Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 890
Hads: 3,391
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 1,157
Gots: 755 | FT: 94
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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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002

Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.
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Photo of Onslow
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are not many breweries in the entire world that make constantly amazing and well constructed brews, i mean, with New Glarus, it will always be something highly enjoyable..

Raspberry Tart goes over this rule, an amazing brew!

Pours a vibrant red with a man pink head, great lacing of course and exceptional strength of the foam ..

Smell is of light berry and fruit juice, subtle...

Pure wonderment in a bottle, bliss in glass, enjoyment at its core, just simply a joy to drink..
The sweetness and mouthfeel are so polite and refined, while still holding there ground, full and respectable, a beer! a good beer!!

sitting here on such a nice day with a beer of this caliber i now know what lottery winners do on their private islands..

Raspberry Tart!

thanks to John for getting me a bottle, i will need more..
at the very least to inject into my veins!! (867 characters)

Photo of DrewZ926
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- ruddy combination of ruby and pink. an inch of garnet head. not much lacing

S- OMGRASPBERRIES. but seriously, amazing smell, liquid raspberry but not in a cloying soda-ish way. lots of tart juice and lemon zest too.

T- sublime, fresh picked raspberries, a little acetic on the finish, great transition from sweet up front to tart.

M- prickly carbonation and very light

O- best fruit beer i've had, very unique and epitomizes how extreme beer can get. very lucky to come across this one on the shelves in NY! (515 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from mscarpen, 750ml into a tulip. Thanks a ton Scott!

Dark red body with a white head, light film and some bubbles retain. Nose is just - wow. Raspberry and rhubarb jam/pie filling. Just like a friggin' pie. A bit of spicing too, but the fruit presented is just brilliant. Tastes just about the same, raspberry and rhubarb pie, light spicing, sweet raspberry juice and some pie-like notes. Gentle tartness in the finish with some peripheral spicing. Medium body, low carbonation. Raspberry hangs around for some time. Overall, brilliant - easily the best fruit beer I've ever had. (589 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this unique ale.

A- Dark crimson red, clear. A nice pink head with lambic qualities in retention and lace, suds are sticky but do not hold still.

S- Raspberries. Smells like a great juice with a very slight wood/vine note behind it. Very good aroma strength.

T- Raspberry bliss. So much fruit (singular) flavor. It is very sweet but I can't complain here because it tastes like a gourmet juice beer hybrid. Tartness helps to balance the sweets. It's like 10 molar concentration raspberries with a tiny bit of vine.

MF- Creamy body that has a perfect consistency for the flavors. Nice tart vs. sweet battle. I feel like this is what the mouthfeel should be for such a fruity beer.

DB- So much raspberry awesomeness. One or two glasses would be enough but they are so enjoyable, very filling. So flavorful, is this really a beer? (869 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle - obtained through a trade.

Poured into Russian River Tulip

A: Half a finger head, Pretty decent amount of lacing, transparent dark ruby color (purplish, reddish, brown).

S: Raspberry and Raspberry Jam! It smells quite good.

T: Man.... amazing. Crisp, tart, sweet (but not too sweet), starts of sweeter then finishes with sweet tartness.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation, light body, near perfect!

O: I am going to be seeking for more of this and looking forward to trying the Belgian Red soon. (519 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely has a raspberry aroma with quite a tart quality to it. Almost puckering in the nose, if it were possible.

Starts off with berry sweetness, of course raspberries being in there but not really dominant...it's just fruity and berries. Pretty delicious. This gives way to a puckering tartness that tickles the tongue and causes me to salivate. Not really what I'd call a citric acid tartness, but more of natural, perhaps unripened fruit tart. There is also a note of oak from the barrells it's aged in.

Love it. Absolutely awesome and every bit as good as their Belgian Red. (585 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tim and Mary Anderson for their help in getting this.

The beer pours a beautiful dark red color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! Just like the label suggests: Tart raspberries. It's extremely fruity with a killer raspberry character. The taste is perfect. It's everything a fruit beer should be. It's way over the top with raspberry character. It hits you in the face with a commanding sourness and doesn't back down. What a great beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a treat. It's highly drinkable and soo soo delicious! (628 characters)

Photo of DemoniChris
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a champagne flute glass.

A - Outstanding reddish purple hue with a finger of bright white head. This is beer?!

S - A complete blast of raspberries. Smells like raspberry puree.

T - Once again, just fresh raspberry juice oozing into your mouth. Slight tartness, but ultimately gives way to the underlying sweetness. Delectable.

