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 TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium ruby colour with half a finger of cream coloured head and good lacing.

S - Tart cherries up front - reminiscent of WBR. Some sweet breadineess and a very light apple aroma in the background.

T - Tart up front with sour cherries that give way to a sweet bready pie-crust-like flavour in the middle. The finish has a touch of apple and tart cranberry. Not specifically getting the oak. After a while this becomes very sweet. Difficult to drink the whole 750 ml bottle but very tasty nonetheless.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to Steasy66 for the killer brews. Going to give this guy a big uncomfortable man-hug if I ever get the chance!! ;-)

Appearance. Pours a really deep amber, getting close to brown with almost a finger of fluffy, off-white head.

Smell. Apple and cranberry juice with some tart cherries and a very very light, dry musty funk.

Taste. Fresh cranberries and cherries and bit of that distinct New Glarus dry dusty, lightly woody funk.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium , fine carbonation.

Overall. A nice fruit brew, but I do enjoy the fruits in RT and WBR more. More a personal preference thing than the quality of the brew...

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Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL waxed bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a darker shade of mahogany brown. Produced a nice cap of off-white colored froth. Decent retention with a bit of lacing.

(S)- Bright aromas of juicy fruits. The apple, cranberry, and cherry all mesh really well together yet can be distinguished seperately as well. Very clean smelling with just a bit of rustic must and dryness at the end.

(T)- Again, a serious array of ripe fruits meeting a subtle dry rustic must to give it some complexity to how big and ripe the delicious fruits are. Ever so slight tartness at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level. The sweetness is balanced well with the dry backbone and tiny hint of sweet bitterness. Just superb fruits.

(O)- Just another excellent fruit beer from Dan. With an already excellent portfolio of them, yet this one stands out and tastes so smooth and juicy.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a foamy translucent red liquid with a heavy white foam. Very good lacing.

S - this is where it takes the cake for me. Lots of fruit in there with some heavy cherry and light apple. Some light spice along with blackberry and hints of raspberry and cranberry. Smells like a powdery berry sweetart.

T - a nice cherry, cranberry bomb with some sourness as well. The sour isn't overpowering which was nice for me. A good balance between sweet and sour.

M - medium to high carbonation with a nice tart finish.

O - not bad at all. I really liked this one.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into wine glass. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this one.

A- Pours a translucent dark slightly brownish cherry purplish red with about a finger's worth of frothy head that has nice retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer. Decent carbonation and considerable lacing.

S- Strong notes of sweet and tart cranberries, apples, and raspberries. Nice balance of the fruits and very fragrant but a little bit too overpowering on the sweetness.

T- Very sweet mixture of cherries, apples, raspberries, and some sweet malts finishing with a light fruity tartness that lingers for awhile. Lots of flavor just way too sweet for me.

M- Smooth, nice carbonation, nice body without being overly syrupy.

O- I've come to realize that I'm personally not a big fan of the New Glarus fruit beers. They are just all overpoweringly sweet and not that enjoyable for me. This beer had a ton of flavor, it's just the sweetness makes it almost undrinkable. I probably won't be having this beer again and I'm surprised so many people like it. I'd recommend it only if you like sweet and fruity beers.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a toffee caramel rustic brown color with a nice white head that dissipates but doesn't fully disappear. Nose is apples, cherries, and the Belgian spicy notes similar to the Belgian Red. The taste starts with a little bit of lemon that moves on to the bombardment of fruits - cherries and apples are upfront and move on to a soft cranberry flavor, mixed in with the spicy NG yeast strain. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, this is another fantastic fruit beer from NG. Glad I got to drink up some Belgian Red this weekend, but this makes a fine substitute.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage, bottled served in a flute

Clear pink rose with bubbly pink 1 finger head with moderate retention and nice fluffy lacing.

Aroma is straight from Eden, crisp apples, yeasty bread, tart cherries. Dont detect the cranberries on the nose. Tastes similar to the Belgian red but fantastic depth and complexity is added with the tart apples and cranberries with great oaky notes and touches of vanilla.

