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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 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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Photo of facundoCNB
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful deep amber in color, clean pour, finger of detergent like head. smells of delicious sweet fruits and candy. cherry, apple, grape, cranberry. sweet and tart fruits hit your palate right away! as wonderful as the belgian red and raspberry tart.. almost like a combination of both. cherries, apples, cranberries are all present. as sweet as a lollipop. light to medium body, nicely carbonated, very sweet and tart.

an excellent one from new glarus. kinda glad there was a cherry shortage in order to have this! honestly not THAT different from belgian red, but it is slightly less artificial "candy" tasting and more on the delicious sweet fruit sugars.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Pours a murky ruby red, with an ivory foam that dies off as quickly as pop.
Smells like candy fruit, namely cherry.
Initially a cherry sweetness hits, meandering into cranberry tartness in the finish. Pretty dense body with strong carbonation. Sweet overall. Attenuation isn't a priority here. Syrupy for sure. The apple might be adding to the cranberry finish, if we're dealing with crabapples or green apple flavors. Its hard to tell. It tastes like awesome cran-cherry fruit juice, and not a whole lot else. I could see this as the best syrup in a great berlinerweisse. On its own, this is a great dessert after a hefty pot roast or thanksgiving dinner. It's not crazy complex, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better fruit beer.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jegross2 for the bottle hook up.

Pours red/purple with a light pink frothy head. Little retention or lacing.

Lots of tart cranberry and cherry. Light malts. Mostly fruit aromas.

Tart berries and tons of fruitiness throughout although it never gets too sweet and syrupy like the other NG fruit beers. Not a lot of malt profile, but what's there is clean.

Smooth and somewhat creamy with spot on carbonation levels.

Very drinkable beer and the extra tartness helps keep the beer from getting too sweet which is my main complaint about the Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart. Miles better than either of those and I hope this becomes a staple.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear deep copper with some solid dark reds and Brown's around the edges. Small, bubbly off-white head. Drops to a small spotty cap and collar. No lacing to speak of. Lovely, but not heavy carbonation.

Smell: Apple juice, mealy apple flesh, cherry skin and juice. Tart cranberry juice. Layers of sweet fruitiness. Slight tart edge with some backing woodiness. Cherry flesh. Juicy and fresh. Solid blend of fruit goodness.

Taste: So much fruit skin. Tart cherry and cranberry juice. Loaded with sweet mealy apple juice. Nice backing light malts and oak barrel. Slightly tart with a solid earthy woodiness. Layers of fruit as it warms. Apple dominates with a solid backbone of cranberry. Nice tart cherry finish. Some pale malts in the back with a nice overall fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with minimal overall carbonation. Nice and smooth. Soft.

Overall: Kate Beckinsale minus John Cusack.

A damn fine fruit beer. Seriously impeccable.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost rusty red-orange with a gentle purple hue and light red bubbly foam that quickly dissipates. Pours a little murky.

This smells glorious, perfectly bright notes of apple, cranberries, and cherries.

After immediate anticipation for the sip after the aroma, I was not let down. Apple, cranberries, and cherries are spectacularly blended to perfection with tons of sweet and tart.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, acidic, and tart.

Overall, just an outstanding brew from NG, they cannot be touched when it comes to fruit sours.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had December 29th. Poured January 2nd. Have yet to try a New Glarus sour, so I'm really looking forward to this.

Appearance: Red brown in color. Small ring of light brown head. Active carbonation.

Smell: Apple. Raspberry. Cherry. Mostly apple, I'd say -- on the nose and in the taste. Nice and tart with a perfect amount of sweetness and a dry "snap" of a granny smith apple sort of finish. Clean as hell. Little malt on the back end with a slight oak and tannin vibe. Moderate body with an active but not-too-intense carbonation.

