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Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable 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

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Avg:
4.36
pDev:
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Photo of MCain04
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as a generous extra for a non-BA trader, thanks bro. split with BostonRyan and poured into oversized snifter

A: Deep red and slightly opaque with minimal head present.

S: smells of cherries and apples, quite like a cider. refreshing

T: along the nose, hits heavily on apples, grapes, and cherries, but minimal sourness is present. this tastes like a cross between a fruit lambic and a cider.

M: smooth and medium body with good carbonation, a little too sticky.

O: The only fruit beer I've ever enjoyed. Not truly a cider, but not a lambic, simply a nice and unique offering from a Midwest favorite.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with 1 finger of white head and sticky lacing. Head drops down to a fine cap on top the beer. The beer is a light rose color when its held up to light. The beer is brilliant and clear.

Smell: A big cherries and apples with a hint of cranberries. I think that I might smell raspberries too. The red fruit notes here are big and spectacular!

Taste: This beer almost tastes similiar to blending Belgian Red and Apple Ale. Great mixture of sweet fruit and tart fruit notes. You get a nice mellow oak note and a touch of vanilla as the sweet fruit notes blend with the oak note in the middle of the beer. There is definately some type of a mild spiciness in this beer, its almost like a cinnamon stick in apple cider. The cranberries add a nice mild tart zing to the end of this beer. All three fruits seem to be really well balanced with each other through the entire beer and not a single fruit seems to try and steal the spotlight. Really unique and I enjoy it!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. The carbonation is really soft and delicate on the palate. Its like they blended the lower carb levels of Belgian Red and the aggressive champaign like carbonation of Raspberry Tart. Its carbonation perfection!

Overall: Dan Carey is a fruit beer genius! This beer proves it. He is no one trick pony hiding behind his world famous "fruit twins" and shows off his originality, creativity, and diversity with this beer. He is a truely amesome brewer who is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and change it up for the better when conditions are not optimal for making his tried and true Belgian Red. He took all the strengths of the fruit beers (Belgian Red and Apple Ale) that he already brews, adds some cranberries and POOF the next big thing to come from this amazing small town WI brewery! Honestly, I enjoyed Serendipity better than both Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red; Senendipity blows both them both away. Raspberry Tart is now dethroned as my favorite New Glarus fruit beer. Lets keep in mind that both Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red are also wonderful fruit beers with very high accolades. My only request is... Dan please brew Serendipity all year long! Yep, I just said it!

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Photo of mke_Brewer
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy color with a thin, fleeting pink head. Aroma is fantastic. Smells and tastes just like the label describes...a combination of excessive cranberries, apple and raspberry. Very light in body. This could very well be a juice cocktail. I really enjoyed the taste but certainly did not feel like I was drinking beer. Having said that, it is delicious!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: About two bubbly fingers of very light red head on the pour. Outstanding carbonation throughout. Dark apple red color with some slight tints of orange. Creamy lacing crept down the glass as a enjoyed every drop.

Smell: Apples, apples, apples. Some balanced tartness from the cranberries really adds some kick to the aroma. Some light sweetness from the cherries but they are not a major player.

Taste: Smooth apples hit right on the front. A seamless transition to the cranberries blast through in the body and do not let your palette rest. The sweetness is very much kept in check to keep it from having an over the top artificial taste. The finish is some dried fruit which is so pleasant on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing fruit. Light to medium boded with a moderate lasting sweetness.

Overall: Perfect fruit beer. Wow New Glarus again knocks this completely out of the park. Perfect for a spring afternoon.

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Photo of JayCheG
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Serendipity

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice dark copper color with some nice Amber notes and some slight ruby red notes. There is a nice slightly off-white head that forms with nice dense and tight bubbles. It recedes fairly quickly. (4.5)

Aroma starts off sweet and tart. There is some nice candy sugar sweetness in the nose with notes of cherry and some other berry sweetness. Very mild tartness in the nose can be perceived. There are some nice notes of sweet apple and pear juice mixed in with the berry and cherry tartness. Awesome. (4.0)

The taste blew me away. It is so fresh and fruity. Starts off with some nice sharp tartness. Cherry is perceived then some nice fruit sweetness. Candy sugar notes. I love the fresh fruit sweetness. Apple notes and pear with some nice berry notes as well. There is a nice tart cherry finish and some nice cranberry notes. There is a nice yeast note in the finish that is chalky and slightly phenolic. There are some nice woody notes that are present as the beer warms, almost spicy and cinnamon like. Mouthfeel is crisp and delicious with a smooth finish. (5.0)(4.0)

This is a very good fruit beer. Very nice fruit sweetness and good tartness. The fruit flavors all blend together quite well. (4.0)

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Photo of Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red color. Has a tart fruity aroma. Flavor is delicious. Tart fruit notes of cranberry with a light sweet background flavor. Has a slight fermented aftertaste with a fruity mouthfeel. Overall this is delicious!

