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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,981 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,981
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,046
Gots: 596 | FT: 55
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 PlinyBeMiney
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious. The fruit is impeccable. It was very refreshing as well. My only criticism is it's overly sweet after a few sips. If this beer had a bit more alcohol I feel it would be more balanced. I enjoyed it a bit better after mixing in a bit of a different ale to cut down the sweetness.

PlinyBeMiney, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of spointon
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml green bottle into a New Glarus flute glass.

A= This beer poured a fairly clear medium red color with a thin, fizzy pink head. The head dropped fast and left zero lace behind.

S= Huge heady aroma of fresh red raspberries. That was pretty much it, just a super fresh, slightly tart fruit smell.

T= Flavor profile was comprised of sweet and tart red raspberries. The sweetness was never cloying and the tartness was never puckering. Just a perfect balance.

MF= Light side of medium bodied with a crisp carbonation feel on the tongue.

D= Very easy to drink and very sessionable. This is probably my second favorite fruit beer behind the New Glarus Belgian Red. Highly recommended.

spointon, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: Presented in a 750 ml. bottle that's capped and sealed in burgundy wax. Label credits Oregon for sharing their harvest of mouth-watering berries. Appreciate it, Oregon!

A: Pours a dark raspberry red in color (almost beet-like), with active carbonation that produces a rimming of bubbly pink lace.

S: Nothing but raspberries, and lots of them.

T: Raspberry champagne with a mouth-puckeringly tart intensity that pulls your eyeballs back into their sockets. Yeah-Boy-EEE!!! Behind the walls of tart berry lie sweet suggestions of black cherry, cranberry, vanilla, and Belgian yeast -- with subtle traces of salt. Finishes exceptionally dry. As the label decrees: "Life's too short to wait for dessert." So wait no longer.

M: Tartness makes it super chewy as hell, yet bracingly crisp and velvety smooth. Gorgeous mouthfeel with sparkling effervescence.

D: Delicious. Refreshing. World class. Everything a Wisconsin framboise could hope to be. Enjoy.

CaptainIPA, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep ruby red with sparkling champagne likes bubbles and a thin tan, pinkish head that disappears immediately.

S - Tart with fresh, juicy raspberries. The raspberries taste fresh right off the vine. Just a light touch of oak is found hidden in the raspberries.

T - Big juicy raspberry taste starting with sweet raspberries and changing to a lingering tartness.

M - Light and bubbly (champagne like mouthfeel) with a slight tart finish that lingers. The sweetness and tart provide an excellent balance.

D - One of the best fruit beers I have had. Very drinkable.

brewcrew76, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of tpd975
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bottles of this one in a trade awhile back. I consumed some Belgian Red and loved it, was really excited about this one.

A: Pours a love sparkling ruby red color. There is a nice light pinkish white head that dies down. Lots of carbonation rising to the top if you can hold it up to light that is strong enough to penetrate this bold red beauty.

S: Wow tons of fruit come wafting from the glass. I don't think you could squeeze a hand full of raspberries and get more aroma than this one has.

T: Wow lovely. This is the nectar of the freshest purist raspberries. I have no idea how they have taken fruit juice and transformed it into something so nice. It is the perfect marriage of sweet and tart. I like a good bottle of wine, but would take this one over wine anyday.

M: Simply Sparkling.

D: Uh, yeah... It's just too bad I shared this one with friends. Not to be stingy, but its that damn good.

Overall: First of all I really like this one. The aroma and taste is subpurb. It is a finely crafted beer that everyone should search out. I actually like the Beligan Red just a tick better than this one, but that is not to slight this gem in any way. It is a wonderful beer more than deserving of its top 100 ranking.

tpd975, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of grittybrews
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby with a finger of loose white head. Aroma is mostly tart raspberry with hints of tartness and sugar.

Light bodied mouthfeel; crisp and dry with ample carbonation. Taste dominated by tart raspberry, sweet cherry, and hints of vinegar. For such a low ABV beer this boasts some huge flavors -- really exceptional.

grittybrews, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Garnet / burgundy color. Almost transparent apart from the color itself. No sediment or haze. 1/4 of the glass filled with off-white / cream colored head.

S: Pale raspberry, dirty / dusty plants, dry cherry, wild / Belgian yeast, champagne, and cranberry.

T: Tastes infinitely better than it smells. Almost like a raspberry / cranberry juice cocktail, but not as syrupy or quite as sweet. Very pleasant fruit flavors, some tartness, but not sour at all and only slightly dry. Raspberry is by far the dominant flavor - somewhat jammy. Excellent taste.

M: Moderate to minor carbonation in the mouthfeel, which is odd given how much carbonation existed in the pour and in the head. Medium amount of small bubbles. Good density and viscosity, especially for the low ABV.

O: Very good overall - one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Very different from Blushing Monk in that this is clearly filtered and very clean, but still has all of the excellent flavor, whereas Blushing Monk is more of a fermented pureed raspberry look and feel to it. Both are very good, but the clean flavors and mouthfeel of this make it more drinkable in quantity - if you're so fortunate as to have a large quantity of it.

jnn4v, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A dark ruby red with a decent size light rose color head that recedes gradually to island foam.

S: Smells amazing! Atrong aroma of sweet & sour raspberries and candy sugar.

T: Taste just as good as it smells. As my husband said, "sweet necter from the gods." Unlike a lot of fruit beers, this one taste like real fruit, not artificial fruit. There is an upfront tart raspberry flavor followed with a bit of sweetness.

M: Lively carbonation, light body, smooth & crisp texture.

D: By far one of the best fruit beers I've had. I could drink a ton of this. Thank goodness for a 2nd bottle.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass. Big thanks to STLWill for hooking me up with this fantastic beer!

Pours dark red, clear, with a thin, fizzy pink head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell is just all raspberry. Really no other way to describe it. Like taking a bucket of eviscerated raspberries and using it for a helmet. Nicely tart and crisp.

Huge, vivid raspberry - beautiful blend of natural sweetness with a very crisp, acidic natural tartness. Finish is lingering raspberry acidity, almost like the most perfect raspberry soda you can imagine. Beautiful in every respect.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, crisp. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect, and perfect for what it is. A bit sticky as well.

Drinkability is very good, given that I easily drank almost a whole 750 by myself. That being said, the sweetness and acidity, while providing an amazing natural balance, are also a bit wearing on their own. It's a great beer, but not one I'd be in the mood for all the time.

JohnQVegas, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Kevinpitts
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
Photo of cokes
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
Photo of thagr81us
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
Photo of supercolter
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
Photo of baiser
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
Photo of shand
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
Photo of abents
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
Photo of Auracom
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
Photo of drgonzo3705
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
Photo of DoubleJ
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
Photo of gmcfarre
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
Photo of biegaman
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
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,981 ratings.