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Raspberry Tart | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
921
Ratings:
3,694
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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Raspberry TartRaspberry Tart
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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.

Added by xlperro on 04-21-2002

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Reviews: 921 | Ratings: 3,694
Photo of adman08
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a very clear deep ruby red and is slightly amber colored around the edges. Lots of thick, off-white head that fades leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S-Strong aromas of vinegar with berries. Slightly musty basement smell. Theres a very good balance between the sour and sweet aromas.
T-Strong flavor of berries, very sweet yet balanced with the sour vinegar flavor. Despite the name the beer is incredibly sweet, not very tart at all.
M-Very light bodied, not watered down, just not a thick, heavy beer. Very refreshing. Nice fine carbonation. Sweet but not sticky or syrup-like.

Overall, unreal. It still shocks me how much fruit flavor they can get in this beer. It's beautiful to look at and tastes even better. It's refreshing, almost like a carbonated fruit juice. The slight tartness helps keep the beer from being overly sweet. It's a beer you can drink all day and never get tired of it.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.96/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into Flute glass

A: Pours reddish light brown with light foam on top

S: Smells very sweet

T: Does not taste like a Lambic or framboise like it is supposed to. It tastes like a sub par beer with too much raspberry sweetness. Syrupy sweet.

M: Light and crisp but the sweet syrup will overpower your judgement

Overall: Some argue that this brew is not supposed to be sour (which it def is not sour what so ever), but the they call it a framboise (lambic) and traditionally the style is a little funky or sour. This was only fruit syrup tasting. So incredibly sweet.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very rich, deep, murky burgandy red. No head at all, just some nice fizz.

S: Soured raspberries. A little funky.

T: Not as sour as I thought, but very nice. Actually very balanced between sweet and sour. Lots of raspberries! The flavor stays on the tongue for a really long time too; and it's all raspberries.

M: Fizzy and yummy. Very crisp. Another sipper - drink to enjoy.

D: As usual for a sour, one and done.

I dig it!!!

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Photo of ecoboy
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.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer is one of the most appealing fruit beers I've ever seen. It pours so thick, I feel like I should be straining seeds out of it, like raspberry puree. The pink, foamy head quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S- Not much beyond raspberries, but in such a good way. It's so fresh-smelling!

T- The raspberry certainly comes through without much competition, yet balancing sweet and tart very well. A sweet, cookie-like flavor comes through. The combination of these flavors reminds me of the Lindser Tarts I used to buy at the bakery around the block when I was little...Perhaps that's how the beer got its name.

M- Thick and rich, however the carbonation manages to be so lively.

D- It goes down like a shake, without being to filling.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 2 April 2011
Glass: 26fl oz snifter
Type: 750ml bottle, waxed and capped

Split between two 26fl oz snifters and shared with my girlfriend, poured aggressively, half-finger head reduces to thin wispy film, lacing is scarce but sticky, color is a clear crimson with copper tones.

Aroma is slightly medicinal in raspberry and has a touch of soapiness. Other than that, a bit of strawberry jam comes out.

Taste is....well this is certainly a fruit beer. Huge raspberry jam is the forerunner, and at only 4% ABV there is a bitterness that I think can be mistaken for ABV. This fruit beer is overwhelmingly tasty in fruit flavor, but it is impossible for me to identify any kind of hops or malt profile.

This tart leaves the palate completely dry and puckered like a mature red wine. Overall, I can't see myself drinking a full beer and enjoying it. Perhaps after a dessert, yes, but this is only a good beer for offering as a unique tasting to your friends.

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Photo of syrupjoe
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of SMark
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 1 pint 9 fluid ounce bottle at 40° into a Champagne flute. The beer was dark red with a nice 1 finger pink head. I did not notice any lacing but there was a lot of carbonation.

There was of course a beautiful aroma of raspberries with just a tinge of wheat in the background. Not really sure I was inhaling the wheat and may have to chalk it up to an anticipated aroma.

Carbonated liquid raspberries jump out quickly and the beer is tart. Imagine that. I have either had this or the Belgian Red before and was not as pleased with it then as now. Hopefully my palate is becoming more receptive to various beers.

There are prickly sensations on the tip of the tongue and at the back of the mouth. This somewhat coats the mouth with the raspberry flavor and gives you a little pucker like tannin in wine which I like.

You could sit down with this one in the spring, summer and fall for a refreshing treat on a warm day. I would also haul this one out to have in the winter to make me think that there are berry days ahead. In other words, this is a good brew for all year round and at 4% ABV you can drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in Darkness snifter. Loved this the first time I had it, very excited to get my hands on another bottle. Thanks Meagan!

