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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,880 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,880
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,037
Gots: 587 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of copyguyadam
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big wax top bottle into a New Glarus pint glass.

A - Tiny head that dissipates quickly and leaves the dark redish purple color alone.
S - Sweet raspberry fruity and a hint of booze.
T & M- Truly another delight from NG. The tart raspberry taste makes the tastebuds water.
D - I could drink this when I wake up every morning.

If you are looking for an intense sweet tasting brew, this is for you.

copyguyadam, May 22, 2010
Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

AlienSwineFlu, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Thanks Bernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a bright, opaque, red with a small, light-pink head that leaves little bits and pieces of lace on the glass.

S: Huge aroma of fresh raspberry. Incredible. Faint, earthy, "dirt" smell lurking in the background.

T: Spicy, just picked raspberry flavor-at the same time sweet and tart and prickly. Not even a trace of alcohol.

M: Prickly and spicy to the tongue but this is kept in check by a very large sweetness that tickles the mouth as well.

D: Damn! This is so good! Tastes very natural and drinks perfectly.

GbVDave, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of travloh
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time I had this I had to share the bottle with like 6 other people and we drank it out of paper cups. This time I'm doin' it right.

Ohh, the smell of sweet raspberries. Very strong and sweet, yet the tartness comes through to the nose as well.

Pours a brilliant, beautiful red color. Not amber, not brownish red, RED. Its beautiful. The head is a good 2 fingers and the color of a strawberry shake.

Taste is absolutely sublime. If you are a fruit lover, as I am, this will blow your doors off. Tart and sweet, tangy, sugary without being syrupy. Oh man this stuff is good. This is beer? Raspberries!!! Oh how good they are. They actually took these tasty little things and made BEER out of them? Genius.

If you have relatives or friends who are wary of the crazy craft brews that you drink, give them one of these to try.

travloh, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thankyou again to BDEE for this one.

Poured into my lindemans stange. Left a generous two finger eggshell colored heading,tremendous lacing left behind until the last drop not thick but nice and bubbly. Clear and mahogany in color with a rubish tint to it.

Smell amazingly enough is raspberries , raspberries and more raspberries. Excellent tartness with just an extremely fresh fruit aroma.

Taste reminds of pureed raspberry slush. Tartness fits right in after the initial raspberry blast along with a slight touch of sugary alcohol. Very subtle soft grains in the finish.

Mouth is medium bodied, tremendous bubbley,fizzy action on the tongue.

This sets the bar as to what a fruit and, or raspberry beer should taste like. My first beer from New Glarus and I am very impressed.

TheFightfan1, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Avryle
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LittleBreeze & MrEd137 who cracked open a bottle over dessert.

A- Murky ruby-red color with a very minimal red-tan head that disappears almost immediately. Absolutely no lacing.

S- Ripe raspberries. Ripe raspberries. and Ripe raspberries.

T- Tart, over-ripe raspberries with a lambic bitterness in the finish. First sip starts off sweet and subsequent sips become increasingly tart.

M- Thin -> Med body with minimal carbonation.

D- This is by all means a dessert beer & one to split with a few folks. The raspberry & tart are so intense as to prevent quick consumption. This one lives up to the hype.

Avryle, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep mohoganny, pink head, slight retention, good lace.

S: Raspberry and candy-floss fruity esters.

T: Raspberry, dry, slight acidity, candy-floss fruityness.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation, slight acidity, dry finish.

D: Very good.

I generally don't like raspberries or tartness, but this is incredibly well-crafted.

Derek, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious. The fruit is impeccable. It was very refreshing as well. My only criticism is it's overly sweet after a few sips. If this beer had a bit more alcohol I feel it would be more balanced. I enjoyed it a bit better after mixing in a bit of a different ale to cut down the sweetness.

PlinyBeMiney, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of spointon
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml green bottle into a New Glarus flute glass.

A= This beer poured a fairly clear medium red color with a thin, fizzy pink head. The head dropped fast and left zero lace behind.

S= Huge heady aroma of fresh red raspberries. That was pretty much it, just a super fresh, slightly tart fruit smell.

T= Flavor profile was comprised of sweet and tart red raspberries. The sweetness was never cloying and the tartness was never puckering. Just a perfect balance.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel on the tongue.

D= Very easy to drink and very sessionable. This is probably my second favorite fruit beer behind the New Glarus Belgian Red. Highly recommended.

spointon, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: Presented in a 750 ml. bottle that's capped and sealed in burgundy wax. Label credits Oregon for sharing their harvest of mouth-watering berries. Appreciate it, Oregon!

A: Pours a dark raspberry red in color (almost beet-like), with active carbonation that produces a rimming of bubbly pink lace.

