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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 2,445
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 31.26%
Wants: 500
Gots: 641 | FT: 88
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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 Benish
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Came with a quarter inch head which dissipated quickly. Little lacings around the glass. Beer had a strong fruity aroma, I smelled both cranberries and apples. Very tart. It appeared dark red, kind of like cranberry juice with the exception that it had moderate froth and lacings.

The taste was very tart - like cranberry cocktail juice and yet very sweet. I noted highlights of different fruits as I tasted it - for certain there were cranberries and apples. While it was fruity, it had a nice malty background which is a reminder to me that it's a beer, not juice nor fruity wine. It's a 1 pint and 9 fluid oz. bottle, yet very drinkable and I did not share this (there wasn't anyone to share with anyway). A relaxing beer to enjoy both during the day (it's only 4% ABV) and in the evening hours. Enjoy!

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Photo of JayCheG
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep red with a light head that quickly dissipates
S: Sour apple, cherry with a hint of cranberry and vanilla
T: Sour apples up front that fades through cranberry and ends in the cherry tartness.
M: Fairly light and easy to drink
O: Very much enjoyed this beer. A lot of different flavors throughout. Just the type of complexity I like to taste in beers.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle into my ballast point snifter.

A:It reminds me of an amber ale in appearance or a dark apple juice.

S:It smells like a basket of fresh fruit.Allot of cherries and apples.

T:Very sweet,apple juice,light strawberry,cherry,tart..(duh)

M:Very lightly carbonated ,smooth.

O:Very tasty and very sweet.Something you gotta crave in my opinion.I would drink it again if I could but I would not go crazy chasing it.Deff worth the 12$ a bomber.I want to try other NG offerings a little less on the sweeter side.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml wax capped bottle into 16 oz tulip glass

A: Pours a cranberry red with a decent white head. A small amount of lacing lingers.

S: Really pleasant aroma. Getting a lot of fantastic apple and cherry smells. New Glarus produces such wonderful smelling beers. (oh, and they taste great too).

T: Simply fantastic. I have to keep reminding myself this is a beer because all of the usual flavors associated with so many different styles of beer are missing. Just as with the nose, lots of apple and cherry working here. It tastes even better as the beer warms with a more tart dynamic working. As with most beers, make sure you don't drink it too cold.

M: A nice balance of sweetness and tart. A perfect carbonation level.

O: I really love this beer. Such a wonderful, unique flavor for a beer, and it gets even better and more juicy as it warms. My only complaint is the same one that people in 49 states have, that its only available in Wisconsin.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium/dark brownish-red. Clear. Medium tall pale red head. Quickly dissipates into a thin film.

Smell - Sweet-tart cherries. Hints of the other fruits - apple and cranberry.

Taste - Begins very sweet with the cherry very prominent and finishes quite tart with a suggestion of cranberry. Apple flavor lingers. Taste is utterly authentic, captures the earthiness of real cherries.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - This is another absolute stand-out fruit beer from New Glarus. They seem to have a gift for capturing the authentic flavors of local fruit.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


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.


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.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to DarkMagneto for this one:

A - this one pours a ruby amber in color with ample fizzy fluffy head and solid lacing

S - cherry, cherry purée, cordial cherry, green apple, a bit of apple sauce, sour patch kids

T - cherry tart to the utmost; Serendipity tastes like a massive cherry tart bomb on apple-grape steroids; maybe a touch of cinnamon; a deliciously tart juice

M - this one has some serious tart pucker combined with perfect notes of sugar sweetness and the right amount of bite and fizz

O - serendipidelicious. Honestly, this is an awesome fruit beer and a perfectly complimentary offering along with Belgian Red and Wisconsin.

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Photo of RocketCityVol
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter

A: reddish amber with a thin white head.
S: heave cherry aroma with hints of Apple.
T: A lot like the smell, but the apple is just a prominent as the cherry. Almost tastes like juice.
M: medium bodied that mildly coats the tongue.
O: amazing cherry and Apple flavors. Great beer!

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Photo of BWED
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Amber, red highlighting. Delicate faint tan head. Retention is okay. Tiny speckles of lacing and there is a slight haze in the body.

S- Cherry and cranberry. I can smell the tartness.

T- Cherry and apple come through in flavor. Cranberry finish. Very faint malt background.

M- Bubbly juicy and a little tart. Light and fruity. Refreshing.

O- Really tasty. Shys away from the malt and hops, but delivers a nice lambic quality.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a transparent, rose-amber color with a handsome head of fine, khaki froth. Splotchy lacing clings handsomely to the glass as the beer recedes. The aroma smells strongly of green apple and cherry, with a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is pretty comparable to the nose, with the sourness taking center stage up front before a mild, honey-like sweetness comes through on the back end. The first sip really is delightfully puckering. I don't taste the cranberry so much per se; rather, it synergizes seamlessly with the other fruits. The cranberry actually seems to come through a bit more as the beer warms. A tingly, ascetic sourness asserts itself in the finish, kept vital by the perky carbonation. A distinct cinnamon flavor adds an extra element that keeps the melange from becoming too fruity. In spite of the bold flavor, the finish manages to remain mostly dry. This really is a fantastic sour ale that never becomes cloying in spite of its flavorful character. Another winning fruit beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Paired well with a lunch salad. I enjoy the tartness of Serendipity, wish it was stronger.