A: Pours a clear cranberry color, topped with a fluffy pink head. Body of the beer looks a lot like a red table wine. Head starts to dwindle quickly. Actually looks nearly identical to sparkling cranberry juice once the head has settled. As far as beer goes, this isn't particularly stunning from a visual standpoint.

S: Zesty, bright aroma. Sweet rasberry. Tart cranberry is pronounced. Just a faint hint of funk is hiding in the background. Maybe just a little apple juice, along with white grape. The aroma, while not very complex, is lovely.

T: Wonderfully sweet and juicy. This beer just bursts over the palate. Tremendous cran-ras flavor. Sweet and tart in near perfect balance. Very fresh. A little red grape near the back end. Smooth vanilla and a suggestion of funkiness. I even pick up faint glimpses of chocolate after some sips. Finishes up fairly clean, with a bit of tartness lingering.

M: Low carbonation. Small bubbles lend a creamy feel. Wheat provides a fuller body.

D: Abv-wise this is in session territory, but the flavors don't lend themselves to more than a couple servings. This is, however, as drinkable as any fruit beer out there.

This is a classic as far as I'm concerned. A beer that will please the uninitiated and the beer geek alike. It is quite versatile as well. It pairs well with salads, it's great with soft cheeses, and it goes nicely with many desserts...or as a dessert in itself. I would always have a couple of these on hand if New Glarus were available in PA.

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Photo of squaremile
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This barely resembles a beer. Great pink color, nose is pure raspberry, a the taste is 100% raspberry tart, as described. Very easy drinking at 4%, nice sweetness to balance the tart punch on the tongue. I would love to have this with some angelfood cake or vanilla ice cream. Wonderful dessert beer.

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Photo of grynder33
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A raspbeery aroma that starts filling your mouth with water before you can take the first sip, nice little head, a soft creamy raspbeery taste with a hint of tartness and sourness initially, but the sourness doesn't linger in the aftertaste. And the Raspbeery aroma stays with you till the end.For what it is, its wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 9/2/11.

A: Pours a deep, clear red with light pinkish head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Sweet and slightly tart ripe raspberries with some malt notes, no real hops or alcohol in the aroma.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. Lots of delicious ripe raspberries, more than in the nose and more tart as well. Some malt and no hops or alcohol to speak of.

M: Nice light body, really crisp with a great tingling carbonation and dry finish.

O: Great raspberry beer, the tartness balances out the sweet raspberries perfectly. Could easily drink glass after glass after glass of this.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: beautiful purpley-rusty-red, two-finger, fluffy head that dissipates to thin lacing. S: juicy, tart raspberries, slight scent of biscuits. T: just like the nose - juicy, sweet, tart raspberries; jammy, but not overly cooked; a little biscuity; very much like a baked raspberry tart. Delicious, but a bit sweeter than I like.

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Photo of Beer_Line
2.36/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Did not enjoy. A very syrup'y like liquid. The sweetness is ridiculous. No beer present it feels like, just artificial raspberry syrup taste. I guess if that is what you are looking for, get one of these. But I like beer, not fruit syrup like beverages. THIS is not sour in any way. Just throwing that out there, to all you sour fans, its not a sour, so don't address it as so.

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Photo of Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +15.2%

A - As the geniuses behind New Glarus states on the glass... Pour in a flute and enjoy the sparkle. I think for New Years instead of popping champagne I'll pop open this beauty. Pink/ Red color with lingering off-white head.
S - Fantastic, fruity, fizzy berry aroma.
M - Perfectly carbonated but does not overwhelm sinuses with bubbles. Oak adds a silky component that is often imitated in framboises, geuzes, flanders, but this brew has it perfected.
T - Liquid perfection, the appearance and smell come through with a sip or a gulp.
O - Usually buy as many as I can when the opportunity presents itself. Also, New Glarus may be the best run business/brewery on their scale... even though they are in the land of Packer nation... everything from their outside area, copper kettles, sanitation. A place for other breweries to learn from for sure.

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Photo of semibaked
4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LJArsenal for the trade!

Poured into a champagne flute a deep cranberry juice red with a one and half inch white head. Good head retention and lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma of a bit of funky mildew, tart raspberries and cranberries.

Taste was a big raspberry flavor followed by a big explosion of carbonation! Wow, first drink, first burp. Ahhh... here comes the tart, bitter finish.

Full bodied and thick matched by the active carbonation. Definitely a sipper. The tart flavor remain on the palate for a little white after each sip.

Definitely a sipping beer! Very drinkable in small amounts - the sweet and tart flavors may get to be too much after a while though. I shared the bottle with my girlfriend and she loved it. We're both looking forward to having this again.

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Photo of Jsmick
2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

After reading all of the reviews, I was expecting amazingness. This beer just didn't do it for me. It was so incredibly sweet, and not in a good way.... it burned the back of my throat. There was absolutely nothing to balance out the sweetness either.... this was as sweet as Sunny Delight, and I can't stand Sunny Delight.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark c-thru red with a minimum white head.

