From New Glarus – Happy Accident Fruit Ale 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 flavors discovered by accident in a sour ale! Cheers to the unexpected. Vielen Dank!
New Glarus Brewing – New Glarus Serendipity – 750 ml. bottle poured into specialty NG glassware. 5.1% abv.
Appearance: Pours like (red) grape juice with a white ring of bubbles.
Aroma: Sweet and tart cranberry juice cocktail, lovely oak. Grape skins.
Taste: Sweet tangy cranberry juice cocktail, apple sweetness, tart cranberry. mild tannins, faint hop spice. Finiahes tangy.
Mouthfeel: Juicy is an underatantement. Lively carbonarion. Full bodied.
Overall: All I could think was this was ‘grownup’ Martinelli’s juice. It’s so delicious that I told Jonny I would drink a quart of this with breakfast every morning if I could. He agreed. The oak is in the backseat of all that fruit, but it’s there and makes this beer perfect.