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Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,910 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 413
Gots: 442 | FT: 57
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 +3.7%

atrocity, Jul 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

THECPJ, Feb 10, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
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"

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Cynic-ale, Sep 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

drummermattie02, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent medium ruby colour with half a finger of cream coloured head and good lacing.

S - Tart cherries up front - reminiscent of WBR. Some sweet breadineess and a very light apple aroma in the background.

T - Tart up front with sour cherries that give way to a sweet bready pie-crust-like flavour in the middle. The finish has a touch of apple and tart cranberry. Not specifically getting the oak. After a while this becomes very sweet. Difficult to drink the whole 750 ml bottle but very tasty nonetheless.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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

chippo33, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

scruffwhor, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

xnicknj, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks go out to Ri0 for this bottle!

A- A dark red colour, big head of foam that shrinks down quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- As soon as I popped the cap, the aromas literally permeated the area around me. Big green apples and sweet cherries every darn where...ooh..I am SO digging it. I could almost hover my nose over the glass for hours but...it's time to take a sip or 2, eh?

T- Oh my! The apples and cherries are there as expected but better executed than even I expected(not my first venture into NG Fruit/Vegetable beers) and then I'm hit with a mild cranberry tartness. Whoah, Nellie, this brew kills it!

M- Medium bodied, carbonation light until near/at/after the swallow where it perks up a bit. MF, like everything else screams nectar of the gods.

O- From my past track record for NG brews, I had high expectations. Those expectations were exceeded! Marvelous true Session beer!

Bitterbill, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jrallen34, Feb 23, 2013
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4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
No date or info.

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.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle, chalice

crisp reddish orange with a nice head. Smell is huge on cheerwine / jolly ranchers. Taste is the same. This is basically like drinking raspberry soda / liquid jolly ranchers. Drinks like soda so the drinkability may be the highest of any beer ive had. Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall cheerwine with alcohol. Superb.

Axnjxn, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bsuedekum, Dec 08, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending me this one in a past box! Thanks Alex! Shared this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a deep ruby red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, apple, raspberry, cherry, and cherry cough drops. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, apple, raspberry, cherry, and tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I am a really big fan of New Glarus’ other offerings and this one was no exception. Tons of sweetness without being too sweet. Tons of fruit without being too fruity. There is just so much going on in this one with a nice balance to top it off that it makes it incredibly easy to drink. A true must try if you have not done so already, especially if you are a fan of Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red. You won’t regret it.

thagr81us, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

AgentZero, Dec 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Lare453, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Griffith, Jan 26, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thrilled to finally get to try this. IMO, no one does fruit beers like Dan does. Thank you, Jeremy.

A mildly hazy mahogany with reddish highlights and a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is the purest, most exuberant expression of fruit I've experienced in a beer in quite some time. The apples burst out of the glass, bright, ripe, fresh and with cider notes. The cranberries lend an acidity, along with a nice aroma, while the cherries add a wonderful fleshy sweetness. The oak barrel fermentation is really nicely done, with a blend of vanilla and a touch of oak to go with the brown malt and caramel base. To my nose, New Glarus's fruit beers have always had a singularly unique profile, a deeply complex blend of mellow yeast and what I can only describe as terroir, and this beer is no different. Marvelous.

The palate opens with the bite of cranberries, tart and refreshing , before segueing into the cherry and apple flavors. The apple character is a blend of sweet and mildly tart apples, a blend of Gala and Pink Lady apples, I am tempted to imagine. The cherry character is a blend of dark red and near black cherries, a deep, fleshy flavor. Behind all of this is a mild malt sweetness, a blend of caramel and a little brown sugar. A touch of vanilla is also perceived. Medium in body and With a soft, creamy carbonation, this feels nice on the palate. Just a touch watery on the finish, the dominant lingering flavor is apple. Beautiful stuff, this is more cider than beer IMO. Very highly recommended.

DefenCorps, Nov 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Duff27, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Gobzilla, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

KevinGordon, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ZEB89, Jul 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

eawolff99, Oct 27, 2012
Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.