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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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97
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2,871 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,871
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,036
Gots: 585 | FT: 54
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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:
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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Raspberries and a light touch of oak. Some things are more complicated than they need to be. New Glarus' Raspberry Tart isn't one of these things. This brew is bursting with fresh berry flavors with a dry tannin kick that both the berries and the oak help contribute to. It's sweet at first, but nicely tart at the end.

shand, Aug 08, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In a 750ml bottle with waxed cap.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish purple color with a light pink head. Lace covers glass here and there.

Smells: of raspberries overpower the nose of this one.

Taste: Hits you like a ton of bricks and its raspberries. Everywhere you turn it's more raspberries. The greatness though is in the tart aftertaste it just smooths out the sweetness you would normally expect. This is one great brew. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: It's like drinking a carbonated alcoholic raspberry smoothie. It's really insane the texture this thing has.

Drinkability: It goes down so easily it's fun. The sweetness does catch up however eventually and trying to drink the whole 750ml yourself is fun, but gets a little too sweet for me.

An amazing and different take on beer itself hopefully it makes non beer drinkers appreciate good beer even though it's done through fruit.

abents, Mar 05, 2004
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed this one when I was up in Madison in early May. 4-5 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 8th, 2012.

A - A bit of a soft, clear brown coloring with awesome ruby red tones. Great head swirling on top, fair lacing. Very little head with big edge bubbles.

S Yup, delectable raspberries exactly as anticipated. Slight malt and other citrus underneath but otherwise, the fruit carries almost the entire length of the nose here.

T - Effervescent front end, with moderate sweetness that transitions into the most natural raspberry seed and pulp-like taste. A bit tart but great balancing sweetness. Perfect fruit integration.

M - Moderate carbonation, light body, semi-sweet finish with a fruity, raspberry skin aftertaste.

D - You wanna know how good this is? My girlfriend, who literally despises beer, not only stole my glass from me but poured the final 4 oz. of the bottle for herself. This is absolutely a reference fruit beer and is about as easy drinking and refreshing as you can get.

Auracom, Jun 11, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cranberry juice red with a small whiteish head and some decent lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries fill the nose. Very sweet like a raspberry spumante. I wouldn't say over the top though.

T: Very sweet and tart. Nice flavor overall not too overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D: Pretty good but I could only drink so much in a session but it makes a nice sweet treat for after dinner.

drgonzo3705, Mar 16, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been lucky enough to taste this a few times, and each time I've been blown away. I finally have a 750 ml bottle in my hands. On to the beer:

This looks like pure sqeezed juice! It's lovely purple in color, cloudy, unfiltered, with a fizzy head tinted towards a lighter purple color. No head retention. The aroma is mouthwatering. Massive raspberries in the nose....nuff said. It is certainly the most authentic fruit beer I've had the pleasure of smelling.

Tastes as great as I remember. It's all about the raspberries, but unlike a Lindeman's Framboise which gets too sweet, Raspberry Tart is more controlled in that aspect. It's sweet, tart, and somewhat acidic....and awesomely tasty! The only drawback I can think of is its fizzy in the mouth when super cold. As it warms, the fizziness in the mouth levels off. There's plenty of body in this beer...it feels like it coats the inside of your mouth. And one other thing I'm learning, don't drink it too fast or you're chest will burn.

Raspberry Tart is an outstanding beverage. It sure doesn't seem like beer, but it sure is tasty! A magnum is plenty for one person, surprising given its low ABV. A beverage that's worth seeking out, and one that performs better with a portion of Irish Cheddar.

DoubleJ, Nov 20, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL poured into Stemmed Pilsner glass
Purchased in June of 07, so let's hope its held up...

A - Pours a dark, deep ruby color with a decent 1/2 inch light pink head that fades in good time. Laces at high points when glass is tipped, but the lace falls quickly. Opaque.

S - As you might have guessed, strong tart raspberry dominates here. Its a delicious scent that seems "natural" as opposed to something like Lindemans Framboise. Just a hint of orangey citrus accompanies, perhaps from the use of wheat. Entices without overpowering.

