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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

Raspberry TartRaspberry Tart

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2,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 2256
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of beerguy101


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark red color. Small head. Aroma is raspberry and malts. A big bold raspberry flavor. Malty and slightly sweet. The raspberry flavor predominates this beer. Still beer like, despite all the fruit flavor. As usual with New Glarus its very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 02:27:19 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Jon


4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, unfiltered merlot wine color with a bubbly pink head that won't quit. Leaves trails of lace down the flute glass. Beautiful appearance. Nose is dominated by bold, sweet and tart raspberries. Mild mustiness seems present, too, but not much else. Taste is mildly tart and full on raspberries at first. As the brew opens up a bit, sugar becomes a bit more prevalent leading to a cola-like sweetness on the finish, however the original tartness never strays too far. Coats the palate incredibly well. Sharp, effervescent mouthfeel is quite inviting. This is an incredibly tasty framboise-style, but the overall fruitiness prevents it from receiving a perfect drinkability score. As the label states, "Life's too short to wait for dessert." I'd recommend taking the brewer's advice and consuming this at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 03:07:35 | More by Jon
Photo of jcalabre


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

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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 04:21:07 | More by jcalabre
Photo of ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of raspberry pie filling (since there was a piece in front of mainebeerman when I sampled this,) the ale hits the glass with a slight head. The head may be the only subtle aspect of this beer.

Huge sweet fruit aroma; I didn't look for any complexity here, and didn't find any.

Big round mouthfeel with a touch of a syrupy quality. The mildest bit of carbonation breaks up that thickness. The beer does coat the tongue leaving a very long "real fruit" finish.

Not a gateway fruit beer for the uninitiated, but a big raspberry dessert of a beer for lengthy savoring.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 09:34:31 | More by ecoboy
Photo of jeffboo


5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#100 Honestly, I didn't know how this review would turn out. I've enjoyed this beer many times in the past and thought I knew it's story, but, as Chris Berman would say...."That's why they play the game." So let's cut the schuck and jive and get on with the review...

Deep purple color with an equally purple foam rising up in the glass. Very tart,ripe raspberries emerge from the foam and fill the room, you can smell the seeds,pulp, everything raspberry. The brew has a very drinkable full body that balances sweetness and tartness with a solid ale base. It starts fresh, sweet and tart raspberries with a great toasty/caramelly finish. You actually feel like you need to remove the seeds from your teeth, it's that fruity, but it also has a better ale base than it's popular sister brew "Belgian Red". Just as Wisconsin cherry growers have a friend in the Cary's, Oregon raspberry growers are getting much out of this relationship. I didn't know if I would ever give out a perfect "5" but would know the beer if I ever drank it....I just drank it!

If curious check out my Young's Double chocolate for a blended review.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 08:42:57 | More by jeffboo
Photo of Gusler


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

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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 13:12:27 | More by Gusler
Photo of tavernjef


4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 19:22:57 | More by tavernjef
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There's a precious, raspberry-red wax over the crown and down the neck of this beer, proper insurance of a finely crafted and properly presented product. How often do you see the like in a beer?
Snap! Fssh...and out wafts the incredible raspberry aroma! Let's get that in a glass and up to my lips, pronto!
Color pours out a devilishly dark, bloody red, with a head that starts fine, but swiftly dissipates. I search for associations with appearance and can only come up with candies, desserts, pies, liqueurs...all things sweet, delicious, and fruity!
Up in the nose, BAM! Raspberry Sorbet! Gorgeous! I used to work in an ice cream factory, and relished the time spent with fruit purees, before blending and freezing. This is exactly like that.
I don't even care if I never get to drink it, just to smell this all day long would be heaven!
A highly charged pounce upon the palate at first sip, a bracket of hops, a rush of carbonation.
So much lip-smacking going on throughout the drink...ooo,tart! oo, tart!, but still sweet and delicious.
Texture: phenomenal, body:full, finish: eternal!This beer has a flavor that never lags, or sags, or forgets it's business.
My only caveats are that the tart flavor can be too much at times, and though quite a delight, this is strictly a special occasion ale, best enjoyed after a perfect meal, among several friends, with plenty of time to loll back and marvel at the splendor!
Other than that, perfection!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 01:54:35 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of jreitman


