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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cdmillard for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, off-white head that dissipates into a bubbly slick. Nose is very much reminiscent of Sucrets - medicinal cherry with the addition of ripe red apples. Taste is sweet and fruity - exactly what you would expect from New Glarus. The blend of fruits is really quite exceptional, but I don't get too much cranberry, although I suspect that its contribution was the medicinal notes in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, with a bright, lively carbonation. I am not a huge fruit beer fan, but New Glarus always hits it out of the park for me. This beer is so flavorful at 4.0%; however, it is not for the meek as it is really quite sweet.

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Photo of cbutova
4.59/5  rDev +5%

A- Murky, muddy red brown pour fruit juice pour from the 750ml to a tall chalice. A light pink tan head forms up to over a finger with a puffy frothy consistency. Thick ring remains with a long streak as well as sheets and spots of lacing.

S- High quality fruit juice explosion out of the glass. Apples and cherries are a dominating force and tartness comes out with them both as well as deep sweetness. Fresh bushels of fruit.

T- This is the last of the NG fruit beers for me to try and it follows up on their ridiculous mastery of packing ample fruit flavors into a 4% brew. Fresh squeezed apple and black cherry juice which is moderately sweet with a hint of tartness. Some bitter cranberry here but it seems to be lost to the other fruits.

MF- Medium bodied probably due to the residual sugars and fruit extract. Carbonation at a moderate level with a silky and frothy feel. Finishes sweet and tart.

I hope that New Glarus keeps this fruit beer tradition alive for all of existence. Apple and cherries coat the palate with intensity and it lingers beautifully. This is fruit beer.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to crushedvol and KWMiles for a bottle of this brew...

A: Pours a deep murky red with about a half finger of off-white colored head. The foam settles quickly, and there is a small amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big apple, with a good helping of cherries. It says this beer is made with cranberries, but I can't specifically pull this scent out from the nose. There is also that familiar New Glarus twang to it.

T: The beer starts out sweet with a generous helping of apples, a good amount of tart cranberry, and some solid cherry notes. Although I couldn't pull out the cranberries in the nose, they are pretty evident in the taste. The New Glarus house yeast is there, and I get a touch of vanilla on the back end.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and coating, a bit sticky, and the flavors linger on the palate for a while after the beer has moved off the palate.

O: Excellent fruit beer. I think this is the best one that New Glarus has made. It's like a mix of the apple ale, the cranbic, and the Belgian Red. All three flavors work together quite nicely. Apple is the dominate flavor, but they all play off one another. Would love to drink more of this on the regular.

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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have to admit that I watched eagerly for this one to show up within firing range in Western Wisconsin - New Glarus is the unmatched, undisputed, one-of-a-kind brewer of fruit beers. And here it is, finally. 750ML bomber split with my lovely wife.

Pour the beer & hey, the bottle is green. Didn't see that coming behind the dark liquid. In the glass, it's like a huge garnet exploded into a wet format, lovely, clear dark red. Nose is the expected gushing of fruit, dominated by the cherry, apple leavings. Very nice.

Serendipity continues the fine tradition of fruit dying for the cause. Cherries are still on top of this beer, & constitute about 85.7% of the taste profile, along with a large apple slice. The cranberries I honestly wouldn't have picked out, but they add a slight tartness right at the end that lowers the sugar cane quotient to just below the level of aching teeth. There is more of a cidery echo here - the influence of the apple, of course. Bet you can't take just one sip.

Lovely. Excellent.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear ruby one finger light head with nice lacing.

S-Cherries, apples and a tad bit of cranberries.

T-Amazing balance. Cherries and apples are centerstage with an ever so slight cranberry. Very sweet beer.

M-Light to medium in body, nice level of carbonation.

O-The best fruit beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to Steasy66 for the killer brews. Going to give this guy a big uncomfortable man-hug if I ever get the chance!! ;-)

Appearance. Pours a really deep amber, getting close to brown with almost a finger of fluffy, off-white head.

Smell. Apple and cranberry juice with some tart cherries and a very very light, dry musty funk.

Taste. Fresh cranberries and cherries and bit of that distinct New Glarus dry dusty, lightly woody funk.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with medium , fine carbonation.

Overall. A nice fruit brew, but I do enjoy the fruits in RT and WBR more. More a personal preference thing than the quality of the brew...

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

750ml bottle, split, served in NG flutes

Bummer about the cherry shortage putting Belgian Red on hold, but I've been anxious to try this replacement brew. New Glarus makes fantastic beers showcasing each of these three fruits (cherry, apple, cranberry) so it's no surprise this motley crue of a beer delivers an assault of flavor. Cranberry seems most prominent and provides a real nice tartness. Happy to have more of these bottles in the "cellar"

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml wax-dipped bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
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A - Serendipity's cap cracks with a loud carbonation hiss, a prelude to the tall, rocky off-white foam which rests on the beer for quite some time. Stunningly beautiful, this gorgeous beer pours a clear, rich ruby, almost blood red color.

S - It's interesting that this beer is coming in to briefly replace Belgian Red due to the cherry shortage because Serendipity smells incredibly similar. Bold fresh cherry and light cherry skin tannins come through with a juicy red apple nose appearing from a swirl. I'm hard pressed to pick out any cranberries within this aroma but, it's not a hindrance. Earthy tones and faint wood peek out as the fruit beer warms.

T - A happy accident indeed, this beer strays from the Belgian Red-like aroma into it's own unique territory, really coming into it's own. Stronger apple presence reminds us we're in the harvest season and suggests sipping cider at an orchard while cherry and cranberry bring a balancing tartness to the table. Like the aroma before it, earthy and faint wood notes start to emerge carefully as the beer warms up.

