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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,048 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,048
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,059
Gots: 617 | FT: 61
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of brees 6221, thanks Ben, I have been wanting to try this one for a long while now. Pours a raspberry brown color with decent clarity. Small and short-lived head, not much lacing.

Nose is raspberry sweetness (obviously), but also has a pleasant biscuity malt presence. Surprisingly beery aroma...might be the best smelling fruit beer I have ever had.

The amount of raspberry flavor packed in here is pretty amazing. So much tartness and fruit essence is impressive. Some grainy malt and light caramel give it the beery aspect it needs. I like the beer alot, but I cant help thinking how much better it might be with some lacto and brett. Would make a tremendous base for a sour ale, Flemish style!

Photo of AleWatcher
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this with the wife-- me in my Duvel tulip and her in a lindeman's flute. Mine looks better.

Pours deep red with purple hues like dark grape juice. 3 fingers of grapefruit tinted whitish colored head settled quickly into wisps and a ring of fine bubbles.

Smells of really ripe raspberries... Actually smells too much like ripe raspberries... To the point where you start to wonder if the flavor is going to be synthetic. This is how it would
smell if Jolly Ranchers had a raspberry flavor!

Tastes just like it smells... Only even sweeter. This is really one that lives up to it's name! The slightest hint of acidity on the finish, but nothing like a gueuze... There is a whole lot of sugar in this one!

Lots and lots of fine carbonation make this more like champagne than beer... The wife loves it-- I'll at least say that feel and drinkabilty are very high. The only problem against this brews drinkabilty is that it is a tad too sweet for most of us to drink all night-- but this makes a great after dinner brew to split with your
wife after a hard day of driving around a different state looking for good beer!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Picked this guy up randomly while shopping fer brews at the outset of the Man's Weekend. It pours a deep garnet/ruby/other miscellaneous red-colored gemstones topped by well over a finger of slightly pink-tinted light ecru foam. The nose is an explosion of sweetened raspberries, as though a bowl o' them berries had been sprinkled liberally with confectioner's sugar. Some blueberries may or not be in the bowl as well, and some cinnamon seems to have been added to the sweetening party, though in much less abundance. The taste follows pretty dern closely, but a nice tartness replaces the seemingly sugariness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky, syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice bit o' fruity goodness, excessively drinkable and increasingly tart/complex (so to speak) as the tasting goes on.

Photo of brystmar
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for sharing this gem!

Deep red pour, fizzy pink head, active body, sticky lace. Tart, fresh raspberries dominate the nose. Remarkable how fresh and true to form this smells.

Taste follows suit: perfectly follows the flavor of fresh raspberries. Deep fruit flavor, mild tartness, and pretty sweet (but appropriately so). A touch too sweet for my prefs but it really fits the framboise style.

Nearly full-bodied and creamy. A great framboise, and an incredible value if you live in Wisconsin. Another smash hit from New Glarus.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

joe1510 sent me this a while back in the LNBA BIF.

Deep raspberry red in color with a pink head with great retention and lacing. The nose is dominated by bright, ripe, fruity raspberries with the classic New Glarus base of brown sugar, vanill and oak. A fruity sourness is apparent, this smells tart and refreshing. The palate doesn't disappoint, opening with a big fruity, acidic bite with lots of ripe raspberries, sugar, jaggery and vanilla. Drying on the finish with a fruity tartness and a clean but mildly solvent-like acidity, this is very enjoyable stuff.

Photo of thirdeye11
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Rob for shipping this to me.

Presentation: Poured from 750ml bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A: Vigorous pour yields almost no head. Color is gorgeous garnet ruby red. Lacing is some of the best I have seen on any beer bar none.

S: Smells of tart raspberries, and oddly enough tobacco as this one warms. Pipe tobacco that is. It makes me want to drink it.

T: Taste is obviously of raspberries, and very much like the fruit but more tart and more sweet. The sourness is really good and I am enjoying it throughout until I get to the end of a roughly 10oz pour. At that point the sourness is slightly tightening my throat, but not very bad. The fact that it's sweet and sour and so well balanced in that manner makes me keep wanting more of this one. Really enjoyable and the second best fruit beer I've had.

D: A little sweet to drink more than probably 15-20oz of this one in a night. I'd love to have this one with any dessert.

Overall the second best fruit beer I've had to the Belgian Red which to me is perfect. We were discussing this one tonight and it's so much better than almost every other fruit beer in the world. Stunningly good.