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Photo of umustdrink
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Nice big creamy foamy 1 finger head adds nice rich lacing, cranberry chestnut color hazy.

Nose apple cherry juice, nice fresh mildly tart apple juice, with fresh cherry note, mild cranberry juice, pretty big sweetness on the nose, hope the taste isn't too sweet, and little tart apple flesh, hint skin, very faint vanilla oak note.

Taste start semi sweet but not too much, big acidic bite but just a little tartness, lactic acid like without sourness, nice fruit juice again, tart apple and fresh cherry again, and nice cranberry, mild skin like bitter note, little flemmy in the finish, little sweet too with more acidic bite, tons of fresh apple juice and cherry. Also a touch of vanilla oak

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy and sticky, nice acidic bite, decent carb.

Overall awesome, nice balance of sweetness and fruity juice with acid, nice sweetness to balance all the fruit juice without getting too sweet like some of hte other New Glarus beers, good apply cherry and cranberry fruits, faintest hint of oak that I kinda wish was a bit more.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FishAndBeer for the trade.

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a tulip glass

A- Deep ruby and garnet with a medium off-white slightly garnet head that dissipates slowly to a ring.

S- Sweet fruit, very similar to sparkling cranberry apple juice you can find around Thanksgiving. I can get all three fruit flavors of cherry, apple, and cranberry coming through, it makes your mouth water!

T- Similar to nose but with added tartness. Very clean and crisp, light and thirst quenching.

M- Light and and the sweet and tart are clean and refreshing. Carb level is right where it should be.

O- This is exactly what I like in a fruit beer. To me it should be big on the fruit flavors with a light to not discernible yeast profile, unless we're talkin' lambics of course. If I had the money I would replace soda pop with this stuff and keg it at my house. The thing the surprised me most was how balanced all three fruit flavors are, look forward to trying more New Glarus offerings in the future.

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Photo of Sintech
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle.

Appearance - Dark burgundy .

Smell - Mixed fruit jam.

Taste - Little tart, little sweet.

Feel - Low carbonation. Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very nice NG!

Grade (B+)

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Photo of Jonada
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with no freshness date. Obtained in a recent trade. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours red/brown in color with 2 fingers of a light tan head that dissipates to thin foam coating and thick collar. Leaves a good amount of spotty lacing. Body is lightly hazy but still relatively clear.

Smell: Tons of fruit aromas. Apple, sweet cherries, honey, hint of mellon and a light tartness, which I'm guessing is the cranberries.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Huge fruit character, apple juice, maraschino cherries, red apple skin. There's a slight cranberry character in the aftertaste, but you have to reach to find it. The beer is mostly sweet on the palate, but is balanced just enough with a slight tartness and very light sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium lively carbonation. No alcohol whatsoever.

Overall: Easily the best straight up fruit beer I've ever had. Not super complex, but it's not supposed to be. The beer is a canvas with which to showcase the fruit and it does it almost perfectly. This is definitely worth seeking out. If it was available in my area, it would be the perfect beer to stock up on and drink during the summer.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped and waxed bottle, received in the gang bang BIF

Pours out a nice clear deep red color, fairly retentive off white colors head with good lacing.

Big fruit aroma, maraschino cherries seem to be at the forefront. A little apple juice behind that.

Wow, fruit juice! A great tasting beer, lots of fresh apple juice, with some cranberry juice behind. All about the sweet fruit. Just a touch of that new glares earthiness.

Good tartness, mildly sour, light to almost medium in body. Amazing drinkability.

On par with all of the other new glares fruit beers. All about the fruit with some good tart/ sourness, but little to no funk. If someone says they don't like this beer, their lying.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Beginner2
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus makes the best fruit beers on the planet.
So it is with Serendipity.
Everyone who enjoys craft brews (particularly females) want more of this beer.

This is the perfect complement to many different types of fruit pies in the summer. And if you like ice cream on your slice, Serendipity's carbonation leads the way cutting through the butter fat.
And try this: leave some in the bottle overnight. When you come down to make your morning coffee, take the remaining swig. It clears the palate like a champ.

If you go to Wisconsin (the only place they distribute), get a supply of all New Glarus' fruit beers. I am a big fan of many of their other styles as well. Consider a sampler box. You will understand how the 20th largest American craft brewer has won over so much of 1% of the U.S. population... along with border-lopers like me.

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Photo of morimech
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish amber color with barely one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Sheets of lacing is left behind down the glass.

One impressive fruit aroma. Can smell all the individual fruit components. Apples, cherries, and cranberries combine to create a wonderful appetizing smell. A bit of tartness underlies the fruit.