M - Pleasantly sweet, Serendipity walks a fine line, cautious not to step onto the cloying side, carefully balanced by spritzy carbonation, a lighter body, and a mildly tart, dry finish. Lingering flavors on the tongue beg for another sip, and another sip, and so on.

O - If you've experienced Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart, you'll find yourself in quite a familiar realm with Serendipity but, this beer doesn't only piggy back on their successes, it flourishes with new and delicious fruit experiences! Serendipity proves, once again, Dan Carey is an expert brewer of fruit beer. Buy without hesitation and be rewarded, for this, without question, will be another award-winning beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Aroma of apples predominantly but some cherries present. Initial flavor is a healthy mix of apples and cherries. Cranberries are in the finish and resemble the dried fruit variety, texture and all. Surprisingly not tart but more on the sweet side. Very good stuff.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Pour is a hazy reddish copper with a light tan bubbly head. Nose is strong red apple, lots of cherry, and a faint touch of cranberry. Taste has a good bit of red Apple, moderate cherries, like cranberries, and a moderate touch of sourness. Light body, strong carb, dry finish. Fruits are extremely bright and really play well together.

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

This is one of the very best things I've ever drank.

I thought they were just bs'ing me with the whole "Serendipity" tag. There were no cherries because of the drought. So, no annual Belgian Red for mynie on this day of Giving Thanks.

But, fuckit, this was reasonably priced and comes in a cool bottle.

Pours fruit roll-up dark with a small white head. Smells similar to Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart in that you have lightly tart, exceedingly smooth nodes of big, natural fruit along with a silky yeast finish. Tastes the same but oh my god so much is going on, such perfect variegation.

I-it's hard to describe without sounding like I'm just reading the label. Red apples, dried cranberries, real cherries, bready yeast. It's like fruit and candy and beer only, remarkably, it avoids ever becoming messy or cloying. If I were new to drinking and you were to tell me this was a solid example of a particular type of beverage, I would believe you. Even though nothing else like this exists, this exists so perfectly, so wonderfully balanced and sensible without the bounds of its own self-enunciated logic that it simply *has* to be an example of something. Because you can't do that. You can't create the terms by which you're allowed to exist simultaneous to your own existing.

But it's not an exemplar. It's only itself. And itself is perfect.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a friend. Pours a deep ruby red with off white two finger head. Huge bouquet of cranberry and cherry, sweet and tart smelling. Flavor is more cherry heavy with hints of the cranberry coming through. Very sweet, slight tart. More medicinal than I had hoped but not overwhelming. Lingering tart cranberry that grows on me while I go. Light to medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Cool beer, but not as good as Raspberry Tart.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to fvernon for this incredible extra! enjoyed from my new glarus flute.

a - brew poured a transparent yet deep ruby mahogany with a finger of foamy bubbly head that bubbled away. very champagne like carbonation. great streaky lacing. head was a bit pinkish tinted.

s - OH WOW! smells INCREDIBLE! really and truly amazing. my mouth started to water. just cherry fruit juice. rich and flavorful.

t - wow. just incredible. smells a bit better than it tastes, but the taste is a homerun...the smell, that's a grandslam. nice tangy cherry, but not overly so. not kreik like...vedgie beer like.

m - very champagne like. fizzy and prickly.

o - overall, just WOW!!! new glarus really owns the vedgie beer category. if only they would distribute. i'm just amazed by each and every one of these that they churn out.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one - it was on my "wants" list for a long time and I'm glad to finally get a chance to try it. Pours a very clean and slick, ruby-tinted mahogany with pretty remarkable clarity for the deep shade it emits. A beige cap quickly foams up a recedes almost just as quick while leaving a few decent rings of lacing after the first few sips.

Holy smokes, the aroma is a huge explosion of fruit almost unlike anything else I've smelled before. A very deep, juicy, and raw black cherry aroma is first in command, heavily accented with sweet red apples on the edges. The fruit characteristics are so convincing and pure without the artificial and medicinal hints that oftentimes plague fruit beers and can evidently lead to their demise. This smells like a puree or freshly squeezed juice. Super convincing, mouth-watering, and honest to god delicious - can't wait to try it.

After taking one taste, I realize that I misspoke when calling the aroma a huge fruit explosion... because it's nothing compared to the flavor. Hot damn, the flavor in this is just incredible, if you're a fan of fruit, that is. Just absolutely delicious, pure, juicy, sweet, and mildly tart, all at once. I get hit with some Red Delicious apples up front, immediately following by the gushing onslaught of ripe, black cherries.

Serendipity is extremely juicy and overflowing with flavor. A tartness hits quick and fast before it fades into a sweetness that carries through to the aftertaste. Cranberries are heaviest in the finish, providing another small jolt of tart before they turn entirely sweet and savory on the palate. This beer is just on the cusp of the sour/sweet line at times, and it dangerously flirts with it so well. Lighter bodied with high carbonation, crisp and popping mouth feel.

This.... Now THIS is how you do a fruit beer. Throw an apple, some cherries, and a few cranberries into a blender, bottle it up and call it Serendipity. Almost perfect execution of pure fruit flavors while avoiding all of the off-putting side-effect that commonly plague this style of beer. New Glarus... I like them. A lot.

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Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ruby hued brew with a ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass.

Huge fruit laden nose with cherries and cranberries standing out the most.

Apple cider up front with the ripe cherries coming through in the middle portion and cranberry tartness and dryness on the end. Incredible how all three fruits can be picked out separately. Nice fruit sweetness with lower tartness.

Lighter feel with low carbonation and an extremely dry finish, which I would guess comes from the cranberries.

This may very well be my favorite fruit beer from New Glarus. All of them are so well done and this is just a unique twist for a fruit beer and it works wonderfully.

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Serendipity from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.37 out of 5 based on 2,757 ratings.
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