I'm so glad the harvest was short on cherries because this beer is the best fruit beer so far for me. I got 3 bottles and I forced myself to hide the other two as they are just too tempting right now. Easily one of my favorite beer experiences as well. New glarus has a great thing going.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jegross2 for the bottle hook up.

Pours red/purple with a light pink frothy head. Little retention or lacing.

Lots of tart cranberry and cherry. Light malts. Mostly fruit aromas.

Tart berries and tons of fruitiness throughout although it never gets too sweet and syrupy like the other NG fruit beers. Not a lot of malt profile, but what's there is clean.

Smooth and somewhat creamy with spot on carbonation levels.

Very drinkable beer and the extra tartness helps keep the beer from getting too sweet which is my main complaint about the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. Miles better than either of those and I hope this becomes a staple.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax sealed 750ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Pours a ruby red color with a small off white head that fades quickly.

S - The initial, tart smell really gets the saliva going. I could also pick up the smell of crisp apples and sour cherries.

T - Much like the nose, the initial sip is a bit tart, but balanced very nicely by the sweetness on the finish. Exactly as you would expect, the taste is of crisp apples, sour cranberries, and juicy cherries. Very tasty and refreshing!

M - The carbonation is fine and champagne-like, allowing the flavors to really burst in your mouth. Slightly dry and sweet all at the same time.

O - I enjoyed this just as much or more than the Belgian Red. This one is a little bit more sour and tart, but the flavors really blend together nicely. After drinking this, I only wish I had another bottle...

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Photo of phishsihq
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split, served in NG flutes

Bummer about the cherry shortage putting Belgian Red on hold, but I've been anxious to try this replacement brew. New Glarus makes fantastic beers showcasing each of these three fruits (cherry, apple, cranberry) so it's no surprise this motley crue of a beer delivers an assault of flavor. Cranberry seems most prominent and provides a real nice tartness. Happy to have more of these bottles in the "cellar"

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Light orange red, active bubbles. No foam. Fruity smell, mixture of apples, cherries, cranberries. Malty backbone. Tart flavor throughout, fades out. Tart close. Light and flavorful. Super fruity. Really good.

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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 kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.


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 WYVYRN527
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Russian River "tion" stem.

A: Pours a beautiful crimson hue with a finger's worth of off-white head that quickly settles to a thin ring around the edges. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

S: Red fruits and spiced apple up front, with a soft caramel tinge lingering in the background.

T: Tart cranberry is prominent at first, while the cherries take a close back seat. Apple shows up on the mid-palate. A beautiful blend of all three fruits settles in near the back, with a tart, long-lasting finish.

Notes: This light to moderate-bodied brew has a tart, but not overly dry mouthfeel. Serendipity is a fruit beer with very few flaws, as with most of the offerings from New Glarus. This brew is stunning, and I will certainly be seeking out more bottles. Cheers to the brewery for this fine effort!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Serendipity

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice dark copper color with some nice Amber notes and some slight ruby red notes. There is a nice slightly off-white head that forms with nice dense and tight bubbles. It recedes fairly quickly. (4.5)

Aroma starts off sweet and tart. There is some nice candy sugar sweetness in the nose with notes of cherry and some other berry sweetness. Very mild tartness in the nose can be perceived. There are some nice notes of sweet apple and pear juice mixed in with the berry and cherry tartness. Awesome. (4.0)

The taste blew me away. It is so fresh and fruity. Starts off with some nice sharp tartness. Cherry is perceived then some nice fruit sweetness. Candy sugar notes. I love the fresh fruit sweetness. Apple notes and pear with some nice berry notes as well. There is a nice tart cherry finish and some nice cranberry notes. There is a nice yeast note in the finish that is chalky and slightly phenolic. There are some nice woody notes that are present as the beer warms, almost spicy and cinnamon like. Mouthfeel is crisp and delicious with a smooth finish. (5.0)(4.0)

This is a very good fruit beer. Very nice fruit sweetness and good tartness. The fruit flavors all blend together quite well. (4.0)

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful deep amber in color, clean pour, finger of detergent like head. smells of delicious sweet fruits and candy. cherry, apple, grape, cranberry. sweet and tart fruits hit your palate right away! as wonderful as the belgian red and raspberry tart.. almost like a combination of both. cherries, apples, cranberries are all present. as sweet as a lollipop. light to medium body, nicely carbonated, very sweet and tart.

an excellent one from new glarus. kinda glad there was a cherry shortage in order to have this! honestly not THAT different from belgian red, but it is slightly less artificial "candy" tasting and more on the delicious sweet fruit sugars.

