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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

893 Reviews
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Reviews: 893
Hads: 3,435
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.54%
Wants: 1,164
Gots: 773 | FT: 95
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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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Reviews: 893 | Hads: 3,435
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)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I spent the evening sharing bottles of this with family and thought I would give it an actual review. Seeing as I've drank a few dozen bottle of this beer over the years.

Poured into my oversized wine glass the beer is a cloudy pinkish red. With a gentle pour about a half inch of light baby girl pink head is formed. No lace left behind at all.

The aroma is pure raspberry. Which in my world is a great thing. Super sweet and yet tart at the same time. Not much else going on here. If you love raspberries like I do this is not a bad thing.

The flavor is a perfect balance of sweet then sour. A light crisp dryness sort of breaks things up in the middle.Everyone who tasted this for the first time at my party was floored at how this can be so delicious.

Medium bodied with a nice amount of bubbles to tickle the tongue. Fairly dry.

Overall an outstanding beer. I'm very proud to know this is produced in my state. It's a great feeling to know anytime you're in the mood for it. It's never more then a few minute drive to the nearest grocery store to pick it up. (1,068 characters)

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

Poured from a 750 ml shared with family by spointon. Mine was poured into a 4-6 oz.tasting glass.

The appearance was ruby red in color with a half inch pink head that dissipated very quickly. No lacing left behind.

The aroma was straight up raspberries, nice and fresh. They were struggling to be sweet and struggling to be tart, and the ensuing fight was quite delectable.

The taste is of course straight up fresh raspberries again. It began sweet and during the swallow it became increasingly tart, nearing a pucker at one point but stopping short. In a word, delicious.

Mouthfeel was very nice, it was fairly light but the carbonation level was perfect. Very drinkable, I could have a whole bottle of this in one sitting with no problems.

This has to be the best fruit beer that I've ever tried. Having had this the Wisconsin Belgian Red is next on my list. All I can say is New Glarus is the shit. (906 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to womencantsail for this!
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Clear deep red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Raspberries, slightly tart, pie like sweetness, just awesome.

T- Like the nose kicked up a notch. Tart raspberries, sweet pie filling, very well balanced, just enought tartness and just enought sweetness!

M- Smooth, very silky, light to medium body.

O- Fantastic! This is a great raspberry beer. Wish I could buy this near me, definitely will seek this out again! (497 characters)

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

From my notes last night:

I got this bottle in a trade with Joe1510. Thanks Joe!

I poured it from 750ml waxed bottle and it's a beautiful ruby red with a good but fast receding head of pinkish foam.

The smell is an awesome nose of raspberry and a faint dose of wheat.

The taste is just as the name implies. Great big raspberry flavour just on the tart side with wheat floating in the background and a bit of yeast and perhaps wood. It's medium mouthfeel makes it a very succlent brew to drink and the carbonation is pretty spritzy which adds to the enjoyment. Man, I love this stuff. It's been too long since my last sampling..

The finish is all raspberry for me and it lingers on with a long aftertaste. Boy, am I happy I was able to get this in a trade...thanks again, Joe!!! (782 characters)

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

Poured a glorious deep red color with virtually no head. Aroma is of super fresh raspberries.

Raspberry is main component here, and its delicious but its quite complex overall. There is a delicious acidic quality to this. Vanilla and oak flavors create for one tasty brew.

This is less sweet than I had expected, and thats fine. The Belgian red is way more about the cherry than the raspberry tart is about raspberries. The red is delicious, but a little more one dimensional. Feel is moderate to light with a pleasant but light carbonation.

