In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


New Glarus Brewing Company Serendipity

Aroma: “Super powerful sweet fruity aroma—cherry, pear? Light malt sweetness. Big cherry and blackberry, oak, and sweet cherry. High sweetness and strong apple aroma.”

Flavor: “Very sweet, Jolly Rancher– flavor with a light acidity. The fruits are hard to discern, but it tastes like unfer- mented apple juice and plums. Low sour could use bit more oomph to back up the sweetness. Malt profile is hidden, but hints at a touch of bread, without which this would push very close to wine cooler territory. Linger is fruity and has a light strawberry note mixed into the fruit.”

Overall: “Very strong fruit flavors right on the edge of overly sweet wine cooler. I’d love to see this fruit blend toned down in a much more sour red ale. Very heavy, sweet beer with notes of cherry and slight strawberry. A good beer, but I don’t think I could finish a whole glass of it. Pairing this with a nice chocolate cake would be wonderful.”