T - Again, strong tart raspberry dominates, but never overpowers. Some citrus flavor adds a level of complexity to the tart raspberries. The Hallertau hops don't add much noticeable flavor. Tart at the finish.

M - High carbonation with a medium body that gets a bit syrupy near the finish. Very tart throughout.

D - Very low alcohol content means you can sip this one for a while and not regret it. Flavor stays true throughout the life of a glass. A great beer that whets my desire for the summer months.

Despite its low alcohol content, I'd say this beer can hold up with a year or two of cellaring. Whether the flavor gets any better is another question, but it does remain delicious.

gmcfarre, Mar 10, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Raspberry Tart looks like it belongs atop the world's prettiest, most impressive engagement ring. Indeed, the beer is nothing if not bedazzling and, similarly, is something so special that it is best shared with a cherished loved one. Its deep-hued ruby tone has a soft blush along its trim and asserts a full, unblemished clarity. Dazzling.

Upon opening the bottle, it might be a good idea to have some pillows on hand. Not only to help make the mood, but because this aroma is likely to sweep you right off your feet. It is a complete knock-out (perhaps literally). A tart, unbridled and authentic raspberry scent captures the flavour and character of the fruit superbly, splendidly and seductively.

"Oh my God this is so good!" may be a sentence that adds little actual description and probably kills any objectiveness, but it's an absolutely necessary one to include if I even hope to attempt to capture the impressive, elegant, downright sublime raspberry flavour that it offers. The taste of raspberry sherbet rings out like the soft saxophone vibrato.

What makes the ale so bewitching is not just the berry flavour, it's the underlying tartness that supports it. This wild, lightly funky quality pinches the palate with a jolt of acidity and rumbling of porous woody flavour. It is dry and refreshingly brisk, giving way to a sweet, sugary residual that easily conquers the beer's brief billow of carbonation.

Raspberry Tart is one of America's most special drinks; this little Wisconsin gem has dual honors as being simultaneously one of its most unique and exquisite beers. Traditional and/or technical guidelines may differentiate this from the lambics of Belgium, but it warrants a demarcation unto its own and is every bit worthy of praise and reverence.

biegaman, Mar 15, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Blood red in color, in the teku it poured a big two finger soft pink head very hazy with lots of bubbles popping up the side of the glass.

S: it smells like a raspberry tart. sour raspberry with a hint of bread. no hops detected on this one.

T: Huge sweet raspberry flavor hits first, as it washes over the tounge the sourness comes out in a mellow refreshing burst. Thats about it! simple and exactly what the name says.

M: High carbonation with a dry finish which emphasisis the sourness.

O: Dan Carry really does magical things with sour/wild beers. I know many beer nerds that say they don't like sours but like any other style you need to have a good example.. this is a great place to start.

guityler83, May 23, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= Deep crimson red in color very nice looking looks like a red wine. It's head kind of had a reddish tint to it didn't last that long.

S= Smells like fresh Raspberries you can tell that it's a little tart from the nose smells really good. It seems like Thanksgiving or Christmas in a bottle lol.

T= Taste is like the nose full of Raspberry flavor nice tart aftertaste very nice.

M= Light in body plenty of carbonation for this one.

D= Very Drinkable will be seeking it out again very refreshing I'm going to enjoy finishing this bottle.

LiquidBread219, Dec 30, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark crimson, bloody red, rocky pinkis smooth head, plenty of sediment, probably raspberry puree

S - what an aroma! a sweet raspberry puree of fresh, high quality fruitiness, not cough syrup or candy-ish, supported by a hoppy backbone

T - HOLY RASPBERRY! really tastes like a...well...raspberry tart, a slight breadiness lends to that flavor, but it tastes like fresh raspberries, no point in picking out other flavors - just enjoy the heavenly perfect fruitiness

M&D - all other brewers who attempt a fruit beer should bow at the altar and New Glarus. between this and the Belgian Red they must have sold their souls for fruit beer perfection, dont worry about critiqueing this beer just enjoy it, its so easy too

sinstaineddemon, Jan 23, 2008
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah . . . great thanks go out to HogWildLiquor and TPatuto for hooking me up with these bottles. Been eyeing this stuff for a very long time. 750 shared between myself and my lady. Served up in tulips.

