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Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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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 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 dvmin98
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Glarus flute

Came in trade from TClang - thanks!

Nice amberish color with a minimal head. Some lacing.

Lots of apples. Some berry essence.

Very upfront apply goodness. Can taste the berries as well, but the apples are the majority. Nice sour flavor. Vinegary.

Heavy carbonation, but tolerable with this style

Good stuff! I prefer Raspberry Tart, though

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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 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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Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Not sure I quite understand the glowing reivews of this beer. The beer was much more sweet than I was expecting (which was OK by me, as I'm not a huge sour fan), and it tasted very much like an unfiltered apple cider, but with a "beerish" aspect to it. Maybe there was a hint of cherries and cranberries as well, but the apple flavor really dominated.

Certainly this is not a bad beer, but it struck me as a bit simple and one dimensional, and was not a beer I could see myself wanting to buy again.

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

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours a clear sunny red color, bubbly fizzy head of about one inch fades quickly, small little dots of lacing on the glass.

Incredibly fruity fresh aroma- the fruits all mix well together, but cranberry and cherry are the most notable.

The taste is similarly vibrant. Cranberry, cherry, and apple (again, not as noticeable as the others, probably because of their more tart characters), all smack you across the face, nicely. There is a mild, but very welcome, sour twang at the end of each sip that keeps the sometimes cloying sweetness in check. The beer is quite sweet, unbelievably so, actually, so drinking large amounts isn't easy.

Medium bodied, crisp juicy mouthfeel. Drinkable for the first 4 oz or so, then gets to be a cloying chore, a little bit.

Incredible that this is actually beer- I don't taste any malts or hops, just the giant basket of fruit that went into each bottle.

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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 rudzud
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark dark brownish ruby red hue with a fat thumb width light tan head that fades to a thin light blanket.

S - Aromas of apples, cherries, and cranberries. This smells like someone took Wisconsin Red, Apple Ale, and Cranbic and blended them all together. Light vanilla oak notes. Very pleasant aroma with cherry being the dominant aroma.

T - Taste is just like the nose in that is is a nice blend of all three fruits. Bright fresh cherries, lightly tart, with very nice apple cider notes. The cranberry is there in the background, quite dry. Not as sugary sweet as the typical New Glarus fruit beer. The blending is quite quite nice with some nice light oaky vanilla to round things out.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, like a sparkling juice.

O - Overall I really, really enjoyed this beer. Not overly sweet, no cloy aspects. Basically drinks like a glass of cherry apple juice with some cranberry. Insanely tasty.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a light pink with a dirty white head, some pretty good head retention and bubbles present on this one

S: Puree cherries, fresh red cherries, some Eathiness and perhaps a crnaberry or raspberry or two

T: Initial tartness with mainly red cherries, some of them a little green and unripened with a bit of candy sweetness, nice acidic sting with some Earthy notes. Tasted a bit like a childrens cough syrup

M: Someone mentioned smooth and wet on another review, yeah baby, thats it.Light bodied, high in carbonation but somehow it still provided a weird stgnant feeling on the palate. Sweet, tart with minimal booze

O: Not a fan of the style but this was pretty good and I can recognize a good beer when I see and taste one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
A-This beer pours a clear dense brown body with a red hue and a thick tan foam.

S- There is a nice mixed berry and fruit aroma with some apple skins in the finish.

T- The well-blended fruit flavor has some cherry notes to it with a jammy but not overly sweet flavor that leads to a fresh cider taste. There is a slight tart finish and a nice woody dry cola note that comes through as it opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz.

O- This beer has a really nice depth to the fruit flavor and a great freshness to it. The intense fruit flavor would be nice in smaller bottles.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a ruby hued amber color. There was a fizzy off-white head that didn’t linger long or leave much lacing. The nose is good. It almost smells like fruit juice, but not as sweet. Cherry, apple and cranberries are the most notable. The taste is also very good. There is a tartness and sweetness at the same time. Cherries, cranberry and apple. Somewhat lighter body. This is interesting and wonderful.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks go out to Ri0 for this bottle!

A- A dark red colour, big head of foam that shrinks down quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind.

S- As soon as I popped the cap, the aromas literally permeated the area around me. Big green apples and sweet cherries every darn where...ooh..I am SO digging it. I could almost hover my nose over the glass for hours but...it's time to take a sip or 2, eh?

T- Oh my! The apples and cherries are there as expected but better executed than even I expected(not my first venture into NG Fruit/Vegetable beers) and then I'm hit with a mild cranberry tartness. Whoah, Nellie, this brew kills it!

