Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,326
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 479
Gots: 570 | FT: 82
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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:
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 Soozy
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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?)

Photo of ehammond1
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of harrymel
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled the time it was bottled.

Pours a browned pink with a fleeting dusty rose cap. Smells of apples, cherries, oak and some lactic acid. Taste is cranberry well balanced with apples and cherries. The beer leans toward the tart side of things and helps the flavor profiles balance out like a well blended wine. There is a medium on lightly cloying body with moderate carb and a semi dry finish that makes me want the beer ice cold and in gulping portions on a early summer morning. Really a refreshing beer I believe to be an absolutely fantastic deviation from the normal New Glarus beers.

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear red color with a mild amber hue. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

S: Tart like other fruit new glarus offerings. Fruit juice, cranberry, tart cherries. Sweet overall.

T: This one has the trademark new glarus fruity tartness. I'm getting apple juice, cranberry, and tart cherry. The finish is sweet and fruity.

M: medium body with a small amount of tingly carbonation. The finish is dry.

O: glad they made this one. I really enjoy these low abv fruit beers.

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's not easy to make a good apple beer without it being one-dimensional or without it just having incidental off-flavors. But as with many NG beers I've had, they definitely nailed it with this one.

Poured a clear ruby red color with tints of amber, and a small fizzy pink-white head that dissipated almost completely. Fruit juice aroma, obvious apple, lesser notes of berry / fruit punch. Taste was fresh and brilliant, apple juice, cran-razz, mostly sweet, but a bit of tartness in there as well, along with maybe a subtle touch of spice, but the apple flavor was clearly in charge here. Light-medium body, juicy, effervescent, and overall quite enjoyable. I'm not sure I'd want to take on a full bottle myself, and/or significant quantities on a regular basis, but it's definitely great in small quantities.

Photo of TheBiercast
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Like the laughter of a child, serendipity pours a ruby red color with hints of amber when held to the light. With an off white head and quality lacing, it reminds you of that high end call girl that took your spirit so many years ago. This beer is absolutely gorgeous from the moment you open the bottle to the moment you throw it back.

Smell: Serendipity would, without doubt, make Johnny Appleseed proud. Immediately evident is the strong apple nose followed by sharp cranberry and cherry accents. An oak aroma is delicately placed, but is definitely playing off the bench.

Taste: Like sipping apple cider at an orchard, you can’t help but taste the strong mellow presence of apples in your glass. The cranberries and cherries unquestionably bring tartness to the beer, while obscured wood notes bring a timid earthiness to the beverage.

Mouthfeel: New Glarus has created the perfect blend of spritzy carbonation paired with a light body, to help pull out the tartness of Serendipity, while still allowing for a crisp and refreshing finish.

Overall: If you are interested in a beer that will bring you that Christmas cheer year round, look no further than this New Glarus creation. As far as fruit beers go, the balance and complexity of this beer is second to none. So whether you are a beer veteran or new to the club, it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with Serendipity.

Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, deep red pour with about a finger of red-brown head. Furious bubbles hold up the head and make the beer seem alive. 4

S: The fruit is aggressive and all up front. Very sweet, red fruits seem to be the focus, but I can't place specifically which. The aroma is not soda-like or medicinal. 4

T: The taste is all about the fruit as well, not a ton of sourness, hops, or other flavors. New Glarus knows its fruits, and this is no exception. The fruit is the focus, but it's not fake or overly sugary which you sometimes run into with beers like this. 4

MF: Light and carbonated very well. The beer is very drinkable, I can't put it down! 4.5

O: New Glarus made a great fruit beer, no way! Seriously, if you like this style you can't go wrong with anything they do. 4.5

Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours garnet with a finger of cream colored head with largish bubbles as the mass recedes. Good retention and solid lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Like smelling a basket of fruit. Apple juice, red cherry popsicle.

T: Fruit forward, jammy, with mild tartness on the backend. Apple is probably most noticeable followed by cherry and a hint of raspberry. Fruit flavor sticks to the mouth. Mild to moderate sweetness that stays in balance with the tart flavor.

M: Medium-full body, slightly syrupy. Lightly carbed.

O: I like this better than Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, but which seem overly sweet and one dimensional. It has the aspect of a fruited cider, which is interesting. But the drinkability is still limited by the sweet jammy-ness. This is best had in small doses.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle from my main man in the Midwest...you know who you are...my wife was geeked to pop this one and so was I...big Want poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip (cheers Aaron)...

A: Blood red/amber pour yields a mostly clear body...quickly receding white head leaves a little lacing.

S: Fruity, sweet, and slightly tart...big apple component here with lots of red apple skins and apple juice character...cranberry...hints of mulled cider, even cinnamon? Maybe some caramel and hints of brown sugar as well.

