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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,284
Reviews: 884
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,137
Gots: 713 | FT: 77
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002

Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.
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Ratings: 3,284 | Reviews: 884
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a trade recently.

Pours a gorgeous dark red color, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells just outstanding, big bouquet of raspberries, some slight tartness, and just the tiniest bit of oak.

This has to be the most authentic fruit flavor I've ever gotten in a beer. This one is intensely sweet, cut by by a slight, but very welcoming tartness, some oak, etc. I get both raspberries and raspberry juice. With the lower ABV, there is no alcohol feeling whatsoever. It's almost wine-like, and barely feels like beer. No malt flavor that I can detect, just a huge expression of my favorite fruit.

This one is light bodied, with a slightly-higher-than-I'd like amount of carbonation. It's got a fizzy, crisp mouthfeel.

An outstanding achievement here. It's barely beer, but it tastes so good that I don't care.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small pink head on top. Just a vibrant, lovely color here. As I swirl my glass I get some good stringy lacing on the sides. Whoa! My first sniff brings huge fresh, ripe raspberries...like a fresh made jam from fruit just picked from the garden. A hint of wheaty maltiness is hiding in the background along with a touch of spiciness.

First sip is a wash of sweet/sour raspberry goodness. The pale/wheaty malt background gives it a bit more of a beer feel to it. However..this is all about the huge raspberry flavor..fruit beer on steroids. A slight mellow spiciness on the back of the palate rounds it out. Quite acidic overall and slightly puckering. Raspberry beer is quite yummy.

There is a good medium body that has a syrupy consistency to it. Goes down smoothly. An interesting beer for sure. Not one I could see myself drinking much of...but a good change of pace. I can see how this could be a love it or hate it affair. I'd say it's definetly worth seeking out...especially if you're a fan of fruit beers. Cheers to New Glarus and I'm glad I have another 750.

Photo of Jsmick
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

After reading all of the reviews, I was expecting amazingness. This beer just didn't do it for me. It was so incredibly sweet, and not in a good way.... it burned the back of my throat. There was absolutely nothing to balance out the sweetness either.... this was as sweet as Sunny Delight, and I can't stand Sunny Delight.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A raspberry smoothie. Pinked blood body. Bubbly pink head.

Aroma: Big tart raspberries. Pungent and aromatic.

Taste: Raspberries. It is what it is. More importantly, it is what it tries to be.

Mouthfeel: Tart, this batch more than some in the past. Middle has a sugary sweetness but overall tartness dominates. Body is very full.

Drinkability: Ok. The tartness and high sugar content gets to me after a few glasses.

I rarely drink the Raspberry Tart out of a strong preference for its big sister Belgian Red but it’s still a nearly perfectly crafted beer.

Photo of tectactoe
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to maximum12 for the New Glarus brews - superb traitor, right there. Raspberry Tart pours a murky velvet and crimson-laden shade of red with a slowly receding, lightly brown and mostly fuchsia tinted head that grows quite large, leaving a couple spots of sporadic lacing along the glass. Pretty elegant, like a wine with a head.

Fresh raspberry juice is the best way to describe the aroma... gushing with ripe, juicy, lightly tart and sweet raspberry purée. No initial chalky or medicinal or "artificial" aromas which is typically the deal-breaker with fruited beers like this. Some mild, grassy zest is faintly resting in the background, but other than that, this beer is ALL raspberries, ALL day.

The taste is a direct correlation of the aroma - fresh pressed raspberries where the juice has been drained and strained out and poured directly into the pint glass in front of me. They've got a sweet, almost residual sugary character to them, making this beer a good choice for an "after dinner" brew. Though the name would imply that the beer is tart, it's far from sour. A very light, tart spritz that hits and fades around mid-palate is about all the tartness this beer contains.

If this isn't easy-drinking than I don't know what is. It's easy to forget you're actually drinking a beer with this one, as it literally tastes like carbonated raspberry juice. Thin, silky body with a heavy amount of carbonation to provide a lively and popping mouth feel. The wet, raspberry residue filled finish keeps you coming back for more.

Definitely one of the better fruit beers I've had. I don't think I liked this as much as New Glarus's Apple Ale or Serendipity, but it was still damn good. I prefer this one to Founder's Rübæus just by a little bit. It's a touch more succulent, juicy, and "fresh", though both beers are nice takes on the raspberry-centric ale. I'd be dropping 10$ for a bomber of this all the time if it were available in my area.

