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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 896
Hads: 3,468
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 1,177
Gots: 797 | FT: 96
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:
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 flexabull
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Goliath
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium reddish brown body. Half finger reddish-pink head. Gorgeous. Quick to die down, fair retention, not much lacing.

S- Tart raspberries, sugary sweet. A bit of earth, no funk. It smells very sweet, like raspberry jam.

F- Raspberries. Very sweet raspberry flavour with a lot of sugary sweetness. It's not particularly tart, although the raspberries do impart a mild tartness that seems to get overwhelmed by the sweet brown malt and overall sugary sweetness.

M- Medium-thick bodied, almost syrupy. Nicely carbonated, like a champagne even. Prickly and sticky at the same time.

O- Not my favourite New Glarus fruit beer, but it's more than solid.

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Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - ruby red with a decent head and a ton of lacing.

S - fresh raspberries - smells like a fruit dessert cup

T - This, as its name implies, is very tart, with raspberry with a little bit of wheat. Not uberly complex, but it is sweet and enjoyable. Makes for an excellent dessert framboise.

M - very full body and the carbonation tickles your tongue and throat as it goes down. This has a very dry finish.

D - 3.5 - it is hard to drink a lot of this because it is so sweet and tart. It is another excellent fruit beer made by New Glarus but I have to say I like the Belgian Red better from them.

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Photo of krazyboi
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A: Has a "cloudy" brown color with a small one finger head that recedes slowly. The color has a tint of...raspberry color?
S: A strong tart raspberry aroma. It actually overpowers any other aroma that might be there.
T: Not as strong of a raspberry taste that I would have expected from the aroma. There is that tartness that stays in the mouth.
M: It has a light/medium mouthfeel and a slight carbonation. The carbonation level seems appropriate for this beer.
D: I would expect it to be difficult to drink a whole bottle of this yourself unless you really love raspberries. This is a good beer, but one that you should split with others.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a deep red with nice amounts of carbonation. sort of looked like a sparkling wine

S - the smell was a little off, fruity, but almost wine-like.. i got more of a hint of grapes than i did raspberries

T - THE MONEYMAKER. unbelievably fruity.. not much else other than a sweet juice-like carbonated alcoholic drink (which was more than enough to win me over)

M - goes down very smooth and quickly. sharing a bottle between the 3 of us sounded like a good idea, but we were all left wanting more.

O - this was a great beer. i wish the smell matched the taste, but in a sense, i'm glad it threw me off like that because i was shocked when i had the first sip.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a murky reddish-brown body with a thick off-white head with a hint of red. The head fades pretty quickly to a thin film. The carbonation is a bit hidden by the dense body but a few big bubbles roll up the side of the glass.

S- This beer has a strong raspberry jam smell with a slight earthy note. There is a light green herbal note in the finish.

T- This beer starts with a tart bite that moves into a mellow big raspberry flavor. The finish is a slight sweet carbonic acid flavor. As it warms a faint brown malt flavor in the background and a fruit punch flavor comes through in the fruit flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a faint astringency from the fruit. There is a light fizz in the finish that dries the flavor nicely.

D- This beer has a big juicy fruit flavor and it is all fruit. There are not a lot of other flavors but there is good depth to the fruit. It would be nice to have some other flavors to balance the sweetness of the fruit.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mrs. Marvin has a new favorite brew. We picked up two bombers of Raspberry Tart in Madison and were quite impressed. The brew pours a ruby-brown with a decided fruity note and a bit of a head. You can tell this is more than raspberry juice - there's a good beverage in the glass, not just fruit (and it's not syrupy).

This won't be for everyone but is definitely worth a try - it's a great representative of this style. Oddly, the second bomber seemed tarter than the first.

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review based on notes for a tasting a month back. Thanks for bringing this Gary.

A: Really nice glowing red, head came and went quickly.

S: Tons of fruit in the nose, obviously a bunch of fresh raspberry aroma, but also some tart cherry and maybe even a blueberry cranberry thing going on. The more you dig for other smells, the more the fruit hits you in the face.

T: Oh so fruity. It is sweet but also as the name implies it is tart. Normally this type of beers can be worrisome, but I have to say the flavor is right where it should be. Tons of macerated fruit, smooth yet syrupy. Well done, but it can definitely be a bit much for some.

M: Carbonation on this reminds me of the tingle you get from drinking warm soda. A little bit too prickly for me but again, body is slightly syrupy and coats the palette so it works out.

D: This was the first beer we tasted and it started us off with a really good pop. Its refreshing and easy to sip, but I understand why some people might not want to enjoy a whole 750ml to themselves. After awhile it seems it could get a little to much like drinking raspberry puree.

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Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye. Thanks!
Pours a rich dense and hazy blood red with a lasting pinkish hued head in a flute-like glass. Smell is strong sour raspberries and sugar, and somewhat jam like. Taste is intensely sweet and almost as tart in the mouth. Very fruity, and drinks more like a thick raspberry soda or alcopop than beer, but still has elements of malted grains behind the huge raspberry sweetness. Strong flavor, and syrupy, but the mild mouth puckering tartness helped balance it out enough for me to really enjoy a couple glasses. Still easily one of the sweetest beers I've had, but I tend not to mind that too much.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Dark Ruby Red with a good cm head. Looks good.
S: It smells like I put my nose into some raspberry jam. It also has a slight tartness that comes through.
T: The beer is quite sweet with a huge mount of raspberry flavour. It also tastes like other berry are in there as well. A slight tartness finishes at the end.
M: Thick but a fair amount of carbonation
D: Too sweet to drink very many.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml waxed-top bottle. No freshness dating found, and it's been in my fridge for a bit. Received a while back in a trade, perhaps from Jeffboo or Tavernjef; unsure who, but thanks!