M - Sticky sweetness with plentiful carbonation that makes this feel more like a champagne than a beer.

O - This beer wow'd me and was my first introduction to a real fruit beer. Quite one dimensional, but that doesn't detract at all from its masterfully crafted beauty. (628 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml split 3 ways, received in a trade from jmp485. Thanks!

See-through dark red with an small slightly pinkish, off-white head. Turns to a thick ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell is pure, awesome fresh raspberries.

Taste is pure, awesome fresh raspberries. Exactly like carbonated fruit juice. Easily the most prominent fruit taste I've had in a beer, hard to believe this IS even a beer. Good balance between sweetness and tarty. Covers the tongue in fruity goodness. Amazingly fresh and drinkable. Did I mention this beer is fruity?

Thin like a juice as expected but has a good body to it, carbonation is high but nice and sparkly.

Infinitely drinkable although the sweetness may get tiring. But a 750ml by myself would be so easy. Not very complex but wow, what a great fresh fruit taste. Lived up to my expectations and then some, a real eye opener. (873 characters)

Photo of stealth
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A gift from dragomni, and greatly appreciated.

Pours a nice deep ruby-red with a nice white head. Smells like raspberry preserves/jam (although not as much raspberry in the smell as I thought it would have), and tastes like it too. Love that nice tart finish. How is this beer? It's like drinking candy. Love it. (313 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was simply fantastic. Poured cloudy ruby red with a pinkish head. How cute, my gf would love it.

Wow, the aromas are quite in your face. So much raspberryness cutting through the tart lambic qualities. A hint of yeast too. I feel inadequate trying to describe it but it's a raspberry lover's dream.

And yes, much raspberryness carries over to the taste and makes you a happier person. Not too sweet, not too tart... mmm this is just right. 'Tis love.

Very smooth and gives a mild prickle. Not cloying, not coating, but kind of rubs silk and velvet over your body. Oh goodness... my first erotic beer...

Drinkability... what do you think?! Deliciousness in every drop! (676 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a opaque ruby with a touch of brown in it and a thin finger of pinkish bubbly head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a little head.

S - Aroma is full of lots of fresh sweet raspberries. There is a bit of tartness with a bit of sweet caramel as well.

T - Starts off with lots of sweet and tart raspberry flavor with a bit of sourness and a bit of other berries. Through the middle, a touch of caramel comes through with some more fresh fruit flavor. The finish is a mix of tart and lightly sour fresh raspberry with a hint of yeast.

M - Medium bodied with fairly mild carbonation. Very smooth with a tart and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The raspberry flavor is very fresh and rich and works so well in the beer. The strong tartness is excellent as well. (787 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luscious dark burgandy color. Slight head. The aroma is exquisite. Smells like sweet raspberry pie. This beer has a tart quality that isn't overwhelming. Perfectly balanced. Not your typical brew. Great raspberry sweetness. The malt and hops here are used as a backdrop for the fruity sensations to work their magic. This is extroadinary. It is like drinking a liquid raspberry pie with whipped cream. A great experience. (441 characters)

Photo of WesM63
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber-ish color with a purple-red hue with nice 2finger white head. Minor lacing decent retention.

S: Really just a mild smell of sweet raspberries with a bit of tart.

T: Raspberries! Just tart, moderately sweet raspberries.

M: Thin with plenty of carbonation. Has that fizzy almost changeable like feel.

O: Delicious. This is, the fruit beer. If you've had other's and enjoyed them, do yourself a favor, go to Wisconsin (or trade with someone) and buy a few of these. You WILL NOT be disappointed. (560 characters)

Photo of gibby
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4 bottles courtesy of younger35, so glad he is my WI mule!!
Poured into an oversized wine glass while watching top chef last night. Great red color with a pinkish head and no visible lace. The raspberry smell hits you right away and its fantastic. Taste is somewhat sweet and tart but not too much of either. Great mouthfeel with a nice carbonation. Drinkability is off the charts. I can't keep this stuff around for more than a few weeks when I get it, I just love it and really enjoy drinking it. Very refreshing, besides sweetwater blue, it's the best fruit beer I have ever tasted. (585 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite things of the Tart and Red.. the bottle. Wax dipped and really cool labels. Anywho, into a pint glass, pours red, can it be that red? With pinkish head that kind of fizzles out, just lookin at it you know its going to be tasty. Aroma is a giant heap of rasberry goodness, the kind that you wouldn't mind smelling for the next half hour, very nice sweet/tart balance. Rasberries are by far my favorite fruit, and I'm just overjoyed so far. And then, you taste... perfection. I'll state is simply: there is no way to improve this beer. None. Falling under the category 'party in the mouth,' captures the very essence of the sweet yet tart rasberry, rivaling anything coming out of Belgium, and a real treat for that special occasion. The mouth is great, silky smooth but with a fizzy carbonation, full body, very nice. All in all, I wish I had some fudge or Belgian chocolates to eat with this, but even on its own an exceptional beer, worth all its praises. (975 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's an advantage to living in a college town: friends go back home and bring you beers like this.

