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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 mooselvlt
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful, clear, maroon-hued color with a pinkish foamy head which dissipates rather quickly. Nice pink lacing resides as you drink it on down.

S - Ahh the nose! Tart, fruity fragrance abounds. Apple, berries, cherries. Its really amzaing.

T - Wow! It hits you with crisp apple flavor at the front then finishes with a snap of the tart berries and cherries. You know, that feeling of tartness that makes you want to pucker but its not quite that overpowering? Its just about perfect.

M - Light, crisp, tangy, ample carbonation. Like I said, for the almost sour tartness, it finishes incredibly smooth.

O - Just a wonderful treat. You can bet I will be visiting this one again while it is around. And I'm not a fruit beer fan but this is really great.

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

The beer pours a clean and clear ruby color, and it is capped by a thin, off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lace. A big fruit-cocktail of a nose features apple and cherry prominently, with hints of cranberry dancing between sweet and sour whiffs. Amazing nose! The palate receives much of the same treatment, with flavors of sweet and sour cherries, tart dark fruit, cranberries, apple, and a touch of oak creating a wonderfully refreshing and tart flavor experience. Silky in the mouth, Serendipity is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Happy accident indeed!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my brother for sending a couple bottles of this my way! One for now, one for Thanksgiving dinner. Bottle split and shared with a friend. Poured into a small wine glass.

Pours a dark tawny-tinted red with a pinkish head on top. The nose, the nose, my kingdom for the nose! Cherry jolly ranchers. Need I say more? Such a fruity and tart aroma, I can't think of a better way to describe it. Nothing really stands out much different than the BR or RT, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Effervescent bubbles give this beer life! Crisp and bubbly - fits this beer to perfection. Big flavors of cherries and apples. The cranberries really show up on this finish as this tarts up quite nicely. This sets itself apart from the other fruity mainstays from these guys. It's sweet, no doubt, some would say too sweet. But the tartness comes through at the right moment, giving a nice kick to the back end. I think I'd be able to get through a bottle of this one my own, but I find it is the perfect beer to share. Sweet. Tart. Tasty. Thank you, Dan. You work quite the magic with some fruit.

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Photo of pakman08
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

absolutely amazing fruit ale. Cherries come through perfectly and up front both on the nose and taste. Impossibly light and effervescent, this ale is a wonerful start or finisher to an evening. Slightly sour and tart finish that lingers cleanly for a bit. REAL cherry soda comes to mind. Must try, fan of fruit ales or no.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 ounce bottle, no freshness date.

The bottle pours with a white, one finger head that slowly dissipates. Color is a deep ruby red.

Aroma starts off with a massive hit of cranberry and (to a slightly lesser extent) apple. I get a slight hint of oak and tartness as well.

Taste starts off with a mouth-coating, juicy cranberry and apple mix. Sweetness and tartness show up in the middle in a perfect balance, briefly cleansing the palate. Slight sweetness from the fruit lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel gives that balance of slightly puckering tartness and sweetness, with the sweetness eventually winning out. Carbonation is medium, complementing the beer well.

Overall, this beer is a world class fruit beer. It gives you that juicy, tart fruit without overdoing the overly-sweet aspects that most fruit beers fall victim to. New Glarus has wowed me again and I actually prefer this to the Raspberry Tart. Cheers!

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Photo of KeithBonner7
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Has the look of barqs red cream soda with minimal foam.

smell somewhat reminds me of a warm cherry pie.

Tastes like a local cherry flavored apple cider with hints of cranberry tartness. Finishing with an apple tart bite.

Leaves a decent salivation factor feel. Would go great with some seafood.

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Photo of rjm0715
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured into a Tree House tulip.

A- Pours a nice red color with shades of pink two finger head that quickly fades to almost nothing.

S- The aroma of apples, cherries and cranberries is highly intoxicating and borderline criminal.

T- Taste is just like the nose with a beautiful blend of all three fruits stimulating your nostrils.

M- Mouthful is lightly effervescent and delectable.

O- Overal I really enjoy this beer and cant wait to have it again.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Translucent maroon, auburn, and burgundy hues with a generous white, fluffy head
S: Macintosh and Fiji apples with a distinctive cranberry cocktail aroma
T: Initial burst of Montmorency cherries swiftly met by a sweet blend of apples and cranberries and hints of cocoa
F: Medium body with a slightly dry finish
O: Another expertly crafted fruit beer by the masters in the game, New Glarus. This is a rich and flavorful beer with subtle sweetness and huge fruit flavors. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second New Glarus beer and again I am impressed. The first beer I tried was the Wisconsin New Belgium Red and though Serendipity is not drastically different it's just as good. Fruit beers are usually too tart or too sweet for my taste but this one is the perfect combination. Looking forward to trying more beers from New Glarus

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Photo of Lemke10
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got a 750mL bottle of this from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI in October 2012 for $8.79.