Photo of ricke
3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rayjay for this one.

A: Dark ruby red with a small pinkish head that leaves a small ring of lacings.

S: Dominated by genuine raspberry aromas with nicely complementing notes of grass, earth and fruit pits. This brewery really knows how to make fruit beers that smell like fruit.

T: Lots of fruity sweetness and raspberries all around. A fruity tartness counterweights the sweetness together and develops together with notes of earth and seeds. I might pick up a hint of chocolate as well, but I might be fooling myself. The finish is dry with sweet and tart raspberry notes. The finish is really great, very well done.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation and a slick dry finish.

D: Good. A raspberry bomb. Very intensive, and I'm very impressed that a beer with such low ABV can showcase such strong flavors. This one would probably work well as a dessert or coupled with dessert. But I wouldn't want to drink too much of it, one glass is enough.

Since it is hard not comparing this one the Wisconsin Belgian Red, I must say that I preferred this one.

Photo of brewdogmrb
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Basically a perfect beer experience -- exceptional in almost every way from appearance to drinkability. I'll break this one down just for fun:

A: Dark red and cloudy. Poured into a champagne flute like the bottle recommends. Looks a beautiful dark blood red and when you hold it up to the light it passes some intense red light. Beautiful.

S: Pure raspberries. On every level, in every way. The purest fruit smell I've ever smelled in a beer. Amazing.

T: See smell, basically. I'll add refreshing to the list.

M/D: Who couldn't love enjoying a huge amount of this beer? I saw on their site that you can get a 1/4 barrel of this. I might move to wisconsin.

Photo of MadScientist
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this two bottle on back to back nights and with the score for the fresh bottle.

This is a bottle that a friend picked up last month.

A: A light ruby red with an off-white tinted a slight red. The persistent rocky head settles to a cap but never goes away and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Just about the most amazing thing I've ever smelled. The very strong raspberry aroma dominates with a moderate malt. The berry aroma doesn't stop and there are other lighter fruit notes of strawberries and rhubarb at moderate levels. There is a very faint vanilla aroma in the background.

T: Enormous amounts of fresh raspberry flavor like a fresh sorbet. There is a moderately-light sweetness but the balance is tart with a moderate tartness and a very light sourness.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a a moderately-high level of carbonation.

O: This is fruit beer that makes people who don't enjoy fruit beers beg their friends to pick up a couple bottles next time their in Wisconsin. A world class raspberry Lambic for adults and can't think of anything else I'd want changed in the beer.

This is a bottle I bought while visiting Madison in November 2011.

A: A bright and clear red darker than a like a rose champagne.
The head is off-white almost very light tan with just a slight hit of pink having a good retention. It does settle after a couple minutes to a ring of foam with a large raft and a quick swirl revives it. 4.0/5

S: A big hit of freshly muddled raspberry at first, but with age the raspberry aroma comes down enough to smell something else unlike when it was fresh. There is some moderately light malt and dark fruit aromas coming along with a little something else like a very light sourness. Still no hops nor diacetyl. 4.0/5

T: Tons of fresh raspberries with a with moderate tartness and a light sourness balanced by a light sweetness. No noticeable hops bitterness nor flavor. 4.5/5

M: Soft and fluffy with a medium light body and a fine moderately-high carbonation level. There is some slickness on the palate. 4.0

O: The berry flavors and aroma have become muted with age definitely more pronounced in the younger bottle. Still an amazing raspberry ale with what seems more like an Oud Bruin than a Lambic base style. 4.5/5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany with ruby tints and two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin cap with no lacing.

S: Nose is fruit raspberry but some interesting mix of flavors. Wooden and oak, and vanilla too.

T: Very sweet and almost creamy. Does not taste like a beer and you can't taste any traces of alcohol.

M: Light body, dry, almost no booze, loads of flavor

O: Another very solid beer from New Glarus. I got to try this alongside Wisconsin Red which I liked a little more but this one is amazing too.

Photo of blitz134
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the urge to pull this one after having some berry filled dessert. Chilled and split between a couple of my roommates.

Brilliant garnet red color. Perfectly clear. One inch fizzy, red tinged head that reduced to a thin layer. A sheet of lace grabs the glass.