M- Medium bodied, carbonation light until near/at/after the swallow where it perks up a bit. MF, like everything else screams nectar of the gods.

O- From my past track record for NG brews, I had high expectations. Those expectations were exceeded! Marvelous true Session beer!

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

25oz bottle, chalice

crisp reddish orange with a nice head. Smell is huge on cheerwine / jolly ranchers. Taste is the same. This is basically like drinking raspberry soda / liquid jolly ranchers. Drinks like soda so the drinkability may be the highest of any beer ive had. Lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall cheerwine with alcohol. Superb.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml blueish? waxed bottle poured into tulip 20/10/14, big cheers towards alfie for the bottle

A very hazy maroon amber liquid with enough clarity to allow me to see the tiniest bubbles ever, two fingers of foam makes a little noise as it slowly falls leaving no lace much to my surprise

S brown sugar, soft caramel, and massive amounts of fruit, cherry, apple, strawberry, raspberry, and a hint of cranberry, smells like candy and cider with some yeasty earthy tones, not the sour I was expecting at all but its amazing and then some

T pie crust, massive amounts of soft caramel and brown sugar, wine gums, heaps of sweet over ripe fruit, I'm not getting oak but it has some earthy tones, so juicy its hard to believe this is beer, mimics the smell fairly well and that's a good thing, I can't think of a better tasting fruit beer

M a little syrupy and has a heavy body for 4%, the bubbles cream it up, its fairly sweet but not sticky at all on the lips at all much too my surprise, fruit pie filling on the finish

O this one blew me away, I can't think of a better fruit beer, it just hit all the right notes at every point, world class hands down.

Not only is this the best fruit beer I've ever tasted its probably the best beer I've ever had at 4% and under, I can't believe how much flavor got jammed into this bottle. I can't remember dropping a score this high in a long time, I want another!!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours brilliant cherry red under a 2” pink tinted white foam collar that fairly quickly dissipates to a thin film.
S: Smells like a fresh bowl of cherries and cranberries with suggestions of cinnamon and other spcies.
T: Big cherry flavors with apple and cranberry with spice balanced by a yeasty tartness.
F: Very fine soft carbonation, medium light body.
O: An interesting and well made beer with very little beer quality but in the end, very nice.

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Photo of barczar
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big cherry character in aroma, with tart apple as secondary. Flavor is the same. Delicious, rich fruit character. Can't believe they extract that much flavor.

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

Another great from New Glarus. Seredipity has a complex aroma, fruit is very present. On the palate there is apple, cranberries, and cherries, they combine to form a very balanced sweet and tart treat.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Medium-light amber-brown body. Half finger white head with spiraling filmy lacing. Fair retention.

S- fruity cranberry and apple juice scents. It's like if you mixed both cranberry and apple juice together.. a slight bit of mineral-like yeast flavour. Fairly tart, but make no mistake, it is sweet.

F- the tart red apples jump out in the beginning, transitioning to a more cranberry predominant sweetness in the middle; it finally takes over in the end. It finishes with a sweet fruit skin-like flavour that could be cherry skins.

M- medium bodied, well carbonated and well executed. Slight tartness initially that becomes cranberry-sweet by the end.

O- Very good fruit beer. I see how this bought multiple different fruits together to meld something simple yet satisfying. I prefer Belgian Red to this, but I prefer this to Raspberry Tart. Hard to go wrong, really.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doesn't bring the sexy appearance wise, its brown and kinda meh. Aroma bangs it out though. Apple, cherry, cranberry. Very croosh.

Taste is more of the fruits, good tartness to cut through the ample sweetness. Found it weird that for a beer made during a cherry crop failure, that this one tastes of plenty cherry.

Elite 1st tier fruit beer stuff.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with 1 finger of white head and sticky lacing. Head drops down to a fine cap on top the beer. The beer is a light rose color when its held up to light. The beer is brilliant and clear.

Smell: A big cherries and apples with a hint of cranberries. I think that I might smell raspberries too. The red fruit notes here are big and spectacular!

Taste: This beer almost tastes similiar to blending Belgian Red and Apple Ale. Great mixture of sweet fruit and tart fruit notes. You get a nice mellow oak note and a touch of vanilla as the sweet fruit notes blend with the oak note in the middle of the beer. There is definately some type of a mild spiciness in this beer, its almost like a cinnamon stick in apple cider. The cranberries add a nice mild tart zing to the end of this beer. All three fruits seem to be really well balanced with each other through the entire beer and not a single fruit seems to try and steal the spotlight. Really unique and I enjoy it!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. The carbonation is really soft and delicate on the palate. Its like they blended the lower carb levels of Belgian Red and the aggressive champaign like carbonation of Raspberry Tart. Its carbonation perfection!