Happy accident indeed! New Glarus took the poor cherry crop in 2012 in stride and came up with a new delicious brew. Serendipity pours a burnt reddish color with a slightly pink head. The scent is still mostly cherries but is overall very fruity and sweet smelling giving it that classic sour ale smell. Taste is sweet and fruity with all the main elements (cherry, cranberry, and apple) evident in the mix. Added to the mix was the great decision to age this in oak to make this an interesting, fruity, and delicious sour ale that is supposedly only to be around until Jan 1 in place of their usual Belgian Red. Get it while you can folks!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 11/08/12 notes. Picked up two bottles of this at the brewery last weekend as they were out of Belgian Red; wish I had bought more. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark ruby red color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks fantastic.

s - Smells of sweet and sour cherries, cranberries, apples, oak, dark fruits, and fruity malts. Loads of cherries up front, but the cranberries still come through a bit. A very nice mix of sweet dark fruits and lightly sour dark fruits, but definitely not very sour. Awesome nose.

t - Tastes of sweet cherries, sour cherries, tart dark fruits, cranberries, apples, fruity malts, oak, light tannic. Taste is just as awesome as the nose, and is slightly more tart than the nose. I like it a little bit better than the nose.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink beer,

o - Overall a fantastic new fruit beer from New Glarus; I don't like it quite as much as Belgian Red, but it is on par with Raspberry Tart in my opinion, having now had a lot of all three in the last week. I think the reviewer who said this seems like a blend of Belgian Red, Cranbic, and Apple Ale is spot on...tastes like 70% Belgian Red, 20% Cranbic, and 10% Apple Ale. It has a light tartness to it which I loved, though it wasn't so sour that my girlfriend who doesn't like sours couldn't drink it; in fact, she loved it. World class, worth seeking out if you like their fruit beers.

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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 chinchill
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely, sparkling clear red color with a small but moderately durable red-tan head that left the glass nicely coated when tipped.

Has a very fruity aroma; tart. Appealing yet it didn't prepare me for the magnificent taste. The flavor is loaded with mixed fruit, with both cranberries and cherries evident. Perfect TART/sweet balance. Serendipity indeed.

The medium-light body is quietly lively yet creamy smooth.

O: as good as any fruit beer I've ever had, including the finest Belgian lambics. (rating confirmed with tasting in December 2015).

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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 Masonz223
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell: tons of sweet red apple cranberries slight tart cherrie some woody funk
Taste: my god there fruit beers are awesome! right upfront your smacked with that sweet crisp red apple middle of the mouth slightly tart cherries cranberry juice cinamon apple sauce. finishes with a nice juicy fruity sweetness slight hint of raspberry and a little bit of oakiness.
Feel: I'm amazed on how awesome the bodies are on thesse 4 percent fruit beers medium to full body. Very dry in the finish.
Overall: another world class fruit beer from new glarus. Not as tart as raspberry tart but more complex. I love it!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with some ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a solid two finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A huge aroma of fresh fruits. Big hints of apples, tart cherries, raspberries, and cranberry. Light hints of oak and vanilla. Slightly toasted malts with a little brown sugar. Also some subtle hints of dark raisin and plum. Fairly yeasty. The fruits give a sweet smell but its nowhere near cloying. Smells like real fruit juices. Really great aroma.

Taste: Just as great as the aroma. A big taste of juicy fruits. Big taste of apples, tart cherries, raspberry, and cranberries. Fruits are sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet. Notes of oak and vanilla. Fairly earthy and yeasty. Light taste of malts with a little brown sugar. Undertones of dark raisin, plum, and fig. Literal tastes like a blend of fresh squeezed fruit juices. Sweetness and sourness is held in check and the acidity is pretty low. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat prickly. Very smooth.

Overall: A truly great fruit beer. The fruit flavor is big and bold while the sweetness is balanced and the body is smooth. Well balanced and really tasty.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Shared a bottle of this ridiculousness with the wife. Needless to say, with word of it taking a hiatus shortly, I high tailed over to Wisconsin to stock up. Cranberry and cherry hit you in waves. At the same time, there's never any mistake this is beer, not fruit juice, not a wine cooler. Fantastic stuff. Best fruit beer I've had. Also, the best chick beer extant. If you are drinking fruit beer and it's not New Glarus, you are missing out.

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

A: Pours a hazed amber color with a bit of a garnet hue when held to light. A foamy two finger head rises up in the glass immediately and shows decent retention.

