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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,796 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,796
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,037
Gots: 569 | FT: 53
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 rfgetz
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed ruby brown color with nice cap of slightly tinted pink head, good retention and some sticky lacing. Scent is dominated by the raspberry... good balance between sweet and tart, faint hints of dried grain, wood and earth. First sip astounds... equal parts sweet and tart raspberry with neither overpowering each other or the overall tastes. Modest hints of dried grain, wood and earth in the background as the tongue gets used to the intense fruit. Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, lighter carbonation. Phenomenal beer... the raspberry, while intense does not become to sweet or tart... the perfect fruit beer.

rfgetz, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

a- red body with a pink head. Looks really apatizing

s-Raspberrys, Raspberrys, Raspberrys

t- Just like the smell except better. Not medicinal or too sweet. The best fruit beer I have ever had

M- almost flat, not alot of carbonation to this one

D- high. This is the perfect example of a fruit beer and will always be highly ranked by me

leakyfaucet12, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of maxcoinage
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Left a nice 2 inch off-white colored head that took a while to settle down. Color is a shade of red, maybe auburn.

Aroma - definitely fruit, fresh raspberry preserves

Taste - sweetness at first that settles into a nice tart finish. Raspberry, strawberry, and cranberry flavors all present

Mouthfeel - light and refreshing body, highly carbonated, a bit creamy

Overall - a very tasty and refreshing drink - enjoyed it out on my patio on a nice sunny fall day. This is a nice treat to pick up once a year or so when I'm up in Wisconsin

maxcoinage, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar in nature to the Belgian Red, except with raspberries instead of cherries. I'd hate to know how much fruit is in each bottle. The beer just explodes with raspberry color, aroma, flavor, and tartness. Sweet, tart, and thickness to the point that it's hard to drink. Sip maybe, but not drink. Belly-aching sweet. Still the flavors and aromas are flawless. Juicy, ripe, rich and full. The beer has a lingering raspberry sweetness that goes on for days. Though I like the beer, it's a little over-bearing and could stand more beer-like qualities. I'm looking for a bit more vineous, woodsy, barley, hop, and drinkability--just a little more dimension.

BEERchitect, May 15, 2006
Photo of macrosmatic
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from wax-sealed bomber into Peg's snifter.

A: Dark amber in color with a hint of red. Forms a one and one-half finger pinkish white head on top of a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Sour, tangy, fruity, and some sweet malt. Not an overall strong aroma but what's there is pleasant.

T: Much stronger than nose. Tart raspberry, dark fruity, and tangy. Almost like raspberry pie filling, or I suppose, a raspberry tart (although I've never had one). Fruity tartness in the hang.

M: A bit chewy on the mouthfeel. Decent carbonation sensation and is a heavier body than expected. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: A bit on the sweet side for an everyday drinker, but thoroughly enjoyable. Well-made beer, and one I would highly recommend trying.

macrosmatic, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many great brews I got from Hwwty4 in the Secret Santa 08 BIF. Thanks Bill, this is a beer I have long anticipated getting to try and by chance it has turned out to be my 400th review.

At first glance the body of this beer looks very red, almost exactly like a red wine. However, pink notes become noticeable when held up to the light. A pinkish head rises up a little bit but dies down even faster. No retention, head, or lacing sticks around on this one.

The smell is a little sweet, a little tart, but all raspberry. Smells a lot like fresh raspberries, and I can't think of what else I could ask for. A nice smell for sure.

A nice tartness leads off here, pairing puckering sourness with lots of natural tasting raspberry flavor. Next comes more raspberry flavors, but with lots of sweetness. Reminds me a little bit of a juice box actually. If HI-C made a beer, I think it would be this single aspect of Raspberry Tart. This is definitely all raspberry, which I definitely like, being a raspberry fan. The finish however, brings some oak notes into the flavor, which surprises me. The aftertaste is, unsurprisingly, tart raspberry. Tasty beer.

The mouthfeel of the body is light to medium at best. Despite the beer's appearance, it also is pretty well carbonated.

If you like raspberries, this beer is definitely drinkable. The tartness and sweetness come together to balance the beer out, making it rather drinkable. Glad to finally try this one, it was a pleasure.

