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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,816 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,816
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,033
Gots: 572 | FT: 52
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 marburg
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fruit beer: These guys do it right.

The beer itself is over-the-top and its flavors remarkably potent. But that's a good thing. Dessert in a bottle. If you're expecting anything less than raspberry syrup, don't bother. But if you ARE expecting pure raspberry, sugary goodness, this is your beer.

Deeep red. Burgandy, even. Glints of crimson show through when held to the light. The aroma of raspberries simply eminates from this beer. Obviously sweet but mouth wateringly tart -- hardly uber-sour in the vein of a true lambic, but certainly acidic enough for any drinker to take notice.

And the flavor? I'll let you know when I'm done picking the bits of raspberry out of my teeth and scraping the sugar off my tongue. Big carbonation. Spritzy and delightful.

Something this intense is bound to be somewhat controversial and subject to very subjective judgements. Just walk away if you don't like the fruit equivalent of an "extreme beer." But coming running full steam ahead if you dig raspberries or "dessert" beers. Because this is IT.

marburg, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

qcbrewer, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Boston_Steve
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Boston_Steve, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kkipple
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these in trades at Dark Lord Day 08. Have been jonesing for Raspberry T since I had a tiny sip months before - it blew my mind then and I knew I had to acquire some! It's good to finally crack one with friends....

Pours an absurdly thick, dense blood-orange red with a deep pink head that foams up and subsides to ring the edge of my glass. Leaves some spotty uneven lacing. Looks like liquid jam. Really.

Ok. This smells absolutely unreal. Fresh picked sour raspberries and rich, lush fruit sugar explode into my nose... I feel like I'm smelling raspberry concentrate. There's a hint of noble hop and a slight sour yeast note, but 90% of this is just variations on fruity sour raspberries and sugar. I cannot believe how succulent this smells. You really just have to experience it for yourself. Exceptional is the word here.

The raspberry assault continues on into my mouth; even the slightest sip knocks your senses for a loop with distilled berry flavor, all tarted up and sexy in a deep red dress... ugh, this is stupendous -- if you like raspberries. It's intense, and shockingly only 4%. There's an upfront sugar sweetness but it soon gives way into a lovely tart sourness that finishes with a lingering fresh berry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty darn perfect for this, a little thick and sticky with a spritzy carbonation level that reminds one of fizzy cider. Goes down easy and leaves a wonderful dry berry calling card. You can drink this one cool or let it warm, it's great either way.

New Glarus has an amazing fruit beer here - one of the best I've had and I've had a few. Raspberry Tart is simply world-class and you should try it. You'll cry when the bottle is empty, but it must be done!

kkipple, May 01, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Milwaukee last weekend for $9.99

The red wax dipped bottle was poured into a snifter, semi rigorous pour produces about a half inch light pink fizzy head.
Quickly dissipating to leaves a small collar that slowly goes away.
Color on the beer is a glowing transparent ruby red.
Aroma is stunning, a tart bursting of juicy raspberries.
Juicy sweet delicious fresh picked berries, very distant grassy hops mixing with a touch of grains, but mostly overcome by berries.
Taste is pretty much the sa,e with more tartness from the fruit, a kiss of wood. finishing with mild bittering tart berries and drying out. Feel is crisp and clean and just a small amount of slick feel through the swallow. I'm guessing this is saliva as my mouth is watering as I drink this.

The Gummy Bears cartoon, meets beer on this one.

Buebie, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

BillHilly, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite things of the Tart and Red.. the bottle. Wax dipped and really cool labels. Anywho, into a pint glass, pours red, can it be that red? With pinkish head that kind of fizzles out, just lookin at it you know its going to be tasty. Aroma is a giant heap of rasberry goodness, the kind that you wouldn't mind smelling for the next half hour, very nice sweet/tart balance. Rasberries are by far my favorite fruit, and I'm just overjoyed so far. And then, you taste... perfection. I'll state is simply: there is no way to improve this beer. None. Falling under the category 'party in the mouth,' captures the very essence of the sweet yet tart rasberry, rivaling anything coming out of Belgium, and a real treat for that special occasion. The mouth is great, silky smooth but with a fizzy carbonation, full body, very nice. All in all, I wish I had some fudge or Belgian chocolates to eat with this, but even on its own an exceptional beer, worth all its praises.

objectivemonkey, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

Cloaked_Phantom, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of drseamus
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant red body with a full rose head. Great visible carbonation.

S: Good raspberry aroma although it isn't quite as strong as out of the bottle. I did accidentally snort some head up my nose when smelling it and it wasn't nearly as unpleasant as it usually is when I do that.

T: Great tart raspberry flavor. Nothing surprising there. The flavors are super clear. Most other raspberry beers (like Southern Tier) taste completely artificial. New Glarus doesn't have that problem. It is sweet but the tartness seems to cut it.

M: Nice and light bodied with great carbonation. It tickles the tongue.

D: Fantastic. This is one of the best damn summer drinkers there is. Generally I don't like to drink a lot of the sweeter beers but this one seems to buck that trend for a while at least by balancing the tartness nicely. Truly world class.

drseamus, May 18, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

BedetheVenerable, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a tulip glass. Thanks, GbVDave!

