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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,737 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 2,737
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,020
Gots: 557 | FT: 53
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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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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-22-2012 14:22:47 | More by Scotchboy
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lysistrata

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

05-04-2009 01:07:33 | More by lysistrata
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

01-19-2011 01:34:49 | More by mdaschaf
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

02-16-2013 02:11:51 | More by Powderhornphil
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

08-05-2013 00:22:32 | More by RoamingGnome
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

05-15-2005 21:46:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

11-08-2010 02:03:20 | More by Gfunk720
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

11-17-2009 23:50:56 | More by portia99
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

11-23-2010 04:25:13 | More by Lolli1315
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dar482

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

09-19-2013 03:29:42 | More by dar482
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

03-30-2008 09:19:33 | More by Deuane
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scottfrie

California

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

750ml bottle into AVBC snifter. Split with a friend. Big thanks to lurchingbeast for hooking me up.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color with a thin dark mahogany colored head that quickly fizzed away into nothing. No lacing.
S: This smells amazing! Most fruit flavored beers I've had smell and taste like a synthetic or syrupy version of the fruit they are trying to mimic. Not this one though. This smells like fresh smashed raspberries all the way. Very impressive.
T: Flavors taste very similar to a fresh preserve or jam with just a touch of tartness.
M: Meidum-thin body, and the mouth is very sticky with some residual sugars coating my mouth. Carbonation is prickly.
D: One of the best fruit beers I've had. Very fresh and juicy. Highly recommend if you're into this style.

01-09-2011 22:28:55 | More by scottfrie
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Pours a magenta color with a fluffy pink head that hangs around for a while and then descends to a ringlet but leaves delicate wisps of lace around the flute

Smell: Just about the most incredible whiff of raspberries you could imagine; fresh raspberry soda aroma

Taste: As soon as the liquid touches the tongue the sweet-tart interplay begins and intensifies after the swallow; the finish is long-lasting

Mouthfeel : Light bodied with a mouth-puckering prickly tartness

Drinkability: This beer is a joy to drink; keeping the alcohol low makes this so much more enjoyable

Thanks, murrayswine, for the opportunity and to FlandersNed, for the chance to taste a 4 year old version

08-25-2006 23:00:09 | More by brentk56
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grandq

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a very cloudy red ruby with a pink, quickly dissapearing head. It looks like a weiss head got stained on its way being poured through all the raspberries that my nose is telling me this is chock full of. Raspberry first, with a sour note among strawberries. Bit o' yeast. Remarkable flavor - thick on the raspberries as one might expect, but in no way one-note. The inital cranberry taste threw me off a touch but blends into cooked raspberries, as if baked into a pie (or tart, duh), followed by fresh picked berries surrounded by a tart flemish red quality and cherries. The sourness practically curls back up the tongue with the help of light carbonation after working its way to my throat, leaving the taste of raspberry seeds to linger. The mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy intially but fades of the tongue quite quickly. I'd describe it as dry if the sweetness weren't keeping my tongue feeling pleasantly coated. As to drinkability, its not something i could drink every day but would be thrilled to have this available to me locally. A fantastic dessert beer and something I'd love to serve to friends who aren't into beer. Huge thanks to mully for the bottle, wish I hadn't gotten ahead of myself and downed the Belgian Red already, want to review it in light of this one. Both phenomenal.

03-09-2008 00:35:21 | More by grandq
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shivtim

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

New Glarus really knows how to do these fruit beers. They should talk to Dogfishhead about how to improve Fort.
Anyway, pours out a dense purple and blood red color, with a small pink head. Nose is raspberry jam and malts. Taste is wonderful very sweet zesty wild raspberry pie, with dense honey flavors and almost a spicy zing to it. Malts come through, and it ends up almost like a mead. Mouthfeel is food. Drinkability is fantastic, it's like a sessionable sweet beer.

04-20-2008 16:51:37 | More by shivtim
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allengarvin

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

This beer has a dark reddish-tinted body with a moderate head on top, tinted with a pleasant purple. The nose is delightfully raspberryish, tart, and very fresh smelling. To taste: this is fruit beer done right. Plenty of fresh raspberry flavor, but not sweet, certainly nowhere near cloying, like many American examples. There's a good malt background, and even a modest amount of hops that provide a great balance. Excellent!

Possibly the best fruit beer I've ever had.

05-01-2009 20:11:12 | More by allengarvin
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

I had this in the middle of a tasting, but it stood out so much that I thought I would review it.

The beer pours a nice reddish-purple color, with a kind of thin off white, maybe pink colored head. It's just a little hazy, but nice looking. The smell is very nice. Fruity and deep, not only raspberries, but also some other ripe fruits, an assortment, but the raspberries really stand out. There's also a kind of powdery malt presence, very light, a good sweetness, maybe a little bit of bread. There's also a good balance of tartness to go along with the sweetness. Very interesting. The taste really comes through well with the raspberries. You just get a mouthful of berry, almost like they're fresh-picked, a good juicy sweetness, a wonderful tartness. There not sweet and overripe tasting, but not green. The fruitiness is not really the least bit artificial. And there's also a nice powdery pilsener malt presence, not biscuity or bready, but just nice. The mouthfeel is nice, especially for 4.0%. It's kind of medium, and the sweetness makes it a bit fuller, but then that's balanced and toned down by the tartness. Really nice, and not like cough syrup. The beer is very enjoyable, and at a low enough ABV that it won't hurt you too badly. Though, I'm sure you would have some trouble drinking a bunch of it because of the intense fruit presence. I would definitely buy it more if I could, and the price was not bad, at maybe $8-9 for a 750. Definitely recommended.