These NG fruited drinks taste more like cider than beer. My wife and mother-in-law would love it.

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Photo of blakelive784
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12!!

1 pt 9.4 fl oz green (?!) glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a translucent shade of crimson with two and a half fingers of pink tinged fizzy head. Retention is terrible but expected given its champagne qualities. Damn, that's nice to look at.

S - Fresh sweet red apples and tart cranberries. Light cherry when I search for it. It's amazing how fresh and distinct each fruit is. Mild lacto sour notes. Definitely sweet. Cider-esque. I'd honestly be hard pressed to find other notes. Moderate strength.

T - Awesome tart cranberries and apples. Follows the nose closely. Definitely tart, but far from sour. Buried crystal malts and indistinct yeast. A cough-syrupy like taste, but in a good way. Fruit stars, somehow without being overbearing. Impeccable balance between sweet and tart fruits.

M - Highly carbonated and dry. Almost perfect. Could use a little more body.

D - Obscenely drinkable. A great beer from New Glarus. I'd gladly have it again if I'd be so lucky.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a clear light amber with a pink tinge. Rocky beige head with a very slight red to it, settling at a film in the middle with a thicker ring around the rim. Appears to have been filtered. Very little activity around the nucleation site in the Duvel chalice.

S - Sour cherries, vanilla, oak with a very light funk in the background. Sweet apple notes meld with the cherry. Cinnamon spice much more apparent as it warms.

T - A sharp tartness at the beginning; it's nice, not overpowering. Tartness is mostly cherry flavored, but the oak aging has mellowed it out, taking away some of the bite and revealing the flesh of the cherry, which is earthier and more velvety. There's a bit of spice in here that shows up after the initial bite; clove, cinnamon and black pepper. Finishes with a lightly fermented apple, cinnamon and vanilla.

M - Carbonation is medium to low. Tartness burns less as the beer warms.

O - This beer works well both at fridge temp and closer to cellar temp. Poured cold it's reminiscent of sparkling wine, as it warms it gets closer to mulled cider with the spices becoming more pronounced. I drank the whole 750 myself over a period of two hours so I could see different characteristics of the beer evolve as it warmed. If you're going to share it, serve it closer to cellar temp. ABV isn't listed, but I would guess that it isn't very high, maybe 4.5 or 5.5%.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another wonderful fruit beer from the caves of New Glarus! Awesome Apple. Can mix with stouts as well. The smell is amazing. Sweet but not overly sugary.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great label, wonderful red/pink body with great clarity, plenty of effervescence (but really, upgrade or discontinue your bottle-waxing methods; they're nastily thin, crumbly things, no offense intended.) Smells and tastes fruity; strawberry, apple, cherry, cranberry, raspberry, even blackberry and blueberry could be imposed. I could be more specific if I wanted to scrutinize it, but this beer begs to be simply enjoyed and to welcome the refreshingly sweet, tart, fruity flavor and smell. Moderately-handed saccharine quality, but appreciable, especially with the carbonation and easy-to-enjoy flavors.

We all drink beer to get some degree of buzz, so I'd bet those who can't handle a sweeter beer would like a higher ABV to reach their destination before their sweetness gag reflex interposes, but for one with a serious sweet tooth such as myself, I appreciated the entire bomber, the final mental buzz, but not the longing for a repeat. Summarily, this is mildly alcoholic carbonated fruit juice.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml shared

L - Two finger head was poured that reduced. Dark copper mahogany color with nice clarity when held up to the light. Small bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was enjoyed.

A - Lots of fruit....apple, cherry, raspberry....smells sweet.

T - Fruity deliciousness. Sweetness and tartness. Love this.

M - Med/high carb...nice lingering flavor....light bodied

O - Really enjoyed this...my first true adventure into fruit beers was a success. This beer made me want to have alot more like this.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a clear but dark ruby brown color. There is a small, off white head that fades to a ring of foam. Very light, spotty lacing. 4

S: An interesting combination of fruit smells. I get a whiff of apple juice upfront, followed by some tarter aromas. Cherry and cranberry. Fairly sweet overall. 4.5

T: Very fruity. The cranberry provides a distinct flavor that was not as clear in the aroma. This is followed by sour green apple and some light bit of caramel. Tart cherry rounds out the flavor and makes for a long, mouthwatering finish. 5

M: Medium light bodied with low but effervescent carbonation. Lightly sticky but less so than you might expect given how sweet the beer is. 4

O: Hands down the best fruit beer I've ever had. Tart cherry melds perfectly with the cranberry. The apples round the tart flavor out and make it thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable. 5

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Photo of shadetree67
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Opening the year old bottle yielded my first geyser so I poured it quickly. 1 Finger of pinkish head, slight lacing and a ring of foam remained for the duration.

S. Cherries and Cranberries, maybe a little apple if I look for it. It smells very similar to sucrets cherry cough drops but in a good way.

