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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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3,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,085
Gots: 641 | FT: 64
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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 dancinwillie
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, from the only bottle in which it can be purchased. Bought from Copps at Monona and Broadway, Madison, Wisconsin. Shared with my roomate, who's slowly getting into better beer!

A: Dark, dark red. A lovely appearance, a joy to behold! Not much of a head, but what head there is, is white, and drops to the brew quickly.

S: You guessed it... raspberry. Detectable from arms length. And very inviting.

T: Raspberry tart doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Well, maybe it does. Raspberry dominates the initial taste, while it finishes tart and dry. The taste swells in the middle, and by swells, I mean shoots towards heaven in an undescribable ascent. You feel this one on every inch of your tongue.

M: Thick and rich. This is a fine after dinner beer. Definately a sipper, despite it's low ABV. A full beer in every sense of the word.

D: Drinkability would ultimately be average, as you couldn't drink more than 2 pints, or roughly 1 bottle by yourself in a single session. While its a fantastic beer, it's inherently a single glass or two beer. Enjoy the fruits of New Glarus, as this is one of the best fruit beers available anywhere today!

Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 jcalabre
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ttylicki
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Sticket
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 brystmar
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 JEdmund
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 turbine2475
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Floydster
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 natbarr
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 ChrisPro
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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 jgasparine
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Les White for sharing this tasty brew!

A- Poured from the bottle with a diffuse white head over a red-tinged dark amber. No carbonation was observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of fresh fruity raspberries and a faint lactic tartness. Simple yet elegant.

T- Sweet up front... tart and dry on the finish with the wonderful flavor of fresh raspberries. Somewhere between Lindemans and a traditional Fruit Lambic. Perfect flavor profile for a hot summer afternoon.

M- Medium body with a little syrupy visocicy... And an abundant moderately soft carbonation.

D- Super drinkable... quaffable... and sessionable! Wonderful warm-weather beer for mixed company!

Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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 ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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 jhawth
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a flute from a 750ml. Pours an impenetrable ruby red with a foamy, finger head that dissipates to just a ring around the glass after a few minutes. Visible carbonation. A few spots of foam remain on the glass.

Aroma: Fresh ripe raspberries. Reminds me of raspberry sorbet.

Taste: Matches the smell. A lot of raspberry sweetness, a little earthiness after the initial sweetness, then a light raspberry tartness. Not nearly as tart or sour as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light but lively carbonation. The sweetness somehow manages not to be cloying.

Overall: Really interesting, really enjoyable beer to drink. While I can't say I'm a fruit beer expert, this was really excellently put together and at no point seemed sickeningly sweet, which was my worry before trying it.

Photo of Hamburgers
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in Teku glass. Pours dark, brownish red. Big fizzy off-white head. Strong aroma of raspberries. Actually like a raspberry Pixie stick. Very inviting. Flavor is tart raspberries, apple juice, grapes and slight vinegar notes. Light with moderate carbonation. Super sweet. Not very complex but a great fruit beer.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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