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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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1,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 393
Gots: 421 | FT: 52
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-17-2013 01:46:26 | More by enelson
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle shared with friends at NEBCO. Big thanks to Roger for this.

A: Clear garnet body with a finger of fine, faint ochre head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Lovely color, acceptable carbonation for the style.

S: Purely fruity, with ripe apple, tart cranberry, and sweet grape. Moderate acidity. Enchanting.

T: Sweet apple and grape up front, with tarter cranberry filling in behind. Crisp, bitter green apple aftertaste. As it warms, the sweetness starts to overwhelm the tartness a bit, giving it a distinct candied character - kind of like grape Laffy Taffy. Now, I love grape Laffy Taffy, but once I had that impression in my mind it was difficult to enjoy the beer as a beer. Still, it was delicious.

M: Creamy medium body. Luscious.

O: Excellent beer, but probably my least favorite of the three New Glarus 750s. It's not really any sweeter than Belgian Red, but that beer's sweetness just tastes like fresh-baked cherry pie; this had a more artificial candy thing going on, and as much as I enjoyed it I just couldn't get past that aspect. If I get the chance to have this again, I'll jump at it, but my fingers are absolutely crossed that there's a better cherry harvest in Door County this year.


06-02-2013 00:14:44 | More by woosterbill
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2013 03:47:10 | More by KevinGordon
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4.7/5  rDev +8%

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark dark brownish ruby red hue with a fat thumb width light tan head that fades to a thin light blanket.

S - Aromas of apples, cherries, and cranberries. This smells like someone took Wisconsin Red, Apple Ale, and Cranbic and blended them all together. Light vanilla oak notes. Very pleasant aroma with cherry being the dominant aroma.

T - Taste is just like the nose in that is is a nice blend of all three fruits. Bright fresh cherries, lightly tart, with very nice apple cider notes. The cranberry is there in the background, quite dry. Not as sugary sweet as the typical New Glarus fruit beer. The blending is quite quite nice with some nice light oaky vanilla to round things out.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, like a sparkling juice.

O - Overall I really, really enjoyed this beer. Not overly sweet, no cloy aspects. Basically drinks like a glass of cherry apple juice with some cranberry. Insanely tasty.

02-20-2014 20:13:59 | More by rudzud
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-18-2013 23:49:37 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

07-07-2013 02:26:54 | More by rfgetz
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3.65/5  rDev -16.1%

1745th Review on BA
Bottle NG Pilsner Glass

Purchased @Woodman’s, Kenosha, WI for 8.99
Thanks to KevanB for the glass

App- A crimson red with almost no head at all. Maybe a 1/2" of bubbles. Very still with a juice like appearance. No cling or lace.

Smell- Cherries, Apples and Cranberries. Exactly what the label says. Maybe intermixed with some wheat. It's a cherry beer, mixed with some other fruits. Smells awesome. Little bit of tart to it as well.

Taste- So I was actually really surprised by this one. It was really like the combination of both of the other fruit beers and then add it the apple/cranberries. It had a semi good balance of all the flavors and a little bit of oak behind it. Semi cough syrup like consistency of flavors as well.

Mouth- A light/medium body with a nice medium carbonation level to it. Tart cherry wheat aftertaste. With a bit of oak and cranberry. As mentioned in the taste, it was a bit like cough syrup.

Drink- For something so different this was a great tasting beer. A good amount of balanced fruits and then some oak behind it. Not sure belongs in Top 250. But I drove to freaking WI to get it.

02-21-2013 18:54:44 | More by FosterJM
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%

Have to admit that I watched eagerly for this one to show up within firing range in Western Wisconsin - New Glarus is the unmatched, undisputed, one-of-a-kind brewer of fruit beers. And here it is, finally. 750ML bomber split with my lovely wife.

Pour the beer & hey, the bottle is green. Didn't see that coming behind the dark liquid. In the glass, it's like a huge garnet exploded into a wet format, lovely, clear dark red. Nose is the expected gushing of fruit, dominated by the cherry, apple leavings. Very nice.

Serendipity continues the fine tradition of fruit dying for the cause. Cherries are still on top of this beer, & constitute about 85.7% of the taste profile, along with a large apple slice. The cranberries I honestly wouldn't have picked out, but they add a slight tartness right at the end that lowers the sugar cane quotient to just below the level of aching teeth. There is more of a cidery echo here - the influence of the apple, of course. Bet you can't take just one sip.

Lovely. Excellent.

10-31-2012 02:48:11 | More by maximum12
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

This is one of the very best things I've ever drank.

I thought they were just bs'ing me with the whole "Serendipity" tag. There were no cherries because of the drought. So, no annual Belgian Red for mynie on this day of Giving Thanks.

But, fuckit, this was reasonably priced and comes in a cool bottle.

Pours fruit roll-up dark with a small white head. Smells similar to Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart in that you have lightly tart, exceedingly smooth nodes of big, natural fruit along with a silky yeast finish. Tastes the same but oh my god so much is going on, such perfect variegation.

I-it's hard to describe without sounding like I'm just reading the label. Red apples, dried cranberries, real cherries, bready yeast. It's like fruit and candy and beer only, remarkably, it avoids ever becoming messy or cloying. If I were new to drinking and you were to tell me this was a solid example of a particular type of beverage, I would believe you. Even though nothing else like this exists, this exists so perfectly, so wonderfully balanced and sensible without the bounds of its own self-enunciated logic that it simply *has* to be an example of something. Because you can't do that. You can't create the terms by which you're allowed to exist simultaneous to your own existing.

But it's not an exemplar. It's only itself. And itself is perfect.

11-22-2012 19:48:46 | More by mynie
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-26-2014 16:40:55 | More by Griffith
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-12-2014 02:32:17 | More by ZEB89
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

10-26-2012 23:22:22 | More by eawolff99
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

08-11-2013 19:31:26 | More by Reagan1984
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-09-2013 02:23:05 | More by AngusOg
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

10-16-2012 03:15:09 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev -8%

10-21-2012 14:02:52 | More by smartassboiler
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

05-07-2013 02:33:31 | More by Holland
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4/5  rDev -8%

04-15-2013 03:07:13 | More by outoffocus
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-28-2012 01:24:47 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-15-2014 05:24:44 | More by mattmarka1
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a dark reddish amber color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Sheets of lacing is left behind down the glass.

One impressive fruit aroma. Can smell all the individual fruit components. Apples, cherries, and cranberries combine to create a wonderful appetizing smell. A bit of tartness underlies the fruit.

Fruit blitz to the palate. I pick up a little more apple than the other two with a welcoming tartness. Seems more tart than New Glarus other fruit beers which is pleasant. Mildly sweet which is kept in check by the tartness. All the fruit is complimented by a mild vanilla flavor.

Light bodied and not highly carbonated. Expected it to have a little more pep to the bubbles. Does feel smooth and even.

I would probably takes this over New Glarus more common fruit beers. Hard to believe this was an accident and not a well thought out and planned beer. Sublimely executed nonetheless and all in a low ABV package.

06-09-2013 18:18:37 | More by morimech
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3/5  rDev -31%

01-21-2013 20:32:07 | More by kscaldef
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-28-2013 14:51:14 | More by BMart
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-05-2013 16:55:40 | More by strongaf
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4/5  rDev -8%

01-08-2013 14:32:43 | More by Sean9689
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
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