Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
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3,351 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,147
Gots: 738 | FT: 89
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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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Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow BA warnerry for sharing.

A- A clear ruby red liquid with a thin and splotchy off-white head.

S- Pure raspberries. Maybe a bit of vanilla on the finish. Simple and enjoyable.

T- Sweet and tart raspberries. There is a touch of malty finish. Simple and clean.

M- A lighter body that I attributed to the smooth and bubble carbonation. The tartness on the finish is tight and restrained.

D- A sweet and slightly tart treat that is a bit of a sipper even at the low ABV. Makes for a good desert beer. Find a friend or two to share the bottle with.

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

A dark red, almost bloody color with no head what so ever. It had a very strong odor of raspberries, go figure. The taste was powerful, very, very strong raspberry taste. The feel was kind of syurpy to me, but I don't drink many fruit beers. I would have this again, it is somewhat of a Kool-aid for grownups.

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

A rough pour into an Alchemist pub glass left a couple inches of offwhite foam sitting atop a cloudy amber-brown liquid. The head faded quick and left streaks of light lacing along the sides of the glass.

Nose was chock full of red berry fruit, with raspberries (natch) in the front. Cranberries, cherry, red currants..it smelled almost like jam. There was another aroma that was hard for me to place - yeasty, maybe, but not like a Belgian beer. The taste was full on sweet raspberry, with twists of maraschino cherry juice, cherry skins and cranberry. Tart, acidic (but not too much), then finishing with a light syrupy sweetness. The body was light and the carbonation was high. Was a wonderful beer to share with my wife.

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

Tart, fizzy, and a little bit sour. Like a jolly rancher in a glass. Too sweet for daily drinking, but makes a great dessert beer. Especially if you like your dessert first. Wish there was more bitter and less berry in this, but would still seek this out for a special occasion pour.

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

Pours a deep ruby with a big fizzy head that quickly fizzes away. Aroma is fairly mild; raspberries, faint earthiness, and slightly musty. Flavor Is very sweet, somewhat tart, and earthy. Almost no beer-like qualities aside from a slightly toasted oats flavor. Well carbonated with a sweet finish. Really impressed with this beer; lived up to the hype.

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

Had this on friday (thanks brian) and saturday (thanks chris).

A- Body is a vibrant fuchsia-with a bit more red than purple/pink. Bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Head is slightly off-white and retains at a thin collar with minimal lacing left behind in the glass.

S-Smell is dominated by both tart and sweet raspberry but a hint of cranberry is also noticeable in the nose as well as a hint of bready yeast.

T- Taste is pretty much raspberries across the board-the first bottle I had, for some reason, was more tart than the 2nd-The first bottle was left opened before consumption a lot longer than the second which may have something to do with it. The second bottle was on the sweet side but still balanced. A lot of raspberry, a hint of cranberry, and a hint of yeast.

M-Moderate tingly carbonation and medium weight, full body.
body

D- This is a very good, well put together raspberry fruit beer. Much better, IMO, than the Belgian Red. Very enjoyable and a top notch fruit beer-but somewhat lacking in complexity.

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

A: Poured a cherry, chestnutt color with good carbonation leaving a big wite cap

S: Fresh raspberries, light funk and sour

T: A blend of fresh and puree raspberries with a nice sour punch, light funk, sweet and acidic

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

O: Good

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

Not a huge sour/farmhouse beer type of beer drinker but actually enjoyed this one. Not bad

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to to different traders for this one:

kodymupa & elkhunter36 Thanks gentlemen.

I really liked this one. Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

Color is lighter than i expected, pink with a hint of white wine.

Smell is hmmm well like it's name tart raspberry.

Taste begins with a mild raspberry flavor coupled with a gentle slap of sour/tart. Fresh! The more I drink the more I pick up its acidity. Still, quite pleasing.

Mouthfell is light, crisp with a warmth slowly growing with the acidity.

Overall a very nice, crisp drink. I can't wait to crack another bottle in the heat of summer.

Photo of Sean9689
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while visiting the brewery right before Darkness Day 2009. Opened this one up while some family visited for the Christmas holiday. Split several ways in wine glasses.

A - Pours a pink/red/brown color with a very small amount of head. There's no lacing to speak of and no head retention as well, just a reddish-brown colored liquid.

S - Sweet berries, burnt sugars, and some tart notes as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Berries and sugars with a nice punch-in-the-mouth tart finish. It was too tart for some of my family members, but I could appreciate it.

M - Light, kinda syrupy, good carbonation, tart finish.

D - Great during the holidays and should be split several ways, IMO. I'm almost 100% sure there's no way I could finish an entire bottle by myself. Truthfully, I prefer the Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this bottle!