You fools can keep your Redd's Apple Ales and what-the-hell-ever else, I'll take some of this. Love the tartness and sweetness levels as well as the awesome apple/cherry/raspberry flavors. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - cloudy dark auburn color with a great tan head. Beautiful
Smell - cherries, fermented apples, slight cranberries , slight sour but more tart and has some oak smell to it.
Taste - a lot of the same flavors as what you smell... Sweet cherries but with fermented apple cider and maybe a hint of cranberries. Very slight sour and a mildly tart and has that taste that it's been in an oak barrel.
Feel - great medium carbonation that gives it that slightly flat champagne feel. Medium full body, pretty thick.
Overall - incredible looking smelling tasting and feeling sour beer! It was great to read the description of the beer after reviewing each category and see that I was right on with what was in it besides for the fact that I thought that it had some raspberry instead of cranberry.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger off-white head. Small trails and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice green apple aroma at first closely followed by cherries.

T- sweet and tart cherries followed by green apples and the cranberries are there at the finish.

M- light body and medium carbonation. Slight syrupy feel with perfect amount of carbonation makes this insanely drinkable.

O- another amazing fruit beer from NG. The fruits blend perfectly together to give mouthwatering flavors and a very nice aroma.

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Photo of AltBock
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml green bottle that was wax sealed with a dark purple almost black wax. It's a very thin wax. The bottle only has one big giant label. The label has a stencil like drawing of a creepy tree with a giant apple on top, two cherries to the left, and 3 cranberries to the right. Directly below the tree are the words "Happy Accident Fruit Ale." Flanking the drawing is all the mandatory US info and a lengthy description of the beer. Not sure of the year. There's a weird notch system on the side. I'm not sure what that means.

When poured into a J. Wakefield Snifter, this "Happy Accident" was a weird pale mahogany brown with quite a few ruby highlights. I found the color of the beer hard to describe. It was the same story with the head of foam. The head of foam was a faint white with traces of pink in it. This white pinkish head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height. It had acceptable retention that left behind a good sized string of foamy white pinkish rings and a few clingy steaks of lace.

What an aroma! Popping the cap unleashed a strong fruity aroma. I could tell that it was time for this beer to be opened. It was sweet fruity aroma that contained an insane amount of tart apples, cranberries, and cherries. I think I even found some red raspberries in here as well. The funkiness was very minimal. The aroma was all about the fruits and nothing else.

Now this is the point where you get to taste all of those sour juicy fruits that were so strong in the aroma. For some reason, I was having apple cider flashbacks while I was drinking this. It must have been all of the tangy and sour fruits that gave me these flashbacks. The taste was tangy and lightly sour with apples, cranberries, cherries, red raspberries, and even a tiny trace of blackberries. As for funkiness, that was minimal too. Like the aroma, the taste was all about the delicious tangy and sour fruits.

This was a light and fruity beer with a good amount of carbonation and a long lasting aftertaste of sour and tangy apples, cranberries, cherries, and red raspberries. The fruits came in strong and they wanted you know that they weren't leaving anytime soon.

IMO, New Glarus makes the best fruit beers. I've never had a bad one or even a mediocre one from them. Would I drink it again? I sure would! It's probably a good thing that I don't live in WI because is be drinking their fruit beers all the time.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was fortunate enough to get this bottle in a trade with anticipation23. Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

Pours a hazed rusty hue with copper high-lights when held up to a light source, tan head with nice lacing. A lot of fresh apples and tart cherries on the nose, the cranberry is noticeable but toned down compared to the others, very slight hint of barrel funk. Just like the nose, the apples and cherries make up a big part of the overall flavor, the finish is slightly tart from the cherries and cranberries with a touch of that barrel funk that was in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is lightly effervescent with small bubbles, silky smooth with a dry finish.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of kevanb
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle served in a stemmed New Glarus flute.

