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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,833 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,833
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 408
Gots: 427 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Florida9
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Florida9, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

GeezLynn, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

ThePorterSorter, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bsuedekum, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

hardy008, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mychalg9, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -7.8%

AgentZero, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of simi46
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

simi46, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of BYOFB
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Vonerichs, Dec 01, 2012
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?)

Soozy, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

jjanega08, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of soccerfancooch
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

soccerfancooch, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.22.12 Thanksgiving 2012

A - Pours a clear pinkish brown with a one inch light tan-pink head with good retention.

S - Cherry and sweet.

T - Cherry, apples and sweet. The cranberry finishes in the drink.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Sweet, but not overly so.

O - Fruity and sweet. Cherry and apple fruit salad. This was a great choice for after dinner.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bman_85, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

EROCK75, Nov 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

frankman71, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Tiburon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Tiburon, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serendipity pours a reddish color, with a large red head. Alot of sweet aromas, especially cherry. The taste has a blend of sweet fruits, cherry is profound, with hints of the apples and cranberries. Great full flavor, all the fruits blend together, there is no stages of flavors from the fruits. Not overpowering sweet. Overall a fantastic fruit beer.

vette2006c5r, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Deivos
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Deivos, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

SpeedwayJim, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Ri0
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A – A magnificent deep, deep ruby/maroon hue and a brilliant fluffy white head erupts to float atop the sparkling liquid beneath. A nice stream of bubbles jets up from the bottom of the glass. So beautiful looking.

S – The aroma is sensational with big cherry, cranberry, and apple. I never knew you could have this scent in a beer.

T – The taste is about the best I have ever had from a fruit beer. Not sour, but tart and sweet at the same time. Wonderful mix of the three fruits, cherry, cranberry, and apple. If you like tart fruit, this will make you forget all of your troubles as you slip away into a fruit filled blissful state of mind.

M – Fantastic carbonation. I think of this as a beer champagne. The subtle tartness will have you pucker at first but the gentle sweetness just keeps you drinking.

O – The best example of a fruit beer that I know of. I really don’t know how New Glarus could improve on this. Bravo!

Ri0, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of YeastWrangler88
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 28oz bottle into a sierra nevada tulip glass:

Appearance: The color is like a translucent red apple skin, with some cherry colors, also some burgundy. Perfectly clear, nothing I can say bad about it..

Aroma: wow! simply amazing, a perfect harmony of fall fruits, tart, sweet and fruity maybe a little vinegar like aroma too, but like that of apple cider, not white vinegar, extremely pleasent, i would pay a lot for a candle that smelled this good.

Flavor: Again, wow! Slightly sweet oaky beginning turns into sour, then oaky, then sweet, then oak, then tart. its seriously a roller coaster on the tongue.. truly amazing. Finishes slightly dry with that tartness to make it refreshing. tastes like a fruit juice, sweet apples with some sourness like a granny smith apple, then sweet like cherries (deeply sweet though), then cranberry tartness and dryness.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is high to me, for a beer, but not like a champagne. works perfectly to me, some residual sweetness, that makes the dryness rounded and really well balanced. beautiful.

Overall: ill keep this simple. this beer is amazing. even if you HATE beer, this beer is for you. perfect for a post-thanksgiving treat to just mellow your night. if you see this beer, buy it. one of the best beers i've ever had in my life. great job New Glarus, keep up the fruit beers and keep them your secret because they are truly a work of art.

YeastWrangler88, Nov 23, 2012
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,833 ratings.