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Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#348
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
2,881
pDev:
9.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
547
Gots:
773
Trade:
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Photo of aletrailky81
4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of spoony
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml waxed bottle (no date, but mine is a few years old) to a tulip.

A-The first pour from the bottle generates a fat finger of light-tan foam that fades slowly to a thick collar. The beer beneath is not terribly attractive, a murky, swampy tea brown color. The head leaves no lacing and there is no carbonation to be seen.

S-The advertised fruit flavors are very obvious here and quite sweet, i.e., sweet cherries, apples, and hints of cranberry. The acidity is lower than I would have expected for a beer with cranberries and I also sniff some plum. As my palate adjusts, I pick up notes of baking spices like cinnamon and clove.

T-The taste mostly tracks the smell. It is almost like drinking pie in a glass with large hits of fruity sweetness that coat the tongue. That same baking spice note comes through too. There is just a hint of green apple and cranberry tartness on the finish.

M-The carbonation is softer than average and fine on the palate. Heft is above average and the beer is a bit sticky.

O-Brace yourself for some residual sugar and fruit. Lots of fruit. I don't think I would drink this a lot, but it makes a great dessert.

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Photo of JoeLev
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge sweet/juicy red/black cherries, cranberry, plum, red apple, pears, apricot jam, strawberry, caramel, brown sugar, and lightly toasted bread; with light notes of fruit skin, almond, vanilla, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with amazing complexity and balance of fruits, dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light oak notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sweet/juicy red/black cherries, cranberry, plum, red apple, pears, apricot jam, strawberry, caramel, brown sugar, and lightly toasted bread; with light notes of fruit skin, almond, vanilla, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/acidic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of red/black cherries, cranberry, plum, red apple, pears, apricot jam, strawberry, caramel, brown sugar, bread, fruit skin, almond, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruits, dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light oak flavors; with a great malt and tart/tangy fruit balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness tart/tangy fruit and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, creamy/grainy, and lightly slick/syrupy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an amazing fruit beer! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruits, dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light oak flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Enormous jammy fruit flavors, balanced malt body, and mild oak/wild yeast character. One of the best standard tasting fruit beers I have ever had. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gregf51
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown topped by a dense two finger liight tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of sour cherries, some apple, and a little tart cranberry. Slight malt in the very back as well
T: Taste is a nice blend of cherries, apples and some tart cranberry along with that hint of malt and a touch of oak. Very balanced fruit flavor going on. Swallow is more tart cherries, apples and cranberries with some slight oak on the finish.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium with effervescent carbonation that is just under prickly and a slightly dry finish.
O: New Glarus is probably the king when it comes to fruit beers. Great fruit flavors although not the most complex. These taste the most genuine to me until we get into fruited sours. These really let the fruit shine while the sours let it play a supporting role. Definitely one to try and I'm happy they have made it a regular offering.

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Photo of jchanley
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of yancot
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fruited sour ale. Poured from a 750ml bottle. In the crimson, red palate for color. White head maintains with some lacing. Aroma and taste follow each, with apple at the core, with cherry for some sweetness and cranberry for the sour. Fills the nose and mouth with fruit flavors. Very flavorful. Can be sampled as either a sour or as a dessert beer.

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Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Zorro
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of BA Vixie to find a bottle, thanks!

Hazy reddish brown colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells fruity and tart. Raspberry jumps right up and bites you on the nose. Cranberry is the sour part. Scent of cherries even though they aren't supposed to be in this one. Scent of apple skins. No idea what crab apples smell like but I assume that is the apple note. There is a whiff of tannin here as if from a used tea bag. Overall it is a pleasant sweet tart fruit scent.

Starts out sweet and tart and fruity. It is rather sweet but the sour and tartness reins it in wonderfully. Raspberry is the strongest flavor. Cranberry is detected but not anywhere as strong as raspberry. Apple is detectable as a cider flavor but isn't near as strong as the raspberry. Slight bitterness but it isn't a major flavor element.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall very tasty and refreshing. One of the best from New Glarus.

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Photo of Samact
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of scottyshades
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours an unflattering murky auburn color with a quickly dissipating head. Nose is sweet (real) cherries, tart unripe raspberry, and definitely cranberry. Never really got the apple. Its one of those beers where you can't tell how tart it will end up being, but they nailed it right down the middle. Semi-sweet cherries with a nice tart cranberry kick to it. Apples lend the sweetness. Clean and crisp profile. Carbonation is spot on despite the look of this thing. Overall a solid beer and easy sipper.

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Photo of msumike89
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 2,881 ratings
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