Brownish red appearence nice little head.

Smells amazing. Fresh raspberry and a little bit of caramel.

Taste is so bright and fresh. Not the most complex beer but the taste is magnificent. A little sweet upfront then you get this flash of tart fresh raspberry.

The mouthfeel is sparkling and puckering. Beautiful. Really a phenomenal beer, I don't know how they managed to pack in these kinds of fresh fruit flavors in a beer. Highly recommended. (556 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with hints of amber and a minimal off-white head. Quite clear - looks like a combo of juice and beer!

Smell is so inviting - sweet berries, brandy, and a rich malty fullness that really rounds it out. Makes me want to drink it.

Taste is, quite simply, delicious. Of course the raspberries are up front, but there's a smooth sweetness behind them that gives it fantastic balance. Finish has some good dryness. So well balanced - I can't really think of a fruit beer tasting much better than this.

Fairly light and well-carbonated, kinda like champagne. Feels buoyant and bubbly in the mouth.

A really stellar fruity beer. The thing that really stands out about it is the balance. The fruit isn't overpowering; it's supported really well by a malt backbone that makes the beer smell and taste full and rich despite the light fruitiness. It's fruity enough to appeal to folks who aren't hard-core beer lovers, but has a ton of complexity beyond that. I bought one bottle to try it out, but I will be stocking up on this and drinking it many more times. (1,070 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep ruby/garnet with a pink head which rose slightly and then fell quickly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong raspberry, so fresh you can taste the seeds just by smell. Coupled with that was some sweet candy aromas of raspberry preserves. Also present was a complexity of acidity that lends a Belgian lambic note, but not overly so to the beer. I cannot imagine a raspberry beer smelling more like raspberry.

The flavor was very nicely achieved with a balance of sweet fruits and acidity. The raspberry flavors were strong and sweet when first contacting the palate, but those flavors quickly begin to dry when the acidity from the fermentation takes over. The beer was quite tart and refreshing in the flavor as a result of the acidic tarness and balance.

The finish was dry with lasting raspberry, very long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was medium and very well done, the carbonation was lower than on other occasions, but still led to a creaminess that was very nice.

750 ml bottle. Purchased at the brewery. Some may find the fruit to be overwhelming (of should that be underwhelming), but the acidity and fruit balance are skillfully achieved and this has always been a favorite fruit beer. (1,266 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark cloudy stormy purple violet pour, that looks like preserves in a glass for cryin' out loud.

Scents overwhelm me nose. This is heavenly in the aromatic aspect. Tight raspberries that I can almost taste again as memory brings back this one. Lingering raspberry syrupy goodness aftertaste.

Bitter pucker causing delicious flavor. This is like Welch's Grape Juice concentrate without the water added. What else can I say?

Medium body. Teeny particles laft over afterwards.

I could easily drink this all night, unfortunately it is rarer than air in space.

Last swigs: Good puckery tart that was generously provided at a tasting at the General Lafayette Inn. Delicious! I really enjoyed this one.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (744 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby red color with a light pinkish head leaving excellent lacing. Rich smell of tart raspberries; reminds me a lot of the raspberry Jell-o my grandma used to make. Raspberries lightly pucker in your mouth, it's really like eating raspberries fresh, only in liquid form. The amount of tartness is perfect, not overly acidic like how some raspberry framboise's can be; sour, without the harsh. Carbonation dances on the tongue, enhancing each flavor. Medium bodied, finishes a bit dry. Incredibly drinkable, if this was in a nonic pint glass, I'd probably end up polishing off the bottle in no time. (598 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-review on 10/11/09
Poured from a 750ml bottle with a wax sealed crown into a tulip to enhance the aroma. Label had a story about the beer. No dating info. Was a dark ruby red color. It had a large fizzy head that dissipated into a barely there collar and central wisps. Good central carb streams from the laser etching. No lacing.