Aroma is straight up raspberries with lots of tart hints. Sweet smelling but doesn't seem overly done. When it hits the tongue a wave of effervescense comes and brings out the tart flavors and then a rush of raspberries pummels every corner of the mouth. The finish is slightly dry, but has a strange juiciness, and finishes slightly tart again.

Mouthfeel is kinda thin but pushes medium bodied. I'm used to the thin mouthfeel associated with lambic when I have fruit beers, but this one is just a bit thicker. Nice carbonation levels.

Really nice drinkability, but I'm glad I split this up. Its a good beer, but I couldn't have handled the full 750. I can only handle so much sweetness, and while this one isn't over the top with sweetness its still a lot to handle for me.

Photo of Hamburgers
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in Teku glass. Pours dark, brownish red. Big fizzy off-white head. Strong aroma of raspberries. Actually like a raspberry Pixie stick. Very inviting. Flavor is tart raspberries, apple juice, grapes and slight vinegar notes. Light with moderate carbonation. Super sweet. Not very complex but a great fruit beer.

Photo of warnerry
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red with brown hues coming through. Whatever head was there dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves some lacing behind.

Smells a bit like cherry 7-up and popsicles. Intense raspberry aromas with definite tart notes. Not much complexity, but compelling.

Taste is intense tartness up front, just ahead of a massive rush of raspberry. Finishes tart. The raspberry taste definitely tastes more like fresh crushed raspberries than any syrupy extract.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and refreshing.

I probably wouldn't want mnore tha 6-8 oz of this, but itis very well made and would be perfect for brunch.

Photo of grynder33
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A raspbeery aroma that starts filling your mouth with water before you can take the first sip, nice little head, a soft creamy raspbeery taste with a hint of tartness and sourness initially, but the sourness doesn't linger in the aftertaste. And the Raspbeery aroma stays with you till the end.For what it is, its wonderful stuff.

Photo of shapudding
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the treats at the tasting from the General Lafayette!

Very dark raspberry jam color that you can't see through. It has a light pinkish head that reduced down to mainly holding to the edges.

Intense scent!! You can smell the fresh raspberry puree aroma from almost 2 feet away! The first sip hits you with an insane burst, it tastes like you just bit into a big overly ripe juicy berry. Reminds me somewhat of sparkling red grape juice. Medium body with a good amount of carbination. I really enjoyed this but personally could not do more than say 2 or so glasses at a sitting, since there is so much flavor, so it would not be a good session beer, but it really is very great tasting!

Photo of bishopdc0
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this bottle with some family.

The beer is ruby red with slight head frosty head

The aroma is a tart almost as a sour but raspberry very sweet and very fresh.

The taste is a full of raspberries and more raspberries, but malt does make an appearance in the taste come in after the carbonation builds nice

Photo of Jason
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive looking champagne magnum that is waxed on the top.

Appearance: Murky red colour, looks like puréed raspberries. Light fizzy head give a champagne crackle.

Smell: Big aroma of freshly macerated raspberries. Very sweet yet enough fruity tartness as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Bam! Raspberries! Every corner your taste buds turn more raspberries. The tartness is right in balance with the sweetness of the fruit. Fizzy crisp mouth feel, sweet on the palate with some graininess within. A very faint alcohol also leads down the beer trail.

Notes: A perfect tasting fruit beer, “real fruit”! This is my top pick for an early afternoon brunch tipple.

Photo of tjthresh
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I served it in my Lindemans Flute. I dark red to purple with a very fizzy pink head. Enormous raspberry nose. Sweetart. A rush of raspberry sweetness with a tongue clinching tart finish. Reminiscent of Jolly Ranchers. Medium body. Bubbly. Can a man get a piece of friggin’ cheesecake.

Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this for ages. A huge thank you to dancinwillie for the hookup.

Pours a clear burgundy hue with copper tones. Absolutely a radiant ruby when held to light. Small pinkish head quickly fades to a cap but leaves some wispy lace on the goblet.

Aroma is pureed fresh raspberries. A hint of yeasty and earthy mushrooms underneath but the bouquet of raspberries is overwhelming to the senses.

Mouthfeel reveals a light to light medium body with an airy and sparkly carbonation.

Taste is raspberries, front and center. Just a hint of wheat malt on the tip of the tongue. Exceedingly tasty with a natural fruitiness. Fresh berry sweetness is balanced by a very satisfying tartness.

Wow! New Glarus has really set the bar high for American fruit beers. Unbelievable drinkability for this one. It's really incredible how tasty a fruit beer can.

