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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,044
Reviews: 854
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,058
Gots: 616 | FT: 59
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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 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.

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

huge thanks to trxxpaxxs for this awesome hookup! thanks again tom!

750ml green waxed and capped bottle at fridge temp. split with my girlfriend poured into a snifter. no date.

pours out a cloudy red/ brown color with about a 1/4inch of off white head that faded almost instantly. very nice slightly pinkish ruby red color when held up to the light. no lace, no retention.

the aroma is pretty much straight farm fresh raspberries. sweet smelling.

again, just straight up, fresh raspberries. nothing artificial, nothing overdone. sweet and sugary. slightly tart, no real sourness. just a hint of a rustic, tannic almost vegetal flavor, maybe oak?

solid light body, ample slightly sparkly carbonation.

super drinkable, goes down like juice. i find myself gulping it down way to quick. overall, this is a solid beer that i would come back to in a heartbeat. i maybe expected the slightest bit of funk, but there really is none. but thats ok because the raspberry flavors are pure and superb. however, i think i would take a blushing monk over this.

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

Dark red wine like in color with a pinkish red head.
Wonderful aroma of sweet raspberries and more raspberries.

Taste: Oh the glorious raspberry; sweet, but yet sour at the same time. The taste is initially sweet, but then the tartness of the raspberry takes over. Fresh raspberry flavor dominates all other flavors throughout. The balance of sweet and sour is well done and is a little addicting.

Good mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.
Good drinkability. Very fesh tasting.
Overall, a great fruit beer.

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

The pour is a nebulous deep raspberry red, the head monstrous in size, creamy in texture, and a winsome cherry pink in color, the lace a satiny sheet to conceal the glass. The tart raspberry nose is a treat; the start sweet and sour, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is crisply acidic, fruit tart, the finish is dry and quite a treat from my usual over the top beers. A very intriguing beer, quite different as I never hunt out these types? Well I think I've made a mistake, which will not be repeated in the future.

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

a - pours deep dark red, hazy, small purple head with little retention and lacing, lots of large bubble initially

s - big aroma of sweet raspberries, like Wisconsin Belgian Red, about as far from a "beer" smell as you can imagine

t - lots and lots of sweet raspberries up front with a huge tartness quickly evolving, finish is very tart, sweet, and pretty dry

m - not much carbonation evident, medium-bodied, moderately dry finish, tart raspberry coats the entire mouth

d - because of the style and the intense sweetness and tartness, this is not the most drinkable beer, much more of a dessert beer that you can split a bottle of with someone, not at all a knock against quality, just not a beer you want to drink a ton of

After having the Wisconsin Belgian Red, I had high hopes for the Raspberry Tart, and it did not disappoint. New Glarus definitely has this style pegged, and nobody does it better. A wonderful change-of-pace or dessert beer.

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

I originally sampled this beer on 8 March 2003. I am writing this review from my notes
It looked like a glass of cloudy merlot. Huge nose & flavor of... Raspberries. These guys did this one right. It's not a beer w/ some raspberries thrown in. It's the sweet/tart taste of raspberries, that happens to be a beer. Great job.

Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark red / garnet hue, topped by a head that settles into a thin but tight light pink head that leaves sparse lace. Ripe, sweet and fresh real raspberry aroma hits the nose at first, then is followed by light caramel malt notes, and a Belgian flanders red like tartness. Deeply fruity in aroma and quite sweet-- reminescent of a lambic minus the lactic notes. A blend of sweet raspberry fruitness and subtle tartness is perceptible upfront, then the initally overshadowed malt backbone becomes somewhat creamy and a touch bready, but remains secondary to the fresh fruit character throughout the taste. Light tartness emerges mid palate and contrasts the fruity sweetness well in a Lambic like fashion. Moderately bodied, w/ a smooth mouthfeel aided by relatively low carbonation, at least when compared to a Lambic or Flanders. Finishes sweet, w/ pleasant lingering fresh red fruit lingering on the tip of the tongue. Raspberry tart is quite a unique and tasty brew. It's easily the best American fruit beer I've had thus far... the fresh raspberry flavors are striking. It's devoid of fruit extract twang. The writing on the bottle suggests drinking this ice cold-- Don't. Cellar temp brings on the malt nuances. Tasty!

Big thanks to Bighuge for the sample of this enjoyable brew!

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

P- wax tops a 25oz bottle.

A- pours a cloudy reddish-purple color with a fizzy blush pink head that dissipates into thin lacing.

S- simply raspberry upfront, kind-of reminds me of grandmas raspberry jam... on a calm day, one can find some hops drifting away deep within.

T- raspberry tartness balances the sweetness from the fruit and similar to the aroma, the raspberry flavors pretty much overshadow everything else in there... although some very faint hops can be noted.