I could sip this ALL NIGHT. Its great to share, but who would want to. Insanely drinkable. (637 characters)

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

A: Good layer of foam that dropped somewhat slowly to reveal a thin layer of spotty head, deep red to amber in color, a nice smattering of spots along the interior of the glass- 4.50, S: Intense raspberry on the nose, extremely fruity and sweet almost to the extreme, near duplicate to some of the premium framboise lambics, no noticeable hop aromas - 4.50, T: Like the nose there's a ton of raspberry on the palate and as the name indicates it's quite tart, extremely sweet, though my experience in lambics may be limited this is as good as any I've ever had, no discernible hops, the faintest sign of earthiness in the back of the beer, all around a stellar beer - 5.00, M: Mouth feel is quite silky and medium bodied - 4.50, D: An amazing beer, I thought I enjoyed the Belgian Red but Raspberry Tart is possibly a step ahead, I'm not sure if I could see myself buying another Belgian Framboise after this beer in terms of taste and price, try this beer - 5.00 (962 characters)

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

thanks to objectivemonkey for this one

Great fruity tart raspberry smell right out of the bottle. Very little if any head when poured into a glass, mostly the kind of bubbles that you would see when pouring a fruit juice.

Very nice smooth and fruity flavor, barely tastes like a beer though it doesn't taste like a cider. Has a great drinkability and it took very little effort to make it through a 750ml bottle with the low ABV.

Looking forward to tasting the Wisconsin Belgian Red next. (492 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark turbid garnet in color with a smallish pink head that settles into a sudsy veil leaving delicate webs of faint pink lace.

Aroma is everything you love about fresh raspberries and intensified a hundred fold. Fresh, vibrant, clean and natural berry aroma with a touch of acidity and wood notes.

Flavor is a raspberry explosion. Full, sweet, powerful and wonderfully tart to keep the sweetness in check. Very natural and concentrated berry flavor. If you like Lindemand Framboise than you would friggin' love this!

Body is medium, playfully carbonated and slippey sweet. Infinately drinkable and I will pine for it until I am lucky enough to revisit this beautiful American fruit ale. (689 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"1 Pint 9 fl. oz." bottle into snifter.

Pours a deep ruby-amber color with a one finger slightly tan but mostly white head.

Smells of sweet, tart, candied berries and raspberry jam.

Tastes of sugary sweet raspberry preserves with high acidity and slight mellow hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and with a fruity acidic zing. Moderate to low carbonation. Overall incredibly delicious. Probably too sweet to consume more than a serving or two at a time, but definitely a splendid drink. (485 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More like drinking a fruit juice than like drinking any other fruit beer, other than their own cherry beer. Huge raspberry flavor and aroma. Nice deep rich red color. Very, very drinkable. The perfect beer to give to a girl who says that they don't like beer, but why bother wasting such a good beer on a girl that you shouldn't be going out with in the first place. (366 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hello raspberries, welcome to my mouth. Wow, what a nice little refresher of raspberry surprise. Another 1pint 9oz fancy green bottle from New Glarus with the neck dipped in red wax, very cool, unique, classy, and makes for a good conversational piece.
Color of this pours out of dark ruby red and settles to be very opaque but glowing deep of rich raspberry colors. No head or lace produced, not all that necessary, but a slight disappointment.
Quite a bouquet of prefumey raspberry joy, both red and black varieties, very dark and deep, super lucsious and just plain fresh like just picked from the bushes. Taste is just as lusciously fresh, a raspberry delight, I detect more black raspberries then red. Moderately tart and sweet, souring a bit, taken in fairly easily but the sour can get the lips a puckering if you drink to much to fast or at once. Its a sipper to settle down with, makes for a great dessert or capper. Feel is medium with lots of tartness in front and goes tangy and sweetly smooth to a raspberry drying much like the fruit itself would do, just take out those tiny yellow seeds that get stuck in your teeth, which they've already done for you here, so your set.
The tartness may be a little much for some but seems to fit perfect for what this brew is after. Yum! Yum, again!