Smells - like a flat fruit soda or a Flintstones vitamin. Raspberry is present .

Taste - sooo tasty. Sweet raspberries up front with a small tart finish. No alcohol or hop taste.

Mouthfeel- some carbonation very easy to.drink

Overall - its good but hard to finish a bottle to myself. May just be too sweet from me.

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Photo of abents
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In a 750ml bottle with waxed cap.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish purple color with a light pink head. Lace covers glass here and there.

Smells: of raspberries overpower the nose of this one.

Taste: Hits you like a ton of bricks and its raspberries. Everywhere you turn it's more raspberries. The greatness though is in the tart aftertaste it just smooths out the sweetness you would normally expect. This is one great brew. Amazing.

Mouthfeel: It's like drinking a carbonated alcoholic raspberry smoothie. It's really insane the texture this thing has.

Drinkability: It goes down so easily it's fun. The sweetness does catch up however eventually and trying to drink the whole 750ml yourself is fun, but gets a little too sweet for me.

An amazing and different take on beer itself hopefully it makes non beer drinkers appreciate good beer even though it's done through fruit.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is great to have a friend in the Madison area who comes to visit in MN with gifts like this...

A- Dark amber, slight but noticeable red hue, small cap of light head, visible carbonation.

S- Effervescent bubbles that work their way up to the nose, sweet crisp fresh raspberry, slight malty, caramel balance, light tart aroma.

T- Incredible, different and unique, very light and airy, fresh and sweet, but with a great carbonation balance. The tart and sweet balance, with the nice malty backbone, really creates an interesting beer.

M- Very clean and smooth, nice crispness, rolling flavors through the palate.

D- A fantastic beer, shared one 750ml bottle with buddy, probably all I could have at one sitting, but the tart fresh raspberry taste is great, unique and inviting, will be a great beer to replace champagne as an instrument to a toast.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark, murky plum color, with a two finger pink head. Retention is minimal, with light, spotty lacing.

S - Pure, delicious raspberry on the nose. A bit of earthyness & grass, but anything besides the raspberry struggles to get through. I'm ok with that.

T - Carbonated raspberry juice. And I mean that in the best possible way. Not too tart; the sweet & tart are very well balanced. A bit spicy as well.

M - Medium light body & spritzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

D - light body & sweet/tart balance along with the low ABV makes this insanely sessionable.

Another unique & delicious fruit beer from New Glarus. More than worthy of the acclaim it gets.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL thanks to my secret Santa (I think). Whoa holy s*** this is good. I am not a giant fan of the Belgian Red but I know it is hard for NG to come out with a beer that is not stellar. What an outstanding fruit beer that is neither 10%+ nor a lambic.

Pours a clear deep purple to ruby with a towering, thick, creamy, slightly pink head that has excellent retention and good lace. Aroma is incredible: fresh raspberries, pithy raspberry, seedy raspberry preserves, really so rich and bright with fresh fruitiness. No candy sugar, no sticky sweetness. Taste is so brilliant: it is malty, creamy, not buttery, with so much fresh raspberry that brings out a naturally tartness that is not framboise sour. No pedio, lacto, acedic acid. No lambic character. But somehow is perfectly balanced between sour berries and sweet malt. Lively, bubbly tart on the palate that finishes super quick making you beg for more. It is not massively complex, but it is a beer that I will crave from now on every day. Destroys all fruit beer. 8/10/2010 8/5/8/5/15=4.1

750mL. Pour is perfect- a clear jewel black ruby with a massive pinkish beige head. Huge retention and wispy, gorgeous delicate lace abounds across the raster tulip. Nose is seedy raspberry smoothie. Taste....wow. So much lactic sourness, seedy raspberry, sweet raspberry smoothie. Palate is ultra silky with a long lactic finish. Mild spice and sharp sting. Perfect blend of sweet and sour. Incredible raspberry character. Impossible for any organic lifeform to not thoroughly enjoy this. Whoa. 11/9/2011 8/5/9/5/17=4.4

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Photo of wschmit
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

A: Voluminous, fine head with a pink tint. Settles quickly into almost nothing. Body is clear, and a distinctly brownish red.

S: Tart raspberry scent, just a bit of maltiness to it. Not much else on the nose, sadly. No bitterness at all--wouldn't be much point here.

T: Fantastic. The raspberry flavor dominates, but does not overwhelm. I wouldn't touch this if you hate fruit beers, or raspberries, but it's not overly sweet at all. The raspberry flavor rounds out into a distinctly beer-like taste in the end--a bit of caramel malt. No hops at all.

M: Not as fizzy as expected. Slightly sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Eminently high. This stuff is like candy for adults.

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.