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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,563 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 365
Gots: 372 | FT: 53
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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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Through a drought brought us salvation, in the form of Serendipity, a fruit ale that pours a deep ruby red. Pinkish head forms and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of fruit juice and ale, consisting mainly of sweet dough, fresh apples, berry and cherry. Not surprisingly, the key ingredients in this brew really shine in the aroma. Quite an appetizing bouquet.

In the taste, waves of cherry, cider, berries and beer. Some caramel, honey, and raspberry. Just a soft oak and not overly dry. Light bodied, well carbonated, finishes with a fair tartness.

Overall, freaking great. A fruit ale with complexity. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:23:20 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

03-24-2013 03:15:49 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

The beer appears ruby to amber with a frothy, off white head. The aroma brings a potent dose of apples, pears, tart cranberries, sweet fruit juices. A typical New Glarus fruit beer. Bold and assertive. Teeming with flavor. Sweet cherries and apples with minimal alcohol. Though a bit sweet for my tastes, there's no denying that this is a terrific beer. Fantastic in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:09:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

01-15-2013 04:54:14 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -8%

03-04-2013 07:23:20 | More by drewone
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with a small off white head on top. Decent head retention, leaving a thin cap on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Getting all three fruit flavors on the aroma, with the cherries upfront, cranberries in the middle, and a really nice apple aroma on the finish. Very fruit, similar to other NG fruit beers, very inviting.

T: Again, a very nice blend of all three fruits, with a bit more of an assertive cherry flavor upfront, a bit less cranberry and a smooth apple finish, sort of a cider/apple juice blend flavor. Right after the apple is a slight mouth pucker tartness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, extremely drinkable, just like Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red.

O: Fantastic, right up there with the other NG fruit beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 23:37:44 | More by mdaschaf
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-26-2013 00:56:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A darker brown color with some red running through it, almost no head on the beer, the flimsy bubbles that were produced quickly vanished into the summerscape.

Cool aroma that clearly gets all the fruit aspects across, was surprised how prevalent the cherry was. Apple and cranberry followed that up. Pleasant, tart.

Taste was like many of the 750 fruit beers from NG: Plenty of sweetness, but never sugary, tart, but nowhere near mouth puckering sourness. These are mild in the sour department, but they really do seem to be going for a balanced approach to all things fruit. Funny to think how good of a beer they can make by "accident". Cherry in the mouthfeel was still the dominant part of the profile.

I think I would like an even more sour, innoculated version of this beer. Crank it up f'ers.

Not better than the Belgian Red, but just as good if not better than Raspberry Tart. Plenty of unique points on this one. Plenty light on its feet at 4% abv. A great morning and hot weather beer. Plenty earthy too. Good for blowing minds when people think the only beer is BMC AAL's.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 16:24:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

09-01-2013 01:20:15 | More by Kelp
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

07-20-2013 02:21:24 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-10-2013 23:46:16 | More by THECPJ
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -8%

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

Washington

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split, served in NG flutes

Bummer about the cherry shortage putting Belgian Red on hold, but I've been anxious to try this replacement brew. New Glarus makes fantastic beers showcasing each of these three fruits (cherry, apple, cranberry) so it's no surprise this motley crue of a beer delivers an assault of flavor. Cranberry seems most prominent and provides a real nice tartness. Happy to have more of these bottles in the "cellar"

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 20:58:09 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-08-2013 00:48:07 | More by TurdFurgison
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-22-2014 21:01:44 | More by afsdan
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely, sparkling clear red color with a small but moderately durable red-tan head that left the glass nicely coated when tipped.

Has a very fruity aroma; tart. Appealing yet it didn't prepare me for the magnificent taste. The flavor is loaded with mixed fruit, with both cranberries and cherries evident. Perfect TART/sweet balance. Serendipity indeed.

The medium-light body is quietly lively yet creamy smooth.

O: as good as any fruit beer I've ever had, including the finest Belgian lambics.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 15:11:25 | More by chinchill
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billab914

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

10-04-2013 22:07:10 | More by billab914
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

09-23-2013 14:58:21 | More by xnicknj
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

08-28-2013 13:29:28 | More by scruffwhor
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-21-2013 14:09:45 | More by drummermattie02
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-01-2013 01:59:58 | More by Zaphog
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
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A - Serendipity's cap cracks with a loud carbonation hiss, a prelude to the tall, rocky off-white foam which rests on the beer for quite some time. Stunningly beautiful, this gorgeous beer pours a clear, rich ruby, almost blood red color.

S - It's interesting that this beer is coming in to briefly replace Belgian Red due to the cherry shortage because Serendipity smells incredibly similar. Bold fresh cherry and light cherry skin tannins come through with a juicy red apple nose appearing from a swirl. I'm hard pressed to pick out any cranberries within this aroma but, it's not a hindrance. Earthy tones and faint wood peek out as the fruit beer warms.

T - A happy accident indeed, this beer strays from the Belgian Red-like aroma into it's own unique territory, really coming into it's own. Stronger apple presence reminds us we're in the harvest season and suggests sipping cider at an orchard while cherry and cranberry bring a balancing tartness to the table. Like the aroma before it, earthy and faint wood notes start to emerge carefully as the beer warms up.

M - 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.

O - 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. Buy without hesitation and be rewarded, for this, without question, will be another award-winning beer from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:07:42 | More by BeerFMAndy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from buzze40, 750ml into a tulip.

Crazy ruby tones with an offwhite head. Good retention and lacing. Nose of cranberry and apple pie, some cherry sucker character as well. All three fruits are surprisingly well represented. Sweet malt, but fruits are huge. Taste has all of the fruits well represented, some pie filling, jammy and jolly rancher/lollipop flavours of the fruits in this brew. Medium feel, moderate sweetness and some effervescence. The Carey's hit it out of the park again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 16:55:13 | More by liamt07
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8%

05-11-2013 01:02:35 | More by tobelerone
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-23-2013 04:37:26 | More by jrallen34
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,563 ratings.