Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
2,860
Reviews:
297
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
Wants:
548
Gots:
776
For Trade:
99
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Ratings: 2,860 |  Reviews: 297
Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from buzze40, 750ml into a tulip.

Crazy ruby tones with an offwhite head. Good retention and lacing. Nose of cranberry and apple pie, some cherry sucker character as well. All three fruits are surprisingly well represented. Sweet malt, but fruits are huge. Taste has all of the fruits well represented, some pie filling, jammy and jolly rancher/lollipop flavours of the fruits in this brew. Medium feel, moderate sweetness and some effervescence. The Carey's hit it out of the park again.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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 brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a clear ruby red color.

The aroma hits exactly as expected. It punches with sweet and tart apple and then a punch of juicy cranberry, with a bit of funk.

The flavor has a tart apple in the front and then a sweet cranberry and slight cherry flavor on the end. It hits all notes. It drinks very well with the balance of tartness and sweetness.

There's a champagne like carbonation that rolls around.

It's a well done beer, but it is a bit too reminiscent of Martinelli's Apple Cider.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep dark amber which appears a rich red when held up to the light. No haze, but a thick head of frothy, slightly pinkish foam. Just what I want in a beer with cherries, apples and cranberries.

Smell: richly fruity with a strong emphasis on the apple and cranberry. Not much sourness, though, which would really have been the icing on the cake.

Taste: rich caramel-apple flavor; the malty elements here do a superb job at complementing the fruit. Again, it's basically not sour at all, but the complexity among the fruit and malt elements is great. Woo!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess.

Overall: I like this beer a lot. It's a bit too sweet to just quaff away, but if I could get this more easily I probably would buy some occasionally.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BillRoth
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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

Through a drought brought us salvation, in the form of Serendipity, a fruit ale that pours a deep ruby red. Pinkish head forms and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of fruit juice and ale, consisting mainly of sweet dough, fresh apples, berry and cherry. Not surprisingly, the key ingredients in this brew really shine in the aroma. Quite an appetizing bouquet.

In the taste, waves of cherry, cider, berries and beer. Some caramel, honey, and raspberry. Just a soft oak and not overly dry. Light bodied, well carbonated, finishes with a fair tartness.

Overall, freaking great. A fruit ale with complexity. Very tasty.

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Photo of Eziel
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 2,860 ratings.
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