Overall: Dan Carey is a fruit beer genius! This beer proves it. He is no one trick pony hiding behind his world famous "fruit twins" and shows off his originality, creativity, and diversity with this beer. He is a truely amesome brewer who is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and change it up for the better when conditions are not optimal for making his tried and true Belgian Red. He took all the strengths of the fruit beers (Belgian Red and Apple Ale) that he already brews, adds some cranberries and POOF the next big thing to come from this amazing small town WI brewery! Honestly, I enjoyed Serendipity better than both Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red; Senendipity blows both them both away. Raspberry Tart is now dethroned as my favorite New Glarus fruit beer. Lets keep in mind that both Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red are also wonderful fruit beers with very high accolades. My only request is... Dan please brew Serendipity all year long! Yep, I just said it!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL waxed bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a darker shade of mahogany brown. Produced a nice cap of off-white colored froth. Decent retention with a bit of lacing.

(S)- Bright aromas of juicy fruits. The apple, cranberry, and cherry all mesh really well together yet can be distinguished seperately as well. Very clean smelling with just a bit of rustic must and dryness at the end.

(T)- Again, a serious array of ripe fruits meeting a subtle dry rustic must to give it some complexity to how big and ripe the delicious fruits are. Ever so slight tartness at the end.

(M)- A great carbonation level. The sweetness is balanced well with the dry backbone and tiny hint of sweet bitterness. Just superb fruits.

(O)- Just another excellent fruit beer from Dan. With an already excellent portfolio of them, yet this one stands out and tastes so smooth and juicy.

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

Thrilled to finally get to try this. IMO, no one does fruit beers like Dan does. Thank you, Jeremy.

A mildly hazy mahogany with reddish highlights and a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is the purest, most exuberant expression of fruit I've experienced in a beer in quite some time. The apples burst out of the glass, bright, ripe, fresh and with cider notes. The cranberries lend an acidity, along with a nice aroma, while the cherries add a wonderful fleshy sweetness. The oak barrel fermentation is really nicely done, with a blend of vanilla and a touch of oak to go with the brown malt and caramel base. To my nose, New Glarus's fruit beers have always had a singularly unique profile, a deeply complex blend of mellow yeast and what I can only describe as terroir, and this beer is no different. Marvelous.

The palate opens with the bite of cranberries, tart and refreshing , before segueing into the cherry and apple flavors. The apple character is a blend of sweet and mildly tart apples, a blend of Gala and Pink Lady apples, I am tempted to imagine. The cherry character is a blend of dark red and near black cherries, a deep, fleshy flavor. Behind all of this is a mild malt sweetness, a blend of caramel and a little brown sugar. A touch of vanilla is also perceived. Medium in body and With a soft, creamy carbonation, this feels nice on the palate. Just a touch watery on the finish, the dominant lingering flavor is apple. Beautiful stuff, this is more cider than beer IMO. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.22.12 Thanksgiving 2012

A - Pours a clear pinkish brown with a one inch light tan-pink head with good retention.

S - Cherry and sweet.

T - Cherry, apples and sweet. The cranberry finishes in the drink.

D - Good carbonation with a light body. Sweet, but not overly so.

O - Fruity and sweet. Cherry and apple fruit salad. This was a great choice for after dinner.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A darker brown color with some red running through it, almost no head on the beer, the flimsy bubbles that were produced quickly vanished into the summerscape.

Cool aroma that clearly gets all the fruit aspects across, was surprised how prevalent the cherry was. Apple and cranberry followed that up. Pleasant, tart.

Taste was like many of the 750 fruit beers from NG: Plenty of sweetness, but never sugary, tart, but nowhere near mouth puckering sourness. These are mild in the sour department, but they really do seem to be going for a balanced approach to all things fruit. Funny to think how good of a beer they can make by "accident". Cherry in the mouthfeel was still the dominant part of the profile.

I think I would like an even more sour, innoculated version of this beer. Crank it up f'ers.

Not better than the Belgian Red, but just as good if not better than Raspberry Tart. Plenty of unique points on this one. Plenty light on its feet at 4% abv. A great morning and hot weather beer. Plenty earthy too. Good for blowing minds when people think the only beer is BMC AAL's.

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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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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
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