T: Juicy, crisp flavors follow the nose...apples and a pleasant fruity tartness dominate...cranberries, cherries, and again a carmelly/brown sugar sweetness complements the fruity tartness. A bit puckering with a dry pulling finish.

MF: Tart(er) medium/light mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

O: Walks a fine line between sweet and tart, a good beer. I was (incorrectly) expecting something closer to a Wild Ale, and this is most definitely a fruit beer, period. Refreshing stuff.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A darker brown color with some red running through it, almost no head on the beer, the flimsy bubbles that were produced quickly vanished into the summerscape.

Cool aroma that clearly gets all the fruit aspects across, was surprised how prevalent the cherry was. Apple and cranberry followed that up. Pleasant, tart.

Taste was like many of the 750 fruit beers from NG: Plenty of sweetness, but never sugary, tart, but nowhere near mouth puckering sourness. These are mild in the sour department, but they really do seem to be going for a balanced approach to all things fruit. Funny to think how good of a beer they can make by "accident". Cherry in the mouthfeel was still the dominant part of the profile.

I think I would like an even more sour, innoculated version of this beer. Crank it up f'ers.

Not better than the Belgian Red, but just as good if not better than Raspberry Tart. Plenty of unique points on this one. Plenty light on its feet at 4% abv. A great morning and hot weather beer. Plenty earthy too. Good for blowing minds when people think the only beer is BMC AAL's.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon for this one. 750ml bottle into a Heady Topper pint. Shared with schen9303.

Beer is clear dark red. 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Spotty and sparse lace with little cling. Par for the style. Striking color though.

Nose is exactly as described. Cherry, a hint of apple, raspberry, and that unmistakable New Glarus yeast strain. Cinnamonny, sweet, and with a strong, red fruit character. I like it.

This one's very similar to Belgian red except for a very subtle hint of apple upfront and towards the end. Middle is robust sweet cherry juice. Like they mixed their apple ale and Belgian Red together. Simple and tasty!

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Spritzy and lively in the mouth and quenching going down. Exactly what I want from the style. Just enough body to remind me this is a beer with character and not some light fruity macro concoction.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers overall but I have had a number of them and Serendipity reminds me that no one does it quite like New Glarus. Very enjoyable. I hope they keep this year round even when they bring back Belgian Red!

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 ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Tom for sharing this
The beer pours a clear cranberry red with a thin tan head that settles to a ring around the beer's circumference. The nose is very pleasant boasting notes of ripe apples, cranberries and the new glarus house yeast. The taste is sweet, but not nearly as cloying as Belgian red or razz tart. The apple sweetness and slight cranberry tartness works well with the style. The mouthfeel is slightly tart, sweet yet well attenuated, and very drinkable. This is definitely a winner, something I'd try again.

Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of light pink-khaki colour head, decent cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Body colour is a vibrant ruby.

Sm: Obscenely tart, cranberry, raspberry, cherry, cough syrup taint, and clean malts. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Tart fruit, cherry, raspberry, candy, clean malts, cough syrup notes, and fruity as hell esters. A bit juicy. Impeccable balance. Incredibly well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavour profile brilliantly. Perfect carbonation and thickess.

Dr: One of the best beers I've had period. An incredible brew from New Glarus. I'd buy this by the case. Obscenely drinkable.

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05/11/14: More notes. Green glass bottle acquired in a trade with the very generous Duff27 and served at fridge temp into Cantillon stemware. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high. 2014 vintage (I think).

No bubble show forms as its poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. Khaki colour. Excellent creaminess. Fluffy and frothy. Leaves good lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Great (~10 minute)

BODY: Copper with red hues. Great vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks gorgeous. I can't wait to try it.

AROMA: Tart fruit. Fresh bright cranberries. Raspberry. Cherry. Clean malts. Cream. Crisp red apple. Sugar-covered fruits.

An amazing aroma of moderate strength. It's fruity, clean, fresh, and inviting. I can't wait to try it. Exquisite.

TASTE: Brilliant fruity notes - cherries, cranberries, crisp red apple, maybe some raspberries. Subtle fruity esters. Complementary fruity hop notes. Any malty body disappears beneath the exquisite fruit notes. Sweetness is perfect. Rarely is fruit this evocative in beer.

Impeccably balanced and incredibly well built. This is a gestalt beer with great depth and duration of flavour. Astoundingly subtle, intricate, and nuanced. Truly a unique brew.

TEXTURE: Creamy, refreshing, smooth, soft, and wet. Perfectly carbonated. Has an apt smackiness on the palate. Damn near flawless.

