shared this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep ruby red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, apple, raspberry, cherry, and cherry cough drops. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, apple, raspberry, cherry, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am a really big fan of New Glarus’ other offerings and this one was no exception. Tons of sweetness without being too sweet. Tons of fruit without being too fruity. There is just so much going on in this one with a nice balance to top it off that it makes it incredibly easy to drink. A true must try if you have not done so already, especially if you are a fan of Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red. You won’t regret it.

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