07-27-2009 21:10:22 | More by taylorhamrick
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Received a bottle of this in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear deep, dark ruby red wine colour brew with a nice two finger slightly pink fizzy head that faded rather quickly to leave a thinnish halo and a thin light cloud.

S - Aromas, holy cow. Yeah this is raspberry. Raspberry juice, fresh berries in the summer sun, nice preserves, somewhat sweet. Reminds me incredibly of the local orchard that makes fruit wine...this smells exactly like a raspberry wine.

T - So this is a true raspberry beer eh? A bit more heavy on the raspberry preserves side as opposed to fresh berries when it comes to the flavour. There's no mistaking it though...this is a pure raspberry goodness. No other flavours, just berry. Guess I would like more fresh raspberry with this? This is so damn close to a raspberry wine.

M - The mouthfeel is nice, a bit lower carbonated for my liking. The low alcohol of course doesnt come through. Drinks like a slightly carbonated wine.

O - Overall...yeah, this shit is the real deal. I love a good fruit beer and this fills the void for me. That smell is crazy, as is the flavour. Cant think of anything more raspberry. Wish the mouthfeel and head/retention was better but the aroma and flavours more than make up for them!

05-14-2012 03:32:29 | More by rudzud
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JohnG190

New York

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks Atoneworks for this amazing beer! Pours a hazy ruby color with a large head that dissipated fast, but did leave a solid finger of thick foam atop the beer. No lacing. The nose can be described in one word: raspberries. The taste isn't very far removed from the nose: raspberries, sweet at first and finishing tart, almost sour. Light bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted beer that is highly drinkable. Balanced, this beer is neither cloying sweet nor mouth puckering sour, it is highly drinkable and quite refreshing. Outstanding job, New Glarus!

09-24-2013 23:23:27 | More by JohnG190
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Muddled dark red/pruple in color. Thin fizzy reddish head that fades into nothing and leaves little lacing.

S - Raspberries...wow. Very strong aroma of a balance between sweetness and tartness.

T - Tastes like a carbonated raspberry juice drink. Just the right amount of tartness and sweetness to provide excellent balance. Not beer tasting at all.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly fruity. SMothers the mouth.

09-06-2008 03:03:52 | More by ckeegan04
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

750 into an allagash tulip.

light brownish red pour with a nice head. smell of big tart raspberries..super awesome. taste is very sweet with a ton of raspberries and a medium tartness on the finish. damn drinkable and tasty! wow. medium body with mild carbonation.

overall just awesome.

03-26-2014 02:59:17 | More by Axnjxn
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Picked up a bottle at Discount Liquors last time I was in Milwaukee - served it with my mom's apple crisp at Xmas dinner.

A - Beautiful ruby red color with a thin pinkish head that dissipates quickly. Bubbles lazily rise from the bottom - it looks kind of like soda, except for the small amount of lacing. It's hard to compare as I don't have a real frame of reference for fruit beer - it doesn't even really look like a kriek.

S - Fresh raspberries, and all that entails. Some sweetness, some tartness - it's obviously sweetened with sugar or malt, as pure raspberry juice doesn't have this potency of scent.

T - Initial taste is pure raspberry, but you get some hop bitterness at the back of the palate. As someone who loves raspberries this is as good as it gets - it actually tastes like the fruit (or jam), and not like the phony raspberry flavor found in gum, etc. The taste is tarter than the smell, which keeps it from getting sickeningly sweet after a while.

M - Medium body, sticky, with a nice amount of carbonation. It's also got the dry crispness that I get from lambics - reminds me a little of La Folie. It leaves that too much candy mouthfeel after a while, for which I don't totally care.

D - At 4%, and with such incredible flavor, this is the perfect beer for dessert spreads. I could drink a bottle by myself and be totally fine with that - although I'd probably want to brush my teeth afterward!

This stuff is awesome - seek it out via trade if you can't hit up Wisconsin yourself.

12-25-2008 23:54:14 | More by MasterSki
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inebrius

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a clouded blood under a surreal frothy, pink and sticky head reminiscent of cosmetic sales-persons outfits and autos. Wonderful bouquet of honey and raspberry syrup over pancakes. Flavor is all raspberry, all the time, tart, just like I like 'em and riding a huge effervescence that clears the buds of sweetness but allows the sour character to linger. First example of a North American spontaneously fermented--whatever that may mean--beer I'm aware of.

A thousand thanks to cokes for hooking me up with this one!

01-12-2003 18:56:13 | More by inebrius
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%

Glad i got to try this one in a little bottle share. I had wanted to try this for awhile.

The appearance looks just like raspberry juice, a nice purplish red color. The smell follows suit here. It smells exactly like juice with no noticeable alcohol whatsoever. As I expected the taste was the same, just a nice smooth juicy taste, something I could drink a lot of and have no idea that there was alcohol in it. So sweet with a slight tart finish.

Hope to score some more of this as I would enjoy having it or any NG stuff.

01-11-2014 20:15:14 | More by ChrisChagnon
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance is a hazy ruby red color with a two finger pink head.
Aroma is jammy, farm fresh fruit with raspberry being the front runner.
Smells more sweet than tart.
Flavor is raspberries mixed with apples and other fruit. Extremely jammy. A perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.
Mouthfeel is creamy and perfectly carbonated. Not much lingering flavor but enough to make is perfect. Extremely refreshing.
This is my favorite of the new glarus beers now having had them all.
The little sour tartness this one gives puts it at the top for me.
I'd you haven't had new glarus fruit beers do yourself a favor and track them down.

07-12-2014 00:09:56 | More by zookerman182
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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