Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by Lemke10 on 10-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#625
Reviews:
316
Ratings:
2,925
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
Wants:
558
Gots:
772
Trade:
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Photo of Franziskaner
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper colored and hazy. There's a fingernail of beige on the top. The aroma is a truly unique but very enticing blend of apples, cranberries, and cherries along with cinnamon. I'm tasting a decadent blend of cinnamon, apples, cranberries, and cherries. The mouth is dry and highly carbonated.

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share courtesy of Tracy.. Not enough superlatives for this. Gorgeous. Ruby body with small ring of head. Big fruity, jelly jar aroma. Taste is sweet and smooth, nice feel, sweetness lingers. Just damn near perfect.

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Photo of Buannaich
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dankacheese
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ectype
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBeast
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Squire
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant cherry apple color with pinkish cap and lace.

Aroma bursting with ripe apple, cherry and cranberry.

Flavor is a combination of the scents writ large. Apple provides the body, cherry the richness and cranberry the tartness with both apple and cherry adding sweetness. All well knit together and beautifully balanced.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Altogether a Goldilocks beer that's just right. I do get an airy citrus, almost lemony presence that I suspect is the underlying beer and I don't know if there are other berry/fruits in the mix but if there are the add to rather than detract from the whole.

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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like funky oaky fruit punch

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Photo of kitch
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark reddish brown colour with a big three finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, jammy, cherry, apple juice, cranberries.

Taste: Sweetarts, sweet and lightly tart, cherry, oak, apple and cranberry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: Although sweet, I think the apple/apple juice flavours balanced out that sweetness really well, and I easily preferred this over Raspberry Tart which was almost too sweet. Very drinkable goodness!

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

Received in a BIF box from the generous BA @swenny916. Poured into pint glass. It pours a pretty, hazy, ruby-cherry color with a thin, ecru-colored head and a thin but creamy sheen of lacing. The smell features bold apple, cherry, raspberry, cranberry, and other berries. There is also a whiff of vanilla. It has big taste of both sweet and tart cranberry and apple; when first sipped it's cloyingly sweet but toward the end it is nicely tart. I'm surprised by the viscosity: it is thick, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation, and at only 4% ABV it's certainly drinkable. But it isn't crushable - the sweetness and viscosity aren't conducive to drinking multiple pours. This is truly a dessert beer - and a mighty tasty one. In fact, it would pair really well with vanilla ice cream.

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

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4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/31/18; drank 4/21/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through purple/red appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small off-white head; decent lace.

Cherry, cranberry & candied sugar notes in the nose; a bit of a Luden's cough drop vibe.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Cherry soda & mildly tart cranberry flavors up front; candied sugar notes on the finish.

A bit syrup-y & candy like; however, it's an indulgent once in a while treat.

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

Pours a darker red color. The head is slightly red, 2 finger, frothy, with nice lacing. Retention is fairly good.
The nose is very fruity. Cherries, cranberries. Slightly tart smelling, at the same time, slightly sweet.
Taste - really pleasing. A smooth fruity flavor. Yes, I get the cranberries, cherries and apples advertised. The apple seems to come in on the back, where the other 2 are more up front. There's a slight tartness to it, but also a sweetness that balances it out well.
The body is a lot more full than I'd expect from the ABV. There's also a nice carbonation feel to this beer.
Solid beer, and I highly recommend that all BAs try it at least once. Well worth it.

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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leantom
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Joy. Absolute bliss. Here goes:

A: Clear but dark red - like cranberry juice. Can see through to the other side. Head is a massive red that leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Delicious. Lots of sour apples, cranberries, and pomegranate. Delightful.

T: Follows the nose. Emphasis on sour applies and cranberries - very sour. Excellent.

F: Refreshing.

O: A great find. Will have again.

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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright ruby with a small head. The aroma is deeply fruity, with a huge does of cranberry, with the apple following soon after and just a hint of cherry. The flavor starts sweet and ends very tart, with the apple and cranberry notes dominating, and the cherry around the edges, as well as notes of caramel and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is rather thick with tame carbonation. Overall this is an undeniably delicious dessert beer - perhaps a touch too sweet, but very deep and intense in flavor.

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Photo of swenny916
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light maroon color with just a touch of white head. Smell is cherry and cranberry, very fresh. The taste is similar. I taste cranberry and cherry on the front and apple on the back. It's medium feel, very smooth and easy to drink. Overall a very nice beer. The sour dissipated as I continued to drink.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 2,925 ratings