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 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.
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 vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Roguer
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a surprisingly strong, ~1 finger beige head atop a dark, cloudy, reddish-brown body. Head fades relatively quickly to a light foamy residue. Virtually no lacing - to be expected.

Smells like a fruit lambic. Slightly vinous and tart; big notes of cherries and cranberries; light wild yeast funkiness; soft sweetness. Any malt (wheat, perhaps) is overwhelmed.

Flavor is exactly what you'd expect from the nose, along with a huge apple complement. Actually, flavor-wise, in terms of strength it goes apple-cranberry-cherry. Extremely sweet ale.

Soft, lively body, sticky with sugary goodness and with a long, wet, slightly astringent finish. A bit of a chewy malt body.

This is absolutely delicious. It's a lightly carbonated fruit punch spiked with wild yeast.

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Photo of richj1970
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Jester King glass.

A: Pours a clear deep crimson red with two finger dense white head that lasted a couple minutes. A thin layer hanging around on top for quite a while longer. Some nice sticky lacing.

S: Slightly tart cherries and cranberries. There is a subtle oak and earthy funk lingering around in the back.

T: Very nice blend of fruit flavors - apple, cherry, and cranberry. I was expecting it to be very sweet or very sour but was pleasantly surprised. Just a touch of tartness and some subtle sweetness.

M: Medium body and plenty of carbonation. Mouthfeel reminds me a little of a sparkling wine. Drinks a little more like champagne than a beer.

O: Very nice fruit beer. Easy drinking and refreshing. Perfect for a nice warm spring day on the back patio.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for sending a couple bottles of this my way! One for now, one for Thanksgiving dinner. Bottle split and shared with a friend. Poured into a small wine glass.

Pours a dark tawny-tinted red with a pinkish head on top. The nose, the nose, my kingdom for the nose! Cherry jolly ranchers. Need I say more? Such a fruity and tart aroma, I can't think of a better way to describe it. Nothing really stands out much different than the BR or RT, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Effervescent bubbles give this beer life! Crisp and bubbly - fits this beer to perfection. Big flavors of cherries and apples. The cranberries really show up on this finish as this tarts up quite nicely. This sets itself apart from the other fruity mainstays from these guys. It's sweet, no doubt, some would say too sweet. But the tartness comes through at the right moment, giving a nice kick to the back end. I think I'd be able to get through a bottle of this one my own, but I find it is the perfect beer to share. Sweet. Tart. Tasty. Thank you, Dan. You work quite the magic with some fruit.

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a medium red color almost a rose wine color. A small cap of fizzy off-whitish tan head lingers briefly and leaves a small collar around the edges. Sparse lacing left on the glass.

S - Extremely fruity aromatics with multiple layers...tons of sweet cherry aroma in the forefront, not quite Luden's cherry cough drops, but close. Cranberries come on after that with their slightly tart and fruity aromas. Apples give a mild acidity and slightly cidery/winey aspect to it. Hints of vanilla and I think I'm imagining some white chocolate notes as well.

T - Flavor is dominated by the cherry and cranberry...fruitiness is very high here with the two combining nicely. Cherries are leader but blend so well with the cranberry. Fruity tartness is very nice - apples and cranberries combine well to create a crispness. Rather sweet beer overall - sugary, fruity and juicy.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation over a lightish body. Crisp, tart, sweet, juicy and refreshing. I think carbonation could be a bit higher - could use a bit more life/tingle to it. Sweetness and fruitiness really make this feel like a juice more than a beer.

O - Overall - very good fruit beer. So much fruity and juicy character, almost seems like an Ocean Spray juice blend more than a beer. Carbonation is light contributing to the juice character. Alcohol is not existent and doesn't even show its minimal 4% at all. Another outstanding fruit beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red with a one finger off white head which fades quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Smells like apples, cherries, and cranberries. Smells like a nice combination of sweetness and tartness.

There is a nice combination of tartness and sweetness with apples, cherries, and cranberries. The fruit flavors always stand out with New Glarus beers, better than with any other brewery, and it's not even close.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a slightly tart and sweet aftertaste, and finishes somewhat dry. Buy this beer, or trade for it if you get the chance.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 31 December 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-dark, slightly reddish amber. Very clear. Half-finger of yellowish head, decent retention and pretty good lacing. I really like the color.

Smell reminds me a lot of NG's other fruit beers, but has its uniqueness. I can't pull out each fruit. Get lots more cherry than anything else - syrupy, juicy bing cherry sweetness. Then apple, but apple pie apple, without the crispness or the tart. Very little tart in this, in fact - could use some more, IMO. Rich and sweet, without anything to balance that out (at least in the smell). Buoyantly fruity.