The beer pours a great garnet color, hues of burgundy and ruby red when struck by the light, a light and fizzy offwhite head appears but recedes almost immediately leaving behind no lacing or traces of film. The aroma is of strong cherries, almost medicinal with lovely tart apples and cranberries behind it, very well balanced and pleasant, a true celebration of the fruit, just wish the cherries didn't have that cough syrup element. The flavors are wonderful, great apple taste right away, crisp green apple and juicy red apple are showcased well, tart cranberry and sweet yet tart cherries at the finish. It really is like a perfect blend of Belgian Red, Apple Ale and Cran-bic. All of the fruit flavors are so fresh and vibrant, so easy to drink and very enjoyable. The body is great, medium to high carbonation that really dances on the tongue, really helps bring out the flavors.

Verdict: Another smashing success from New Glarus when it comes to fruit beer. They have a knack for this and this one is no different, I will miss Belgian Red for the time being, but this is a stand out beer and hopefully one that stays in production after Belgian Red returns!

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Photo of jbwimer
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite fruit beer. Sweet apple and some tart cherries. Really nicely balanced. Love how juicy this is without tasting just like regular fruit juice. Great body for a 4% fruit beer, too.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep reddish brown hue. a two finger of so off white head forms and has good retention and leaves a huge frothy lacing along the sides of the glass. dark and almost opaque but some brightness shines through around the edges.

Smell: apple juice, cranberries and cherries. the sweetness is cut by oaky to funky aromas.

Taste: opens up with some apple juice flavor. as it develops the cranberries come out second and are followed by cherries. the cherries are the lightest of the fruit flavors but still detectable. the backend has notes of wood, earth and caramel. some funkiness comes through

Mouthfeel: medium to fuller feel. amazing balance on the sweetness. very drinkable and refreshing. just a touch of tartness.

Overall: New Glarus is 4/4 with their big fruit bottles. Amazing fruit character, perfect balance and great complexity. if you want a fruit beer look no where else.

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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 LambicPentameter
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA Stevedore for sending this in trade.

Enjoyed out of a 25 oz green bottle with black wax around the neck and cap. No dating information that I can find. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass.

Appearance - Standard pour yields a two-finger head of pinkish tan, thick and frothy, with a few larger bubbles up around the top that start to burst slowly. Begins to dissipate gently, taking a good 4-5 minutes before the foam is completely gone, leaving zero lacing on the sides of the glass or along the edges of the beer. Body is a deep, garnet red that reminds me of cranberry juice. Not really hazy, but certainly not completely translucent.

Smell - Cherries, cranberry, honeycrisp apple sweetness, some fainter elements of spice--like nutmeg perhaps?--that lend a tiny hint of baked pastry to the smell. There is a light acidity to the aroma, but it's mostly fruity sweetness. As it warms, that acidity becomes even harder to detect.

Taste - Delicious! Notes of cranberry juice, cherry sourness, some crisper apple notes and an underlying tartness that comes right up to the edge, but doesn't quite pass into full-on sour territory. Tart fruit and I love how the cranberry aftertaste contributes some faintly bitter dryness to the otherwise almost cloyingly sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and close to syrupy, with light carbonation and a mostly sweet finish that has drier elements.

Overall, this might be the king of full-on fruit beers. As with any fruit beer, there is considerable sweetness, but this one uses the combination of fruits to balance the sweetness with some cleaner, drier flavors. I would gladly drink this one again, were it to fall into my lap.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
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 mcrawford
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours reddish-brown. The smell is an amazing blend of tart cherries and just enough cranberries to keep it interesting. On the nose the apple is very faint. The apple is much more noticeable in the taste and provides a solid background for the cherry and cranberry to take their turn. It's fairly sweet but never cloying and the fruit brings enough tartness to keep it balanced. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Overall another great fruit beer from New Glarus!

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Photo of Treebs
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a New Glarus flute.

A: Pours a reddish color with an off-white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring and thin film. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Unwashed apple skins with some cherry and cranberry flesh. Fresh oak with light cracker malt backbone.

T: Granny smith apple, tart cranberry and some light cherry. Sweet malts with a little oak profile as well.

M: Light bodied with a nice medium high carbonation level. A little spritzy with a sweet and fruity finish.

O: A plethora of mixed berry with a slight cider hint to it with the apples. Another great fruit beer from New Glarus.

