Beer Brief #45 – Serendipity

Brewery – New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wisconsin

Beer – Serendipity

Style – Oak-aged sour fruit beer made with apples, cranberries, cherries, and fermented with brettanomyces

ABV – Can’t find an official source, but most pages I found listed it as either 4% or 5.1%

Color – Reddish amber with a light tan head

Aroma – Cranberries and sweet cherries dominate

Flavor – All the fruit comes through beautifully, apples and cherries blend perfectly with the cranberry tartness, there’s also a small touch of caramel and a slight amount of earthy bitterness

Verdict – If you’re ever craving an alcoholic version of sparkling fruit juice, Serendipity might just fit the bill. The big fruit aromas and flavors completely dominate this brew and give the drinker a juicy, delicious treat. This beer was created because a cherry shortage wouldn’t allow New Glarus to make their usual Belgian Red. The bottle label says “Happy Accident Fruit Ale”, and I completely agree. Happy accident, indeed!

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