M- medium bodied and refreshing.

D- a great choice served chilled on a warm summer night.

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

Split 4 ways at a BBQ with some grilled chicken and sides and friends. Pint glass.

Pours a dark red with a nice pink head. Looks really inviting. The nose is huge raspberry, like a puree. Drinks a balanced sweet and tart raspberry puree set to bubbles and not as heavy. One note, but one fabulous, balanced note. Yum. Heavy body for the ABV, but still refreshing. Overall, split this beer 4+ ways. I've never wanted more than ~6 ozs of this beer, but that is a really enjoyable number. Fits really well with grilled chicken as listed above.

Photo of turbine2475
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrDogBeer for this brew:

A - Pours an opaque red with a small pink cola like head that disipated quickly into nothingness leaving no lace.

S - Smells of intense raspberries and tart sours that dominates letting nothing else through.

T - Raspberries, murky sours, hints of other tart sours, and sugery syrups.

M - Unexpectadly milky with a good carbonation.

D - One of the better labics I have tried. Not really a big fan of the style, but this one did not disappoint.

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

Presentation: Really pretty, minimalistic, green waxed pop top with nice label

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark pink rose color with just a hint of orange; the light pink/cream cap soon fades to a half-finger dense collar.

Smell: Wonderful aromas of freshly picked, sugared rasberries, with just the slightest hint of sour funk in the background. Quite simple and nice.

Taste: A combination of sweet and tart natural raspberries. There's absolutely nothing fake here. Sweet and tart battle it out across the tongue; I think sweet just barely wins out. There's really no funk here, just a slight slight sourness and a hint of old oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, like a light-bodied Champagne

Drinkability: Pretty high, though the sweetness keeps it from being super drinkable.

Conclusion: Really nice fruit beer. One of the best I've had, period. I actually think I may be in the minority of people who like Wisconsin Belgian Red a bit more than this, but I'll have to try that one again to be sure. I'll definitely pick up a few more bottles of this next time I'm up in Wisconsin. This paired wonderfully with a Parmesan/Cheddar mix soaked in Raspberry Tart and some jam-filled cookies.

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

750mL bottle poured into wine glass. thanks to kstrickler

Pours a deep bright auburn color with some near pinkish and cherry hues shining through. A nice crop of white head retains for a moment, creating a collar of lacing and film around the edges of the beer.

Punches of raspberry jam-like character with fruit juice and some slightly sugary sweetness. Some spritzy funk and very faint tartness.

Nice fruit juice quality up front with prevalent raspberry flavor. Some caramelized sugar with jam and sweetness. A bit of tartness mixed with raspberry and cherry. Slight funk and dryness towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, a bit sticky and syrupy, higher carbonation. Really nice flavor and nose, probably one of the better fruit driven beers I've had. Better as a dessert beer though than anything else.

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

750ml bottle into cervoise. Not sure on the vintage but I think it is a year or two old.

A - Pours a brownish red, hazy with a whitish pink head, large and bubbly. Very good lacing.

S - Lots of raspberries! I pick up some candied Belgian sugars, brown sugar and a bit of oak.

T/M - A rainbow flavour experience. Initially it hits very tart to sour on the front of the palate, woody and sour. Mid palate the raspberries turn it on and you get that nice berry flavour with residing tartness. At the back it gets tacky and brings into play the very sweet candied sugars and caramel. Awesome experience.

O - A very good beer that was very enjoyable for someone who is leery of fruit beers. Really enjoyed this one and I'd love to get one super fresh.

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

So I just moved from WI, and I probably took New Glarus for granted. I had a mini-panic attack when I realized that I hadn't rated this beer before I moved; thanks to Flyer for giving me a second chance at this beer.

I've had the Belgian Red a few times, and found the quality to be rather hit and miss. Sometimes I've liked it, sometimes not so much. Not sure if this beer has the same consistency issues, but this bottle was terrific.

Color was a dark blood-red color with some light white effervescence. Aroma was light and fruity, but more tart than sweet. Flavor was sweet enough to be quite palatable, but again more tart than not. This tart seemed somehow more true to the fruit than an overly sweet Lindeman's frambose ever could be. Reminded me of a Cantillon frambose. Flavor was quite good. Mouthfeel was fairly dry, like a good red wine, but without some of the drying astringency.

I've not been a fan of New Glarus beers, living in WI gave me the pragmatism to be critical at times rather than to fawn. But this beer is quite good and I'd highly recommend.

Photo of csmiley
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - The color of this beer is a cross between purple an amber. The head tops out at just over half inch and had a nice lavender hue to it. Retention is average and lacing is minimal. Some active carbonation keeps going for a while after the pour giving the beer a continuous ring of tiny bubbles around the top.