S: As soon as it's poured, the room starts to fill with sweet red apple and cherry notes. Very sweet, but not sickeningly so. Tons of juicy red apple, syrup soaked cherry and bright cranberry with just a hint of oak and vanilla underneath. Smells incredible.

T: Very similar to the smell. Which is a really good thing. There's just so much fruit juice packed into this thing, it's incredible. Tons of apple cider with a lot of juicy red cherry and cranberry juice cocktail thrown in for good measure. A hint of ripe pear, fruit leather and red apple skin on the finish. Just enough carbonation to break up the sweetness, though it could maybe do with just a touch more. This is the most fruit I've ever tasted in a beer. I really love this stuff.

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Photo of tapperm
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Favorite fruit beer. A little sweet for me and could use more ABV. The mouthfeel is too thin but this is a fruit beer. Great brew over all. Love NG!

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Photo of brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red, two finger bone head. Smell is loaded with cranberry, cherry, and Apple of corse. Tastes of the same fruit, but also honey, and fairly sweet as expected. There is little carbonation and the texture is not thin. Overall this is very well done, loaded with fruit flavor and not super complex, just Really delicious. The best part about this beer is how it's not overly sweet, and not syrupy.

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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 DabblinWiscCraft
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at my local Shell station. As usual, no bottled on date. Poured right from the fridge into my snifter.

L: Pours a burgundy that's the color of cranberry juice at the edges where the light hits. About a quarter-inch of off-white head dissipates very quickly to a ring that leaves minimal lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation in this one.

S: Black cherry and red apple are the most prominent flavors in the bouquet, and they hit the nose with a force. There's also notes of cranberry at the edges, but this one smells very sweet and succulent. Wonderful aroma.

T: The taste follows the nose quite well, with the black cherry and red apple the first to register on the palate. Very sweet initially. The sour and tart flavors, however, kick in almost immediately--the middle is dominated by a nice sour tartness from the cranberries that really perks things up, aided by a very good level of carbonation. The back end has more of the tart, but those deep, sweet notes from the cherries and apples reassert themselves for more of a sweet/sour finish.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Just a bit creamy at the front, with assertive tartness and healthy carbonation that make for a very nice feel.

O: I gave this one a try a few years back and remember thinking that I didn't like it nearly as much as their Raspberry Tart or Belgian Red. But, with time, I've really come to enjoy Serendipity as much as or even more than its cousins. This thing packs so much fruit flavor, it's ridiculous. And NG has done an amazing job of getting that tart/sour just right so that it isn't overly sweet on the palate. Highly recommend!

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

Thanks to DarkMagneto for this one:

A - this one pours a ruby amber in color with ample fizzy fluffy head and solid lacing

S - cherry, cherry purée, cordial cherry, green apple, a bit of apple sauce, sour patch kids

T - cherry tart to the utmost; Serendipity tastes like a massive cherry tart bomb on apple-grape steroids; maybe a touch of cinnamon; a deliciously tart juice

M - this one has some serious tart pucker combined with perfect notes of sugar sweetness and the right amount of bite and fizz

O - serendipidelicious. Honestly, this is an awesome fruit beer and a perfectly complimentary offering along with Belgian Red and Wisconsin.

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Photo of allouez86
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into my D'Achouffe tulip.

Pours a dark red/pinkish color with a very nice inch and a half pinkish white head.

First smell is cranberries, similar to a glass of Ocean Spray cranberry juice. If you dig a little deeper, the cherries are definitely there, similar to the smell of Belgian Red albeit more subdued than Belgian Red. After giving it a good swirl the apples are there, but barely. Cinnamon is also in there.

My initial reaction after the first sip was, "oh wow!" The tart cherries are there initially but the cranberries follow through so perfectly, totally masking the tartness that I expected to get with this brew. Finishes with just a slight hint of apple and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium with great carbonation levels.

Overall this may be my new favorite fruit brew from New Glarus. It's slightly tart as advertised but nowhere near Belgian Red or Raspberry Tart levels. The different fruits work so well together. I will definitely be buying much more of this brew and hope that it works its way into a somewhat regular rotation in years to come.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax sealed 750ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Pours a ruby red color with a small off white head that fades quickly.

S - The initial, tart smell really gets the saliva going. I could also pick up the smell of crisp apples and sour cherries.

T - Much like the nose, the initial sip is a bit tart, but balanced very nicely by the sweetness on the finish. Exactly as you would expect, the taste is of crisp apples, sour cranberries, and juicy cherries. Very tasty and refreshing!

M - The carbonation is fine and champagne-like, allowing the flavors to really burst in your mouth. Slightly dry and sweet all at the same time.

O - I enjoyed this just as much or more than the Belgian Red. This one is a little bit more sour and tart, but the flavors really blend together nicely. After drinking this, I only wish I had another bottle...

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