Appearance - Less bright than I expected. I expected it to look like Blushing Monk. This is much less bright of a red. Slightly pink head and great lacing.

Smell - Raspberries. Lots of raspberries. That's pretty much it. It isn't complex, but it's nice.

Taste - Raspberries. Lots of raspberries. Still not complex. Still just raspberries. Again, it isn't complex, but it's nice. Somewhat tart, but after a while the sweetness builds.

Mouthfeel - Fresh and light, but not as crisp as I'd like. Just a bit too sweet.

Overall - Good stuff. I just don't know how to rate it. I like it, but it isn't earth-shattering. It's raspberries.

Photo of Greggy
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky deep red with a pink head that recedes quickly leaving some slight lacing.

S- Raspberries.. duh. As well as a bit of tartness.

T- Right up front Raspberries but takes a very quick and sharp turn to a very tart, sour, component then finishes with a very dry mineral, earthy component.

M- Just slightly spritzy carbonation. A bit more would have been nice, but the complex finish made up for it.

D- 4% makes it very drinkable and it's decently unique. I'd have it again.

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice fruit beer, probably the best out there. Bright red pour with plenty of raspberry aroma. The initial taste is very tart but then it is just raspberry throughout. It seems like a mix between a wine and a beer. Very good! Another great beer from New Glarus.

Photo of raoulduke37
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade from Luke, my Wisconsin pipeline. Thanks Luke! This was definitely a great "dessert beer," much more worthy than the Subway sandwich that preceded it. Let's get down to brass tacks, though...

This beer pours a dark reddish color, low turbidity - it looks like a very very concentrated glass of cranberry juice - the pink head rises to one finger, but quickly dissipates to low surface dwelling foam.

Smell is faint, but definitely noticeable - raspberries, obviously, but also some mild hops and a touch of something grassy, like a saison maybe.

Like I said, this beer is just plain dessert - think playing croquet on a hot day with some respectable company who would rather drink Bartles and James than Pliny the Elder. This beer is a great introduction to quality craft brew for the non-adventurous, hops paranoid, buttoned-down crowd. Initially very tame, but then the raspberry taste hits you - much more complex than I would have thought.

Mouthfeel is very very tart, and this beer definitely coats the tongue. This would be a great one for a summer day when there's not too much going on.

Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Burgundy black cherry Jell-O with ruby highlights. Finely bubbled white head has great retention and lace.

S – Soft raspberry with a dry earthy note. Has a hint of Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda.

T – Tart black cherry opening into a huge sugar note. As the sweetness subsides, raspberry coats your mouth with a whip-crack acidity. The backend mellows out into raspberry jelly, lemon and back pepper.

M – Great carbonation on a full body. The texture is soft and sweet, and not overly syrupy.

O – Delicious, but a shade too sweet.

Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 750ml bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured the color of unpasteurized cider with a light swirl of foam - no lacing. Nose is raspberries (duh), with a hint of acidity. Taste reveals sweet raspberries, but not Lindeman's sweet. Mouthfeel is light with an active background effervescence. Very interesting brew - a little too much on the sweet side of the spectrum. Could definitely benefit from a little sour and/or dryness to break up the flavor profile.

Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red with brownish hues. Clear. Pours with a big fizzy head that quickly recedes to absolutely nothing. No lacing.

S: Raspberries. Red wine vinegar. Cherries. And a candy sugariness.

T: First taste is of intense raspberry followed by an equally intense acidic bite or tartness to the side of the tongue. Fades to a pleasant fruity sweetness that lingers for a bit.

M: Lighter bodied with low carbonation. Tart.

D: Tastes good. Very user friendly with a strong fruity flavor. Fruity sweet, with low alcohol. On a certain level, it's hard not to like this beer, but at the same time it's not overly satisfying as a "beer." This one is great if you are into fruity beers. It's overwhelming if you're not.

Photo of BeerZack
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick cloudy unfiltered cranberry juice color with pink foam that quickly settles to some small bubbles.

Intense raspberry, cranberry, cherry aroma thats sweet and tangy smelling.

This beer looks and smells like a raspberry vinaigrette, but it tastes more like cranberry juice and cherry wine. Very intense and concentrated fruit. This is pretty tart, but for how sweet it is I'm surprised it's rated so highly.

Mildly carbonated, tart acidity feels very juicy. Pretty drinkable if you don't mind the sweetness.

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of nflmvp, thanks again!

Beer pours a bright red color, kind of cloudy, with a decent pink head on top. Looks pretty cool.

Great aroma on this one. Raspberries, raspberries, and more raspberries. Smells like juice.

Taste is very fruity. Is this really beer? Is this juice? Where is the alcohol? Name of the beer is fitting. This is raspberry flavored, and quite tart. I don't taste much else though. Not many traditional beer flavors though, a touch of creamy sweetness from the malts though. It's still nice and flavorful though.