S - Raspberries explode out of the aroma. Notes of black cherry and possibly other dark fruits are present. There is a hint of dark malt at the very end. The aroma follows the beers namesake very well.

T - Surprise...more rasperries. Cherry and blackberry seem to meander in and out of the flavor as well. I know there is some darker malt in here but it is quite removed from the primary flavors and nearly impossible to pick out. No alcohol in this one at all. Flavor is simple but still good.

M - Lighter bodied with alot of carbonation. The abundant carbonation really works wonders for this beer. Finish starts out very sweet and ends with a nice tartness that makes the mouth pucker for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. I must admit that I was impressed with this one. It is pure unadulterated raspberry. It actually tastes more like fruit soda than beer. Alcohol is just not present or is completely covered by other flavors. Would have been nice to get some kind of "beer" flavors but that just doesn't seem like the way New Glarus is wanting to go with this one. Given how sweet this beer is, I'd say split the bottle with a friend if you can. Maybe as a dessert. 750ml could be a bit much for one person.

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

750 mL bottle.

Tried Jul 2008.

Small rosy head quickly dissipates. Very cloudy deep burgundy color. Aroma is tart and sweet. Taste of pureed fresh raspberries and raspberry juice. Body is fairly thick. Start to finish is tangy and full of raspberry sweet/tartness. Slight bite of unripe berries at the very end. Very good fruit beer, would drink this and the Belgian Red all the time if I lived in Wisconsin.

Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a champagne flute as instructed by the label
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Big thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a dark amber with some ruby hues and great clarity.  1.5 fingers width of light beige colored head dissipates down at a moderate rate to leave only an outer ring.  A few sparse carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass.  Leaves only a trace amount of spotty lacing, but still a pretty beer.

S: Tons of huge fresh raspberry aromas, and you don't even need to put your nose near the glass.  They smack you in the face as soon as you open the bottle.  Maybe a hint of sugary sweet raspberry jam, but mostly just fresh tart raspberries.  Does it smell like a beer?  Well not any one I've ever smelled, but it smells like a dream.  Awesome.  

T: Like the nose, the taste is all about raspberries.  Tastes sweeter than the smell, more of the jelly/jam flavors as opposed to fresh raspberries.  There is a good degree on tartness on the tongue as well.  A good mix of sweetness upfront followed by tartness on the back end, a balance that prevents a rather one dimensional palate profile from becoming cloying. I really don't pick up much of anything else except the raspberry, but I think that's the goal.  

M/D: Heavily carbonated,  fuller bodied than I anticipated.  Slightly more syrupy that I would like, but a nice drying finish.  Drinkability is pretty good, but I'd say this one is meant to be shared, as a full bomber was a bit much.  

O: Overall, I really can't imagine a better raspberry beer. My personal presence would be a touch more sour, but I really think they accomplished there goal here.  And the smell, oh the heavenly smell!  I could see this as the perfect substitute for champagne for a Sunday brunch.  Very well done!

Photo of tectactoe
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to maximum12 for the New Glarus brews - superb traitor, right there. Raspberry Tart pours a murky velvet and crimson-laden shade of red with a slowly receding, lightly brown and mostly fuchsia tinted head that grows quite large, leaving a couple spots of sporadic lacing along the glass. Pretty elegant, like a wine with a head.

Fresh raspberry juice is the best way to describe the aroma... gushing with ripe, juicy, lightly tart and sweet raspberry purée. No initial chalky or medicinal or "artificial" aromas which is typically the deal-breaker with fruited beers like this. Some mild, grassy zest is faintly resting in the background, but other than that, this beer is ALL raspberries, ALL day.

The taste is a direct correlation of the aroma - fresh pressed raspberries where the juice has been drained and strained out and poured directly into the pint glass in front of me. They've got a sweet, almost residual sugary character to them, making this beer a good choice for an "after dinner" brew. Though the name would imply that the beer is tart, it's far from sour. A very light, tart spritz that hits and fades around mid-palate is about all the tartness this beer contains.

If this isn't easy-drinking than I don't know what is. It's easy to forget you're actually drinking a beer with this one, as it literally tastes like carbonated raspberry juice. Thin, silky body with a heavy amount of carbonation to provide a lively and popping mouth feel. The wet, raspberry residue filled finish keeps you coming back for more.

Definitely one of the better fruit beers I've had. I don't think I liked this as much as New Glarus's Apple Ale or Serendipity, but it was still damn good. I prefer this one to Founder's Rübæus just by a little bit. It's a touch more succulent, juicy, and "fresh", though both beers are nice takes on the raspberry-centric ale. I'd be dropping 10$ for a bomber of this all the time if it were available in my area.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,044 ratings.