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as you open the bottle, you get smacked in the face with the raspberry aroma. Poured a raspberry purple/red with little to no head. Initially, the beer was very reminiscent of a Lindeman's Framboise, but as it warmed it showed quite a bit more character. The tartness really started to come out and a it was evident that the beer was quite a bit more complex than it initially led me to believe. A quite nice beer especially when you consider it's from a US brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 18:14:24 | More by jreitman
Photo of PhantomVodoo


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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2003 11:45:24 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of Redrover


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a GREAT beer. My wife & I really enjoy this one. The beer pours a brown & ruby color is attractive. The head is not huge but does stay for the duration. The smell is wonderful and is dominated by the raspberries.

This is the best tasting American fruit beer I have ever had. In fact it may be one of the best in the world, it really is that good! The raspberries are the main element, but the underlying ale tastes do not fade that far into the background. They have managed a fine balance. The mouthfeel is good and could perhaps be a bit thicker, but this is a small quibble.

I love the taste of this beer but can not drink more than a couple as it tends to get a little sour after more than two.

Do yourself a favor and try and find this beer. I have heard that they are going to stop distributing all of their brands outside of Wisconsin, so you may have to find a local BA to get it for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 17:12:38 | More by Redrover
Photo of inebrius


4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded blood under a surreal frothy, pink and sticky head reminiscent of cosmetic sales-persons outfits and autos. Wonderful bouquet of honey and raspberry syrup over pancakes. Flavor is all raspberry, all the time, tart, just like I like 'em and riding a huge effervescence that clears the buds of sweetness but allows the sour character to linger. First example of a North American spontaneously fermented--whatever that may mean--beer I'm aware of.

A thousand thanks to cokes for hooking me up with this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 18:56:13 | More by inebrius
Photo of cokes


4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, bloodied garnet, bordering on purple in color. Wispy pink head is as impressive as it is unique and shows good rentention.
Raspberries dominate the aroma. Then dominate the room. Deeper inhalations indicate bready malts and touches of cinnamon.
Taste is a jolting blast of raspberries. Tart and sweet and all points in between. This isn't your artificial-tasting malternative or quasi-beer. This is complex and joyous in its cacophony. Balsalmic vinegar floods the mouth, coupled with a spicy oak counterpoint. The trifecta of rasperries, vinegar and oak provides the majory of flavor here. But much more lies beneath. Breadiness appears as it warms as do sweeter malt hues. Traces of toffee. There is too much going on for the hallertaus to assert themselves. Careful attention enambles them to be located, but just in the faintest, grassy sense.
Mouthfeel is equal parts spritzy and sticky. Interesting and intense. Burns the gullet on the way past, not from any sort of alcoholic strength but from the blistering tartness.

All told, I believe that this is a better and more complex creation than the heralded Belgian Red (which is still very impressive in its own right). I tend to dislike raspberries, but I still enjoy this one alot. Fans of the fruit will moan in delight.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 00:55:56 | More by cokes
Photo of brakspear


4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An amazing beer with such an intense raspberry aroma that at first when I poured it, I thought a neighbor was baking a raspberry pie! A dark and murky garnet coloring topped with a wispy pink head that looks fantastic. The aroma is raspberry...all raspberry, fresher than if you were crushing berries right off the vine in your hand. The taste is fruit up front, followed with a sharp acidic tanginess, that mellows in the finish. The body is light and slightly fizzy.

If you serve this to the unprepared, be ready for them to be shocked at first, then curious, then finally addicted and asking for more....

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 20:16:53 | More by brakspear
Photo of marc77


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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2002 19:32:12 | More by marc77
Photo of ZAP


4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark red...nice lace..very very strong raspberry aroma...strong raspberry taste...tart...If it says raspberry tart, I expect that, and I got it with this one...excellent beer if you're into this type...Their Belgian Red gets all the pub but this is almost just as good, if not as good..

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2002 22:04:33 | More by ZAP
Photo of Bighuge


4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2002 19:53:41 | More by Bighuge
Photo of GameFreac


5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally had this at a tasting and it was my favorite beer of the day then had it on tap.

Appearance: Pours a red/pink color with a film of a white head. Just looks like a fruit beer.