Mouthfeel is nice, very crisp and full feeling.

Drinkability is ok. I've never been a fan of a lot of fruit beers because well... like this one, they often don't taste like beer. And I definitely wouldn't want to drink a lot of this. But it is very interesting, and very tasty. Well worth a try.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with dirtylou, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a cloudy reddish purple with a pinkish white head that disappears quickly. Smell and taste is raspberries, raspberries, raspberries. Mouth feel is a little sticky, syrupy with moderate carbonation. Has a tart bite to the aftertaste. Descent brew, kind of a mix between a beer and a wine cooler.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cracked a bottle of this at 2011 DLD! Three year old bottle aged correctly.

It pours a very nice red color with a light head. The smell was sour and smelled of fruits. Very sweet smelling.

The taste was almost like a lambic. Felt acidic, sweet, and fruity. This was a great first beer of the day to wake up our taste buds!

The mouth was tart and sour.

I really really enjoyed this beer. Perhaps it was the setting or the company but it was a great start to, what would be, a fantastic day!

Overall, try it if you have access to it.

Photo of Goliath
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my first trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve.

This beer pours a dark ruby/purple like color and is fairly opaque with one finger of pink head sitting on top that receeds with no real lacing. The aroma is delicious, reminds me of raspberry jam. Strong ripe raspberry notes. The taste is pretty good. Ripe raspberry, slightly sweet too. I thought it would start to be a little cloying but did not seem to be that way. Some nice tart notes as well. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, slightly syrupy, and gently carbonated. Drinkability is high due to great flavors and low alcohol. It makes for a good dessert type beer. I will however recommend that this beer be shared with at least one other person, preferably more. I openned it to share with my girlfriend and she didn't want any. So I had to take out the 750 and found myself tired of it and slightly annoyed by the end. It was good, but by the end I was craving a more substantial beer. Had to have a weizenbock.

Photo of AdamBear
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GoldenVIKE for sending this one my way!

A-dark maroon almost brown. i had to pour vigorously to obtain a pinkish cream colored head that thins.

S-smells like belgian sugars with a touch of raspberry. its a faint but good scent.

T-when it enters the mouth my first impression is on how heavy and thick this is. the taste is of raspberry cream, but it isn't a strong taste. it has a grape vine aspect to it that reminds me of wine. the after-taste of is of burnt caramelized sugars. its a unique combination of flavors that will grow on you.

M-very heavy with a creamy medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-my first impression of this beer was a let down, but the more I drink it, the more i started to love it. this is like an addicting candy that i can't put away. though this might be too sweet to drink all night. i wouldn't mind having a few bottles of this to share when friends come over for dinner though.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a champaign style bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured dark, red and with a tanissh head that quickly dissolved.

It smelled like raspberry freezer jam that has been allowed to thaw out (very sweet and sugary).

It tasted very sweet at first and then a kick of sour raspberry kicked in with a touch of tang! It was like eating a handful of fresh raspberries. It had a nice body to it, smooth but then ripply into a medium body near the back of the tongue.

It was very drinkable when I only sipped it slowly. If I drank large mouthfuls or sipped back to back it became too sweet to my palate to enjoy.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to AM & CM for sharing this with me
Bottle from somewhere in WI

New Glarus' Raspberry Tart is another excellent fruit beer from this brewery, though I found the Belgian Red to have more robust flavors, I appreciated the more obvious tartness that it has, but thought the dropping-off of the flavors in the back half of the palate was a bit disappointing. Still, an enjoyable fruit-centered ale, which I will be happy to share with others, if obtained, in the future.

Pours a pleasant red to pink foam, composed of medium-sized bubbles, a few centimeters in height. Head dissipates rapidly and leaves little to no lacing. Body is a ruby-brown color, transparent, with plenty of active carbonation running up from the bottom. Looks fine, but nothing exceptional.

Aroma is of raspberries that have been put through a food processor and allowed to sit for a few hours, offering slightly faded sweet fruit esters and a bit of tartness, too.

Taste is primarily of sweetened raspberry juice with a little tartness, all of it losing a bit of emphasis on the latter half of the tasting; perhaps the tongue is less sensitive to these flavors on the back half of the palate. Sweetness from malt and raspberry sugars together, though if I didn't know this was fermented, I wouldn't have suggested it was. Essentially, like a very good, not over-the-top-sweet raspberry soda. Flavor profile isn't quite as robust as Belgian Red, but still good.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied with ample carbonation. Still, the carbonation is not pointed enough to be agitating on the palate, instead it helps move this beer on the palate and prevents it from stagnating. Finish is semi-dry, with plenty of stickiness from residual sugars.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,351 ratings.