OVERALL: Proof New Glarus may be the best brewery in this country. This is a unique fruit beer and absolutely amongst the best in its class, though I think those beers it competes with for the title are also New Glarus' brews. I could drink this all day and I'd be a happy man. A real treat of a beer, and one I'm glad I got to try again. I'll definitely snatch this up if I ever get out to Wisconsin. Worth buying by the case. Obscenely drinkable this slides down as easy as the most drinkable beers I've ever had. It's hard to imagine it much better. Wow. World class, definitely. Undeniably high quality.

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Photo of CTJman
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight apple juice. Hard to drink a lot of this but it's great to share on a nice summer day

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

Photo of crowellbw
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Simply alcoholic cran-apple juice. Not the most interesting, but well crafted.

Photo of Boto
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle: This one pours a ruby hued amber color. There was a fizzy off-white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The nose is good. It almost smells like fruit juice, but not as sweet. Cherry, apple and cranberries are the most notable. The taste is also very good. There is a tartness and sweetness at the same time. Cherries, cranberry and apple. Somewhat lighter body. This is interesting and wonderful. It is only 5.1%, but you don’t even realize there is alcohol in this.

Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 31 December 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark, slightly reddish amber. Very clear. Half-finger of yellowish head, decent retention and pretty good lacing. I really like the color.

Smell reminds me a lot of NG's other fruit beers, but has its uniqueness. I can't pull out each fruit. Get lots more cherry than anything else - syrupy, juicy bing cherry sweetness. Then apple, but apple pie apple, without the crispness or the tart. Very little tart in this, in fact - could use some more, IMO. Rich and sweet, without anything to balance that out (at least in the smell). Buoyantly fruity.

Taste comes on with syrupy cherries and sweet apple, followed by a touch of tart cranberry. The cranberry provides a bit of bite and tang here that are definitely needed, providing some acidic balance. But I wish there were even more of that, as I find it overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Light-bodied, buoyant and fluffy. Medium-high carbonation that flares up and gradually slows down like a right-skewed distribution.

Doesn't impress me as much as the other New Glarus fruit beers. Flavor feels a bit bloated and less clean because of the presence of all those fruits, and I really want some tart or sour to balance out that sweetness. Amazing mouthfeel.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

Pour is a hazy reddish copper with a light tan bubbly head. Nose is strong red apple, lots of cherry, and a faint touch of cranberry. Taste has a good bit of red Apple, moderate cherries, like cranberries, and a moderate touch of sourness. Light body, strong carb, dry finish. Fruits are extremely bright and really play well together.

Photo of Trifecta1
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have to admit that I watched eagerly for this one to show up within firing range in Western Wisconsin - New Glarus is the unmatched, undisputed, one-of-a-kind brewer of fruit beers. And here it is, finally. 750ML bomber split with my lovely wife.

Pour the beer & hey, the bottle is green. Didn't see that coming behind the dark liquid. In the glass, it's like a huge garnet exploded into a wet format, lovely, clear dark red. Nose is the expected gushing of fruit, dominated by the cherry, apple leavings. Very nice.

Serendipity continues the fine tradition of fruit dying for the cause. Cherries are still on top of this beer, & constitute about 85.7% of the taste profile, along with a large apple slice. The cranberries I honestly wouldn't have picked out, but they add a slight tartness right at the end that lowers the sugar cane quotient to just below the level of aching teeth. There is more of a cidery echo here - the influence of the apple, of course. Bet you can't take just one sip.

Lovely. Excellent.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a light pink with a dirty white head, some pretty good head retention and bubbles present on this one

S: Puree cherries, fresh red cherries, some Eathiness and perhaps a crnaberry or raspberry or two

T: Initial tartness with mainly red cherries, some of them a little green and unripened with a bit of candy sweetness, nice acidic sting with some Earthy notes. Tasted a bit like a childrens cough syrup

M: Someone mentioned smooth and wet on another review, yeah baby, thats it.Light bodied, high in carbonation but somehow it still provided a weird stgnant feeling on the palate. Sweet, tart with minimal booze

O: Not a fan of the style but this was pretty good and I can recognize a good beer when I see and taste one.

Photo of mverity
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of Dmbforever. Poured into an 8oz snifter. Red amber brown in color with cream colored head. Decent head retention (about a minute and a half). Decent lacing and the head shows back up with each swirl. Aroma of dark sweet fruit (raspberry, cherry, tart apple). Aroma also has some slight funk to it, like earthy yeastiness. Taste is of cherries, raspberry, some plum, and blackberry as well. Very sweet. The tart cranberries are nice, but they don't cut the sweetness as much as I'd like. Good carbonation and medium body wrap the tongue in the fruit sweetness. Definitely another enjoyable brew from New Glarus.

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
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