T. Cherries and cranberries. Some oak. Though the bottle states that this is a "sour ale" - it only has a hint of sour.

M. Medium to high carbonation. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel.

O. This is probably my 2nd favorite NG fruit beer behind Strawberry Rhubarb. I could drink a lot of it without much issue. Would like to try to age one of these further as it is the only "sour" fruit beer in their line up

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Photo of phishsihq
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clean and clear ruby color, and it is capped by a thin, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lace. A big fruit-cocktail of a nose features apple and cherry prominently, with hints of cranberry dancing between sweet and sour whiffs. Amazing nose! The palate receives much of the same treatment, with flavors of sweet and sour cherries, tart dark fruit, cranberries, apple, and a touch of oak creating a wonderfully refreshing and tart flavor experience. Silky in the mouth, Serendipity is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Happy accident indeed!

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Photo of Vogie
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to my friend Matt from Wisconsin for this one.

P: Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Nice ruby brown color with about a two finger head the quickly disappears leaving some nice lacing around the glass.

S: A fruit bomb. Tons of cranberries, cherries, and apples.

T: Getting a mix of cranberries and apples with some cherry in there to. It's like carbonated fruit juice.

M: Fizzy carbonation like champagne. Light body and very fruity.

O: I think a lot of people that don't like beer would love this. I am not crazy about it but I appreciate all the hard work and craftsmanship in making this. New Glarus puts out some real good fruit beers. I liked Apple Ale slightly more.

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Photo of emyers
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a New Glarus pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear crimson color with a one inch white head.

Smell: Strong, strong cherry and cranberry aroma. Apples come in next but not quite as strong as the other fruits. Definitely hints at a nice tartness in the nose. I'm actually getting some cinnamon spice, but I'm fairly certain that wasn't added.

Taste: I don't know how New Glarus consistently nails fruit beers, but this is another prime example. In contrast with the smell, the apples are very strong here along with the cherry and cranberry. Tartness comes in midway through the sip and sticks around through the finish. It's a very pleasant tartness, and its role is more to balance out what would be a very intense sweetness from all the fruit as opposed to making the beer overly sour. The sweetness does become a little much after a bit, and there are slight hints of cherry cough syrup, but they are very fleeting and ultimately don't affect my overall opinion of the beer all that much.

Mouthfeel: There's actually a fairly thick feel to this, probably due to the sweetness. Light carbonation gives a nice fine fizz to it as it goes down.

Overall: New Glarus seems to have some sort of secret to making fruit beers that no one else knows. Really not a style I usually enjoy, but I've loved all of New Glarus's offerings. This one is right up there with Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red. It does get a little overwhelming after a while - I wouldn't want to drink a whole 750, but splitting a bottle is perfect

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich mahogany red-brown, and forms a dense, fluffy multi-finger head of off-white foam that lasts and lasts. Lacing is off the hook.

Smell: Fruit greets the nose cheerily, a burst of cranberries and cherries, all just slightly sour. Beneath, tones of sweet red apple and caramel malt buttress and support the sour fruits.

Taste: Just a sublime fruit beer. This opens much like an apple juice made with gala and honeycrisp, which has had a significant amount of cherry-cranberry preserves dissolved in it. There are faint hints of tart sour to the fruit, and the barest whiff of farmland funk along for the ride. All of that dances atop a solid platform of sweet caramel malt flavor. The finish and aftertaste are a mix of the fruit juice and malt aspects. Sublime.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, smooth, clingy, sticky, and yes - that bit of word salad adequately sums up the feel.

Overall: "Sublime" has already been mentioned, so it shall be left at that. Personally, I'd put this in my regular drinking rotation, were I closer to Wisconsin.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

The bottle pours with a white, one finger head that slowly dissipates. Color is a deep ruby red.

Aroma starts off with a massive hit of cranberry and (to a slightly lesser extent) apple. I get a slight hint of oak and tartness as well.

Taste starts off with a mouth-coating, juicy cranberry and apple mix. Sweetness and tartness show up in the middle in a perfect balance, briefly cleansing the palate. Slight sweetness from the fruit lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel gives that balance of slightly puckering tartness and sweetness, with the sweetness eventually winning out. Carbonation is medium, complementing the beer well.

Overall, this beer is a world class fruit beer. It gives you that juicy, tart fruit without overdoing the overly-sweet aspects that most fruit beers fall victim to. New Glarus has wowed me again and I actually prefer this to the Raspberry Tart. Cheers!

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Photo of langchops
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into FFF Teku

A - Pours a deep red/brown body with one finger of off-white pinkish head. Well carbonated

S - Cherries are the dominate scent going on. The apples are slightly noticed, but very subtle

T - Follows the nose but with more punch from the cherries. I was expecting more sourness from the charries, but it ended up being fairly sweet. Apples came in at the end, never got the raspberries.

M - Medium carbonation made for a light mouth. Coats well for the low ABV.

O - A smooth fruit beer that goes down well. I wouldn't want to drink more than two glasses of this with the sweetness factor. I wish it had more tartness to offset the sweet cherry/apple flavors.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.