S: Nothing but raspberries, and lots of them.

T: Raspberry champagne with a mouth-puckeringly tart intensity that pulls your eyeballs back into their sockets. Yeah-Boy-EEE!!! Behind the walls of tart berry lie sweet suggestions of black cherry, cranberry, vanilla, and Belgian yeast -- with subtle traces of salt. Finishes exceptionally dry. As the label decrees: "Life's too short to wait for dessert." So wait no longer.

M: Tartness makes it super chewy as hell, yet bracingly crisp and velvety smooth. Gorgeous mouthfeel with sparkling effervescence.

D: Delicious. Refreshing. World class. Everything a Wisconsin framboise could hope to be. Enjoy.

CaptainIPA, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep ruby red with sparkling champagne likes bubbles and a thin tan, pinkish head that disappears immediately.

S - Tart with fresh, juicy raspberries. The raspberries taste fresh right off the vine. Just a light touch of oak is found hidden in the raspberries.

T - Big juicy raspberry taste starting with sweet raspberries and changing to a lingering tartness.

M - Light and bubbly (champagne like mouthfeel) with a slight tart finish that lingers. The sweetness and tart provide an excellent balance.

D - One of the best fruit beers I have had. Very drinkable.

brewcrew76, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles of this one in a trade awhile back. I consumed some Belgian Red and loved it, was really excited about this one.

A: Pours a love sparkling ruby red color. There is a nice light pinkish white head that dies down. Lots of carbonation rising to the top if you can hold it up to light that is strong enough to penetrate this bold red beauty.

S: Wow tons of fruit come wafting from the glass. I don't think you could squeeze a hand full of raspberries and get more aroma than this one has.

T: Wow lovely. This is the nectar of the freshest purist raspberries. I have no idea how they have taken fruit juice and transformed it into something so nice. It is the perfect marriage of sweet and tart. I like a good bottle of wine, but would take this one over wine anyday.

M: Simply Sparkling.

D: Uh, yeah... It's just too bad I shared this one with friends. Not to be stingy, but its that damn good.

Overall: First of all I really like this one. The aroma and taste is subpurb. It is a finely crafted beer that everyone should search out. I actually like the Beligan Red just a tick better than this one, but that is not to slight this gem in any way. It is a wonderful beer more than deserving of its top 100 ranking.

tpd975, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of grittybrews
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby with a finger of loose white head. Aroma is mostly tart raspberry with hints of tartness and sugar.

Light bodied mouthfeel; crisp and dry with ample carbonation. Taste dominated by tart raspberry, sweet cherry, and hints of vinegar. For such a low ABV beer this boasts some huge flavors -- really exceptional.

grittybrews, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Garnet / burgundy color. Almost transparent apart from the color itself. No sediment or haze. 1/4 of the glass filled with off-white / cream colored head.

S: Pale raspberry, dirty / dusty plants, dry cherry, wild / Belgian yeast, champagne, and cranberry.

T: Tastes infinitely better than it smells. Almost like a raspberry / cranberry juice cocktail, but not as syrupy or quite as sweet. Very pleasant fruit flavors, some tartness, but not sour at all and only slightly dry. Raspberry is by far the dominant flavor - somewhat jammy. Excellent taste.

M: Moderate to minor carbonation in the mouthfeel, which is odd given how much carbonation existed in the pour and in the head. Medium amount of small bubbles. Good density and viscosity, especially for the low ABV.

O: Very good overall - one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Very different from Blushing Monk in that this is clearly filtered and very clean, but still has all of the excellent flavor, whereas Blushing Monk is more of a fermented pureed raspberry look and feel to it. Both are very good, but the clean flavors and mouthfeel of this make it more drinkable in quantity - if you're so fortunate as to have a large quantity of it.

jnn4v, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark ruby red with a decent size light rose color head that recedes gradually to island foam.

S: Smells amazing! Atrong aroma of sweet & sour raspberries and candy sugar.

T: Taste just as good as it smells. As my husband said, "sweet necter from the gods." Unlike a lot of fruit beers, this one taste like real fruit, not artificial fruit. There is an upfront tart raspberry flavor followed with a bit of sweetness.

M: Lively carbonation, light body, smooth & crisp texture.

D: By far one of the best fruit beers I've had. I could drink a ton of this. Thank goodness for a 2nd bottle.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass. Big thanks to STLWill for hooking me up with this fantastic beer!

Pours dark red, clear, with a thin, fizzy pink head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell is just all raspberry. Really no other way to describe it. Like taking a bucket of eviscerated raspberries and using it for a helmet. Nicely tart and crisp.