Photo of steve8robin
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So glad to find this during a trip to Georgia. Heard a lot of good things about this one. Let's give it a go. 22oz bottle...

A: A nice deep burgundy color that is perfectly clean. A large 1+ inch pinkish / purple head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get some raspberry, rye, and some wheat upfront. I get some vanilla in the middle with some mild tart scents on the backend. Good.

T: I get a sweet intense raspberry upfront with a very well blended tartness on the palate. I then quickly get some cake-like breadiness that almost makes this taste like a raspberry white cake. I get some great strawberries, raspberries, and even some white grape on the backend. Very, very sweet! Good.

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation feel. A nice thick dessert like finish. Very good.

D: Once you get past the very sweet flavors, this goes down very good.

All in all, this is a great beer. Best of the style I have ever had. It truly does taste like a raspberry white cake dessert. This would be great blended with cheesecake or a nice thick dessert. Definitely good to try at least once if you're interested in the style.

Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml waxed top bottle acquired in a trade with scoobydank, thanks a lot for giving me the chance to try this highly sought after beer, if that is what you want to call it, split this down the middle with my girlfriend tonight

Poured into my Trappist Westvleteren chalice with a dark reddish purple color with a small light pink head that faded away quickly, tons of carbonation, left some good lacing, looked more like a Welch's grape soda than anything else

Smell was dominated by you guessed it raspberries, not much else to it except a very strong sugary aroma

Taste was strong and this one seemed like it would have a lot more alcohol in it, so carbpnated it tasted more like a sparkling wine than a beer, had a sourness that could be compared to a light vinegar taste, very tarty making its name appropriate, the only other thing than raspberries I could taste was a little bit of caramel, this was a lot better than the last fruit beer I had

Could drink this entire bottle and then a little after that, very light even though the taste can be overpowering and too strong at times

Recommended even though it is expensive, I think about ten dollars a bottle, I am not generally a fan of fruit beers, but this one was good, not bad for my first New Glarus brew, still got a Wisconsin Belgian Red in the fridge, would drink again if I got the chance

Photo of bennetj17
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blood red, cloudy, dark, with a hint of violet. No head, barely any carbonation. Smell is a strong, sweet raspberry flavor, fresh and inviting. Tastes like semi-sweet raspberries at first, the tartness is not what I expected, but the finish does carry a nice tang. Slightly acidic, it becomes more drinkable as you go along. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, carbnonation is low. It is very comparable to a lightly carbonated fruit juice on the palate. Drinkablity is nice. The alcohol is low, and it keeps improving over time giving it staying power...

Photo of Azurescens
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 9/2/11.

A: Pours a deep, clear red with light pinkish head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Sweet and slightly tart ripe raspberries with some malt notes, no real hops or alcohol in the aroma.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. Lots of delicious ripe raspberries, more than in the nose and more tart as well. Some malt and no hops or alcohol to speak of.

M: Nice light body, really crisp with a great tingling carbonation and dry finish.

O: Great raspberry beer, the tartness balances out the sweet raspberries perfectly. Could easily drink glass after glass after glass of this.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer has low carbonation, yet a rough pour produces a nice fluffy white head. Retention is not bad given the acidity. The beer is gorgeous - crystal clear and deep red in color. The nose gives fresh raspberries, a dry, cracker-like aroma, and white wine notes.

The beer has a light body and a nice firm feel. The flavor up front is fruity and sweet, with a wheat-cracker-like undertone. The fruitiness quickly gives way to a balancing acidity as wine-like tannins kick in to tickle your tongue and pinch your cheeks. The beer is extremely refreshing and very easy to drink.

Overall, an extraordinarily well-balanced beer. It's tart, but not sour. Fruity, but not sweet. I wish this were available where I live. I would definitely keep one or two bottles on hand.

Photo of ChrisPro
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL green bottle with red wax. Based on the Belgian Red earlier, I was sure I knew what this was so had to share with my wife.

Pours a translucent muddy red, with a little bit of light pink head.

Nose was incredibly sweet with tons of caramel and big fruitiness. Definitely Raspberry Tart.

Flavor has a nice sweetness and a slightly bitter bready finish, though finishes uite sweet. I would've liked a little more tartness, but still fantastic.

Thick body with a ton of residual sugar. Wonder if New Glarus stops fermentation early on this one. Good carbonation.

