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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 2,421
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 2.74%
Wants: 488
Gots: 629 | FT: 87
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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 Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Through a drought brought us salvation, in the form of Serendipity, a fruit ale that pours a deep ruby red. Pinkish head forms and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of fruit juice and ale, consisting mainly of sweet dough, fresh apples, berry and cherry. Not surprisingly, the key ingredients in this brew really shine in the aroma. Quite an appetizing bouquet.

In the taste, waves of cherry, cider, berries and beer. Some caramel, honey, and raspberry. Just a soft oak and not overly dry. Light bodied, well carbonated, finishes with a fair tartness.

Overall, freaking great. A fruit ale with complexity. Very tasty. (622 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is so good. All three fruits distinct yet blended so wonderfully. And add soft wood, vanilla and wild fermentation. My goodness is that nice.
Nice tan head that gets more dense as it settles. Orange and red amber in a mostly clear body.
The flavor is just as wonderful as the aroma. Again the taste of all three fruits is apparent with the cranberry and apple more forefront, but the cherries in there too. And the flavor of all three doesn't necessarily match the aroma, it is distinct and wonderful. Nice very well balanced tartness. Less apparent wood and vanilla.
Prickly and tingly and soft and sweet and smooth and light and just all around goodness.
Some have not liked this as much as the cherry or raspberry versions. This is every bit as good if not better. A wonderful beer. (790 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA Stevedore for sending this in trade.

Enjoyed out of a 25 oz green bottle with black wax around the neck and cap. No dating information that I can find. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Standard pour yields a two-finger head of pinkish tan, thick and frothy, with a few larger bubbles up around the top that start to burst slowly. Begins to dissipate gently, taking a good 4-5 minutes before the foam is completely gone, leaving zero lacing on the sides of the glass or along the edges of the beer. Body is a deep, garnet red that reminds me of cranberry juice. Not really hazy, but certainly not completely translucent.

Smell - Cherries, cranberry, honeycrisp apple sweetness, some fainter elements of spice--like nutmeg perhaps?--that lend a tiny hint of baked pastry to the smell. There is a light acidity to the aroma, but it's mostly fruity sweetness. As it warms, that acidity becomes even harder to detect.

Taste - Delicious! Notes of cranberry juice, cherry sourness, some crisper apple notes and an underlying tartness that comes right up to the edge, but doesn't quite pass into full-on sour territory. Tart fruit and I love how the cranberry aftertaste contributes some faintly bitter dryness to the otherwise almost cloyingly sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and close to syrupy, with light carbonation and a mostly sweet finish that has drier elements.

Overall, this might be the king of full-on fruit beers. As with any fruit beer, there is considerable sweetness, but this one uses the combination of fruits to balance the sweetness with some cleaner, drier flavors. I would gladly drink this one again, were it to fall into my lap. (1,701 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Shared a bottle of this ridiculousness with the wife. Needless to say, with word of it taking a hiatus shortly, I high tailed over to Wisconsin to stock up. Cranberry and cherry hit you in waves. At the same time, there's never any mistake this is beer, not fruit juice, not a wine cooler. Fantastic stuff. Best fruit beer I've had. Also, the best chick beer extant. If you are drinking fruit beer and it's not New Glarus, you are missing out. (443 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled to finally get to try this. IMO, no one does fruit beers like Dan does. Thank you, Jeremy.

A mildly hazy mahogany with reddish highlights and a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is the purest, most exuberant expression of fruit I've experienced in a beer in quite some time. The apples burst out of the glass, bright, ripe, fresh and with cider notes. The cranberries lend an acidity, along with a nice aroma, while the cherries add a wonderful fleshy sweetness. The oak barrel fermentation is really nicely done, with a blend of vanilla and a touch of oak to go with the brown malt and caramel base. To my nose, New Glarus's fruit beers have always had a singularly unique profile, a deeply complex blend of mellow yeast and what I can only describe as terroir, and this beer is no different. Marvelous.

The palate opens with the bite of cranberries, tart and refreshing , before segueing into the cherry and apple flavors. The apple character is a blend of sweet and mildly tart apples, a blend of Gala and Pink Lady apples, I am tempted to imagine. The cherry character is a blend of dark red and near black cherries, a deep, fleshy flavor. Behind all of this is a mild malt sweetness, a blend of caramel and a little brown sugar. A touch of vanilla is also perceived. Medium in body and With a soft, creamy carbonation, this feels nice on the palate. Just a touch watery on the finish, the dominant lingering flavor is apple. Beautiful stuff, this is more cider than beer IMO. Very highly recommended. (1,555 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (413 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FishAndBeer for the trade.

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a tulip glass

A- Deep ruby and garnet with a medium off-white slightly garnet head that dissipates slowly to a ring.

S- Sweet fruit, very similar to sparkling cranberry apple juice you can find around Thanksgiving. I can get all three fruit flavors of cherry, apple, and cranberry coming through, it makes your mouth water!

T- Similar to nose but with added tartness. Very clean and crisp, light and thirst quenching.

M- Light and and the sweet and tart are clean and refreshing. Carb level is right where it should be.

O- This is exactly what I like in a fruit beer. To me it should be big on the fruit flavors with a light to not discernible yeast profile, unless we're talkin' lambics of course. If I had the money I would replace soda pop with this stuff and keg it at my house. The thing the surprised me most was how balanced all three fruit flavors are, look forward to trying more New Glarus offerings in the future. (998 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
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 (815 characters)

Photo of Ridgeback
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a nice whitish head. I was using a Chimay goblet which so you can really enjoy the appearance. It doesn't get more inviting

S - A strong overtone of Granny Smith apple with cranberry. The sour apple smell was most noticable and very pleasant for this style of beer

T - Similar to a Belgian sour ale. A very strong note of apple cider with lesser cranberry and cherry flavors. If I had a criticism I would say the apple cider taste can overpower the other fruity tastes. Overall though I don't have much to complain about.