Thanks to jeffboo for the bottle! (1,341 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL wax dipped green bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a clear, deep raspberry red with a surprisingly large, light rosy head that has very nice retention and not surprisingly little lacing. If you like raspberries then the aroma and flavor are amazing and probably the best use of that fruit I've tasted in a beer. If you don't, well I guess I can understand you disinterest. Aroma is fresh raspberry puree, balance of tart and sweet with nothing else. Flavor is more of the same, medium thick body, mild carbonation, very dry finish and epic blend of raspberry sweetness and tart. Doesn't exactly fit the "normal" perception of what a beer should be, but what fruit beer does? Easily my favorite raspberry beer. (717 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times. Time to re-review. It pours a brilliant deep ruby, almost oxygenated blood red, with a finger of head that falls to a sparse coat and a small ring over top. The nose is awesome. Fresh picked raspberrys, raspberry jam, just intense fruit. I really...REALLY like it. It has grown on me since the first time I tried it. The flavor is full on sweet and tart raspberry. Not a lot of the beer behind it, but it comes through on the aftertaste as a creamy, wheaty flavor. The feel is thick and slightly syrupy, but not offensive. Drinkability is very nice. The flavors and aroma are intense, but they don't interfere with the ease of drinking this brew. A damn fine beer. I am a huge fan. (708 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful blegian style Raspberry beer from Wisconsin! This one pours out a dark, blood-red colour with a nice, fizzy red head. The aromas are fresh raspberries, and I mean RASPBERRIES! Pits, pulp, flesh, skin, the whole she-bang. The taste is wonderfully raspberryish and fruity. It is a tad bit sweet, and it could finish a bit more dry, but it is exceptional the way it is. A true ale or beer base is there more so than in the Cherry beer, and this helps the smell and taste of this beer quite a bit, as well as the mouthfeel! This is still very much a fruity beer for people who like fruit beers. The mouthfeel is good...a little heavier than most fruit beers or new-style lambics. The drinkability is excellent but the sweetness gets to you after a while so I recommend splitting a 750 with your girlfriend, fiance, wife, etc...like I did.

Great stuff!

thanks to feloniousmonk for this one and the other beers he helped me to sample! (946 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sprinkle for the bottle. Pours a murky, brownish maroon. Head quickly recedes. Smells of fresh, sweet, buttery raspberries, and there is a faint barnyard scent.

Taste is of sweet, only slightly tart raspberries, and some pale, maybe crystal malt. Lively, effervescent mouthfeel, thick, like they pureed the hell out of some raspberries and put them in this beer. Along with New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red, this is the best fruit beer I've ever had. (465 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml waxed shared w/ a few buddies. Poured into coffee cup, believe it or not. From cell phone notes.

A- Pink, rosy ruby red actually. Little to no head, high carbonation and fizzy.

S- Like straight smashed berries. Incredibly fruity. Wow. One dimentional- but it's OK cause it's fan-fuckin-tastic.

T- Tart and sweet, slightly mouth-puckering berry goodness. I love love love raspberries, and this beer has them in spades. The antithesis to Dogfish Head's Fort (which I also love), this beer is a delivery system for the berries, with nothing to get in their way No other real flavors to speak of, slightly vinous, great berry flavor. Cannot be improved.

M- Slightly tart, light, high carbonation keeps it fizzy and fun.

D- I could drink a growler or two of this stuff. This is one of the tastiest beers I've ever had. I kind of have a hard-on for raspberries, so take that under consideration... but if they're your bag you can't really go wrong with this one. World-class. (982 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a glorious ruby red with a 1 finger tan head that goes quickly.

Smell is great, it is exactly what you would think it would be, Rasberry, sourness, sweetness.

Taste is unreal tons of rasberry, a good sourness or tartness I guess. That is about it not in a bad way the flavors are so big that is all you need!

Mouthfeel is sharp at first but becomes really sticky at the end.

Well I have had this before but being in WI you just never think about reviewing it because it is always around. It is always around because it is awesome. We here in WI are really blessed to access to the best fruit beers on the planet and they are avaliable all the time! (659 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2015- Had on tap at NG while on Beer safari in Wisconsin. Beer was even richer...bursting with raspberries and spot on tartness. can not believe this is an everyday beer here. Just world class.
Originally had bottle in 2013. Outstanding. (243 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this two bottle on back to back nights and with the score for the fresh bottle.

This is a bottle that a friend picked up last month.

A: A light ruby red with an off-white tinted a slight red. The persistent rocky head settles to a cap but never goes away and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Just about the most amazing thing I've ever smelled. The very strong raspberry aroma dominates with a moderate malt. The berry aroma doesn't stop and there are other lighter fruit notes of strawberries and rhubarb at moderate levels. There is a very faint vanilla aroma in the background.