Taste comes on with syrupy cherries and sweet apple, followed by a touch of tart cranberry. The cranberry provides a bit of bite and tang here that are definitely needed, providing some acidic balance. But I wish there were even more of that, as I find it overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Light-bodied, buoyant and fluffy. Medium-high carbonation that flares up and gradually slows down like a right-skewed distribution.

Doesn't impress me as much as the other New Glarus fruit beers. Flavor feels a bit bloated and less clean because of the presence of all those fruits, and I really want some tart or sour to balance out that sweetness. Amazing mouthfeel.

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Photo of Damian
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz. wax dipped bottle
Acquired in a trade with surge1311
Served in a wine glass

Slightly hazed, crimson-amber appearance. The liquid was topped by a frothy, one finger, light tan head that slowly dissipated to a bubbly mass. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was ridiculously fruity and sweet. Apple notes dominated. Super cider-like with an interesting fermented apple funkiness. Tons of sweet cherry notes came through as well. A dry, powdery yeastiness attempted to reign in the sweetness but failed. Subtle oaky notes were detectible as well.

The flavor profile was just as fruity and as intense as the nose. Tart apples dominated. Very cider-like. Super sweet overall with rich, brown sugar-like notes. Ripe cherries and tart raspberries were also quite apparent. Some light oakiness. The finish was both sweet and tart.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Smooth, creamy and supple with a light, moderate effervescence.

The folks at New Glarus are masters at making fruit beers, and this offering is no exception. Although some might be put off by this beer's sweetness and seemingly lack of "beer-like" qualities, I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to see what other "accidents" happen in the future.

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

I can't find fault with any aspect of this beer. Bursting with fresh fruit flavor with not even a hint of medicinal taste like you so often get with fruit beers. Simply delicious.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.48/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into wine glass. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this one.

A- Pours a translucent dark slightly brownish cherry purplish red with about a finger's worth of frothy head that has nice retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer. Decent carbonation and considerable lacing.

S- Strong notes of sweet and tart cranberries, apples, and raspberries. Nice balance of the fruits and very fragrant but a little bit too overpowering on the sweetness.

T- Very sweet mixture of cherries, apples, raspberries, and some sweet malts finishing with a light fruity tartness that lingers for awhile. Lots of flavor just way too sweet for me.

M- Smooth, nice carbonation, nice body without being overly syrupy.

O- I've come to realize that I'm personally not a big fan of the New Glarus fruit beers. They are just all overpoweringly sweet and not that enjoyable for me. This beer had a ton of flavor, it's just the sweetness makes it almost undrinkable. I probably won't be having this beer again and I'm surprised so many people like it. I'd recommend it only if you like sweet and fruity beers.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks so much to Cam for sharing this.

Beer is a murky magenta/brownish color with an off-white head which retains pretty well and leaves some lace behind.

Awesome scent of sweet cherry pie, apples, fruit snacks; the taste is surprisingly better. Cherries are the most prevalent, apples are big as well, cranberry is the weakest but noticeable. Sweet but not cloying, light tartness, a bit of a vanilla bready vibe, not really getting oak. Nice smooth and full body, lowish carbonation. Insane flavors and impressive body for only 4%.

Simple but amazing fruit beer from New Glarus as expected, sooo drinkable and tasty. No sour funk here, just pure fruit goodness. If a pantheon of straight-up fruit beers existed, it would be Raspberry Tart, Wisconsin Belgian Red, and Serendipity.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours garnet with a finger of cream colored head with largish bubbles as the mass recedes. Good retention and solid lacing. Excellent clarity.

S: Like smelling a basket of fruit. Apple juice, red cherry popsicle.

T: Fruit forward, jammy, with mild tartness on the backend. Apple is probably most noticeable followed by cherry and a hint of raspberry. Fruit flavor sticks to the mouth. Mild to moderate sweetness that stays in balance with the tart flavor.

M: Medium-full body, slightly syrupy. Lightly carbed.

O: I like this better than Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, but which seem overly sweet and one dimensional. It has the aspect of a fruited cider, which is interesting. But the drinkability is still limited by the sweet jammy-ness. This is best had in small doses.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml, Winter '13
HF wine glass

A: Clear ruby reddish color. Initially about a finger of off white head. Formed a collar of bubbly goodness. Leaving some lacing bits. Seems to have nice carbo.

S: Smells delicious. Fruit bomb. Initially got tons of the cranberry flesh. Then when I swirled I pulled that apple and cherry in too. Some tartness is certainly there. Like other NG beers, doesn't smell fake.

T: Tart cherry up front on the tongue, then you get that sweet fruit character. It's awesome stuff. Pulling all aspects here. Prickly carbonation. Just delicious fruit goodness. Pulling that cranberry and apple on the back end. Finish is dry like a champagne.

