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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,763 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 393
Gots: 423 | FT: 52
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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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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-03-2013 23:48:46 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange-red with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly a variety of sweet fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice fruity presence that makes it super drinkable.

05-07-2013 04:06:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

01-21-2013 00:50:51 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%

Bottle generously shared by yourefragile.

Pour yields a reddish-brown colored brew with a short fizzy head that recedes somewhat quickly. The nose carries a strong bit of cherry and cranberry as well as underlying earthiness. Some tartness coming through, as well as fruit skin. Flavor is moderately tart but has far too much underlying sweetness. Body is medium and appropriate, but there's too much residual sweetness coming through. Pretty nice for a fruit beer, but pales in comparison to Belgian Red and, to a lesser degree, Raspberry Tart.

01-27-2013 13:49:24 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-04-2013 03:36:30 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet color with a bubbly head that leaves quite a lot of dots and dashes behind

Smell: Fruit jello aromatics, with cherry and apple dominant and cranberry underneath

Taste: Very sweet and fruity, up front, with the cherry flavors progressing into tart cranberry and finishing with sweet apple; some tartness develops in the aftertaste, along with a hint of cinnamon red hots that lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; a touch puckery

Overall: There is a lot to like in the bold flavors of this beer, as well as the hint of tartness and red hot flavors; still, it is just so darn sweet that it truly becomes cloying and drinking more than a glass is a chore

Thanks, joshuaseresse, for the opportunity

11-15-2012 00:31:01 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -8%

11-20-2013 07:08:19 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

03-09-2013 18:23:45 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep reddish color ale with a nice thick foamy head with OK retention and some minor lacing. Aroma of cherry and sweet apple pie is out of this world and pretty closed to being perfect. Taste is also dominated by sweet apple pie notes with some sweet cherry notes and light malt presence. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very easy to drink and almost veered into juice category but in a really good way.

04-28-2014 19:55:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%

Self-proclaimed as a "kaleidoscope of flavor", necessity yields art as the common cherry crops petered out and forced improvisation to take place. So, when life gives you lemons, then you make beer!

Peach-gold in color and with a kiss of mauve, the ale pours with pectin haze that's unadulterated from any filtration. Spritzy carbonation thrusts through the medium-dense body for form a champagne-type foam before settling into a creamy and scattered foam stance. Retention tries to trickle, but a quick swirl regenerates with ease. Ivory-white in its foam, the ale laces spottily yet consistently.

Tart fruitiness and sweet pulp play out from nose to finish. Its upstart is bright and vibrant with a plethora of orchard and tropical fruit aromas and tastes. Reminding the early palate of fusion fruit juices, its the culmination of cranberry, cherry and apple that cry out its fruit additions. Yet is fermented character provides the dry ale-like underpinnings that keep the individual fruit flavors from becoming obviously so. Balanced by natural acidity, its a sharper lime-like crispness and a tinge of musty dried fruit that offset the sweetness of the fruit to perfection.

Its mid-dry body allows for effortless drinkability and a high level of refreshment. Tart effervescence gives the fruit a lift and allows a peppery bite and slight astringency to balance its after texture. The tartness masks alcohol and allows for light fruit flavors to linger in aftertaste.

The ale is quite serendipitous indeed. Where drier Belgian sour ales often loose their fruit identity and the sweeter ones are sickly- this improvised ale lands right between for full fruit appreciation and without distracting cloying. Its a beautiful beer for most occasions- from complements to summer salads to the most esteemed celebration cheers.

08-21-2013 16:47:48 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-17-2013 05:06:53 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2012 18:42:18 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8%

06-10-2013 03:47:17 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-12-2013 19:04:54 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -8%

05-07-2013 02:34:14 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-03-2013 20:30:53 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -12.6%

Thanks to Traci for sending this one out for me to try. The beer poured out as a vibrant red color with a fizzy white colored head on top. The head settles and doesn't leave any lacing or retention behind on the glass... The smell of the beer smell like pure fruit with a little bit of oak in there to give it more of a natural essence. The taste of the beer is like fruit punch, it's got the cherry and the apple and the cranberry all in there at different times. The flavors mix well but really give off a juice-like flavor. The oak is a little on the hidden side, I feel it could have been aged a bit longer to possibly give this one more of that wooden flavor. The mouthfeel of the beer was highly carbonated, it was sharp, tart and crisp. It's was also light bodied for having such a large amount of flavor. Overall I can't complain it's a good brew much like the Raspberry Tart and the Belgian Red from New Glarus. This one just adds a new outlook to what they're able to pull off when nature throws them a curve ball. This beer is enjoyable, it's sweet and juicy and loaded with fruity flavors. It's worth trying if that is what you're into.

11-19-2012 04:50:28 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

01-14-2013 18:42:10 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks Justin for sharing this at the 3rd annual chili showdown.
Poured into a pint glass, the beer was a dark reddish amber color with bright clarity and a frothy head that left a halo of sticky spotty lacing around the edges of the glass. Big fruity aroma of cherries and cranberries, possibly apple too. The fruit is obviously natural with a light tartness to it. Flavors of cherry are most noticeable at first, then the supporting notes of the apple and cranberry blend in afterwards. Also in the mix is a nicely dry wood tannin in the aftertaste that balances the sweet tart quality of the fruit forward notes it leads off with. It's light body is reminiscent of Cranbic a little bit, so is the moderate tartness with a slight sharpness to it. Overall it's very drinkable, worth trying if you enjoy New Glarus' fruit beers, though it's not far off from the existing range.

11-05-2012 03:44:39 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-01-2013 18:36:47 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -8%

02-14-2013 14:57:09 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-28-2013 18:02:08 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-27-2013 07:08:36 | More by SocalKicks
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

10-13-2013 18:43:14 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

01-15-2014 19:25:09 | More by Jason
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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,763 ratings.