T: Enormous amounts of fresh raspberry flavor like a fresh sorbet. There is a moderately-light sweetness but the balance is tart with a moderate tartness and a very light sourness.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a a moderately-high level of carbonation.

O: This is fruit beer that makes people who don't enjoy fruit beers beg their friends to pick up a couple bottles next time their in Wisconsin. A world class raspberry Lambic for adults and can't think of anything else I'd want changed in the beer.

This is a bottle I bought while visiting Madison in November 2011.

A: A bright and clear red darker than a like a rose champagne.
The head is off-white almost very light tan with just a slight hit of pink having a good retention. It does settle after a couple minutes to a ring of foam with a large raft and a quick swirl revives it. 4.0/5

S: A big hit of freshly muddled raspberry at first, but with age the raspberry aroma comes down enough to smell something else unlike when it was fresh. There is some moderately light malt and dark fruit aromas coming along with a little something else like a very light sourness. Still no hops nor diacetyl. 4.0/5

T: Tons of fresh raspberries with a with moderate tartness and a light sourness balanced by a light sweetness. No noticeable hops bitterness nor flavor. 4.5/5

M: Soft and fluffy with a medium light body and a fine moderately-high carbonation level. There is some slickness on the palate. 4.0

O: The berry flavors and aroma have become muted with age definitely more pronounced in the younger bottle. Still an amazing raspberry ale with what seems more like an Oud Bruin than a Lambic base style. 4.5/5 (2,264 characters)

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The bottle is great with the wax cap and great description of the contents. Appearance is purplish/red with some transparency at the edges. Smell is 100% rasberry and nothing wrong with that. Taste is rasberry with some bitterness and very little carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. Drinkability would probably be limited to one bottle not due to the alcohol but the sweetness. This would be great for a sunday morning brunch . (443 characters)

Photo of dwvarner77
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a deep, deep ruby red, would even say crimson, with a slight, sporadic, rose-colored head.
aroma is a wonderfully strong crushed raspberry, no questions asked. what a wonderful smell!
flavor is intermittently sweet and tart, a beautiful union of the characteristics. the raspberry starts sweet, then gives a little sour flavor. the sweet and sour play back and forth for a minute like a spirited game of pepper, then it finishes kindly on a sour note at the back of the tongue. pure pleasure.
the mouthfeel is nice, maybe leaving a little to be desired in so far as a sensation of the carbonation on the tongue, but with a flavor like this, it's tough to argue.
most highly drinkable, sweet satisfaction. will be going back to this one anytime i possibly can. (772 characters)

Photo of semibaked
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my DFH Signature Class.

A - Pours pretty thin and a dark ruby with about an inch of light pink head and has a ton of carbonation in the body.

S - Just pure raspberries, smells amazingly fresh. It also has a bit of sugar and some floral notes.

T - Man the taste of raspberries in this is just outrageous. Great fresh raspberry tartness and I am loving every drop of it.

M - Very light body, super super carbonated, and a slight slickness.

D - Ya this stuff is awesome, If you find it BUY IT!. New Glarus just makes amazing beers and this is probably my favorite so far. Great Stuff! (598 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a recent trade with EliteDigger. Thanks Scott!
Poured a murky, dark red with a thick, dark pinkish red cap. The foam settled to a thin skim and solid collar of soapy bubbles, leaving lots of spotty lacing on the glass. Smelled of fresh raspberries - when I closed my eyes that's all I could think of. Even the aroma of earthy seeds was captured. The flavour was heavy on fresh raspberry character too, but with added complexity. It started on the sweet side with balanced tartness slowly taking over. There seemed to be a bit of grainy malt just at the edge of perception along with a mild, mellow spicy character. Earthy raspberry seeds and tartness lingered in the finish. Full bodied with a little stickiness, carbonation was lively yet contributed a smoothness to the texture. Finished on the dry side. Great stuff and super drinkable. Definitely world class. (875 characters)

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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