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Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear chestnut brown with a very red hue to it. Forms a moderate sized, bubbly, tannish colored head. Decent retention, as it eventually falls to a fairly thick surface coating. Leaves a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Aroma is full of fresh, juicy fruits, redolent of Belgian Red. Strong cherry, summer berries, and some apple. The smell is sweet, almost candy-like, but not cloyingly so.

T: Flavor brings more of the same, but with more balance. Sweet apple, cherries and raspberry flavors mix with the slightly tart astringency of the cranberries. Finish is surprisingly quick considering the depth of the flavors present here, but the finish is also very clean.

M: Medium in body with a moderate slickness to it. Undeniably sweet, but the tartness creates a balance that ensures this beer is not cloying. Medium carbonation.

O: What can I say? Yet another excellent fruit beer from Dan and Deb.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant red-brown with a heavy white head. Nice clarity adds to the experience.
S: Aroma is bursting with fruit. Strawberries, cherries, freshly cut apple, something woody/spicy that reminds me of cinnamon.
T: Cranberries are more evident in the flavor, which opens with a nice tart cranberry/cherry punch tempered by moderate sweetness. The apple shows next and seems to moderate the bracing cranberry and cherry flavors. Finish is abrupt and clean, without any cloying sweetness.
M: Light and fairly spritzy, like the other NG fruit beers.

This was great. In fact, I think I like it better than either of the WI Belgian Red or Rasp Tart. Come on guys, WI is the bounceberry capital of the U.S. Make this a regular.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red with a one finger off white head which fades quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Smells like apples, cherries, and cranberries. Smells like a nice combination of sweetness and tartness.

There is a nice combination of tartness and sweetness with apples, cherries, and cranberries. The fruit flavors always stand out with New Glarus beers, better than with any other brewery, and it's not even close.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a slightly tart and sweet aftertaste, and finishes somewhat dry. Buy this beer, or trade for it if you get the chance.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown color, slightly hazed. Minimal white head that doesn't have much retention.

A heavy fruity aroma is dominated by cranberries and apple cider. It's the perfect aroma for a fall evening. Sweet cherries finish it off.

It has a fantastic tug of war between sweet and tart. The apples contribute a sweet cider flavor followed by the cherries and vinegar. The finish is long and strong, and all cranberry sauce. It's the perfect medley of all three fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium and acidic. Great carbonation.

True to form, it's another superb fruit beer by New Glarus. It's extremely drinkable and complex.

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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 jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a totally translucent deep amber color with a nice off white sort of reddish colored head that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is big on the apples. Upon opening the bottle I get a bit apple aroma. After the beer is poured and sits in the glass for a moment I get a lot of the cherries and cranberries. Not the sort of puckering cranberries but the cranberry jelly type cranberry aroma. It smells like a natural juice to me. A little bit of a tartness in the nose.

T= As the nose leads on it tastes like a great natural apple juice at first before a nice cranberry flavor comes through with a little cherry to make it just a tad sweeter. The apple still seems to be the main flavor. It almost tastes like a spiced cider. It's not really spiced and it may be the cherries and cranberries but I get a cider sort of taste to it. A slight tartness in there making it an easy going sour.

M= A little lower on the carbonation that works great.

O= This is a world class beer for anyone. From the most novice beer drinker to a seasoned vet this is a beer anyone can drink and say damn that tastes great. It's plain and simple quality ingredients used to make a quality beer. Seek this out and buy many in case they don't make it again.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.