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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,040 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,040
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 421
Gots: 467 | FT: 56
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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:
Severe Drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The Apple crop fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with Apples, Cranberries and Cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale!

Cheers to the unexpected.

(Beer added by: Lemke10 on 10-15-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jvillefan, Mar 26, 2013
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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.

Scotchboy, Mar 26, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one - it was on my "wants" list for a long time and I'm glad to finally get a chance to try it. Pours a very clean and slick, ruby-tinted mahogany with pretty remarkable clarity for the deep shade it emits. A beige cap quickly foams up a recedes almost just as quick while leaving a few decent rings of lacing after the first few sips.

Holy smokes, the aroma is a huge explosion of fruit almost unlike anything else I've smelled before. A very deep, juicy, and raw black cherry aroma is first in command, heavily accented with sweet red apples on the edges. The fruit characteristics are so convincing and pure without the artificial and medicinal hints that oftentimes plague fruit beers and can evidently lead to their demise. This smells like a puree or freshly squeezed juice. Super convincing, mouth-watering, and honest to god delicious - can't wait to try it.

After taking one taste, I realize that I misspoke when calling the aroma a huge fruit explosion... because it's nothing compared to the flavor. Hot damn, the flavor in this is just incredible, if you're a fan of fruit, that is. Just absolutely delicious, pure, juicy, sweet, and mildly tart, all at once. I get hit with some Red Delicious apples up front, immediately following by the gushing onslaught of ripe, black cherries.

Serendipity is extremely juicy and overflowing with flavor. A tartness hits quick and fast before it fades into a sweetness that carries through to the aftertaste. Cranberries are heaviest in the finish, providing another small jolt of tart before they turn entirely sweet and savory on the palate. This beer is just on the cusp of the sour/sweet line at times, and it dangerously flirts with it so well. Lighter bodied with high carbonation, crisp and popping mouth feel.

This.... Now THIS is how you do a fruit beer. Throw an apple, some cherries, and a few cranberries into a blender, bottle it up and call it Serendipity. Almost perfect execution of pure fruit flavors while avoiding all of the off-putting side-effect that commonly plague this style of beer. New Glarus... I like them. A lot.

tectactoe, Mar 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

scott2269, Mar 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

danoeltico, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

throwback, Mar 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

leedorham, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

harrylee773, Mar 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

M1A2, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

JellyJacket, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

cfh64, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Rand_ale_Thor, Mar 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

tbergsli, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

rsuske, Mar 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

drummermattie02, Mar 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

rowingbrewer, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

brycevolk, Mar 18, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped and waxed bottle, received in the gang bang BIF

Pours out a nice clear deep red color, fairly retentive off white colors head with good lacing.

Big fruit aroma, maraschino cherries seem to be at the forefront. A little apple juice behind that.

Wow, fruit juice! A great tasting beer, lots of fresh apple juice, with some cranberry juice behind. All about the sweet fruit. Just a touch of that new glares earthiness.

Good tartness, mildly sour, light to almost medium in body. Amazing drinkability.

On par with all of the other new glares fruit beers. All about the fruit with some good tart/ sourness, but little to no funk. If someone says they don't like this beer, their lying.

dogfishandi, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

metalgdog, Mar 18, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

blakelive784, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

laxer8811, Mar 17, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 17, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

angrybabboon, Mar 17, 2013
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,040 ratings.