Hojaminbag, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of nova009
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax covered bomber into a champagne flute

A- pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, a massive two finger fluffy head appears and slowly dissipates down to a nice covering, lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the flute, nice ring of lace left on the glass

S- raspberries and lots of them, some sour funk hits the nose as well, a little bit of bready malt as well

T- sweet and tart, tastes like pure raspberry juice, not too much to elaborate on here, delicious

M- medium body, fairly high carbonation but it works well, covers the whole palate

O- this is a delicious beer, I saved this one for months as my desert beer for Thanksgiving and it was worth it, not one you want to drink regularly but this is a great special occasion beer

nova009, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of dfried
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany ruby/crimson in color, thin light pink head. The aroma is as the name implies, tart raspberries, a good sour tartness with ripe juicy berries. The taste has a good biting sourness at first sip which fades in intensity quickly to the sweet fruity berry flavors, however some of the sour tingle does last. Crisp, refreshing, and delicious.

The low down: there is not much to say about this beer, except it is my favorite fruit beer I have ever tried. The only thing that comes close is New Glarus's Belgian Red. This beer is like you went out and picked a bucket full of raspberries, and squashed the juice into a bottle. It really does taste like you just picked them, I wanted to pick the little raspberry hairs out of my teeth. The sourness keeps it from being too cloying, but it's not some something you would want to drink all day. Outstanding, to be searched out.

dfried, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of hawks10
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle - Capped & wax sealed - Poured into my New Glarus champagne flute...

Pours a dark reddish orange, blood orange. A bit of haze but otherwise a reddish, juicy looking beer. Two fingers of white head with a touch of pink forms and recedes into a white haze hanging on top of the beer...

Smells initially very heavy of oak. Very sweet, berries smell fresh and delicious. Touches of vanilla and oh so slightly tart...smells delicious!

Sweet berry juice. Ludens cough drops. Candy. Not beer. But it is beer. I feel emasculated. But I'm not embarrassed. It's fucking good. What do you want me to do about it? Not drink it? Cause that's not gonna happen! Sweet from beginning to end. Touches of oak at the end give it a dry taste and feel, bits of vanilla give it some creaminess...I even think I am tasting some chocolate, maybe those little chocolates with raspberry puree filling. A touch of "tart" too, just like the smell...

Medium bodied and decently carbonated, does have a somewhat silky feel. Very sweet, tiny bit drying in the end...

I love this beer.

hawks10, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon for sharing this.

A: Pretty ruby hue. Mild lacing.

S: Wow! Fresh raspberries. There's not much else to report. Summertime. Picking them right off the bush. Incredible aroma.

T: This is a masterfully crafted raspberry beer. The aromas hit you as you get the glass close to your mouth, then it's raspberry pie in the form of a beer. It is, however, pretty sweet. As good as this is, and I wouldn't want it to change, I prefer sour fruit beers.

M: Smooth, crisp, fresh, light.

D: The sweetness is formidable. A couple of ounces is the perfect amount for me. If you haven't had this before, I recommend sharing the bottle with a few other folks.

Huhzubendah, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blackhawks87 for this one. 10/16/10 notes.

A: Almost clear dark red color with bubbly champagne like head. Little lacing. About right I'd say.

S: Raspberry to a T. Seriously smells as the name implies: a Raspberry themed baked good. Very sweet, wish maybe it had a bit more going on in terms of complexity but overall good.

T: Wow, tart raspberry with a sugary crust implied in there, sweet and bitter raspberry seeds. Cream and a bit of oak. Excellent tasting fruit beer, right on.

M: Champagne like, which is intended, yet still smooth.

D: Awesome fruit beer. couldn't drink a whole lot, but certainly would love to have this again.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to schmittymack for this one! Poured from a wax topped 750 mL bottle into a champagne flute. Served cold.

A- Pours a dark maroon with three fingers width of white head (also had pinkish hues). When held into light clear, blood red color emerges.

S- Strong aroma of ripened raspberries. A delicate sweetness is also detectable along with a bit of oak.

T- Like the aroma, there is a raspberry explosion right off the bat. Throughout the each sip there is a wonderful balance between the sweetness from the fruit and the tartness it provides. The beauty of this beer is that the tartness has enough of a presence to keep the sweet fruit taste from becoming overbearing.

M- Leaves a tart, semi-dry mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is insanely drinkable. My wife had one glass and I had the rest. I can't tell you how fast this bottle was emptied.

Overall, every now and then I get in the mood for a nice fruit beer, this hits the spot. Without a doubt, New Glarus has mastered this style. Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red are among the elite when it comes to fruit/vegetable beers. Thanks again Dan!

rhinos00, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky deep ruby cherry color with a fluffy pink head.