Pours a cranberry-looking shade of red. It looks dark in the center of the body but you can see all the way through it. The head jumps out with size - a two fingers of tiny bubbles comprising a mass of light tan/beige foam. The head doesn't retain for any longer than a minute and leaves precious little lacing.

Man, does this smell like raspberries. This beer is not kidding around. Fruit juice everywhere. Past the sweet, slightly tart, berry juice smells you get some very mild spice, more akin to potpourri than anything else. There is some trace wood/syrup thing going on. Like syrup barrels? It is hard to describe accurately; it isn't as sweet as "syrup" would denote but the woodsy quality hints at it.

This is nearly a perfectly balanced beer. You want fruit sweetness? You got it - the sweetness of berry flesh is combined with the sweetness of, like, a syrup that sits between maple and molasses. But this isn't all sweet. The raspberry flavor also has a mild tartness at the front end of the drink; nowhere near lambic-strength but substantial enough to matter. There are some spices used in this beer and they provide a lingering astringency on the swallow and on the aftertaste, providing balance and a rustic feeling.

I am pretty 'meh' on the mouthfeel. At first it is too prickly with carbonation for me to savor the interplay between sweet and spice. As it warms and dies down the feel turns to something too slick to get a handle on. I make it sound terrible and it isn't, just wanting of better characteristics. The low ABV of 4%, along with the general deliciousness make for a very drinkable beer.

This feels very American to me. This beer tastes like November, like Thanksgiving, like an old tradition kept alive.

Reaper16, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip. Special thanks to biglobo8971 for this.

A- Dark red pour with a little brown in the mix, half finger tight bubble off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Raspberries and strawberries right up front, with some rhubarb and cinnamon in the back. There is a touch of dough in there making it smell like a fresh baked pie.

T- Tart raspberries, sweet strawberries and cherries with a touch of rhubarb. There is a slight spice in the finish. Makes your cheeks tingle.

M- Light side of medium body, a touch syrupy, carbonation is low.

O- This is very good, should probably have split it but I'm selfish like that lol. The syrupy feeling makes it feel a little heavier than it is but you get past it really quickly.

korguy123, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of beveritt
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a green wine bottle into a champagne flute. The top is sealed with a crown cap and red wax. The label describes this interestingly. It sounds like the raspberries are spontaneously fermented, then mixed with wheat and aged Hallertau hops. Not sure of the age, but I only picked this bottle up a few months ago.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 inch of light pink head. This settles slowly to a ring around the glass and some islands of foam. The beer itself is a brilliant red.

Smell: Strong, pungant raspberries. An amazingly deep aroma that is wonderful.

Taste: Raspberry flavors explode on your tongue when you take your first sip. Lingering sweetness in the finish. Not as acidic as many true lambics, so maybe a little easier to drink a bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, really unexpected from such a fruit intensive beer. Just the right level of carbonation to keep the fruitiness from being cloying.

Drinkability: Great, great, great. I wish I didn't wait so long to crack open this bottle and I wish I picked up more than one. For those who complain this doesn't taste like beer, just take this for what it is and realize that not all beer tasted like just malt and hops.

beveritt, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

e30todamax, May 22, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

cnbrown313, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of deereless
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
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

deereless, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Blanco
3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Blanco, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 to brandy snifter...

Amber gold body... clear as a bell. A finger of slightly off-white carbonation laces extremely well around room temperature.

Thick raspberry flesh, mild honey notes, a vague tartness tied to something sweeter... fruity and light, like raspberry pancake syrup. The massive fruit presence isn't overwhelming sweet whatsoever, just spot on I think.

Raspberries. Tons and tons of raspberries. This is just raspberries in a bottle. The sweetness though is lovingly toned down to achieve a beautiful sense of balance that won't keep you from drinking an entire bottle.

Drinkability is rather high, given the aggression of the raspberry bite. It remains light and sweet, without moving into the dessert category.

Yum.

yamar68, May 03, 2012
Photo of Schlafly33
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Schlafly33, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of taospowder
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

taospowder, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of FreshZ
4/5  rDev -8.3%

FreshZ, Nov 15, 2013
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!

Rastacouere, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl. oz green bottle with blood red wax coating the neck.

Made from Oregon raspberries that have been fermented in oak vats..sounds intriguing...

Deep, opaque garnet color with a pink sherbet head.
The raspberry aroma is just incredible..hard to explain, really. If you blindfolded someone, there'd be no way they'd think of beer upon smelling this creation. It's a fresh raspberry punch to the nose as soon as you open the bottle.
The name certainly nails it..the tartness is unrelenting. The bold sweetness of the raspberry adds another dimension of flavor that creates a bittersweet, sour finish..it takes a few sips to get used to (or shock your tastebuds into submission), but it pays off with a simply mouthwatering result. Very crisp mouthfeel with exceptionally lively carbonation. The full-on, sugary sweet raspberry flavor may make it hard for someone to drink an entire bottle by themselves, but other than that, this brew has few flaws.

Damn, these guys at New Glarus know their fruit beers.. Thanks again to badbeer for picking this one up for me.

hero27, May 16, 2006
Photo of Elicoleman
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Elicoleman, Jul 28, 2014
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,816 ratings.