Serendipity | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
775
For Trade:
99
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazed mahogany with a thin wispy head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of fresh tart apples dipped in caramel with pie crust. Fresh tart fruitiness of apples mixed with cranberries and cherries.

The taste of fresh tart apples, cranberries and cherries is support by sweet caramel. The sour fruitiness dries the mouth in a refreshing way.

It is creamy and smooth.

This is a very well-made fruit beer with a sourness that is pleasant. The fruits taste very real and fresh. A solid malt backing gives balance and support. Very enjoyable! Far above the typical American fruit beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Tone
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, ruddy brown color. One inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong cherry, apple, slight sugar, sweet malt, and slight bacterial funk. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of apple, cherry, slight sweet malt, and slight bacterial funk. Overall, good fresh fruit in aroma and body.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serendipity Accidental Fruit Ale, New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI.

Clear, dark ruby red coloring, no head to speak of.

Aroma: sharp, tart, and fruity. Cherries and cranberries, with apple way behind, if perceptible at all.

Taste: Bracing, puckering tartness slaps the palate, with juicy fruit behind. Sour, lactic acid returns with each new sip. Body is medium/light. Maybe an itty-bit lighter than I like, but not moreso than the best Belgian lambics out there. Sour fruit flavor is eternal.

Nice one, this. Let's take a moment to read the label description: "Sever 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' 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!"

Oh, yeah, sparkles and dances, that's what I meant to say…Yeah, lots of sparkling and dancing. I don't go in for the poetry when it comes to New Glarus brews, because I know they've probably already beat me to it.

Apples are coming through in the flavor, but are still smothered by the louder, and sourer berries inside. Deliciousness, indeed.

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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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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up in Milwaukee by Bryna. Thanks! Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacework. Transparent amber body.

S - Massive apple aroma, with lesser notes of cranberry and cherry. Faint oak at the outset, but fades as the beer warms up. Light tart fruit character, but I don't think I'd guess there was wild yeast involved without reading the beer description.

T - The taste has more of the cherry and cranberry flavors mid-palate, before yielding to apple in the finish. Some slight malt sweetness mixes with the fruits, but it's fairly low-level. Loads of flavor for a 4% beer.

M - Medium body, juicy texture, with light tannic fruit and oak character late. Pleasant moderate-to-high carbonation, and obviously no discernible alcohol character.

D - It's like fruit juice. Really easy to drink, although it's a tiny bit sweeter than I prefer. It's like a blend of Apple Ale, Cranbic, and Belgian Red; glad New Glarus was able to make "lemonade out of lemons" in regards to the poor cherry harvest.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.32/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Moll. Served in a whatever. Beer is brownish and clear with a ruby hue to it. Interesting looking, almost still, no real head, no lacing, Looks fine.

Aroma is fruity, sweet, cherries, berries, smells OK.

Tastes a little medicinal, super sweet, rough actually, NOt a very good beer, not on the same level as Belgian Red or Raspberry tart. Not a repeat.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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