M: Light to medium. Solely because of the fruit and sweetness. Other than that, light beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Held up to light it reveals a brownish-red color. A 1+ finger head lingers forever
S: Apple is primary, then cherry then cranberry. Smells more fruit juice than beer, but the aromas are pure
T: Like the nose, mostly fruit. The apple is still primary but the cranberry comes through second, least cherry. A hint of wheat to round it out
M: Light-bodied, sweet but not overly so, super smooth
O: I was hoping for a bit of funk/sour with the wild fermentation mentioned but it's still a darn tasty beer with pure fruit flavors

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Vonerichs
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown color, slightly hazed. Minimal white head that doesn't have much retention.

A heavy fruity aroma is dominated by cranberries and apple cider. It's the perfect aroma for a fall evening. Sweet cherries finish it off.

It has a fantastic tug of war between sweet and tart. The apples contribute a sweet cider flavor followed by the cherries and vinegar. The finish is long and strong, and all cranberry sauce. It's the perfect medley of all three fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium and acidic. Great carbonation.

True to form, it's another superb fruit beer by New Glarus. It's extremely drinkable and complex.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Shared at Beachwood in Seal Beach from a 750ml bottle poured into tulip. Red body with an off-white fizzy head that drops quickly to a few filmy islands. Aroma is sweet pixy stix, cherry, apple, and cranberry fruity notes with an eventual tartness. Taste is sweet early with cranberry and cherry notes followed by some pie spice and apple skin before finishing tart over the residual sweetness. Light body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation, and a tart sweet finish.

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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 angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer.

Consumed 3/16/13

Appearance: Deep red, garnet - impressively clear for the color - small, off-white head, fades to some wisps of a cap - leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sweet, with a distinct New Glarus fruit beer aroma -lightly tart apples and cranberry take center stage, cherry is secondary - fruit sugar sweetness, basically smells like fruit juice

Taste: Beer? This be fruit juice - lightly tart but mostly sweet apples, more like apple juice than apple cider - lightly tart cranberries as well - cherry flesh rounds things out - like NG Wisconsin Belgian Red, this kind of tastes more like fruit juice than beer - not really much to say about malts or hops, as they appear to be missing, but it works for the style - sweet overall, but in a nice, fruity way

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky fruity sweetness, minimal carbonation

Overall: Part of a complete breakfast

New Glarus performs fruit alchemy. This is fruity and sweet without being overly sweet. It's like fruit salad with apples, cranberries, and cherries... except better. This is certainly worth a try if you can find a bottle.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.24/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$9.99 from my local Pick 'n Save grocery store

A: brilliant rosy-red color, billowing light pink head, clear, head dissipated quickly
S: fruit and malt
T: cloying, cough syrupy sweet, pronounced fruitiness that is appealing but more on the order of a sweet soda, no funk or wildness although bottle states wild fermentation, no noticeable oak
M: rounded but cloying and too heavy from sweetness

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Ri0
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A – A magnificent deep, deep ruby/maroon hue and a brilliant fluffy white head erupts to float atop the sparkling liquid beneath. A nice stream of bubbles jets up from the bottom of the glass. So beautiful looking.

S – The aroma is sensational with big cherry, cranberry, and apple. I never knew you could have this scent in a beer.

T – The taste is about the best I have ever had from a fruit beer. Not sour, but tart and sweet at the same time. Wonderful mix of the three fruits, cherry, cranberry, and apple. If you like tart fruit, this will make you forget all of your troubles as you slip away into a fruit filled blissful state of mind.

M – Fantastic carbonation. I think of this as a beer champagne. The subtle tartness will have you pucker at first but the gentle sweetness just keeps you drinking.

O – The best example of a fruit beer that I know of. I really don’t know how New Glarus could improve on this. Bravo!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Strong hiss when the bottle was opened. Clear dark ruby with a thin head the fizzes away to nothing.

S - A lot of tart cherry like Belgian Red but with some apple and very light cranberry. The combination creates thoughts of cinnamon.

T - Sweet initially followed by tart cherry and cranberry mixed with apple cider. Light wood notes.

M - Sweet and tart at the same time with spritzy carbonation.

D - This beer screams harvest. A lot of similar characteristics of Belgian Red but fairly different at the same time. New Glarus can work magic with their fruit beers.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a clear reddish magenta, produces almost no head.

S- Nice aroma of cherry, jam, other berry flavors. Lots of sweet berries and fruits. Smells pretty nice.

T- Moderate tartness with nice cherry and berry flavors, some oak, it's just a bit light and sweet, has a sort of fruity soda pop thing going on.

M- Light-bodied, high carbonation, very spritzy.

O- A solid fruit beer, the cherry/berry flavors are very nice, it's a bit sweet for my tastes but still worth picking up.

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