Overall, incredibly drinkable, but the slight tartness forced us to drink a little slower than the Belgian Red.

Reveal: New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Photo of ttylicki
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Cavery
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Chambic and Klym in a great bottle share.

Review from notes 7-11-11

Lost Abbey tulip was the weapon of choice.

A: Red hard candies with hues of Popsicle reds and yellows. Reminds me a lot of those "Big Stick" Popsicle I would eat a lot of as a kid. A thin skin of filmy bubbles hugs the walls of the glass..

S: A really strong sweet raspberry flavored grenadine almost stings the nose. Mixes of berry syrups, melted popsicles, and jolly ranchers. The sugars don't come off as cheap and artificial, a bit of molasses or maple syrup with fluffy raspberry flavors. You can almost smell the texture of the raspberries that went into this bottle.

T: Deep raspberry sting of sweetness goes straight to the back of the throat. Maple sugar infusion of strong snow cone red berry syrups. This has a raw strong sweetness like I've never encountered in any beer. This is intensely sweet, but not in a sloppy cheap way. It's an incredibly clean organic concentration of raspberries.

M: This is a really syrupy mouth experience with the faintest if any carbonation. A slick silky watery syrup in the mouth, with very little stickiness. It really does almost come off as flat, but there's so much lively character from the sweetness of the flavor that the light carbonation is lost behind intense sweetness.

O: All in all this is a super sweet raspberry syrup bomb. The thing that really stands out about it is that the quality of the sugars remains high. There is almost no stickiness to speak of, and there's never any question in the integrity of the berries used. This beer does walk a fine line with such low ABV for me, it really could have been a disaster, but it really wasn't. There's no chaos in the crafting of this brew, it's a refined recipe of extreme raspberry sweetness. That said, it's not quite tart in nature. All things considered, quite good, and I would have it again.

Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky reddish brown beer with a small, quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing. Aroma bursts with fresh tart raspberries and also features some sweet malt to a lesser extent.

This is a simple and straightforward raspberry brew; lots of fresh fruit with the accompanying sweet and tart flavors; not quite sour and certainly not puckering; just fruity, with decent malt presence underneath. No bitterness at all. Feels barely like a beer but not like a fruit soda, fortunately. Less sugary and not at all artificial like a Lindeman’s Framboise. Hints of oak add to the complexity somewhat.

Moderately thin bodied with medium carbonation. The lack of spritziness helps to keep this away from soda territory. Very drinkable; would go equally well with a piece of chocolate truffle cake or a BBQ dinner as a clean refresher.

Photo of herman77
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red with hints of orange hues. A bit cloudy. The head dies off almost instantly and no lacing left behind.

S: Sweet ripe raspberries with just a hint of tartness. Smells really good.

T: Sweet raspberries up front then it becomes more tart. A really nice interplay of sweet and tart. A hint of earthy/oak. Long lasting finish. So much flavor.

M: Lighter body, nice light and active carbonation.

O: Another really good fruit beer from New Glarus, I might actually prefer this one to the Belgium Red. Drinkability is pretty good, but just like the Red, I'm good for only 10 ounces or so.

Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had some of this last night at a tasting/catfish fry in my backyard, and it occurred to me that although I have had this beer a number of times, I had yet to review it. Poured a nice juicy purple color, with some pink foam on top. Huge aromas of fresh, tart raspberry. More freshly picked raspberry on the palate. Simply put, this is an amazing vehicle for showcasing the beauty and deliciousness of fresh raspberry.

Photo of harrymel
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date: unk

A: pours a cheery brown with 2 fingers of the lightest pink head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lace. near excellent clarity.

S: Raspberries, slightly tart. Not much else. As advertised.

T: Sweet with hints of tart raspberries. A little too sweet for my preferences....EDIT: I threw a cork in this and returned to it several days later to find the beer much more enjoyable. A bit of oxidation and flattening out brought the flavors into a more balanced profile.

M: Medium body (light syrup) with spritely carbonation. Dry finish makes my mouth water.

O: Very fruity and very tasty. I much prefer this to the WI Belgian Red, which has too much cherry on it.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A red wax dipped 750ml split with my wife. Poured into a pair of wine glasses. The ale appears a slightly murky muted crimson color with about two fingers of light pink foam. Nose and flavor consist of boat loads of raspberry jam, juice, and puree, ever so sour and tart, nice sweetness. That's about it here - real berry flavor and aroma. Decent body with ample carbonation and a dry sweet finish. Time to trade for a few more once the weather warms up.

Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear ruby red with moderate light pink head.
S: It smelled like sweet raspberry and funky oak, with tart cranberry and copper.
T: It tasted like super sweet raspberry jam with tart cranberry juice and funky oak. It had a clean and lasting aftertaste that was sweet and tart.
M: It was slightly thick and oily with subtle carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a delicious raspberry drink. I guess it's beer? I would have preferred a little more tart/sour character, to help balance the sweet and acidic character. But this still had a great scent and taste and body, and it was very easy to drink. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL split into 2 snifters. no bottled on date.

A: definitely not clear. a beautiful hue of deep red. head has a pinkish tint to it. very frothy. retention is excellent as is the thick lacing left behind.

S: smells like straight raspberry frozen ice pop. because of all the sweetness, there is also a strawberry-like aroma as well. sweet fruity sugars from some super ripe fruit. inviting.

T: tart is definitely how this brew starts out. boatloads of sugar. I mean boatloads. the flavor reminds me of a rich raspberry tart pastry or even a raspberry puree. grain and hops are negligible as the raspberry flavor and elements are at the front, middle, and back. not that that is a bad thing. very tasty.

M: not quite effervescent, but certainly a lively carb. light/medium bodied.

D: I feel like this is a beer all in its own league. not really a fruit beer, but not really a framboise. certainly has elements of both, but hard to pick a way it is leaning towards more. regardless, very tasty stuff here from New Glarus. refreshing, yet tart and assertive. i would even take more tart and less sweet.

Photo of JEdmund
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber color with a good, creamy cap. Nice raspberry aroma! And really good flavor. I really like that this is only 4% as I am able to enjoy a lot of it without filling up or getting too buzzed. It’s oh-so drinkable with its really nice raspberry flavor, held up with adequate malt. Good body/carbonation. Very enjoyable.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was fortunate enough to get this bottle in a trade with anticipation23. Poured into an Odell's branded tulip glass.

Unfiltered dull red hue with a light pink head that lingers a while leaving nice lacing in my glass from start to finish. The smell is fresh berries and noticeable malt, with just a hint earthy funk. Flavor is like jolly ranchers, and just lightly tart, bready malt - very simple but amazingly delicious. Mouthfeel is like velvet, lightly carbonated with tiny bubbles and the finish is dry.

Such a great summertime beer. Extremely well made. I wish we got this stuff in Cali!

Photo of shapudding
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the treats at the tasting from the General Lafayette!

Very dark raspberry jam color that you can't see through. It has a light pinkish head that reduced down to mainly holding to the edges.

Intense scent!! You can smell the fresh raspberry puree aroma from almost 2 feet away! The first sip hits you with an insane burst, it tastes like you just bit into a big overly ripe juicy berry. Reminds me somewhat of sparkling red grape juice. Medium body with a good amount of carbination. I really enjoyed this but personally could not do more than say 2 or so glasses at a sitting, since there is so much flavor, so it would not be a good session beer, but it really is very great tasting!

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-assed champagne bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Appearance: Impressive appearance, with the brew looking very much like freshly-blended raspberries. Very active and fizzy pinkish-hued head is boisterous at first and quickly settles down to a thin layer. Slight sheeting action from the head. Not opaque, really...more of a "filled with chunks" appearance.

Smell: Aromas are simply amazing. A beer you can smell from across the room. Fresh, fresh raspberries occupy your olfactories. It's hard to imagine just how the brewers managed to achieve such a wonderful aroma to this beer.

Taste: One taste and it's hard to imagine that you are actually drinking beer. So much raspberry in the flavor. Waterfall of sweetness that is quickly followed by a pucker-inducing tartness. Only as it warmed did any other beer-like qualities begin to peek through. Still, these are token in nature and merely attenuate the avalanche of raspberries assaulting your palate. Certainly one of the more different beers I've had in a long, long time.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Lots of fizziness here, but I think that really helps with the gargantuan sweetness. Drinkable , but tough for one person and this big bottle.

Notes: I'm not sure why...but towards the end of this beer I kept wondering what it would taste like if I mixed it with some imperial stout. A raspberry-impy stout sounded really good at the time. Must seek out other offerings from this brewer. And thanks again to AKSmokedPorter for this gem.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,048 ratings.