Smell: Smells of straight up sweet raspberries and minimal tartness. So inviting.

Taste - Amazing raspberry flavor. A little tart. Not too sweet. Not too syrupy. Just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Just right. If I traded, this, Serendipity and Wisconsin Belgian Red would be on my permanent ISO list. I could drink this every day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 05:07:56 | More by GameFreac
Photo of BARFLYB


4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap.

Raspberry Tart is a red looking beer, it is on the blood red side of things, not very bright looking. Small amounts of bubbles on top that led to nothing although I think there were some problems with the lines. No lace on the sides going down, swirls brought up. Scent is raspberry to the max, I mean raspberry. It seeps out, with some faint chocolate, vanilla, but mostly raspberry, maybe some malt, it's there somewhere. This is a sweet desert beer and I see it going well with ice cream, possibly a float. Raspberry, vanilla, sweet malt, bordering on cloying, yet a nice tart hit towards the back keeping the balance. Body is quite creamy, tart and stealth for a 4% beer. Tangy delicious and something for the ladies, and gentlemen.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 06:40:41 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of CaliHop82


4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome beer and a great Raspberry flavor. The smell of this thing is huge. It smells like a bowl of fresh picked raspberries. Not sure how true but someone at the Brewery stated that the ratio amounts to 1 pound of raspberries per beer, The taste is just as awesome and perfect for dessert or simpling a refreshing beer when needed. I will definately be looking for this again and possibly having family send me more to the west Coast.

Both on tap and bottle were equally amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2012 21:25:46 | More by CaliHop82
Photo of CuriousMonk


4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Great Dane Brewpub in Madison, WI. Pours a deep red and shows a small slightly rosy raspberry colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing throughout. The smell gives off a boquet of tarts. It is mostly sugar and raspberries with a hint of oak. The taste is pure sweet and tart raspberry goodness. Not very sour, it is more of a tart flavor, hence the name. Medium bodied with nice sticky mouthfeel. This is a great beer with just about any dessert, highly drinkable, drink it cold. I am never a fan of vegetable/fruit beers, but this one is an exception! Your lady will love this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 21:17:14 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of klikger


4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap (Vintage, west side) & served in a tulip

A - Raspberry red with decent head & residual hazing on top. The carbonation is visible, as well.

S - Tart raspberries & sugar

T - Raspberries - extremely tart yet simultaneously sweet. This is a one-note beer, but it's one note is amazing. Just a bit of malt is evident, which complements the fresh fruit, but the raspberries dominate throughout.

M - Lively & fruity. No syrup here.

D - For what it is, drinkability is excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 12:56:59 | More by klikger
Photo of emerge077


4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hideaway in Chaseburg, WI. Served in a Lindemans flute. This was the scene: Country on the stereo, sitting under a Nascar neon, with some contractor dudes eating lunch at the bar, giving me the stink eye. I luckily survived, and here's a review (from notes).

Crimson brown, pinkish white foam, ok retention.
Some carbonation visible in the glass.

Seedy raspberry aroma, lightly sweet with traces of natural cherry and raspberry juice.

Lightly tart, 2/10 on the sour scale. A clearly defined raspberry flavor, sweet and juicy, very effervescent. Very lightly puckering, but the sweetness comes in and extinguishes any trace of sourness. Nice balance. One is enough to savor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 06:18:33 | More by emerge077
Photo of fiver29


4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap pours red with a thin white head. The aroma on this beer was amazing. Exploding raspberries was what I got every time I smelled it. And I took a smell each time I drank. It was wonderful. Had a medium mouthfeel with a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles. The taste of this is very subtle, yet complex. High raspberry flavor throughout and is very sweet. I could enjoy this with a nice flourless chocolate cake for dessert and be the happiest person on the planet. This is a great brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 19:32:19 | More by fiver29
Photo of ATGHomebrewer


4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep, transparent red. lacing holds well.

S: incredible fruit aroma

T: this beer somehow crams intense berry taste (good balance of sour and sweet) into the beer, without tasting like sugar syrup.

M: crisp, light. nice.

D: drinkability is held back by the accumulated sweetness sip after sip.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 02:49:04 | More by ATGHomebrewer
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,256 ratings.