Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,344
Reviews: 899
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
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Gots: 735 | FT: 87
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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 bosco7
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of badbeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of harrymattcody
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of larryi86
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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!!!

Photo of kbnooshay
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of deereless
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of shuajw
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of syrupjoe
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of yourefragile
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of Sephiroth
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,344 ratings.