Huge, vivid raspberry - beautiful blend of natural sweetness with a very crisp, acidic natural tartness. Finish is lingering raspberry acidity, almost like the most perfect raspberry soda you can imagine. Beautiful in every respect.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, crisp. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect, and perfect for what it is. A bit sticky as well.

Drinkability is very good, given that I easily drank almost a whole 750 by myself. That being said, the sweetness and acidity, while providing an amazing natural balance, are also a bit wearing on their own. It's a great beer, but not one I'd be in the mood for all the time.

JohnQVegas, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Kevinpitts
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

Kevinpitts, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of cbak999
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared amongst new friends at an epic beer tasting!

A - pours a nice ruby red with a thick, tall white head. Great lacing on the glass with each sip.

S - one word - raspberry! There are some other underlying fruity smells...maybe plum, but raspberry rules here.

T - I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It's similar to drinking a sparkling raspberry juice. No taste alcohol at all.

d -Great carbonation makes your mouth tingle with this one. I really enjoyed this beer. I would love to drink this on a warm, sunny day. With any luck, I will get another shot at it.

cbak999, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a reddish purple like color as one would expect from a beer made of raspberries.

S A sweet raspberries really dominate the nose of the beer.

T Like the nose the main thing here is raspberries. However this one has an amazing balance between tartness and sweetness that makes it great to drink.

M It has a nice fizzy mouthfeel almost like champagne that is enjoyable.

Overall I really liked this one. While it really doesn't have many traditional beer qualities its still one hell of an enjoyable drink. While it is not something I would drink often, it is an excellent choice for the occasional drink.

beerandcycling88, Apr 21, 2011
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

Homebrew35, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of BillyB
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a phenomenal beer! I just tried it along with the Wisconsin Belgian Red and I have to say they are the two best fruit beers I've ever had. But This is about the Raspberry Tart.

Beautiful ruby red/purple color.

The most pleasant aroma of raspberry.

Flavor is fruity raspberry with a nice tart tingly mouthfeel, light bodied, crisp and incredibly refreshing.

I gave it a 3.5 for drinkability only because (like a lot of fruit beers) the sweetness or tartness is too much for more than one or two. Especially in a 750 ml!

BillyB, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, bloodied garnet, bordering on purple in color. Wispy pink head is as impressive as it is unique and shows good rentention.
Raspberries dominate the aroma. Then dominate the room. Deeper inhalations indicate bready malts and touches of cinnamon.
Taste is a jolting blast of raspberries. Tart and sweet and all points in between. This isn't your artificial-tasting malternative or quasi-beer. This is complex and joyous in its cacophony. Balsalmic vinegar floods the mouth, coupled with a spicy oak counterpoint. The trifecta of rasperries, vinegar and oak provides the majory of flavor here. But much more lies beneath. Breadiness appears as it warms as do sweeter malt hues. Traces of toffee. There is too much going on for the hallertaus to assert themselves. Careful attention enambles them to be located, but just in the faintest, grassy sense.
Mouthfeel is equal parts spritzy and sticky. Interesting and intense. Burns the gullet on the way past, not from any sort of alcoholic strength but from the blistering tartness.

All told, I believe that this is a better and more complex creation than the heralded Belgian Red (which is still very impressive in its own right). I tend to dislike raspberries, but I still enjoy this one alot. Fans of the fruit will moan in delight.

cokes, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of thagr81us
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive thanks to shuajw (extra in past in-person trade) and sproser (Secret Santa '10) for bottles of this one! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep dark red with a one and a half finger off-white head with a slight pink hue that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and raspberries (duh!). The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberries, slight spices, and a nice tart note. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I opted to drink this one on Christmas Day to de-stress after spending time with the family. Had a very nice aroma and flavor going on with this one. Glad I have another bottle of this laying around so I can share this one some other BAs in my area. This is a must try of any fan of the style or those who are feeling a little adventureous. You won't regret it!

thagr81us, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of supercolter
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is kind of a dark cherry color, looks very heavy. Not a lot of head or lacing. Smell is very good, very tart fruit smell (raspberry, imagine that), with maybe a bit of grape. Taste is quite good as well, very fruity and heavy, just not quite as good as the Belgian Red, so I couldn't give the 5 here. Drinkability is exceptional, its heavy but goes down easy.

supercolter, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of baiser
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rush of raspberry aroma gushes out the moment you open the bottle. Pours a lovely, almost blood-like, dark red. The aroma is almost intoxicating in a good way. Taste is wonderful. SO much raspberry and just the right bit of tartness. It's balanced by a nice sweetness as well. Finishes dry and sweet. Carbonation is just right. Isn't as tart as say, a lindemanns framboise and that's a good thing. Very drinkable. Great as a dessert beer.

baiser, Aug 29, 2006
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,880 ratings.