A: Very interesting color off the pour. At first glance, it appears almost brown when the body is thickest. Held to the light, a very dark purple/red color coming out (basically the color of a raspberry). THe head is a very muted, cream, pink color. The head was about a finger off the pour but it fell apart pretty quickly. All lace slips back into the top cap, no real stick. Very interesting and unique.

S: Very nice and so blatantly the smell of raspberries. Very much like a cold fruit parfait. Little bit of cream coming across mixed with dark and very cold fresh raspberries. Little bit of sugary syrup mixing very nicely with the tart/sour aroma. This is pretty much right on if I got a flat of fresh raspberries, crushed them lightly and took a big whiff. Damn.

T: Right on, New Glarus. Right on. This is like eating a fresh bowl of raspberries. Just tart enough, nothing too crazy. It just gives you enough of a balance between sweet and tart. It does have that raspberry pie or tart type flavor. Light touch of breadiness ever so light in the back ground. Then a touch of cream sweetness. Maybe like a strawberry shortcake cup made with raspberries instead. Light on the whipped cream and cake crumbles, but heavy on the fruit. This is blissful. This is dessert but its also fresh and clean. Very impressive.

M: Light to medium in feel, but not watery in the least. Incredibly juice like. Crisp and cool with a medium carbonation. Just tart enough on the feel. Incredibly refreshing. Aftertaste is just a ton of raspberries, after all that is what dominates here.

D: Well, my girlfriend killed her half of the bottle in about 10 minutes all while asking for more. I was a bit more reserved but it was difficult to be so. This is incredibly fresh and clean for fruit beer. It just seems amazing as far as it falls in the fruit beer realm. Easy drinking, amazing smell, great taste. What else do you want from a beer? Incredibly well done and almost exactly what I was expecting. Simply amazing.

everetends, Aug 13, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750mL bottle maybe six months ago from the Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, WI.

A: Pours a nice shade of cranberry red color with 3 fingers of an off-white with a VERY subtle tint of red colored head that settles down to a rim of foamy bubbles and not much lacing.

S: Smells like raspberry soda! A combination of fresh and tart/slightly sour raspberries. A very sweet scent. Not super complex but smells delightful, like someone took a handful of raspberries and crushed them in their hands and sniffed.

T: Very similar to the smell. Fresh and tart/sour raspberries that again are like carbonated juices from crushing up a bundle of raspberries in your hand.

M: Just a little less carbonation than what raspberry soda would be like to me. I think it's great. The carbonation is a little lower, but very smooth rolling bubbles and very little carbonation bite, which I'm glad because I wouldn't want that in this beer anyway.

D: Amazingly drinkable and possibly the most drinkable fruit beer I've had to date. It's sweet yet tart, but not overly so in either case, therefore the palate isn't fatigued and there is no alcohol flavor. This really tastes just like a perfect raspberry soda and not anything like what I would have imagined a beer could be back before my foray into craft beers.

dukedevil0, Oct 21, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky, pinkish-brown body with a pink-hued, bubbly head.

Smell: Rich, fresh raspberry fruit aroma with a touch of tartness. Maybe a lil' bit of heaven added, too.

Taste: It's delish! Raspberry compote with just the perfect balance of pleasing sweetness and tartness. Small tinge of bitter and oak character serve as a reminder that you're not simply feasting on fresh juice. Finishes with a long, lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Unrivaled drinkability. I can say, quite categorically, that New Glarus Raspberry Tart is a phenomenal, incredibly delicious beer. It's a damn shame all fruit beers can't be this good.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 04, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to UWMelson for this. Fuckembucky!

Poured out a dark purple, with a thin white film. The nose is explosive fresh raspberry, some sourness, a tiny bit of yeast. The taste is amazing! Wow, big fresh raspberries that hit you with a sour bite. I would love to have this with some chocolate cheese cake. Has a tight prickly mouthfeel and is insanely drinkable.

dherling, Mar 30, 2007
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%

scrizo, Yesterday at 05:17 AM
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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.

merlin48, Feb 01, 2009
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,871 ratings.