Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The pour is like a barrel of cherries and cranberries made love and this is the aftermath. Whitish pink head. 100% opaque save for the bottom which lets a little light in to illuminate upward like a bulb in a lava lamp. Not much head, and not much lace...but it's still present, and a thin half dollar spine height line of head still remains stable.

Aroma is not complex, but it is incredibly, impressively powerful. Both fresh cranberries and cranberry cocktail light up the nose, with hints of barrel following with tart cherries and sweet's just a kid's carnival all over the place. I could sniff this beer all day, but luckily it doesn't stop there...

And a grin curls on my face as I taste every single nuance on the bottle...snappy cranberry highlights the majority of the profile, followed by rich, sweet, Door County cherries, finishing up with what I can only describe as grape Jolly Rancher. The oak and barrel begin to arrive as the beer warms up a bit, as does the sweetness, replacing the pucker so prominent with an ice cold sample. I could do with a bit more malt or barrel qualities, but perhaps that will come out more if I age this. I mean, I don't even know how I could improve on something like this.

Rich and decadent, yet bright and poppy - the carbonation plays a perfect counterpart to the wine-like richness of the feel in the mouth. Another category notched.

Overall, I'm so confused because I think this is my favorite NG beer. But yet, I've rated Apple Ale higher - because when I had it, it was the best beer I had to date. I think this is better than NG's Apple Ale. I'm pretty sure of it. In either case, Serendipity is a freaking knock out. I knew I did the right thing by grabbing 5 bombers while I was in Wisconsin. Nothing on the market comes even CLOSE to nailing the fruity, bright, tart, barrel aged goodness that is going on here. Its only fault is not being's fruit first, beer second. For this reason I am still conflicted.

Every beer lover must try this once.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a super murky dark brown, mahagony hue. Small off white colored ring of head with nice lacing. Aroma is a big bouquet of apples, smells almost like apple juice with a cranberry tartness in the background. Following the nose well, the taste is like dessert. Apples, apple pie crust with hints of cranberries with an even more sweet crust in the back end. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and decadent. Nothing overly complex, nice, not too sweet and straight to the point.

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Photo of Ivan52
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's really no other fruit ale out there that comes close which makes this certainly unique (unless it's another new glarus fruit ale). Truly in a class of its own.

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Photo of Craiger1967
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow!! That dark hue in the glass, the effervescence rising to the top of glass. Lovely bouquet of Apple, Cranberry & Cherry jam intermingle with a slight metallic tinge but oh it's tasty! This is much more of an aperitif than a straight out drinker for me, but it's quite enjoyable & I find myself wanting more....1 bottle is not enough!!

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Photo of Koral
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark ruby red, so dark you can barely see light through it
Smell: smells akin to cran-apple juice. cherry is difficult to pick out in the aroma, the apples come through so strongly
Taste: the three fruits blend together amazingly to create an almost alcoholic fruit juice front, with a finish that reminds you that you are drinking a wild ale. Nice tart bite at the end of this fruit number
Feel: acidic and tart but leaves clean. relatively dry

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Photo of joeseppy
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of cherry, apple and berries. Taste is low key cherry hard cider and apple. Not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is lingering fruit and refreshing. Nice late summer afternoon refresher.

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Photo of drpimento
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! There it is - perfection in a bottle. The aroma was tantalizing when I opened the bottle and upon sniffing the brew in the glass ' ho ho! Such volatile perfumey scents of apples, cherries and flowers. Flavor is an amazing blend similar to nose but with the added dimensions of perfectly balanced sweet/tat, perhaps hint of yeast. Superb finish. Damn this stuff is good.

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Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, ruddy brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong cherry, apple, slight sugar, sweet malt, and slight bacterial funk. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of apple, cherry, slight sweet malt, and slight bacterial funk. Overall, good fresh fruit in aroma and body.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, well, well. This was one glorious drink. And if the narrative is true, then somebody caught lightning in a bottle. Pours a deep, dark burgundy in color. Aroma is a cacophony of fruit. Cranberry, cherry, and maybe even pomegranate. Taste is full and fruity. Tart and crisp that moves toward a buttery mouthfeel. But the fruits really shine, varying from tart raspberry, cherry, cranberry, some sweet apple, and an elusive hint of spice. Mouthfeel is almost buttery, silky, awesome. Slight carbonation stays active. Overall, it's stunning.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

in my opinion new glarus makes the best fruit beers out there. this one may be my favorite. such a great smell when i opened the bottle. goes down smooth. gotta find more

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Photo of Masonz223
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell: tons of sweet red apple cranberries slight tart cherry some woody funk
Taste: my god there fruit beers are awesome! right upfront your smacked with that sweet crisp red apple middle of the mouth slightly tart cherries cranberry juice cinamon apple sauce. finishes with a nice juicy fruity sweetness slight hint of raspberry and a little bit of oakiness.
Feel: I'm amazed on how awesome the bodies are on thesse 4 percent fruit beers medium to full body. Very dry in the finish.
Overall: another world class fruit beer from new glarus. Not as tart as raspberry tart but more complex. I love it!

