1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SerendipitySerendipity

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,609 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 370
Gots: 383 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Serendipity Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,609 | Reviews: 191 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rlee1390
rlee1390

Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear ruby one finger light head with nice lacing.

S-Cherries, apples and a tad bit of cranberries.

T-Amazing balance. Cherries and apples are centerstage with an ever so slight cranberry. Very sweet beer.

M-Light to medium in body, nice level of carbonation.

O-The best fruit beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 13:04:40 | More by rlee1390
Photo of BeerLover99
BeerLover99

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: gorgeous mahograny/shiny burnt orange
2 finger tan/white head, divine lacing

S: fresh cherries, apple cider, and mild cranberries

T: cherries, apple cider middle, craberry sour pucker finish

M: med body, big sour/sticky mouth

O: One of my least favorite styles, but New Glarus
is converting me with this and Strawberry/Rhubarb.
Incredible nose and taste, perfect beer to introduce
skeptics and fun for summer Great Lakes parties.

OUTSTANDING; MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 19:18:11 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Morey
Morey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-23-2013 02:38:01 | More by Morey
Photo of BMMillsy
BMMillsy

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend. Pours a deep ruby red with off white two finger head. Huge bouquet of cranberry and cherry, sweet and tart smelling. Flavor is more cherry heavy with hints of the cranberry coming through. Very sweet, slight tart. More medicinal than I had hoped but not overwhelming. Lingering tart cranberry that grows on me while I go. Light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Cool beer, but not as good as Raspberry Tart.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:52:12 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of hilgart1
hilgart1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-18-2012 21:05:51 | More by hilgart1
Photo of CuriousMonk
CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

05-24-2013 17:04:32 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of KTCamm
KTCamm

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a wine glass.

Light orange red, active bubbles. No foam. Fruity smell, mixture of apples, cherries, cranberries. Malty backbone. Tart flavor throughout, fades out. Tart close. Light and flavorful. Super fruity. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:21:36 | More by KTCamm
Photo of ThePorterSorter
ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:06:31 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of TX-Badger
TX-Badger

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2012 05:33:09 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of jegross2
jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-08-2013 04:40:35 | More by jegross2
Photo of DaPan
DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-20-2014 00:11:07 | More by DaPan
Photo of notchucknorris
notchucknorris

California

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

A: Pours a hazed amber color with a bit of a garnet hue when held to light. A foamy two finger head rises up in the glass immediately and shows decent retention.

S: As soon as it's poured, the room starts to fill with sweet red apple and cherry notes. Very sweet, but not sickeningly so. Tons of juicy red apple, syrup soaked cherry and bright cranberry with just a hint of oak and vanilla underneath. Smells incredible.

T: Very similar to the smell. Which is a really good thing. There's just so much fruit juice packed into this thing, it's incredible. Tons of apple cider with a lot of juicy red cherry and cranberry juice cocktail thrown in for good measure. A hint of ripe pear, fruit leather and red apple skin on the finish. Just enough carbonation to break up the sweetness, though it could maybe do with just a touch more. This is the most fruit I've ever tasted in a beer. I really love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 02:36:14 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of CoryR
CoryR

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-07-2013 16:19:07 | More by CoryR
Photo of oglmcdgl
oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

02-26-2013 06:29:27 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek

New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours a clear sunny red color, bubbly fizzy head of about one inch fades quickly, small little dots of lacing on the glass.

Incredibly fruity fresh aroma- the fruits all mix well together, but cranberry and cherry are the most notable.

The taste is similarly vibrant. Cranberry, cherry, and apple (again, not as noticeable as the others, probably because of their more tart characters), all smack you across the face, nicely. There is a mild, but very welcome, sour twang at the end of each sip that keeps the sometimes cloying sweetness in check. The beer is quite sweet, unbelievably so, actually, so drinking large amounts isn't easy.

Medium bodied, crisp juicy mouthfeel. Drinkable for the first 4 oz or so, then gets to be a cloying chore, a little bit.

Incredible that this is actually beer- I don't taste any malts or hops, just the giant basket of fruit that went into each bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 17:06:58 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of SadMachine
SadMachine

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

07-29-2013 02:07:14 | More by SadMachine
Photo of lupercmda
lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

05-05-2014 00:33:25 | More by lupercmda
Photo of hollywood_15063
hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%

06-04-2014 01:54:17 | More by hollywood_15063
Photo of Stinger80OH
Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-19-2013 14:38:54 | More by Stinger80OH
Photo of jampics2
jampics2

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-04-2013 21:56:17 | More by jampics2
Photo of Kopfschuss
Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-28-2014 23:35:28 | More by Kopfschuss
Photo of atone315
atone315

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-08-2013 23:23:02 | More by atone315
Photo of inlimbo77
inlimbo77

Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Winter '13
HF wine glass

A: Clear ruby reddish color. Initially about a finger of off white head. Formed a collar of bubbly goodness. Leaving some lacing bits. Seems to have nice carbo.

S: Smells delicious. Fruit bomb. Initially got tons of the cranberry flesh. Then when I swirled I pulled that apple and cherry in too. Some tartness is certainly there. Like other NG beers, doesn't smell fake.

T: Tart cherry up front on the tongue, then you get that sweet fruit character. It's awesome stuff. Pulling all aspects here. Prickly carbonation. Just delicious fruit goodness. Pulling that cranberry and apple on the back end. Finish is dry like a champagne.

M: Light to medium. Solely because of the fruit and sweetness. Other than that, light beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 15:29:46 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Dicers
Dicers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-20-2014 19:39:07 | More by Dicers
Photo of vonnegut21
vonnegut21

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

10-04-2013 17:35:26 | More by vonnegut21
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.