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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,033 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,033
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%

kjkinsey, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jaydoc, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

ygtbsm94, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Nov 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SocalKicks, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

largadeer, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

emerge077, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

JAHMUR, Mar 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

zeff80, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a lovely treat from new glarus. this one was made thanks to a cherry shortage, so cranberries and apples are added to account for the diminished cherry crop. the result is quite pleasant, and perfect for holiday season. the pour is raspberry looking pink in color, maybe a little darker, with a few fingers of fizzy white froth. the nose is remarkably sweet, like fruit candy, but also tart, a sour beer for sure. yeast is interestingly balanced out by the fruit, smells like sour granola. the taste is cranberry and sour yeast tartness at first, and then gently gives way to a holiday spice complex of apple and cinnamon and warming mulling spices, the spice then dies out and a ton of residual sugar is left over. this exacerbates as it warms. great feel with a ton of carbonation, made even lighter and more airy by the thin malt profile and the low abv. a lot like the raspberry tart in the sense that i dont need a whole 750ml bottle of this for myself, but it was a joy to try. i hope for plentiful cherry crops, but i also hope this beer stays in the lineup, a really nice compliment to some of their other fruit beers. the champaigne mouthfeel goes perfectly with the fruit and the sour. well done.

StonedTrippin, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Jason, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nickfl, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Kegatron, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Nice big creamy foamy 1 finger head adds nice rich lacing, cranberry chestnut color hazy.

Nose apple cherry juice, nice fresh mildly tart apple juice, with fresh cherry note, mild cranberry juice, pretty big sweetness on the nose, hope the taste isn't too sweet, and little tart apple flesh, hint skin, very faint vanilla oak note.

Taste start semi sweet but not too much, big acidic bite but just a little tartness, lactic acid like without sourness, nice fruit juice again, tart apple and fresh cherry again, and nice cranberry, mild skin like bitter note, little flemmy in the finish, little sweet too with more acidic bite, tons of fresh apple juice and cherry. Also a touch of vanilla oak

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy and sticky, nice acidic bite, decent carb.

Overall awesome, nice balance of sweetness and fruity juice with acid, nice sweetness to balance all the fruit juice without getting too sweet like some of hte other New Glarus beers, good apply cherry and cranberry fruits, faintest hint of oak that I kinda wish was a bit more.

jlindros, May 02, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up in Milwaukee by Bryna. Thanks! Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Transparent amber body.

S - Massive apple aroma, with lesser notes of cranberry and cherry. Faint oak at the outset, but fades as the beer warms up. Light tart fruit character, but I don't think I'd guess there was wild yeast involved without reading the beer description.

T - The taste has more of the cherry and cranberry flavors mid-palate, before yielding to apple in the finish. Some slight malt sweetness mixes with the fruits, but it's fairly low-level. Loads of flavor for a 4% beer.

M - Medium body, juicy texture, with light tannic fruit and oak character late. Pleasant moderate-to-high carbonation, and obviously no discernible alcohol character.

D - It's like fruit juice. Really easy to drink, although it's a tiny bit sweeter than I prefer. It's like a blend of Apple Ale, Cranbic, and Belgian Red; glad New Glarus was able to make "lemonade out of lemons" in regards to the poor cherry harvest.

MasterSki, Aug 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear red color with a mild amber hue. There is a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

S: Tart like other fruit new glarus offerings. Fruit juice, cranberry, tart cherries. Sweet overall.

T: This one has the trademark new glarus fruity tartness. I'm getting apple juice, cranberry, and tart cherry. The finish is sweet and fruity.

M: medium body with a small amount of tingly carbonation. The finish is dry.

O: glad they made this one. I really enjoy these low abv fruit beers.

oline73, Jan 15, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Moll. Served in a whatever. Beer is brownish and clear with a ruby hue to it. Interesting looking, almost still, no real head, no lacing, Looks fine.

Aroma is fruity, sweet, cherries, berries, smells OK.

Tastes a little medicinal, super sweet, rough actually, NOt a very good beer, not on the same level as Belgian Red or Raspberry tart. Not a repeat.

drabmuh, Jan 29, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serendipity Accidental Fruit Ale, New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI.

Clear, dark ruby red coloring, no head to speak of.

Aroma: sharp, tart, and fruity. Cherries and cranberries, with apple way behind, if perceptible at all.

Taste: Bracing, puckering tartness slaps the palate, with juicy fruit behind. Sour, lactic acid returns with each new sip. Body is medium/light. Maybe an itty-bit lighter than I like, but not moreso than the best Belgian lambics out there. Sour fruit flavor is eternal.

Nice one, this. Let's take a moment to read the label description: "Sever 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' 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!"

Oh, yeah, sparkles and dances, that's what I meant to say…Yeah, lots of sparkling and dancing. I don't go in for the poetry when it comes to New Glarus brews, because I know they've probably already beat me to it.

Apples are coming through in the flavor, but are still smothered by the louder, and sourer berries inside. Deliciousness, indeed.

feloniousmonk, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mendvicdog, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's not easy to make a good apple beer without it being one-dimensional or without it just having incidental off-flavors. But as with many NG beers I've had, they definitely nailed it with this one.

Poured a clear ruby red color with tints of amber, and a small fizzy pink-white head that dissipated almost completely. Fruit juice aroma, obvious apple, lesser notes of berry / fruit punch. Taste was fresh and brilliant, apple juice, cran-razz, mostly sweet, but a bit of tartness in there as well, along with maybe a subtle touch of spice, but the apple flavor was clearly in charge here. Light-medium body, juicy, effervescent, and overall quite enjoyable. I'm not sure I'd want to take on a full bottle myself, and/or significant quantities on a regular basis, but it's definitely great in small quantities.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2013
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.