Color visible is a clear, deep, deep ruby. The head is very thin and wispy, with a light pink tinge to it. Most of the bubbles cling to the edge of the glass, and the lacework is quite attractive. Aroma brings me back to breakfast, with a solid serving of raspberry jam sitting on the plate. Suggests lots of sweetness, with a hint of tartness. Mouthfeel is a pleasant surprise. Was expecting it to be a bit thin, but this bier has a solid medium body, and it is fairly smooth, even with some airy bubbliness present.

Wow! This is quite tasty! The fruitiness is off the charts, but oh-so-nice! While never getting cloying or puckery, it strikes a great balance between those two poles. The raspberry flavor sits on the palate and lingers for some time. I'm not much into fruit biers, but this one is a nice change of pace. I do think it is best enjoyed in small doses, too. And even though this is likely 3 or 4 years old, it seems as fresh as this morns breakfast. Thnx again to one of those Minnesotan jeffs...


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of trevorwideman
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared with my girlfriend. Poured into wine glasses.

Pours a murky deep purplish red colour with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates to a little lace quickly enough. Carbonation is medium. Smell is straight-up raspberries, and if I know Dan Carey's work, those are real raspberries and lots of em. A little bit of yeastiness and funk in the aroma as well, but it's not too sweet which is nice. It smells like I could spread it on toast....

Taste is exactly as advertised. Tart on the tongue and full of real raspberry goodness. The yeast is the only flavour distracting from the berries, in fact the best way to describe the flavour of this beer is raspberry jam on toast. Very pleasant. Sweet but never cloying, as a fruit beer should be. The mouthfeel is very much like sparkling wine, and the finish is puckering and dry. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, but I'd hesitate to have more than a glass after dinner. Drinkability for me personally suffers because I find it's giving me heartburn, but that's my stomach for ya. All in all an exceptionally well done fruit beer and will not disappoint those looking for an after dinner treat that's not cloyingly sweet. Hey, that rhymed!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish mahogany that is barely translucent, and has a minimal head, which may be an artifact of how it was poured. Raspberry dominates the rich and sweet aroma. Flavor is mainly raspberry, fairly sweet and slightly sour, more like a raspberry liqueur than a beer but still tasty. Texture is tingly, fizzy and edgy so it fairly dances on the tongue.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a ruby red. A white foam lines around the glass and I smell a huge aroma of raspberries. I expected a taste similar to raspberry jelly but then I was surprised when there was a slight tartness to it and the flavor of an ale in the background. I was happy that the raspberries didn't totally steal the show in this beer. It's definitely the main event here but the other acts still make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is a little thin with a mild carbonation. This is a great beer to top off a big meal. I do get a weird bland finish at the end that sort of lingers. Overall, it's very good.

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Photo of engisch
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber that looks like fruit juice. A fruit beer through and through. Smells like raspberries, looks like raspberries, and tastes like raspberries. A little tartness, but more sweet than tart.

Could use more tartness, but not bad. If you want an unsweetened lambic this beer is not for you. Pleasant dessert beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear crimson amber with a thin head that fades quickly. The nose is vegetal with a potent raspberry sweetness...without any indication of alcohol or tartness. The taste is just as sweet as the nose, but much more tartness finally presents itself. The aftertaste (proceeding the mouthwatering tartness) is malty and sweet. This beer doesn't resemble cough syrup, which is an added bonus! A slight yeastiness complements the beer's sweet nose and taste. It's a light bodied, drinkable, framboise-like beer that's slightly lacking in carbonation, but has sufficient malt characteristics to remind me this is actually a "beer" I'm drinking. I don't understand why this beer is quite so raved about, but I think it closely resembled blushing monk (which I prefer more) and is worth trying.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Thanks for opening this one, NoSignsOfPain!

Dark, but clear magenta with a pillowy, cloudy light pink head that sticks around for quite some time. Eventually. once it diminishes, it leaves the glass a bit sticky and oily with residue, but not much lace in the true sense of the word.

Incredible aroma, and certainly the hallmark of this beer. The aroma is simply: fresh, vibrant, juicy raspberries. There's little else leftover other than the raspberries, but, nothing is missed. It's incredible.

The flavor too has a lot of genuine, fresh raspberry flavor, though there's also an incredible sweetness, coming off as syrupy just a bit. If this were just a touch more bitter and less sweet, it'd really be a world beater. As it stands, it's a very sweet, juicy, nearly syrupy raspberry ale.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Perhaps, this beer would come off as less sweet if the carbonation was higher.

A true ode to the raspberry, though I wish it were just a bit less sweet.

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Photo of Verecund
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having had this at a tasting some few months ago, I was glad to have received this as a bonus recently. Split with the LF, March 10, 2011.

Pours a nice, brightened ruby meets burgundy with a half finger head. Almost opaque, surprisingly. Leaves minimal lacing.

Sweetened raspberry puree. That's just about it. Not the wild raspberry that comes screaming from fresh Lou Pepe Framboise, but bright canned raspberry puree.

Raspberry tartness with some underlying red berry sweetness. Raspberries.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. It feels like sparkling grape juice. The tartness and sweetness builds in the back of the throat, and there's not much to cleanse the palate.

Pretty darn good when split two to three ways. I must admit that the tart, sweet raspberry puree flavor overwhelms and I just can't give this one the same marks as some fruit lambics I've had (it's pretty one-note), but it holds its own for what it is.

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.