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Photo of oldn00b
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nose and flavor profile here are amazing. Some much complexity for a low ABV fruit beer. All the fruit flavors bounce off each other in a good way with a nice bit of oak and funky tartness here to bring this together. Fantastic beer - would love to have again

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Photo of CNoj012
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a very deep garnet color, a couple shades darker than cranberry juice, with a fizzy brownish head that dissipates almost immediately. The smell is very strong Fuji apples, complimented by tart cranberry and just a touch of cherry. Taste is the same with some oak on the finish. The sweet and tart compliment each other wonderfully. Feel is light as well as the carbonation. I wish it was a bit more fizzy actually. Overall a very good beer. I wish it was a bit more tart, but it is still delicious.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Had this one along with Raspberry Tart, not sure which one I liked best bc they were both delicious. The apples really stood out in this one with plenty cherry in the background. Not too sweet and not too tart, just about perfect in that arena. One of the best fruit beers I've had so far.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Most people who enjoy 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 also cuts through the butter fat. Also flexible enough to try at Thanksgiving, Serendipity complements cranberries and dry turkey.
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 state New Glarus distributes in), 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 Wisconsin's 1% of the U.S. population... along with border-lopers like me.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Translucent maroon, auburn, and burgundy hues with a generous white, fluffy head
S: Macintosh and Fiji apples with a distinctive cranberry cocktail aroma
T: Initial burst of Montmorency cherries swiftly met by a sweet blend of apples and cranberries and hints of cocoa
F: Medium body with a slightly dry finish
O: Another expertly crafted fruit beer by the masters in the game, New Glarus. This is a rich and flavorful beer with subtle sweetness and huge fruit flavors. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle in sniffers. Pours lightly with little head. Smell of fruit is immediate and very nice. Taste is very fruity, and complex. The body is light - almost like a wine. Very refreshing, and a great dessert beer.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I purchased this in Wisconsin along with its brothers Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. This being the last of the three that I tried, I would have to personally rank them Raspberry Tart > Serendipity > Belgian Red. They say Serendipity is a blend of apple, raspberry, and cherry, but I am mostly only picking up the apple with some cherry sourness at the end. It is an incredible fruit beer that is very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Mpontiakos
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

@brians52 - New Glarus continues to have the fruit beer game in lock. Perfect spring/ summer beer (or an unseasonable February day). Super light, crispy, and fruity with a bit a tart to cut the sweetness.

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Photo of bwood06
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

25 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a 2 finger off white/light khaki head that is frothy with just a hint of a creamy appearance to it. Head dissipates quickly at first but levels off to a thin creamy a layer. Beer itself is a deep ruby color and clear with light to moderate carbonation rising moderately paced towards the surface. 4.25/5

S - The aroma is a combination of sweet cherries, tart cranberries, raspberry jam, and a light sweet apple juice. A very light maltiness acts as an undertone to the fruity aromas. Somewhat medicinal but not as much as the Belgian Red that New Glares puts out. 4/5

T - Apple juice hits my tongue right off the bat which transitions to a sweet raspberry jam note. The raspberry and apple act in concert for a time before allowing the cranberries to play a part. The cranberries comes in initially as sweet but then the tartness creeps in a bit before slight vanilla and malt undertones come into view. A sweet apple juice comes back into focus for the finale just prior to a dry tartness takes center stage to truly finish things off. 4.25/5

M - Moderate carbonation burn up front lends this beer a light crispness to it. Light bodied, almost juicy in nature with a soda pop fizziness to it. Slightly drying on the back end but this does not linger on the palate. 4.25/5

O - Excellent balance between apples, raspberries, and cherries. Each flavor has its own dry/wet/tart/sweet qualities and this beer allows each to shine on its own and in concert with one another. 4.25/5

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Photo of farrago
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ragnar3
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass. Huge fruit aromas, as expected. Overall this was a bit too sweet for me but the flavor profile of the fruits was excellent. Interesting brew.

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Photo of mke_Brewer
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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 TH28
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Pourharddrinkslow
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Looks like cranberry juice with a frothy, foamy head

Smell - Very strong fruit smell. Cranberry and sweet apples.

Taste - Like drinking fruit juice. Sweet in a natural way, sour cherries, sweet apples, and an undertone of cranberries that stays with you.

Feel - Smooth, light, very low carbonation.

Overall - Amazing fruit beer.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 2,827 ratings.
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