Fruit blitz to the palate. I pick up a little more apple than the other two with a welcoming tartness. Seems more tart than New Glarus other fruit beers which is pleasant. Mildly sweet which is kept in check by the tartness. All the fruit is complimented by a mild vanilla flavor.

Light bodied and not highly carbonated. Expected it to have a little more pep to the bubbles. Does feel smooth and even.

I would probably takes this over New Glarus more common fruit beers. Hard to believe this was an accident and not a well thought out and planned beer. Sublimely executed nonetheless and all in a low ABV package.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice big two finger plus head of dark tan color, good density with a swirl of bigger bubbles at the point of pour, retention is decent, the lacing is meager but what’s there is thick and sticks okay. Cherry wood colored liquid, clear if dark, high sheen to it, hardly any visible bubbles. The nose is pure pie, all cherry, apricot, apple scents with honey glazed crust and a strong accompanying floral mist, at times there is a vinous astringency, however the concentration of the sweet fruit wins out. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied with more foaming action and persistent carbonation than expected. Mixes in orange zest and cinnamon to nutmeg to that base of cherry, cranberry, apple flavors, the fruit ripe yet with snap and zestiness. The yeastiness remains but less of the honeyed aspect. This is just pure refreshment, if you find the fruit flavors agreeable, at 4% you can down a 750ML bottle in record time. Nothing more to say, it’s not a brew for analysis but for simple enjoyment.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky brown color with a creamy small white head that retains nicely

S- aroma initially reminds me of fruit punch. Aromas of freshly pressed apple juice, sugared cranberries, marichino cherries, homemade jam, very nice

T- initial flavor is of cherry pie, even the sugary glaze, followed by fresh pressed Apple juice, and a bit of cranberry tartness. As with their other fruit beers, it's very sweet. But this one isn't cloying. Finishes with more cherry & cranberry.

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a medium-thick syrupy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- my 5th NG fruit beer and this is my favorite, the 3 fruits blend very well

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serendipity pours a reddish color, with a large red head. Alot of sweet aromas, especially cherry. The taste has a blend of sweet fruits, cherry is profound, with hints of the apples and cranberries. Great full flavor, all the fruits blend together, there is no stages of flavors from the fruits. Not overpowering sweet. Overall a fantastic fruit beer.

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Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear chestnut brown with a very red hue to it. Forms a moderate sized, bubbly, tannish colored head. Decent retention, as it eventually falls to a fairly thick surface coating. Leaves a good bit of lace on the way down.

S: Aroma is full of fresh, juicy fruits, redolent of Belgian Red. Strong cherry, summer berries, and some apple. The smell is sweet, almost candy-like, but not cloyingly so.

T: Flavor brings more of the same, but with more balance. Sweet apple, cherries and raspberry flavors mix with the slightly tart astringency of the cranberries. Finish is surprisingly quick considering the depth of the flavors present here, but the finish is also very clean.

M: Medium in body with a moderate slickness to it. Undeniably sweet, but the tartness creates a balance that ensures this beer is not cloying. Medium carbonation.

O: What can I say? Yet another excellent fruit beer from Dan and Deb.

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Photo of TH28
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle. No bottle/code date. Appearance: Deep ruby red/brown with a pinkish white foam cap and nice lacing. Aroma: Tart apple and cranberry most prominent, along with some cherry. Taste: Cherry and apple sweetness upfront, blending into cranberry with a distinct tartness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light carbonation. Finish: Dry and tart, with lingering cranberry. Overall: World class fruit beer. Beautiful blend of the Apple, cranberry and cherry for complexity, with a light tartness from the fermentation to contrast the fruit sweetness. A perfect desert beer.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a totally translucent deep amber color with a nice off white sort of reddish colored head that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is big on the apples. Upon opening the bottle I get a bit apple aroma. After the beer is poured and sits in the glass for a moment I get a lot of the cherries and cranberries. Not the sort of puckering cranberries but the cranberry jelly type cranberry aroma. It smells like a natural juice to me. A little bit of a tartness in the nose.

T= As the nose leads on it tastes like a great natural apple juice at first before a nice cranberry flavor comes through with a little cherry to make it just a tad sweeter. The apple still seems to be the main flavor. It almost tastes like a spiced cider. It's not really spiced and it may be the cherries and cranberries but I get a cider sort of taste to it. A slight tartness in there making it an easy going sour.

M= A little lower on the carbonation that works great.

O= This is a world class beer for anyone. From the most novice beer drinker to a seasoned vet this is a beer anyone can drink and say damn that tastes great. It's plain and simple quality ingredients used to make a quality beer. Seek this out and buy many in case they don't make it again.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.
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