Smell: Just a ton of raspberries wafting up into the nose. Sweet and tart, just how a bowl of mashed raspberries smells. Pretty awesome.

Taste: As the beer rolls over a new spot on the tongue, sweet, then tart raspberries. Very robust and accurate portrayal of raspberries. Slightly tangy toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated so the bubbles dance on my tongue. Smooth, medium feel, which complements the taste really well. Sticky and just a touch syrupy -- really the only negative thing I can say about this beer.

Drinkability: This gets a strong score from me because of the great raspberry taste. I am extremely tough on fruit beers, raspberry in particular, and this is a great one. This is a situation beer though, perfect to pair with a dessert or brunch

KickInTheChalice, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bomber poured into a Balloon

zimmerbloke very generously sent this bottle my way, and I am very grateful, very very grateful indeed.

L: Brilliant, like a diamond held to light. Red, but bordering on brown. 3 or 4 fingers ridiculous head. This looks just wonderful.

S: Perfectly sweet, yet tart, amazing length and depth in the nose. Starts out nondescript sweet, then the raspberries kick in big-time. Finish is a wheaty-raspberry sweetness.

T: Slow starting sweetness into a big, tart framboise middle. Lingers and lingers and lingers.

F: Effervescent but mouth-coatingly thick. An amazing feat.

D: Near perfection. Very near.

codewarrior, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Scotchboy
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review No. 500

Raspberry Tart, green glass 750ml with red waxed cap. Split into wine glasses with my equally giddy bride. Can't wait to try this one; Aaron, you are the man...

A: Dull red with hints of gold, chill haze. Pours with a robust head but that fizzles loudly away leaving behind some lacing.

S: Raspberries and sweet malt, brown sugar, bready, sweet, moderate tartness, light oak earthiness, graham cracker, dessert.

T: Raspberry tart, dessert, creamy, light oak, berries. Very pleasant fruit notes, sweetness and tartness.

MF: Pleasant carbonation, elegant lighter body with a tartness in the middle of the mouthfeely and a lightly dry viscous finish.

O: Simply awesome stuff. At 4% abv, with these flavors, I would drink this beer all the time if I had access to it.

Got to give laymansbeerfan a HUGE THANKS for hooking me up with so many of these wants. This one was a real treat and worthy of my 500th review.

Scotchboy, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of lysistrata
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as part of a trade at Dark Lord Day. Thanks Mike! To wit, this is fruit beer done correctly. Has a reddish head, tart raspberry smell and flavor, and some tangy hops to round it out. I cannot think of an ale that would appeal to non beer drinkers that I've come across. Wonderful!

lysistrata, May 04, 2009
Photo of mdaschaf
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky purple/maroon color with a bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Tons of tart raspberry as expected. A little bit of vanilla as well. Extremely inviting aroma.

T: Even better than I was expecting/hoping. An an incredible sugary sweet raspberry flavor. The vanilla is there slightly, but the raspberry steals the show.

M/D: Not syrupy, light bodied and extremely easy drinking. Unsure if I have had a beer that is easier to drink. Easily my favorite fruit beer to date.

mdaschaf, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with a couple fingers of white fluffy head.

Smells of jammy raspberries. Slight wood. Slight and very pleasent funk. A touch of tartness on the nose.

Taste is jam. Fruity. Sweet but not cloying in the least. Nice tartness to balance.

Light bodied, medium carb.

For the style absolutely one of the best. Really walks a line of fruit beer and wild ale.

Powderhornphil, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Split the 750 ml bottle with my wife. Served chilled in accompanying New Glarus glassware.

A) A pleasingly raspberry red, with a frothy pinkish head reaching the top of the glass. This settled to a dusting. Ample lacing....

S) A delightful aroma of Raspberry and distant oak barrel. Very natural, refreshing scent is provided by the berries.

T) I get a whole lot of Raspberry, and I am not complaining. This brew never gets too sweet for my liking. This is thanks to a little earthy, slightly funky tartness. Perfect after dinner beer for sure...

M) Near full bodied... Soft supple body, with smooth carbonation. Twangy tartness provides more zip than the carbonation, and a pleasing aftertaste awaits.

O) My personal favorite Fruit Beer from New Glarus, and they've got quite a few top notch options, so that's saying something.