M - Very refreshing! It isn't at all heavy and has a very clean taste. The slight sourness does linger which is what I expected.

O - it is Serendipity! This beer is indeed the happy accident that New Glarus was hoping for. I don't know if New Glarus will continue to brew this beer seasonally but I would certainly would make a regular purchase of this beer if they do continue to produce it. (949 characters)

Photo of TheBiercast
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a clear ruby red color.

The aroma hits exactly as expected. It punches with sweet and tart apple and then a punch of juicy cranberry, with a bit of funk.

The flavor has a tart apple in the front and then a sweet cranberry and slight cherry flavor on the end. It hits all notes. It drinks very well with the balance of tartness and sweetness.

There's a champagne like carbonation that rolls around.

It's a well done beer, but it is a bit too reminiscent of Martinelli's Apple Cider. (503 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cdmillard for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, off-white head that dissipates into a bubbly slick. Nose is very much reminiscent of Sucrets - medicinal cherry with the addition of ripe red apples. Taste is sweet and fruity - exactly what you would expect from New Glarus. The blend of fruits is really quite exceptional, but I don't get too much cranberry, although I suspect that its contribution was the medicinal notes in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, with a bright, lively carbonation. I am not a huge fruit beer fan, but New Glarus always hits it out of the park for me. This beer is so flavorful at 4.0%; however, it is not for the meek as it is really quite sweet. (737 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Atoneworks for the trade that allowed me to try this outstanding beer. Pours a hazy ruby red with a quickly dissipating thick white head. Decent lacing. Wonderful fruit aroma, lots of cherry and red apple. Strong apple on the palate balanced nicely by the tartness of cherry and cranberry. If fall had a taste, this would be it! The sweetness at the front gives way to a pleasing tart, slightly dry finish. Complex. Light bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted beer that is not just one of the finest fruit beers I've ever had - it's one of the finest beers I've ever had. Keep up the outstanding work New Glarus.

Mouthfeel

Pleasantly sweet, Serendipity walks a fine line, cautious not to step onto the cloying side, carefully balanced by spritzy carbonation, a lighter body, and a mildly tart, dry finish. Lingering flavors on the tongue beg for another sip, and another sip, and so on.

Overall

If you’ve experienced Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, you’ll find yourself in quite a familiar realm with Serendipity but, this beer doesn’t only piggy back on their successes, it flourishes with new and delicious fruit experiences! Serendipity proves, once again, Dan Carey is an expert brewer of fruit beer. Pick this one up without hesitation and be rewarded by it’s delicious fruit complexity for this beer, without question, will be another award-winning beer from New Glarus. (1,434 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This much anticipated offering from New Glarus pours ruddy red with some short froth that is reddish tan and falls quickly to a light skim coat.

There's a strong, sour and tart aroma dominated by cherry but the apple and cranberry blend together seamlessly to create an awesome smelling fruit beer. Some light honeyed malt aroma sneaks through the fruit.

The flavor is bursting with fruit also dominated by the cherry. The sweet apple plays nicely against the tart cranberry. The finish is sour apple with some tartness and sweetness to balance it out. The malt is in the background and no noticeable taste from the hops or yeast. The focus is entirely on berries and fruit as it should be.

The mouthfeel has a light carbonation that is perfect and this is tart and refreshing. Full flavored and medium body. More easily quaffed than their Cherry beer.

This is my new favorite fruit beer from NG. Cheers! (908 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this with Sendsilk. He introduced me to New Glarus. Thanks man.

Appearance: Pours a red/pink color with a film of a white head. Just looks like a fruit beer.

Smell: Smells of straight up sweet apples and strawberries. So inviting.

Taste - Taste is strawberry soda and apples. Not too sweet. Not too syrupy. Just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Just right. If I traded, this, Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red would be on my permanent ISO list. I could drink this every day. (553 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of dowen17
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby red. Two finger head.

Smells of candied cranberries. A hint of sour apple. And some ripe cherry. Smells sooo so good.

Tastes like cranberry candy. So good. Apple hits on the aftertaste. No alcohol at all. Very very good beer.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice carbonation. Clean finish.

Would absolutely drink this beer again. Puckers a bit on the finish. Pick it up if you see it. (398 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (2,891 characters)

Photo of pakman08
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle, chalice

crisp reddish orange with a nice head. Smell is huge on cheerwine / jolly ranchers. Taste is the same. This is basically like drinking raspberry soda / liquid jolly ranchers. Drinks like soda so the drinkability may be the highest of any beer ive had. Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall cheerwine with alcohol. Superb. (367 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: gorgeous mahograny/shiny burnt orange
2 finger tan/white head, divine lacing

S: fresh cherries, apple cider, and mild cranberries

T: cherries, apple cider middle, craberry sour pucker finish

M: med body, big sour/sticky mouth

O: One of my least favorite styles, but New Glarus
is converting me with this and Strawberry/Rhubarb.
Incredible nose and taste, perfect beer to introduce
skeptics and fun for summer Great Lakes parties.

OUTSTANDING; MUST TRY! (461 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear ruby one finger light head with nice lacing.

S-Cherries, apples and a tad bit of cranberries.

T-Amazing balance. Cherries and apples are centerstage with an ever so slight cranberry. Very sweet beer.

M-Light to medium in body, nice level of carbonation.

O-The best fruit beer I've ever had. (302 characters)

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.