The aroma was obviously heavy on raspberries but also got got oak and vanilla from the barrels. Really enjoyed sniffing this one over and over. Raspberries was strong but not enough to be off-putting. The taste followed the aroma and again was amazing. Great tartness but not overpowering. Starts out sweet and then halfway thru you get a big smack of tart for the finish. I've had many sour and tart beers since this one so the finish wasn't as puckering as the last time I had it. Mouthfeel was tart, duh, with a heavily carbonated tinge to it (the heavy carb works here so a good aspect on this one).

Overall, a classic fruit beer. Before, I had Belgian Red a little higher in my mind but this one may now be neck and neck. Can't recommend highly enough if you like fruit beers. Worthy of the hype and praise. Rotation: Wisconsin only. If here, it would be a regular player. As-is it has a permanent spot on my wants.

****Original 7/18/07 review below***
4.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Got in a trade with jeffkrenner - thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a wax seal and story about the beer on the label. No dating info. The color was a dark ruby red. It had almost no head and that was gone in a blink of an eye. No lacing. The aroma was obviously heavy on raspberries but you could also smell the oak from the barrels. Also had a bit of a "wine" smell to it. The taste was really good and not too raspberry as I feared it might. I like raspberries but find that too much is not a good thing. The only downside to the taste and mouthfeel was that it was so tart that each drink made me pucker up a bit. Not enough to be annoying but close. For that reason, I've got the Belgian Red rated a little bit higher. Overall, an incredible beer that you've got to try. Gonna have to find a regular source for this especially since the wife claims half of each bottle. (4.5, HR, T, Y) (2,210 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous.. wow.. gorgeous. An easy scored 5 for the appearance. Fully lasting full pink head over a fully opaque superbly dark body. I'm truly impressed, seduced, intrigued. Mostly sweet aroma, tempting, you can't tire of it, you can't get your nose of that glass. I love raspberries and I'm all set for the cruise. This starts with a pure raspberries attack, will your defenses hold? You bet, keep them coming, hell yeah, I want more. After a few sniffs, you start to graps the necessary subtlety for a perfect 10 in the aroma department. Vanilla accompanies these stellar fresh fruits and who says vanilla often says woody touch which is also true here. First beer that makes me say: "I know what I'm smelling for breakfast tomorrow". People are not kidding when they say you taste the seeds, you almost feel them between your teeths. Marvellously crafted fruit beer, perhaps even better than a personal favorite: Quelque Chose. I can't believe a beer to be so full-flavoured at 4% ABV. Unique creation which can only be rivalled by New Glarus Belgian Red and as MartinT points out, once you're there, it's really only a matter of preferring cherries over raspberries or vice-versa. On parallel, I personally prefered the raspberry tart which seems to have more acidity (although it still could have used a bit more imo). This is the best single focus on one flavor I've encountered in my young life, this extreme sweetness never appears cloying, nor syrupy nor fake. Lots of stuff going on, eminently complex, crisp and contemplative. Superb mouth-filling body with enough carbonation to detract from the never cloying sweetness. A thousand thanks Nexxus for this fine pie! Hunt this out before I do! (1,703 characters)

Photo of harrymattcody
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle received in a trade.

It's almost like someone juiced raspberries and poured it into the glass. A small cap of foam that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace. But who cares! This is gorgeous beer. No surprises in the smell. Raspberries and even more raspberries. The taste is what shines. Dominated by raspberries but set apart by a slight oakiness that makes this brew more than a fruit juice. The moutheels is sticky and sweet, which make a whole 750ml seem a bit daunting, but I think I'll survive.

In contrast to what some may think, beer and fruit are a welcome combination. Even more so when it's done this well. (636 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a New Glarus flute.

A-Pours a dark ruby red that is barely transparent when held of to the light. Little head that was white with a pinkish tint.
S- Fresh raspberries pretty much sums it up. There is a little sweetness in the smell. You can tell that these raspberries are the real thing and not an artificial syrup.
T- This is just heaven in a bottle. The balance of the sweet and the sour of the raspberry is spot on. Nothing artificial about this one.
M- One word, exceptional. The tart bite on the tongue mixed with the smooth sweetness is outstanding.
D- Although this is a "dessert" beer, I could drink this everyday. There is probably a reason why I make sure I always have a bottle of this on hand at any given time. Thank goodness I live in Wisconsin. (782 characters)

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.