Photo of Billolick
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed over the summer, during a lazy trip through Wisconsin, review is from notes. Large green bottle with that classy waxed top. Bottle shows no freshness or vintage dating. Pours dark amber, with a short lived head and only minor lacing to be observed. Fruity, smoky and SOUR nose. Pleasingly tart brew, not for everybody, but to my taste buds this stuff makes a fine desert brew for those of us into this type of creation. Rich raspberry notes. Tasty and well worth seeking out if in the Wisc. general area.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a half fingers worth of a light red foamy head. This dissipates to a thin ring with islands on top. Very nice white lacing remains throughout.

Smells very big of cranberries, raspberries and hints of blueberries. Touch of sweet clean malts and yeasty esters.

Tastes like an amazing thick and creamy can-rasbperry fruit cocktail. Raspberry and cranberry notes dominate. The tartness of the fruit make this quite balanced.

Full bodied with light carbonation. A bit sticky and and tart on the finish.

Overall this beer kicks ass in my book. Super sweet but not in that icky cloying way a big beer sometimes tastes. I chilled the rest of the bottle colder, as it does state on the bottle to drink cold. Yes drink this cold, the flavors for the most part don't get hidden with temp. Big bold raspberry and cranberry flavors with a very full mouthfeel keep me wanting more.

$9 a bomber

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, medium carbonation, light red in color

Smell: raspberry and leafiness

Taste: raspberry, sour mix, leafiness

Mouthfeel: sweet and tart, and light bodied, high prickly carbonation

Overall:A good but not overpowering raspberry beer with loads of natural flavors. I would get this again if I wanted a raspberry beer. I was blown away by Wisconsin Belgian Red and while good, I did not get nearly the same feelings from this one.

Photo of badbeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby red color with a light pinkish head leaving excellent lacing. Rich smell of tart raspberries; reminds me a lot of the raspberry Jell-o my grandma used to make. Raspberries lightly pucker in your mouth, it's really like eating raspberries fresh, only in liquid form. The amount of tartness is perfect, not overly acidic like how some raspberry framboise's can be; sour, without the harsh. Carbonation dances on the tongue, enhancing each flavor. Medium bodied, finishes a bit dry. Incredibly drinkable, if this was in a nonic pint glass, I'd probably end up polishing off the bottle in no time.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this wax-dipped 750 ml bottle of Wisconsin goodness. I had beer looking forward to trying this beer for quite some time and I was not disappointed.

The beer pours a medium-dark red color with a large white head. The aroma is strong raspberry. The flavor is sweet raspberries with a nice strong tart finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium, crisp carbonation. This has a more soda-like mouthfeel than the Belgian Red which seems to be more juice like. Overall, an outstanding fruit beer.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-assed champagne bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Appearance: Impressive appearance, with the brew looking very much like freshly-blended raspberries. Very active and fizzy pinkish-hued head is boisterous at first and quickly settles down to a thin layer. Slight sheeting action from the head. Not opaque, really...more of a "filled with chunks" appearance.

Smell: Aromas are simply amazing. A beer you can smell from across the room. Fresh, fresh raspberries occupy your olfactories. It's hard to imagine just how the brewers managed to achieve such a wonderful aroma to this beer.

Taste: One taste and it's hard to imagine that you are actually drinking beer. So much raspberry in the flavor. Waterfall of sweetness that is quickly followed by a pucker-inducing tartness. Only as it warmed did any other beer-like qualities begin to peek through. Still, these are token in nature and merely attenuate the avalanche of raspberries assaulting your palate. Certainly one of the more different beers I've had in a long, long time.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Lots of fizziness here, but I think that really helps with the gargantuan sweetness. Drinkable , but tough for one person and this big bottle.

Notes: I'm not sure why...but towards the end of this beer I kept wondering what it would taste like if I mixed it with some imperial stout. A raspberry-impy stout sounded really good at the time. Must seek out other offerings from this brewer. And thanks again to AKSmokedPorter for this gem.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a sampling glass at the fall BA meetup.

It's a nice reddish runt color with a small but ruby hinted head that's very thick and creamy. Nose is raspberry and nice tart bitterness.

Taste is all raspberry and nice tart sweet fresh fruit, it's very delicious and sweet. One of the most drinkable and tasty fruit beers i've had. Mouthfeel is light and sharp and very drinkable.

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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