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

Deep red pour. Super sweet and sticky. Fruit punch, berries and a touch of cranberry tartness. Full carbonation. Definitely a beer to share due to the sweetness but in small quantities its very nice.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. The pour is crystal-clear and cranberry-red with some nice bubbles streaming from the bottom. There is 2 fingers of nice, fluffy head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose has lots of tart cranberry aromas. I also get the apples and, to a lesser extent, cherries.

The beer has a light body and a nice, bubbly mouthfeel. I get lots of fruit flavors, primarily sweet and sour cranberry and apple (cherries definitely take a back seat). The beer is quite sweet, but it feels like a natural sweetness and it is well-balanced by tartness from the cranberries. The finish is also quite fruity, puckery, and has a wine-like tannic feel, drying out the mouth and leaving flavors of cranberries lingering behind.
It is extremely drinkable and should be tart enough to please fans of spontaneously-fermented beers.

I just loved this beer. It was the first of 3 New Glarus beers I traded for that I get to enjoy and already it was the most intensely-flavored fruit beer I have ever had. It had such intense flavors, it was almost like drinking fruit juice. I suppose that might not appeal to some beer drinkers, but I really enjoyed it. I wish New Glarus beers like this one were available where I live (I had to trade for this one - thanks ABisonEgo). I wouldn't drink them all the time, but I would definitely crack one open every so often. One word of warning, though. Do NOT buy this beer if you don't like cranberries. Be warned!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, deep red pour with about a finger of red-brown head. Furious bubbles hold up the head and make the beer seem alive. 4

S: The fruit is aggressive and all up front. Very sweet, red fruits seem to be the focus, but I can't place specifically which. The aroma is not soda-like or medicinal. 4

T: The taste is all about the fruit as well, not a ton of sourness, hops, or other flavors. New Glarus knows its fruits, and this is no exception. The fruit is the focus, but it's not fake or overly sugary which you sometimes run into with beers like this. 4

MF: Light and carbonated very well. The beer is very drinkable, I can't put it down! 4.5

O: New Glarus made a great fruit beer, no way! Seriously, if you like this style you can't go wrong with anything they do. 4.5

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Photo of daledeee
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have found the fruit beers from New Glarus to be a treat in the past so I thought I would try this one.

Poured a 750 ml bottle into my Ommagang glass. Got a dark brownish red. Head, light tan in color went away but left some good lacing.

Nose is yeast and fruit as expected. Give it a swirl and floral notes appear as well.

I was skeptical. Many times really low alcohol beers are watery in nature. This one proved me wrong. A nice full mouth feel with strong fruity flavors. Definitely cherries and apples. I did not notice cranberries too much. Plenty of yeast thrown in. Carbonation is bubbly but not too much like champagne. This beer is more sweet than sour but that is OK. It leads to great balance in the drink.
I must say that this is one of the most satisfying beers I have had in some time. I was proven completely wrong with the thoughts of mixed fruit and low alcohol. New Glarus Brewing has proven once again to be one of the best fruit beer producers in the world.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed bottle from my main man in the Midwest...you know who you are...my wife was geeked to pop this one and so was I...big Want poured into my Hill Farmstead tulip (cheers Aaron)...

A: Blood red/amber pour yields a mostly clear body...quickly receding white head leaves a little lacing.

S: Fruity, sweet, and slightly tart...big apple component here with lots of red apple skins and apple juice character...cranberry...hints of mulled cider, even cinnamon? Maybe some caramel and hints of brown sugar as well.

T: Juicy, crisp flavors follow the nose...apples and a pleasant fruity tartness dominate...cranberries, cherries, and again a carmelly/brown sugar sweetness complements the fruity tartness. A bit puckering with a dry pulling finish.

MF: Tart(er) medium/light mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

O: Walks a fine line between sweet and tart, a good beer. I was (incorrectly) expecting something closer to a Wild Ale, and this is most definitely a fruit beer, period. Refreshing stuff.

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