RoamingGnome, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful reddish body with a purpleish cast is capped by a short head of pink foam that quickly receeds to a thin collar and leaves little lacing about the glass. Fresh raspberries greet you in the nose and beckon you to take a sip! It's delicately effervescent carbonation tickles the tongue; and its medium body gives some girth to its sweet and tart flavors. The raspberry is quite authentic, and it's so juicy and puckeringly tart-sweet that you'd think you were drinking delicately carbonated raspberry juice! It finishes dry with a wash of acidity and some residual, lingering raspberry flavor. This is quite amazing, and it easily matches the intensity of some of the sweeter versions of raspberry lambic from Belgium. Brilliant!

NeroFiddled, May 15, 2005
Photo of Gfunk720
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extra in a recent trade, been wanting to try this one. Thanks fellow Thorpe!

A- Ambery reddish, lots of bubbly white foamy head.

S- Smells like sweet raspberry juice. Slight hints of wine/alcohol but not too noticeble.

T- Amazingly good. I normally don't like fruit beers, but this one is a huge hit. It's like a delicious alcoholic raspberry soda.

M- Pretty excellent. It's fizzy, but I can basically chug it. Not too over powering, but has a nice full flavor.

D- Had a whole bottle to myself. If I could get a keg of this stuff, I'd probably drink it as a replacement for juice. Nice low ABV beer.

Gfunk720, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle received in trade with kooopa. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a tannish red, thick but mostly clear. A half finger of tan head, fairly thin, but fades quickly to an uneven layer of bubbles and a thin collar.

S - This beer just smells amazing. Fresh raspberries totally dominate the aroma - sweet, tart, raspberry goodness. Not much complexity to the aroma - no malt, no hops, but a touch of cheese(?)...but mainly just fresh fruit. But, this beer justs smells so good.

T - Taste is pure raspberry too. Tart fruit with an underlying sweetness. A little bit of wheat and overall breadiness, but this is sitting way below the fruit. No hop bitterness, but figuring the year old hops are causing the cheesiness in the aroma. Dessert in a glass.

M - Has a very soda-like mouthfeel. Body is thin and carbonation is ample. Prickly bubbles on the tongue. Very good.

D - Amazing drinkability...this is so easy drinking. Sweet and smooth...should go amazing with chocolate desserts. I keep thinking this everytime I have this beer, but don't think I've ever paired them together. This beer just tastes so good on its own. Someday I'll get around to trying it with the cake. Great fruit beer - sets the standard which all others should be judged against.

portia99, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend picked this one up while on a trip from Wisconsin for me, have wanted this for a long time.

A- A deep red/purple color that can be seen through, but is certainly murky. Thin white bubbly head that begins to disappear leaving patches of a thin head. A ring around the glass leaving a slight lacing.

S- Tons of raspberry sweetness with sugar making its peak towards the middle of the beer. Moderate amount of tart smells start towards the middle and finish the beer. No noticeable hop or alcohol presence.

T- Sweetness creeps up from the beginning and launches into full force at the middle of the beer. A long sweet sensation builds and holds on for the duration of the taste picking up a nice tart and lip puckering taste towards the end, but not overwhelming and very fitting for the beer. Wow, great fruit beer.

M- A smooth, almost mouth tickling sensation. Wish this had a bit more carbonation, but all in all a nice feel.

D- Sweetness takes away from this, but this is a fruit beer and that should be taken into account. I wish I had another one of these for Thanksgiving dinner, feel like it would fit perfectly and the alcohol level is low enough so you wouldn't make a scene at the dinner table.

Lolli1315, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark mahogany red with a bit of brown with a good amount of head and lots of fizziness coming up.

The aroma is just juicy fresh raspberries. It's so sweet, but the highlight is the amount of tartness in there. There's also that fermented fruit and oak in there.

The flavor follows with just pure raspberries. It really just tastes like actual raspberries without that medicine or candy taste, even with a beer like Founders Rubeaus. It's just a perfect amount of raspberry sweetness and then it hits you with tons of tartness. Almost to the point of a lambic, but not quite. Then the finish gets you with a bit of oak, more tart drying, and champagne like carbonation.

This really is the best fruit beer I've had. The essence of raspberry is totally encapsulated in this beer.

dar482, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Deuane
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Viscous ruby-purple color with a pinkish head.

S-Spectacular, raspberries on top of raspberries....wow! A bit of sour notes in the background...good sour...not bad.

T-Ah, can you say raspberries? I mean I cannot really say anything else...what a wonderful brew!

M-Medium-heavy body-thick and full. Gets kind of syrupy towards the end...like a raspberry liquor!

D-Crazy good...but you had best love raspberries...that is all this is, and it does it oh so very well!

Deuane, Mar 30, 2008
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